Tonight is the opening of the Apache Hotel which is the new boutique hotel at Binion’s in Downtown Las Vegas. The new hotel comprises of 81 former Binion’s rooms that have been remodeled with vintage 1930’s furnishings as well as stained glass windows and hardwood floors. The hotel lobby has been remodeled as well with a new front desk for guests at the new boutique hotel.
I have stayed at Binion’s in the past when the original hotel was open and, had a good experience but the rooms themselves were always on the small side. Downtown Las Vegas is adding more rooms in the not too distant future with the under construction Circa and planned Fremont expansion; So reopening the Binion’s hotel as before with their smaller rooms would be a hard sell but by making it a vintage themed boutique hotel makes sense.
The Fremont in Downtown Las Vegas is often a hotel i stay in when i visit Las Vegas and now comes the announcement from Boyd Gaming of a possible expansion to the property. Boyd Gaming has submitted permits to build a 32 story hotel tower with 509 rooms at the back of the property on Ogden Avenue.
The plans submitted also include a remodel of the existing 447 rooms which are in a 15 story tower that was build in 1956 which at the time was the tallest in Las Vegas. The casino size will also increase by 22,000 square feet and will include a new race and sports book and an expansion of the parking garage.
No date has been announced yet about when construction would begin but when it does start its expected to take about 30 months and cost $32 million. As i said previously i often stay at this hotel and its always a shame to see things change but its the nature of Las Vegas things often change.
The California another Boyd property downtown has been getting a make over of its 2nd floor casino space and Downtown in general has been getting more competitive in general in recent years as properties have upgraded. Boyd’s Gaming has three resorts in Downtown Las Vegas the California, Fremont and Main Street Station and its not really a surprise that after paying down debt they would look at making there existing properties more competitive in the marketplace.
I just stayed for three days at the Fremont, while i was there i took advantage of a free buffet promotion which runs through the end of the May. The promotion is for members of the B Connected players club (free to join) to get the free buffet each day you swipe your card first and then play the slots.; Monday through Friday except Wednesday when you earn 100 points you can go back and swipe your players card for a coupon for a free breakfast or lunch buffet.
The coupon must be used the same day and the promotion also runs on the weekends but you have to get 200 instead of 100 points. If you plan to be in Downtown Las Vegas playing slots early in the day anyways its a good deal for more information and rules check with the properties B Connected booth.
The smaller and locals casinos often have certain days of the week as well as often on holidays where their players club members can earn bonus points for their play on slot and video poker machines; One such bonus day is tomorrow on Mothers Day at Boyd’s three casinos Downtown the Fremont, California and Main Street Station as well as their other casinos in the Las Vegas area, The Orleans, Gold Coast, Sams Town, Suncoast and Alliante.
The special Mothers Day point multipliers are 11X points on reels and 6X points on video poker after you activate your points multiplier at any kiosk and have your players card in the machine. For more details see the B Connected players booth i each casino.
The Boyd casinos in Downtown Las Vegas have long been a hold out with no resort fee but starting April 16th that will change as the California, Fremont and, Main Street Station will add a $14.99 daily resort fee. That means the Four Queens is the only major Downtown resort not charging a resort fee; The Four Queens like the Boyd casinos has used the no resort fee as a marketing way to get traffic but with the Boyd casinos adding the resort fee most likely the Four Queens will add one too.
Steak and egg bagel with a large coffee at Dunkin Donuts at the Fremont
So what do you when you wake up at 4am in your hotel bed in Downtown Las Vegas and are hungry there are a few good options to eat pancakes at Du Pars at the Golden Gate, specials at Magnolia Cafe at Four Queens or even breakfast at Benny’s Bullpen at Binions. The solution as i am staying in the Fremont is an elevator ride to the casino for a steak and egg bagel sandwich with a large coffee at Dunkin Donuts which filled the need. The Dunkin Donut location at the Fremont is open twenty four hours a day if you want to check it out and now im thinking about pancakes at Du Pars can you have breakfast for two meals a day, i think i may have too.
Over the last few years we have seen many properties downtown doing major overhauls such as the Fitzgerald’s being remodeled and, turned in to the D Las Vegas as well as the long shuttered Lady Luck finally reopening as a remodeled Downtown Grand; The Plaza also was remodeled in to well a new Plaza okay no name change in this case but the property was totally updated. It seems every major downtown property has done something even if it’s just adding a Fremont Street bar to the mix. A big exception to the updates seems to have been the Boyd properties downtown, which are the Fremont. California and Main Street Station. Boyd’s has seemed to be intent to pay down its debt and not make any major changes but that may have changed as they have announced the closing of the once popular Pasta Pirate at the California. Yes casino restaurant closings happen all the time but they happen less often downtown and very rarely at Boyd’s properties downtown. The replacement for Pasta Pirate is said to be an Asian noodle restaurant, which could do well with the Hawaiian and Asian package groups that the hotel brings in. The footprint for the new restaurant will be larger than the current Pasta Pirate which will also include part of the main casino cage which has been located to the second floor for the moment. I don’t know if this is the start of Boyd’s updating all their downtown properties but any updates to properties are welcome.
If you are member of Boyd’s B Connected players card they have a really good deal right now which is 40 percent off food at all Boyd’s owned restaurants when you play with points. The deal is good at all their Las Vegas properties including the California, Fremont and Main Street Station as well as properties close to the Strip such as the Gold Coast and The Orleans. The B Connected card is free if you are 21 or older with a valid id so if you are going to play at these or their other Las Vegas properties you might want to sign up if you plan on eating there.