I really enjoyed my weekend stay at the Downtown Grand this past weekend. We were in Vegas to celebrate my cousins 30th birthday! Everything was pretty great from the moment we arrived.
One of the best features was the free valet service with the stay. My cousin and her husband were staying at a different hotel and had trouble finding parking several times, one time even having to park at another hotel. That made this feature that much better. And if you thought free valet couldn’t get any better, you were wrong. At the Grand, you could text the valet service to let them know you were getting ready to pick up your car. Within 5-10 minutes you receive a text that your car is ready! How great is that! I’ve never seen that before. No waiting out in the heat or standing in line forever to pick up your car! Great feature Downtown Grand!
The room was also nice. We had a standard room with a king bed. The room was fairly large, had plenty of room to spread out. Some rooms are just so small cramped, not this one. The AC also worked like a dream. With the temperature anywhere between 113-118 that weekend, having AC that worked that well was amazing. I saw several reviews on Yelp that complained about the AC being too cold. I don’t see how that’s a problem myself. Why don’t you just turn the thermostat up instead of complaining about it. I found it absolutely refreshing walking into my room so cold after being in that heat. Having the AC work so well was fantastic! The only Yelp complaint I can agree with, was the bathroom shower. The idea was good, the execution was pretty terrible. The shower itself was great. The water, the temperature, size of the shower…all great. What wasn’t great, was the half shower door, glass, whatever you want to call it. Basically, it was an open shower. There was a wall of glass that only covered the shower opening about halfway. Now, when I first read the reviews on Yelp, I thought, “Really? It can’t be that big of a deal. These people are trippin.” Well they were completely right! It was pretty bad. Again, I love the idea of it, but not executed well. If you’re going to do that, the wall needs to extend further and cover about ¾ of the opening because water gets everywhere. From the moment you turn it on it’s splashing out, even turning the head as far as I could towards the wall (which wasn’t very much) wasn’t enough. Then when you’re in there, it’s still spraying from off your body so that by the time your done, the floor is wet and the towel you have down on the floor is soaked! And if you think about taking a shower with your significant other or whoever one of you is going to freeze your ass off while the other is enjoying the warm water! My suggestion to them is to add a sliding door. Probably a lot cheaper than extending putting in a new, longer piece!
That was my biggest complaint!
I chose this hotel because it had a pool. Now, I didn’t go to the pool like I had wanted. Way too many damn people! Which of course is not the hotels fault. That is what is expected when it’s 118 degrees outside! So I didn’t get to enjoy the pool, but I did have a nice view of it in my room so I know, the next time I’ll enjoy it.
Despite the reviews I saw of the casino, it being too small, I didn’t see that. Of course it’s a bit smaller because it’s a hotel downtown. It’s not nearly as small as some of the other hotels downtown. I thought it was a good size. Had a decent amount of tables and slots. The other great thing I found, going on a weekend, was that the hotel was never over crowded. Several times we went and walked Fremont street and ended up coming back to the Grand because the other hotels were too crowded. The tables were crowded and they didn’t have the lower $5 minimums at the Fremont street hotels.
I would definitely give this hotel 5 stars (even with the shower issue). I found the staff to be very pleasant and helpful. Good food downstairs and in the restaurants below. I would definitely recommend this hotel. You can still get the downtown experience while being slightly off Fremont street, a minutes walk away!