The D Las Vegas and Golden Gate Hotel & Casino Reopen

Two world-famous Fremont Street hotels and casinos, the D Las Vegas and Golden Gate Hotel & Casino reopened their doors to the public at 12:01 a.m. on June 4.

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Photo of Derek Stevens and friends by Black Raven Films

Owned by CEO and Downtown Las Vegas developer, Derek Stevens, the two Downtown Las Vegas properties are among the first casinos to resume gaming operations in Nevada. Both offer hotel accommodations, food and beverage venues, and sportsbooks.

“As with the rest of the world, the past few months have presented our city with an unprecedented challenge, and our team has worked around the clock to bring back the Vegas experience our visitors know and love,” said Stevens. “We are excited to get our employees back to work and to welcome guests to the entertainment capital of the world.”

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According to the D Las Vegas website, the hotel and casino team have been in constant COVID-19 observation with the Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD), the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Occupational Safety and Health Origination (OSHA) websites. In preparation for the reopening, they have been learning the best practices from these expert organizations. They have always taken pride in the level of cleanliness and will maintain over the top standards when welcoming team members and guests back to Downtown Las Vegas.

Both hotels adopted improved sanitation practices early on, including a varied list of cleaning solutions that kill Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), Influenza, Human Coronavirus, Rotavirus, Norovirus, Rhinovirus, Aspergillus and Trichophyton Mentagrophytes on all surfaces that guests or team members touch. Staff have placed
alcohol-based hand sanitizing fluid dispensers at entrances, public areas of the casino and back of the house. There is a strict, time-based sanitation schedule to clean all touched items on property.

Team members have learned new practices to wear the proper use of PPE and hand washing techniques. There is a communication chain developed and practiced, in the event of a confirmed case. All necessary protocols have been developed to promote the safety of all involved when managing the situation.

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Since 2012, the D Las Vegas helped bring visitors back to the historic Downtown Las Vegas area by offering a modern-day casino, and a hotel experience with 629 comfortable guest rooms and suites.

After months of anticipation, D Las Vegas is reopening and ready for some summer fun. Decorated with vintage touches of Las Vegas, the two-story casino offers blackjack tables, old and new slot machines, and some exclusive games you can’t find anywhere else.

The bars are open providing beer, wine and specialty drinks among live entertainment, including LONGBAR, a sports hub and the longest bar in Nevada.

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Visitors can enjoy a world-famous Coney Dog at American Coney Island or splurge at Andiamo Italian Steakhouse for premier steaks and seafood. D Las Vegas offers the only Sigma Derby horse racing game in Las Vegas, and recently debuted Circa Sports book and a new hockey-centric bar, named BarCanada. D Grill, as well as bell and valet services will remain closed until further notice.

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At One Fremont Street, the originally opened in 1906 Golden Gate Hotel & Casino is Las Vegas’ most historic hotel. It’s like a museum filled with stories and artifacts from Las Vegas’ past. Visitors can retreat to one of Golden Gate’s “Original 10” rooms – which have been maintained for 114 years – or opt for a more updated suite, located in its luxury tower with Art Deco accents, iconic tributes to famous celebrities, and Swing-era inspired interior design.

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The “Original 10” rooms welcomed ranchers, railroad men, singers, mobsters, vacationers. Now Golden Gate houses CEO Derek Stevens’ sports betting venture, Circa Sportsbook, two luxurious penthouses, an expanded 14-suite tower, two bars – OneBar and Bar Prohibition! This original Golden Gate bar was a watering hole during the Wild West, the roaring 20s and a whiskey hangout frequented by Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., and Dean Martin during the Rat Pack era.

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The reopenings of the D and Golden Gate come a week after Stevens launched his “Keep America Flying” promotion, which offered 2,000 free Las Vegas-bound flights to travelers across the country. After the first 1,000 flights were booked in less than two hours, Stevens launched phase two of the nationwide giveaway by adding an additional 1,000 flights. The initiative was created to reignite tourism to Las Vegas and support the airline industry.

To make up for lost time, guests who may have missed their birthday celebrations due to the shutdown can request a free bottle of Tito’s Handmade Vodka with a room reservation at the D Las Vegas or Golden Gate through the month of June.

Part of this review was featured on Luxe Beat Magazine on June 5, 2020.


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