Posted February 5, 2009 by Kate Hamman
Before Hollywood-style mega hotels and family-themed attractions cropped up all over the city, Las Vegas once served as a class-act escape for adults. Things may have changed since the days of the swinging Rat Pack, but the Fremont Street area still maintains many of the old-school ways.
Golden Nugget: With Las Vegas' extremely high hotel turnover rate, the Golden Nugget has somehow remained standing and going strong since 1946. With several new renovations to keep up with the times, including a live shark tank added to the outdoor swimming pool area, the hotel still embodies the original Vegas. Frank Sinatra headlined here several times, and even inaugurated the Theatre Ballroom with Willie Nelson in 1984. Part of the Fremont Street Experience, and a favorite place to stay among die-hard gamblers, the hotel looks like it's here to stay. Room rates start at $59 per night.
Main Street Antiques: The kitschy, tacky, gaudy, and quirky that make Vegas what it is come together under one roof at Main Street Antiques. Here, memorabilia runs amuck in more than 15,000 square feet of space. From the "Mint Room" filled with showgirl costumes to the "Vegas Room" featuring all things Elvis, there's never a dull moment. Be sure to shop the Tiny Treasure for trinkets from the Sunset Strip and Route 66. Though everything is for sale, this collection rivals many museums and is free to enter.
Hugo's Cellar: Far from the flash-in-the-pan nouvelle restaurants lining the strip, Hugo's has been a top spot for fine-dining since the 60s, and is still a favorite among locals. Located in the basement of the Four Queens Hotel and Casino, the dark wood and exposed brick of the cellar capture the spirit of gentlemen's clubs of the past. A red rose greets every lady, adding a special touch of class to each meal. The menu mostly consists of dry-aged beef and a range of seafood options. Dinner may be a bit of a splurge, but it's worth every penny to experience the atmosphere of vintage Vegas. Entrees start at $32, and include salad prepared tableside, side items, and chocolate dipped fruit for dessert.
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