Monday, March 19, 2018

Golden Nugget Las Vegas Gold Tower Club Suite Review

The Golden Nugget Las Vegas offered 50% off a suite upgrade, so I took it. I'm not sure that the suite I got was really a club suite, but it was an interesting and comfortable place to stay, nonetheless.

Club-level accomodations at the Nugget include additional goodies such as no resort fee, wifi included, water and coffee included, spa access, and a few other things. And they are typically in the top couple of floors of the Gold, Spa, and Rush towers.

This two-room suite was on the third floor of the Gold tower. So I think it was a quick substitution - I checked in very late on a Saturday night, and I think I got a bit more suite for my money than I booked - but not on one of the club floors.

The suite is at the end of the hall, and consists of two normal sized hotel rooms joined together. In fact, it sports the both of the original doors, side by side, perfect for Benny Hill style hallway antics.

The left room contains the bedroom, a powder room and closet, and a full bathroom with jetted tub. The right room contains the living room with sectional sofa, dining set, storage, wetbar with fridge, and a second bathroom with shower.

Let's take a look around, shall we?

The furnishings, carpets, drapes, and other adornments are primarily gold. And brown. Gold and brown. Brown and gold. You'd better like brown and gold if you are staying in this suite.

Golden Nugget Las Vegas Gold Tower Two Room Suite
Left side bedroom

Golden Nugget Las Vegas Gold Tower Two Room Suite
Passage between rooms

Golden Nugget Las Vegas Gold Tower Two Room Suite
Right room living room. In brown. And gold.
 More shots of the bedroom and ensuite.

Golden Nugget Las Vegas Gold Tower Two Room Suite

Golden Nugget Las Vegas Gold Tower Two Room Suite
The king bed was comfortable, and anti Fremont Street Experience earplugs are thoughtfully provided.

Golden Nugget Las Vegas Gold Tower Two Room Suite


Golden Nugget Las Vegas Gold Tower Two Room Suite
Jetted tub. Bring on the bubble bath.
The living dining room was very spacious with a big ole couch for 9 to watch football from. The fridge under the wetbar counter was just a fridge - no minibar or other essential alcholic and snack supplies.

Golden Nugget Las Vegas Gold Tower Two Room Suite

Golden Nugget Las Vegas Gold Tower Two Room Suite

Golden Nugget Las Vegas Gold Tower Two Room Suite

Golden Nugget Las Vegas Gold Tower Two Room Suite
The Fremont Street Experience is just outside the windows, which were very well soundproofed.

An endless supply of coffee makers and water, if you angle it right.
The second bathroom is just inside the entrance to the living room side of things.

Golden Nugget Las Vegas Gold Tower Two Room Suite

Golden Nugget Las Vegas Gold Tower Two Room Suite


Golden Nugget Las Vegas Gold Tower Two Room Suite

Overall, the suite has the feeling that it is fairly nice, with lots of mirrors, touches of marble, tile and so on - and yet there is the sense that its soul is missing. All the needed 'suite things' seem to have been put in without much thought or style, leaving it just a little cold.

Perhaps its because there are only two windows, and they are quite small. And they look invitingly onto the rooftop HVAC equipment. If this suite were on the 15th floor, with floor to ceiling views, it would certainly have some oomph.

It certainly was very comfortable to have all that room, a huge step up from a standard Carson tower or Gold tower room for sure. But there are better, newer suites at the Nugget for sure, in the Rush tower.

I fell asleep soundlessly - wondering where the third foam earplug should go.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Robert Irvine's Public House - Royal Flusher Restaurant Review

Is the food at Robert Irvine's Public House as good as his arms are big?

For more than a year before it opened, the arrival of Robert Irvine's new restaurant was proudly advertised (featuring massive reproductions of his proudly massive forearms) on the sides of the hotel towers of the Tropicana Las Vegas as a coming attraction. In summer 2017, Robert Irvine's Public House opened.

The renovation was extensive, and came at the expense of the Trop's old sports book. Additional space was added in what turned out to be quite a serious undertaking - Public House is huge at 9,000 square feet and 275 seats. They feature

I stopped in for an impromptu dinner to try what is billed as "comfort food with a celebrity twist'.


It's a shame that I do try to protect my anonymity - staff don't know that I'm an annoyingly thorough and savvy foodietective, using my finely-honed foodie skills to test, probe, and evaluate every aspect of the restaurant.

They just know that I'm annoying. And that I take a lot of pictures of my food.

I stepped up to the podium and was assured that I could be seated in just a couple of minutes. I took the time to ask a few questions.

"Is Robert Irvine a celebrity chef?"

She smiled a little nervously and said, "Umm, yes. Yes he is."

"Why is he famous? What makes him a celebrity?"

She smiled even more nervously, the kind of smile you smile when you are being asked annoying questions by an annoying man.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

The Rarest Vintage Vinyl LP Records You've Never Seen

Vinyl long playing records have long been serving up something very, very, special.
Big Salami Johnson vintage blues vinyl lp record art detail
This Big Salami Johnson release, Ham in the Can, features classic neo-modern-post-classic gumshoe-novel style graphics by the renowned supermarket flyer artist Sylvester 'Sketch' McDoodle.
And the resurgence of interest in vinyl in today's always-on right now digital age testifies to this. People relate to the imperfection of them, I suppose, as an antidote to the auto-tuned sterility of modern recordings.

Whether it's the welcoming low pitched rumble when the needle hits the groove, the occasional pop of dust or click of a scratch, listening to the warm sounds of music coming from vinyl is akin to staring into the flickering random flames of the tribal fire.

With James Brown dancing around it, I suppose, if you are extremely lucky.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Hiking Red Rock Canyon's Keystone Thrust Trail - Part 2

Part 2 of Royal Flusher's Keystone Thrust hike pictorial, continued from Part 1.
The Keystone Thrust. You are seeing how the colored sandstone layer has been sublimated under the gray granite in a tectonic clash of epic proportions. Like, millions of years epic.

Close up of the thrust. The trail turns east here and drops down. Bear in mind that you'll have to come up again.


Saturday, June 17, 2017

Hiking Red Rock Canyon's Keystone Thrust Trail - Part 1

The Keystone Thrust trail in Nevada's Red Rock Canyon conservation area, just outside Las Vegas, is shown on maps as short hike (around 2 hours) of moderate difficulty. The elevation change is shown as 500 feet, but add some feet if you hike from the first parking lot to the second one at the trail head, about a mile up a gravel road. The elevation change is surprisingly challenging, but the trip is well worth it for the views, and for the geology lesson.

The Keystone Thrust is a fault formed by tectonic plate movement - the older gray granite plate has gotten shoved overtop the younger yellow and red sandstone rock layers. Weather has done the rest of the work to make these fascinating formations.



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