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We thought Bitcoin, the open-source internet currency, was over…as far as using it to pay for hotel stays. Indeed, the Howard Johnson hotel in Fullerton, Calif. that we spoke to back in 2011 stopped using it after the Bitcoin market crashed.
But today Bitcoin is back and is now accepted in the one city where money talks--Las Vegas.
Two Downtown Vegas hotels--the D Las Vegas and the Golden Gate Hotel & Casino will begin taking Bitcoins starting tomorrow, including the front desk for each hotel and the D's gift shop. You can even use Bitcoin to pay for Coney Dogs at American Coney Island and steaks at Joe Vicari’s Andiamo Italian Steakhouse. Here's how it will work:
Bitcoin purchases at the casino hotels will be processed through BitPay, a service that streamlines transactions using tablet and mobile interfaces. Tablets programmed with BitPay will be installed at each cashier, allowing Bitcoin users to easily pay for services using their mobile wallets.
Derek Stevens, CEO of the D and Golden Gate, said the hotels began accepting Bitcoin due to "guest demand." Hmm…while we like how Stevens took initiative, guest demands sounds unlikely. After all, do you know someone using Bitcoin? Seriously, do you? Ok, maybe some of you do. But most of us just know about Bitcoin from its Wikipedia page.
Nonetheless, one Bitcoin equals roughly about $822 and considering that rooms at the D start at $22 tomorrow night, if you're in possession of just one Bitcoin, then you can go wild in Vegas.
Ahhh...we all remember what it's like to be young and in love on a cross-country road-trip staying in a different hotel each night. Or maybe not. For those of you who never got the chance to drive across America after college, we've got a special Summer Road Trip series from Teddy Worcester, a recent Wheaton College grad who's making his way out to San Fran for a tech job. Along the way, he's hitting up about six hotels and reporting back to us on each one. So grab your iced beverage of choice, settle into your lawn chair and let the sprinkler run.
We arrived in downtown Vegas yesterday at around 3PM from Utah, where we stayed the night before. Sally was incredibly skeptical about staying in Vegas (she was a Vegas Virgin) but I convinced her that downtown Vegas was much cooler than the Strip. And I knew immediately that we should stay at the Golden Nugget.
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We now present you with our VIP Hotel Reviewer Series in which we hand-pick experts in the travel and media worlds and beyond to tell us what are their favorite hotels and why. Once a week, we'll feature a hotel review from said VIPs about their favorite leisure or business hotels. Pay attention: These VIPs are experts at what they do and they don't mess around when it comes to their hotels.
After a brief sabbatical, our VIP series returns again with Jen Leo, the keynote blogger of the LA Times Daily Deal and Travel Blog and former HotelChatter contributor. Jen is one of the savviest people we know in the travel writing industry so when she mentioned that she booked the spa suites at the Golden Nugget for her wedding, we were intrigued. Here she tells us all the juicy details. About the hotel, of course. Not the wedding night. Enjoy.
One of my most memorable hotel experiences was the suite that I got for my wedding night. It wasn't memorable for the reasons you're quick to assume. This was in Vegas, and Vegas is known for some pretty amazing suites and party palaces. But would you expect anything grand downtown?
Since I met my husband at a poker tournament in Las Vegas - we thought it'd be fun to get married on 7-7-07 in Vegas. I didn't want to do the drive-thru or cheapo turnstile weddings that Vegas is famous for, so we centered our destination wedding, and a full weekend of festivities, around the Golden Nugget.
We know it can sometimes be hard to find a hotel that has good bacon, but is that really worse than checking into a room so noisy that the highway itself might be quieter? Unfortunately, that seems to be the situation at the Main Street Station Hotel in downtown Vegas, which in all other regards looks to be a great deal.
A recent guest just checked in with a report:
The room was nice and large , but it was very noisy being right next to the freeway. We had to leave the heater on all night long to block out the noise...I will go back to gamble and eat but would not stay there again
Lest you think she's oversensitive, another guest had the same gripe:
It is very close to the interstate, we were on the 17th (top) floor in a King room, that overlooked the interstate, and it is loud
At least it will drown out the sound of canvases tearing on the Strip.