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Main Street Station
Hotel Information        
Rooms: 406 including 14 Suites Room Pics: Yes Toll Free: 800-634-6532
Location: Downtown - Main Street Property Map: Yes Local: 702-876-1001
Date Opened: 1977        
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Size: 26,918 Sq.Ft. Tables: 21
Machines: 918 Sports Book: No
Video Poker and Slot Club Info Poker Room: No

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Total: 2
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Pool: Access to Pool at California Hotel

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Review Date: April 2010

I finished up the trip with a night at Main Street Station downtown. In all of my many trips to Vegas, I have only stayed downtown 3 times, the last was a very long time ago. While there are a lot of things I like about Fremont Street and often find myself visiting when I'm in town, it just doesn't compare to what can be offered at a Strip or locals place. On this trip however, the stars lined up with a free room offer and the need for nothing more than a good VP machine, so Downtown and Main Street Station it was.

Since MSS isn't much larger than the lobby at MGM, check-in is super fast. I pulled up to valet and the guy was waiting for me. There was two employees and no customers at the front desk. The elevator is no more than 20 feet away from there. It was a VASTLY different experience from the Luxor. The room though basic, was clean and felt newer than it's age. The carpeting and furniture were in good shape, better than Luxor, and the bed was in pretty decent condition as well. In addition to the 2 queen beds, there was a TV armiore with drawers, 2 large chairs and a small table as well as a small desk/chair and refrigerator near the entrance. The bathroom is just the same as the rest of the room; basic and clean with a just a single-sink formica vanity and combo tub/shower. One concern with MSS is the location next to a freeway interchange and railroad tracks. Directly facing all 3, it turned out that I only heard 1 train go past just as I was going to sleep and the freeway actually provided a nice white noise. The biggest sound issue ended up being the noisy fridge!

While the room may have been nothing to write home about, the best part of MSS is the casino and 2 restaurants. It has a decent collection of video poker games with an on-going promotion that gives you a scratcher for every 4 of a kind. (Final tally: 23 total - 22 for $2 and 1 for $3. A nice little bonus that paid for gas on the way out of town!) The attendants delivered the scratchers quickly and the service was incredibly nice. The drink service was just as good. For food, I received 2 buffets with my offer and used them for lunch then breakfast the following morning. Once upon a time, MSS was amongst the best buffets in town. It certainly doesn't hold that distinction anymore and though the quality seemed to have slipped a bit from my last trip, it still has a great variety with some unique items and is hands-down the best buffet downtown. MSS is also home to the Triple 7 Brew Pub which in addition to it's own microbrews, has a fairly large food menu. I didn't stop in on this trip but have on many occasions before and it's always been excellent even for a guy who is hardly the biggest beer drinker. If you love beer, you will surely be in heaven.

All in all, I had a good time in my 24 hours at Main Street Station. The room was perfectly fine for what it is and the casino is plenty of fun. With that said, it just lacks too many amenities that I have grown used to in a Vegas hotel. There is no internet access in the room nor is there any room service or pool. These are things that are almost a complete deal-breaker for me and definitely for the wife. Since I was solo with plans for not much more than a day's worth of excessive degenerate gambling, it was a great choice but if you looking for the Vegas resort experience, MSS is definitely not the way to go.

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