Main Street Station Hotel Rating: 3.0 Pearls
Downtown/Fremont Street, Las Vegas, Nevada

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Pros

Cons

  • No pool on site
  • No party scene
  • No fine dining
  • No fitness center
  • No poker, race, or sports book
  • Dated rooms

Bottom Line

Several blocks from the lights and sounds of Downtown Vegas, the 406-room Main Street Station offers a quiet, Old West-inspired atmosphere. A cheap buffet and a casino with 20 times odds in craps and 800 video poker and slot machines attracts an older clientele. But rooms are basic, and there's no pool, fitness center, or fine dining.

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 Scene

A quiet, 406-room, old-time-Western-themed hotel in Downtown Vegas, drawing mostly retirees to its budget buffet and slot-machine-dominated casino.

The Berlin urinal
The Berlin urinal

Main Street Station molds itself into an archetype of the old American West, incorporating Victorian-era railcars and a collection of 20th-century antiques throughout the hotel, such as a snooker table once owned by Winston Churchill and a large chunk of the Berlin Wall in the men's room (where they've mounted urinals). On the exterior, old-style signs with Western lettering advertise the exciting but not-so-authentic "20x Crap Odds." The lobby, casino, and buffet boast vaulted ceilings, huge gold chandeliers, stained-glass windows, and antique slot machines.

But there's no pool, no fine dining, no fitness center -- nothing that one might expect of a typical Vegas hotel. Beyond the cultural artifacts and inexpensive breakfast buffet, there's not much draw to the hotel. Still, most guests -- largely seniors, long-married couples, and Pacific islanders (a result of the Vacations - Hawaii travel desk in the lobby) -- are plenty satisfied by the clean rooms and no-frills casino.

 Location

Two blocks (a five-minute walk) north of Fremont Street, Downtown's main drag. On the plus side, it's more sheltered from outside noise.

Located in the smaller, older, and more pedestrian-friendly Downtown Vegas, Main Street Station is slightly removed from the area's main attraction, the Fremont Street Experience, a nightly light and music show. This isn't necessarily a bad thing: The rooms are generally quieter, and you're still within close walking distance of the Golden Nugget, whose casino and restaurants are the nicest in Downtown.

In addition, there's a skywalk that connects Main Street Station to the California Hotel across the street. But there isn't much over there that can't be found at Main Street Station.

It's about a 20-minute, $25 cab ride to McCarran International Airport from Main Street Station.

 Rooms

Average size, plain design -- Still, it's an OK room for the price.

The Deluxe Queen Room
The Deluxe Queen Room

Unlike the more over-the-top Vegas-style theme decorations at many hotels, the rooms at Main Street are a bit more sedate -- mostly muted greens and browns. Aside from the occasional marking on the wall, the rooms are generally well maintained and the furnishings are free of significant wear.

 Features

No on-site pool, no fitness center; the only real draw is free Wi-Fi in the lobby.

An antique pipe organ
An antique pipe organ

Guests can use the pool at Main Street's sister hotel, the California, which connects to Main Street Station via a skywalk.

 Casino

No sports book or poker tables, the Main Street casino's main draws are its 20 times craps odds and ample video poker and slot machines.

The casino
The casino

Though smaller than most casinos on the Strip, the 28,000-square-foot Main Street casino still comes with 800 video poker and slot machines, plus the standard table games. There's no sports book and no poker room, but the casino does advertize better odds on the craps tables.

 Family

Nothing much for kids -- no pool; no real entertainment.

The hotel supplies cribs and rollaway beds at no additional charge, but there's no pool on site. Children won't find much to occupy them on the property beyond some displays of old-time slot machines in the lobby. In fact, for some guests, the near absence of children is the hotel's best asset.

 Cleanliness

The room and bathroom were neat and bore no offensive stains. The hallways, elevators, and lobby were very well maintained.

Aside from a few markings on the walls in my room, I found nothing to complain about regarding cleanliness at Main Street Station.

 Food

Ever since the hotel's fanciest restaurant, the Pullman, closed down, there's nothing for food on site aside from a decent buffet (given its low prices) and a lackluster sports bar/microbrewery.

Vast quantities of bacon
Vast quantities of bacon

 Bottom Line

Several blocks from the lights and sounds of Downtown Vegas, the 406-room Main Street Station offers a quiet, Old West-inspired atmosphere. A cheap buffet and a casino with 20 times odds in craps and 800 video poker and slot machines attracts an older clientele. But rooms are basic, and there's no pool, fitness center, or fine dining.

Things You Should Know About Main Street Station Hotel

Address

  • 200 N. Main St, Las Vegas, NV 89101

Hotel Is Also Known As...

  • Main Street Hotel
  • Main Street Station Hotel & Casino

Room Types

  • Deluxe Room
  • Deluxe Suite

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 406
Pool: Yes
Internet: Yes
Cribs: Yes
Casino: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Downtown/Fremont Street, Las Vegas
Address: 200 N. Main St, Las Vegas, NV 89101
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