Historical Traveller Reviews of Main Street Station Hotel
Very nice stay, what we expected
from A TripAdvisor Member
We spent 2 nights here last week and had a very nice stay. It was nothing more than we expected, nothing less. 'Average' is a good way to describe this hotel. The staff was very nice, the food was fantastic.
The room was large, clean and decorated in tasteful neutral colors. The bed, linens and carpeting were all in good shape. The shutters on the windows were a nice touch, although they didn't allow for a dark room after the sun rose if that is important to you. The bath was clean, and in fair condition. Sure it could use a facelift, but the water was hot and the pressure was great. No hairdryer in the room, but I called housekeeping, and they brought one up we kept the length of our stay.
Our room faced south, we had a pretty view of the downtown and strip lights. We had to sleep with the AC on because of the train noise, and although the fan was not quiet, we had no problem sleeping.
The lobby and casino are are attractive with an Old West Victorian theme. Pretty wood and antiques around. Not huge, but nice.
We ate at the 777Brewpub and the buffet. Both were an excellent value, good quality and on our 'repeat next trip' list.
I only have the Golden Nugget to compare this to downtown. If the rooms were the same price, or a small $$ difference, I'd pick the Nuggett (nicer rooms, quieter location and MSS has no pool on property--you use the pool at the Cal). I'd stay again at MSS, but I wouldn't pay too much ($60 max at a very busy weekend) for the room we had.
LOVE this Hotel!!!!
What a pretty hotel! Brass and dark woods everywhere... Room was decent sized, bathtub was a little small though. Beds were very comfy. The buffet was excellent as always. Ammenities in the bathroom section smelled very good. For a saturday night, i can't complain for $90. Steps away from Fremont Street as well!!!! Highly Recommend this hotel.
Main Streets Da Bomb!
from A TripAdvisor Member
Went to vegas with wife and son in August, didnt stay downtown but came for the buffet. It did not disappoint! Excellent food and selection at reasonable price. Service was good. When wife and son went back to the strip I got a card and played VP all night. Attentive floor staff made up for very tight VP machines. Couldnt believe it when in January the MSS mailed me a comp room for two nights on what liitle I had gambled. My wife promptly threw the offer away, but I will be back! The casino is clean and staff friendly. Count me a MSS fan!!!
Great dinner buffet
Had dinner there. At first I was worried when I saw the line-up, but then realized that it was moving quickly. Our server was great, very friendly, and genuinely wanted to make sure everything was good, and I was finding everything I needed. Selection was amazing. Almost everything was delicous - candied yams, collard greens, mashed potatoes, chinese rice, delicious tofu (who knew I'd be eating good tofu in Vegas?) ribs and great fried chicken - mmmmmm if I could only go back right now and have dinner there! Dessert wasn't as good, so fill up on the main course items. Still, I was impressed at the selection of sugar-free items for diabetic people. Very cool.
The room itself is beautiful, and makes meals seem very grand and special.
Light sleepers beware...choo choo!
from A TripAdvisor Member
From the outside, my opinion of the Main Street Station hotel was that it was a typical dingy downtown Vegas hotel. However, the long Lobby was very beautiful victorian style with dark woods, wood floors and stained glass. The rooms are the typical hotel beige, but spacious and the bed is comfy. They have 4" plantation shutter blinds in lieu of curtains which was kind of cool. The bathrooms are cramped and dated with the shower mounted for someone about 4 ft tall. There are no hair dryers or irons/ironing boards in the rooms. The worse was the railroad. We were in room 1123, so the view was pretty good of downtown, but the trains ran pretty much non-stop all night and would lay on the whistle to boot...so not cool for hotel guest! The a/c unit rattled a bit when it kicked on too. Between the two "noise makers" my husband barely got any sleep. We have since read up on cheapovegas for their review and they pretty much mirror our sentiments. Despite the trains, the hotel really is not all that bad. Parking is free and fairly easy to navigate. If you are planning to stay downtown, my vote goes to the Golden Nugget. It is top choice!
BUFFET IS BEST DOWNTOWN
from A TripAdvisor Member
I have never stayed at the Main street station..ive eaten there MANY times..the Buffet is the best downtown...I read a earlier review that said it was the worst in vegas..that had to be written by either a disgruntled employee or a competing hotel...because buffet is great! ok i admit the breakfast is just okay..nothing special...but good for the price..the dinner buffets are great!! you wont be disappointed.
Good value..first time in veags
On our first trip to Vegas, we stayed at the Main street station. Being off the strip was nice because you didn't have to deal with all the traffic of the strip. The hotel itself was a overall good experience; nice room for the price, nice decor, quick check-in/out, parking was close by and easy (i.e. not like the parking we encountered on the strip) We ate breakfast and lunch at the buffet. Breakfast was pricey (was a saturday brunch), the food was so-so but the selection was pretty good. Lunch was a better value, food was better but still average. We didn't play in the casino so i can't comment about that...another nice thing was that we were really close to the Fremont experience which was cool...As far as I could tell, the average age group staying there was 50-60's. Even though this was an overall good experience, we'll probably stay on the strip next time to get a different 'taste' of vegas
Payed 80$ on a week-end which was a very good buy. Hotel rooms are clean, comfortable and spacious. Hotel is short walking distance from the Fremont experience. It is only 10 minutes drive (or less) to the strip. Free parking structure adjacent to it. Buffet there has a lot of choices. Not ideal or a best buy (9.95$) for an early breakfast on saturday unless you enjoy eating chinese, pizza or mexican food at 7:00 AM. However has good omelets made with your choices of ingredients but request less cooking oil or the omelet drips oil... Lunch is a good deal with prices at 7.75$. You have a choice of mexican, chinese, italian or american food.
You May Already Be A Thief
from A TripAdvisor Member
Nice facility for the price: Attractive room, great location, all-night brew pub serves up big portions at small prices. But poor judgment by management seriously undermines what would otherwise be a solid choice. No hair dryers, ironing boards or irons (apparently guests might filch them). If you want to use your calling card, you'll have to go downstairs and put a $25 security deposit down or give your credit card number to the telephone operator (nothing is said about this when you check in). Every bathroom vanity is graced with plastic stand-up signage that tells you that the hotel is providing "special amenities" that you will be charged for "if you decide to take them with you." These "special amenities" are TOWELS ($40 each) and PILLOWS. An employee at check-out said the signs were placed there "by the laundry people." You shouldn't have to put up with abusive insults like this when you're on vacation, and you shouldn't have to pack a hair dryer and an iron because the hotel doesn't trust you. But if you're not personally bothered by any of this, it's a good value in a good location, a block from Fremont. Parking is in an "at your own risk" outdoor lot on the dark side of the property.
Main Street is Top Notch!
I have been to Vegas about 15 times and each time I go to Main Street Station. I have stayed in the hotel once. The rooms are spacious and clean. The bathrooms are a little outdated, but wonderfully nice. Get a room high up if you can.The casino is gorgeous! I love the sideways fans at the bar, the brewery is cool to look at, the flaming 7 machines rule! All in all Main Street is worth the $40 weekday price.The Buffet, I don't even have to tell you how great it is. See for yourself. I think you might be surprised that the buffet is larger, more extravagant and more variety than most hotels on the strip. Love Main Street, you will too!
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