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Downtown Las Vegas

202 Fremont Street

Las Vegas, NV 89101

800-634-6045

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690 Rooms

$39 and up

$40-$80 per night

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AT A GLANCE

Highs

Low Cost, friendly staff.

Lows

Missing some of the niceties people have come to expect.

Location: 7

The heart of Fremont Street.

Price: 9

Very inexpensive.

Value: 7

You get more than what you pay for.

Rooms: 7

Comfortable and modern.

Casino: 7

Feels like "Old" Vegas in a good way.

Amenities: 6

Rooms have most of what you need.

Facilities: 5

Missing things like a pool and spa.

Service: 9

Very friendly.

Fun: 7

Big savings and great gambling action.

Bonus: 7

Extra points for the friendly smiles and low rates.

Total: 71

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FULL REVIEW

The venerable Four Queens along Fremont Street underwent a serious overhaul a couple of years ago that has turned a unremarkable hotel into one of the top properties in Downtown Las Vegas. It's amazing what new owners, a fresh attitude, and several million dollars can accomplish.

The Four Queens was named for the original owners four daughters - yeah, I was disappointed, too - and its location in the heart of Glitter Gulch has kept the foot traffic going. It's mainly a haven for an older crowd and value-conscious travelers - as is most of Downtown - so if you're looking for a hip, trendy party spot for the young and beautiful you'll have to look elsewhere.

Having said that, there's nothing wrong with being a value-conscious traveler and if you are one, the Four Queens should be very high on your list of places to consider staying.

The casino area is a nice mix of old and new Vegas. The machines are modern and come in a variety of denominations but the focus here is on the low end with dollars and above being vastly outnumbered by the pennies, nickels, and quarters. Table games are arranged under a high-ceiling of iron trellises and brass chandeliers and offer up the standards like blackjack, craps, and roulette plus newer games like Three Card Poker, Let It Ride, and Texas Hold'em Bonus. The limits are lower than you'll find on The Strip and payouts can be higher - this is one of the few places in town that still offer 3-2 odds on single deck blackjack. They also have a small sports book and a keno lounge if you are so inclined.

But even with the upgrades, the casino still feels very "old" Vegas - a bit cramped, kind of smoky... Vegas, baby! Yes, if you're looking for the true place to pretend you're a Vegas hipster, forget the sleek lounges on The Strip and head for a craps table at The Four Queens.

The 690 rooms are located in two towers with those in the south tower being just a fraction bigger for future reference but all of them are on the smallish side. Anything more than two people in the room and there will be some nerves stepped upon.

They all have simple but modern furnishings, flat panel televisions, irons and boards, a coffeemaker, high-speed Internet access, and a host of other amenities. While they don't compare to the palatial surrounding you'll find at most Strip hotels, they are better than your standard roadside motel and at the kind of prices they charge you have absolutely nothing to complain about.

There are a few restaurants including the terrific Hugo's Cellar, a 24-hour café Magnolia's Veranda (where you can find things like $8.95 prime rib), a small brew-pub, and a miniature food court with a Subway and a Dryers.

There's a small casino bar but the main entertainment facility is called The Canyon Club, a fantastic space with a dance floor, an ornately carved bar, big plushy sofas and other seating, and a huge stage. It all has a Hindu-meets-Hollywood aesthetic and feels like a great place to see one of the live bands or shows they book in here.

If all that isn't enough for you, the entertainment, casinos, bars, shopping, and restaurants that line the Fremont Street Experience are just steps away.

On top of all that, there's also the service. I've always felt that The Four Queens has one of the friendliest staffs in town and my last visit reinforced that impression. It's something they take a great deal of pride in and while I'm sure that even some of their employees have bad days, you can usually expect a hearty smile and "howdy-doo" from the folks here.

And here's the real kicker - you can get rooms here for as low as $39 a night. Weekends start at $79 and you almost never pay more than $100 a night. I officially do not want to hear anyone whine about how expensive Las Vegas is anymore. Yes, it's not on The Strip, yes you don't get a bathroom big enough to park a Lear jet in, and yes you don't get a room with electronic drapes and butler service, but the room will be clean, comfortable, modern, and (did I mention?) cheap.

The Four Queens offers a terrific mix of value, service, and traditional Vegas fun. I highly recommend it.

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