Anchoring one end of the Fremont Street area of Downtown Las Vegas, the Plaza has a proud and storied history. The property has in recent years gone through a series of modernization projects that has brought the hotel and casino forward.
I had positive opinions of the casino in brief visits in the past, but until recently had not had the opportunity to stay there for an extended period. I had a chance to stay on the property for a few nights on my most recent Las Vegas trip, which gave me the chance to explore more and see if my previous visits’ perception held up.
The Plaza has a decent sized casino floor, and although it isn’t the biggest in town, they make the most of the space they have. Their slot selection is a careful balance of classic machines and modern must-haves.
They’ve got some rare classic video Wheel of Fortune machines, but they’ve also got Wheel of Fortune 4-D. They have a bank of IGT three-reel machines near the hotel lobby, and they have Wonder 4 Spinning Fortunes. The slot floor offers a wide enough array that there should be something for everyone.
Video Poker is in plentiful supply, like many downtown casinos, and the paytables are a step up from what you’ll find on the strip, and games are available at lower denominations like nickels and dimes.
I didn’t see a high limit room; everything is out on the main floor. Some games that would be multi-denomination in many casinos are set to pennies only, such as Munchkinland. I had one of my biggest slot hits in Las Vegas on their floor, winning $750 on a 75 cent machine.
Plaza clearly understands fan service and player value, as they brought in two Silver Strike machines with four collectible $10 tokens available to capture. They also have a single 0 roulette table available at an accessible minimum. Their table section isn’t huge, but they have enough room for two craps tables, and some specialty games such as Face Up Pai Gow Poker.
Plaza has done some renovations, but my room was not one of them. I was on the fifth floor, with a room that faced the Fremont Street Experience.
I was initially a bit bummed; while I don’t need a renovated room to be happy, I had just checked out of the Wynn, which would skew things. And I was worried that facing Fremont Street on a weekend would be noisy.
I shouldn’t have been concerned. The bed was incredibly comfortable, and I heard more noise from the air conditioner (which was working overtime during the hot summer months) than from outside. My biggest real complaint as a tall person was the level of limbo I had to do to shower, since the shower head was so low. The bathroom area was also quite small; the door barely opened up in the room available for the toilet and the shower; the sink area was outside the bathroom itself.
My room did not have any extras like a coffee pot or a mini fridge, although depending on room type you may find some of these amenities.
Plaza has its own Plaza Rewards program. You earn a point per dollar on slots, and per three dollars on video poker. 250 points is worth $1 in comps, putting it on the more generous side for Las Vegas. They had signage announcing the “new” program, but other than a card redesign and a few tweaks it doesn’t look far off from what I recall from before.
They regularly run promotions, many of which require a small amount of play to opt in, such as 100 points for things like pizza or a coffee and pastry. Their kiosks also regularly have promotions such as point multipliers or prizes when you earn some number of points. During my visit I won 5,000 points (worth $20) for reching the level of a kiosk swipe.
Points can be used as comps or free play, another nice touch – you have the choice of how to use them. They can also be used for purchasing Bingo or items at their Plaza Rewards desk. While I was there a Plaza mask was available for $4 or 1,000 points.
Like their casino floor, there is clearly an effort to emphasize value.
Plaza offers Bingo, and I wanted to offer a dedicated section to this. While they had previously offered rainbow packs with multiple prize levels, they were focused on a blue pack model that had most games worth the same prize.
They also were running Bingo Match Play promotions daily that could be used up to three times daily. This is above and beyond what was available in books like the American Casino Guide and Las Vegas Advisor, which I had but never tapped for Bingo.
I played four sessions and either broke even or was up for all four – in one session I got a bingo during a special game that gave me a wheel spin to win between $300 and $3,000 (I won $600).
The turnout for most of the sessions wasn’t huge, which works to your advantage as Bingo’s a game that is against other players vs. the house. This is on top of the fact that for social distancing reasons they can only play to 50 percent capacity.
Their rooftop pool is one of the many cool features of the property – located on the fifth floor, the pool itself isn’t huge but there’s a large patio with a bar area (although with bars closed, the service was being done by cocktail waitresses across the property).
Their food choices are a good range of value (Subway, McDonald’s, Pop Up Pizza) to sit down options (Hash House a Go Go, Oscar’s Steakhouse). You can eat on a budget if that’s your preference, but you could also get a sizable meal. For a property the size of Plaza there is a well struck balance there too.
Being close to other Fremont Street casinos is great for those who wish to have some variety, but I had some strong luck on the Plaza floor. I don’t recall having a losing session there, and this trip was no exception, even despite being on the property for a few days. But everyone likes to take a break or take a walk now and then, so it’s great being so close to everything there.
If you buy the American Casino Guide or Las Vegas Advisor coupon books, you’ll find some offers for Match Play and Free Play for the Plaza that can itself pay for the books.
If you’re a fan of art, Plaza commissioned a trio of murals for the exterior of their property on the north tower, and they are absolutely phenomenal. You can learn more about the murals from the artists’ own words on their website.
The Plaza does a lot of things right, and has players in mind with their decision making. The property isn’t huge, but is big enough to be worth a trip. This was my first stay at a downtown hotel during a Las Vegas trip, and it left a good impression.
Based on my experience this trip, as well as my positive casino experiences in the past, this will be high on my list of places to return in the future.