Heroes come in many forms. They’re often the person sitting next to on a plane or someone you pass by on the street. They do a lot to help the people of this country and assist in making the world a better place.
The Plaza honors all kinds of heroes: the military, our first responders, and teachers. We know that their jobs aren’t always easy, but they make the greatest impact.
We wanted to take a moment to thank all of our American Heroes. We appreciate our military for defending our borders and fighting for our country. We thank our first responders like our police and firefighters for being the first ones at the scene of an emergency and working hard to fight crime and save lives. We honor our teachers and thank them for inspiring the lives of many and raising our youth to be knowledgeable and well informed.
The Plaza would like to show our thanks by offering a 15% discount on all stays at the Plaza Hotel & Casino to our heroes. We strongly believe that our heroes deserve a vacation and a chance to relax and have fun. When you stay at The Plaza, you’ll be within walking distance of all of the attractions that downtown Las Vegas has to offer, and just a short ride away from the Las Vegas strip. There are many restaurants and shows around Las Vegas that also offer a discount to our heroes.
To take advantage of this offer, simply present a valid identification card at check-in to receive discount.
Discount is not applicable with any other discount or promotion and the offer is limited to active, non-retired personnel from any U.S. state with proper identification. Business cards are not an accepted method of identification. Discount is not valid on holidays and/or designated special event weekends. If you wish to confirm availability in advance please contact reservations. We hope you’ll come and stay with us!
No other holiday brings out the patriotic spirit of our country more than 4th of July. On that day in 1776, the thirteen colonies claimed their independence from England and Americans love to celebrate with a barbecue and cold beers. It’s a day that all Americans come together in the high heat of the summer and celebrate the independence of the United States of America.
Many people choose to celebrate with fireworks and some with meat on the grill, but we know you want to beat the heat when it comes to partying in Las Vegas. Come and escape the high temperatures by partying with us at the Pool at the Plaza. Our rooftop pool is the perfect spot to relax and enjoy the holiday with friends and family.
If you want to swim directly under the fireworks, we’re holding a night swim pool party to celebrate 4th of July the weekend before on Saturday, June 30th.
The night will feature live entertainment and a hot dog eating competition! The winner of the hot dog eating competition will have the opportunity to win $1,000 worth of prizes. The prizes include $200 cash, a two-night stay, dining credit to Oscar’s Steakhouse, tickets to A Mob Story, and much more! If you love hot dogs and can eat a lot, you should enter to compete by filling out the contest entry form. There are 10 spots available, and you must be 21 years old or older to enter. Make sure to enter the competition by June 20th!
Towards the end of the night, many downtown locations will shoot off fireworks, which makes the Pool at the Plaza the best place to view the fireworks. The pool has plenty to offer with:
a poolside bar
a tennis court
a 12-person hot tub.
Private cabanas reservations will be available that night. Entry to the event is free for anyone 21 years old and over. Don’t miss the perfect opportunity to break out that American flag bikini or shorts and join us for a drink to celebrate the independence of America.
One of the reasons people love coming to Las Vegas is that there’s entertainment and something to do everywhere you look. The fun never stops in Sin City and the possibilities of what you can do and see are endless. Downtown Las Vegas is known for its artistic nature and old-school charm. The best part about downtown is that there’s plenty to do for free! There’s so many things going on each night that you should have no trouble finding something to do, but in case you need a starting point, we’ve put together a list of some of the best free adventures in downtown Las Vegas.
The Fremont Street Experience
As one of the most well known things to do in downtown Las Vegas, the Fremont Street Experience doesn’t disappoint. You will walk down a long stretch of hotels and casinos with lights overhead and music from all around. There are fun shops to explore along the Fremont Street Experience, and you can grab a drink from many different bars and take it on the walk with you!
Free Summer Concert Series
Downtown Las Vegas hosts a free summer concert series right under the lights of the Fremont Street Experience for locals and tourists to enjoy. The concerts are all free and open to the public. Most concerns start at 9 PM, and in a city that never sleeps, the fun will continue into the night. This year, there are big names coming to downtown Las Vegas like The Cult and Billy Ray Cyrus, who will be visiting downtown Las Vegas on the 4th of July. If you’re attending one of the more popular concerts, it’s suggested that you get there early to reserve a good spot, since everything is standing room only and no spots are reserved.
Check Out Historic Casinos
Some of the casinos in downtown Las Vegas have been around for a long time. The El Cortez Hoteland Casino was purchased by famous mobsters Bugsy Siegel, Meyer Lansky, Gus Greenbaum, and Moe Sedway in 1945, four years after opening. The Plaza Hotel and Casinoopened in 1971 and was the largest hotel and casino with over 500 rooms when it first opened. It’s also been the location for films and music videos such as “The Man” by well-known Las Vegas band “The Killers”. The oldest operational casino downtown, The Golden Gate, is over 100 years old. It opened in 1906 as Hotel Nevada, but was renamed in 1955 to the current name.
Watch Some Street Performers
There’s no shortage of street performers in Las Vegas, and downtown has some of the best ones. You’ll find all sorts of street acts such as musicians, rappers, magicians, illusionists, characters, and even some show girls. Be sure to get your picture with your favorite characters as you’ll see everyone from Mickey Mouse to Spiderman walking around downtown. In classic Las Vegas style, you’ll also see some beautiful ladies and attractive gentlemen to take pictures with as well. Watching the street performers and characters is always free, but tipping is definitely encouraged.
Enjoy Live Music
The live music in downtown Las Vegas is always playing, and many bars and restaurants have bands and musicians that come to entertain their guests. You can catch some free music at the Omaha Lounge at The Plaza Hotel & Casino, but you’re also sure to see some shows out on the Fremont Street Experience where there are bands playing almost every night. Many bars in the area also put on shows that are free to attend. Just check around and see who’s playing that night!
Watch A Sports Game
The sports scene is huge in downtown Las Vegas, and a lot of the bars in the area have viewing parties for the games. Most of the viewing parties are free and you can go cheer on your favorites and chat with other fans. Las Vegas is a very eclectic city so you’ll find just about every sport playing.
Free Slot Pulls
One of the best things about coming to Las Vegas is the gambling, and it doesn’t get much better when you don’t have anything to lose! Some of the casinos in downtown Las Vegas offer free slot pulls. You’ll find them at Four Queens and Binion’s Gambling Hall with no strings attached. Other places offer free slot pulls, but sometimes you’ll have to listen to their pitch.
Check Out Some Antiques
When you think Las Vegas, you don’t typically think about going antiquing, but we have that too! You can take a self-guided tour of all the antiques in the Main Street Station Casino. You just pick up a map and brochure at their front desk, and explore on your own. They have chandeliers from the Coca-Cola building, a piece of the Berlin wall, stained glass from the Pullman mansion, and much more!
Take A Picture With A Million Bucks
If you want to trick your friends and family back home into thinking you won big in Las Vegas, you can take a picture with a million dollars! Inside Binion’s Gambling Hall there is a pyramid filled with a million dollars made up of bills ranging from $1 to $100, all adding up to a million. It’s free to take a picture, but you do have to be at least 21 to take a photo. You’ll even receive your photo in a nice souvenir frame. For many of us, this might be the only opportunity to ever see a million dollars, so don’t miss your chance!
Walk Through Container Park
There’s art and architecture all over downtown Las Vegas, but the Container Park is definitely unique. It’s a park that’s made up of shipping containers, so if you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to feel like cargo, look no further! There are shops, bars, and restaurants in the containers for you to walk through and explore. Everything is completely free to walk through and check out, and there’s even a playground in the middle for kids of all ages. You’ll also find free samples from some of the food places like Jojo’s Jerky. If you’re looking for some more entertainment, here’s a stage in the back that often has live music going on, so you can relax and enjoy the tunes in one of downtown Las Vegas’ most interesting atmospheres.
The Dome at Container Park
The Dome is part of Container Park, but it can be considered an attraction entirely on its own. It is an immersive 4K experience that speaks to the art culture present in downtown Las Vegas. When you enter the dome you will be surrounded by millions of pixels and an HD 360-visual display that will dazzle the senses. There are seats that recline and movie displays that play at the dome for you to immerse yourself in the experience. Some of the displays that play feature famous bands like U2 and Led Zeppelin. Other displays include Dinosaurs at Dusk and Perfect Little Planet. The tickets to the movie displays are not free. However, it is free to check out the dome and enjoy the architecture and engineering that went into building the structure.
Meet A Giant Praying Mantis
There is a 40 foot tall praying mantis that breathes fire in downtown Las Vegas. No, we’re not kidding. Aerospace artist and engineer, Kirk Jellum, created the mantis after a real-life female one that he found out in a field. The mantis is mechanically operated and breathes fire into the sky. Sometimes the mantis even dances along to music.
Look At Art
Downtown Las Vegas is known for its art scene. There’s art everywhere you look from giant murals on the side of The Plaza Hotel & Casino to painted walls along the streets. Even many of the businesses and bars downtown can be considered works of art in their own way. There’s plenty of art to enjoy while having an adventure downtown.
Las Vegas parking has been a hot topic over the past couple of years. There used to be plenty of free parking in Las Vegas, but not so much anymore. When you park on the strip, many hotels and casinos will charge you even if you’re a guest staying there, but parking downtown is often much cheaper. Most downtown hotels will allow guests staying there to park for free. So, considering the cost of parking might be something you want to take into account when choosing whether to stay on the strip or to stay in downtown Las Vegas.
Parking downtown can be tricky, and we believe that your Las Vegas adventure should be hassle free from start to finish. So we’ve compiled a parking guide to help you when it comes to finding a spot to leave your car downtown.
PARKING AT THE PLAZA
Parking at the Plaza Hotel & Casino is convenient and affordable. To access the self-parking garage and the valet service, head to Main Street and Carson Avenue. Located on Main Street at Bridger Avenue is a self-parking surface lot.
Self parking in these areas is always free for Plaza hotel guests, but everyone else can still enjoy free parking for the first 90 minutes! Non-hotel guests can have their parking refunded if validated at Oscar’s Steakhouse or the Plaza casino based upon play.
Parking at The Plaza is often one of the cheapest options for parking downtown if you plan to stay for just a short time, or if you plan to play in the casino.
Some of the advantages to parking at The Plaza are that your car will be safe, it will be covered and out of the heat, and it will be easy to remember where you parked your car.
PARKING AT THE FREMONT STREET EXPERIENCE
If you’re headed to the Fremont Street Experience, there are several options when it comes to parking. There are self-parking garages near the Fremont Street experience, and valet parking at several casinos in the area, including the Golden Nugget, Fremont, and Four Queens.
You can also find street parking that charges by the hour, or may be free at some times of the day. Be sure to check the signs around street parking because parking is prohibited during certain hours and it can differ even based on which side of the street you’re parked on.
The five-block area that comprises the West End of the Fremont Street Experience is a popular attraction for visitors, and the Plaza offers excellent parking for this downtown area.
Some members of the Royal Rewards Club may be awarded free parking in paid areas, depending upon membership tier and points earned. If you’re not already a member, it’s fast, easy, and free to sign up online!
CONTAINER PARK PARKING
For convenient access to Container Park, consider parking at the El Cortez self-parking area. The price to park at the El Cortez changes based on the day and time that you are parking, so be sure to check what the rates are. You can also find street parking in the area that charges by the hour, or pay-to-park lots. Many businesses and restaurants will validate a couple of hours of parking if you purchase something at their location.
MAIN STREET PARKING
If you’re headed to Main Street, there’s convenient valet parking between Stewart and Ogden. Or, try the self-parking garage located slightly north of Stewart Ave.
There’s another public lot at First Street. Both self-parking garages charge $3 for parking Sunday through Thursday and $5 on Fridays and Saturdays.
GENERAL DOWNTOWN PARKING TIPS
When it comes to parking in Downtown Vegas, parking at the Plaza is one of the most convenient options — especially if you’re a Royal Rewards Club member or a hotel guest! There’s no denying that using the Plaza’s free 90 minutes of parking is the best option in Downtown Vegas, either. Your car will be safe from people and safe from the weather.
There is parking available on downtown side streets for a small fee, although you’re likely to find garage parking far more convenient. If you do opt for side-street parking, make sure to have a major credit card handy to pay the parking fee, as cash is not accepted.
Know what times you are parking and research the street parking rules of where you plan to park. The street parking rules and regulations vary downtown, and street parking is typically around one dollar per hour for most spots. If you need to add time to your street parking, some stations will let you add it from your phone through the convenience of an app, or you can add time to your current spot with a code on the ticket that you will receive from the machine.
For first-time visitors to Vegas, the idea of parking may be intimidating. However, it’s easier than you might think to find accessible parking downtown. When mapping out your Las Vegas itinerary, decide where you’ll be parking ahead of time. With a little planning, you can find the best parking and make your Vegas experience fun and hassle-free!
IF YOU DON’T WANT TO PARK
There’s always the option of choosing not to park as well. In recent years, Lyft and Uber have become popular in Las Vegas because they offer cheap and convenient ways to get around the city without having to worry about parking or finding a sober driver. You can also take a taxi around the town. Please remember to never drink and drive.
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to live large in Las Vegas?
You’ve probably seen plenty of shows and movies where people are staying in a luxurious penthouse and living out their wildest dreams in Sin City. People come to Las Vegas to play hard and win big, and now you’ll get the opportunity to do that while The Plaza pays the bills.
Doing a luxurious trip to Las Vegas can come with a big price tag. Some of the best things to do in the city are dining at fine restaurants, enjoying a private cabana by the pool, seeing a show, and staying in the penthouse, but the vacation bill can rack up fast when you’re living large. That’s why we decided to do a giveaway where you can live like a boss!
The Live Like a Boss Giveaway sponsored by The Plaza Hotel & Casino includes all the luxuries that Vegas high rollers enjoy during their trips. If you win, you’ll get to stay in the penthouse at The Plaza, two tickets to A Mob Story, a $200 dining credit to Oscar’s Steakhouse, and a cabana by the pool with $100 food and beverage credit to spend at the pool.
The Penthouse Suite at The Plaza Hotel & Casino has all the amenities that your heart desires and you’ll be able to stay and play in luxury. With $200 to spend at Oscar’s Steakhouse, you’ll be able to enjoy some of the finest steaks in Sin City with exceptional views of Downtown Las Vegas and the Fremont Street Experience. Did we mention that Oscar’s Steakhouse won Best Steakhouse of 2017?
Then, you can cool off pool-side in your own private cabana with someone to serve on you while you sip on drinks and have fun in the sun. You’ll also get to see A Mob Story and learn how the mob had an influence on building Sin City.
If all of this sounds like a good time to you, then you can enter the Live Like a Boss Giveaway online. You have to be 21 to enter the contest and some rules and restrictions apply. To learn more or enter the giveaway, click the button below.
The mob has a long-standing history in Las Vegas. In fact, some would even say that the mob helped to found the city, and they’re not completely wrong. There was a lot of mob involvement in the casinos and the early makings of The Strip and Downtown Las Vegas as we know it today.
Starting in July, The Plaza Hotel & Casino will offer a new show, “A Mob Story”, which will tell the story of how the mob helped to make Las Vegas. The show features music, dancing, and narration from “The Prince of the Mafia”, Michael Franzese. It will tell the story of the mob in a way it’s never been told before.
The show was created and will be directed by Jeff Kutash, who has won an Emmy and a Golden Globe award. Brian Friedman is the supervising choreographer for the show, and he has worked with Vegas famous stars like Britney Spears and Mariah Carey. “A Mob Story” is said to be the most accurate representation of the mob since Michael Franzese is involved with the show.
Franzese has relations with the New York Columbo crime family. He was one of the biggest money makers in the mob since Al Capone, making around $5-8 million per week from various businesses. He was even listed at number 18 for the “Fifty Most Wealthy and Powerful Mafia Bosses”. The show will tell more about his story and the mob in general.
Tickets to “A Mob Story” are on sale now and start at $59.99 for general admission seats. At only $20 more, you can get VIP seats for $79.99. Platinum seats that include a meet and greet with Franzese and performers, along with preferred seating, go for $150. This will be one of the summer’s hottest shows, so call The Plaza Hotel & Casino or visit online to get tickets!
Bingo is one of the most popular games in Las Vegas, but Super Bingo takes it to the next level. The Super Bingo Tournament brings hundreds of people from all over the world into Downtown Las Vegas for the chance to win big and meet other bingo players. People come from as far as Hawaii and even Canada to take part and play in the tournament.
The tournament at The Plaza Hotel & Casino takes place over two days in the newly remodeled ballroom, and players will have the chance to win $175,000 overall. There is a super coverall both days of the bingo tournament, giving players even more of a chance to win. The super coverall on the first day of the tournament awards $25,000 to a lucky player and on the second day, $50,000 will be awarded for the super coverall.
To join the tournament, The Plaza Hotel & Casino offers bingo only sessions priced at $130. However, players also have the option to book room-and-bingo packages, which start at $239 for a three-night stay. The room-and-bingo packages are even a great option for locals, because there will be an open bar during the sessions! Having a room to go back to after a full day of the bingo tournament means that everyone can enjoy the open bar responsibly.
A Super Bingo & Hotel Package includes a three-night stay at the hotel, two sessions of Super Bingo, two daubers to use during bingo, a free gift, and provided lunch during each day of the tournament. The tournament takes place over several weekends during 2018.
In addition to the Super Bingo tournament, there is plenty to do and see in Downtown Las Vegas. You can step outside The Plaza and step right into the famous Fremont Street Experience. Downtown Las Vegas is also known for having some of the best food in the city. When you come to Las Vegas for the Super Bingo tournament you’re sure to enjoy all that the city has to offer.
The slots are an integral part of Las Vegas culture and many tournaments and races are held for players to compete while playing their favorite slot machines. At The Plaza Hotel & Casino, players will have the chance to compete over three days by racing to earn the highest points on their favorite slot machines. The race will be intense as players compete head-to-head and try to get the highest points. There is no buy-in for the race and the first prize winner will receive a handsome reward of $15,000.
The way the race works is to be one of the top five players with the highest points by playing the slot machines. The top five will then get to choose from five briefcases. Each briefcase contains a different amount of money, which ranges from $1,000 to $15,000. The player with the highest slots points will be the first person to choose a briefcase. Winners will only have a minute to choose and are not allowed to switch once they have picked a briefcase. Which means that the first place slot winner will not necessarily take home the most money.
All players have the chance to win the $50,000 Race For The Case. If you enjoy playing slots, this race is for you. There are two weekends that the race will be held in 2018. The first weekend is June 29 – July 1, and the second weekend is November 9 – November 11.
Come have fun competing against others for the chance to take home $15,000.
Slot machines have a big history in Las Vegas where the first fully electromechanical and video slot machines were made. Although the precursor were first invented in 1891 in New York; the first slot machines happened to be based on the classic game of poker. Even one of the early slot machines dispensed different flavors of chewing gum, which is why some of the popular cherry and melon symbols come from! Now slot machines that you see on every Las Vegas casino floor have fun and unusual themes that range from TV shows to musical and pop icons.
It’s no secret that Las Vegas has strong ties to the mob that started around the 1950s. Originally, most of the casinos on the strip and in downtown Las Vegas were owned by the mob and organized crime was rampant throughout the city.
The Mob Museum, or the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, opened its doors to downtown Vegas in 2012 and is one of the most popular attractions in the downtown area. The museum is an interactive journey through the history of the mob and organized crime as well as the history of Las Vegas and how the city’s roots are connected to the mob.
Located in the old federal courthouse, the crown jewel of the museum is the second-floor courtroom where one of the Kefauver Committee hearings was held in the 1950s to expose organized crime. That courtroom now serves as part of the museum and plays a short film detailing the hearings and how they impacted the country.
Just down the street from the museum is one of Las Vegas’ best restaurants, Oscar’s Steakhouse, named for Mayor Oscar Goodman himself. Before becoming mayor of Las Vegas, Goodman worked as a defense attorney and defended many clients that are featured in the mob museum that were accused of organized crime such as Meyer Lansky and Frank Rosenthal. Mayor Goodman has often been referred to as the city’s most popular mayor and served for the maximum amount of terms that a mayor can serve in Las Vegas.
Named after Mayor Goodman, Oscar’s Steakhouse features perfectly aged steaks cooked over a 600-degree grill. The steakhouse overlooks downtown Las Vegas from its vantage point at The Plaza Hotel & Casino. In addition to the Mob Museum, a visit to Oscar’s is a must do when visiting downtown Las Vegas.
Luckily, the two have teamed up to give you an offer you can’t refuse. You can get tickets to the Mob Museum and a three-course prix fixe meal at Oscar’s with a cocktail in one all-inclusive package which costs $99 per person. If you’re looking for a perfect night in downtown Vegas this is the best deal for you.
Due to its popularity, we do encourage you to call ahead and make reservations at Oscar’s Steakhouse even if you’ve purchased a package.
Downtown Las Vegas is made for a huge St. Patrick’s Day party!
What better way is there to celebrate the holiday than by drinking green beer, pinching people who aren’t wearing green, and dancing with a leprechaun?
Downtown Las Vegas is a popular destination for locals and tourists to come and celebrate the day. Starting at 7 p.m. The Plaza Hotel & Casino will be celebrating the holiday under the aptly green dome. Bring your friends and family to enjoy live music and drink specials inspired by the holiday. There will even be leprechauns! Dance the night away under the dome and at 10 p.m. there will be a spectacularly green firework show.
About St. Patrick’s Day
Historically, the holiday was created in the early 17th century to celebrate the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. It is celebrated yearly on March 17th, the day that Saint Patrick died.
St. Patrick’s Day celebrates the culture and heritage of the Irish and celebrations usually include parades, festivals, wearing green, and shamrocks. Traditionally, the restrictions on eating and drinking alcohol were lifted on St. Patrick’s Day, which has encouraged the tradition of consuming a lot of alcohol on the holiday.
Although St. Patrick’s Day isn’t directly an American holiday, we Americans just like the Irish, love any excuse to throw a parade and drink a lot of beer, so we obviously adopted the tradition.
If you’re looking for more activities to celebrate the holiday in downtown Vegas, you can see if you have luck of the Irish and try your hand in the casino. This year, St. Patrick’s Day is on a Saturday which makes it the perfect day to drink a lot, party downtown, and then safely stay the night at The Plaza.
The holiday is widely celebrated in Las Vegas so be sure to book a room in advance to ensure that you can party on all night long. We’ll see you there in your best green outfit!