Address: 129 Fremont Street - 4th Floor of the Spa Tower
Hours: 6:00am to 8:00pm, seven days per week
- The spa is hard to find - even though I've been to the Golden Nugget dozens of times for dinner or meetings, it took me about 30 minutes to find the spa on my first spa visit. Here's where it is: locate the Spa Tower elevators, which are in an alcove across from the Grotto restaurant/bar, and go up to the 4th floor.
- The showers have these cool, kind of old-school analog thermometer devices in the controls that show the temperature of the water....not unlike a tachometer in a car (for some reason, I was fixated on these!)
Let's start with something positive: the spa at the Golden Nugget equals or exceeds just about any spa on the Strip in terms of finishes and materials; they definitely didn't scrimp when the place was designed and built. Now for the bad news: the spa is incredibly small (comparable to the size of the spa at NYNY), and there's definitely not much hope for action. There were only a couple of other guys there both times I went, and none of them spent more than a couple of minutes using the facilities.
The locker room is about the size of a small living room, with shuttered windows overlooking the pool area below, and also functions as the lounge area. The grooming area and showers are directly past the locker room, with the whirlpool, steam room and sauna immediately past the grooming area. The whirlpool is located behind a low wall and up a couple of steps from the main passageway, and offers a secluded place for discreet encounters (not that any of the patrons here are looking for that). Both the sauna and steam room are surprisingly spacious, considering the overall limited square footage of the spa. Another drawback - no chaise lounge chairs anywhere, so this is definitely not the type of environment that invites you to linger.