Derek Steven's property opened in January 1906

Golden Gate Hotel & Casino celebrates 115 years in downtown Las Vegas

The hotel had many of Las Vegas' firsts, including the first telephone with the number "1" and some of the first electric signs on Fremont Street.
2021-01-19
United States
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Circa's owner Derek Stevens celebrated the anniversary on Friday. He credited working on the Golden Gate with preparing him and his team to develop his other downtown properties, The D and Circa.

The Golden Gate Hotel & Casino in downtown Las Vegas celebrated its 115th anniversary on Friday.

Since its opening in 1906, the property saw many renovations, but it has kept its vintage charm and there are still 10 original rooms available for guests to book. The lobby showcases a number of artifacts, including a registration book from 1907, some of the first electric signs on Fremont Street, a replica of the first phone and bottles from the prohibition era that were unearthed during renovations.

“What’s most important are all the characters in here. The characters that have worked here over the years. The characters I’ve known for the last 15 years. The characters who are customers that have come out of the Golden Gate. That’s what really makes the Golden Gate so special,” said CEO Derek Stevens.

Aside from owning the oldest hotel in town, Stevens and his brother also own the newest — Circa — which is near the Golden Gate and opened in December. He credited working on the Golden Gate with preparing him and his team to develop his other downtown properties, The D and Circa.

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