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Southern Nevada's oldest hotel is expanding.

The Golden Gate Hotel and Casino on Fremont Street opened in 1906. It has just 106 rooms. The renovation will add a new tower along with 16 suites to compete with Strip and newly renovated downtown hotels.

The hotel and casino is actually embracing its history. It has put slot machines from the 1950s on display. It also has original guest books from 1906 where current guests can see the names of people who stayed there when the hotel first opened.

While there are nods to the hotel’s past, the new suites will be state of the art with wireless internet, HDTV’s and more. The owner says his hotel will stand out.

"I love telling people we are spending several million dollars but we are not spending a billion dollars because we are not a mega-resort. We do not want to be a mega-resort. We are a boutique hotel and we are here to offer people an authentic Las Vegas experience,” Mark Brandenburg, the co-owner of the Golden Gate Hotel and Casino, said.

The expansion will add an additional 35,000 square feet including a larger casino, a high-limit room, new restrooms and a porte-cochere. Du-pars Deli, a well-known eatery at the property, closed two months ago, but it will reopen when the new tower does. Another item the hotel is famous for is the 99 cent shrimp cocktail. The iconic Las Vegas food is still available, but it is now $1.99. Inflation forced the hotel to raise the price.

The average room rate midweek at the Golden Gate is $39 a night. Weekend room rates are $75. The owner says the suites will be double that. The new tower and expansion is slated to open in late June. 

Hotel officials said it is a good time to renovate because of the resurgence of downtown with the opening of the Smith Center and the Arts District.