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South Point

Gourmet Room has a stained glass dome and plush red décor. Originally located in the bygone Barbary Coast, it’s been a Vegas icon for more than 20 years. Of course, having dinner here will be expensive (with a capital “E”), but one bite of the perfectly prepared and presented filet mignon and sirloin steak and you won’t give a damn. Insider tips: If you don’t have a car with you at the South Point, take advantage of the shuttles. The resort fee actually includes shuttle service to and from the airport (be sure to make reservations 24 hours in advance).  Whether you’re a cowboy or just one at heart, get a photo with the giant bronze statue of local gaming maverick Benny Binion on horseback. You’ll find it near the entry to the Equestrian Center. It’s a great tribute to the man who helped bring the National Finals Rodeo to Vegas and created the World Series of Poker. If you’re an alley cat in search of some cheap action, take advantage of the graveyard special at the South Point’s bowling center. As long as you can stay up until the wee hours (that’s from midnight to 8 a.m. every Sunday through Thursday), you can play for $1. East Coasters know all about Steak ‘n Shake’s classic “steakburgers.” The South Point is home to the only location in Las Vegas…so go find out what all the fuss is about. Good to know: We want to be clear about where the South Point is located. It’s not within walking distance to the Strip. It sits at the outlying southern end of Las Vegas Boulevard approximately five miles (that’s a 10-minute drive) from the Welcome to Fabulous to Las Vegas sign. The South Point is a great base if you want to be close to the action but not right in the middle of it. And if you plan to explore the greater Las Vegas valley, it’s near both Interstate 15 and 215.   All of South Point’s guest rooms have been completely renovated and have wood flooring as well as mini refrigerators. You will also find the spacious 500-square foot rooms have other amenities (like Serta mattresses, Keurig coffeemakers, safes and 42-inch flat-screen TVs) that make a difference. The South Point isn’t as huge as the megaresorts on the Strip, but you’ll still have to cover a fair distance (this includes crossing the casino floor) to get from the self-parking garage or the parking lot to the room elevators. Reopening date: June 4, 2020

Red Rock Casino Resort and Spa

group (we all know who this person is in our circle of people) so we are happy to let you know that Red Rock is also home to The Feast Buffet that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner with a selection featuring a variety of globally-inspired dishes (a.k.a. something for everyone).  But for the night owls and early birds, the Grand Café is open around the clock and ready to serve you everything from breakfast skillets to prime rib whenever hunger strikes. And lastly, for quick bites, the food court is always solid options if you’re running late for your movie or cosmic bowling date. Located right next to the food court is Red Rock Resort’s 16-screen Regal Cinemas and IMAX complex as well as the Red Rock Lanes — a 60-lane bowling center with a state-of-the-art audio and visual system so the venue can be transformed into a nighttime party atmosphere with glowing lights, strobes and fog. But if you’re more into the relaxing atmosphere, take it from us that we know why the resort’s spa is mentioned in the full resort name – Red Rock Casino, Resort and Spa. The spa and salon at Red Rock offers everything from sumptuous body treatments and massages to a top-of-the-line hair salon as well as manicures and pedicures. There’s also a variety of customized outdoor recreation programs that involve hiking, kayaking, rock climbing and bike riding through the Adventure Spa. And if your idea of a day at the spa has simply become a break from the broken record, “mom, mom, mom?” soundtrack of your life for an hour or two (or three…four?), parents will appreciate Kids Quest — an indoor recreation area for children between six weeks and 12 years of age to play and learn with a daily array of fun and educational activities while parents enjoy some grown-up playtime.   Speaking of playtime (for grown-ups, that is), in the evenings there is no shortage of entertainment and drinks. Elvis Monroe, Zowie Bowie in addition to other bands can be found regularly in Rocks Lounge and the Onyx Bar. You can also relax with a cocktail in the Lucky Bar and the Cabana Club. The casino is also filled with glitz, glamour and action. There are 3,000 of the latest slot and video poker machines and 60 table games to choose from. In addition to a high-limit room, gamblers will discover a 206-seat race and sports book, a smoke-free poker room, a sprawling bingo hall (with smoking and non-smoking sections) and a keno lounge. However, even with all of the activities inside of the resort, there is plenty to do just outside of the hotel’s doors as well. Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa has an outdoor pedestrian walkway that links to Downtown Summerlin, a 1.6 million-square-foot shopping and entertainment destination across the street. Also, the Las Vegas Strip, which offers an assortment of world-class entertainers, shops, restaurants and thriving nightlife, is only a 20-minute drive away.   INSIDER TIP:: Red Rock Resort is just minutes to the stunning Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, a gorgeous natural desert land scape filled places to go hiking, biking and tour. 

Delano Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay

A graceful tower of glittering gold, the all-suite Delano Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay stands tall at the southern end of the Strip featuring the fantastic Delano Beach Club. The vibe: South Beach on the Strip, chic white-on-white décor, modern sophistication What we love: It’s a quick indoor walk to Mandalay Bay — one the most multifaceted properties in Vegas — from Delano Las Vegas, so staying here gives you the best of all worlds. You’ll get a quieter, more exclusive setting (there’s no casino and smoking isn’t allowed) while still having easy access to all the nonstop action the Strip is known for. Did we mention Delano Las Vegas only has suites? The “standard” one features a separate bedroom and living room, along with a bathroom so big you could throw a party in it. You’ll also get three flat-screen TVs (yes, there’s one in the bathroom). Each suite is plush, and among the fun décor details you’ll discover tributes to FDR, our 32nd president. Look for the icebox modeled after his hatbox. The bathroom products really rock. The peppermint shampoo, cilantro conditioner and rum bar soap smell delicious. Best of all: The suites at Delano Las Vegas are designed in such a way that the bedroom is buffered from the hallway by both the living room and bathroom. This cuts down hugely on noise. So whenever you’re trying to catch some zzz’s, you won’t hear the antics of drunken guests returning from their night on the town…or, who are we kidding, other guests at the resort won’t hear you. Insider tips: Order one of the coffees at 3940 Coffee + Tea. They’re hand-picked and come from exotic places around the world. Plus, you’ll never end up with a stale cup because most of them are served tableside using a clever brewing technique that combines the best of filter drip and French press methods. Traveling with a couple of four-legged friends? Delano Las Vegas has a reputation for coddling canines for an additional fee. The resort not only offers Doggie Butler Service, but there’s also the Doggie Delights in-room menu with such treats as Fido’s Frittata, Fowl Play and the Pooch Patty. Good to know: Speaking of noise, the overhead music in the lobby tends to be loud, which can make it difficult to hear when you’re checking in and out. The entire hotel is non-smoking; if you light up in your room, you will be assessed a $500 fee upon checkout. Save yourself the trouble and smoke in designated areas, like Mandalay Bay’s casino next door.


When searching for a family-friendly resort in Las Vegas, some of the Strip properties can be a bit overwhelming. Partiers and club-goers are fun when you’re single or at least when you don’t have kids, or obligations, or social consciences. But once the thrill/molly wears off, you’re left looking for a resort that’s more up your calm and relaxing alley. Welcome to the Suncoast. When you’re planning your family activities, Suncoast has a variety of entertaining options to meet your needs. A 64-lane, Brunswick-equipped bowling alley is great for kids, adults and adults who act like kids. They even offer $1.00 bowling after 10 p.m. certain days. For more outdoor fun, the resort is surrounded by some of the best golf courses in the area and is always happy to help you set up a tee time. The 500-seat showroom hosts a variety of live headliners, from The Lovin’ Spoonful and The Manhattans to comedian Ronn Lucas and magician Rick Thomas. And the Time Out Arcade and 16-screen movie theater cater to all ages. Dining options abound at the Suncoast, whether you need to feed the family or indulge in more adult fare. SC Prime Steakhouse & Bar combines an unforgettable view of the Las Vegas valley with a fine selection of USDA prime aged beef dishes. Salvatore’s is a charming Italian-themed restaurant. The upscale St. Tropez International Buffet boasts seven unique food stations. And several eateries, such as The Game and Bagel Corner Deli & Bakery, are perfect for a casual family dining experience.  If you’re traveling without kids, or you’ve just left them in the room to entertain themselves with their phones and tablets that they’ve probably had since they were two, Pure Salon & Spa provides exquisite pampering to melt away all the stress of trying to get those devices out of the kids’ hands. The fitness center is open 24 hours a day. And the casino at the Suncoast is a whopping 95,000 square feet, with more than 2,000 video poker and slot machines, 34 table games and a 150-seat race and sports book. The only thing you’ll be missing about the family is that whole love and affection stuff. Set into the modern neighborhood of Summerlin (about 35 minutes from the Las Vegas Strip), Suncoast is a warm and inviting resort perfect for families, older travelers or anyone who cares more about golf and lounging by the pool than clubbing or people watching on the Strip. With easy access to the rest of the city via the beautiful Summerlin Parkway, Suncoast is connected to the Vegas mentality, yet soothing enough to stand on its own.

The Venetian Resort Las Vegas

ff, you’ll see an opulent lobby in one direction and Bouchon’s little known entrance in the other. Good to know: Although the plaza in front of The Venetian is beautiful, reminiscent of St. Mark’s Square and the Doge’s Palace, pay attention to vehicles coming in and out of the resort via the Strip. The Venetian’s outside is just as gorgeous as its interior, so naturally your gnat-like attention span is going to be focused on all of the great art and decor that surround the resort’s exterior and not the busy boulevard that lies mere steps away. Keep your heads up people, that’s all we’re sayin’.  If you like pools (it’s 100+ degrees here, so we’re going to make that assumption), you’re going to love The Venetian and The Palazzo. There are 10 pools between the two properties, so there’s plenty of opportunity for you to get down on some “Marco Polo.” Just be sure to keep your flip-flops on deck (see what we did there?), because remember that weather we mentioned earlier? If you’re not prepared, that heat will burn your little footsies and put a damper on your pool hoppin’ plans STAT. 

Wynn Las Vegas

th 507-thread-count linens and overstuffed pillows and shams. A perfect night’s sleep is guaranteed.  Insider tips: Welcome vegans and vegetarians. All of the restaurants in Wynn (and Encore) have special menu items designed for you. So if you’re out with a group, no worries. Wherever you choose to dine, there’ll be something perfect for everyone to eat. Visit the Lake of Dreams, located behind the Strip’s only manmade mountain. You can’t see it from outside Wynn, but when you come inside look for the circular escalator and ride it to the bottom. From dusk until 12:30 a.m., fanciful shows filled with music and holographics play at half-hour intervals on the lake’s 40-foot waterfall. The best viewing point is on the terrace of the bar called Aft. Nurse a drink or two and you’ll have an evening of entertainment. Good to know: Wynn Resort rooms are big and well designed. The one thing they don’t come with is a fridge. Now you will find a minibar in these rooms, but be warned: If you move anything from its place to make space for your own drinks and snacks, you’ll automatically be billed for it. It seems silly to talk about upgrades at Wynn, but the possibilities are endless when every room and suite at this hotel feels like a little piece of heaven. That said, the Tower Suites have been awarded the prestigious Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Award for nine straight years. Counted among the finest boutique hotels in the world, they have their own exclusive entrance, lobby and pool. Wynn is connected to its even more elegant sister property. So if you find you want to dial down the crowds and energy level a notch, Encore’s quieter, boutique-style offerings are just steps away. Wynn has an awesome self-parking garage, but be aware that on extremely busy weekends as well as during major events or big premieres, you may want to go next door and use the self-parking garage at Encore. Also as an FYI, no outside food or beverages are allowed in the resort or the casino, even if you’re staying in a room. All guests who arrive with these items will be told to throw it away or leave it in their car.

The STRAT Hotel, Casino and SkyPod

t side, there is a bus stop and shuttle stop right in front of the hotel. We recommend taking the Deuce if you’re heading to downtown or the central part of the Strip. (If you’re here for an adventure-seeking weekend, you can enjoy the rides at Circus-Circus after crossing the STRAT ones off your list. Circus-Circus is less than a mile away.)  After mentioning all the great things you can do on the tower, we sadly have to tell you there are no rooms up there. All the rooms are located in traditional hotel buildings. The base-level rooms are small and come with the bare necessities while the STRAT Select rooms have MP3 alarm clocks, 42-inch flat-screen TVs and safes. If views are important to you, we recommend you upgrade to a room that’s located on a higher floor or has a Strip view. What shows and concerts are playing at The STRAT?: Shows at The STRAT include: Iluminate, Xavier Mortimer: The Dream Maker, Banachek’s Mind Games, and LA Comedy Club What is there to do at The STRAT?: The STRAT offers some of the best views of the Las Vegas Strip via the Skypod observation deck and rides including Big Shot, SkyJump, X-Screem at the top of the tower. What makes The STRAT unique?: The STRAT (formerly Stratosphere) is known for its outrageous height, jetting into the stratosphere and providing some of the best views of the Las Vegas Valley.

Sams Town

ightly. All the latest movies are shown at the 18-screen Century Theatres. Plus, there’s a world-class, 56-lane bowling center that comes complete with its own pro shop, snack bar and video arcade. Basically if you’re tired, it’s raining or you’re that one person in every group who hates what everyone else wants to do, Sam’s Town has plenty of indoor activities to fill your time before bed, while you wait for the weather to clear or while you do everything possible to avoid hanging out with your family. After a long day of indoor/outdoor adventures, either real or imagined, The Angry Butcher is the place for some of the West’s biggest and best steaks. You’ll enjoy filling your belly with chicken, ribs, salmon and loads of fresh vegetables in the restaurant’s lodge-like setting. If big portions are your thing, head over to the Firelight Buffet. Meat eaters will love the open rotisseries and carving stations, and on Friday nights there’s a seafood feast that includes snow crab legs. Clearly the cuisine at this quasi-cowboy casino caters to carnivores, and vegetarians are left to subsist on Sbarro and alliteration; but there’s still Calamity Jane’s Ice Cream Parlor. Everyone loves ice cream, right? Complete with a refreshing outdoor pool, shuttle service to the Strip and downtown Las Vegas, Gatsby’s Salon, an RV park and 30,000 square feet of meeting facilities, Sam’s Town is a western-themed hotel packed with adventure for the young, the young-at-heart and the people who are clearly neither but will never admit it. 

Paris Las Vegas

ar Las Vegas Boulevard and Flamingo Road, which means it’s really easy to walk to several other tourist attractions and major hotels nearby. Mon Ami Gabi has been a Las Vegas favorite for years and they pioneered the art of outdoor dining on the Strip. The charming French restaurant serves escargots, steak frites, onion soup and offers a nice wine selection, but the real highlight is the outdoor patio overlooking Las Vegas Boulevard. It’s one of the best people-watching spots in town and there’s a great view of the Bellagio Fountains across the street. The Eiffel Tower is one of the world’s most famous landmarks and while Paris Las Vegas’ replica is about half the size of the original, it’s still an impressive attraction. Cross Le Pont Alexandre III, step into the beautiful glass elevator, and ride to the top of the tower, which boasts spectacular views of the Fountains of Bellagio, the Strip and the outlying city.  Temperamental celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay has several restaurants around town, but we think his Gordon Ramsay Steak, a London-themed restaurant at Paris Las Vegas, is the best. The signature dish that everyone raves about is the beef Wellington, but if you don’t want anything that extravagant, you can also get Ramsay’s famous fish and chips. Insider tips: Paris and the adjacent Bally’s hotel share a parking garage. The two properties are also connected via a walkway filled with shops so you can easily go back and forth between the two hotels and enjoy the amenities of both. Good to know: Paris Las Vegas really tries to give you an authentic Parisian experience, right down to the cobblestone streets. The uneven flooring that mimics cobblestones throughout the shopping area and parts of the casino can be a bit tricky to walk on – especially if you have your clubbing heels on. What shows and concerts are playing at the Paris? : The Paris Las Vegas has no shows available currently but it has plenty of natural ambiance to enjoy. What is there to do at the Paris?: Catch breathtaking views of the Las Vegas Strip and beyond with a trip to The Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck. What makes the Paris unique?: Standing tall on the Las Vegas skyline is Paris’ signature Eiffel Tower replica and hot air balloon.

Palms Casino Resort

t. Globally renowned artists like Damien Hirst, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol and Dustin Yellin share spaces with contemporary artists like Adam Parker Smith, Eric Haze, Jason REVOK, Olivia Steele, Dabs Myla, Keegan Gibbs and more. Dope art and a comfy place to stay? Sounds like a win to us.  Insider tips: One of our favorite things about the Palms is that it’s one of the only hotels near the Strip with a movie theatre inside. Brenden Theatres is a 14-theatre Cineplex that includes IMAX and JBX so that you can visit Las Vegas without the fear of missing the midnight premiere of your favorite superhero movie. Good to know: The Palms is located near, but not on the Strip. For those without a car, the distance isn’t walkable thanks to the I-15 and its on- and off-ramps. This means if you don’t have a car, you’ll either have to take taxis or your favorite ridesharing companies. 

Westin Las Vegas Hotel & Spa

It’s likely you’ve heard of the “Westin” brand before. When you stay at one of their hotels, you expect good service, a comfy bed (so comfy, it’s got a divine name: the “Westin Heavenly Bed”) and a squeaky clean room (OK, we’re exaggerating here…your room won’t squeak, but it still should be in very good condition). That’s the nice thing about certain brands — you can be confident they’ll maintain certain standards. So picture a typical Westin hotel. But now imagine that it’s located a mere two blocks from the world-famous Las Vegas Strip. Ta da…jazz hands…and any other form of exclamation you can think of: You’ve got The Westin Las Vegas Hotel & Spa. Situated on Flamingo Road, near Las Vegas Boulevard (which, by the way, is one of the busiest intersections in the city), you’re practically a hop, skip and a jump from several major megaresorts — like Bellagio, Horseshoe Las Vegas, Caesars Palace and The Cromwell. You’re also almost next door to The LINQ Promenade (you might even catch a glimpse of its signature attraction, the High Roller observation wheel, from your window). In addition, if you stay at The Westin Las Vegas Hotel & Spa, you can look forward to a combination of relaxation and laid-back fun. The relaxation comes from the Hibiscus Spa, which has a sauna and steam room (you are allowed to use these as part of the resort fee). This spa is a great place for head-to-toe pampering. Enjoy a variety of massages, body treatments, facials and salon services — like the Tranquil Escape Detoxifying Mud Mask, which you may need to help you recover after a wild night on the town. You’ll find the hotel’s outdoor heated pool just a few steps from the spa. Four private cabanas and plenty of deck chairs surround it. What better place to while away an afternoon? Alternatively, if you want to keep up your exercise schedule, you can do so in the fitness studio. Burn off calories on an array of treadmills, stationery bikes and elliptical machines. After your workout, or really any time you feel a hunger pang, head to Savona. Open 24 hours, this restaurant features American-style cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Plus, there are daily specials, a kids’ menu, late-night eats and a variety of desserts. Coffee, pastries and sandwiches are also available around the clock at Starbucks, which is located next to the hotel’s gift shop. Unlike a typical Las Vegas hotel, the Westin Las Vegas Hotel & Spa is non-gaming.  The Westin Las Vegas Hotel & Spa is also known for catering to business travelers. There’s an excellent business center here as well as plenty of space for meetings, conventions or special events. A quiet retreat with proximity to one of the most exhilarating streets in the world (and all of its wonderful attractions), The Westin Las Vegas Hotel & Spa not only has the rep, but much more.

Hampton Inn and Suites Henderson

Located in beautiful Henderson, the Hampton Inn and Suites Las Vegas – Henderson is the perfect hotel to relax in and is only a short drive from the Las Vegas Strip. With a full-access business center and a meeting room, the Hampton Inn is perfect for the business traveler. But the leisure traveler is sure to enjoy the amenities of Hampton Inn’s rooms. The hotel is located in close proximity to attractions, shopping malls and a sports arena. There is an outdoor pool on site as well as a fitness center.

Park MGM Las Vegas

ultimate in culinary exploration with tons of restaurants and counter-service spots to try. This fantastic spot also offers guests the ability to purchase these premium ingredients to test out their own cooking skills. So go ahead and take a trip to Italy with you tastebuds before bringing home these gourmet meats, cheeses, and sauces to enjoy again later.

Hampton Inn and Suites Las Vegas Airport

Hampton Inn & Suites Las Vegas Airport is a sure bet that’s just minutes away from the Las Vegas strip. A place unlike any other, Las Vegas is a neon-glowing amusement park located in the middle of the desert. The city’s distinct energy is fueled by its endless entertainment options and the millions of people who come here to be entertained. Located just south of the world-famous Las Vegas Strip, Hampton Inn & Suites Las Vegas Airport places you moments away from high-energy shows and high-stakes gaming. The Las Vegas Strip is a sprawling maze of light and life, but it’s just one of the many sides of Las Vegas. North of the Strip and minutes from the Hampton Inn & Suites Las Vegas Airport is Fremont Street. This downtown district is home to many classic casinos and landmarks like the Golden Nugget Casino and The Neon Museum. Other attractions in Las Vegas include the PGA-caliber public golf course, Lake Mead, the natural wonders of Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and the Hoover Dam. When you stay at Hampton Inn & Suites Las Vegas Airport the deck is stacked in your favor.

New York – New York

A moderately priced and family-friendly hotel on the Strip, New York-New York features the Big Apple’s most iconic symbols plus a roller coaster and plenty of affordable restaurant options. The vibe: Good value, family-friendly, a faux-urban version of New York. What we love: The Village Street Eateries with all their neon sign splendor. Sure, it may be a glorified food court, but they put some serious effort into modeling it after a brownstone-clad neighborhood in Greenwich Village.  Also, you’re a hop, skip and a jump away from The Park, located between the hotel and Park MGM. The Park’s outdoor promenade features restaurants, trees and shade structures and the 40-foot-tall Bliss Dance statue. Catching a concert? The T-Mobile Arena is also a short walk away.  Insider tips: That subway rumbling you feel is actually the Big Apple Coaster barreling above the casino. This can pose a problem if you’re an early-to-bed/early-to-rise kind of person, so make sure to ask for a room that isn’t next to the roller coaster or it could be 12:00 to 11 p.m. before you get some peace and quiet. If you’re a real New Yorker, you won’t even notice the screaming. Good to know: Where do we begin with the parking? While it may seem easily accessible from the freeway, depending on the direction you’re coming from, you may have to go down to the Strip and pass the front of the property before you can even get to the parking garage.  Also, all hotel rooms are non-smoking. If you light up, be prepared to pay a cleaning fee for rooms and a cleaning fee for suites upon checkout. Your best bet is to smoke in designated areas, like the hotel’s casino or bars. 

Gold Coast

nd the world and you will surely find whatever it is that you are looking for. For those of you looking to get spruced up for an evening of fine dining, the Gold Coast has a traditional steakhouse that will see those plans through. Serving a wide-ranging menu including perfectly seasoned and slow-roasted prime rib, Steak Diane, Chicken Oscar and Seafood Olympia, the Cortez Room is the hotel’s golden nugget. However, if you are just looking to quickly hush those hunger pangs and get back to the action, quicker bites can be enjoyed at T.G.I. Friday’s, the chain restaurant that is open 24/7,. The small Gold Coast Showroom, swathed in red decor, showcases a variety of acts including mystifying magic, lively music and ballroom dancing. Additionally, guests can try for a strike in the 70-lane bowling alley on the resort’s second floor. Featuring state-of-the-art equipment along with bumper bowling for kids… and adults… we will only judge a little. And for a little more activity, you can get your sweat on in the fully equipped fitness center or take a dip in the hotel’s freeform pool, and then freshen up in the old-fashioned barber shop or beauty salon.

Palace Station

including projectors, DVD players and other technological devices. Catering and other services are available as well. GOOD TO KNOW:: The rooms and suites at Palace Station are outfitted for comfort, with things like cable TVs, hair dryers and wireless internet access. A fully equipped fitness center, a business center, a gift shop and a courtesy airport/Strip shuttle will also enhance your vacation experience. For quick meals, Palace Station boasts the cheerful Grand Café, the all-you-can-eat Feast Buffet, Little Tony’s by Tony Gemignani, fast food eateries (Johnny Rockets, Bonanno’s New York Pizzeria and Starbucks) and 24-hour room service. The casino floor is always busy at Palace Station. You’ll find plenty of action in the bingo hall, keno lounge or race and sports book, which boasts 230 seats and 44 large video screens. There’s a nonsmoking poker room along with numerous table games and more than 1,600 slot and video poker machines. The resort is unique in that it has an Asian table games area, where guests can try their luck at pai gow tiles and both mini and midi baccarat.   The Oyster Bar is an 18-seat, live-action kitchen preparing freshly shucked oysters, steamed clams and homemade seafood pastas. The Oyster Bar has been one of the most popular places to go for fresh seafood since its opening, so go between meal times for shorter wait times. 

Mandalay Bay

With high-profile bars, entertainment and eateries as well as shopping and golden sand, the massive Mandalay Bay tips the scales of fun to the south end of the Strip.  The vibe: Boasting a vast beachy layout, this one-stop has-it-all (including massive convention facilities) What we love: This pool area will impress even the snobbiest of beach freaks. Called Mandalay Beach, it spans a whopping 11.5 acres. In addition to three large pools, a lazy river and tons of white sand, there’s a 1.6-million-gallon wave pool where the surf’s always up.  If you’re looking to explore the depths of the ocean check out the Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay that features a wide variety of reptiles and aquatic animals as well as hands-on shark and turtle feeds for an extra fee.  Insider tips: OK, we know you’ll do it anyway. There’s a sculpture of giant boobs at shoulder-level on the wall outside Aureole restaurant. We’ve seen every type of pose with them imaginable. So go ahead — snap a pic and check this off your list of wacky Vegas Instagram photos. Good to know: Remember that awesome pool we told you about above, well, it closes during winter (usually from November to February). Being a mid-range, upmarket hotel, you’ll pay more for rooms here…but don’t expect luxury amenities. The standard deluxe rooms are spacious at about 550 square feet and come with a 42-inch flat-screen TV as well as a 15-inch one in the bathroom. But there’s no refrigerator (just a minibar with sensors that charge you if you move anything). Keep in mind if you book a non-smoking room and light up in here, you’ll be charged a hefty cleaning fee at checkout. Your best bet is to smoke downstairs in the casino or neighboring bars.   The cardio room at Mandalay Bay is small for such a huge resort but you’ll get a lot of exercise just from walking around. Location-wise, Mandalay Bay sits on the southernmost end of the Strip (it’s not in the heart of the action). Many visitors like the remote location, but if you need to get to showrooms and restaurants at other hotels, make sure you leave well in advance. If you don’t have a car, there are Deuce/RTC bus stops in front of the resort. Use those to get anywhere you want to go. There’s also a fully enclosed (and air-conditioned) walkway between Luxor and Excalibur.

Circus Circus Hotel, Casino & Theme Park

, we guarantee the last thing you’ll ever hear at Circus Circus Hotel, Casino & Theme Park is that all-too-familiar chorus of “We’re bored. What can we do?” We know it looks like kookiness incarnate (as no self-respecting architect would design a giant pink glass dome with a five-acre theme park beneath it), but The Adventuredome is loads of fun and full of thrills for all ages with thrill rides out the wazoo. Insider tips: Circus Circus Hotel, Casino & Theme Park has a slew of restaurants to choose from. Circus Buffet, Pizzeria and The Steakhouse are just a few of the favorites. Since Circus Circus is so family-oriented, some of the restaurants close a little earlier on weekdays. Because of this, we advise you not to wait until the wee hours to get dinner or your options may be limited. Circus Circus is a long way from the center and south Strip’s popular attractions. This distance is technically walkable, but it’s a LONG walk. If you haven’t got a car, your best option is to hail a cab, use your ride-sharing service or speak with a member of the front desk for public transportation assistance. You can park in one of three garages at Circus Circus. The Skyrise Tower has its own dedicated garage whereas the other two garages form something of an “L” shape at the resort’s congested south end. Good to know: Please note: All rooms at the hotel are non-smoking; be prepared to pay a hefty cleaning fee if you light up. So please only smoke in designated areas, like the casino.  Self-parking is free.  For a better location, consider the still small yet very affordable rooms in the Skyrise Tower. They’re perfect if you’ve got a group of kids in tow because they’re close to both The Adventuredome and the resort’s pools. For a splurge, the Casino Tower is the way to go. Located above the casino, its rooms are larger and come with all the modern comforts. If you have an allergy to children, this hotel is not for you. Just in case you’re a bit slow on the uptake and missed this point from everything written above – expect to see a lot of kids at Circus Circus. What shows and concerts are playing at Circus Circus? : There are no showrooms at Circus Circus, but you can enjoy free circus acts daily, no reservations required. What is there to do at Circus Circus? : The Adventuredome is an indoor theme park equipped with a 4-D Special FX Theatre and roller coasters like the Canyon Blaster, Chaos, Disk ‘O, El Loco, Inverter, Motion Rides and The Sling Shot. What makes Circus Circus unique?: From the thrilling rides and midway games in The Adventuredome to gourmet dining at The Steak House, the classic Circus Circus Hotel, Casino & Theme Park has been a family favorite for years.


Near the heart of the Strip, Harrah’s Las Vegas is a base for budget-conscious visitors because of its inexpensive rooms as well as a selection of shows, restaurants and bars with mass appeal. The vibe: Bargain accommodations with a dash of Mardi Gras spirit in a near central Strip location. What we love: Everyone wants to be near the center of the Strip. By staying at Harrah’s you won’t pay through the nose for that privilege. Wait, do we actually have to elaborate on that? OK, so you can walk over to The LINQ Promenade next door and get on the High Roller Observation Wheel. Eat, drink and shop like a Roman across the street at Caesars Palace. Mosey over to The Mirage where dolphins swim and a volcano erupts nightly. Because this is just the tip of the iceberg, that’s enough…we’re done talking about how ideal Harrah’s location is. While we don’t love eating fried bologna sandwiches (of course, we respect your desire to eat them), we do adore Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill. Named for one of the country superstar’s hit singles, this joint is bursting at the seams with live music, dancing, beer and big portions of good ol’ home-style food. As far as buffets go, Flavors is worth a visit. Instead of waxing poetic about the prime rib and crab legs, let’s skip right to the good stuff. The dessert station. This one is stocked with things you don’t often see at buffets – like donuts, cinnamon rolls and bread pudding. If you have a sweet tooth, this buffet is for you.  Insider tips: Some things on the Strip aren’t within walking distance – but you can get to those via the Las Vegas Monorail. There’s a station that straddles Harrah’s and The LINQ Hotel & Casino behind the properties. Don’t be afraid to use the self-parking garage. Compared to other Vegas hotels, this one is easy to navigate and convenient. You can access it from the Strip in front of Harrah’s or from Linq Lane behind the resort. Once you’ve parked and taken an elevator to the ground floor, the resort’s porte cochere and front desk are merely steps away. Good to know: Harrah’s is the perfect place for you to find affordable rooms that put you right on the Strip. If you’d really like something to see from your window and you’re a fan of giant observation wheels, then upgrade to a room with a view of the High Roller. There is valet and self-parking. Rates vary, so click here for details.

MGM Grand

may be the one time you request a room near the elevator bank.) Keep in mind every hotel room is non-smoking. Don’t risk it – that’s a pricey cleaning fee at checkout. Save yourself the trouble and smoke in designated areas only. What shows and concerts are playing at MGM Grand?: Shows playing at MGM Grand include Kà, Jabbawockeez, David Copperfield, Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club and concerts at MGM Grand Garden Arena. What is there to do at MGM Grand?: Enjoy the interactive Virtual Reality, tee up at TopGolf, or may the odds be ever in your favor in The Hunger Games: The Exhibition What makes MGM Grand unique?: MGM Grand is one of the largest hotels on the Las Vegas Strip with more than 4,997 hotel rooms.

Boulder Station

The Broiler and for a more casual bite to eat, head to the Grand Café, a 24-hour eatery that serves hearty cuisine including skillet breakfasts, refreshing salads and an unbeatable $9.99 prime rib special. If you can’t decide on one type of food, why not go to the Feast Buffet where you can get a huge variety of cuisine?  And if you’re in a hurry you can stop by Slices Pizzeria, Viva Salsa or the food court (Burger King, Winchell’s, Subway and Starbucks).

Embassy Suites by Hilton Las Vegas

Embassy Suites by Hilton Las Vegas is all about hospitality. Style, sophistication and everything else you need to feel at home are available inside these spacious two-room suites. Meet with family, friends or business partners for an evening cocktail at the complimentary evening reception in the tropical atrium. Indulge in a complimentary, cooked-to-order breakfast each morning and enjoy lunch or dinner in the casual, comfortable atmosphere of the Three Palms Café. Everything you need, right inside the four walls of your hotel. Guests can enjoy Wi-Fi throughout the hotel in addition to the Embassy BusinessLink business center. The 6,000 square-foot space is perfect for meetings and even includes eco-friendly, sustainable meeting rooms. Want to work out? The modern fitness center includes a cardio theater. After, take a refreshing dip in the heated, outdoor swimming pool or relax in the hot tub before retiring to one of the fabulous two-room suites to enjoy comfort, style and quality. This all-suite hotel is conveniently located near the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and the Cox Pavilion. Plus, the Las Vegas Convention Center and famous Las Vegas Strip are within walking distance of the property. You’re also just minutes away from McCarran International Airport and the Thomas & Mack Center. You can find other attractions like the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, The Mob Museum, Lake Mead, Nellis Air Force Base and Hoover Dam within the Las Vegas area.

Hampton Inn Las Vegas/Summerlin

Settle into the relaxing Las Vegas suburb of Summerlin. You’ll feel miles away from the electricity of the Las Vegas Strip but you’ll still have easy access to the Entertainment Capital of the World. Hampton Inn Las Vegas/Summerlin is located just over 15 miles from McCarran International Airport and 20 minutes from the world-famous entertainment of the Strip. Enjoy quick access to Downtown Summerlin and the Las Vegas Sports Park-both just minutes from the hotel. You’ll get the same 24-hour action as the famous Las Vegas Strip, but in a much calmer area around Texas Station, Rampart or the Suncoast. The hotel in Las Vegas/Summerlin also puts you within reach of numerous golf courses, as well as major shopping malls. Want to explore the great outdoors? Discover the other side of Las Vegas at the Lake Mead Recreation Area, Red Rock Canyon or nearby Mount Charleston. Get more tips on the nearby attractions from the team at our Las Vegas/Summerlin hotel.

Embassy Suites by Hilton Convention Center Las Vegas

. In the evening, head downstairs for complimentary drinks at the Terrace Bar. In between breakfast and dinner check out the Fountain Grille for lunch or dinner. Other things located in the hotel are a fitness center, heated indoor pool, an outdoor hot tub and sundeck. But if you’re here for work, check out the 24-hour BusinessLink business center offers convenient professional amenities and services. Whatever you need, Embassy Suites by Hilton Convention Center Las Vegas has it.


n the postage stamp-sized vanity pools you see at some resorts. Our only sadness is that it’s closed seasonally from fall to spring. Insider tips: Enclosed, and more importantly, air-conditioned corridors connect the Luxor to Mandalay Bay and Excalibur so you’ll never need to step outdoors in 100-degree weather. Good to know: The pyramid rooms have the added bonus that you get to ride an inclinator (a 39-degree angled elevator) to your room. Mark that off the bucket list. Pyramid rooms also open directly onto hallways that overlook the pyramid’s atrium. Rooms on higher floors have a great view and also less noise. Keep in mind: All of the rooms are non-smoking. Guests who smoke in any room will have to pay a $300 cleaning fee upon checkout. Save yourself some money and smoke in designated areas like the casino.  Want a cup of coffee in the morning? The Luxor, like many Las Vegas hotels, has eliminated coffee pots in their standard rooms. So if you need a java infusion in the a.m. head to the Starbucks located near the hotel lobby. Luxor has a massive casino (even by Vegas standards) so it’s easy to get turned around. Just remember that while this is a pyramid, the bottom is a square (finally high school geometry pays off). If you get lost, head to the edge and follow it around. All the restaurants and the check-in desk are along the perimeter, with a food court) on the second level. At the center beneath the pyramid’s apex is the casino. What shows and concerts are playing at the Luxor?: Shows playing at Luxor include: Fantasy, Blue Man Group, America’s Got Talent Live, and Carrot Top. What is there to do at the Luxor? : Bodies… The Exhibition takes an in-depth look at the human body while Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition examines the ocean liner’s fatal trip and HyperX Esports Arena immerses you in a gamer’s paradise. What makes the Luxor unique?: The pyramid-shaped Luxor gets its name from a city in Egypt along the Nile River. The pyramid has become a Vegas skyline staple for its unique shape.


hort walk to get to the Las Vegas Boulevard sidewalk. Don’t worry though – as you’re walking you can be entertained by the Bellagio fountain. The Bellagio has some of the best fine-dining restaurants on The Strip. Their options include favorites like Julian Serrano’s Lago that offers guests delectable Italian food with a front-row seat to the famous fountain show.  For something even more spectacular, reserve a table at the Mayfair Supper Club. This unique dining experience creates an atmosphere of sensory delights from their wide variety of unique menu options to a full evening of performances that include singers and dancers. This high-energy lounge takes ‘dinner and a show’ to a whole new level.  All hotel lobbies in Las Vegas are busy but the lobby at Bellagio is at the intersection of some of the most trafficked thoroughfares in Vegas. You have people checking in, people headed toward the conservatory, people walking in from the parking garage, people walking in from the Bellagio Spa Tower elevators … you get the picture. A lot of people are converging on the lobby and the lobby is not large. Throw in tourists looking up and snapping photos of the stunning Fiori di Como glass sculpture by Dale Chihuly that’s hanging from the ceiling and you get a lot of people in one area. Our advice, be patient and watch out for luggage, selfie sticks and distracted guests.  


even little palm-tree lined islands, you’ll feel like you’ve been marooned with Brooke Shields and Christopher Atkins (oh, and a couple hundred sunbathers) in “The Blue Lagoon.” A hottie of an attraction since the property opened in 1989, The Mirage’s volcano is still a sight to be seen and felt. It sits right in front of the property in another tranquil lagoon…at least this lagoon is tranquil until the volcano erupts, which happens several times a night. Steam rises. Water shoots up. Lava spews. Flames dance. And a blast of heat will burn off your alcohol fatigue. Insider tips: To claim the best spot for viewing The Mirage’s erupting volcano, arrive early and stake out a place up front. We have just one caveat: By standing up close, things may get a bit toasty. The volcano isn’t the only free attraction at The Mirage. There are two mermaid statues just inside the front entrance. Rumor has it you should rub their — what shall we say — er, “chest area” for good luck. Also, a bronze statue dedicated to legendary magicians Siegfried & Roy is nestled among the lush greenery on the Strip. A photo here is a must. Save yourself a little walking by hopping on the free tram (just outside The Mirage’s front entrance) that links the hotel to Treasure Island. It runs between 7 a.m. – 2 a.m. daily, arriving and departing approximately every 15 minutes. Good to know: The base-level resort rooms at The Mirage are stylish and comfortable. They were last remodeled in 2009 and some are in better shape than others. Though not exactly voluminous, these rooms aren’t cramped either, except in the bathrooms. So if you want a little more space to spread out in, as well as a bathroom with a separate tub and shower, then book a suite. All the rooms at The Mirage have minibars (you know, those little mini fridges stuffed with refreshments). Warning: This is not the kind of fridge you can use for storing your leftovers or snacks. There’s no room in it to put anything and if you move items around, the sensors will charge you. That means you’ll get a not-so-pleasant surprise when you see your bill at checkout. All rooms are non-smoking; if you light up, you’ll be charged a smoking fee of $500 for rooms and $1000 for suites. Save yourself the trouble and light up in permitted areas, like the casino and bars.


ffers several additional eateries to keep you satisfied. More casual dining can be enjoyed at the Second Street Grill, which is known for its Pacific Rim-influenced cuisine, or Tony Roma’s, which sure to tempt your palate with flavorful char-grilled ribs, chicken and burgers. Short on time? Go for a hot dog, salad or Chinese dish at Lanai Express – or just grab a coffee and a sweat treat at Dunkin’ Donuts or the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory.   With direct access to Fremont Street and a nearby stop for the Strip and Downtown Express bus line, adventures begin just steps outside of the hotel. Whether you’re content exploring downtown  or if you’re seeking out Las Vegas Boulevard, the Fremont Hotel and Casino is a convenient place to call home base.

Main Street Station

f inside of you hungry for more? Everywhere you look, something beautiful is sure to catch your eye. The hotel’s interior alone features high ceilings, sprawling columns, ornate bronze doors and intricately-carved woodwork in addition to artful stained glass windows and chandeliers (including one from the Figaro Opera House in Paris) that will leave you breathless. Now, that your history craving is fed, how about satiating that food craving next? The cuisine at Main Street Station is as popular with locals as it is with visitors, thanks to a buffet and microbrewery that perfectly blends modern flavors with a fun dining experience. The Garden Court Buffet offers a wide array of global cuisine that is prepared freshly for guests and visitors to devour breakfast, lunch, dinner and/or a weekend champagne brunch.   In addition to the buffet is the Triple 7 Restaurant and Microbrewery that is always packed and always ready to pour you a cold one (or three!) straight from the brewery’s tap. Here you will find eight to nine handcrafted beers on tap (several of which have won awards), and you can take a gander at the giant copper vats used to create them. The menu includes fresh baked pizzas and pub favorites ranging from burgers to fish and chips. Plus, there’s a special section of the restaurant where sushi and oysters are served. The 28,000-square-foot casino at Main Street Station is a lively area of the hotel brought to life by more than 800 slot and video poker machines, and a wide array of table games. However, if relaxation is what you’re going for, go ahead and lounge poolside at the resort’s quaint outdoor pool. In addition to being charming, Main Street Station is also very conveniently located. Connected via the Bridge Avenue walkway to the California Hotel & Casino and only a block from the famous Fremont Street Experience, all of the downtown excitement is just steps from the hotel’s main entrance. Similarly, visitors can also enjoy other activities, like shopping at the nearby Las Vegas Premium Outlets – North or catching a Broadway production or musical concert at The Smith Center, a new world-class performing arts venue in the heart of our city. Charmingly delightful with a little history, a little play, and a lot of a fun, Main Street Station is ideal for anyone who is looking to experience the excitement of Las Vegas at an affordable price that doesn’t sacrifice a good time.

Green Valley Ranch Resort and Spa

d a 400-seat bingo hall. WHY WE LOVE IT:: With sweet dreams in mind, the resort’s rooms and suites are located in an eight-floor tower — far away from the busy casino for that much needed peace and quiet time.  And since we know a thing or two about drinking, we will happily point you to the resort’s Drop Bar – a modern watering (or, er… alcohol-ing?) hole that boasts a chic vibe and doesn’t believe in empty glasses.  But there are other great things to do at Green Valley Ranch when you are not drinking. We like to soak up our booze with incredible food from the hotel’s restaurants or from The District at Green Valley Ranch, located just steps outside of the hotel’s front entrance. Within the resort is the variety of dining options including the finest in gastronomy at Hank’s, a steakhouse known for its impeccable service and high-quality prime cuts of beef. Another favorite among guests is Tides Oyster Bar, where the seafood is fresh and served with New Orleans spirit. For more casual meals, stop by Pizza Rock by Tony Gemignani, the Feast Buffet or the Grand Café, which is open 24 hours or stop by the fast food outlets in the food court. For shoppers, The District at Green Valley Ranch, an outdoor, urban-style retail and dining complex, is just a few steps from the hotel’s front entrance and is certainly fit for any shopper.  But if your shopping agenda is in the major leagues and you’re looking to completely submerge yourself in the motherland of retail (or otherwise known as the Strip’s Fashion Show Mall), the resort provides a complimentary shuttle to guests with service offered to and from Mandalay Bay on the Strip as well as McCarran International Airport. But when the time comes for relaxing, there is no better place to do that than at the resort’s stunning pools. In the property’s spacious backyard, there is one pool and Jacuzzi for all guests to use while other areas like The Pond and The Backyard, which has an incredible sand bottom — are for VIPs and special events. Featuring private cabanas, a poolside café and a Mediterranean-style lounge the upbeat atmosphere is also perfect for outdoor concerts and pool parties during the spring and summer months.   Whoever spread the rumor that off the Strip means out of the fun is full of bologna… or probably booze… because the only thing short in a Vegas vacation at Green Valley Ranch are the waiting lines.    INSIDER TIP:: Year-round pampering can be enjoyed in The Spa at Green Valley Ranch… actually according to us, a visit to the spa is a requirement. Equipped with an indoor lap pool, a steam room and a gym this lavish facility offers a variety of delightful experiences in addition to a menu of massages and body treatments — like the Watermelon Sugar Scrub, an exfoliating treatment that’s sure to leave you feeling refreshed.  

Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino

got to try this place. There’s nothing like sitting by the grill, sipping a few cocktail and cheering on the chef who cooks your meal while also entertaining you. Take time to immerse yourself in Elvis lore. Rub the famous statue of Elvis by sculptor Carl Romanelli near the lobby. Indulge in The Elvis Sandwich — a battered and fried peanut butter, jelly and banana sandwich — in Sid’s Café.  Good to know: For the most contemporary of accommodations, go for the remodeled Signature rooms. In addition to having great views of the Strip or nearby golf course, they come with 55-inch flat-screen TVs, coffeemakers and mini fridges — the holy trinity of room amenities. One thing to keep in mind: Since Westgate Las Vegas is part of Westgate Resorts’ family of timeshare properties, you’ll see a large space (toward the North Tower) for presentations about the benefits of vacation ownership. You may even be approached by people asking you to attend one, but they’re not pushy like the ones you’ll encounter at other resorts. You can upgrade your stay with access to the resort’s Concierge Lounge. It includes breakfast with made-to-order omelets, snacks and cookies, as well as an evening cocktail hour with – wait for it – open bar.

Arizona Charlie’s Boulder

ffordable rates, bargain dining and all of the gaming you’d find in a major hotel. Arizona Charlie’s Boulder is a small property located about 10 miles from the Strip and McCarran Airport on Boulder Highway on the east side of Las Vegas. It’s ideal for those wanting to stay away from the crowds on the Strip or stopping in Vegas on their way to or from Arizona. This is also one of the few Vegas hotels to still offer an RV park. Despite its smaller size, the casino still has plenty of ways for you to try to win big. Place a bet on your favorite team in the race and sports book and then sit back in one of 16 armchairs to watch the action. There are also table games, slot machines and video poker machines. And get your daubers ready for the 24-hour bingo room. Arizona Charlie’s Boulder serves up a variety of dining options. Stop in the Sourdough Cafe for their famous steak and eggs and for other affordable meals. Pretty much everything on the menu is under $15. For a steakhouse experience head to Yukon Grille where you’ll find fresh seafood, filet mignon, rotisserie duck, rack of lamb and more. The Charlie’s Market Buffet boasts a large dining room and a buffet packed with seafood, pastas, prime rib, salads and desserts. If you’re in a hurry, grab a sandwich and specialty coffee at Charlie’s Cheesesteak Deli. While Arizona Charlie’s doesn’t have any crazy nightclubs there’s the Elbow Creek Bar where you can get a good drink and the Palace Grand Lounge where you can catch live music. The hotel is ideal for people traveling with recreational vehicles. It has an adjacent RV park with more than 200 spaces of all sizes. There’s also a clubhouse with a large TV, a pool table, fitness equipment and laundry facilities.  Arizona Charlie’s also has a swimming pool and hot tub that are open seasonally.

Planet Hollywood

taurants and rockin’ bars. The vibe: Hollywood reborn in Sin City, a dazzling disco-lit world, middle of the road What we love: When you check in, you’ll have to hold back the urge to yell “Party at the disco!” This is because you’ll spot long, glittering chandeliers alongside the escalator as you descend into the lobby. Combined with a giant crystal-laden ball that hangs overhead and the color-changing LED lights behind the front desk, the whole scene feels like something out of the movie “Saturday Night Fever.” There’s nothing like hanging 10 and doing kickflips in a wave machine. The Strip’s first-ever FlowRider Wave-in-a-Box Double at Planet Hollywood is totally rad.  Zappos Theater inhabits a space that has been retrofitted, but remains one of the great concert venues in town. Headlined by a few notable names, it’s got a massive LED wall behind the stage, a sound system with power and a dance floor. So seeing a show here is a sensory overload that’s sure to impress.   Insider tips: Get the largest slice of pizza on the Strip at Pin-Up Pizza. Located along the resort’s Strip-facing façade, each pie made here uses loads of dough and measures 30 inches in diameter. For all you non-mathematical types, that means each slice is 15 inches long and 6 inches wide. If you prefer that your cards be dealt to you by ladies in lingerie (or scantily clad men with bulging biceps), then head to the Pleasure Pit on the casino floor. It has raised stages for go-go dancers as well as 11 tables where you can play a variety of games like blackjack, three-card poker, roulette and Big Six. So the Extra Lounge, located near the hotel’s front entrance, is billed as the spot where the correspondents (yes, that includes hunky Mario Lopez) and crew of the NBC entertainment news TV show “Extra” hang out whenever they’re in town. Yeah, that may have happened in the years before the Great Recession hacked everybody’s business travel budgets. But that’s OK. We still like you Extra Lounge. Good to know: Some of the rooms feel dated — not exactly fit for the A-List, but also not terrible considering the mid-range price and the resort’s right-in-the-middle-of-everything location. Planet Hollywood opened in 2007 (previous to that it was the “new” Aladdin, which was built in 2000). You should expect some wear and tear in carpeting and various fixtures. The base-level rooms at Planet Hollywood don’t come with coffee makers or fridges, but most of them do have 42-inch plasma TVs. If it’s kitchen amenities you desire, you’ll have to upgrade to one of the larger suites. It’s loud in the casino. Very loud. You’ll hear rockin’ music pumping overhead round the clock — which is part of the resort’s party vibe. You’ll often hear us grumble about a hotel because the self-parking garage isn’t located close to the check-in area. Well, at Planet Hollywood getting to the lobby is an epic voyage that not only involves traversing a long distance but going up and down multiple floors. Take it from us, when you arrive head straight to the valet if you’ve brought your own car. Better yet, drop your significant other or travel partners off to check in while you self-park, walk through the Miracle Mile Shops and pick up drinks — by the time you get to them, they’ll probably have reached the front desk and you can all raise a toast to Vegas.

Home2 Suites by Hilton Las Vegas City Center

kfast sandwiches, fresh fruit, coffee and juices. Unwind in the heated outdoor saline pool or relax on the outdoor patio. For business guests, the modern business center is the perfect place to catch up on emails or take conference calls. Have an event? Oasis, a multi-function space is perfect for community gatherings and work meetings, alike. And feel free to use the free WiFi to stay connected during your stay. Want to work out but have laundry to attend to? Do both at Spin2 Cycle Center: Laundry and Fitness Facility.

Homewood Suites by Hilton Las Vegas Airport

Located within five minutes of McCarran International Airport and the Las Vegas Strip, Homewood Suites by Hilton Las Vegas Airport is the perfect non-gaming hotel for business and family travelers alike. Choose between a 505 square-foot one-bedroom or a 850 square-foot two-bedroom option when searching the property’s 147 suites. Regardless of your choice, find comfort knowing that each room boasts a 32-inch HDTV to enjoy from the comfort of your sofa bed. Hungry? Prepare meals from your fully-equipped kitchen or take advantage of the complimentary breakfast. Evening dinner and drinks are also available Monday through Thursday. Additionally, the property provides numerous amenities for guests to enjoy. Host dinners, business meetings or parties in the Tuscany Ballroom which accommodates up to 40 people conference-style and up to 150 for a reception. The 24-hour business center is perfect for coordinating meetings with such business interests as Tririga, Cox Media, UPS, Bally and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. There’s also an on-site swimming pool, putting green and a Precor-equipped fitness center. If that wasn’t enough, high-speed internet access is also included with your stay. If you need to get out-and-about, the complimentary airport shuttle is the perfect way to access the Las Vegas Strip. Business on the mind? The Las Vegas Convention Center is only five miles from our hotel. Other options include exploring the Strip’s numerous casinos, shows and dining options. You can even shop ‘till you drop at the nearby Las Vegas Outlet Mall, Town Square Las Vegas or Las Vegas Premium Outlet. At Homewood Suites, Las Vegas is at your fingertips.

NoMad Las Vegas

NoMad Hotel brings the grandeur of Europe to Park MGM on the Strip. Wait, did we just say there’s a hotel within a hotel? Ah yeah, we did, and no this ain’t no “Inception”-style dream, either.   If “NoMad” sounds familiar, it’s because it is. Known for their romantic and extraordinary properties in New York and Los Angeles, the Las Vegas location is no different. Luxury, romance and first-class service is quite literally woven into every aspect of NoMad. Designed by French architect and designer, Jacques Garcia, each room and suite feels more like a home and less like a hotel. Exhibit A: custom furnishings and ridiculously soft linens. Other residence-like features include original artwork, large flat screen televisions, freestanding pedestal bathtubs and separate water closets. In other words, take your shoes off and stay awhile. So yeah, NoMad Hotel is technically a hotel within a hotel. But the truth is, it has a level of comfort that makes it feel like a home away from home. Swing by and check it out for yourself. 

Hampton Inn & Suites Las Vegas Convention Center, NV

Capital of the World,” then relax at the newly built Hampton Inn & Suites hotel in Las Vegas-Red Rock/Summerlin, NV. The hotel is located just eight miles west of the Strip and just a few minutes from McCarran International Airport. For those visiting for a convention, there is also the Hampton Inn & Suites at the Las Vegas Convention Center.  Aside from the famous Strip casinos, you’ll enjoy easy access to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway and the Las Vegas Sports Park-both just minutes from the hotel in the Red Rock/Summerlin area. You can also experience the same 24-hour action as the famous casinos, but in a more relaxed area around the Red Rock, Rampart or Suncoast casinos. This hotel also puts you within reach of numerous golf courses and shopping malls. Discover the other side of Las Vegas at the Lake Mead Recreation Area, Red Rock Canyon or nearby Mount Charleston.

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Las Vegas South

If you’re looking for a hotel in Las Vegas, look no further than Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Las Vegas South. Located just half a mile from the Strip and only three miles from McCarran International Airport, these king, queen and double-bed rooms are perfect for business travelers and vacationers, alike. Outfitted with free WiFi, a desk with an ergonomic chair and premium movie channels, these non-smoking rooms have it all. Get out and experience the “Entertainment Capital of the World” with use of free shuttle service to and from Mandalay Bay, Aria and Town Square Las Vegas. If you’d prefer to lounge around the property however, start your morning off with a free hot breakfast before taking advantage of the onsite fitness center, 24-hour business center and heated outdoor pool. Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Las Vegas South has it all.

Las Vegas Hilton at Resorts World

k to all of the fantastic shopping, dining, and entertainment that the rest of Sin City has to offer.  Insider tips: It’s not called Resorts World for nothing, this place is HUGE, like, 88 acres huge. So once you drop off your bags try and take some time to walk around the resort and get your bearings. That way you won’t be wandering around aimlessly later when you’re trying to make it to your dinner reservation on time.  Good to know: Resorts World has spared no expense when it comes to bringing their guests a great time. Their pool complex covers over 5.5 acres with nine separate sparkling pools, each with its own style and vibe. Our personal favorite is the massive infinity pool that overlooks the flashing neon lights of the Las Vegas Strip.  Their nightlife options are just as diverse, with the killer AYU Dayclub that’ll transport you to the idyllic islands of Southeast Asia and the Zouk Nightclub, the most technologically advanced dance party in Las Vegas.   

Hilton Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa

Welcome to paradise at the Hilton Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa. Worlds away from an ordinary Las Vegas experience, this hotel offers a relaxing escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. The hotel is adjacent to the Village at Lake Las Vegas that has things like a marina, shops and restaurants, a golf course and much more. Unwind in a spacious guest room and enjoy breathtaking views of the lake or the surrounding mountains. Relax in the marble bathtub, watch movies on the 42-inch HDTV or even check emails in a bathrobe with their complimentary WI-FI. Upgrade to a suite for a more spacious room and expansive lounge. For more things to do, you can work out in the state-of-the-art fitness center, swim in the outdoor resort pool, reserve a private cabana and indulge in a treatment at The Ravella Spa. For something to eat, check out the Florentine Garden or Medici Café and Terrace. Both restaurants exemplify the hotel’s fresh seasonal dining approach with an array of healthy dishes for breakfast and lunch. For nighttime activities, head to the Firenze Lounge where you can order a smooth cognac. If you’re here on business, enjoy 35,000 square-feet of flexible indoor meeting space, as well as unique outdoor space, including a wedding chapel named Capella Di Amore, one of Las Vegas’s over-the-water wedding chapel. Everything you can possibly need can be found in this paradise.

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ours at the ‘Build your Own’ Breakfast Toppings Bar. Choose from 30 sweet and savory toppings to sprinkle your food with personality. If hunger strikes throughout the day, swing by the 24/7 market for snacks, drinks, light meals and single-serve wine and beer. Have a busy day planned? Swing by the fitness center and its Barre and resistance bands to get you prepared, before taking a moment to relax in the semi-private alcove. Need to print tickets? The lobby will be more than happy to assist.

The LINQ Hotel + Experience

r be out of contact with friends and family back home or experience a delay when posting your selfies. Insider tips: The rooms at The LINQ Hotel & Casino are grouped into red, blue and green districts. There are color schemes on the hallway carpeting to help you navigate between them. So when you get off the elevator, if your room is in the “green” district, just follow the green dots. You can do much more than watch reruns of “Friends” on the 47-inch flat-screen TV in your room. Need to get up early? Set the TV’s alarm clock. Pillow too hard? Request a softer one. Feeling competitive? Have a game like Jenga or Uno brought up to you. Hungry? Room service includes delivery from many of the mouthwatering eateries that line The LINQ Promenade. So with a couple of clicks you can have a slice of Flour & Barley pizza, fried chicken from Brooklyn Bowl or a gourmet wiener from Haute Doggery delivered. The 3535 lobby bar,  is named for the numerical part of The LINQ Hotel & Casino’s address, it boasts 35 premium infused spirits from which 16 truly unique martinis and cocktails are crafted. Order one. If you’re a bacon lover, we recommend the Pig Newton. Good to know: This hotel makes our list of top dreaded parking garages in Vegas. It’s old. It’s tight. And we don’t understand why people insist on parking their giant SUVs and “Road Warrior” trucks in there. We strongly recommend you avoid parking in The LINQ Hotel & Casino’s garage. Use the valets for the hotel and The LINQ Promenade…or, if it’s open, use the surface parking lot behind the resort. Be aware that if a music festival or another major event is being hosted in that surface parking lot, you will not be able to park there and you’ll hear noise if you’re staying in the hotel’s east side rooms. Luckily, this is Vegas and you won’t be in your room, right? You’ll be out partying yourself. Starting at 250 square feet, the rooms are small and feel a bit dorm-like. They do, however, make clever use of space. For example, the bathrooms have showers only and we like the super-sized and super handy soap, shampoo and conditioner dispensers inside them. While low-tech, they’re highly practical. The rooms at The LINQ Hotel & Casino aren’t completely soundproof. There’s a good chance you’ll hear people in the hallway or guests next to you taking a shower, flushing the toilet or treading around heavily. Luckily, the walls are thick enough that you shouldn’t hear them talking (as long as they’re not carrying on a LOUD CONVERSATION). You must be at least 21 years old to use the pools at The LINQ Hotel & Casino. If there are kids with you, you’ll have to go next door to the Flamingo — which, though a bit inconvenient, isn’t a bad thing because their pool area includes water slides, waterfalls and other fun stuff.  Please Note: Admittance to the High Roller is not included in a stay at the LINQ. Tickets can be purchased here.

Circa Resort & Casino – Adults Only

ular sporting events in the world as well as all of your favorite local team games. If you’re not drooling yet at the idea of this sports fan’s dream come true, then get ready to hear about the food. Gourmet variations of sports bar favorites created by famed Michigan restauranteurs will be served poolside along with two swim-up bars for indulging in the finest of liquid libations. Insider tips: For sports-betting fans, the Circa’s sportsbook is here to fulfill your every wish. Filling three full stories with luxury stadium seating, bar top gaming, private boxes and a gigantic 78-million-pixel screen that plays multiple games at once so you’ll never have to miss a minute of your favorite sport.  If you’re new to the sports bet world, the Circa even teaches you a thing or two by hosting the Vegas States and Information Network that broadcasts daily tips, tricks and in-depth analysis from a wide range of experts. Good to know: Usually, a parking garage is nothing to write home about. But Circa’s Garage Mahal has turned the task of parking into a mini art gallery tour by featuring a rotating selection of art installations on large video screens. Garage Mahal is the only place in Vegas where you won’t mind having to wait for a spot.  We also recommend stopping by Vegas Vickie’s bar to say hello to the iconic neon cowgirl in her new home back on historic Fremont Street, right where she belongs. **The Circa Resort is for adults only, no one under the age of 21 is permitted inside of the resort**

Hilton Garden Inn Las Vegas / Henderson

The Hilton Garden Inn Las Vegas/Henderson is conveniently located off US-95/93 and three miles from the I-215. At this hotel close enough to the action of The Strip, but far enough away to enjoy the quiet side of Las Vegas. It’s about 10 miles from McCarran International Airport and a short 20-minute drive to Lake Mead National Recreation Area. If you’re looking to catch a movie, live show or partake in gaming, Sunset Station Hotel and Casino is adjacent to the hotel.

Hilton Garden Inn Las Vegas City Center

Hilton Garden Inn Las Vegas City Center is your ticket to the heart of city’s resort corridor. This stylish hotel is within walking distance of the famed Las Vegas Strip and its numerous entertainment options. Even downtown is easily accessible, so be sure to ask a friendly staff member about complimentary airport and downtown shuttle rides.  Hunger on the brain? Enjoy a classic American breakfast at The Garden Grille & Bar. Prefer to dine in the comforts of your room? Have dinner delivered to you. But the bar is still the perfect place to enjoy an evening cocktail. And rest assured knowing that all your recreational needs are being met with access to a complimentary fitness center and an outdoor, saline pool and whirlpool. Need meeting space? Hilton Garden Inn Las Vegas City Center has room for up to 100 people in their 1,100 sq. ft. meeting space.

Hampton Inn and Suites Henderson/Saint Rose

derson Executive Airports are also minutes away. The Las Vegas Strip offers 24-hour nightlife, world-renowned dining, casino action and lots of fun. But when you stay at this hotel, you’ll also enjoy the convenience of attractions like the Lake Mead Recreation Area and the historic Hoover Dam, which are only a short twenty minutes away. You can also experience the same 24-hour action as the Las Vegas Strip, with less of a crowd at the nearby M Resort or Green Valley Ranch. This hotel puts you within reach of Lake Las Vegas, where they host concerts and offer world-class golfing. Discover the other side of Las Vegas at Red Rock Canyon or go hiking, skiing or snowboarding at nearby Mount Charleston. Whether traveling for business or leisure, ask the friendly hotel team for more tips on all the area’s attractions or about the shuttle service. Even if you’re in Henderson-Saint Rose to enjoy the great outdoors, you can enjoy the great indoors as well. The hotel offers a full range of services and amenities to make your stay exceptional.



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