THE VIBE:: Guests of Palace Station will enjoy an extensive array of amenities during their stay as well as a prime location just west of the Las Vegas Strip. This laid-back resort is also conveniently situated next to the I-15. Built in 1976 on 38 acres and originally opened as “The Casino,” it became Palace Station, the flagship property for the Station Casinos empire, in 1991. Although the resort has undergone various renovations, including the addition of a 21-story room tower, it’s kept a down-to-earth vibe, making it ideal for travelers on a budget who are seeking a good hotel value. WHY WE LOVE IT:: Palace Station is within walking distance of several other restaurants and a short drive from downtown and the Strip — putting guests near the epicenter of all the big happenings in Las Vegas. Ideal for meetings and special celebrations, Palace Station also features more than 20,000 square feet of event space. It’s equipped with state-of-the-art amenities 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.