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Silverton

The Silverton isn’t located on the Las Vegas Strip, so it’s no wonder this quirky place has a distinctly un-Strip-like attitude. First of all, let us explain where it is. The Silverton is located just west of Las Vegas Boulevard, off the I-15 at Blue Diamond Road. That’s about five miles south (a 10-minute drive) of the famous Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign. If you don’t have a car, don’t worry. The Silverton offers free shuttle service to and from McCarran International Airport. Anyway…getting back to the Silverton’s attitude…maybe we should expand upon “un-Strip-like” because it also has a very “un-desert-like” outlook. This hotel was designed to resemble a mountain lodge (minus the mountain). And, except for the casino and the huge aquarium with mermaids (hence why we called it “quirky” above), it does a good of job of capturing a peaceful, rustic feeling. You’ll get a down-home welcome when you arrive, and the décor — lots of stone and wood detail work — evokes a warm, outdoorsy feeling. For this reason, the Silverton seems to attract a more rugged, independent-minded group of visitors who embrace going off-the-beaten track in Vegas. And this also explains the hotel’s featured attraction: Bass Pro Shops. The beloved Midwestern chain has a two-story flagship store connected to the Silverton (you can literally walk right into it from the casino). Modeled after an Adirondack hunting lodge, Bass Pro Shops houses everything related to fishing, boating, camping, golf and open-air recreation. You’ll find archery and shooting ranges here. There’s even a waterfall that feeds into a 40,000-gallon aquarium where fishing lessons are conducted. Because you can never have enough aquariums, there’s an impressive one inside the Silverton too. It’s a circular 117,000-gallon saltwater aquarium. People are always gathered around it, mesmerized by the exotic fish — including leopard sharks, stingrays, parrotfish and triggerfish. At various times on Thursdays through Sundays, you can catch free live shows called “mermaid swims.” (If Ariel is your favorite Disney princess, then you’re in for a treat!) Although there are plenty of benches, chairs and nooks around the aquarium (in addition to the Mermaid Cove Art Gallery, where you can purchase paintings of mermaids by Wil Comier), the nearby Mermaid Restaurant & Lounge boasts elevated seating with a great view. When you get hungry, the Silverton is home to many other restaurants that have nothing to do with the sea. Sink your teeth into a succulent cut of meat at the Twin Creeks Steakhouse. Dig into Mexican specialties while surrounded by colorful lights at the Mi Casa Grill Cantina. Devour upscale café fare in the Sundance Grill, which also has a yummy gelato stand.  If you’re more interested in drinking than eating, there are a few nice bars at the Silverton. Our favorite is the Shady Grove Lounge because it has a vintage 1950s Airstream trailer with two mini bowling alleys inside. The Flare Bar, near the parking garage, offers a more contemporary vibe highlighted by 260 color-changing light fixtures. During the summer the Sway Pool & Lounge is a pleasurable place to soak up the sun. Specialty cocktails (like the Silverton Punch) are served at the small yet stylish dipping pool, which is surrounded by cabanas, daybeds and a hot tub. So even though the Silverton is un-Strip-like, it’s perfect if you’re looking for an affordable, laid-back Vegas vacation. You won’t be far from the action, but you will be far enough away to enjoy a more secluded stay…in a curious lodge-meets-casino-meets-mermaids world.

Treasure Island – TI Hotel & Casino, a Radisson Hotel

Home to “Mystère,” the longest running Cirque du Soleil show in Vegas, Treasure Island has shed its “Ahoy, matey!” attitude for a more contemporary outlook while blending a great location with mid-range pricing, shops and restaurants. The vibe: Conveniently placed and more contemporary than seafaring with good, solid rooms.  What we love: Location, location, location. Like the real estate mantra, this is what you get when you stay here – and it’s hard to beat. Treasure Island is the affordable option in a sea of five-star resorts (sitting just across the street are Wynn Las Vegas, Encore, The Venetian and The Palazzo). Treasure Island is also convenient to shopping (well hello there neighbor…Fashion Show mall) and other hot stuff like The Mirage’s erupting volcano. There’s a little bit of country in all of us, so you won’t have to be a country music fan to have a great time at Gilley’s Saloon, Dance Hall & Bar-B-Q. You’ll get your kicks line dancing, listening to live bands or just checking out the gorgeous Gilley Girls in their trademark chaps. After you’ve knocked back a few beers to fortify your courage, hop in the saddle of the mechanical bull.    Insider tips: If you’re coming to Treasure Island by car to see “Mystère,” it’s easiest to self-park because the entrance from the garage leads directly to the box office and theater. Park on level three where there’s a covered walkway that goes right into the resort. Although entering is no sweat, be forewarned because when the show lets out there’s a traffic jam of people in this area. At T.I., a major retail center literally awaits on each corner. Head through the sports book and out to Spring Mountain Road, where the escalator and pedestrian bridge will take you directly to the Fashion Show mall. On the other two corners on the east side of Las Vegas Boulevard, you’ll find the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian | The Palazzo and the Esplanades at Wynn and Encore. Treasure Island is connected to The Mirage by a free tram (a great way to save your legs and some cash). Good to know: If you’re arriving at peak check-in times (usually between the hours of 4 and 7 p.m.), be prepared to wait. Lines are often long at checkout time too. So unless you have an issue or need a receipt, it’s best to check out electronically. Treasure Island isn’t an upscale hotel brand so you won’t find celebrity chefs or high-end boutiques on the premises. But that doesn’t matter because all of those things are within walking distance. What shows and concerts are playing at Treasure Island?: Shows at Treasure Island include: Mystère by Cirque du Soleil and Drag Brunch at Senor Frog’s. What is there to do at Treasure Island?: Kids big and small will enjoy the interactive superhero attraction at Marvel’s Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. What makes Treasure Island unique?: The uniquely versitile Señor Frogs second story patio has become a central party hotspot. Oh, and the big pirate ship out front…we don’t have too many in the modern-day desert.

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.

Sams Town

Located in an area dubbed the “Boulder Strip,” Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall is situated about 15 minutes from the Strip on the corner of Flamingo Road and Boulder Highway. If you’re not familiar with Vegas those cross streets probably mean nothing to you, so we’ll just say it’s on the East side of the city, closer to Clark County Wetlands Park and Sam Boyd Stadium than it is to the Las Vegas Strip. This is not the hotel for someone looking to stroll the Strip every night. This is where nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts will find their zen. Mystic Falls Park, located at the center of the resort, is a 25,000-square-foot atrium filled with trees, flowers, cobblestone paths, brooks and a waterfall. At night, you can catch the free “Sunset Stampede” show boasting lasers, lights, dancing fountains and music recorded by the Indianapolis Philharmonic Orchestra. For the holidays, the park is transformed into a winter wonderland. Even animated displays of penguins and beavers are set up. It sounds like we’re messing with you on that last part, but you’ll have to stay there during the holidays to see for yourself. Once you’ve had your fill of nature for the day, check out a concert or other entertainment at Sam’s Town Live, or head to Roxy’s Lounge where live bands take the stage nightly. 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. 

Renaissance Las Vegas Hotel

Renaissance Las Vegas is just moments from the Strip and offers unmatched features. Completely modern, these rooms come with oversized and plush beds along with flat-screen televisions, coffee/tea makers and free WiFi. During your stay, take advantage of the on-site fitness center and business facilities. Feel free to soak up some sun near the outdoor swimming pool or get caught up on chores with the on-site laundry and dry-cleaning services. You’ll also enjoy the award-winning meals being prepared for you inside ENVY Steakhouse. Breakfast, a bar and room service are also available at the property. Swing by Renaissance Las Vegas to learn more information.

OYO Hotel & Casino

OYO Hotel and Casino Las Vegas, just east of the Strip, is a relaxed spot on the Strip where you can soak up some sun or enjoy the game.  The vibe: Chill and relaxed. A great place to catch the game.   What we love: Location, location, location. OYO Hotel and Casino Las Vegas is only a block from one of the busiest intersections on the Strip. It takes mere minutes to walk to several of the city’s must-visit properties. Free parking. Did you hear us correctly? If not, please allow us to say it again: FREE PARKING! Looking to catch a Golden Knights’ game? Park your car, enjoy a bucket of brewski or two and make your way down to T-Mobile Arena.   Insider tips: Free parking. Seriously, what’s not to love about free parking? Here’s a rare find on the Strip: $1 blackjack. You’re welcome. Good to know: Accommodations at OYO Hotel and Casino Las Vegas start at less than $30. Inexpensively priced, these rooms surprisingly were just renovated not too long ago. Which means they upgraded their amenities to fit in with the 21st century. OYO Hotel and Casino Las Vegas has a ton of choices when it comes to eating. Snag a burger at the World’s largest Steak ‘n Shake, enjoy gourmet bar food at The Underground Lounge, visit The Porch near the pool for some hummus or fish tacos or hit the Southside Eatery for a quick grab-n-go item.   Reopening date: September 1, 2020

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. 

Plaza

Located at the west end of the Fremont Street Experience, downtown’s iconic Plaza Las Vegas has been a Sin City staple for more than 40 years. Built in 1971 on land that formerly held the Union Pacific Railroad Station, the Plaza once stood out for being the only hotel in history with an in-house railroad ticket office. But we’ll always remember the Plaza best for the movies its starred in — “Diamonds Are Forever,” “The Stand,” “Casino” and even ” Back to the Future Part II” (Biff’s hotel is a digitally manipulated Plaza). The hotel’s design, entrance with it’s cavalcade of lights and glass-domed restaurant ooze ’70s cool. Before guests even step foot into the hotel’s lobby, their gaze is lured upward by the canopy of lights that illuminate the Plaza’s main entrance. But better than the allure of the sparkling lights is the mouth-watering food that is served directly above. Located in the circular over-hang that overlooks the heart of downtown, Oscar’s Steakhouse – opened by former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar B. Goodman under the Plaza’s iconic glass dome – is the hotel’s fine dining option. Located adjacent to Oscar’s famous bar, the old Vegas ambiance of the restaurant features all of the expected offerings of a traditional steakhouse… plus the company of some of Oscar’s beautiful “broads.” But if you’re not exactly in the mood for steak and signature cocktails, the Plaza is prepared to please with additional and more casual dining options within the hotel. The farm-style Hash House A Go Go serves filling breakfasts as well as hearty all-day fare. Also avail is Pop Up Pizza because we all know that homemade, hand-tossed Italian pies are simply delicious after a few drinks, and for the grab-and-go type, the Plaza’s food court offers Zaba’s Mexican Grill, Cafelatte, McDonald’s and Subway. And when you’re ready to play, the Plaza’s 80,000-square-foot casino is smaller than the nega-casinos of the Las Vegas Strip but it still boasts more than 500 slot and video poker machines along with table games like craps and blackjack. Additionally, the Plaza is home to the William Hill Race & Sports Book, a poker room with automated PokerPro tables and downtown’s only bingo room…. more fun than downtown’s only train-ticket office, right? And while the Plaza has certainly evolved with the times, the iconic property has remained in sync with its history as it has become known for its classic Vegas-style entertainment. Having hosted many acts over the years, today you can catch a variety of performances from stand-up comedy to game shows. Or, if you’d rather tie the knot Vegas style to get your kicks, the Plaza has an on-site wedding chapel. But as far as downtime goes – that is, downtime from playing all day – guests can take advantage of the resort’s rooftop pool and 24-hour fitness center. Other (albeit less fun) amenities at the Plaza include a self-serve business internet kiosk, 22,000-plus square feet of flexible meeting and convention space, complimentary valet service and a self-parking garage. For those looking to immerse themselves in the excitement of downtown Las Vegas while staying and playing in a legendary Las Vegas property, the Plaza hotel has everything you will need for a memorable and exciting Las Vegas vacation.  

Santa Fe Station

THE VIBE: : Tucked along Rancho Drive just off the U.S. 95, known locally as Rancho Drive just off the U.S. 95, Santa Fe Station is one of Las Vegas’ neighborhood casinos. It may be about a 25-minute drive from the Strip and downtown, but a stay here also puts you in the vicinity of such breathtaking natural attractions as Red Rock Canyon and Mount Charleston. WHAT WE LOVE: : If you were hoping to escape the culinary temptations of the Strip, you’re probably out of luck. Santa Fe Station boasts delicious restaurants. Serving top-notch cuts of meat, The Charcoal Room is one of the city’s steakhouses. Cabo Mexican Restaurant offers authentic Mexican cuisine, while the 24-hour Grand Café prepares breakfast, lunch, dinner and all snacks imaginable in between. There’s also a buffet with numerous live-action cooking stations.  There are plenty of ways to entertain yourself at Santa Fe Station — and not just the kind that involve staying in your room watching TV. In addition to an outdoor swimming pool with a hot tub, you can see a movie at the 16-screen multiplex, pretend you know how to do that spin move the pros do on one of the 60 lanes in the state-of-the-art bowling center or catch a show in the 510-seat Chrome Showroom. WHAT WE LOVE: : A resort to escape from everyday life (for an affordable price), Santa Fe Station also allows you to experience Vegas’ gaming scene and be close to recreational opportunities at the same time. INSIDER TIP:: Sit back and relax in a plush booth at the 4949 Lounge and if you’re not allowed in because you’re a child, you can still participate in activities of all kinds in the professionally supervised Kids Quest facility.

MGM Grand

If you could stuff all of Vegas under one roof, MGM Grand is big enough to accommodate that. The vibe: Infinitesimally large, diverse offerings to satisfy every type of visitor, show-rific What we love: You don’t have to leave the hotel to experience many of the “bests” of Vegas. MGM Grand is home to some of the world’s top restaurants along with a stable of celebrity chefs. (Anyone heard of Wolfgang Puck, Tom Colicchio and Emeril Lagasse?)  Insider tips: The best way to avoid the long taxi line – which can stretch around the porte cochere on a busy night – is to take the Las Vegas Monorail. Good to know: A reality about staying at MGM Grand is that you’ll do a lot of walking. You could easily rack up several miles on your Fitbit each day just by going from your room to the pool, restaurants and bars. (For those among us who are more lethargic, this 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.

Sunset Station

THE VIBE: : The city of Henderson, with its neighborhood charm and city limits on which not even locals can always agree, is home to some of the more likable properties in the Las Vegas Valley. Among them is the refreshing Sunset Station. This resort, which primarily caters to locals, is also an affordable hotel for leisure, family and business travelers. WHAT WE LOVE:: Perhaps the biggest appeal of Sunset Station is its proximity to shopping, outlying attractions and chocolate — yes, chocolate. Ethel M Chocolate Factory is just a short drive up Sunset and is full of everything a chocolate lover could imagine, assuming their imagination is pretty chocolate-centric. Galleria at Sunset mall is just across the street featuring a wide variety of stores from department to demented. Just be careful crossing Sunset Road; it’s full of Las Vegas drivers. And Sunset Station also makes for a good base when exploring Lake Mead and Hoover Dam as it’s further east than most properties and has easy access to the 95 (U.S. Highway 95). GOOD TO KNOW:: If you’re more the stay in the hotel type, Sunset Station makes up for its distance from the Strip with a variety of entertainment options like Club Madrid, a state-of-the-art lounge that seats 500 people, or the beautiful outdoor Sunset Amphitheater. Sunset Station also boasts a 13-screen cinema with an IMAX theater, the stylish Strike Zone Bowling Center with 72 lanes and featuring cosmic bowling at night and the Kingpin Lounge (where you can play pool) and a seasonal outdoor pool with a hot tub and cabanas. For the little ones, Kids Quest provides a safe, professionally supervised facility for children with indoor play areas, interactive games, quiet zones and a variety of activities. Kids Quest gives the adults the opportunity to indulge in some fine dining or drinks. The Sonoma Cellar Steakhouse is known for both its aged, prime cuts of beef and its modern California cuisine. At Pasta Cucina, you can enjoy old-style Italian classics in a spectacular garden setting. For a casual meal at any time of day, there’s the Grand Café. It’s easy to find — just look for the restored Orenstein & Koppel #791 locomotive. Plus, guests can indulge in fresh seafood at the hip Oyster Bar. And if the kids are in tow, try the Feast Buffet or the food court.   The hotel’s artfully designed center bar, called the Gaudi Bar, has a light and airy space with a laid-back vibe. Surrounded by stained glass in interesting curves, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to one of famed architect Antoni Gaudí’s buildings in Spain. There are plenty of other places to sip on cocktails and converse at Sunset Station — including the Martini Bar, Rosalita’s Cantina, the Seville Bar and the Bullfighter’s Bar. INSIDER TIP:: If you’re looking to be in the center of the excitement, the Strip might be a better bet. But if you’re looking for a great hotel that reminds you Las Vegas, or at least Henderson, is a real city with real people, Sunset Station is a welcome example of how interesting the whole city can be.

Hampton Inn Las Vegas/North Speedway

Welcome to the Hampton Inn Las Vegas/North Speedway, where old school Vegas meets modern comfort. Plug into the high energy and exhilaration of the Entertainment Capital of the World. Las Vegas is a diverse destination that is hard to define. Hampton Inn Las Vegas/North Speedway is located in the heart of the North Las Vegas Business Park. You’re minutes away from the world-famous Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Nellis Air Force Base, and within a quick drive of downtown Las Vegas.

Paris Las Vegas

The “City of Light” meets the city of sin at Paris Las Vegas. The centrally-located, Parisian-themed hotel boasts a replica Eiffel Tower, a mock Arc de Triomphe and French restaurants mixed with Las Vegas shows and nightclub. The vibe: Charming, France without the language barrier, faux French architecture What we love: Location, location, location. Paris is centrally located right in the heart of the Strip near 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.

Mardi Gras Hotel & Casino

Located three miles from McCarran International Airport and a few blocks from the world-famous Las Vegas Strip, the Mardi Gras Hotel & Casino offers comfort, convenience and a great location, especially for the business and convention traveler. From the Mardi Gras Hotel & Casino, conventioneers have easy walking access to the Las Vegas Convention Center, which is one block away, and the Sands Expo Center, a mere four blocks away. Plus, there is a nearby Las Vegas Monorail station that covers the Strip, as well as free shuttle service to Horseshoe Las Vegas. Each of the rooms at the Mardi Gras Hotel & Casino is more than 430 square feet and offers great amenities for the Vegas visitor. This includes a coffee/tea maker, a cable television with pay-per-view movies, an iron and ironing board, a mini refrigerator, a hair dryer and complimentary wireless internet access. Single rooms also boast a living area with a sofa, counter and bar stools.  A full-service restaurant, Bon Temps Café, at the Mardi Gras Hotel & Casino serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Guests can also enjoy the hotel’s Fast Lane Breakfast Buffet, which is open seasonally.  For relaxation, the Mardi Gras Hotel & Casino features a landscaped pool, hot tub and large deck area. The 24-hour casino features more than 50 video poker and slot machines, along with a players club. The Mardi Gras Bar is a great place to grab a cocktail and watch the day’s sporting events on big-screen TVs.  Among the services provided at the hotel are laundry facilities, computer access, tour and show ticketing assistance, complimentary shuttle transportation to the airport and Strip, meeting space and an ATM. Whether traveling for business or pleasure, the Mardi Gras Hotel & Casino provides convenience to make your trip a pleasure.

Las Vegas Hilton at Resorts World

Comfortable rooms, decadent dining, and a massive pool complex combine to make Resorts World an all-inclusive, unique Sin City experience, and the Hilton Tower gives guests affordable access to it all.  The vibe: The Hilton Tower at Resorts World offers the affordable luxury and comfort that has made the brand a household name. What we love: With Resorts World being so massive, you won’t need to leave the hotel grounds to fill your weekend with unforgettable fun. But we highly encourage you to venture out and explore Las Vegas. Sitting on the north end of the Strip means that you have just a short walk 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.   

Green Valley Ranch Resort and Spa

THE VIBE: : Green Valley Ranch is perfect for people who are coming to Las Vegas but don’t want to be immersed in the city’s round-the-clock vibe. Located in Henderson, this elegant resort provides a retreat far from the typical tourist crowds yet it’s still close to the Las Vegas Strip and in the vicinity of several golf courses, cultural attractions and wonderful shopping opportunities. Prominently positioned on eight lush acres, the resort’s architecture and surrounding elements offer the feeling of a Mediterranean villa. The lobby has an elegant ambiance akin to European manor houses of centuries past. So basically staying at Green Valley Ranch is like traveling around the world. Well…not quite but hey, we like to pretend. GOOD TO KNOW:: For gamblers, Green Valley Ranch is home to a 16-seat live keno lounge, an action-packed race and sports book, more than 55 table games and 2,200 slot and video poker machines in addition to a 22-table poker room and 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.  

California

It might be named for the Golden State but it’s all about Hawaiian flair at the California Hotel (or The Cal as we locals like to call it). The hotel has become kind of a mecca for visitors from Hawaii. Staff members don Hawaiian shirts, island hospitality is ever present and you can feast on the flavors of Hawaii at Aloha Specialties.  The Cal is conveniently located about a block from the Fremont Street Experience. It’s also connected to Main Street Station hotel via a walkway so you can take advantage of things like their Triple 7 Brewpub, which we highly recommend you do. You can also easily walk to downtown attractions like The Mob Museum, or take a short ride over to the Las Vegas Premium Outlets – North. Besides Hawaiian food, The Cal offers everything from fast food to fine dining. The Redwood Steakhouse has a table for you in its Old Vegas-style dining room if you’re in the mood for steak. For American classics served 24 hours daily, there’s the Market Street Cafe. Be sure to try their legendary oxtail soup.  If it’s a drink you’re looking for, grab one at the easygoing San Francisco Pub or the elegant Main Street Bar. Or enjoy catching up on the day’s games at Dave’s Bar, located next to Cal’s Sports Book on the second floor.   Test your luck in the 36,000-square-foot casino, where you’ll discover more than 1,100 slot and video poker machines and 28 different table games. For a bit of luck, swing past the California’s giant Buddha statue, placed just off the lobby near the elevators, and give its belly a rub. Guests who want to venture outside of downtown can take a complimentary shuttle to Sam’s Town on Boulder Highway and from Sam’s Town to the Strip. For those who just want to stay at The Cal and relax there’s a small rooftop pool that guests can lounge around and take in the views of downtown Las Vegas and the surrounding mountains. Oh, and if you are crazy curious about how a hotel named after California became a mecca for all things Hawaiian, it’s all due to gaming pioneer Sam Boyd who tailored The Cal to appeal to Hawaiian tourists. You can read about it in the book “California Hotel and Casino: Hawai’i’s Home Away from Home.” The hotel will be undergoing construction on the west hotel tower starting Sept. 6. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the front desk. 

Arizona Charlie’s Boulder

Arizona Charlie’s Boulder may be a bit off the beaten path, but the hotel offers affordable 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.

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.

Gold Coast

Not to worry, there have not been any reports of Martian sightings at Las Vegas’ Gold Coast Hotel and Casino since the filming of Tim Burton’s 1996 cult film “Mars Attacks!” However, that is not to say that this property lacks excitement. Opened in 1986, the mid-sized property attracts a mix of locals and visitors alike. Favored by the older crowd due to the hotel’s quieter nature, the Gold Coast is an excellent property to stay at or visit if you’re looking for a retreat from the hustle and bustle of the Las Vegas Strip’s tourist crowds. Having retained the feel of a Victorian-style gambling hall, the front desk and lobby have a mixture of wood paneling and brass fixtures while the central gaming floor is embellished with a domed ceiling, eight elegant chandeliers, stained glass windows and hanging flower boxes. Although referencing the past in decor, its casino is firmly positioned in the present. Packed with an array of games, the 86,000-square-foot gaming floor offers guests 49 different table games and more than 2,100 slot and video poker machines. Additionally, the Race and Sports Book boasts 30 interactive betting terminals and 38 flat-screen TVs that surround the betting area. There’s also an expansive 720-seat bingo room upstairs, where eight action-packed sessions are called daily. But when the growling of your stomach becomes louder than the bingo caller’s announcements, you will be happy to take a dining break at one of the hotel’s on-premises restaurants. For casual dining, Ping Pang Pong (a locals’ spot for dim sum), presents an array of bona fide Chinese fare. And along the lines of the same cuisine, the Noodle Exchange is a creative noodle bar with a plentiful selection of broth, Ban Ban and stir-fried noodles for meat lovers and vegetarians alike. But if you’re in the when-I-see-it-I’ll-know-I-want-it type eating mood, the Ports O’ Call Buffet will take you on a culinary journey around 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.

Hampton Inn – Tropicana

Welcome to the Hampton Inn Las Vegas-Tropicana Avenue where you can find the ultimate thrills for all ages. This hotel is right across the street from the Las Vegas Strip, providing easy access to all the city has to offer.  Dive into the action on the Strip and indulge in some shopping at the nearby malls like the Forum Shops and the Fashion Show Mall. The hotel also gives you quick access to the MGM Grand Conference Center and the Mandalay Bay Convention Center for those guests who are here for business. Discover a different side of Las Vegas by checking out Lake Mead Recreation Area, Red Rock Canyon or Mount Charleston. For more information about those locations outside of the city, ask the front desk and they’ll be sure to point you in the right direction. No matter what you’re here for, the Hampton Inn Tropicana has your back.

The D Las Vegas

For an affordable price, the D Las Vegas puts you in the heart of downtown’s Fremont Street Experience while offering comfortable rooms along with two popular Detroit-area dining imports.   The vibe: A bit of Michigan in Vegas, high-energy, excellent value, everybody’s family here What we love: We think it’s cool the way the D melds the Motor City with Sin City. Its owners, Derek and Greg Stevens, were raised in Michigan. Joe Vicari’s Andiamo Italian Steakhouse, famous throughout Detroit for its fabulous food, is a true dining gem at the D. You can indulge in a five-star meal here without the five-star price tag. Don’t miss the Andiamo Grande Meatball and 32-ounce Andiamo Tomahawk ribeye steak. Plus, the cannoli is so good you’ll leave the gun and take it. We’re also glad the Stevens brothers got American Coney Island to set up shop in the D’s facade along Fremont Street Experience. Come here to get a taste of one of the famous Dearborn Sausage Company frankfurters (complete with chili and the secret sauce). The D has its own pool and hot tub. Not many hotels in downtown Las Vegas can boast the same thing. Insider tips: Go on a blast to the past by visiting the second floor of the D, where you’ll discover a variety of classic coin-operated machines like Sigma Derby (the electronic horse racing game introduced in the mid ’80s). The D is home to the Longbar, which lays claim to being the longest bar in Nevada. It’s a laid back spot to mingle and have a drink. With 15 big flat-screen TVs mounted side-by-side down the length of the bar, you’ll also want to watch the day’s games here (particularly if a Michigan team is playing). Get an eyeful of eye candy at the D. Outside on Fremont Street, the D Bar is staffed by bikini-clad bartenders who dispense an array of frozen drinks. Inside the hotel, you can have cards dealt to you by one of the hotel’s gorgeous Dancing Dealers. Before it became the D Las Vegas, this hotel was known as the Irish-themed Fitzgeralds. A piece of the Blarney Stone from County Cork, Ireland, still resides here. On special occasions (like St. Paddy’s Day), look for it to be pulled out and put on display in the Vue Bar for a little luck-inspired kissing. Good to know: There are four elevators serving the 34-story tower at the D. They are slow and fill up fast. During peak occupancy you could spend 15 minutes or more waiting to ride up to or down from your room. The rooms at the D were all remodeled when the hotel was rebranded and relaunched in late 2012. Although they are contemporary in décor and come with Serta mattresses and 32-inch HD TVs, they don’t have microwaves or coffeemakers. And if you want a fridge, you’ll have to pay an additional fee. As part of Fremont Street Experience, there’s a concert stage positioned right next to the D that hosts bands until midnight on weekdays and until 2 a.m. on weekends. If you don’t like noise, request a room on a high floor. Ear plugs are also available at the front desk. But your best bet is to just go out and join the fun. Speaking of noise, the air conditioning units are loud, but they work well and keep the rooms cool. Reopening date: June 4, 2020

Home2 Suites by Hilton Las Vegas City Center

Home2 Suites by Hilton Las Vegas City Center is the pet-friendly hotel you’ve been looking for. Located in the heart of the world-famous Las Vegas Strip, entertainment has never been more easily accessible. These spacious suites offer well-equipped kitchens that come complete with full-size refrigerators, dishes, microwaves and flatware. If that wasn’t enough, each suite features 700 sq. ft. of space, including separate living and sleeping areas.  Wake up to a free breakfast of over 400 options including hot breakfast 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.

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.

Excalibur

Named after King Arthur’s legendary sword, Excalibur is a hotel at the south end of the Strip that mixes medieval style with modern conveniences. The vibe: Fun-for-all-ages atmosphere, no frills accommodations, faux castle theme What we love: There’s an obvious reason why people choose to stay at Exalibur: it’s cheap. And even with the resort fee, you’ll still save a bundle. Although this gigantic white castle with spires of bright red, blue and gold doesn’t quite hearken back to the Middle Ages, you’ll love tweeting out from the drawbridge or the Fun Dungeon (just rein in your “50 Shades of Grey” fantasies because this is an arcade and carnival-style midway for families). Insider tips: Excalibur is connected to Luxor (which in turn is connected to Mandalay Bay) by an enclosed passage. This is great on summer days when – trust us – you don’t want to walk out in the sweltering heat. If you’ve got a car, you should access Excalibur from Frank Sinatra Drive and not directly from the Strip. This will take you behind the resort to its three-story self-parking garage. You’ll then walk across the road (Luxor Drive) and enter through the rear entrance. Good to know: Don’t expect the rooms at Excalibur to have medieval décor. The furnishings are traditional – no garderobes here (and thank god because if you know what a garderobe is you don’t want one). Also, if you smoke in a non-smoking room, there will be a pretty big fine at checkout. Save yourself the trouble and light up in designated smoking areas throughout the casino.  What shows and concerts are playing at the Excalibur?: Shows playing at the Excalibur include: Tournament of Kings, Mac King Comedy Magic Show, Australia’s Thunder From Down Under, and Austrailian Bee Gees. What is there to do at the Excalibur? : Excalibur offers a family-friendly Fun Dungeon Carnival Arcade, the 4D Ultimate Experience, numerous restaurants, casino games, and an outdoor pool. What makes the Excalibur unique? : Shaped like a castle, at the south end of the Strip, Excalibur has a fun-for-all-ages atmosphere that mixes medieval style with modern conveniences.

Planet Hollywood

With a veneer of Hollywood glitz, Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino is home to multiple headliners and the Miracle Mile Shops as well as a slew of cool restaurants 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.

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 & Suites Las Vegas Convention Center, NV

Welcome to Hampton Inn & Suites, where fresh air and tranquility are right at your doorstep. Want a break from the action of the Las Vegas Strip, but still want easy access to all the fun? Stay at this hotel in the West Summerlin area. Enjoy all the action of the “Entertainment 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.

Bellagio

The epitome of quality, romance and elegance on the Las Vegas Strip, the Bellagio hotel offers luxurious rooms, gourmet restaurants and upscale shopping along with a healthy dose of cultural enlightenment. The vibe: Italian elegance, romantic, classy but not stuffy What we love: The Bellagio Las Vegas has some of the best free attractions in town. There’s a reason you’ve seen the Bellagio Fountain in TV shows, commercials and movies like “Ocean’s Eleven.” They’re awesome. Every 15 minutes to half hour (starting around noon), the fountains dance in carefully choreographed patterns to music including everything from Broadway tunes to timeless tracks we all sing along to.  People say there’s no culture in Las Vegas, but we beg to differ. The Bellagio’s Gallery of Fine Art has regularly rotating exhibits of paintings and artifacts. Past exhibits have included the works of Monet, mobiles from Alexander Calder, ceramics from Picasso and Andy Warhol’s celebrity portraits. The centerpiece of Bellagio, located just off the main lobby, is the Conservatory. This is one garden you’ll be glad you don’t have to water. It takes a staff of more than 100 to take care of the thousands of potted flowers, trees and plants that make up the beautiful displays that change five times a year. Insider tips: The Bellagio is all about luxury – and they absolutely deliver. Too much dancing in your heels last night? Save your feet some pain by taking the tram from Bellagio to ARIA, Vdara, Park MGM and The Shops at Crystals. It runs daily from 8 a.m. – 4 a.m., every seven minutes. The Bellagio stop is accessible from a hallway in the Bellagio Spa Tower just past the restaurant, Harvest. The Fountains of Bellagio are one of the resort’s main attractions so to take full advantage, be sure to book a fountain view room. There are also several restaurants at Bellagio that have outdoor patios overlooking the fountains including LAGO, Yellowtail Japanese Restaurant and Lounge and PRIME Steakhouse. Good to know: The Bellagio’s focus on elegance and luxury means it’s not really the most kid-friendly property in town. All rooms, with the exception of the 19th floor, are non-smoking; there will be a $500 – $1000 plus tax deep cleaning fee at checkout for those who smoke in rooms. Your best bet is to just do this in designated areas, like the resort’s casino, bars or clubs.  Because of the large lake in front of the hotel, the front doors are set back a bit from the Strip. That means you’ll have a short 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.  

Boulder Station

Boulder Station is a one-stop shop. Here you’ll find everything you need under one roof: affordable rooms, gambling, dining, live entertainment, movies and bars. This off-Strip property is about seven miles from McCarran International Airport, near the corner of Boulder Highway and Desert Inn Road. It’s conveniently located near U.S. 95, which offers easy access to other areas of Las Vegas especially downtown. Locals often come here to gamble at the nearly 3,000 slot and video poker machines. There’s also a 300-seat race and sports book and a bingo hall. There’s always something entertaining happening in the 750-seat Railhead, a venue that features live acts ranging from nationally known bands and comedians to local tribute artists. Boulder Station has a bar for just about any scene you might be into. Beer lovers can hit up the Brewers Bar for more than 12 different brews on tap. If premium cigars and top-shelf liquor is your thing, the Havana Cigar Bar & Lounge is for you. Kixx Bar has a little bit of everything – live music on weekends, an extensive martini menu, fine wines, margaritas and $2 beer and shot specials. And sports fans can enjoy happy hour specials and drinks while watching their favorite games at the Sports Bar. Maybe nightlife isn’t your thing but you still want an evening out. Movie fans can catch a flick at the 11-screen Regal Cinemas. Plus, parents who want to some spend some time alone together can drop their children off at Kids Quest — where they’re guaranteed to have a blast in a professionally supervised setting. Everyone likes to eat and Boulder Station has a restaurant to satisfy every craving. Pasta Cucina offers Italian classics. For an elegant steakhouse experience, there’s 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).

Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, Curio Collection by Hilton

Find the perfect oasis only a mile from the Las Vegas Strip that’s filled with trendy rooms, vivacious culinary experiences, and beautifully landscaped grounds. The vibe: Hip and fun with a youthful atmosphere. The ultimate foodie destination to let your tastebuds do the exploring.  What we love: Virgin Hotels know how to show guests a fantastic time, and their new Las Vegas location is no exception.  During the day you can lounge at their luxurious Mediteranean inspired pool complex in one of their decked out cabanas, daybeds, or lounge chairs to soak up the sun in style. Then once you’re tummy starts grumbling you can meander through the Promenade to explore their vast selection of culinary options and boozy beverages that are guaranteed to satisfy your senses. Insider tips: Guests who love to travel with their four-legged friends have found the ultimate destination at Virgin Hotels. All dogs stay free no matter the breed or size, and they allow two fur babies per room. The dog-friendly rooms include a special pet chamber with a faux doggy door, a dog bed, treats, and water and food dishes to keep your packing nice and light.  If you’re wanting a night on the town and need someone to keep your pup company, the hotel concierge can help you find dog sitting services as well.  Good to know: To try some truly unexpected flavors, Afters Ice Cream is the spot for a sweet treat with a little bit of a twist.  These handcrafted, creamy concoctions serve up custom flavors like the bright blue Cookie Monster, Jasmine Milk Tea, and the Rick & Morty based on the cartoon. You can enjoy these flavors in the traditional cup or cone, or you can try their “Milky Bun” that sandwiches your dessert between two warm glazed donuts for extra sweetness.  If you need something a little smoky to cut through all of that sweetness, the Funny Library Coffee Shop offers delicious coffee and breakfast spreads. You can enjoy a comfortable atmosphere to sit back and relax within their bright, book loving atmosphere. 

The Palazzo Prestige Club Lounge

Refinement doesn’t mean having less, and the Prestige Club Lounge gives you everything you love about staying at The Palazzo with plenty of added benefits to enjoy. The perfect blend of classic Italian luxury and modern taste, The Prestige Club Lounge offers visitors the added amenities of a private concierge and access to an exclusive 7,000 square-foot space located on the 23rd floor. The vibe: Over-the-top Italian elegance taken to the next level by offering unparalleled service and sophistication inside one of The Strip’s most distinguished resorts. What we love: The Palazzo Prestige Club Lounge is filled with plenty of perks, and you’ll be showered with them morning, noon, and night. From the moment you arrive at the private check-in area, you’ll be treated to a complementary beverage at The Prestige Lounge upon arrival. Your daily luxury amenities also include daily breakfast, afternoon coffee and tea services, as well as an evening cocktail reception complete with complimentary cocktails.  Insider tips: Any time you’re visiting the Palazzo or Venetian, we recommend parking at the Palazzo. The underground garage is easy to get into and is seldom crowded. There are several different elevators leading to the hotel. There’s also an elevator that leads directly to the casino and one that’s close to the showroom. Good to know: You’re 23rd floor views and amenities may be unparalleled, but make sure to head down and explore the rest of both the Palazzo and the Venetian resorts during your stay. You can enjoy the killer nightlife at Tao, luxury shopping at the Grand Canal Shoppes, and so many delicious food options you’ll have a hard time choosing a favorite.

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. 

Marriott Vacation Club Grand Chateau

Marriott Vacation Club Grand Chateau is your gateway to Las Vegas. Located right off the world-famous Las Vegas Strip, Marriott Vacation Club Grand Chateau offers lavish villas and comfortable guest rooms inspired by the South of France. These one, two, and three-bedroom rooms come loaded with features like full kitchens, washers and dryers and free WiFi. During your stay, enjoy valet parking, an onsite fitness center, a Marketplace shop and a swimming pool. And if you’re looking to enjoy a drink, look no further than SkyBar 38. This trendy rooftop bar overlooks the beauty of the Las Vegas Strip. And the best part? You won’t have to pay a single resort fee. Visit Marriott Vacation Club Grand Chateau today.

The LINQ Hotel + Experience

The LINQ Hotel & Casino near the heart of the Strip has a young, easygoing attitude with a chic pool deck, a Guy Fieri restaurant and really cool bars — 3535 and O’Sheas Casino. The vibe: College-style fun for adults of all ages, value-oriented with a modern outlook, in the middle of everything. What we love: The best thing about this hotel is its location at the heart of the Strip. Plus, it opens up onto The LINQ Promenade. That means…thanks to all the restaurants and bars housed there…you’ll have access to numerous eating and drinking opportunities all within walking distance of your room. Keep your eyes peeled for Lucky the Leprechaun. That’s Brian Thomas, the lovable mascot of O’Sheas Casino. Follow him into the Irish-themed pub and you’re guaranteed a grand ol’ time. There are three bars — and better yet, cheap drinks. Can we say that again? Cheap drinks. And there’s beer pong. So grab a beer and get your game on. The LINQ Hotel & Casino has a hip pool deck with two distinct areas — a standard hotel pool and a dayclub experience. If you can’t decide between the two, hang out at the center bar. On weekends check out the indoor “recover zone,” where you can actually play pool (this time we mean billiards). Wireless internet access at hotels in Vegas isn’t unusual, but reliable access is. At The LINQ Hotel & Casino, there’s reliable Wi-Fi in the rooms as well as on the gaming floor, in the bars, at the reception area and, well, in pretty much every nook and cranny. This means you’ll never 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.

Fairfield by Marriott Inn & Suites Las Vegas Stadium Area

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.

Homewood Suites by Hilton Henderson/ South Las Vegas

Experience the local side of Las Vegas at Homewood Suites by Hilton Henderson South Las Vegas. Located in a commercial neighborhood, this hotel is surrounded by multiple dining options and is not too far away from the main attraction, the Strip. Choose from 47 studio suites and 98 suites, some of which have views of the Las Vegas Strip and the surrounding mountains. The rooms provide 32-inch TVs, a fully-equipped kitchen and complimentary high-speed internet. Every morning they offer hot breakfast and, in the evening, dinner. For an added bonus on Monday – Thursday, they offer complimentary drinks. If you’re here on business, check out their meeting rooms that host up to 50 people, and a 24-hour business center with all the things you’ll ever need. The hotel is also close to businesses located in Coronado Center, Corporate Circle Drive and the District at Green Valley Ranch. Here at Homewood Suites by Hilton Henderson South Las Vegas you get the comfort of home with the amenities of a hotel.

Home2 Suites by Hilton Las Vegas South

Home2 Suites by Hilton Las Vegas Strip South is the pet-friendly hotel you’ve been looking for. Located just three miles away from the world-famous Las Vegas Strip, entertainment has never been more easily accessible. These spacious suites offer well-equipped kitchens that come complete with full-size refrigerators, dishes, microwaves and flatware. If that wasn’t enough, each suite features 700 sq. ft. of space, including separate living and sleeping areas.  Wake up to a free breakfast of over 400 options including hot breakfast 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.

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.

Nobu Hotel at Caesars Palace

Sure this intimate boutique property has a celebrity pedigree. It’s co-owned by celebrity chef Nobu Matsuhisa and partners include actor Robert De Niro. But it’s not for its celebrity status that you’ll be checking in to Nobu Hotel at Caesars Palace. You’ll check in for all the little extras. This hotel is known for providing the utmost in service and a sense of exclusivity to its guests.  At Nobu you’ll find elegant, unusual touches like Italian sheets on the beds (molto bella!), feng shui rooms and bath amenities with a rosemary and white tea scent. Guests are welcomed to their room with a gift of hot green tea and the in-room mini-bar is stocked with snacks you won’t find at the mini mart like blood orange chili juice, sake and Japanese beer. During the nightly turndown service, robes are placed on the bed with an exclusive pillow and bath menu, and an evening tea with macaroons is served. Yes, the details are impeccable — right down to the do not disturb sign, which is a dramatic red tassel instead of the usual plastic placard. Nobu Hotel even found a way to make their elevators out of the ordinary. Those who like a little extra security will appreciate the optical scanners that read your key before letting you call for an elevator. You select your floor before you get in and once inside, the elevators have no buttons other than to open and close the doors. That means there’s no way to get to a floor without a key. The luxury doesn’t end there. Since the hotel’s namesake is a world-renowned chef, it’s only fitting that his restaurant is located on the ground floor. And talk about one humungous space, Nobu restaurant. In addition to the main dining room, there’s a sushi bar and several private tables — including teppanyaki tables. Guests can indulge in Chef Nobu’s signature items: yellowtail sashimi with jalapeño, sashimi salad and vanilla miso tart. A bar and adjacent lounge with semi-enclosed pods is the perfect place to sip a drink before or after you dine. Guests at Nobu Hotel at Caesars Palace are also lucky to have access to Nobu’s cuisine 24 hours a day through a special in-room dining menu you can’t find anywhere else, which includes sushi and a selection of bento boxes for a customary Japanese breakfast.  Nobu Hotel’s location within Caesars Palace means there’s a wide range of amenities at that hotel available to guests as well, including The Forum Shops, entertainment at The Colosseum, Omnia Nightclub, Qua Baths & Spa and the pools. It’s the best of both worlds.

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.

Golden Gate Hotel and Casino

The Golden Gate Hotel & Casino is vintage Vegas. This is where the bargain shrimp cocktail originated. The hotel, which opened in 1906, is one of Vegas’ most historic spots. It’s been around so long that it was assigned the city’s first telephone with the number 1. In 1931 the hotel was expanded and renamed Sal Sagev (Las Vegas spelled backwards). It got its current moniker, The Golden Gate, in 1955 when a group from San Francisco bought it. While there are still touches of that Roaring ’20s, speakeasy, swanky vibe to the hotel, it has all of the modern amenities you want as well. The 106-room hotel was renovated in 2005 with a luxury tower and 16 suites, a high-limit pit with dancing dealers (a modern reinterpretation of flappers) and a new lobby with historical artifacts on display. The rooms have all of the 21st century’s conveniences too like 32-inch LG flat-screen TVs, wireless internet access, Keurig coffee makers and iPod docking stations.  In 2013, the Golden Gate celebrated the 80th anniversary of the end of Prohibition by renaming their original casino watering hole Bar Prohibition. You’ll also find the more modern One Bar outside on Fremont Street, which features bartenders clad in bikinis dancing on the countertops, as well as flair bartenders spinning bottles for your entertainment. Whether you’re looking for an old-school Vegas atmosphere or modern rooms and the latest casino games you’ll find it all at the Golden Gate. It’s the vintage blend of past and present.

Residence Inn by Marriott Las Vegas Hughes Center

Close to the action of the world-famous Las Vegas Strip, Residence Inn Las Vegas Hughes Center allows you to indulge in all the “City of Entertainment” has to offer, while providing the perfect getaway as well. Designed with you in mind, Residence Inn Las Vegas Hughes Center offers six distinct floor plans for you to enjoy. Fully-equipped kitchens, free high-speed internet access and full-sized refrigerators create an unrivaled level of comfort. Start your mornings off with a complimentary hot breakfast or hold off until the evening, where local cuisine and premium beer is on the menu. The multi-purpose Sport Court is the perfect place to enjoy a tennis, basketball or volleyball match, or maybe hit the 24-hour gym to work up a sweat.  However you decide to enjoy Las Vegas, Residence Inn Las Vegas Hughes Center is the right ticket.

Homewood Suites by Hilton Las Vegas City Center

A half-mile from the Las Vegas Strip, Homewood Suites by Hilton Las Vegas City Center is your ticket to everything the Entertainment Capital of the World has to offer. Each suite at this extended-stay hotel includes a fully-equipped kitchen that comes complete with a refrigerator, microwave, two-burner stove and dishwasher to make you feel at home. With separate living and sleeping areas, each room comes with complimentary internet access, a work desk with an ergonomic chair, a flat-screen TV and a sofa bed. Wake up to a hot, complimentary breakfast served daily and later in the day, enjoy a complimentary evening social complete with drinks on Mondays through Thursdays. If you’re looking for a quick snack or something to cook in-between meals, the 24-hour Suite Shop is the place to go. If fitness is on the brain, work out at the on-site fitness center. Looking to soak up some sun? Take a dip in the heated outdoor pool that features a whirlpool and a beautiful waterfall. Have work to finish? Stay connected to the office with the 24-hour business center. They offer a 660 square-feet meeting room, that can accommodate corporate meetings for up to 36 guests or small banquets for more than 40 guests. Numerous golf courses are just 30 minutes away, all five Las Vegas convention centers are nearby and McCarran International Airport is only four miles away. Everything you need is right here, at Homewood Suites by Hilton Las Vegas City Center.

Encore at Wynn Las Vegas

Encore exudes Vegas-style prestige housing, elite restaurants and the city’s most exclusive lounges. The vibe: The epitome of luxury, modern sophistication, expansive suites, this hotel is worth every penny. What we love: As the name suggests…considering Wynn Las Vegas is its big sister…you can expect the best of the best at Encore. Starting at the suites (you won’t find any “standard rooms” here) are spacious and, well, simply amazing. From the ultra comfy Wynn Dream bed and the TV in the bathroom (so you can watch TV while brushing your teeth) to the automated blinds and lights, everything in these suites is fantastic. The location of Encore is fantastic too. Connected to Wynn, it’s not far from the center of the Strip. It’s also right across the street from the Fashion Show mall, plus several other must-visit megaresorts are within walking distance. How shall we describe Encore’s style? Exquisite. Impeccable. Bold. These are just a few of the words that come to mind. When you see the long Swarovski crystal dragon in Wazuzu or the golden statue of Daphne metamorphosing into a tree in Encore Lobby Bar, you’ll probably come up with some of your own…if you’re not rendered speechless. Insider tips: Are you a traveling vegan or vegetarian wondering how you’ll survive in Vegas? Relax. If you’re staying at Encore, you’ll be pleased to discover that all of its restaurants (along with those at Wynn) have menu items designed especially for you. Use the self-parking garage at Encore. It’s the kind of garage we wish all the hotels in Vegas had. When you drive in, you’ll pull onto a ramp where a digital sign informs you of how many unoccupied parking spaces are available on each level. Once you’ve parked, it’s a short walk to the elevator, which takes you to the property’s northeast corner, near the pool and heart of the casino.   Good to know: OK, when you choose to stay here you know you’re choosing to live on the luxurious side of life. It’s not just the suites that look shiny and new. If you’re looking for a meal sprinkled with sophistication and fabulousness, you’ve found it. Head over to Wazuzu (say Wazuzu ten times fast and try to tell us we didn’t give you 30 seconds of entertainment) or, If you don’t want to eat alone head over to Espresso, where you can pick up a quick coffee, pastry or sandwich and stuff your face in your room when no one is looking. The Encore Esplanade is home to a handful of unique stores, but if you’re big on shopping you should head over to the Wynn Esplanade or Wynn Plaza. It’s a bit of a walk but well worth it. There are more stores here and the names on them like Alexander McQueen. If you’ve come to Encore to go to XS, make sure to queue up immediately in the small rooms adjacent to the nightclub when you arrive. XS is located along the Encore Esplanade, so security guards will shoo you away if you appear to be hanging around with no purpose…because Encore is just not that kind of place. 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.

Palms Place

Connected to the Palms Casino Resort, Palms Place is its more refined younger sister — minus the gaming. It has an all-suite tower that offers fantastic views of the Strip as well as a lounge and pool. The vibe: Luxury-leaning hotel with reasonable rates, contemporary, quiet What we love: Palms Place is a short drive from the Strip, doesn’t feel congested and whenever you crave gaming or more choices in food, nightlife and entertainment, nearly everything you could want is just a few moments away. Not a fan of casinos and smoking? Don’t want to be among the crowds at resorts on the Strip? Then Palms Place is for you. It’s also not bad for folks with kids. The accommodations at Palms Place feel more like urban condos than hotel rooms. You’ll have a fully equipped kitchen at your fingertips. In addition to at least two large plasma TVs, there’s a spa tub, waterfall shower and small TV in the bathroom. In addition, one-bedroom units are available for upgrade which include a larger kitchen, fireplace, in-unit laundry facilities and a sofa bed.  Insider tips: As mentioned, Palms Place is a short distance from the Strip. If you don’t have a car, rideshare services and taxis are prevalent and available 24/7. Palms Place also offers a complimentary shuttle to its sister property Palace Station, which includes a full-service casino and several restaurants. Good to know: Opened in 2008, Palms Place isn’t brand spankin’ new, but it’s in fairly good condition. The rooms feel modern and are filled with great amenities, but since they’ve never been remodeled you may find spots showing wear and tear as well as fixtures and appliances that could use some updating. The lighting is quite dim in the hallways and actually in the rooms too. But that’s just due to décor choices, which include lots of small lamps with funky and interesting shapes. Palms Place doesn’t have its own parking garage.If you want to park your car, you can use the west garage at the Palms, but you’ll have to walk through the garage and around the exterior of Palms Place to enter it. There are also some parking spots in front of the hotel, but then you’ll have to stroll up the driveway — and maybe dodge a few vehicles — before you get in. Palms Place has put in place new health and well-being procedures during your stay. Please review them here. 

Jockey Club

The Jockey Club has simple, fully stocked suites situated right next to the most famous mega-resorts on the Las Vegas Strip. Perfect for large gatherings that want to easily enjoy the best the city has to offer. The vibe: All of the perks and comfort of home but located in the Entertainment Capital of the World.  What we love: These suites are massive and fully-stocked for any group’s needs. Full kitchens decked out with a fridge, microwave, range stove with oven, dishwasher and even a coffeemaker to help perk you up after a night on the town. They also include all dinner and cookware you could need so you can go full Master Chef in these kitchens.  Insider tips: Take advantage of their Winner Circle Lending Library that has DVD’s, games, books and magazines you can check out and enjoy along with fresh popcorn and coffee all day long for the ultimate game or movie night.  Good to know: This is a non-smoking resort, so make sure you don’t light up in the suites. They do have designated spots outside, or you can walk over to one of the surrounding casinos if you want to smoke indoors to beat the heat. 

Mirage

The tropical-themed Mirage is a mid-range property with a wide range of restaurants, bars, and shops. Plus, it’s home to an erupting volcano and a Cirque du Soleil production. The vibe: Lush setting, multigenerational, something for everyone What we love: We like that The Mirage’s roster of restaurants spans multiple genres and multiple price points from CPK to Tom Colicchio’s Heritage Steak. So when you sit down to peruse the menus, your response could be everything from “Wow, that’s affordable” to “We’re definitely not ordering wine with that.” The Mirage’s pool area has a lot more greenery than the newer resort pools in Vegas. Comprised of a series of lagoons with waterfalls, inlets and 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.

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.

 


 
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