Thunderbird Hotel Las Vegas
Situated in the Arts District — right between the Strip and downtown — Thunderbird Hotel Las Vegas offers comfortable accommodations, a restaurant, a bar and more in a boutique atmosphere. The vibe: Artsy and affordable, modern but not stuffy. What we love: One word: location. Thunderbird is located in the heart of the Arts District, between the Las Vegas Strip and downtown’s Fremont Street. If you’re a hipster, art fanatic or anyone who likes the calmer (but still cool) vibe of Las Vegas, this hotel is for you. If you’re familiar with First Friday in Las Vegas, then you already know the Arts District turns into one huge block party filled with thousands of people. And if we want to crash after a night like this, it’s a simple hop, skip and a jump back to the hotel. Since the Thunderbird is a boutique hotel, your stay is a bit more cozy compared to an enormously large property. Not that we have a problem with that, but if you’re looking for a quick escape from the craziness a boutique-sized hotel is your best bet. The hotel’s windows are another bonus. If you’re in the mood for fresh air, the windows here open completely. One more thing: There’s no resort fees. Let’s do our happy dance now and be glad we can use that dough on something else, like the actual Vegas trip. Insider tips: Use this hotel to your advantage and stay during First Friday. We promise it’s super awesome. Just make sure to check room availability far in advance. While you’re here, make sure to check out all the cool and funky antique and vintage shops in the Arts District. We’re pretty confident you’ll find a piece or two that nobody else has. Good to know: Even though you’re in between the Strip and Fremont Street, the walk to either isn’t as close as you think. Even though the Stratosphere Tower is four blocks away (roughly 15 minutes walking distance), it might not be your most comfortable walk, especially in the middle of the summer. Also, if you’re heading to Fremont Street Experience it’s even farther (more than a mile away, about 25 minutes walking distance). Your best bet? Catch a ride or a cab. Since both locations are a short drive, you won’t be paying an arm and a leg. While the hotel itself doesn’t have a casino attached, the bar has a set of video slots.