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Judging by our bookings, a lot of you enjoy a little bit of down time in Las Vegas. You have so many options, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with hotel choice. However, with competition for your dollars at a premium, hotel properties in Vegas bend over backwards to differentiate themselves based on traveler tastes. That means you can get great deals and amenities for your money. Here’s just a few unique hotel experiences offered in Sin City that you may not have considered before.
1. Most Fur-Baby Friendly
So there’s pet-friendly and then there’s knock you down when you walk through the door and slobber all over you pet-crazy. THEhotel at Mandalay Bay goes so far above and beyond what a typical “pet-friendly” hotel offers, essentially offering a full menu of Fido-centric pampering, that even the most discerning pup will be impressed. At check-in your pet will be greeted with treats, and suites come with special room service menus for your little Trixie. Sample menu items include the Canine Chop, tenderloin, rice and carrots prepared by property chefs. You can also hire dogsitters and dogwalkers from the concierge or take your pet out for a stroll on the designated Barking Lot Lane. Your room is pet-prepped with food and water bowls and designated dog-friendly floors round out the experience at this all-suite property. Rooms start at $275*/night, At $50 per night per dog (maximum two), it’s a barking bargain. Runners up: The Cosmopolitan, Caesars Hotels & Casinos Group
2. Best Hotel to Get Your Haunt On
No one is ever going to accuse The Flamingo Hotel & Casino of classing up the Strip, but it is one of the remaining vestiges of “old Vegas” and it has an iconic exterior known the world over. The Flamingo was built by notorious gangster Bugsy Siegel and named after his red-headed girlfriend, Virginia Hill. Siegel was killed in Beverly Hills not long after the hotel opened in 1947, but rumors of his haunting the property persist today. Spectral figures and bumps in the night are the typical guest complaints, with the Presidential Suite (named after Bugsy) being the epicenter of most spooky reports. Interestingly, many guests report that Bugsy looks content rather than restless as most ghosts are wont to do. In fact, people claim that his quite cheery state is an indicator that Vegas turned out exactly as he’d hoped. ($103*/night)
3. Most Kitsch
The El Cortez Hotel & Casino is not on the strip, but you can get a newly renovated cabana suite for $30* a night. And these suites are sweet! Okay, okay. So there’s no pool and you’re not going to get the same class of service as you would at one of the larger casinos. But this “Glitter Gulch” property hearkens back to the golden days of Vegas, so there’s a quaintness to the place that’s hard to find elsewhere. You’re also much more likely to gamble next to a colorful local (who tend to avoid the sensory overload of the strip). The tables at the El Cortez are the minor leagues for dealers – known in the industry as the go-to place for new dealers to get their chops. In 2013, the property was placed on the National Register of Historical Places and, for the value, we think it’s a pretty snazzy little spot. Runner up: Gold Coast Hotel & Casino. How could it not be when it holds the largest bingo parlor in Nevada? A word to the wise – the rooms are beyond basic but start at a thrifty $52*/night
4. Best Pool Party/Best People Watching
In recent years, the party scene in Vegas has come out of the clubs and gone straight to the pool. You certainly don’t have to stay at one of the party properties to gain entrance to the pool scene, but if your aim is to run shoulders and elbows with the beautiful people, you’d best check out Wet Republic at the MGM Grand. Touted as the “ultra pool” at the MGM Grand, its two pools offer more than 6,000 square feet of swimming space and the DJ’s are world class. Joining the party will set you back $10 if you’re a lissome lady, and $20 if you’re a gent, natch. This is a decidedly decadent experience, not recommended for families. Rooms at the MGM Grand start at $138*/night. Runner up: Daylight Beach Club at the Mandalay Bay ($275*/night)
5. Most Romantic/Best Honeymoon Retreat
We know the options are legion for romantic spots in Vegas, but we think Nobu at Caesar’s Palace ticks all of the boxes a honeymooning couple might want. It’s sensual, decadent, private and luxurious with a purposefully boutique look and feel. The Qua Baths and Spa offer state of the art spa services, and specialize in couples massage, and every guest receives priority seating at Nobu Restaurant and complimentary limousine service. The entertainment is second to none in Las Vegas, with current headliners ranging from Celine Dion to Jerry Seinfeld, Shania Twain to Rod Stewart. Nobu aims to be a refuge of exquisite service, and that rings all of our bells. ($219*/night). Runner Up: The Mandarin Oriental $275*/night
6. Most Earth-Friendly
You might not expect eco-friendliness in Sin City, but the Aria Hotel has done nearly the impossible – it is the largest hotel in the world to have secured a LEED Gold Certification. Technology has been utilized to reduce energy in innovative ways throughout the property. The Aria boasts “Smart Rooms,” so it adjusts window coverings, lighting and temperature automatically when guests enter or depart the room. If you think eco-friendly means austere or basic, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the Aria. It’s a 5* resort with pool, spa and golf amenities and enough restaurants for every taste and budget. ($179*/night). Runner-Up: VDara ($189*/night)
7. Best Place to Spend Your Bitcoin
Earlier this year, The D Las Vegas and the Golden Gate Hotel & Casino became the first properties in Las Vegas to begin accepting Bitcoin for rooms, restaurants and gift shops. It’s still a no-go on their gaming floors, however. Just last month, the D added a Bitcoin ATM, which gives them a slight edge over the Golden Gate for BTC friendliness. Located downtown rather than on the strip, you’ll find a younger crowd at the D and a pretty happening bar (The Long Bar). Smack dab in the middle of the Fremont Street Experience, it’s a great place for a gambling novice to learn the ropes without the hefty price tag some of the Strip casinos charge to sit down at a table. You can still find blackjack at the D with $5 limits. Keep your eyes peeled. (From $24*/night). Runner Up: The Golden Gate ($18*/night)
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*All rates are for dates in September, 2014. Avg. nightly rates are for double occupancy per room unless otherwise stated and exclude tax recovery charges and service fees.