Las Vegas: Something for Everybody

Hotels off the Strip
By Alex Adad-Santos for PASSPORT Magazine
Show girls at Las Vegas
CELEBRATE: Las Vegas, Nevada (Digital Visions/Getty)

Off the strip, The Blue Moon Resort (2651 Westwood Dr. Tel: 702-784-4500) has gone Palm-Springs chic in their renovations. LCD TVs, and clean, mid-century modern lines have given rooms a new shine; and their always-popular social mixers are still going strong.

In the coming year, Vegas' new mantra may be "the bigger, the better." Becoming known more as the home of the world's flashiest digs rather than the world's flashiest casinos, 2008 and beyond will have a lot of impact on this boomtown.

Sandwiched in between The Wynn and The Venetian will be The Palazzo . The 50-floor tower will rise high above the city and house approximately 3,025 luxury suites. There's an air of mystery to this property. The illustrated renderings are about as much as you'll find out about this luxe escape, as executives have been very mum, but everyone knows that once it opens, it will be the largest entertainment compound on The Strip.

Not to be outdone, City Center will wrestle that title away once it opens its doors (slated for 2009). The jewel of the center will be the ethereal Mandarin Oriental. Its name has become synonymous with opulence and elegance; the nearly 400 rooms promise to be stunning and the expansive, 30,000+ square-foot spa has massage junkies quivering. The resort complex will also house the equally luxurious condo-hotel hybrids, the Vdara and The Harmon.

Fittingly, Steve Wynn has plans to bookend The Strip with Encore, a complement to his caramel- and chocolate-colored namesake. The aesthetic of the Wynn was the brainchild of openly gay Roger Thomas, whose vibrant credo echoes throughout the lobby with eye-popping flowers, spiraling lines, and artsy mosaics. There's no doubt that you'll find the Wynn's ambiance, refreshing interiors, and secure environment mirrored in the new, 2,054-room Encore.

While Vegas is sinfully ripe with lust and greed around every corner, it's gluttony that'll leave you satisfied. So dive in. Having celebrated its inaugural restaurant week this year, this city has emerged from the land of buffets to become the perfect place to savor palate pleasing international cuisine.


Published: 13 Aug 2008 | Last Updated: 1 Apr 2011
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

Best Hotels in Las Vegas

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Four Seasons Las Vegas
$159-$319
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Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino
$105-$260
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The Signature at MGM Grand
$139-$399
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#4
Encore at Wynn Las Vegas

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