11011 W Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States, 89135
- Recommended for:
- Culture vultures, Families with younger children, Mature travellers, Relaxation
Expert review of Red Rock
You thought Vegas was all bling and bright lights? You couldn't be more wrong - and Red Rock is the place to prove it. I love this place (and not just because it's down the road from my house) - and if you're looking for something a little different from the usual Vegas experience, and don't mind being a hike from the Strip (and by "hike" I mean a 20-minute drive), then you'll be in your element here. Also, if you're into adventure, there couldn't be a better place than this - it's as close as you can get to the glorious Red Rock Canyon - a national park, and my favourite retreat in the whole of Vegas.
It's far from the Strip - about 10 miles, or a 20-minute drive, in the lovely suburb of Summerlin, to be precise - and four miles down the road from Red Rock Canyon. What it lacks in location as regards the action, though, it makes up for with its views - rooms either look over the Strip, which looks spectacular from this distance at night, or at Red Rock Canyon itself. The hotel also lays on a free shuttle to the Strip. A taxi would cost about US$40 upwards.
Lovely big rooms (the standard ones are 525 square feet alone). The decor is simple but smart, and all rooms have high class amenities (that you don't always get in Vegas) like flatscreen TVs. But best of all are the views - as I said, you'll either be looking down at the Strip (Summerlin's higher than the Strip area, so you get sweeping views) or of Red Rock Canyon, which is breathtaking.
If I gambled, I'd love the casino here - it's a good size, popular with locals and is rarely crowded. The whole place is modern but classy - think dark wood and hulking chandeliers.
Although it feels restricted because you're so far from anywhere, there are actually a few good choices. The buffet is popular with locals, but I really rate sushi restaurant Hachi (run by the only woman to train under Nobu) and the burgers at LBS are great, too (and half price before 6pm on weekdays). Yardhouse - a huge pub-type place with oodles of beer on tap and good food - opened June 2010 and is always packed. I find it a bit too rowdy, but it's the most popular place in Summerlin.
There's a lovely spa, which includes outdoor treatment areas, and there's also an "Adventure Spa" - kind of a concierge service for activities such as kayaking, mountain biking and hiking in Red Rock Canyon.
Also, if you're there on a Friday night, don't miss duo Zowie Bowie performing (free) in the Rocks Lounge - they just moved back to Red Rock after residencies at the Palms and the Monte Carlo, and they're a cult lounge act among locals, jazzing up current pop hits with their terracotta tans and oodles of energy.
Pretty laid back, mainly because most people there are locals.
Adventure nuts, people coming for the wildlife at Red Rock Canyon (whose red cliffs really are spectacular - the canyon is the best example of one type of geological fault in the world) and those who want a different type of Vegas vacation.
There's a daily resort fee of $24.99 (but this includes shuttles to and from the airport as well as the Strip).
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- 11011 W Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States, 89135
- Free tags / Keywords:
- Outdoor / Adventure
- Business Centre, Room Service, High-Speed Internet, Fitness Centre, Restaurant, Parking, Swimming Pool, Pets Allowed
- Off Strip (Summerlin)