Next to the Palms, on its west side (away from the Strip). There’s a carpark between the two properties, so it’s about a five minute walk to the casino. The Strip would be about 40 minutes walk away, and it’s a busy road, so I’d advise taking a taxi or the Palms shuttle.
All rooms are suites, they’re pretty roomy, and the decor is sleek and sexy (dark wood walls, tiled floors and the like). They’re very much built for couples – the one bedroom suites have huge bathtubs in the bedroom, looking out of the window – and the feeling is understated luxury.
There’s no casino – you’ll have to go next door to the Palms for that – and there aren't really any public areas to speak of. But the feeling is one of fun going on behind closed doors – it’s definitely not a dead atmosphere.
Eating and drinking
Simon, the restaurant owned by celeb chef Kerry Simon, is legendary in Vegas for its “posh junk food”, and its Sunday brunch, which you’re encouraged to attend in pyjamas, is an institution. The Rojo bar is where celebrities often go at the end of the night (whether they’re staying here or at the Palms proper).
I love the spa here (it even boasts a Sunset Tan facility, where you can either hop on a sunbed or get a good spraytan in preparation for your night out). The pool is compact but swanky, with food service from Simon – and you can pop over to the Palms as well.
Top notch – everything you ask for is done with a smile, without a fuss. The valet here is one of the best in Vegas – not only is your car retrieved at lightning speed, but you’ll find two shots of Red Bull slipped in the glove compartment (remember, it's a party hotel).
Who stays there
A lot of celebrities who don’t want the attention that comes with staying at the Palms. The crowd is slightly older here than next door, and the atmosphere’s more rarefied. But make no mistake - if you're not here to party, you should probably stay away.
There's a daily resort fee of US$1.
Pros & Cons
- Trendy reputation
- Great rooms
- Good restaurant
- Lack of on-property facilities
- Off Strip
- Quiet atmosphere