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.
Eating and drinking
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.
Who stays there
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).
- Culture vultures
- Families with younger children
- Mature travellers
Pros & Cons
- Relaxed atmopshere
- Near Red Rock Canyon
- Great views
- Not very 'Vegas'
- Far from the Strip