Las Vegas is known for 24-hour gambling, drinking and buffets. It’s also known for behemoth hotels with thousands of rooms. I’ve stayed in many of them (here’s a look at the Bellagio and Delano) and rarely give stellar marks in reviews. Why? Rooms tend to be furnished with cheaper furniture, check-in takes a terribly long time (unless you have elite status) and that personalized touch is hard to keep up with so many guests.
If you want a true luxury hotel in Las Vegas, you have to look carefully. They are there, some as hotels inside hotels. Here are 4 of the best secret luxury hotels you probably don’t know exist.
1. Hotel 32
Hotel 32 is located on the top (32nd) floor of the Monte Carlo. Elevators bypass all of the guest floors in the Monte Carlo hotel to whisk Hotel 32 goers straight on up to the private Lounge 32 which offers free breakfast, appetizers, hors d’oeuvres, and drinks. All guests get a personal assistant and pre-stocked fridge according to your preferences. Complimentary round-trip limo transfers are included too, if you book a suite or higher. Rates start at $145.
2. Nobu Hotel
Set inside a separate tower of Caesar’s Palace, the Japanese-inspired room decor includes herbal sleep oil and complimentary tea. Guests enjoy complimentary valet service, a green tea welcome amenity and priority reservations at Nobu Restaurant. Access to the European-style Venus pool is complimentary, which is typically $20 a day for men. Upscale white-tea scented bath amenities are provided by Natura Bisse, and if you get hungry for a snack the minibar has Pocky pretzels, Japanese beer, Genmai-Cha green tea and Wild Poppy blood orange chili juice. Line passes for Omnia Nightclub and Gold Membership at FIZZ including a complimentary drink are included for guests staying at Nobu.
3. Sky Suites at Aria
The name gives away that the Sky Suites are located inside the Aria hotel, but few people know that the starting size of one of the Sky Suites is 1,050 square feet, complete with Toto toilet and plush surroundings. Complimentary limousine transfers to and from the airport are included along with personalized curbside welcome. There’s a free wine and cheese pairing in the exclusive lounge daily, and an iPad or laptop is offered for use during your stay. You’ll get line passes for the Buffet and cafe, and a personalized Concierge. The best part? A private pool only available for Sky Suites guests, with chilled towels and smoothies passed out by waiters. Rates start around $360.
The Four Seasons Las Vegas occupies top floors 35-39 of the Mandalay Bay hotel. Similar to Hotel 32, you get semi-private elevators that take you away from the noisy gambling to a quieter experience. Guests of the Four Seasons have signing privileges at all 22 of Mandalay Bay’s restaurants, and there’s a separate pool exclusively for Four Seasons guests too. I stayed there for a weekend and marveled at the fact that I had a gorgeous view of the strip and easy access to restaurants yet felt miles away from the smoking, noise, hustle and bustle. Rates typically hover in the low $300’s.
Rooms at all of these properties still have Fiji water that costs close to $10, and as Las Vegas is the King of mandatory resort fees so you’ll still pay an average of $20 a day. However, if you’re looking for a little bit of luxury in Las Vegas these are some really good options.