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Palazzo Las Vegas, Las Vegas

$400 or more
Editor's Pick
Henderson, Nevada, United States, North America: The exterior of the Palazzo in Las Vegas, Nevada
3325 Las Vegas Boulevard S.
Las Vegas , Nevada
Tel: 866 263 3001's insider take:

Why add another wing to your hotel when you can add another hotel altogether? That's exactly what Vegas power player Sheldon Adelson did with his 50-story Palazzo, a resort that looks and acts like his Venetian tower next door, only with a fresher face and a less kitschy motif. The 3,000-plus guest rooms have spacious, sunken living areas that offer plenty of bang for your buck, and improve upon their neighbor with updated amenities and a sophisticated color palette. Spring for a $100–$250 upgrade that gives you access to the Concierge Lounge—a space that occupies the entire 23rd floor and features a complimentary happy hour, several daily food presentations, and Wi-Fi-enabled nooks to escape the ching-ching-ching of the casino. You could almost say the casino at the Palazzo is "boutique" compared to other megaresorts—its sensible, pit-shaped layout makes it easy to navigate your way from the baccarat tables to restaurants like Stephen Hanson's Dos Caminos and Wolfgang Puck's Cut (where you can drop $160 on a Wagyu rib eye if you're feeling flush). A note of thanks to the Palazzo architects for breaking from the Vegas norm—the self-park garage is located within steps of all action, and nonsmoking corridors let you pad around the casino from A to B with nary a cough.

From the readers of Condé Nast Traveler:
Overall Score: 89.7
  • Activities: 89.8
  • Design: 91.7
  • Food: 88.0
  • Location: 90.9
  • Rooms: 94.6
  • Service: 83.0
The Venetian's sister property is "centrally located on the Strip, and it's easily accessed, compared with some hotels where you have to walk and walk just to get inside." Rooms, all suites, are "very clean and quiet." "When we entered ours, I recall saying, 'Wow'—the view was amazing, and everything else was great," such as the remote control Roman shades and curtains, and soft angora wool throws on the beds. Zine's pan-Asian menu lists filet mignon noodle soup. "The weakest point was check-in—our friends waited hours to get their key."

(3,066 suites)
—2011 Gold List

Amenities: Pool, Spa

From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:

The Palazzo doesn't do anything dramatically different from its competitors—it just does it better. Like its sister property The Venetian and its main rival, the Wynn, the 3,066-suite casino-hotel has a star-studded roster of restaurants (Mario Batali, Charlie Trotter, and Emeril Lagasse, to name a few), acres of high-end shopping, and a supersized spa. But what separates The Palazzo from the pack is more subtle: service that's friendly and free of pretension, and sophisticated decor that, by Vegas standards, whispers rather than bellows, incorporating muted colors, bright spaces, and wide walkways. And while The Palazzo definitely feels Italian—with marble, marble everywhere and, in the main lobby, a winged statue, a fountain, and a soaring atrium—its design stops short of replication: no gondola-navigated waterways or faux Piazza San Marco here. The real draw is the suites, with sunken living rooms, spacious five-fixture bathrooms, and a rich color palette of cream, mahogany, gold, and crimson. The smallest, at 720 square feet, give you the best bang for your buck anywhere in Las Vegas.

—2008 Hot List

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