Concierge.com's insider take:
In Vegas, folks looking for a bargain often try out less expensive "nongaming" properties but find themselves either far from the Strip or bored silly. Cue the nongambling Platinum Hotel, which opened in 2006. It has much lower rates than the Strip resorts two blocks away, but has the usual goodies like spa, restaurant, bar, and pool. All 255 rooms are officially suites but still have a bit of a Hampton Inn feel to them, so lower your expectations (they're still nicer than the older Caesars rooms down the street). Many have balconies, and a Bose Wave radio helps minimize the traffic noise down below. Low lighting in the bathrooms isn't conducive to putting on makeup and rooms could use a full-length mirror, but the in-room Jacuzzi tub is big enough for a group, and the Strip-facing rooms on the upper floors have an impressive view that stretches from Mandalay to the Wynn. The 1,000-square-foot Princess suites, meanwhile, cater to a business crowd with full kitchens and four-person bars ideal for entertaining clients.