Las Vegas , Nevada
Tel: 702 797 7625
Tel: 866 767 7773
Fax: 702 797 7771
Concierge.com's insider take:
The Station Casinos chain is popular with locals and with visitors who are here strictly to gamble—comps come quickly and the staff prides itself on remembering regulars. In 2006 the company opened a resort casino in the far reaches of West Las Vegas, about 30 minutes from the Strip and on the border of Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. But it's not just another card in the group's hand: It's a complete design departure, blending sleek minimalism with the kind of tropical overabundance you might find in Palm Springs. A large circular pool distracts gamblers from the open and airy casino, and many of the 800-plus guest rooms have knockout views of the nearby rock formations. While Station Casinos are typically known for their no-frills accommodations, they up the ante a bit here: iPod docking stations, Frette linens, soaking tubs, and modern, boutique-styled furniture are all standard. If you win big in the casino, blow it on Suite One 80, a $15,000-per-night pad with 180-degree views of the Vegas valley, or on the Cherry Suite—a spread that's designed to mimic the Cherry nightclub downstairs, with a ten-person shower surrounded by circular sofas...in the bedroom.
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:
In a city that's all about more, Red Rock is in many ways all about less: less flash, less neon, less silicone. This 816-room property, located ten miles west of the Strip, is tastefully subdued, taking aesthetic cues from its canyon desert surroundings with color schemes of sepia, red, and rust. There is, to be sure, some glitz—3.1 million pieces of crystal, for example, in the casino's stunning chandeliers—but this is a place for those who have been there, done that. And the Fertitta hotelier family (of Green Valley Ranch Resort fame) have made this a self-contained oasis: Rooms, in hues of brown and white, have sweeping canyon or Strip vistas, 42-inch plasma TVs, down duvets, and palatial bathrooms. The massive "backyard" pool area has private cabanas and huge daybeds, while the spa couldn't feel less like Vegas, with its eucalyptus-scented air and Zen atmosphere. None of the nine restaurants has celebrity chef status, but Salt Lick BBQ, imported from Austin, has ribs, pulled pork, and brisket2007 Hot List
When to go: Any time of the year.
Which room to book: Third-floor villas have plush living rooms, wet bars, and private terraces with infinity splash pools.
Amenities: 24-hour Room Service, Bar/lounge, Gym, Pool, SpaSubscribe now to Condé Nast Traveler for just $1 an issue! ›