The Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas, Nevada $$$$
Concierge.com's insider take:
To enjoy the Palms, you must be a fan of "the scene." If you're not, you will despise this property. Service is good, but it comes with a hipper-than-thou attitude—thanks to MTV. The Palms was coasting along until it hosted the 2002 season of The Real World, whereupon it was launched into the celebrity stratosphere. Celebs still pack the hotel's N9NE Steakhouse, Rain nightclub, and rooftop Ghostbar, despite the Fantasy Tower expansion next door. The 56-story, 420-room tower is off the Strip by about a mile, making it a "destination" site—meaning you gotta drive there, not walk. The rooms are, surprisingly, designed with a sense of calm and comfort, with wonderful beds and high-thread-count sheets that rival those of the pricier resorts. Ironically, the property is a daytime haven for local senior citizens, who clear out later. If you pay the $12 fee for Wi-Fi in the first-floor café, be aware that the Wi-Fi in rooms has a separate fee—so pick your favored surfing spot to avoid a double charge. Another tip: A second valet opens inside the parking garage on busy weekends and retrieves cars in half the time of the valet out front.