If there’s one apt partner for a luxury hotel, it’s a casino and nowhere combines the two like Las Vegas. From botanical gardens to luxury shops, from suites to high-stakes poker, from cocktail bars and clubs to endless rows of slots, the famous Strip and beyond boast everything any hotel fanatic or casino lover could ever dream of and there are tastes to suit everyone. Hoteliers struggling for inspiration should take a look at this list for starters.
Sticking to tradition – the Strip’s older hotels
In addition to cultural attractions – an indoor conservatory and botanical gardens – this timeless treasure is the place guests go for endless refills on Bloody Marys and margaritas and high-end shopping (think Chanel and Prada). But that’s not all: the Bellagio has achieved AAA Five Diamond Resort & Casino status and is basically the home of poker. It has hosted World Poker Tour events and its 40 poker rooms are regularly frequented by poker legends and Hollywood celebs alike. So if you aim to set up an A-listers’ paradise, let The Bellagio fuel your creativity.
Some say the Palace is a little outdated, but patrons come because they know that here they can dine, relax, shop and gamble like they did in the Roman Empire. This hotel hosts one of the biggest casinos in Vegas and its Roman baths and an exquisite mall offer high flyers the ideal break from the slots and tables. Themes may seem cheesy, but this hotel pulls it off with empirical style. It’s certainly one to be inspired by.
Try something a little newer
Boasting a central location, an outdoor shopping centre and an exotic pool area, the LINQ is doing its utmost to establish a name for itself in the competitive environment that is the Strip. Guests here can even get their adrenaline shot on the Strip’s only zip-line, although many prefer to get their thrills from a spot of betting. Nevada was the first US state to legalize sports betting, so the LINQ keeps to tradition in at least one sense – its sports bar, The Book. With more than 50 televisions and the Strip’s highest resolution LED video wall on which to enjoy game day, guests are drawn in because from here they’ll capture every second of the action. And that includes a little bet, of course. If you’re unacquainted with the sports betting world, there are tons of sites to visit with one click to find the bonuses that make deposits go further. By researching online betting, hoteliers can gain an insight into the sports that work best in a hotel bar just like The Book.
Head off the beaten path
Flamingo offers great inspiration for hoteliers wanting to set up something a bit unusual. The hotel has been around since 1946, although it has undergone many ownership changes and renovations since that time – the latest of which is the addition of bunk rooms. Minimum bets here are very reasonable, showing the owners want to draw in beginners here, just like at LINQ. And there are pet-friendly rooms, encouraging a wider range of guests by allowing in their furry friends.
Palms Casino Resort
This one is quite literally off the path, located a mile off the Strip, but its party scene is said to be one of the best in Vegas. The APEX Social Club, for example, offers punters an “Instagram-worthy panoramic 360-degree view of Las Vegas” (the bar’s own words), with the option to upgrade to a VIP bottle service. It also operates a strict dress code, something to think about if you want to give your hotel an upmarket feel.
With over 30 casinos and hotels just on the Strip – including some quirky combinations and professional poker and table-game scenes – Vegas is a destination to satisfy every hotel demand imaginable. Hoteliers hoping to create a unique setup can look to old, new and unusual alike for inspiration when it comes to Vegas.