Las Vegas is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Nevada and the county seat of Clark County. Las Vegas is an internationally renowned major resort city for gambling, shopping, and fine dining. Of course your trip to isn’t complete without a glimpse of the iconic Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign, designed by Betty Willis. The city recently added a parking lot so you can snap a photo without dodging traffic.
Hera are a list of the best thing to do and see, as well as the best hotels and resorts to stay and have fun, always in a glamours and luxurious style.
Hotels and Resorts
Beside downtown’s Fremont Street Experience, an electronic sound-and-light show, the Golden Gate is a one-of-a-kind vintage casino hotel. It opened in 1906, a year after the city of Las Vegas was founded. Victoriana abounds inside the San Francisco-themed casino, with antique “one-armed bandits” (slot machines) by the lobby registration desk. Recently remodelled hotel rooms have more panache than other downtown casino hotels: witness dark-leather headboards and club chairs, flatscreen TVs, and pillow-top mattresses. Avoid rooms with prison-barred windows that look onto a noisy back alley.
Tired of the dinging of Vegas’s slot machines? Flee the casinos at this boutique hotel, a short drive, bus or taxi ride east of the Strip. Minimalist motel-style buildings surround a small pool with cabanas, cocktails and DJs. All done up in chic white, cool shades of violet and indigo, or stark red-and-black whimsy, each “suite” (really, most are just oversized rooms) comes with its own hot tub, Wi-Fi, and an “adult” TV channel. The Addiction resto-lounge is the place to hook up during happy hour while, across the street, the Hard Rock resort offers pool parties, concerts, and a rock-star spa and shops.
The opening of the flashy Cosmopolitan resort – a short walk north along the Strip – has upped the ante for staying at the Monte Carlo. With the CityCenter casino, hotel, shopping, dining and entertainment complex next door, you’ll understand why these rooms are still among the Strip’s better bargains. Quality rooms come with all mod-cons such as flatscreen TVs, iPod docking stations and Wi-Fi. By day, escape to the hotel’s outdoor pool complex, which has a “lazy river” ride for floating along on inflatable rafts, a splashy wave pool, and sandy beach-volleyball courts.
Staying off the Strip can make you feel cut off from the non-stop party zone, but not at the Rio. Fast, frequent and free shuttle buses transport guests to the Rio’s more famous sister casino resorts on the Strip, including Caesars Palace and Paris Las Vegas. You’ll usually save big bucks on the Rio’s hotel suites, which are unusually spacious by casino standards, with vibrant (OK, some may say tacky) colour schemes of mint, lemon yellow and aqua. If the Rio’s lacklustre dining and drinking venues – such as the sky-high Voodoo Lounge – don’t excite you, take a short walk over to the trendy Palms casino resort, buzzing with nightspots and the Playboy Club.
It’s unlikely you’ll stumble across this white-walled gallery near the valet at CityCenter’s Mandarin Oriental, but it’s certainly worth seeking out. Depending on where you’re coming from, you’ll pass chunks of CityCenter’s $40m art collection, including works by Maya Lin (a suspended rendition of the Colorado River made from reclaimed silver) and Frank Stella (a 32ft work on canvas from his protractor series) in registration lobbies. Look out for Nancy Rubins’s Big Edge, a large boat bouquet made of more than 200 tethered canoes and aluminium boats, which serves as the centrepiece for the $9bn campus of hotels.
The Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art manages to stir up a lot of press, and had visitors lining the corridor overlooking the outdoor landscaped pool when it opened in 1998. At the time, art exhibitions on the Strip were unprecedented. When a subsidiary of New York’s Pace Wildenstein took over the gallery, it shocked art-world types by partnering with Boston’s Museum of Fine Art, bringing works by Monet to the heart of Sin City. The gallery has also tapped into the collection at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego to mount exhibits, including the current A Sense of Place: Landscapes from Monet to Hockney.
Set in the Arts Factory, the Trifecta Gallery has been one of few downtown galleries to survive, financially, in the arts district, maintaining solid exhibits focused on contemporary representational paintings and illustrations. The large three-room space in the old industrial brick building is where locals go to buy and experience works by, in the main, emerging artists, and to enjoy creative art openings such as the pancake breakfast that accompany high-end flapjack sculptures by Todd VonBastiaans and Bryan McCarthy.
Inside this 180-acre attraction focused on interactive exhibits about sustainability and the history of the desert environment is The Origen gallery. A quiet, dimly lit, meditative and contemporary space, the gallery features work by mainly local and regional artists – established and emerging – who create pieces influenced by the desert environment and the glitter city plopped into it. Exhibits range from a show of multimedia contemporary works responding to desert colours influenced by intense natural or manmade lighting to fine art black-and-white photography of Cliff Segerblom: modern landscapes of the American West, Hoover Dam and the Las Vegas skyline as it appeared in the 1970s.
Design Shops and Centers
This store’s mission is grave but simple: zombies are on the brink of a massive world attack and we must prepare by purchasing 500lbs of freeze-dried food, stun guns, tasers and maybe a sword. OK, the guys who run this wacky store on an unwacky stretch of Spring Mountain Road don’t believe in zombies per se, but they do believe in zombies as metaphor. “To some people zombies are the government, to some people they’re terrorists or outsiders. We just want people to be prepared,” says owner Mike Monko. His new venture is tucked into the corner of his old venture, which sells artificial lawn supplies. When we visited, Monko displayed a video of himself stun-gunning his business partner’s adult son.
Don’t be deterred by the grim industrial area surrounding this shop. It’s definitely worth the trip. They have a wonderful selection of witty table top and decor items as well as furniture, carpeting, lighting and window treatments. My favorites were the limited edition tea towels from Third Drawer Down, an amazing bicycle basket by Design House Stockholm, and the Phonophone i-pod console. There are also textiles from Dwell Studio, Herman Miller furniture, Michael Graves accesories and lots more.
Part of the World Market Center Las Vegas, the industry’s most dynamic trade marketplace dedicated to home furnishings and design, Las Vegas Design Center is the single most innovative facility of its kind. Home to more than fifty showrooms, it offers year-round access to a global selection of the industry’s finest home furnishings, fabrics, lighting, floor coverings, wall décor and accessories.
At Design Within Reach, the authentic modern design is accessible. “Within reach” means things not found elsewhere. It means in stock. The business started when founder Rob Forbes tried to furnish his apartment with the clean, simple classics he’d come to appreciate while living in London. Authenticity is something DWR is proud to offer, elitism however is not. Visit any of their Studios and you’ll never see a “do not touch” sign.
This location, in Building C, Showroom 196 of the World Market Center Las Vegas gives Ethan Allen its first home in a destination that caters mainly to trade business. It is also a full-service Design Center open to the public, offering clients throughout the Las Vegas area Ethan Allen’s legendary design expertise and a diverse and eclectic range of home furnishings.
In a town where you never know what’s going to happen next, nice underwear is crucial. And no one has nicer underwear than Kiki De Montparnasse. This lingerie store at Crystals at CityCenter is named for a 1920s Paris nightclub chanteuse, and its magical pink interior is a much stronger dose of France than the nearby Paris Hotel. Try on the subtle but kinky Night Nurse ensemble in one of the special couple’s changing rooms – but try to behave, because the question: “Hmmn, anything else go on in there besides trying stuff on?” did not get a laugh.
It’s easy to become a Francophile at Mon Ami Gabi, this charming Las Vegas restaurant that offers al fresco dining on the Strip outside Paris Las Vegas in a casual dining environment. Although offering a terrific spot for people watching, you’d better get your looks in early. Once your deliciously simple French food is served you may soon forget your surroundings. Highlighted by classic steak frites and a variety of fruits de mer, the Mon Ami Gabi menu also boasts an extensive wine list. It’s the closest thing to dining on the Champs Elyseé on this side of the Atlantic, making for a memorable Paris Las Vegas restaurant experience.
As the Four Seasons’ premier dining room, Verandah is designed like a Mediterranean mansion, with indoor and terrace seating that overlooks the sprawling pool. This sophisticated restaurant offers an informal dining experience for breakfast, lunch and dinner, featuring signature dishes and varied regional and international cuisine.
High atop the illustrious Las Vegas Strip, crafted inside the replica landmark, Chef J. Joho’s Eiffel Tower Restaurant serves Las Vegas’ most acclaimed cuisine available. This Las Vegas fine dining French gem has lamb seasoned to perfection and foie gras unlike any other.
While each meticulously prepared dish is a treat for the palate, the Eiffel Tower Restaurant itself is a feast for the eyes. Sitting more than 100 feet above Strip, the critically acclaimed Paris Las Vegas restaurant provides one of the most vibrant views in all of Nevada.
The Eiffel Tower is a perfect Paris Las Vegas restaurant destination for lunch, dinner or cocktails and offers Las Vegas fine dining in the day at a wonderful Sunday brunch, served weekly from 11 am until 2 pm. Relax and unwind as you enjoy a stunning à la carte Las Vegas brunch menu plus Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne and Grey Goose cocktails.
Charlie Palmer’s renowned New York Aureole enjoys a reputation as one of the finest restaurants in the United States. Palmer opened Aureole at Mandalay Bay in 1999, featuring seasonal dishes that include artisan dry-aged beef and fresh seafood.
Designed by pre-eminent restaurant designer Adam Tihany, Aureole’s visual trademark is a four-story wine tower with its very own Wine Angel Stewards, who gracefully ascend the tower to retrieve bottles.