Five Hip Hotels in Vegas

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Looking for a unique, chic and fun hotel to stay at in Las Vegas? We’ve got you covered! Here are five resorts that feature sleek architecture, luxury amenities, first-rate service and one-of-a-kind personalities.

The Cosmopolitan

An aerial view of The Cosmopolitan at sunset

An aerial view of The Cosmopolitan at sunset

The Cosmopolitan is the newest resort in Vegas – as well as the trendiest. It’s located where Las Vegas Boulevard meets Harmon Avenue, just steps from the all the excitement of the Strip’s busiest casinos, shopping centers, nightclubs and restaurants. At 52 stories, The Cosmopolitan sits high above the city and offers sweeping panoramic views of the glittering lights set against a backdrop of mountains. Its architecture and sophisticated décor are reminiscent of something you’d find in the middle of Manhattan. The Cosmopolitan has 3,000 spacious guest rooms designed to feel like hip urban residences. Each one has a kitchenette, an oversized private terrace and a large, luxurious bathroom. Among the 13 on-site dining options are Spanish tapas by chef José Andrés at Jaleo, French brasserie cuisine by chef David Myers at Comme Ça and sexy steakhouse fare by chef Stephen Hopcraft at STK. Plus, there’s a secret pizza place that serves a New York-style slice and a Coke. Last but not least, The Chandelier, a three-story bar with eye-catching crystal curtains, and Marquee, which has a pool deck and dayclub along with a series of different dance and bar environments, are both revolutionizing the nightlife experience in Sin City.

El Cortez Cabana Suites

The boutique-style El Cortez Cabana Suites in downtown Las Vegas

The boutique-style El Cortez Cabana Suites in downtown Las Vegas

Although the El Cortez Cabana Suites are situated on Ogden Avenue in the heart of downtown Las Vegas, guests will feel like they’ve been transported to Miami’s South Beach. This fashionable property is the result of a multimillion-dollar remodel of the 40-year-old Ogden House. With 64 boutique-style rooms and suites, it offers many neat amenities including 42-inch plasma flat-screen TVs, iPod docking stations and funky custom furnishings. There is also an enhanced on-site fitness center and a private front desk. The El Cortez Cabana Suites are just steps from the venerable 70-year-old El Cortez, which is the city’s oldest continuously operating casino. Have a cocktail at the landmark resort’s elegant new center bar. Called The Parlour, it features comfy leather chairs and live piano music.

Hard Rock Hotel

One of the beach-like swimming pools at the Hard Rock Hotel

One of the stunning beach-like swimming pools at the Hard Rock Hotel

The Hard Rock Hotel exudes a rock ’n’ roll atmosphere for the young and hip. It’s frequented by musicians, celebrities and fans alike. The resort, which is on the corner of Paradise Road and Harmon Avenue, just a few blocks from the world-famous Strip, is known for providing guests with a musically charged experience. A concert in The Joint, the Hard Rock Hotel’s revered live music venue, is not to be missed. Over the years, it has showcased legendary singers and rock groups including The Rolling Stones, Styx, Aerosmith, Santana, The Killers and David Bowie…to name just a few. No matter where you go in the resort – whether it be the casino, restaurants, swimming pools, bars or nightclub – a party is constantly in the making. Vanity nightclub and the Center Bar are always packed with beautiful people. During the summer months, you have got to check out Rehab, the city’s original and most famous pool party. In addition, the Hard Rock Hotel Beach Club features a lush landscape for daytime decadence year round. There are three different room towers: the original Casino Tower and the newer Paradise Tower and HRH Tower. Stylish and forward thinking, the décor is contemporary with an eye to the discerning rock star. Things like a large flat-screen TV, an iPod docking station and a loaded minibar are among the standard amenities. And when you need to fuel up before or after a night of hard partying, the dining options at the Hard Rock Hotel feel like debauchery – with choices like the new 35 Steaks + Martinis, LTO Pizza & More, Johnny Smalls, Nobu, Pink Taco and Mr. Lucky’s 24-7.


The Barbie Suite in the Fantasy Tower at the Palms

The Barbie Suite in the Fantasy Tower at the Palms

Some people call Las Vegas “America’s Playground,” but if you want to pinpoint an exact location in the city for the fun, head to the Palms. Located a short hop west of the Strip on Flamingo Road, guests will revel in the resort’s ultra cool vibe. With a state-of-the-art fitness center and several salons (including a Sunset Tan), you’ll have plenty of tools to up your sexy factor…which you may need, thanks to all the pools, nightclubs and bars. The Palms Pool & Bungalows, home to summer’s decadent Ditch Fridays party, features the Glass Bar, the Waterfall Bar and some unbelievably tricked-out cabanas. Like the cabanas, the rooms at the Palms offer a plush experience with sweeping city views. If you want something over-the-top, stay in the Fantasy Tower, where all the suites boast playful décor. The Barbie Suite has hot pink walls and furnishings, while the Kingpin Suite comes with a regulation-sized bowling alley. Dining options include sizzling steak and seafood at N9NE Steakhouse, Asian fusion food at Little Buddha and superb Italian fare at NOVE Italiano. The 24/7 Café, the hotel’s casual restaurant, serves everything from breakfast to late-night specials. The Pearl is the Palms’ acclaimed concert venue with 2,500 seats including private skyboxes. Also in the evening, you can shake it up on the dance floors at Rain or Moon, which has a massive retractable roof allowing you to gaze at the stars. Finally, the vibe couldn’t get any sexier than in the Playboy Club, on account of all those gorgeous Bunnies.

THEhotel at Mandalay Bay

The modern lobby and décor inside THEhotel at Mandalay Bay

The modern lobby and décor inside THEhotel at Mandalay Bay

High-style guest rooms at THEhotel at Mandalay Bay on the southern end of the Strip are inspired by an ultra sleek black-and-white color palette, making them perfect for business travelers or romantic getaways. In fact, the 43-story, all-suite tower attracts its share of celebrities who are looking for some privacy in the middle of all the action. Oversized desks, plasma TVs, upscale linens and marble bathrooms add to the pleasure. THEhotel has its own billiards lounge, along with a lobby bar and café. Its Bathhouse Spa pays tribute to the grand style of European communal baths. The pampering here includes an array of exotic treatments like the Fijian Sugar Polish and the Chai Tea Mud Mask. Of course, all the amenities of the Mandalay Bay resort are footsteps away, so you can gather well into the night at eclectic restaurants, in countless bars and on the huge, tropical-inspired gaming floor.

Renee LiButti

I’m a Las Vegas native. By profession, I write at Mostly about the city’s hotels, but on other topics – gaming and transportation – too. I really love staying at hotels. And the ones here are among the biggest and best in the world. Some key things I’ve learned: Resort fees are inescapable (frustrating but true), a friendly attitude at the front desk may score you a great view and over-the-top room amenities – bath butlers, Japanese tea service, menus with “intimate” items – do exist. What else should you know about me? Well, I’m comfortable at a blackjack table. And I like eating late-night pancakes in hotel coffee shops. A lot. Follow Renee on Google+.

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