You could enter the PH Towers at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino through a private valet off of Harmon Ave., but entering through the Miracle Mile Shops is just somehow so much more … Vegas-y.
Honestly though, a hotel lobby smack dab in the middle of a shopping mall might be a first, even for Vegas.
It’s actually an interesting concept. It allows natural daylight to spill into the mall through the lobby’s floor to ceiling windows. It’s sort of like having a shopping epiphany and literally “seeing the light” when you stumble upon the PH Towers entrance.
And though the lobby really isn’t intended for straggling shoppers, the overabundance of plush, colorful seating is the perfect place to kick up your heels after a long day of dragging around Crazy Shirts and Lucky Brand jeans, and dodging timeshare sales agents.
Not that there’s anything wrong with timeshares. The upscale PH Towers is above all else a timeshare property. The 1,200 one-bedroom, two-bedroom and studio suites are gradually opening in blocks of 100. A second tower has yet to be built but is expected to be added “someday.”
Some fun facts about PH Towers, (as I see them):
• The lobby contains quirky red, white and yellow Chihuly-like glass light fixtures and sculptures abstractly resembling sea creatures.
• LED colums surrounding the registration area subtly change colors.
• There’s an enticing view of the virgin pool waters (the pool has yet to open), palm trees, a pool bar and two levels of cabanas through the lobby windows.
• Original oil paintings by Laura Cartwright and Warholesque Marilyn Monroe pop art adorn the walls.
• An escalator takes guests up to the PH Towers meeting rooms and business center, or down to the valet.
• One and two-bedroom suites come with full kitchens with stainless steel appliances, a dining room table and an economy-sized combined washer and dryer inside the bathroom cabinet.
• There are three flat screen TVs in the one- and two-bedroom suites and two in the studio suites.
• The views from the guest rooms are impressive as the architects were quite generous with windows.
• The studio suite has a “shot glass chess set” — The ultimate drinking game! Try filling the shot glasses with different color liquers, then see if you can remember who got checkmate.
Some photos taken during my tour of PH Towers: