After the party, it’s the after-party, then after the party it’s the hotel lobby…
Jay-Z didn’t rap about hotel lobbies (for R. Kelly’s “Fiesta” remix) for nothing. But you might be wondering if these are even a big deal. Typically a hotel lobby is just a place where you wait in line with your bags, play on your phone until your turn, check in and get your key. But these Vegas hotel lobbies are so fly, we even take our out-of-towners here as part of our tour guide duties. We’re not kidding.
Check out a few of our favorite hotel lobbies and get ready for some major wow factors. See you in line.
All we can say is wow. This is probably the most futuristic set of escalators you’ll ever see. Planet Hollywood’s lobby is one of our favorites and it’s clear to see why. By the time you reach the top of these escalators, you’ll see a ginormous color-changing disco ball nearby. The excitement doesn’t end here: Planet Hollywood is home to many headlining acts, including J-Lo and Britney Spears, among others. Planet Hollywood is glitzy and glam all around, period.
All this gold is making us fall in love. If you’ve ever visited Venetian’s lobby, you know why it stands as an attraction on its own. Inspired by the art and architectural designs seen in Venice, Italy, the ritzy hotel has various Venetian landmarks including the Rialto Bridge and St. Mark’s Square.
OK, back to the lobby. Make sure to look up at the frescoes (mural paintings) that adorn the lobby’s ceilings. These were hand-painted by Italian artists. Additionally, the Venetian lobby features 25-foot-high columns made of solid Botticino marble, imported from Italy. While you’re at Venetian, make sure to take a quick walk over to the connecting Palazzo hotel. The Shoppes at Palazzo has a gorgeous oversized butterfly display. The Palazzo lobby is also a beauty. It showcases Samuel G. Bocchicchio’s “Acqua di Cristallo,” a unique water sculpture featuring translucent women carved on one side.
The ceiling art doesn’t stop at the Venetian. Bellagio also gives a reason to look up in awe. Whether you’re checking in or just visiting the property, you’ll want to snap photos of Dale Chihuly’s gorgeous Fiori di Como art piece. Here you’ll find more than 2,000 hand-blown glass blossoms in different shapes, sizes and colors. There’s another perk about this hotel lobby: You’re right smack in between the Fountains of Bellagio (located just outside the entrance doors) and the Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, offering an array of fresh flora and creative garden concepts that are swapped out seasonally.
Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Every time we hit up this swanky hotel, we feel like we’ve been invited to one big fancy party. With its upbeat music, a posh bar at every corner (including one surrounded by a three-story chandelier) and a slew of restaurants, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is an instant mood changer. And its hotel lobby is no different. Swing by the lobby and you’ll be greeted by eight digital art columns. The technology includes 408 high-definition LCD displays with more than 90 computers working together to deliver content to the displays. Major wow factor: Each column face packs in almost 25 million pixels, 12 times more pixels than a single HD channel. We’ve seen so many different scenes– nature scenes, wild animals, sultry poses (like the one above) and more. The art does change out, so you’re always in for a surprise. And so are we.
Under the sea, under the sea! How often do you get to admire an aquarium (a huge one at that) when you check in to your hotel? If you’re into the tropics, you’ll get a splash out of The Mirage. The hotel lobby’s 20,000-gallon saltwater aquarium spans 53 feet in length. The tank is home to more than 1,000 coral reef inhabitants. You’ll see everything from angelfish and stingrays to sharks. Just steps away, you’ll run right into the hotel’s atrium featuring natural lighting, waterfalls and palm trees and tropical flowers. And whether it’s your first date or 90th, a stroll through this atrium is a quick, peaceful escape from the craziness of the Strip.
Aria should really be called ahh-ria. It gives us that tranquil vibe we get at a luxury spa. Aria’s three-story stylish lobby combines modern architecture, natural lighting and elements of nature. While you’re here ooh-ing and ahh-ing, make sure to check out the silver 84-foot-long art piece of the Colorado River. Also, if you’ve ever wondered why Aria always smells so darn sweet and delish, the hotel has its own in-house horticulture team that handles all of the floral displays. Weekly flowers in Aria’s visual areas include about 21,000 stems and a whopping 1.1 million stems a year. The lobby always has fresh flowers in it as well.
Delano Las Vegas
If the Grand Canyon were ever to head out for a night in Vegas, it would look like the Delano Las Vegas lobby. Delano Las Vegas pairs the beauty of nature with dramatic modern touches. The second you enter the hotel, you’ll come across a 10-foot-tall, 126,000-pound divided boulder. The boulder displays striking colors and patterns, a result of Nevada’s desert winds over millions of years. As you walk toward the actual lobby, you’ll see artist Jaehyo Lee’s suspended boulder installation (seen above), comprised of hundreds of small rocks. Before you leave, make sure you grab a coffee and hang out in the coffee shop’s nook, which also has cool desert-themed artwork.
Wynn Las Vegas
It’s not every day you see a hot air balloon (or even better, a replica made of flowers) inside a hotel. Just outside the Wynn Las Vegas hotel lobby, you’ll find a pleasant indoor garden walkway complete with trees, colorful flora, a floral hot air balloon and (bonus!) a spinning floral merry-go-round. We dig all of the bright and whimsical accents inside Wynn Las Vegas. Tip: Just outside the hotel lobby doors is its relaxing lobby bar. Grab a drink and watch a fun animotronic show, playing every half hour. The waterfall fixture adds a wonderful touch to the atmosphere.
One step into The Cromwell’s hotel lobby and you instantly feel like you’re in another time period. From the vintage-style furnishings and bookcases to the unique light fixtures and wall art, it’s unlike any lobby you’ve ever seen. Plus, you’ll love the boutique, intimate feel of it all. The hotel itself isn’t very big (only 188 rooms, suites included), but there’s something so appealing and exclusive about a smaller property. Just across the lobby, you’ll find the lobby bar, Bound by Salvatore. If you need a pick-me-up, Bound serves espresso cocktails. Seriously, can life get even more perfect than that?
Last but not least, we close it out with one of the most iconic hotels on the Strip, a hotel that’s about to turn the big 5-0 in August. Caesars Palace’s main hotel lobby can be seen in multiple movies, including “The Hangover” and “Think Like A Man Too.” We find its Augustus Tower lobby (seen above) just as breathtaking, if not more so. Located just a couple of minutes from the main lobby, we love this one because you can walk around and admire your surroundings without the commotion.
Explore other Vegas hotels and we’re sure you’ll find even more sweet surprises.