The best hotels in Vegas for: Hipsters

So you’re coming to Vegas. You’ll need a room. Obviously. But which hotel is most appropriate for you?

Finding the perfect place to stay can take your vacation from great (a visit to Sin City is never anything less) to “OMG! This is greatest trip of all time.”

It’s just like that old saying: different strokes for different folks. Different people have different ways of doing things…and that includes experiencing Vegas.

To help you book your ideal accommodations, we’re kicking off a series of blogs with hotel suggestions to suit the needs, desires and even wallets of different personality types.

To begin, we’ll focus on the trendiest of visitors, the hipsters – as they usually clamor to be first.

If you’re someone who’s conversant with what’s “in” (whether that’s architecture, design, food, entertainment or shopping), you’ll want your Vegas stay to be as cool as possible. Of course, you’re also social, so you’ll crave plenty of options when it comes to partying and having fun with friends. Here are five hotels sure to fit your lifestyle.

Clockwise: The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Marquee Nightclub and The Chandelier

Clockwise from left: An exterior view of The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Marquee Nightclub and The Chandelier

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

When The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas opened its doors in December 2010, it was “the” place to be. Today, the resort is still that…and much more. The Cosmopolitan has always had an ambitious attitude when it comes to offering unique art installations and innovative technology along with restaurants, bars and other amenities that deliver one-of-a-kind experiences. From The Chandelier, a three-story cocktail haven formed from flowing beaded curtains, to Vesper Bar, which has a ceiling covered in a metal mesh meant to resemble a cloud, the nightlife venues ooze sophistication. And the lobby is like a computer-generated dream world thanks to eight giant columns that are wrapped with mirrors and LCD screens. There’s even cool graffiti art on the walls of the parking garage. Plus, The Cosmopolitan is home to Marquee Nightclub, Rose. Rabbit. Lie., The Chelsea concert venue, Holsteins for specialty burgers, the sexy steakhouse STK and, well, surely you’ve gotten the point by now…the list goes on and on and on.

The Cromwell and related amenities

Clockwise from top left: An exterior view of The Cromwell, Drai's Nightclub and a deluxe room with two queen beds

The Cromwell

Almost every hotel in Vegas has a pool club as well as a nightclub, but a combination of both on a rooftop at the heart of the Strip…now that can only be found at The Cromwell, courtesy of Victor Drai. Along with Drai’s Beach Club and Drai’s Nightclub overhead, there’s also Drai’s After Hours club below ground – so if you stay here, at least in summertime, you can literally party around the clock. Opened this year in May, The Cromwell is spanking new…and by spanking we mean there are super sexy décor elements, like corset-laced elevators. And the rooms here are like no others in town. Dimly lit, they evoke a chic Parisian vibe. Each one features hardwood flooring, textured wallpaper and an ornately framed, full-length mirror that (in the right lighting) offers a peek into and out of the shower. Women will fall in love with the Hollywood-lit vanity, which comes with a hair straightener. Another delight at The Cromwell is Giada, the first restaurant by chef, author and Food Network television personality Giada De Laurentiis. Her Italy-meets-California cuisine is original and tastes fabulous. Just be sure you save room for her lemon ricotta cookies.

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino amenities

Clockwise from left: An exterior view of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, The Joint and Culinary Dropout

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

For a rockin’ good time, there’s always the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Built in 1995, this may have been the first “hip” hotel in Vegas, and it’s still as happening as ever. With a rep for being edgy and pushing the envelope, Hard Rock Hotel has a peerless concert venue (The Joint) and a sleek nightclub (Body English). Its collection of restaurants and bars allows you to experience food and drinks in truly unique ways. Take Culinary Dropout. Created by restaurateur Sam Fox, this eatery has a rebellious attitude. Not only is the staff uniform-free, but the relaxed ambiance makes for a funky hangout where you can chow down on fried chicken and biscuits or pretzel bites dunked in provolone fondue. Then there’s The Ainsworth, which blends a nightclub vibe (i.e., bottle service and high-end cocktails like the Blind Stud) with sports viewing. Last but not least, Vegas’ daylife scene owes a lot to the Hard Rock Hotel. Launched in 2004, Rehab was among the city’s first pool parties and this unbelievably raucous weekend event is still considered a must-go for anyone seeking fun in the sun.

Monte Carlo and HOTEL32

From left: An exterior view of Monte Carlo, a studio room at HOTEL32 and the resort's new Yoga in the Plaza class

HOTEL32 at Monte Carlo

Located on the 32nd floor of the Monte Carlo, HOTEL32 offers a boutique hotel experience within a megaresort as well as unforgettable views of the Strip. Every guest is cared for like a celebrity. When you set foot on the premises, a “personal suite assistant” will be waiting to escort you to your room via a private elevator. (Good riddance to waiting in line at the front desk!) In addition, your personal suite assistant will stock the fridge to your request, make all of your reservations and basically attend to your every whim (ahem, within reason). At HOTEL32, you’ll be able to enjoy cocktails and free nibbles throughout the day at the private LOUNGE32. The pampering and luxurious accommodations aren’t the only things to take advantage of at Monte Carlo. On the ground floor, you can continue your debauchery with a succulent cut of beef at Brand Steakhouse. Or there’s always something going on in the Plaza, the resort’s Las Vegas Boulevard-facing pedestrian promenade. Down tequila shots at Diablo’s Cantina or sip “spiked” ice tea at Double Barrel Roadhouse. Feeling health-conscious? A new hour-long yoga class (free to hotel guests) is being held out here every Saturday morning at 8 a.m. Afterward, you can grab a frothy cup of espresso or a green tea at Sambalatte, the Plaza’s cool coffee bar, and raise a toast to having a good time – and good karma.

SLS Las Vegas Hotel & Casino exterior and amenities

From left: The sculpture "Saam by Starck" in front of SLS Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, Bazaar Meat's raw meat bar and the entrance to The Sayers Club

SLS Las Vegas Hotel & Casino

Another fashionable new Vegas resort is SLS Las Vegas Hotel & Casino. It debuted in late August at the north end of the Strip. Housed in the bones of the Sahara Hotel & Casino (originally built in 1952, this was a hip property during its prime, hosting the likes of Elvis Presley, The Beatles and the Rat Pack), SLS Las Vegas is the brainchild of Sam Nazarian. A visionary at the helm of the hospitality company SBE, Nazarian has also launched many of Southern California’s hottest clubs and restaurants – making him a hipster too. As you would expect, the nightlife at SLS Las Vegas is stellar. There are three different venues to party at: Foxtail, LiFE and The Sayers Club (you never know who might step onstage). This spring, the daylife will finally be exposed (Beach LiFE and Foxtail Pool Club), and it’s sure to sizzle. At SLS Las Vegas you’ll also discover seven uber-trendy shops created by retail guru Fred Segal as well as a trendsetting collection of restaurants including Bazaar Meat by José Andrés (where you can sit down at a raw meat bar), Katsuya by Starck, Umami BurgerThe Griddle Café and Cleo. All of these things are offered in an atmosphere full of whimsy and wonder. You’ll spot playful monkeys on SLS Las Vegas’ logo and in artwork throughout the property. The sculpture “Saam by Starck” by Philippe Starck welcomes guests at the main entrance. Intent on bringing new things to the Vegas market, SLS Las Vegas is sure to inspire you with its fresh experiences and outlook.


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+.