Considering the fact that the ringing of one-armed bandits is one of the first sounds that will greet you on your arrival at McCarran Airport, it’s safe to say that despite the fact that gaming revenue has been eclipsed by entertainment, dining and retail revenue in Las Vegas in the last decade, it’s still omnipresent. And not everyone loves having to wander through a casino floor on their way to restaurants, pools and concert halls. Knowing that there are plenty of travelers who would like a choice, more and more non-gaming options have sprung up in recent years. Generally, they pay their bills by being far more luxurious than their gaming counterparts—or they are boutiques that reside within gaming hotels. And travelers are willing to pay for the privilege of staying in them—if only to get that ringing out of their ears.
Few hotels except the most luxurious hotel-within-a-hotels (think the Mansion at MGM Grand or Paiza Club at the Venetian) manage to make their guests feel so sequestered on the Strip. The deeply serene 392 rooms—which start at 850 square feet—are sleek and Asian inspired, and accompanied by the best service on the Strip. As private as the 47-story tower feels, though, it is connected to the best shopping on the strip, at Crystals, by a sky bridge, and the glass façade is a quick walk to Aria, should you want to indulge in a bit of gaming. Don’t miss high tea in MOzen Bistro or an afternoon ensconced in the spa.
Vdara at CityCenter
Consider Vdara to be a 57-story, all-suite, LEED Gold-certified break from Vegas vices. You won’t find smoking or gaming inside the glass façade of the crescent-shaped tower, but you will find some of the most sophisticated public art from CityCenter’s massive collection, from a 32-foot-long Frank Stella piece at reception to Peter Wegner’s “Day for Night, Night for Day” series in the concierge lobby. Open floor plans have fully-equipped kitchens and media hubs. From walls of horizontal windows, many suites look over either the Bellagio fountains or CityCenter.
Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas
Tucked away on floors 35-39 of Mandalay Bay, Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas recently renovated all its 424 guest rooms and suites. The vibrant, modern, Art Deco-inspired transformation is a little retro and a lot high-tech. From their towering perch through floor-to-ceiling windows, guestrooms have sweeping views of the Strip. Tip: If you’re over the Strip view, ask for the Sunrise/Sunset Suite, with dramatic views all the way west to Red Rock National Conservation Area.
The Signature at MGM Grand
The three towers of The Signature at MGM Grand are a gated enclave of 576 rooms (guests have their own entrances, check-ins, pools, fitness rooms and staff). Helpfully, the walkways from all three towers get you the restaurants, entertainment and gaming of the mega hotel casino, and away when you’re ready to retreat (they’re only available to Signature guests). Some of the very few guest rooms on or near the Las Vegas Strip with balconies, the rooms – all non-smoking – feel like high-end residences, with high-tech kitchens (think appliances from Sub-Zero and Miele), Jacuzzi tubs and even services like in-room massage.
The unfortunately named THEhotel at Mandalay Bay—the boutique tower adjoining Mandalay Bay—was in real need of a refresh, so the folks at MGM Resorts did one better and made it a Delano, with all the style and breezy sophistication of the Miami original. The more than 1,000 non-smoking suite each measure at least 725 square feet, big even by Vegas standards, and the white on white décor is all very serene. When you do want to gamble, just take the dedicated hallway into Mandalay Bay.