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Las Vegas Hot Spots

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No longer a stage set masquerading as a metropolis, Las Vegas has finally grown into a real global city, offering a diversity of experiences to rival any other’s—from intimate to over-the-top, ersatz to authentic and (more likely) something in between. These days, Vegas is all about making the rarefied accessible—and usually more affordable. Vegas specializes in this sort of nonexclusive exclusivity, making mere mortals feel like high-rolling VIPs.

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Inspired by: The Insider’s Guide to Las Vegas — by Andrea Bennett, Published Nov. 2007

Hotels (7)

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    Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa

    It’s impossible to get any closer to the stunning Red Rock Canyon conservation area—located 10 miles west of the Strip—than at the Red Rock Casino,

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    The Platinum

    A block from Las Vegas Boulevard, Platinum has 255 suites, which come with full stainless-and-granite kitchens, and—unlike most properties on the S

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    The Venetian

    The most painstakingly detailed of the themed casino resorts, the Venetian is a condensed version of its namesake city and features some of the lar

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    Flamingo Las Vegas

    In a town where "classic" is a euphemism for "marked for implosion," Flamingo Las Vegas, which was originally owned by Bugsy Siegel in 1946, has ex

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    Palms Casino Resort

    Just five minutes from the Strip, the Palms Casino Resort is a popular destination for young visitors as well as celebrities. Although the hotel of

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    The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino

    Now owned by the Morgans Hotel Group, the Hard Rock today is less grunge and far more rock 'n' roll glam, with an expansion that will include a 35,

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    The MGM Grand

    The MGM Grand, with its commanding location on the Vegas Strip marked by a 100,000-lb bronze lion statue, is a Las Vegas experience in itself. The

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Restaurants (10)

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    Bubbles Bar at Guy Savoy

    Bubble Bar, located in the Guy Savoy restaurant in Las Vegas’ Caesars Palace, offers diners a more affordable way to experience the innovative cuis

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    Vintner Grill

    Enter this airy, all-white modern dining room, which opened in 2006, and the only reminder that you are not eating in the Hamptons is the fact that

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    Tiffany’s Café

    Whether you’re gearing up for the day or winding down after a night on the Strip, it’s always a good time for breakfast at Tiffany’s, served 24 hou

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    T.C.'s Rib Crib

    The Scene: It's not uncommon to see chefs Paul Bartolotta and Alex Stratta parked at cafeteria tables under fluorescent lights at T.C.'s Rib Crib,

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    Rosemary's Restaurant

    This property has closed.

    Sunday nights are the wrong time to dine on the Strip, since chefs and sommeliers usually put their places on autopilot

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    Luv-It Frozen Custard

    Almond chip, scotch crème, lemon, maple walnut, apple spice, peppermint, peanut butter, champagne cherry—with flavors like these and a secret famil

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    David Burke Las Vegas

    Almost embarrassingly decadent, a meal at David Burke, the vibrant chocolate brown and purple restaurant in the Venetian, might start with a coloss

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    Guy Savoy

    After a year of delays and high anticipation, celebrated Parisian chef Guy Savoy’s dining room in Caesars Palace finally opened in late 2006. With

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    Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare

    From chef Paul Bartolotta comes this Italian seafood restaurant set inside the Wynn Las Vegas resort.  The dining room is dramatically lit with gla

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    L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon, Las Vegas

    Helmed by France’s “Chef of the Century” Joël Robuchon, L’Atelier is the more relaxed and slightly less expensive sister of neighboring namesake re

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Activities (7)

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    HRH Beach Club

    Part of the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in downtown, this pool and lounge area is next door to the hotel’s infamous club Rehab. In 2010, Hard Rock o

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    Modify

    This vintage shop, in downtown’s arts district, has a compelling array of classic 1960’s and 70’s furniture, including sofas by Paul Evans and Milo

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    Blush Boutique

    Blush Boutique, the centerpiece of the Wynn Las Vegas’s nightclub offerings, refers to itself as a “boutique nightclub,” a term intended to illustr

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    Fashion Outlets Las Vegas

    Vegas is known for having scads of discount outlets, but the king of them all is 35 miles west, in the border town of Primm. Fashion Outlets Las Ve

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    With a Harrods rumored to be on the way, Barneys opening a store in the Venetian’s new Palazzo wing, and multiple hotel arcades chockablock with hi

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    Unica Home

    A resource for interiors magazines and set designers (products have shown up on shows like Sex and the City and Queer Eye for the Straight Guy), Un

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    Social House

    The only nightlife venue with a good kitchen that’s open nearly all night (food is served until 4 a.m.), this bamboo birdcage-bedecked space featur

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Similar Trips (7)

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    Las Vegas, Downtown, Harmon Corridor, Primm, The Strip

    No city in the world has the power to transform itself like Las Vegas, a sales-savvy amusement park that unapologetically changes themes whenever it likes. But beyond the Strip, an entire city exis

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  • Driving Trip: Texas Hill Country

    Hill Country, Wimberley, Driftwood

    Driving from Austin to Wimberly, Texas—and stopping to shop, drink, and eat barbecue along the way— is best in spring is when Texas bluebonnets carpet the desert landscape.

  • The Best New Restaurants in Las Vegas

    Las Vegas, The Strip, Midtown East

    Under attack in its homeland, grand French dining is finding an unlikely refuge in Sin City.

  • Affordable Las Vegas

    Las Vegas, The Strip

    You don’t have to be a high roller—or a roulette winner— to do Vegas in style.

  • Quick Summer Getaway Guide to Las Vegas

    The Strip, Summerlin

    The culinary scene in Las Vegas has evolved: world-class chefs have been bypassing bigger cities to cater to an increasing number of visitors intent on spending their time at gastronomic—rather th

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  • The Best Swimming Pools in Las Vegas

    Las Vegas, The Strip

    Las Vegas casinos all look pretty much the same once you're parked on a vinyl stool with a scotch in hand, but the pools are a different story. Some are inventive expanses with sandy beaches, pound

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  • Spa and Casino in the American Southwest

    Las Vegas, Bryce Canyon National Park, The Zion National Park Area, Ivins, The Strip

    After indulging in Sin City's guilty pleasures, take a two-hour drive to Utah's Red Mountain Spa for couples' massages, tai chi, and hiking in gorgeous national parks.

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