Romance in Las Vegas means different things to different people, though most can agree being given the star treatment can fill just about anyone’s idea of romance. Of course, if your tastes run toward the fetishistic, the “Erotic Suite” in the Palms’ Fantasy Suites might be your ticket, and there are plenty of hotels offering “European” style pools. For the somewhat simpler tastes of those who just want to be treated nicely and stay in a room with close proximity to luxurious restaurants—or want the best in-room dining or services—this piece is for you. Some of the hotels on this list are hotels within hotels—small boutique, luxurious properties among the massive hotels that dot the Strip. These properties within properties often come with private concierge and valet, separate elevators, butler-service and other extra amenities to make you feel special—which is sure to increase the romance angle.
SkyLofts at MGM Grand
MGM’s 51 luxury, two-level Skylofts—29 floors over the Strip—have a private entrance, their own gallery foyers, sweeping staircases, butler pantries, and billiard rooms. Book the two-bedroom with a bi-level patio and plunge pool looking over the Strip, and you’ll feel as though you’re in a villa. The suites come with multiple in-bathroom televisions, spa butlers delivering “color therapy” baths (to your infinity-spa tub). MGM Grand’s recent “Grand Renovation” included a major green sweep of all its rooms and suites. Standout dining spots such as Joel Robuchon have wisely been left alone, and SkyLofts guests have preferred access to all the nightspots and restaurants, including the Cantonese-themed restaurant and nightclub Hakkasan.
The 599-room tower that adjoins Palms Casino Resort by skytube feels most residential of the three Palms towers (elsewhere you’ll find a frenetic pool scene and those over-the-top “Fantasy Suites”). Its Drift Spa & Hammam, with its own private outdoor garden lounges and true Turkish steam room, plus a 50,000-square-foot pool area surrounded by stone gardens and cabanas on its sixth floor is a good place to visit as a couple. West of Las Vegas Boulevard, the rooms in all three Palms towers have some of the best Strip views in Las Vegas. The room size is generous— starting at 605-square-feet filled with all mod cons, including kitchenettes, lots of flatscreen TVs, and some with Villeroy & Boch whirlpool tubs and fireplaces.
The Laurel Collection by Caesars Palace
Caesars is massive, and to set its most luxurious rooms apart, it formed The Laurel Collection—the rooms of the Augustus and Octavius towers. Like other hotels-within-hotels on the Strip, The Laurel Collection has its own private valet entrance, exclusive registration and a dedicated staff (plus, the massive Qua Baths & Spa are in Augustus Tower, as is the superlative Restaurant Guy Savoy). You can expect extra-special service here: The entire collection has its own special app, through which guests connect with the hotel’s services through a laptop of iPhone (including asking housekeeping for a freshening up or requesting a wakeup call).
Sky Suites at Aria
While Aria’s main hotel is massive—4,572 rooms and suites—its very separate Sky Suites, with their separate indoor and outdoor entrances to the hotel and casino, are the best way to have an exclusive experience and also steps-away access to Aria’s many attractions, including restaurants like Bar Masa (and its teppan bar, Tetsu), Julian Serrano, and Jean Georges Steakhouse. Aria’s other superlatives, such as its 80,000-square-foot spa and salon, its great public art collection, and walkway access to the luxurious Shops at Crystals are as close or far away as Sky Suites guests would like them to feel. The dramatic suites themselves start at 1,000 square feet and top out at 7,000, and come with all the extras: Hermes amenities, in-suites saunas, complimentary hybrid limo service to and from the airport, and even iPads and laptops.
Inside what was the Centurion Tower at Caesars Palace is now the hushed first hotel by star chef Nobu Matsuhisa. The quiet and distinctly Japanese sanctuary’s rooms combine grass cloth, mixed woods, an unconventional nod to the flowing ink brushwork of Hitsuzendo on the walls. But the David Rockwell-designed rooms, with their teak and natural Umi tiles, belie the high-technology underneath it all. Special elevator technology delivers you straight to your floor (no taking the local); and a special app lets you order Nobu in-room-dining 24/7, reach the concierge, and even order housekeeping from your smartphone. The largest Nobu suites have their own sushi counter space for personalized chef service.