In a place where over-the-top glitz is the norm, a luxury hotel in Vegas truly has to step it up a notch with special touches — from Michelin-starred chefs to airport transfers in a Rolls-Royce Ghost limousine.
Vegas luxury often means enormous rooms, mind-boggling design, beautiful pools, and stunning spas. But the hotels in Vegas are also much larger (many are over 2,000 square feet). It’s about going big!
In terms of value, though, a hotel in Vegas can’t be topped. If the Wynn existed in New York City, for example, it would likely cost you about five times more per night. But in the land of possibilities, Las Vegas has the best buffets in combination with the best hotels that prove you can “get your cake and eat it too”. (Schlichter, 2019)
Feel like a Vegas insider with our suggestions and make your stay a place to remember with the world’s best hospitality.
When Making Your Reservation
- Ensure that you get a quiet room. Two requests are absolutely vital and pretty widely known when selecting your hotel room: a room on an upper floor and away from the elevators.
- Ask for a room on the concierge or suite level, if the hotel has one. Sometimes those rooms have taller ceilings, giving you a little more air space from the people above you.
- Avoid rooms facing a pool. While the view might be pretty, pools can be late-night gathering places—despite posted closing times—and the noise echoes off the water.
- Ask what time the trash is collected if there are dumpsters or recycling bins outside your windows. If the time is too early for your liking, get a different room.
- Request a room at the back of a low-rise hotel. They are generally quieter (especially if they’re away from the parking lot). Even if the view is poor, the peace is worth it.
- Get a room at least two or three levels above banquet rooms, bars, or other public spaces if the hotel has them. You’d be surprised how many floors a pulsating and thumping bass beat can penetrate.
- Ask if the hotel is undergoing or has recently completed renovations. Usually, these are done in segments—a floor or section at a time. You want to avoid floors that are adjacent to those currently being updated. But you do want to be on a floor that has finished being renovated—which will usually be cleaner, smell better, and have newer beds and linens. (Forbes, 2018)
How Much Should You Tip Hotel Staff?
Because tipping is a way of rewarding good service, there is no way to say what is appropriate across the board. Tip at your discretion, but remember that the service staff relies on tips to supplement a traditionally lower hourly wage, unusually minimum wage.
The following hotel tipping guidelines will get you started:
- Valet: $2 – $5 (aim for the higher end in bad weather)
- Shuttle Driver: $2
- Doorman: $1 – $4 (for hailing a cab and/or helping with luggage)
- Bellhop: $1 – $2 per bag
- Concierge: $5 – $20 (depending on the level of attention; for simple questions like directions, no tip is necessary)
If yours is a business trip associated with a convention or meeting, remember to tip according to your company policy to be sure you are reimbursed. Since many of us don’t carry cash in our pockets, it would be thoughtful to perhaps get $50 in cash $1 – $5 bills so you can be prepared to reward those who provided excellent service in kind.
Where Do I Go to Explore the Best Service Venues in Vegas?
World-class concerts and residencies, jaw-dropping shows, and outstanding festivals secure the fact that Las Vegas is known as the Entertainment Capital of the World.
On any given weekend you can catch stars such as Shania Twain and Kelly Clarkson at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Las Vegas Resort & Casino or Lady Gaga and Aerosmith at Park Theater at Park MGM bringing their immense talent on stage during their residencies which are a designated time where entertainers call Las Vegas home.
“Life Is Beautiful” is a staple showcase of Las Vegas’ celebration of life that happens every September and brings downtown Las Vegas to center stage. (Visit Las Vegas, 2020)
The Sky’s the Limit
Where else can you ride the tallest observation wheel in the world and do yoga, meet for happy hour, or indulge in a chocolate tasting, all at the same time? The High Roller Observation Wheel at the LINQ Hotel + Experience tops out at 500 feet and offers these unique experiences with 360-degree views of the Vegas landscape.
Dinner in the round is a literal event at the Top of the World at The STRAT Hotel, Casino & Skypod. The only revolving restaurant in Las Vegas allows diners to see Las Vegas in its entirety if they’re able to stay for at least 80 minutes, the time needed for one full rotation. Located 844 feet in the air, you’re bound to get a great view of the city with its massive floor-to-ceiling windows. Then head up 11 more feet to the outside deck and check out the spectacular view from four of the world’s highest thrill rides. (LVCVA, 2020)
Night and Day Life Like No Other
Topgolf Las Vegas ups the ante with a rooftop pool. Unique to Vegas, the Hideaway Pool is open to the public with no entry fee, and lounge chairs and daybeds available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Mama Rabbit at Park MGM is the only bar in Vegas where you’ll find the largest collection of agave spirits in the U.S. The space is one-of-a-kind art by Spanish artist Okuda San Miguel, featuring a “Mother Natura” mural on the wall as well as three, 3-D fiberglass slot machine sculptures.
If you are a sports fanatic, you’re not forgotten. Las Vegas features their very own major league professional teams, the Vegas Golden Knights skating at T-Mobile Arena and the WNBA Las Vegas Aces shooting hoops at Mandalay Bay, as well as exhilarating NASCAR races and unprecedented boxing and UFC events, Las Vegas continues to be the ultimate sporting destination for fans and visitors. Add Allegiant Stadium and the Raiders to the mix and the destination is undoubtedly destined for sports greatness. (LVCVA, 2020)
From show-stopping entertainment and exhilarating sporting events to the top expos, Las Vegas is where the most influential brands gather. So next time if the holiday, conference or memorable celebration is in mind, be sure it’s the exciting, over-the-top hospitality of Las Vegas.
In 2018, Las Vegas hosted more than 42 million visitors including 6.5 million conventions and meetings attendees who generated nearly $10.5 billion in economic impact to the region. Now that’s hospitality! (Vegas Means Business, 2020)
We Are Here for Your Emergency
No one thinks that they will have a medical emergency while visiting Las Vegas. It’s the furthest thing from mind. Should you need emergency care, Elite Care Las Vegas on the Strip will continue your hospitality experience and will wow you with service you won’t find at any other emergency medical facility. We can treat anything from stitches, to broken bones to unexpected or unfamiliar illness.
It’s our pleasure to serve you. Even if you’d just like to say “hi” and get a cool drink, stop into Elite Care. We’re located at 150 E HARMON AVE., LAS VEGAS, NV (702) 546-0911 | OPEN 24/7. We treat you like family and greet our patients and their guests with the white glove treatment. Welcome!
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