Modern Hotel Tower with Sprawling Casino and Several Restaurants
Though it’s located less than a mile off the Las Vegas Strip, Palace Station Hotel & Casino supplies plenty of Sin City glitz. In the 85,000-square-foot casino, more than 1,600 slot and video-poker machines whir and jangle, and Texas hold'em tournaments take place 24 hours a day. The hotel is no slouch when it comes to live entertainment, either. Round-trip airport and Strip shuttle service are also available to all hotel guests.
A glass elevator brings you to a tower room looking out on either the surrounding valley or the Vegas Strip. Furnishings are sleek and modern. Simply decorated courtyard rooms—the smallest of the bunch—are housed within a two-story building adjacent to the main tower. After settling in, you can grab a drink at one of three onsite lounges.
Dining options range from gourmet Italian favorites at Pasta Cucina to authentic Chinese cuisine at Food Express. At The Oyster Bar, chefs prepare seafood dishes such as steamed new zealand mussels and lobster gumbo right in front of diners. The popular restaurant can seat only about a dozen people at a time, so be prepared to wait.
Las Vegas: The Strip Past and Present
Las Vegas usually conjures up images of spinning roulette wheels and stone-faced poker players. If that’s what you’re looking for, you’ll want to make a beeline for the casinos lining the neon-lit Strip. But for lower-stakes gambling in a throwback Vegas atmosphere, head downtown to Fremont Street. Vintage signs and showgirls crowned with headdresses recall the days of Sinatra and Martin, but the area burns much brighter today than it did in the Rat Pack era: beginning at dusk, a canopy of more than 12 million LED lights erupts in a psychedelic light and music show.
Educational attractions have never been Sin City's strong suit, but the Mob Museum boasts a winning formula: bank robberies, prostitution, and money laundering. Exhibits profile legendary Mafiosi from Capone to Gotti, and mob artifacts include the bloodstained, bullet-pocked brick wall from the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. Within the former federal courthouse, you can fire a Tommy gun simulator, participate in a police lineup, or enter witness protection for the rest of your life.