Modern Hotel Tower with Sprawling Casino and Several Onsite Restaurants
At just a mile off the Las Vegas Strip, Palace Station Hotel & Casino is pure Sin City. On the ground floor of the 21-story tower, you'll find the casino, which has more than 1,600 slot and video-poker machines; they're set alongside tables where texas hold'em and sit-and-go poker tournaments take place 24 hours a day. The hotel is no slouch when it comes to live entertainment, either. Popular standup comics frequently perform at Palace Station, and in the recent past, the hotel has hosted Jerry Seinfeld, Larry the Cable Guy, and Louie Anderson—who does four shows a week in his very own onsite theater.
Take a glass elevator up and you'll reach the luxury tower rooms and petite suites, where you can peer through floor-to-ceiling windows to see either the surrounding mountains or Las Vegas Boulevard. Furnishings are sleek and modern here; in the suites, there's additional space as well as a sofa and reading chairs if you want to build elaborate pillow forts. The simply decorated courtyard rooms are the smallest of the bunch, and you can find them housed within a two-story building adjacent to the main tower.
Onsite dining options range from steaks grilled over mesquite charcoal at The Broiler to Cantonese cuisine at the laid-back Food Express. At The Oyster Bar, chefs prepare seafood dishes such as steamed New Zealand mussels and lobster gumbo right in front of you. The popular restaurant can seat only about a dozen people at a time, so be prepared for a wait.
Staff Q&A: Las Vegas
Peter V. is in brand marketing for Groupon Getaways. Below, he shares his thoughts on corned beef sandwiches and Las Vegas.
What’s the best place to go for a 2 a.m. snack, and how do you know this?
Fortunately, in Vegas, pretty much everything is open past 2 a.m. My personal favorite place is Carnegie Deli at the Mirage. It's open 24 hours a day, and eating a corned beef sandwich is always one of the better decisions you can make in Vegas at 2 a.m.
Describe your most interesting encounter in Vegas.
I was there during the NFL playoffs, and it was such a crazy atmosphere. If you're in Vegas during the NFL season, I'd definitely recommend going to a sports book — even if you're not betting on the game, it's exciting to be around such a passionate crowd. The fans are so into the game that after every play, you'll hear a range of emotions, from eruptions of cheers to disappointed groans. It also makes for great people watching — you can pretty easily spot who put down a lot of money on the game based on how fanatical they get.
What tourist attraction or activity is overrated, and what should you do instead?
Some of the clubs in Vegas are overrated. There's more fun to be had throughout the city than by waiting in line, paying $50 cover charges, and then paying $10 for a beer. To really get a taste of Vegas, it's best to just sit down at a table and ask the dealers where to find the best places and hidden gems.
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