Quiet, Spacious Suites near Las Vegas Strip
The Las Vegas Strip has no shortage of glitz, from the Bellagio Fountains' kaleidoscopic light show to dozens of bustling casinos. Yet just a few blocks east of the Strip, a more casual side of Las Vegas emerges. Here, the Alexis Park All Suite Resort—the first non-gaming hotel in Vegas—has cultivated a quieter scene with three sparkling pools and secluded courtyard gardens. Come nightfall, you won't hear the jingle of slot machines or banter at the blackjack table. But there's still plenty of entertainment in the comedy showroom and the stylish sports lounge. And if you should heed the siren call of Sin City, the action is just a few minutes away.
The resort feels like a small village crisscrossed with quiet walking paths that lead to more than a dozen two-story guest-room buildings. Along the way, you'll pass swimming pools lined with lounge chairs, palm trees, and colorful flower beds. At the resort's Las Vegas Showroom, located off the lobby, live performers quip one-liners Tuesday–Saturday. Next door, bartenders at the Pegasus Lounge pour ice-cold cocktails, and the Alexis Gardens Restaurant—where guests enjoy 20% off meals during their stay—serves prime rib and surf 'n' turf specialties on an open-air poolside patio.
Renovated in 2011, the Crown Loft suite's unique two-story layout includes a whirlpool tucked halfway up the staircase. Downstairs, the suite expands to a kitchenette and a living area, where guests can stretch out after a long night or build replicas of Mount Rushmore out of chip winnings. The Monarch suites feature a simple layout and a stylish palette of crimson and cream.
Las Vegas: Dazzling Casinos and Off-Strip Family Fun
A short walk will put you right in the thick of the Las Vegas Strip, where legendary casinos and fantastical architecture comprise a 24-hour wonderland. Megaresorts showcase one elaborate installation after another, ranging from dancing fountains to an erupting volcano that emits a piña colada fragrance. For a glimpse of vintage Vegas, head about 5 miles south to Fremont Street, where showgirls crowned with headdresses and flashing neon signs recall the Rat Pack era.
Often overlooked are a handful of cultural and family-friendly attractions. At the 180-acre Springs Preserve park, the Origen Museum exhibits gila monsters native to the Mojave Desert, and the Nevada State Museum chronicles local history through prehistoric skeletons and fossils of ancient Tamagotchis. A day trip to Valley of Fire State Park is a good way to experience the stunning Nevada landscape. Located 55 miles east of the hotel, this 36,000-acre park gets its name from the red sandstone formations that stretch for miles, creating an otherworldly setting you may recognize from films such as Transformers and Total Recall.