Quiet, Spacious Suites near Las Vegas Strip
The Las Vegas Strip has no shortage of glitz, from the Bellagio fountains' kaleidoscopic light show to the dozens of casinos, nightclubs, and sparkling neon signs everywhere you turn. Yet just a few blocks east of the Strip, the city's casual side emerges. Here, the Alexis Park All Suite Resort—the first nongaming hotel in Vegas—cultivates a tranquil atmosphere 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 stylish sports lounge. And if you should heed the siren call of Sin City, the action is just a few minutes away.
Quiet walking paths lead to more than a dozen two-story guest-room buildings. Along these walkways, you'll pass swimming pools encircled by lounge chairs, palm trees, and colorful flower beds. At the Pegasus Bar & Lounge, bartenders pour ice-cold cocktails, and the Alexis Gardens Restaurant—where guests enjoy 20% off meals during their stays—serves prime rib and surf 'n' turf specialties on a poolside patio.
Renovated in 2011, the Crown Loft suites' unique two-story layout includes a whirlpool tucked halfway up the staircase. Downstairs, you'll find a kitchenette and a living area, where you can stretch out after a long night or build replicas of Mount Rushmore with your chip winnings. The Monarch suites feature a simple layout and a stylish palette of crimson and cream.
Las Vegas: The Strip Past and Present
Mentioning 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 this Glitter Gulch 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 every hour.
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 Mafiosos 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.