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 casino floors bustling beneath chandeliers. Yet just a few blocks east of the Strip, a more casual side of Las Vegas emerges. Here, the low-slung buildings of the Alexis Park All Suite Resort stretch beneath unobstructed desert sunshine, framed by palm groves and flowering gardens. As a non-gaming resort, Alexis Park attracts those seeking a calm, family-friendly atmosphere while still staying within close range of Vegas's trademark glamour.
Walking paths crisscross the resort, going past three pools lined with chaise lounges. Decorated in Mediterranean-influenced russet and sienna hues, 19 two-story buildings house the guest rooms, most of which were 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 living area, providing enough room to stretch out after a long night or build replicas of Mount Rushmore out of chip winnings.
Although the resort's peacefulness provides much of its charm, guests don't have to wander far for dining and entertainment. Just off the lobby, live performers in the resort's Las Vegas Comedy Showroom quip one-liners Tuesday–Saturday. Next door, bartenders at the Pegasus Lounge pour ice-cold cocktails amid black-and-white paintings, and the Alexis Garden Restaurant serves prime rib and surf 'n' turf specialties on an open-air poolside patio.
Las Vegas: Dazzling Casinos and Off-Strip Family Fun
A short walk takes visitors to the Strip's award-winning musicals and fantastical architecture, and Vegas-style gaming at the Hard Rock Casino is just steps away from the resort. At the same time, often-overlooked family-friendly attractions entertain parents and children alike. 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. For an outdoor day trip, families can hike the Mars-like crimson stone at Red Rock Canyon, located 15 miles west of Las Vegas.