Calm, Quiet Hotel Within Easy Reach of the Strip
Tens of millions annually visit Las Vegas for its world-class casinos and shows—as well as its seemingly never-ending nightlife, where the words “last call” are rarely spoken. But after a long night surrounded by blinking lights and chiming slot machines, exhausted visitors like to escape to a peaceful, quiet room away from the hubbub. An easy 1-mile shuttle ride east of the hectic Strip, the smoke- and game-free Blackstone Hotel Las Vegas offers an oasis from the commotion with comfortable rooms and a modern aesthetic.
Blackstone's airy lobby resembles that of a stylish day spa. The large front desk is illuminated by stainless-steel light fixtures. In the adjoining Corona Grille, guests enjoy modern Mexican cuisine. Outside, the hotel's pool and deck take advantage of Vegas' sunbathe-friendly climate.
Blackstone’s guest rooms have a soothing beige-and-chocolate color scheme, with Serta plush mattresses atop one king or two queen beds. Kick back and watch a movie on the 42-inch HDTV, or use the complimentary WiFi to browse concerts and showtimes.
Las Vegas: Spectacular Shows, 24-Hour Casinos, and Museums
Although it's best known for glitzy casinos, giant theaters, and endless buffets, Vegas also hosts a surprisingly high number of excellent museums and smaller, offbeat attractions. Just south of Blackstone, UNLV's Center for Gaming Research takes a self-aware look at the city's history with exhibits chronicling vintage neon signs and gaudy casino carpets through the ages. Arcade lovers may want to stop by the Pinball Hall of Fame, where they can play more than 150 pinball machines dating back to the 1950s.
North of the Strip in the old downtown area, the Fremont Street Experience glitters under a block-long canopy composed of 12 million lights. Lined with iconic casinos, flashing neon signs, and showgirls crowned with headdresses, this vintage boulevard evokes Vegas in the days of the Rat Pack. A massive, 90-foot LED screen hovers above its bustling avenue to broadcast live music and the social-security numbers of recent jackpot winners.