Luxury Resort near the Las Vegas Strip
Palms Casino Resort entertains in relentless Vegas fashion: the luxury resort features top-notch restaurants, expansive pools, and throbbing nightclubs. The raw numbers give an idea of how huge this place is: just beyond the hotel's entrance, there's a 95,000-square-foot casino sprawls in all directions. It's open 24 hours, with more than 70 gaming tables and more than 1,000 slot machines, plus an adjacent race and sports book with eight poker tables and a 1,250 square-foot LED television wall, displaying domestic and international competitions.
The Palms grabs your attention from its size alone, but it's also famous as being a hotspot for nightlife and celebrities. There's an air of exclusivity to Ghostbar, a 21-and-older nightclub which sits at the top of the property's Palm Tower. Boisterous young men and women populate a neon-lit indoor dance floor and an outdoor skydeck offers panoramic views of the Vegas strip.
The Palms itself features a variety of eateries: the casual Bistro Buffet has an extensive breakfast spread, while renowned chef André Rochat helms Alizé, a French fine-dining establishment. Nestled in the Palms Tower penthouse, the restaurant rewards diners with a broad view of the Las Vegas Strip.
When you do decide to sleep, you can head up to the Palms' superior guest room, which has a pristine, all-white king-size bed or two queen-size beds. Relax on a plush, olive-hued armchair and look out through the floor-to-ceiling windows to get a view of the city.
On and Off the Strip: An Adult Playground with Funky Flair
Sky-scraping hotels and endless neon cover the Las Vegas Strip, which endures as a can't-miss spectacle. Stroll past the iconic, Old Vegas signs of Fremont Street, and it might kindle nostalgia for 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 12 million LED lights erupt in a psychedelic light and music show every hour.
For a taste of culture amid the hedonism, there's the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art. It's worth it to take a half hour here to check out an exhibit of more than 30 exquisite landscape paintings, including an early haystack piece by impressionist Claude Monet. Meanwhile, in the 90-minute Cirque du Soleil in show Love, unbelievable acrobatics of Cirque's aerialists are set against the timeless soundtrack of the Beatles.