Hotel at a Glance: Artisan Hotel Boutique
Just two blocks from the Strip, this boutique hotel feels a world away from the casino-centric and family-oriented resorts that Las Vegas is known for. For one, there’s Naked, a European-style pool—meaning swimsuit tops are optional. The pool parties here feature high-fi beats and shimmering lights, plus private cabanas and daybeds where you can take in the scene. From Friday to Monday morning, the party doesn’t stop: the hotel’s award-winning Artisan Lounge stays open all weekend, with live DJs who keep the vibe turned up.
- Upon arrival: Leave your car with the complimentary valet and enter the stylish, art-filled lobby.
- A free bottle of champagne will be waiting for you at check-in.
- Pool parties during the summer on weekends.
- Spend the night in a 288-square-foot Artisan classic room adorned with contemporary artwork. No two are alike.
- In-room amenities include free WiFi, premium cable and an iPod docking station.
Beyond the Las Vegas Strip: Old Vegas, Red Rock Canyon, and the Hoover Dam
It can feel like the entire city of Las Vegas revolves around the Strip if you never venture beyond that neon-lit corridor. But there’s plenty to see and do once you step off Las Vegas Boulevard. You can find a taste of Old Vegas on Fremont Street, where vintage signs and showgirls crowned with headdresses recall the days of Sinatra and Martin. Beginning at dusk, a canopy of more than 12 million LED lights erupts in a psychedelic light-and-music show every hour. For an aerial view, zoom down the center of Fremont Street on a zipline.
Nature puts on its own show at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, a landscape of fiery-red sandstone formations and limestone cliffs just 17 miles outside the city. Motor down the 13-mile scenic drive or ditch the car and strike out on any of more than 20 hiking trails that course through the region’s otherworldly topography.
Hoover Dam, a marvel of modern engineering, lies just 35 miles away, near the Nevada–Arizona border. Take the 30-minute power-plant tour or the 60-minute dam tour, which takes visitors inside the dam’s narrow passageways. You can actually kayak down the Colorado River from the base of the dam—just be sure to arrive early, as only 30 permits are issued per day.