Modern Hotel Tower with Sprawling Casino and Several Onsite Restaurants
Though it’s a less than a mile off the Las Vegas Strip, Palace Station Hotel & Casino supplies plenty of Sin City glitz in its 21-story tower. In the 100,000 square foot casino, more than 1,600 slot and video-poker machines whir and jangle as Texas Hold'em and sit-and-go poker tournaments take place 24 hours a day. The hotel is no slouch when it comes to live entertainment, either. The roster of standup comics who have passed through includes Jerry Seinfeld, Larry the Cable Guy, and Louie Anderson.
A glass elevator brings you to a tower room, which looks out on either the surrounding valley or Vegas Strip. Furnishings are sleek and modern. Simply decorated courtyard rooms—the smallest of the bunch—are housed within a two-story building adjacent to the main tower. After settling in, you can grab a drink at one of the three onsite lounges.
Dining options range from steaks grilled over mesquite charcoal at The Broiler to authentic Chinese cuisine at Food Express. At The Oyster Bar, chefs prepare seafood dishes such as steamed New Zealand mussels and lobster gumbo right in front of diners at a bar-style setup. The popular restaurant can seat only about a dozen people at a time, so be prepared to wait.
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 Mafiosi 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.