Palms Casino Resort has been counted among the standard bearers for hipness in Las Vegas since opening its doors with a huge celebrity-studded bash in 2001. Situated just a short distance west of the Las Vegas Strip on Flamingo Road, the resort knows all about style -- but still delivers substance and first-rate service in the process.
All the rooms at the Palms are comfortable and trendy, but it's the suites in the resort's Fantasy Tower that truly provide an escape from reality. There's the Kingpin Suite with a regulation-sized bowling alley, the Barbie Suite with hot pink décor and a mirror made from 65 Barbie dolls, the Hardwood Suite with an indoor basketball court and locker room, the Erotic Suite with a round, rotating bed and mirrored ceiling…just to name a few. Plus, there are six Sky Villas (located near the top of the tower under Nove Italiano). These one- and two-story suites provide the pinnacle of luxury, like private cantilevered pools that jut out above the Strip.
Speaking of pools, sunbathing aficionados are sure to be lured by the pool area. This magnificent two-acre outdoor playground is comprised of several swimming pools. In addition, there are three bars, a 12-foot waterfall, 27 cabanas, in-water chaise lounges and daybeds. Along with concerts and special events, summer's ongoing Palms Pool & Dayclub parties, like Ditch Fridays, are not to be missed. And you can grab a bite at the poolside Back Room Burger, which offers diverse hamburger options, hearty sides, craft beers and homemade custard shakes.
Warning: Don't let daytime revelry impair you for nighttime debauchery. The Palms is home to some of the city's best bars and nightclubs. Take an elevator up to the 55th floor for Ghostbar, which boasts a breathtaking open-air balcony. Or relax on the ground floor in Social, a bar at the heart of the casino known for having an impressive whiskey collection of more than 30 unique labels, single malts and limited-edition bourbons.
If you'd prefer to see a concert in a traditional setting, the music industry's hottest performers can usually be found at the Pearl. All 2,500 seats in this high-tech theater have unobstructed sightlines to the stage.
At the French-themed Alizé by chef Andre Rochat and Nove Italiano by chef Geno Bernardo, the spectacular food is overshadowed only by unrivaled views -- panoramic vistas of the Strip and beyond. A hipster's paradise, other trendy restaurants at the Palms include N9NE Steak House, where you'll be living large while savoring tender and tasty cuts of beef. Lao Sze Chuan by renowned Chicago chef Tony Hu serves authentic Sze Chuan cuisine along with a selection of popular Mandarin, Cantonese, Hunan and Shanghai dishes. Lao Sze Chuan also offers dim sum and signature entrees from Hu's Chicago locations like Tony's Chicken with Three Chili. Even the 24 Seven Café, Bistro Buffet and The Eatery, a food court that is positioned next to the 14-screen Brenden Theatres, have fashionable vibes.
The casino at the Palms carries all the latest slot and video poker machines. Table games encircle a stylish bar at the center of the resort, where you can watch all the action. Cantor Gaming operates its stylish 9,840-square-foot Cantor Race & Sports Book at the Palms, which features 93 betting carrels, a 1,290-square-foot LED video wall and the Tonic bar.
Recharge Spa, a three-story sanctuary, offers massages, facials and refreshing body treatments. It also has a cardio center and boasts an outdoor area with whirlpools overlooking Palms Pool & Dayclub. Spend some time shopping in the Palms Shop, or have your fortune told by a palm reader in the Cosmic Corner. And just a short walk away, via the Skytube near The Eatery, is Palms Place, where an additional restaurant, lounge and the heavenly Drift Spa and Hammam await.
All of this is why movers and shakers with chic style and sensibilities can be found in Las Vegas at the Palms.
-- By Renée LiButti