A charming Southwest-themed property tucked along Rancho Drive just off the U.S. 95, Santa Fe Station is one of Las Vegas' best-kept secrets. It's situated in the northwest part of town, about a 25-minute drive from the Strip and downtown -- but this sprawling, 38-acre resort is packed with entertainment options and worth making a detour for. Plus, a stay here puts you in the vicinity of such breathtaking natural attractions as Red Rock Canyon and Mount Charleston.
Santa Fe Station features hacienda-style architecture -- along with an earthy color palette, chandeliers and wrought-iron accents. There are 200 affordably priced rooms that display Spanish villa-like décor. For instance, the beds in many of the rooms have wrought-iron headboards with fanciful designs. Brightly colored artwork is hung on the walls. Equipped with all the basics, amenities include pillow-top mattresses, a cable TV, Pay-Per-View movies and an iron and ironing board. Wireless internet access is available as well.
The resort boasts several delicious restaurants. Serving top-notch cuts of meat, The Charcoal Room is one of the city's finest steakhouses. Cabo Mexican Restaurant offers authentic Mexican cuisine, while the 24-hour Grand Café prepares breakfast, lunch, dinner and all snacks imaginable in between. There's a fabulous buffet with numerous live-action cooking food stations. You can also enjoy a great burger at one of two Johnny Rockets locations (in the sports book and bowling center). And guests who desire a meal on the go can choose from six fine outlets in the food court: Wing Stop, Villa Pizza, Panda Express, Capriotti's, Fatburger and Starbucks.
In summer 2014, The Wiener's Circle will open. The famed Chicago hot dog stand will offer chargrilled wieners and hamburgers, fresh cut fries and milkshakes.
There are plenty of ways to entertain yourself at Santa Fe Station. In addition to an outdoor swimming pool with a hot tub, you can see a movie at the 16-screen multiplex, toss a ball energetically down one of the 60 lanes in the state-of-the-art bowling center, or catch a show in the 510-seat Chrome Showroom...just to name a few things. Adults will want to kick up their heels in Revolver Saloon and Dance Hall or sit back and relax in a plush booth at the 4949 Lounge. Children can participate in activities of all kinds in the professionally supervised Kids Quest facility.
Of course, the casino floor is always bustling with excitement. The resort is home to 40 different table games and more than 2,700 slot and video poker machines. Poker fans will adore the 14-table nonsmoking poker room. Or there's a 488-seat bingo hall, a keno lounge and a sprawling race and sports book with a five-screen, 114-foot-tall video wall.
A wonderful resort to escape from everyday life (for an incredibly low price!), Santa Fe Station also allows you to experience Vegas' gaming scene and be close to a world of natural beauty at the same time.
-- By Renée LiButti