The Palms Casino Resort, located just west of the Strip, knows all about style but still delivers substance with modern rooms, a top-notch concert venue, Ditch Friday pool parties, trendy restaurants and Ghostbar on its 55th floor.
Great value, contemporary, an off-Strip eating and drinking oasis
The three-level Pearl concert theater is one of the nicest places in town to see your favorite musicians and bands perform. All 2,500 seats have unobstructed sightlines to the stage. And the sound…well, it's as clear as can be.
The Fantasy Tower suites are awesome and unlike any others in Vegas. There's the Kingpin Suite with a regulation-sized bowling alley, the Hot Pink Suite with hot pink décor and a mirror made from 65 Barbie dolls, the Hardwood Suite with an indoor basketball court and locker room, and the Erotic Suite with a round rotating bed…just to name a few.
Instead of reading about the lives of the rich and famous, you can live them -- at least for a day -- by reserving one of the Palms' six Sky Villas. Located near the top of the Fantasy Tower, these one- and two-story suites provide luxuries you've never dreamed of -- like cantilevered pools. Seriously, there are glass-enclosed pools that jut out and overlook the Strip.
Speaking of pools, you'll enjoy soaking up some rays at Palms Pool & Dayclub. Here's what you'll find: three pools, three bars, a 12-foot waterfall and some in-water chaise lounges and daybeds. During summer there's nothing like its weekly Ditch Friday gathering, where you can shirk your responsibilities while getting an early start on the weekend with 2,999 other partiers.
Oh, and we don't want to forget about the view from Ghostbar. Soooo spectacular. Even if you're not into partying, just go up there early in the evening, grab a cocktail and take a gander from out on the patio...the view looks better than any postcard.
The Ivory Tower is the original tower at the Palms -- and the one you'll want to stay in. Its premier rooms are more contemporary (remodeled in 2013) and don't cost much more than the base-level superior rooms in the Fantasy Tower.
OK, how shall we say this...back when the Palms opened in 2001, it was one of the coolest places in Vegas to see celebrities and party with lots of young, beautiful people. Today, the scene has changed. The resort's two nightclubs -- Rain and Moon -- are only open for special events. While still a fun hotel to hang out at, you likely won't discover the crowds or Hollywood clientele of a decade ago...but that isn't necessarily a bad thing.
The Palms is located near but not on the Strip. For those without a car, the distance isn't walkable thanks to the I-15 with its busy on- and off-ramps. This means if you don't have a car, you'll either have to take taxis (they're not too expensive at about $10 a ride) or use the Palms' free shuttle service (it departs for Caesars Palace at regular intervals from the resort's west entrance) to get to the Strip.
Want to visit the Palms' sister property? Equally hip, but smaller and a bit more refined, Palms Place is connected to the Palms via an enclosed, air-conditioned walkway at its west entrance near the food court.
Fans who remember MTV's "The Real World" can get a group of friends together and book a stay in the Real World Suite. Home to the reality show's first Las Vegas cast, this swanky crib boasts three bedrooms, a full bar, a pool table, five flat-screen TVs and the famous communal bathroom. Plus, it still has the "Confessional" room…in case you need to get a few things off your chest this trip.
You don't have to sulk when Palms Pool & Dayclub closes for the season. If you're a hard-core, year-round partier, there's Ghostbar Dayclub (or as the cool kids call it, GBDC) on Saturday afternoons from October through January. It's got everything you'll find at a pool club -- minus the pool.
Warning: Don't let daytime revelry impair you for nighttime debauchery. Along with Ghostbar, the Palms sports a couple other cool bars -- including Social at the center of the casino and Tonic by the sports book.