Cheat Sheet: Las Vegas
Where the Cool Kids Are
The Cosmopolitan caters to a variety of tastes and still maintains cool points. The lobby is a bit of a choke point with video art, shiny chandeliers, and gaggles of lookie-loos, but otherwise the dining options are superb (joints by Jose Andres and Blue Ribbon, among others), the nightlife scene strong (the Vegas outpost of Marquee is here), and there are plenty of shopping options. The rooms are spacious and have excellent views of the strip; bathrooms are particularly large as a nice touch.
3708 Las Vegas Boulevard South
From $200 per night
(Courtesy: El Cortez Hotel)
On a Budget
In a separate structure from the otherwise down-at-the-heels El Cortez Hotel and Casino proper, the El Cortez Cabana Suites are a great value in a town that has a lot of pricey lodging. The rooms, with bold patterns and pastels, are cheap, sleek, and cheerful, and don’t skimp on the necessities, though the views are nothing special. The downtown location is close to the new center of cool in Vegas, just steps from Fremont’s sights.
600 East Fremont Street
From $34 per night
(Courtesy: Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas)
Part of the City Center development, the Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas provides all of the luxury accoutrements expected from the brand—patient service, sumptuous linens, giant soaking tubs, and an expansive spa—all without having to deal with a casino in the lobby. Pierre Gagnaire’s Twist leads the hotel’s five dining options.