Boutique Hotels Las Vegas

Most everyone can name at least a few Las Vegas hotels. And many believe that they are generally huge and very luxurious with massive casinos and an array of extravagant shows and celebrity concerts. But if you're looking for a Las Vegas boutique hotel that offers something a little different, distinctive, and exclusive you have a more challenging task in front of you. Many people think that a true boutique hotel is small—certainly under 100 rooms. Pretty much forget that idea in the city of Las Vegas. The real estate here is simply too valuable to squander on low occupancy. Here are some of the best boutique hotels Las Vegas has to offer that are truly hidden gems, along with some more familiar names boasting unexpectedly unusual accommodations.

There are three notable boutique hotels in Las Vegas that are not part of a larger property: the Artisan Hotel, the Renaissance Hotel, and the Platinum Hotel. The Platinum Hotel and Spa is located one block off the Las Vegas Strip and is a non-smoking, non-gaming hotel. This already sets it apart from most Vegas properties. By Vegas standards, it is quite small, with only 255 condo-type one- and two-bedroom suites. Each suite has a private terrace, gourmet kitchen, fireplace, plasma television, and whirlpool bath. The hotel has a complete spa, fitness, and beauty facility. Because there's no gaming and no entertainment to speak of, tourists off the street don't generally come in. Thus, the hotel's lounges, cafés, and gourmet restaurant have the intimate feel of a boutique hotel. The Renaissance Hotel also is a non-gaming property with little entertainment and a smoke-free environment, so it too retains an intimate boutique atmosphere in spite of its 548 deluxe rooms and 30 luxury suites.

In a class by itself, and offering a true Las Vegas boutique hotel experience, is the Artisan Hotel and Spa that is a member of the Ascend Collection of historic, boutique, and themed hotels. There's no gaming, a smoke-free environment, and the entertainment consists of the chic lounge, the elegant Mediterranean restaurant, the lovely swimming pool, daily early-evening wine receptions, and your luxurious suite. Also unusual here, and more in line with European boutique hotels is its all-inclusive plan that covers three meals daily, including alcoholic beverages. While there are hundreds of good to incredible Las Vegas restaurants to choose from, they can be pricey and there's something comforting about knowing you have a good meal waiting for you whenever you decide to go "home". The décor throughout is opulent, along the lines of the Palace at Versailles outside Paris, France, with a heavy accent on French and Italian art.

Another little gem is the historic Golden Gate, the oldest of all Las Vegas hotels with its opening in 1906. With only 106 charming rooms furnished in elegant turn-of-the-century style, it's a Las Vegas boutique hotel that is steeped in history and in the heart of vibrant Downtown Las Vegas.

One of the new trends in the development of Vegas hotels is the hotel within a hotel. While part of a well-known hotel and casino complex, these can be considered boutique hotels in Las Vegas and their guests often have exclusive services and amenities not available to those staying in the main property. Some of these that stand out and were purpose-built to be a Las Vegas boutique hotel are THE Hotel at Mandalay Bay, Skylofts at the MGM Grand, Tuscany Suites, and the Venezia Tower.

THE Hotel at Mandalay Bay publicizes itself as "a new model of understated luxury". It is stylish, sophisticated, and certainly on the same level as other boutique hotels Las Vegas or anywhere else in the world. It's still large at 43 stories and 1,117 rooms, but it is also different and exclusive. All rooms are luxurious suites with a minimum of one bedroom and 725 square feet. Because there are a relatively few number of rooms per floor, you have the feel of intimacy that is part of the appeal of a boutique hotel. For things to do, you have access to all the facilities available to regular Mandalay Bay guests, including the eleven-acre beach, but have your own exclusive state-of-the-art fitness center and spa.

The Skylofts at MGM Grand actually advertises itself as a luxury Las Vegas boutique hotel and it truly is. Set on the top of the regular MGM Grand on the 29th floor, it offers just about the best views available in the city. All rooms are suites—minimum one bedroom—and the suite amenities are over-the-top luxury. Private chauffeured airport transfers and 24-hour personal concierge and butler service are included with each suite, and there is a private elevator to the 29th floor. Another boutique hotels Las Vegas story altogether is The Mansion at the MGM Grand Las Vegas modeled after an eighteenth-century Tuscan villa near Florence, Italy. You have to be a bit more than a high roller for this exclusive property that can run from $5,000 to $15,000 per night; its guest list is strictly confidential and by invitation only. There are only 30 apartment villas and one of the world's most acclaimed chefs operates its 54-seat restaurant called Joël Robuchon at The Mansion.

Two other hotels within a hotel to consider are the Venezia Tower, part of the Venetian Hotel and Casino (similar to the MGM Grand Skylofts), and the Tuscany Suites and Casino, with its European style suites. Many of these boutique hotels in Las Vegas also have their own wedding chapels, so you can have an exclusive up-scale ceremony.

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