Hotel Review: The Palazzo Las Vegas

PalazzoOh, Las Vegas. Love it or hate it. I, like most people I know, have their fill after 3 days. But nonetheless its bright lights, warm weather and slot machines always call my name every so often. So when the husband and I were looking for a quick break, we settled on the sunshine, pools and good restaurants of Las Vegas. Plus, it’s only an hour plane ride away from where I live, so off for a 3 day weekend we went.

I always find myself back at the Venetian when in Vegas. The all suite hotel has some of the nicest and most spacious rooms on the Strip. But this time we decided to expand our horizons and hop over to the Palazzo. Since it’s a sister property and connected to the Venetian, we knew we couldn’t go wrong. And as part of the IHG parent company, my Intercontinental aspire Elite status would be honored too – bonus!

Upon check-in, our room was upgraded and we were offered late checkout, two perks of my Spire Elite status. The room was as spacious as I expected, with a separate living area complete with a sectional sofa. The bathrooms are large too, with a tub and shower – something that is hard to find in most hotel rooms. The view overlooking the pool complex wasn’t too shabby either. Palazzo Las Vegas Living Room

One of the best things about Vegas is that there is so much to do right outside your hotel room. The Venetian shops are conveniently located in the hotel and are perfect for when you need to stay indoors on those hot 110 degree afternoons. Various restaurant options, shops and luxury boutiques can keep me occupied for hours. Some of my favorites this trip were Yardbird Southern Table for lunch, Canaletto for Italian, Mario Batali’s Otto for pizza and Carlo’s Bakery (of Cake Boss fame) for desserts.

Another reason why I love the Palazzo – the pools. There are 10 pools and 5 hot tubs to choose from between the Venetian and Palazzo. Each one has its own vibe, from relaxing to kid-friendly to the party scene at Tao Beach.Palazzo Pool

From the amenities to the great customer service, I was definitely not disappointed with my first stay at the Palazzo. It may just become my go-to Las Vegas hotel going forward.

Interested in staying here? I was able to find a great price for under $200 a night when booking directly through Palazzo.com.

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The Best New Hotels of Fall 2014

A few recent hotel openings (and one soon-to-open spot) recently caught my eye. These hot spots could serve as the perfect home base for a New York city escape or a girls’ getaway in Las Vegas. Here are the new properties that are on my radar for the rest of 2014.

Mondrian London

This London boutique hotel is set to open September 30th and marks the first Mondrian location outside of the States. Its South Bank location will put guests close to the Tate Modern and the London Eye, plus a rooftop will allow for great views of OXO Tower and the Thames.

Mondrian London
Photo courtesy of the Mondrian London

SLS Las Vegas

I’ve always loved the SLS South Beach for Hyde Beach and Jose Andres’ Bazaar restaurant. Now the popular hotel brand has opened a Las Vegas outpost, replacing the old Sahara casino on the north end of the Strip. It’s just the excuse I need to plan a long weekend in Sin City.

SLS
Photo Courtesy of the SLS Hotels

Four Seasons Orlando at Walt Disney World 

This hotel opened late last month. It has everything I love about Four Seasons properties – luxurious rooms, wonderful dining options and world class amenities – and it’s all within the gates of Walt Disney World. I’ll have to check it out when I visit Orlando in December.

The Park Hyatt New York

With its convenient midtown Manhattan location, spacious rooms and extensive spa, this new hotel tops my list of places to stay next time I’m in the city. I also read that check in is done with tablets and all rooms are equipped with iPads. I always love when hotels are on top of technology.

 

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