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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Las Vegas…with a Baby

As I write this I’m sitting in McCarran airport waiting to go home after a few days in Vegas. I have quite a few trips to Sin City under my belt, but this visit was unique. A friend was visiting the States from Australia, and proposed that we meet in Las Vegas for a few days of gambling, pool time and catching up. We jumped at the chance for a weekend getaway, however, our 6 month old baby would be in tow. I know, who takes a baby to Las Vegas? I was somewhat hesitant to hit the Strip with a child since I don’t remember it to be the most child-friendly town, but after reading other parents’ stories online, I decided to go for it.

Pre-baby, my girlfriends and I would stay somewhere trendy like the Cosmopolitan. Although I had a few ideal hotel preferences, availability and price won out and we ended up at Paris. Its central location made it a great home base to explore the Strip, plus the francophile in me loves the faux-French decor. There’s a nice pool, the service was wonderful and the hotel’s buffet included unlimited mimosas. Can’t complain here!Paris mimosas at The Paris

Yes, it is called ‘Sin City,’ but it wasn’t as crazy as I remember from my younger days. I saw a surprising amount of kids and strollers during the day. Families dined alongside 20-somethings. Most people were accommodating, and we often had doors held open for us. There were a few drawbacks. We learned the hard way that babies are not allowed in casinos, so my husband and I had to gamble in shifts. We also learned that there are few elevators along the Strip, so getting from point A to B took a lot longer than planned.

I’ll have to head back sans baby to see Britney, a Cirque show or hit the clubs, but overall bringing a baby to Sin City can be done. If you’re thinking about taking your little one to Vegas, these kid-friendly hotels top my list of places to stay.Bellagio

Bellagio: We visited this hotel quite a few times during our stay. The hotel would be a great pick for families because of its location and free attractions like the Bellagio Fountains and botanical garden.

Four Seasons: It’s worth heading off the Strip for a Four Seasons. You’ll get all the amenities you would expect, from welcome gifts for children to baby toiletries to complimentary use of cribs and highchairs upon request. There’s also no casino, which makes this property more relaxing than being in the middle of all the action.

Venetian: I stayed at the Venetian a few years back for business and loved it. The best part is that its an all-suite property, along with The Palazzo next door. Each suite comes complete with a separate living area, which means lots of room for kiddos. The upscale Grand Canal Shops are also a great way to spend a few hours.

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