Best Hotel Scene: Las Vegas
Las Vegas is an easy choice for Best Hotel Scene because where else can you find thousands of hotel rooms, hundreds of restaurants and lots of nightclubs on a single 4-mile stretch of road?
But Las Vegas wowed us when we read that the average occupancy rate for hotels is something like 90%. That means these hotels are close to sold-out almost every night.
And there's no end in sight for the number of hotels in Las Vegas. We are anxiously awaiting the just-delayed Palazzo Hotel as well as the Palms Place which should open next month. Caesars is building yet another tower. Steve Wynn is opening up The Victory Hotel next to The Wynn and let us not forget the upcoming mega MGM Project CityCenter complex which will open in 2009 and feature two new hotels and condo buildings.
Aside from new buildings, the olds are thankfully starting to upgrade themselves. The Venetian redid its guest rooms, as did The Mandalay Bay. The old Aladdin was transformed into the Planet Hollywood which we actually liked a lot. At The Luxor while most of its interior and guestrooms are still ghastly-looking, they opened up two new clubs (LAX and CatHouse) as well added a hip restaurant, Company.
Speaking of restaurants, Las Vegas is now a top culinary destination with restaurants from celebrity chefs like Wolfgang Puck, Bradley Ogden, Guy Savoy, Bobby Flay, Joel Robuchon, Alain Ducasse, Mario Batali, Thomas Keller, Michael Mina and several more.
The nightclub scene is just as popping. Have you seen how many celebs are getting paid to host parties at nightclubs there over New Years? If you're not into drinking and dancing your face off, there's always concerts, magic shows, Cirque Du Soleil shows, comedy shows, Broadways shows and strip shows for you to check-out. Don't forget shopping too.
And of course, there's always gambling. But after eating, dancing, drinking and shopping, will you have any money left over for gambling? Or vice-versa?
[Photo: roadside pictures]