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Battle of the Ultra-Luxe Las Vegas Suites

Where: 3131 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], Las Vegas, nv, United States, 89109
February 12, 2009 at 10:59 AM | by | ()

Everyone who demands – and can still afford – the best of the best, may now select between two Mobil Five Star-rated hotels in Las Vegas: SKYLOFTS at MGM Grand and Tower Suites at Wynn Las Vegas. Interestingly, both are hotels-within-hotels. Since the Vegas megaresorts are too large to earn Five Stars as a whole, carving out a selection of elite rooms seems to have done the trick.

To help you choose which posh pad is right for you, we've put together a side-by-side comparison of what each suite offers.

Tower Suites at The Wynn

Contemporary is in. SKYLOFTS offers minimalist lines, limestone floors and a neutral-to-chocolate palette with jewel-toned accents hither and yon.

Tower Suites' lobby is Mediterranean Vegas Baroque, but its rooms are a more voluptuous take on contemporary (overstuffed sofas, abstracted floral-print rugs) than the comparatively spartan SKYLOFTS. Tower Suites are also enhanced by replicas of Steve Wynn’s favorite paintings and drawings (Rothko, Picasso, Matisse abound).

SKYLOFTS guests can choose from either the SKYLOFTS or the MGM Grand in-room dining menus, as well as order delivery from the majority of MGM Grand’s restaurants (NOBHILL, Craftsteak, Shibuya, Fiamma Trattoria & Bar, etc.).

Tower Suites guests can indulge in Wynn’s in-room dining services, which are also available to guests in Wynn Resort. Wynn’s guests can also partake firsthand in the creations at Tableau at the Tower Suites and other restaurants at Wynn (Alex, Daniel Boulud, Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare) and now, Encore (Botero, Switch, Sinatra).

SKYLOFTS offers traditional, dream music, spa butler service and too many other complimentary goodies (loft-wide Bang & Olufsen sound system, touch-screen manipulation of EVERYTHING) to enumerate here. Perhaps best of all, you are whisked straight to your room upon arrival (SKYLOFTS offers in-room check-in) where the first of potentially many butlers offers to unpack your luggage.

At Tower Suites, the sense of indulgence being purveyed is considerably more subtle: a separate entrance from that used by the “regular” Wynn Resort guests and, in some cases, in-suite massage rooms. Meanwhile, the high-tech (but fun) gimmicks and cast of “yes sir, right away sir” characters are nowhere to be seen.

The one-bedroom SKYLOFT we visited had a two-story, commanding view of the futuristic CityCenter site and the Strip beyond. Some Tower Suites have golf course views; otherwise, it’s the Strip and the colorful Spring Mountains.


SKYLOFTS guests have use of Shadow Creek, designed by Tom Fazio; this course is located in nearby North Las Vegas. Wynn Las Vegas has an onsite golf course designed by Fazio, accessible exclusively to guests of Wynn Las Vegas and Encore.

Maybach limo transport awaits SKYLOFTS guests. Tower Suites is happy to arrange transfers, but they are not usually complimentary.

Wynn claims two additional Mobil Five Star ratings for its spa and its most exclusive restaurant, Alex, helmed by James Beard award-winning chef Alex Stratta. It also holds Las Vegas’ only Michelin Five Pavilion designation for accommodations. MGM Grand is home to Joël Robuchon's eponymous Five-Star restaurant, which is also Vegas’ only recipient of Michelin’s Three Stars (Alex at Wynn has two Michelin stars.)

SKYLOFTS appears to have much more in the way of wow-factor services and amenities, but they do come at a slightly higher price. Although, for those easily taken in by gadgetry, flattery and general pampering, it’s still a steal. One-bedroom SKYLOFTS (the smallest is 1,400 square feet; they also come in two- and three-bedroom versions) start as low as $509 on weekdays.

Wynn doesn’t quote a firm starting price for their Tower Suites, but a cursory search indicated Tower Suites’ entry-level accommodation (essentially, a sizable room with a King-sized bed) can be booked for around $359 per night.

Have you stayed at either the SKYLOFTS or The Tower Suites? Let us know how your stay went in comments below.

[Photo of SKYLOFTS: MGM Mirage/Photo of Tower Suites: Courtney May]

Archived Comments:

what about the pool

the pool at tower suites is the main reason to stay there-- because only tower suites guests can use it... which is oh so valuable on a hot summer day when the normal pool becomes the land of girls gone wild

skylofts :)

i'v stayed twice at the  skylofts in the one and two bedroom units. its awesome. Its the nicest and cleanest hotel iv ever stayed at. the service is awesome. cant ask for a nicer place to stay. i have told all my friends to stay there for a night .