Nevada may be known for its huge resort casinos, but there are many welcoming boutique hotels throughout the Silver State. For destinations such as Lake Tahoe, Reno, and Las Vegas, we’ve tracked down some unique options, featuring everything from velvet-upholstered Victorian splendor to minimalist chic. Read on for Culture Trip’s top picks for boutique hotels in Nevada.
While the Cromwell meets the Vegas Strip requirements of a casino floor, a cocktail lounge, and a celebrity chef, it does so on a smaller scale and in a more polished style. Linger over the lighter side of Italian dining at Giada De Laurentiis’s the Giada restaurant, or sip an espresso martini at the elegant Bound Cocktail Lounge. Visit Drai’s Beachclub and Nightclub day or night, where big-name DJs hold court. Rooms combine continental touches, such as reclaimed trunk tables and velvet wallpaper, with Vegas elements, including mirrors surrounded by lights and bigger bottles in the minibar.
The Delano Las Vegas sits inside the Mandalay Bay and has a separate lobby, a restaurant, a bar, and a spa. It’s an all-suite accommodation, furnished with a nod to the white-beige palette and billowing-curtain style of the Miami Beach original – bathrooms offer enormous vanities and deep soaking tubs. The BATHHOUSE Spa is soothingly minimalist with deep-blue walls, a stone floor, and treatments such as the Thai massage and milk and honey manicure. In the intimate Skyfall Lounge, enjoy well-crafted cocktails and top-shelf views of the Strip, while the Rivea restaurant takes Mediterranean dining to new heights.
On the southern shore of Lake Tahoe, the Edgewood Tahoe Resort brings cosmopolitan polish to an outdoor setting. Rooms are decorated with natural woods and touches of color, and each one has a gas fireplace and outdoor patio or balcony. In the warmer months, you can play on the renowned golf course; during the winter, the hotel helps skiers with rentals and rides, as well as hosting a daily après-ski s’mores party. Both the causal Brooks’ Bar & Deck and the elegant Edgewood Restaurant offer creative menus and stunning views.
An offshoot of the famed restaurant within Caesars Palace, the Nobu Hotel has a private lounge, a fitness center, a front desk, and concierge service among other perks. Guest rooms offer oversized beds, jumbo flat-screen TVs, and other creature comforts in a sleek setting, courtesy of David Rockwell, who designed the entire hotel. Bathrooms feature stone and teak alongside Natura Bisse products. Of course, there’s also 24-hour room service from the Nobu kitchens.
As a renovated mid-century modern hotel in Downtown Las Vegas, the Oasis at Gold Spike offers travelers a hint of millennial cool. Rooms are decorated with pop-art flair, and some come with turntables – there’s a vinyl library in the lobby. If you want something more spacious, the Sugar Shack mini-house and the penthouse suite featured on MTV’s The Real World are also available. The adjacent Gold Spike is home to the Bar, which is open 24 hours a day. There’s also a lively backyard party scene with jumbo cornhole and Jenga games, DJs, and the occasional roller-disco party.
With its off-Strip location and lack of gaming, the all-suite Platinum Hotel and Spa offers a tranquil Vegas environment. Each suite comes with a balcony and a kitchen – an in-room delivery service can stock your refrigerator before you arrive. There are outdoor and indoor swimming pools, as well as a bar for cocktails, and a restaurant for breakfast and lunch. The Well Spa + Salon offers a full range of treatments, including eyelash application and a detox body wrap, plus packages for everyone from expectant mothers to hard-partying men.
Next to the Reno Arch, the Whitney Peak Hotel brings an urban edge to the Biggest Little City in the World. Rooms come alive with bright colors and vibrant art, while bathrooms feature ecofriendly products. The club-level rooms are larger, with funkier decor and access to a club lounge stocked with drinks and snacks. Adventure can be found at the Cargo Concert Hall, or push for your own personal best by climbing Whitney Peak’s BaseCamp Big Wall – the world’s tallest climbing wall.
Built in 1907, the Mizpah Hotel was lovingly restored in 2011 to its original turn-of-the-century splendor. Features include the etched and leaded glass of the lobby windows, wrought-iron beds, and claw-foot bathtubs in every room. The hotel was featured on several television shows for its reported ghosts, including the Lady in Red, who even has a namesake suite. The Pittman Cafe serves tasty comfort food in a suitably nostalgic setting, while live music is often on tap in the bar.
Escape from the lights of Las Vegas at an altitude of more than 7,000ft (2,134m). The Mount Charleston Lodge sits on a mountain peak in the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest’s Kyle Canyon, a lush wilderness of trees, wildflowers, and even snow. The chalet-like lodge serves simple dishes, such as burgers and pizzas, along with a delightful collection of warmed cocktails like hot buttered rum. The adjacent collection of log cabins lets you rough it with gas fireplaces, jetted tubs, and patios for stargazing. Wifi seems unnecessary in the face of natural majesty.
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