Nevada is known for its resort casinos and resort casinos are known for their vast size and somewhat bland atmosphere. Fortunately for guests seeking something a bit more welcoming, there are a number of boutique hotel options throughout the state—whether you seek to enjoy the natural splendor of Lake Tahoe or take in the unnatural wonders of Las Vegas. We’ve tracked down some of the most unique boutique hotels in Nevada, accommodations that range from velvet-upholstered Victorian splendor to minimalist Asian chic, with amenities that include spas, golf courses, restaurants—even an on-site rock climbing wall, and possibly a ghost or two.
The Cromwell offers the Vegas Strip requirements of a casino floor, cocktail lounge, and celebrity chef, but does so on a smaller scale and in a more polished style. Linger over the lighter side of Italian dining at Giada De Laurentiis’ The Giada restaurant or sip an espresso martini at the elegant bar Bound. Both day-life and nightlife are focused on Drai’s Beachclub + Nightclub, where big-name DJs hold court at big-ticket residencies. Hotel guests enjoy Continental touches like reclaimed trunk tables and velvet wallpaper, along with Vegas flair, such as mirrors surrounded by lights a la showgirl and bigger bottles in the minibar.
Located within the Mandalay Bay, the Delano Las Vegas has its own lobby, restaurant, bar, and spa. Accommodations are all suites, 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, as well as a television. The BATHHOUSE Spa is soothingly minimalist with deep blue walls, a stone floor, and treatments like Thai massage and milk and honey manicure. The Skyfall bar’s intimate setting is opened up by well-crafted cocktails and top-shelf views of the Strip, while the Rivea restaurant takes Mediterranean dining to new heights.
Located on the southern shore of Lake Tahoe, the Edgewood Tahoe brings cosmopolitan polish to a natural setting. Rooms are decorated with natural woods and touches of color; everyone has a gas fireplace and outdoor patio or balcony. In the warmer months, guests can play the renowned golf course; during the winter, the hotel helps skiers with rentals and rides, as well as hosting a daily apres-ski s’mores party. Both the causal link-side Brooks’ Bar & Deck and the elegant Edgewood Restaurant offer creative menus and stunning views.
The El Cortez Hotel & Casino is one of Las Vegas’ few unchanged casino hotels—from the outside, that is. The El Cortez has undergone a number of renovations recently, including Siegel’s 1941 restaurant, named for the hotel’s original owner, Bugsy Siegel. Accommodations range from budget-friendly rooms for those who prefer to spend their money elsewhere to the hip, Hollywood Regency-styled spaces in the adjacent El Cortez Cabana suites. Even more fabulous, a quartet of chic designer suites each pay individualized homage to old Vegas. Or, go all-in and rent the penthouse pad of past owner Jackie Gaughan—a time capsule of old-school casino mogul style. From the smoked mirrors of the built-in cocktail bar to the golden dolphin taps in the marble bathroom, this space is pure high roller.
Built in 1907, the Mizpah Hotel was lovingly restored to its original turn-of-the-century splendor, from the etched and leaded glass of the lobby windows to the 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.
It’s hard to get further from the lights of Las Vegas than 7,000 feet up. The Mount Charleston Lodge & Cabins is located on a mountain peak in Kyle Canyon’s Humboldt Toiyabe National Forest, a lush wilderness of trees, wildflowers, and even snow. The chalet-like Lodge serves simple dishes like burgers and pizzas, as well as a delightful collection of warmed cocktails, such as fire pit hot chocolate and hot buttered rum. Accommodations are an adjacent collection of log cabins that let guests rough it with gas fireplaces, jetted tubs, and patios for stargazing. Wi-fi seems unnecessary in the face of natural majesty.
An offshoot of the famed restaurant located within Caesars Palace, Nobu guests have access to a private lounge, fitness center, front desk, and concierge service, as well as other perks. Guest rooms offer oversized beds, jumbo flatscreens, and other creature comforts in a sleek setting, courtesy of David Rockwell, who designed the entire hotel. Bathrooms are finished with stone and teak and stocked with Natura Bisse products. And, of course, there’s 24-hour room service from the Nobu kitchens.
A renovated mid-century modern motel 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 for your borrowing pleasure—for something more spacious, there’s the “Sugar Shack” mini-house or the penthouse suite featured on MTV’s The Real World. The adjacent Gold Spike is home to a coffee shop/bar, as well as Fiddlestix restaurant, with its large selection of breakfast and burgers. There’s also a lively backyard party scene with jumbo cornhole and Jenga games, DJs, or the occasional roller disco party.
With its off-Strip location and lack of gaming, the Platinum Hotel & Spa offers a respite from the go-go of Vegas. The hotel is all suites, with many offering balconies or kitchenettes—an in-room delivery service can have your refrigerator stocked before you arrive. There are outdoor and indoor swimming pools, as well as a restaurant for breakfast/lunch and a bar for cocktails. The Well Spa + Salon offers a full range of treatments from eyelash application to a detox body wrap and packages for everyone from expectant mothers to hard-partying bros.
Located right next to the Reno Arch, the Whitney Peak Hotel brings an urban edge to the biggest little city. Rooms are livened with bright colors and vivid art, bathrooms feature eco-friendly products, club level rooms are bigger, with funkier décor and access to a club lounge stocked with drinks and snacks. Adventure can be found at the Cargo Concert Hall—where acts like Ziggy Marley and St. Paul & the Broken Bones have performed—or push for your own personal best getting your Spiderman on on Whitney Peak’s BaseCamp boulders or the world’s largest climbing wall.