Las Vegas is known for its many luxury hotels, particularly the larger-than-life characters on the Strip. But if you’re looking for an intimate, personalized lodging experience rather than a massive casino hotel, never fear – cozy retreats from the chaos of Sin City also abound.
If you stand on the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Tropicana Avenue, you’ll be surrounded by over 150,000 hotel rooms. Mammoth resorts, such as the MGM Grand (5,000-plus rooms) and the Luxor (4,400-plus rooms), have long dominated Las Vegas. For visitors who crave a smaller hotel experience or the comfort of living like a resident, boutique hotels and bed and breakfasts are a great option.
Boutique hotels tucked inside larger properties are a growing trend in Las Vegas, and Nobu Hotel at Caesars Palace was one of the earlier versions of this concept. Drawing its name and inspiration from the acclaimed Japanese chef, this boutique hotel features Asian design and curated artwork. Best of all? A room-service menu stacked with Japanese dishes from Nobu restaurant allows you to savor world-class sushi in bed.
If you’ve come to Las Vegas to party, the Cromwell is the boutique hotel for you. The former Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall reopened in 2014, and despite its central Strip location, it offers a much smaller hotel experience than neighboring properties. With a casino floor, celebrity chef and cocktail lounge, the Cromwell is also home to Drai’s Beachclub & Nightclub. Located on the 11th floor, the club is famous for throwing over-the-top pool parties with world-renowned DJs.
This off-Strip property is famous for allowing guests the option of booking the entire hotel for $8,500 and up. With 64 rooms and suites, the hotel also hosts a topless pool area, an on-site tapas restaurant and a lounge that serves a happy-hour menu daily. The three-star hotel is decorated in earthy colors with leather sofas, bookshelves and artwork on the ceiling, creating a hidden mansion vibe.
The Four Seasons at Mandalay Bay is another hotel-within-a-hotel option for travelers in search of a boutique experience inside a large resort. The glittering, gold facade of Mandalay Bay gives way to this luxury hideaway with rooms that offer some of the best views of the city. The beautiful indoor-outdoor lounge Press serves light fare like sliders and flatbreads plus craft cocktails in an oasis that will almost make you forget that you’re on the Strip.
The Oasis at Gold Spike in trendy Downtown Las Vegas is a millennial’s dream. Offering guest rooms and suites circled around a pool area reminiscent of Palm Springs, the hotel also features a living room that transforms into a neighborhood dance party at night. With a co-working space, bike rentals and an outdoor lounge featuring backyard games such as beer pong and cornhole, the property aims to give guests a laid-back vibe at their home away from home. Be sure to stop by Gold Spike’s 24-hour restaurant, Fiddlestix, for the Fruity Pebbles french toast.
The El Cortez is the longest continuously running casino in Las Vegas. However, one newer twist on this classic property is the El Cortez Cabana Suites, a boutique hotel located just across the street. This 64-room property offers bright-green rooms with black-and-white decor, giving them a retro feel. Thanks to its location, a stay here means you’ll have easy access to the bars and restaurants on nearby Fremont Street.
Oozing with vintage charm, the freshly remodeled Downtowner is a boutique hotel in the heart of the buzzy Fremont East District. It has 88 rooms plus unique amenities such as a six-hole putting course, colorful murals, a firepit and a chic lobby bar. You’ll be able to walk to popular neighborhood haunts such as the Downtown Container Park, the Fremont Street Experience and a slew of award-winning restaurants. While here, take a walking tour of the area’s street art, catch a show at the Bunkhouse Saloon, grab a bite to eat at Le Thai or go on a bar crawl before heading back to the Downtowner to crash.
Stay near Las Vegas’s up-and-coming Arts District by booking a room at the Thunderbird Hotel. This under-the-radar boutique lodging option features rooms with a vintage flair, a swimming pool and a locally loved lounge that does its happy hour a little differently by offering different drinks with prices that vary depending on the time. Wedged between the Strip and Fremont Street, the Thunderbird allows guests to browse through galleries, go thrift shopping and check out some of the coolest bars and restaurants in the city, all within moments of the hotel.
The Palms Place Hotel and Spa aims to make you feel like you’re at home rather than at a Las Vegas hotel. The high-end hotel has a sophisticated vibe that can be felt throughout the property, from its accommodations through to the Drift Spa and Rojo Lounge. Its proximity to the Strip makes it an ideal place to stay while visiting Sin City if you’re looking to escape the chaos on the famous boulevard. When in need of a breather, step into the hotel’s oasis, where you will find a 50,000-square-foot (4,645-square-meter) space with a pool surrounded by waterfalls and stone gardens.