I have had the good fortune to travel to Las Vegas on several occasions. All of my Las Vegas hotel stays have been good, whether I was in a major-name hotel casino on the strip or a discount hotel.
I have three-star system I use for hotel reviews when I travel to Las Vegas or anywhere else. My hotel priorities are cleanliness, hot water and a comfortable bed. Secondary options that tend to garner three-stars in my personal hotel reviews are complementary coffee, wireless internet access and wonderful customer service.
The following hotel reviews are properties I have visited in Las Vegas since 1998.
Golden Nugget Las Vegas
My first stay in a Las Vegas hotel was at the Golden Nugget in downtown or “Old Vegas”. While the Golden Nugget has undergone extensive renovations in recent years, I still remember the opulence I felt I was stepping into as soon as I entered the lobby.
The room was very clean and comfortable and the staff second to none. My two-star hotel review of Golden Nugget Las Vegas is a result of waiting for hot water in the morning in order to shower and the lack of coffee in the room.
It is necessary to qualify my hotel review of Caesar’s Palace Las Vegas with the fact that my stay there was complements of my company in 2000. My stay at Caesar’s Palace was well worth my own three-star rating.
With the exception of in-room complementary coffee (a common theme in Las Vegas), I had no complaints about any aspect of my stay at Caesar’s Palace. The bed was very comfortable and the room was more than clean. I made use of the Jacuzzi tub after walking the entire length of the Las Vegas strip in two days. Every staff member I encountered was more than pleasant and helpful.
Motel 6 Las Vegas
Yes, Motel 6. While traveling on business in September 2006, my team and I had a layover day. We decided to drive about two hours out of our way for a quick Las Vegas trip. I had obtained a discount coupon book and we had several hotel options within our budget. We didn’t arrive in Las Vegas until after 3:00 AM. We spent an hour locating and stopping at 3 hotels, none of which would check us in because they were in the middle of their night audit.
We were near the Motel 6 and had a coupon for that property. I explained the situation to the very sympathetic desk clerk. She made the decision to manually run all of our information even though the computers were backing up so that we could have a place to sleep. The Motel 6 offered complementary coffee in its lobby 24 hours a day.
My room was very clean even though somewhat small. The bed was comfortable enough after being awake for almost 24 hours. The water in the shower was hot and the wireless internet access worked very well in my room, a necessity as I had work to do.
The Motel 6 in Las Vegas is within walking distance of several major casinos such as the MGM Grand, the Tropicana and New York New York.
My personal Las Vegas hotel review system ranks Motel 6 Las Vegas with three stars, primarily due to the extraordinary customer service that was displayed to three weary travelers.
Tropicana Las Vegas
The Tropicana Las Vegas is a great value in the heart of the Las Vegas strip. Located very near McCarran International Airport, the Tropicana was perfect for a layover during a mid-week business trip.
The room was very clean and comfortable, although a bit dated. My only real complaint with the room was the distance I had to walk with all my belongings from the registration desk to my room. This trip involved skirting the casino to the tower elevators. I took one elevator then walked to another elevator. As luck would have it, my room was at the farthest end of the hallway away from the elevator on my floor.
While the high-speed internet worked well, like most Las Vegas casino hotels the Tropicana charges $10 for 24 hours of internet access.
The Tropicana rates a two on my hotel review system of Las Vegas.
The Mirage is the newest property I have stayed at in Las Vegas. While the room was very spacious and clean, the bed was not very comfortable. The property was undergoing extensive renovation and upgrading during our May 2008 visit, but our floor was not one of the remodeled floors.
While some of the staff – the bell staff in particular – were very pleasant and helpful, I felt the desk staff were not as welcoming as they should be.
As a part of the “see and be seen” Las Vegas scene, the Mirage was not an atmosphere I would choose again. The spacious swimming pool area was filled with people at 8 AM, making it impossible to find a location for two of us to lounge.
The Mirage rates one-star on my personal Las Vegas hotel review system.
Sources: Personal Experience; http://www.goldennugget.com/accommodations/northTower.asp; http://www.caesarspalace.com/casinos/caesars-palace/casino-misc/forum-tower-rooms-detail.html; http://www.motel6.com/reservations/motel_detail.aspx?num=0067; http://www.tropicanalv.com/accom_island.asp; http://www.mirage.com/hotel/guest-rooms.aspx;