Back in 1989, Vegas was just a gambling town, but didn’t have the glitz and glamour it has now. That is, until Steve Wynn came along with the Mirage. When it opened, it was the most expensive hotel and casino ever built at $630 million. Aside from shark tanks in the lobby and a pair of tiger taming magicians, it ushered in an era of luxury hotel accommodations as the standard all other hotels had to meet in Vegas.
And did Sin City ever respond. Now you can find just about any type of luxury accommodations you can dream of, from those fit for a president to those fit for a star. Here’s a look at the Haute 5 suites in Las Vegas that will have you set up in the best luxury accommodations.
Fit for a President
When President Barack Obama visits Las Vegas, he stays at Caesars Palace, and that means the Presidential Suite in the Forum Tower. The 22,000-square-foot suite includes six bedrooms, eight bathrooms, two kitchens, two grand pianos and two patios, one facing north and the other south and both with views of The Strip. A private elevator with security, butler stationed 24 hours a days and skylight atriums with natural light round out the marble floored suite, which is about the size of 10 regular American homes.
The likes of Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas, Bette Midler, Cher, Jennifer Lopez and heads of state have stayed in this suite as well.
When in Rome
Weighing in at 6,000 square feet, the Presidential Suite at the Palazzo features three or four bedrooms with a media room, massage room, workout room, salon area, dining room, living room, grand piano and wet bar. Twenty-four-hour butler service helps with everything from luggage assistance and packing to personal shopping and scheduling of your trips.
European and Oriental influences create a sophisticated and chic living space. Hardwood floors, zebra wood paneled walls, marbled bathrooms, animal print accents, crystal chandeliers and posh furnishings give the suite a comfortable yet classy ambiance.
With a workout room, massage room and salon area conveniently located inside the Presidential Suite, guests are able to get massages, hair styling and private yoga lessons by Canyon Ranch SpaClub in the privacy of their own suite.
The media room inside the suite offers a karaoke machine, DVD and CD player with theater seating. Guests enjoy the different lighting options inside the suite including disco lights while singing along to more than 20,000 song options.
Rooms with a View
A little-known secret of the Four Seasons Las Vegas — the rooms here sit on top of Mandalay Bay, giving guests views of The Strip looking north. Here, the two presidential suites sit at the top of the tower and range from 3,400 to 4,400 square feet. A grand entry foyer with powder room leads to a spacious living room, an elegant dining room with seating for eight, separate pantry and wet bar. Each suite can have up to three bedrooms, including a master bedroom with an executive study and separate media room with views of the scenic Red Rock Canyon. You can stay here for $5,000 to $5,789 per night.
The Bellagio has offers two luxurious 4,000-square-foot chairman and presidential suites located atop the Spa Tower with 24-hour butler service. You enter each suite by crossing a walkway that floats above a tranquil reflecting pool. Floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Las Vegas skyline and a soaring 14-foot ceiling offer a dramatic entry. Each suite has been designed with its own solarium, fireplace, L-shaped bar with seating for six and an indoor garden with its own fountain. A separate room, complete with butler pantry, can be used as a boardroom or dining room with seating for 10. Two master bedrooms each with king-size beds, private bathrooms featuring whirlpool tubs with views of the city and separate steam showers round out each suite’s living space.
Contemporary marble floors inlaid with Tiger’s Eye, sleek modern furnishings complemented by walls of onyx and upholstered silk create a residential feel. The Chairman Suite, with studded parchment walls, is designed with a color palate of deep browns, oak and Devonshire Cream. The Presidential Suite is done in shades of chocolate, Macassar ebony and aquamarine accented by jewel-toned silk fabrics against a pale tan and gray background.
The art throughout consists of museum-quality paintings, sculptures, drawings and photography. Mother-of-pearl water walls, floating glass bar tops, dining rooms sheathed in sculpted bronze panels and paper-thin porcelain light fixtures handcrafted by jeweler Ted Muehling create interesting spaces.
The Presidential Suite goes for $5,000 per night while the Chairman Suite runs $6,000 per night. You can book these rooms at 1.888.987.6667.
The Rocker Suites
When the Hard Rock Hotel added the new HRH Tower, new suites came along with the bill. Try out the Altered States Penthouse with 11 video projectors, hidden away in the ceiling soffits that create an immersive, 360-degree video display across the walls and shades in the room. As you change your musical selections and voices change, so does the velocity of the projected atmosphere. And these images are in 3D, making it seem as if they’re in the room with you.
Architect and designer, Mark Zeff infused a dark warm palate and custom-created, sleek furniture using a variety of soft, sensuous textures. The specialty penthouse has an open floor plan equipped with the most advanced technology, floor to ceiling windows, and an outdoor terrace with a plunge pool facing towering views of Las Vegas.
You can’t book a night in this suite; you have to be invited by the Hard Rock Hotel.
Every casino has its version of a presidential suite, but it didn’t go extreme until the 2002 when MTV filmed “Real World: Las Vegas” at the Palms that the theme suite was born. Check out the Hardwood Suite at the Palms with its own indoor basketball court. The suite takes up 10,000 square feet on two floors. You can customize your stay with your very own team jerseys and cheerleaders on thon the sidelines.
For a campy experience, try the presidential suite at Hooter’s Casino. Director Oren Peli of “Paranormal Activity” fame shot scenes from his upcoming movie, rumored to be called “Area 51,” in the room. While strange happenings and extraterrestrial occurrences may not happen here, you just never know.