One recently closed hotel north of the Strip on Las Vegas
Blvd was perhaps the only place you could find cut-rate
deals on really cool rooms. Ron Decar’s Las Vegas Hotel was
one of those shotgun wedding places dotting Vegas, but set
itself apart by offering more than a vibrating bed. It had
Egyptian, Blue Hawaii, Camelot, Cupid, Gangster, Goth, Elvis
and many other themed rooms, and you could get one along
with a themed wedding package. Some of the suites started as
low as $125/ night, which is a steal anywhere on Las Vegas
Blvd, even the seedier north end.
Alas it is closed as of now, and whether it will reopen is a
mystery. Today “cool room” is synonymous with expensive anywhere in
Unless you work in certain areas of a hotel or unless you are a
regular high roller you may never discover places like the Mirage
Villas. Not the top floor, on the ground level hidden behind an
inconspicuous door next to the ticket counter for LOVE and other
shows. Nestled within the tropical greenery of the Mirage Pool and
Secret Garden, quite hidden away from the masses are a series of
highly luxurious villas. Expensive art hangs on every wall, every
piece of fabric is only of the highest quality, and each room is
served by a team of Butlers. Some of the rooms have miniature golf
courses, all of them drip with luxury.
Because these rooms are often reserved for private individuals,
it is hard to get a lot of details. Mirage Villas are the only
“hidden treasure” we have first-hand knowledge of but other hotels
we know have similar set ups are the Bellagio and Caesars Palace,
Bellagio lists their Villa prices starting at $6,000/ night. Our
guess is most hotels on the Strip designed by Steve Wynn have
something similar hidden somewhere – if not every hotel on the
Unlike some of the older casinos on the Strip,
Palms doesn’t bother hiding its insanely luxurious rooms. In fact a
couple have been featured on various reality shows.
Kingpin Suite – Features regulation
bowling lanes. $15,000/ night.
Hardwood Suite – Has a basketball
court, and they write your name on the court when you reserve
it. $25,000/ night.
If you’re poor try the G-Suite –
Designed after the Ghost Bar only $3,000 - $5,000/ night.
Sky Villas – 9,000 sq. ft. with an
indoor and outdoor pool and wine glass shaped Jacuzzi, price not
Music Fantasy – Palms picks you up
anywhere in a private jet. They let you record with your
favorite musician and make a CD. You get to stay for 3 nights in
some amazing room. For an undisclosed price.
Hugh Hefner Sky Villa – Listed as one
of the most expensive rooms in the world, features artwork
selected by Hefner and a Jacuzzi which hangs over the side of
the Palms tower and can seat 24.
with Amazing Rooms
Las Vegas Hilton – Some sources will
tell you these are the “most expensive” suites in Vegas. Not
true, see above. However they are some of the nicer suites
around, and they are the largest.
MGM’s The Mansion – Second largest
suites in Vegas (minus some of the insane themed suites at
palms) rooms are around 10,000 sq. ft.
Villas at the Venetian’s Suites – Not
a lot of information on these, but we imagine it is something
similar to what the Mirage offers, which is likely much like the
Villas at Caesars and Bellagio.
Golden Nugget – Features two story
suites for high rollers, and is perhaps the only ultra luxurious
place to stay Downtown – though we cannot confirm that.
Red Rock Resort’s High Roller Suites –
These come with your own Butler.
While some of the amazing rooms in Las Vegas can
be bought for a price, many are reserved for what are known as
“whales.” And whales generally get the rooms for free... if they
gamble that is.
If you were wondering what it takes to be a
whale, put your wallet down and stop checking your bank. If you
don’t know you aren’t one:
Average $500,000/ hour gambling. That’s
not a typo and the 0 on my typewriter didn’t get stuck.