Las Vegas has reinvented itself multiple times, but currently demonstrates the ‘Sin City’ façade – gourmet restaurants, luxury hotels & casinos and nightlife not worth writing home about. While all of this remains true, two new trends are popping up; boutique hotels and nightclubs focusing on electronic music & house DJs (think Ibiza). Europeans have long been in the know when it comes to electronic music… Far beyond techno, this style allows musicians to create their symphonies electronically and is making them famous for their collaborations and songs – much more than just beats & background. Be prepared for shows and casinos to fall to the back burner as headliners become DJs and the music scene overpowers late-night gambling… But don’t worry either, they’re not going anywhere.
The second trend to hit the strip is boutique hotels; the smaller and more authentic experience travelers are yearning for on the streets of Paris and beaches of Hawaii. This new fad has also landed in Vegas. Traditionally the land of mega -hotels with huge casinos, multiple eateries of all tastes and price points and a vast pool area, Las Vegas is not immune to the next big thing. The Cromwell, a 5* hotel boasting only 188 rooms recently moved into the Strip near the Flamingo this past year. With a small casino, 1 Italian restaurant and some house entertainment, this high-end hotel allows guests a more personal stay. While this property was tempting, I chose my most recent stay to be at the Vdara, a 4.5* hotel, connected to the Bellagio. It definitely is still a mega-hotel, but lacks the typical amenities one is used to; only a market in place of multiple restaurants and no casino. However, the 1,000+ room resort still offers guests an on-site bar and small pool area emphasizing its spa features above all else. The size is not small by any means, but every room is spacious and comes with a kitchenette, beautiful bathroom and large windows with various views. It’s a decent price within easy walking distance to the Strip and the city’s largest entertainment venues, casinos and best restaurants…. But the value is incredible for a destination famed to be pricey; both to stay… and definitely to play!