The Fall 2014 Guide to Las Vegas

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Las Vegas. Nestled in the Nevada desert, this playground for the rich, famous, or just plain party hungry is a neon circus complete with a hotel that showcases a whole pride of white tigers. From back in the days of the Rat Pack, who for years had a residency at the now-defunct Sands Hotel, to the glittering assortment of big-name headliners, ultra lounges, and DJ’d clubs that currently signify the local nightlife, this city is hotter than ever. Change is constant in Sin City, and this fall is no exception. Whether you’re a local looking to be in the know or a tourist hoping to hit all the newest spots on your next trip to the famous strip, here’s what’s on the way in sunny, sandy Las Vegas.

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When the Cosmopolitan opened up as part of the City Center extravaganza in 2010, it changed the entire Las Vegas skyline. Driving up East Harmon Avenue towards this metallic monstrosity is like charging deep into the heart of Gotham, but its time as the newest property has passed.

In August, the SLS Las Vegas opened in the gutted remains of what used to be the Sahara. Completely unrecognizable as the long-standing desert-themed property that once was, the SLS features rooms designed by quirky Philippe Starck, whose visions apparently includes monkey-themed uniforms on the casino staff, huge murals that mesh human and horse forms, and hotel rooms that are a mish mash of French elements and cotton candy pink accessories. Lauded Chef Jose Andres already staked his Vegas claim with Jaleo and China Poblano at the Cosmo, but he’s taking his empire to new, fine-dining heights with the addition of Bazaar Meat at SLS. Dining options also include: Asian comfort food at Ku Noodle; gourmet, made-to-order pizza at 800 Degrees; and Umami Burger. Dance off the calories in one of the properties three clubs, or just buy some bigger clothes in one of the several hip retail clothing stores.

Source:  LA Times

Source: LA Times

September brought Delano Las Vegas, which markets itself as Vegas meets South Beach. Each of the 1,100 rooms were built as a suite – a concept shared by the Venetian and the Rio, both properties that many people consider a little past their heyday, the Rio especially – and as part of the Mandalay Bay property (Delano takes over the space that used to house The Hotel), guests get to use all the MB amenities, as well. Unlike its sprawling sister property, Delano‘s design takes an interesting turn, combining rustic elements like petrified wood and giant, geometrical boulders with light-colored upholstery and tons of soft lighting for an effect that is both natural and elegant. That same nature-infused feel is evident in the BATHHOUSE Spa, which named its treatments after local attractions like Red Rock Canyon, and the retreat-like cuisine at Della’s Kitchen (meat is grass fed and hormone free and produce is locally sourced, including some from the property’s own greenhouse) promises to attract those looking to inject a little health and relaxation into their Vegas weekend. Looking for something with a little more substance? The Franklin is a lounge with a retro-meets-man cave vibe, and they have the craft cocktails and caramel-hued spirits to prove it.