3595 Las Vegas Blvd S., The Strip
Until now, most boutique hotel experiences in Vegas were embedded inside the larger hotels (read: Tower Suites at the Wynn, The Four Seasons at Montecarlo), which is part of what makes the Cromwell so special. The brand-new spot only has 88 rooms, so it feels much more personal than some of the larger, more sprawling compounds. It’s also home to the first-ever restaurant from Giada De Laurentiis—if you can get past the gift shop in the front, you'll find some of best meatballs and chewiest pizza on the strip. And, if you're into that kind of thing, the reviews of their nightclub, Drai's, have been uniformly positive so far.
The Mansion at MGM
3799 S. Las Vegas Blvd., The Strip
Considering its location right in the middle of The Strip and its bustling casino, the MGM isn’t an obvious pick for the Un-Vegas Vegas guide: That said, the MGM Mansion program is really in a league of its own. The Mansion is actually physically separate from the MGM itself—the building is made up of 29 individual villas, which range from one- and two-bedrooms up to full-fledged homes. It features its own separate driveway and lobby area, making it a thoroughly private experience, despite its central location. Each villa overlooks a lush, Italian-style garden atrium that’s much more Tuscany than Vegas, and has its own private dining area. In an effort to keep the vibe quiet and civilized, there are no bachelor parties or big groups allowed.
3752 Las Vegas Boulevard S., The Strip
The Mandarin Oriental in Vegas has all the style and amenities you’d expect from the chain (Asian-inflected design, high-touch service, and cool flourishes like the 23rd floor lobby). That said, the real draw is the fact that this is one of the only hotels on The Strip without a casino, so it feels more like a retreat from the madness of the street than part of it. The spa is truly world-class, taking up two full floors with its sprawling pools and lounge rooms. Bonus: the 47-story building is LEED Gold certified.
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