For all of my road warriors. If you must travel to Vegas for yet another meeting or convention, I HIGHLY recommend the Renaissance on Paradise. This is the best Marriott has to offer in a city of bells and whistles. The Renaissance has none of the standard Vegas glitz and rhinestones. It is a very well staffed, quite, beautifully decorated, great restaurants / bar and comfortable! I WILL BE BACK every time I am in town.
Safe yourself the $15 in cab fare to the strip and take the monorail...it's in the parking lot across the street!
I agree - the Las Vegas Renaissance is a great hotel. I stayed there quite awhile ago and was upgraded to a spacious one-bedroom suite. The staff were very accomodating and pleasant, and the hotel is within walking distance to a few casinos and the monorail, as you mentioned (although when I stayed, parking was free).
It is a beatiful hotel with updated amenities, such as alarm clocks with iPod docking station, flat-screen LCD televisions, etc. And who can forget the traditional Marriott bed?! So comfortable! The pool area was also very nice, and although their restaurant, ENVY, is pricey, it is worth every dollar, IMO.
Next time I'm in Vegas, I will definitely be staying at this property again.
(I posted this review shortly after I stayed at the hotel on this thread: http://www.marriottrewardsinsiders.marriott.com/topic/Insiders/Best-Kept-Secret/13000001933&#msg14000001000)
Absolutely 100% agree with staying at the Renaissance for a Vegas business trip! I've stayed here twice, even when my colleagues were at the mega hotels. You don't have to deal with a casino, it's a smoke-free hotel, and if you want to go to the strip, the monorail is a great way to get you there!
Well, strangely enough I just came back from Vegas and had a superb time in the JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort Spa & Golf on the outskirts of town. Thought the hotel was superb - the Room with a Jacuzzi bath and french windows won me over!It also has a complimentary shuttle to/from the strip, and its own Casino on site. (They also give platinum members a free breakfast, when they don't have to being a resort)
So, my wife and I spent the day enjoying the pool and relaxing, then moved into Vegas in the evening (we aren't huge gamblers and were only there for a few days). The choice of restaurants on site was also very good (An Irish pub, a Japenese, a Casino buffet and a Marriott European style one too)
Still, I must admit I haven't tried the Renaissance and this was my first time in Vegas :)