Completed a couple of one night stays in Las Vegas. Usually I like to stay at the JW in Summerlin, but could not get a government rate last week. My first night I stayed at the Renaissance on Paradise Road. My second time there. As far as I know, this is the only Marriott in Vegas that has a concierge lounge. Nice property, but would only rank it above slightly above average. No complaints, but nothing outstanding either although the desk clerk gave me a $10 certificate in addition to my 500 platinum welcome points as a "thank you for your loyalty". Lounge had typical CL fare for breakfast and evening fare. Wasn't impressed with the wine selection for $8 a pop. Free valet parking and self parking in attached structure.
Coming back through I stayed at the Marriott Grand Chateau, a Marriott Vacation Club. I had never tried this before, but a colleague gave it rave reviews. Arrived rather frazzled from escaping a back up on I-15 near the US 95 intersection due to a semi roll over. No self parking, but free valet. Just off the strip on Harmon Ave. Front desk person was very nice and efficient. Had a great room on the 15th floor with a view of the southern portion of the strip, will try to post pic later. Retrieving car from valet to meet a friend for dinner at the Venetian was very quick and efficient. When I returned, I visited the lobby bar for a glass of wine. Very pleasant with none of the usually loud, sensory overload lounges in the casino hotels. Very quick and direct route to the airport for my flight out the next day. I think this will be my future go to Marriott if the JW is unavailable or if I have an need to stay nearer the strip and/or airport.
Thanks for sharing your experience with us, nmballoonist! I was just in Las Vegas for a quick weekend trip and really enjoyed my time there. I actually spent most of my time outside the city, hiking and checking out some of the amazing countryside around there. I only drove through the strip once! Next time i'll need to spend more time checking out the city. There's a lot to see there!
i would highly recommend the JW. Away from the strip, and nice large rooms. Good dining within a short drive. Or you can drive to the strip, although you have to go down I-15 through the spaghetti bowl and traffic always seems bad. The Renaissance is fine but would not score over the Venetian or the JW. And I would rank the Grand Chateau over the Ren unless an average CL is a must have. I can't comment on the Cosmo since I've never stayed there. The Venetian (and Palazzo which are both IHG and interchangable in my mind) have magnificent suites as their entry level rooms. Many great restaurants and shopping between the two. And right across the street from Ceasar's palace and the Forum Shops where you can drop a large amount of money.
I think that is a good plan. the strip gets a bit much for me after a few days. However a lot of good dining and shows on the strip but you can always go there and then back to the JW. At least for now there is plenty of free parking at any of the strip hotels/casinos. I read a recent article that some may start charging for parking for non-guests. Big mistake if they do in my opinion.
I stay at the Grand Chateau a lot and really like the location and rooms. My first choice would always be the Cosmo which is just an amazing hotel with the balconies overlooking the fountains but it comes at a very high price. I can usually get a good rate at the Grand Chateau. Because it is a vacation club, you will not get any Platinum benefits including no late check out but it's a great location with a large room complete will full kitchen. It is my first choice unless I can secure a reasonable rate at the Cosmo. The only thing I don't like about the Grand Chateau is the small pools.
I have also stayed at the Residence Inn on Harmon and this is also a good choice. Still within walking distance to the center of the strip yet away from everything and the Hard Rock is right down the road.