Previously, my impression of Las Vegas could be boiled down to a few keywords: bright, tacky, extravagant, and wild. While I still believe these hold true, my recent trip to Vegas had me viewing the city in a whole new light.
My girlfriends and I had been planning a short getaway for some time and we landed on Vegas for a few reasons:
a) it's hot (enough) at this time of year b) it qualifies as a city that lies between the two coasts (one girlfriend lives in Cali) c) they have great restaurants (pretty much every trip we take tends to be based on how good the food is) d) see a) above
The three of us new(ish) moms were in desperate need of some R&R so, contrary to most sin city travelers, our primary goal was to SLEEP, eat, and relax by the pool. Gambling was pretty much the last thing on our minds.
That said, I couldn't help but snap photos of the eye-catching interior design details in some of the newer hotels while there. I did some research and learned that these hotels cost in the BILLIONS to build. Yes. I said BILLIONS. With building costs that high, it's no surprise that the level of detail is jaw-dropping. With such fierce competition within such a short distance, it felt as if each hotel was trying to outdo the other, trying to be the next big thing. Total sensory overload, in the best of possible ways.
We stayed at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel which, although a relatively smaller hotel, did not disappoint in the least. The service was unparalleled, and the elegant interiors were a calming balance of contemporary and oriental design. Not having a casino made this place our little sanctuary amidst all the craziness.
We visited lots of resorts on the strip, but a few stood out for me in particular.
Cascading water wall, @ the Aria resort:
The Cosmopolitan Hotel was by far the most inspiring.
My phone takes crappy pics, but the lobby had these uber cool columns displaying artful digital snippets:
We also visited some of the "older" hotels on the strip, like the Venetian. For the most part, I didn't feel much for the design, but there were a few classic details that naturally caught my eye, like this navy and white bistro chair at Bouchon:
I wish I had more time to explore more and get inspired, but the pool lounge chair and king size bed were chanting my name over and over again, competing for my attention. All in all, this was the perfect little getaway and I can't wait to do it again next year in a different city!