People are divided into those who love Las Vegas, and those who can not tolerate. I was forced to endure one week of August for the past six years in Las Vegas at the Bellagio, is an annual conference virtuoso, something like the Oscars, but not in the art of cinematography and the art of tourism. This grand event that gathers all the beau monde of the tourist business deluxe, had taught me not only to treat the artificial glamor of Las Vegas tolerated, but also to find in it a certain charm. Although mechanical Venetian gondolas painted (very cleverly) sky waitresses silicone busts and layout of the Eiffel Tower in full size, it’s a sort of Disney land for adults. I’d prefer the real gondolas and gondoliers with live real Eiffel Tower.
And yet Las Vegas is impressive. Is there something cosmic. Something is causing the mind of Luc Besson film “The Fifth Element.” And in case you would ever think to visit this “something” with its huge casino, crazy nightlife, the world’s highest concentration of Michelin stars, luxury hotels in thousands of rooms, air out of papier-mache and other phantasmagoric joys of life, I will tell about some of the best hotels in this gigantic entertainment machine.
We begin with Bellagio which I have long been a sweet home. Bellagio (as you might guess from the name) – a very successful imitation of an Italian palazzo. Only, this palazzo-style blown las vegasovskoy insatiable megalomania to seven thousand rooms with all the ensuing consequences. In addition to fourteen thousand beds (very comfortable and equipped with Italian linens) under the roof of Bellagio housed grand casino (which, incidentally, were filming Ocean’s Eleven), numerous bars, restaurants, cafes, shows, nightclubs, boutiques. As the territory of Bellagio with all of its pools, terraces, fountains and much higher than the average area of the Italian city, the first two or three years, I managed to last week never to leave it outside, getting lost several times and repeatedly chertyhnutsya to the dress code of the conference, which implies the model showing off her shoes and other: per day (and night) have time to wind the miles on his heels. Alas – the relaxed attire Las Vegas does not have.
Bellagio Pools are really good, although crowded. There are many, with different water temperature. And they want to be photographed. The contrast of the pseudo-Renaissance buildings Bellagio with a super-modern towers of the neighboring hotels very picturesque. For those seeking a less public recreation at the pool, there is a VIP area and private cabanas.
By the way, again, for those who do not want to be one of the fourteen thousand: Bellagio suites are fully attributable to money and give the impression of the amount is much greater than what you pay for them. In addition to them are separate elevators (suites are located on the upper floors with the most fantastic views from the large windows), and it’s something like a hotel at the hotel – for the elite.
One of the main attractions of Bellagio – Fountains. The spectacle of a grand and magnificent. Plan a dinner on the terrace Prime: chic pyatidesyatidollarovye steaks (approved by my Italian colleagues, and they know a lot about food) and a breathtaking view of the fountains. In general, Bellagio c chic and well-known style of classical elegance stands the casino-hotel, where you can feel like a hero of the movie Casino, a walk between the roulette table with a cigar, where appropriate silver sandals with rhinestones, cocktail dresses and elegant man. Bellagio – doubtless a classic Las Vegas.
Another hotel, about which I can not tell you: my European bestseller SKYLOFTS.
This is at the most elite part of the complex MGM Grand and the most expensive place in Las Vegas. If you want to be in the 22 th century, you go there. Guests are met at the airport on a gold limousine and was escorted into a private hotel room with soft couches, where they were waiting for cocktail and private registration. Welcome to the boutique hotel, created by the genius designer Tony Chi. Believe me, with all my dislike for the super-modern design, it is – cool. This is a very, very cool. And it’s not that the rooms are absolutely huge (very small – 140 square meters), arranged in two tiers, with glass walls, to open wide the spirit, a spectacular view of the Strip space. The case in detail. You can choose a room with pool table and a private pool on the terrace of our bar, filled with upscale drinks, infinity bath with color-therapy and the effect of Champagne, Jura Capresso Impressa coffee machine, all current iPods, Wi-Fine technology butler, night concierge and so on and so on.
A very elegant and romantic place away from the noisy world, and for high-end parties (taking into account the dimensions of the rooms, guests soon be lost than would be stepping on each other’s feet.)In this casino MGM Grand – the bottom, only on a special private elevator to go down. And the service, the service is not available … huge and extraordinary hotels in Las Vegas as a whole. Probably, it is difficult to imagine a more perfect way to feel like a Hollywood movie star, traveling incognito, you settle for a couple of nights in high places residences SKYLOFTS at MGM Grand.
Las Vegas definitely has some kind of explosive energy, to extravagant purchases provocative, daring outfits, fleeting romances, and other small extravagance. It won and lost on the little things and big, dancing until dawn at nightclubs, regardless of age and marital status, and even brought in the best traditions of American feminism send shoes to the bottom of a suitcase, because in Las Vegas, they want to be women, and Here it can be done without losing the feminist pride, in accordance with the well-known saying, what happened in Las Vegas, Las Vegas and will remain.
Another noteworthy Casino Hotel - Wynn, Named in honor of billionaire Stephen Allan Wines, which owns and this hotel, and many others in Las Vegas. Wynn as enormous as the Bellagio, but it was built much later, so that the style and atmosphere are quite different. In fact, it is not even a hotel, but two.Actually Wynn – more classic style, and Encore – extravagant design for a younger audience (though that’s not the age – that there could be someone more like it).
Again, not to get lost in a large crowd and be serviced in a dignified manner, I would recommend Tower Suites – they are in the Wynn, and Encore. The difference in the level of service – in comparison with the numbers of that part of the hotel, which is called the Resort – a very global. The same concept of a “hotel in the hotel.”
Wynn-Encore is known for its elegant nightclubs and restaurants – is Disneyland for adults finds so impressive form, and the real with the unreal is so mixed that no one will be left untouched. Las Vegas in its purest form with all its expensive chic and kitsch, kopperfildovskimi tricks, billions in investment, sexual energy – quintessence of American celluloid dreams of a beautiful life.
During his last trip to Vegas, I looked back in a hotel worthy of mention: Mandarin Oriental. One of the few large hotels in the city, which – deliberately – there is no casino. As they say, feel the difference: it is possible, Mandarin Oriental will not give you a feeling of total immersion in the murky waters of turbulent pleasures, but super-stylish contemporary interiors, impeccable service, hovering in the sky Mandarin Oriental bar and restaurant Twist by Pierre Gagnaire (3 Michelin Stars) – all that refined luxury in the center of the Strip (or rather above it) and you do not even need a taxi to get to the nearest roulette table, or night club.
Although the hotel by European standards is huge (400 rooms), by the standards of Las Vegas, he may well be a boutique hotel along with SKYLOFTS (compare with the many thousands of Bellagio and Wynn). It stops a lot of the rich and famous, and I understand them: the hotel rooms and suites have made me a very fair impression in terms of design, and the service here – in the style of Mandarin Oriental, but not in the style of Vegas. Accordingly, the audience is a different class. But, perhaps, choosing a hotel for myself (if I had not been fed in Las Vegas and decided to experience the whole of his chic, kitsch, bluff, and the fan from the beginning), I would choose one of the casino-hotels. Just be sure suite with panoramic windows at the very top. Perhaps, after all Bellagio. While it is probably in this choice would share my personal sentimentality and nostalgia for the good old movies.
Links to Websites of hotels:
Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas