“Viva Las Virgin!” That’s the provocative battle cry of this new Curio Collection hotel, by Hilton and Sir Richard Branson.
And it’s true — Sin City has a new “player” in town. Even though Virgin Hotels Las Vegas is located about a mile off the strip where the Hard Rock used to be — it still feels like it’s in the heart of all the action.
Visitors can experience the first tribal casino on the hotel’s property, Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment which encompasses nearly 650 slot machines and 50+ table games as well as a sports betting station.
There are more than 1,500 rooms spread throughout the property’s three towers, including the all-suite Ruby Tower and the Canyon Tower, which offers sweeping views of Nevada’s mountains (yes, Vegas offers WAY more than just gambling) and the 5-acre desert pool oasis (to be completed, soon).
I stayed in a room in the Canyon Tower and was lucky enough to enjoy a view of the strip and watch the construction of the pool, below. I can tell it’s going to be gorgeous.
The hotel’s atmosphere feels bright and open, and there’s plentiful artwork paying homage to the desert (think, Joshua Trees, coyotes, a woman in her bathing suit gazing up at said coyote next to her VW bus — all very artsy) environment everywhere from the elevators to the walls that run along the hallways in the towers and on the ground floor.
I have a brother who lives in Las Vegas — so I’ve been around the city off the strip more often than I’ve spent time ON the strip — and from the experience in town, what impresses me about this property is I can tell that it’s going to be a hit among both locals and tourists. This goes for business conventions, too.
The hotel features a large 5-acre outdoor courtyard with a performance stage that can safely host up to 1,500 people. There’s also a 500-seat music and entertainment theater which is being remodeled and will feature revamped suites and new VIP seating areas.
In terms of culinary offerings Virgin does not disappoint. Nobu had been a crowd favorite at the Hard Rock since 1995 and will remain a staple of this property. The Funny Library Coffee Shop serves up your lattes and light bites with a desert-themed design twist.
There’s also Michael and David Morton’s One Steakhouse, Los Angeles’ Thai concept restaurant Night + Market, and Casa Calavera which makes tasty and authentic Mexican cuisine.
The Kitchen at Commons Club creates hearty (all day) breakfast, and a lunch/dinner menu and is decorated in a relaxed, home (but still chic) setting with a record player.
The Bar at Commons Club across the casino creates delicious craft cocktails.
Oh, and then there’s “The Shag Room!” Be sure to order a “Shagedelic,” which is strong enough to make you wonder why you were only speaking in Austin Powers terms all night, the next morning (because it makes sense, in the moment…
Those who are into fitness and wellness will also find a gorgeous spa and a spacious gym on-site, too.
Overall, it’s a really wonderful property in a nice location just off the strip — and honestly, you might not even want to leave the hotel while you’re there because it has everything you’d need for a relaxing and adrenaline inducing vacation (depending on what you’re feeling at the moment) all on-site!
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