Insider's Las Vegas: Best Bets: Suite Dreams

From basketball courts to bowling alleys, 20-person hot tubs to rotating beds, Las Vegas hotel suites are in a never-ending arms race of outrageous amenities. But the city’s finest accommodations are, at least in relative terms, a bit more discreet. Following are four of the best options for discriminating Vegas visitors.

The three-bedroom duplex Apartments at Encore (from $3,500) feature high-definition TVs that pop up from furniture at the foot of the beds and private elevators that run between the suites’ first and second floors. But more than their list of amenities, these 16 apartments plus an oversize Penthouse Apartment at the Steve Wynn–owned property stand out for their ambience and setting—the pinnacles of elegance at one of Las Vegas’ most elegant hotels.

There was an era in Las Vegas when you could not buy the best accommodations. And although the Villas at Bellagio are technically not for rent, the suites can be booked "on a very limited basis," says Rosemary Cosner, director of room reservations. The nine estate-style accommodations feature landscaped backyards and full-size pools. Many of the suites’ butlers—who are known for remembering repeat guests’ preferences for everything from flowers to exercise equipment—have been with the villas since they debuted in 1998.

The four Chairman Suites at the Palazzo (from $25,000 per night) each measure around 8,000 square feet and have three or four bedrooms, side-by-side dry and wet saunas, an exercise room, a massage room, and a karaoke room with wraparound couches and padded walls. The toilet seats in the master bathrooms rise as you approach. Each patio is equipped with a plunge pool and hot tub and two TVs. Butlers are on call around the clock, and can schedule hair appointments in the suites’ private salons, which are equipped with shampoo sinks and barber chairs.

Of the 12 Villa Suites at Caesars Palace (from $20,000 per night)—each of which measures roughly 11,000 square feet—several overlook the casino resort’s new 5-acre Garden of the Gods pool area. And while the two Villa Suites set at the top of the Forum Tower have been the premier accommodations at Caesars, three of the Villa Suites by the pool area may soon eclipse them. Scheduled at press time to open in October, the new Octavius Tower Villas will feature 8-foot-long "emperor-size" beds, media rooms with massage chairs, billiard tables, bars, and fish tanks.

 

Bellagio, 702.693.7445, www.bellagio.com; Caesars Palace, 702.731.7110, www.caesarspalace.com; Encore, 888.320.9966, www.encorelasvegas.com; The Palazzo, 702.607.4100, www.palazzolasvegas.com

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