- Ongoing construction noise affects some rooms
- 7-mile, $30 cab ride to the Strip
- No sit-down restaurant or bar
- Thin room walls
- Only once-weekly housekeeping
- Time-share sales reps can be pushy
Located seven miles south of the clubs, fine dining, and over-the-top spectacle of the Strip, the 1,456-suite Grandview appeals mainly to retirees who want to gamble in peace at the next-door South Point hotel and families looking to cash in their RCI time-share points.
Structured less like a hotel than an apartment complex, Grandview consists of nine pink high-rises interspersed with parking lots. There's no sit-down restaurant or entertainment (though you can head to the bowling alley or cineplex at next-door South Point). The biggest daily commotion here is in the lobby, where a gaggle of time-share reps try to lure potential buyers in with comp'ed Vegas shows and gambling vouchers. (The "approach" comes when you innocently pick up that parking validation.)
More like a condo than a full-service hotel, with just once-a-week housekeeping and a rarely utilized porter.
Grandview doesn't offer the gamut of standard hotel services. Housekeeping only cleans the rooms once a week, unless you want to pay an extra $15 to have someone tidy-up a one-bedroom suite or $50 to have that person change your sheets (rates double for a two-bedroom).
As most guests have a car, they just drive directly up to their designated apartment building and unload the bags from the trunk. There appeared to be one rarely-used porter on the premises.
There's no drink service by the pool -- anyone looking for a snack either brings their own or heads to the snack shop next to the main pool, Scotty's.
Guests can call down to Scotty's and have food delivered to their room, but you can't bill the food to your room, it's only open during day hours, and the food comes in a Styrofoam to-go container.
Grandview is right off Las Vegas Boulevard South, which seven miles up turns into the Strip (a loosely defined 3.5-mile collection of hotel-casinos). Though the Strip seems to be stretching ever south, especially with the opening of the flashy new M resort nearby, the central part of the Strip with all the big casino-hotels like Bellagio and Paris is at least a $25-$30 cab ride away.
A shuttle runs eight times a day to the Strip, dropping off and picking up guests at Excalibur. It used to be free, but they have since started charging $8 for the day. And space must be reserved in advance and the late-night shuttles back (11:30pm and 12:30am) fill up quickly (you might have to wait until the 10 a.m. shuttle).
Free outside parking and free covered parking (courtesy of a four-level garage) are available -- but reviewers on TripAdvisor have complained about how hard it is to find parking when they return at night.
But next door to Grandview is a local favorite, the South Point hotel and casino, which also has its own 16-screen movie complex, 64-lane bowling alley, and nine restaurants including a buffet and an oyster bar.
Plenty of Grandview guests also like to cook in their kitchen-equipped suites after shopping at Wal-Mart or Fresh & Easy grocery store, both a five-minute drive. Grandview arranges free weekly outings with a shuttle to the grocery store, nearby outlet shops, the beloved-among-locals Silverton casino, and more.
The Las Vegas airport is a 15-minute cab ride away (about $16-$25).
While room decor may differ from building to building (but still universally keeping with a more mature, Southwestern-desert theme), all rooms are enormous, 800-square-foot one-bedroom suites that come stocked with all the comforts of home -- including a large kitchen with decent cooking- and dining-utensils and the almighty washer/dryer. They're akin to condos more than hotel rooms, featuring a four-person dining table and chairs, a Jacuzzi in the bedroom, and a living room with space for a big couch and two chairs. The mostly GE appliances are pretty no-frills, but in mint condition. (Grandview also offers two-bedroom suites, which are actually just two one-bedroom suites connected by a foyer).
As my room was facing the pool and not the ongoing construction of new towers (to be completed by 2018), I didn't experience any of the building noise that so many TripAdvisor reviewers complained about. But I could hear every time my neighbors (whom I shared a foyer with) exited or entered their apartment through the thin walls of my suite.
The spotless bathrooms come with two separate sinks and a walk-in shower with strong water pressure. In addition, there's a deep Jacuzzi situated in an entryway to the bedroom (not in the bathroom). Alas, no bathrobes, and just some generic soap, shampoo, and conditioner. (Although an interesting welcome package offered up some Pepto-Bismol, Aleve, Jergens lotion, and a Harlequin romance novel.)
The king-size mattress in my room would not fall into the category of luxury bed with its basic sheets, comforter, and lack of a pillow-top -- but it was clean and comfortable enough for a decent night's sleep. A queen-size sofa bed in the living room can be used for extra guests.
For electronics, there's an old, 36-inch Sony WEGA tube TV in the living room and another 27-inch tube in the bedroom. Both offer a decent selection of 65 channels (but no premium movie networks like HBO) and pay-per-view, courtesy of Extreme TV (although for some reason my room wasn't wired for it). There's also an RCA DVD player in the armoire, and a lending library of DVDs available at the front desk. The in-room safe is pretty expensive: It's $10, whether you choose to use it just for the day or for the week.
Wi-Fi cannot be billed to your room, nor can food purchased at Scotty Beans, the snack bar/convenience store down by the pool. To use the Wi-Fi, you'll have to pay Extreme TV (the pay-per-view/Internet service) a separate $9.95/day (or $49.95/week) on your credit card.
While Grandview's gated pools, open 8 a.m. to midnight, don't draw the party crowd, the occasional lounging couple or the parents with a few kids splashing about in the shallow end appear to enjoy the space and quiet. One of the main pools (next to the Sage building) also features a fun waterfall for kids to duck under. By and large, the three other pools exist just to stave off the blistering desert heat.
Nearby, free barbecue grills (also open 8 a.m. to midnight) are regularly used by families for casual birthdays or couples trying out some easy summer grilling. The grills are available for free to all guests -- as are grilling utensils, kept at the front desk.
The bright gym, open from 5 a.m. to midnight, is free to access (unlike some of the other hotels on the Strip). It comes with a selection of excellent-condition Life Fitness equipment: six treadmills, three exercise bikes, four ellipticals, and a few weight-training machines. There's also a proper medical-weight scale and water fountain, but sadly, no water cooler and just a few tube TVs mounted to the wall instead of flat-screens.
Seven miles away from the hard partying of the Strip, the casino-less Grandview is ideal for families. The four pools (one with a water fountain) and 800-square-foot suites with full kitchens don't hurt either. Suites come with king-size beds and queen-size sleeper sofas, and if extra beds are needed, $20 rollaways and $10 cribs can be rented (per stay, rather than per night). Families can rent out a two-bedroom suite for additional space -- which is really just a two one-bedroom suites, connected by a common foyer.
The 30-acre grounds are a little isolated, but at the South Point hotel-casino next door, families can head to a movie at the cineplex or bowling at the 64-lane alley. The grounds are well-lit at night, so the area never feels unsafe. Plus, the pools require room-key cards to enter (so kids can't just wander in).
Scotty Beans offers a variety of kid-friendly foods for $8 and under: ham-and-cheese sandwiches, burgers, and cheese pizzas. South Point also has plenty of kid-friendly dining and attractions, including an ice cream parlor. Families can also cook in their own room, or barbecue for free on the grills near the main pool area.
Grandview really functions more like a condominium complex than a hotel. Suites are cleaned just once a week and before every new guest arrives. That said, the between-guest cleanings are very thorough. It helped that the appliances (stove, oven, microwave) were also fairly new. I noticed a little dust next to the bathroom TV, but for the most part all the countertops and desks had been wiped clean.
No restaurants, just a snack bar -- guests go to South Point, hit the grocery, or drive elsewhere.
Dining options at Grandview are limited to Scotty Beans, a snack bar/convenience store with food that tastes, well, like it came from a convenience store. An impressive variety of salads and sandwiches can be purchased here, but don't get your hopes up. The stale bagel and an overly sweet strawberry smoothie I bought were pretty cheap but pretty forgettable.
Grandview, for its part, does provide guests upon check-in with a list of nearby restaurants, including South Point's bounty of affordable spots (ice cream parlor, oyster bar, Italian, Mexican, and more). For those without cars, it is the only easily accessible dining option.
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