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This luxurious Tuscany-inspired resort, a favorite for weddings and other milestone celebrations, is a relaxing retreat. But some may find it borders on boring.
Overlooking the mountains and a crystalline man-made lake, the Hilton got its marketing pitch right when it pegged this elegant resort an "oasis in the desert." More than 30 minutes from the Strip, the hotel sits on the shores of a lake created by developers in the late 1980s (dig hole, fill it with three billion gallons of water). Aspiring for a serene Tuscan feel in the middle of the desert -- stucco buildings with ceramic tile roofs -- the lushly landscaped property even includes a replica of Florence's 14th century Ponte Vecchio. With its picturesque views, huge 36,700-square-foot ballroom, and lovely Florentine garden, the property is well suited for the weddings and celebrations of other milestones that frequently take place here.
In the land of Elvis-themed weddings and over-the-top kitsch, this hotel resides in another world -- literally and figuratively. With the hotel-casinos of the Las Vegas Strip at least half an hour away, guests instead fill their days at the Hilton lounging by the pool, taking in views of the mountains, lake, bridge, and beach, heading to a nearby golf course, visiting the hotel's highly rated spa, or boating or fishing in the nearby lakes.
As the premier Lake Las Vegas hotel, the Hilton is a fine choice for couples seeking a luxurious yet quiet escape. Families may want to head to The Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa, which has service and style that's on par with the Hilton, but more to keep kids entertained (swimming pool with a waterslide, basketball courts, water sports, and a kids' club). For a more complete resort experience in the desert outside of Vegas, consider Red Rock Resort in the neighboring suburb of Summerlin, which has multiple large pools, a wide choice of restaurants, a full casino with nightlife, and plenty of natural splendor (but no lake).
Far from the real Vegas action, but guests are too caught up in the splendor (natural or otherwise) to care
Located outside of Henderson, the second largest city in Nevada, the Hilton Lake Las Vegas is around a half an hour from the Strip, the densely packed three-and-a-half-mile-long stretch of hotel-casinos in the heart of Las Vegas. The immediate area -- Lake Las Vegas -- is home to three hotels (MonteLago Resort, the Hilton, and The Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa), and the quaint MonteLago Village just outside the hotel.
Though Henderson was once one of the fastest growing cities in the U.S., the area is in the midst of a massive economic slump. In the taxi ride from the hotel, I passed a number of new -- and completely empty -- shopping centers. Few people were walking around the village during my stay. Lake Las Vegas also has three golf courses (one private, one that has gone out of business, and another that's currently closed) and close to 3,000 vacation homes (many of which sit empty). Aside from the man-made lakes and Mediterranean villas, the area is a mostly hilly, dusty terrain in varying terracotta hues.
Regal and comfortable, these rooms deliver understated luxury.
The 486-square-foot standard guest room is simply decorated, yet sprinkled with luxury details. Standard rooms are priced based on the view -- lake, village, mountains, golf course, or the hotel's lovely Florentine gardens. The priciest rooms are the ones above the Ponte Vecchio Bridge, which look out on the lake and mountains.
The award-winning spa and excellent fitness center are the highlights.
The well-executed features -- like the pleasant pool with a view, award-winning spa, and man-made beach -- help create the self-contained feeling at this property; guests who want to veg out and revive harried souls will feel at home here.
$50 fee for pets
Pets up to 50 pounds are allowed at the hotel and the fee is $50.
There's no kids club but there's lots of room to run around, and the beach makes the Hilton Lake Las Vegas surprisingly kid-friendly.
The Hilton Lake Las Vegas does what it can to make a sophisticated, grown-up place appeal to parents and children.
The three in-house eateries offer well-prepared, simple classics as well as inventive, refined dishes; more dining options in MonteLago Village.
Hilton guests will find three spots to grab a meal in the hotel, all of which serve simple, fresh, and well-prepared dishes, with some even qualifying as unexpected. Plenty of other casual dining options are available just outside the hotel in MonteLago Village.
A half-hour from the Strip, the Hilton Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa is a haven for vacationers and business travelers who prefer the beauty of Lake Las Vegas and the Nevada desert to the glitz of Vegas. With luxurious, understated rooms, an elegant Tuscany-inspired setting, an award-winning spa, and impeccable service, the hotel serves as a relaxing retreat.