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Quiet, barren landscape, yet quick, easy access to the Las Vegas frenzy
Surrounded by a desert landscape spotted with corporate buildings, a large outlet mall, and few to no restaurants, the Homewood Suites appears inconvenient upon first sight. But situated south of McCarran Airport and two roads southeast of the Strip, it is a convenient car (or free hotel shuttle) ride to both destinations.
Just outside the bright lights, bawdy shows, and grandiose structures, there's a Vegas that stretches beyond that dense, 3.5-mile-long line of hotel-casinos on Las Vegas Boulevard known as the Strip. Slightly removed from the incessant hustle are a number of hotels -- located anywhere from a five-minute walk to a five- to 10-minute taxi or shuttle ride from the center of the action -- that offer closer proximity to the Las Vegas Convention Center, a quieter night's sleep, and, at times, a bit more bang for the buck.
Many visitors like to explore the hotels and attractions along the Strip and once you're there, it's easy to find a taxi at virtually any time of day or night. A generally less expensive option for getting around the area is the Deuce, a double-decker bus that runs up and down the strip 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and costs $3 to ride. There's also a monorail system, which stops at MGM Grand, Bally's/Paris, Flamingo/Caesars Palace, Harrah's/Imperial Palace, the Las Vegas Convention Center, the Hilton, and the Sahara. Note, however, that the monorail stations are far from one another so it can be a long walk from the station to where you actually want to go. A single-ride ticket is $5; a one-day pass is $13. If you're traveling along the Strip with at least one other person, a cab is often the least expensive and most convenient option.
Located just 10-minutes from the Strip -- as well as McCarren International Airport -- this apartment-style hotel bests the rivaling Residence Inn by offering newer-looking kitchens and a free breakfast and dinner buffet, in addition to all the other Las Vegas essentials, like an outdoor pool and Jacuzzi and a fitness center.