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A luxury resort that's less than half an hour from the Las Vegas Strip and right in the middle of the natural beauty of Red Rock Canyon.
Luxury details in a desert oasis
A posh, off-the-beaten-path, 800-plus-room, casino-resort set in the dusty terra-cotta hills of Red Rock Canyon in suburban Summerlin, the Red Rock Resort and Spa opened in 2006 as the first billion-dollar luxury resort off the Las Vegas Strip. The luxury is in the details, from the 32-foot long lobby chandelier made of Swarovski crystals to the burled wood of the casino's Lucky Bar. Station Casinos, the company behind the hotel and its sister property in nearby Henderson, Green Valley Ranch, specialize in creating luxury environments without the crowds and over-the-top glitz of the Strip. Renovations were even announced in 2012, putting a fresh touch on the casino and few of the on-site restaurnants.
None of which is to say that guests here don't partake in pure (and sometimes debaucherous) fun. On a typical afternoon, kids in water wings splash about while beautiful, tanned waitresses hand out cocktails served in hallowed-out pineapples. By the late afternoon, Cherry, the gated adult-only seasonal pool, is buzzing with underdressed sunbathers. (According to hotel staffers, Cherry is more popular with locals than hotel guests.)
Local residents flock to the resort's sleek casino, but vacationing families dominate the scene, especially at the large pool. Families enjoy kid-friendly extras like a multiplex movie theater, a 72-lane bowling alley, plus a kids' club and babysitting service.
This resort's unusual desert setting and modern, eye-popping decor make it stand out, but with few other attractions nearby, the hotel is best for travelers who plan to stay on site or explore the nearby canyon. Those who want more retail and food options should consider Green Valley Ranch, the sister property, instead.
In the Vegas suburb of Summerlin, about half an hour from both the airport and the Strip -- far from everything, except Nevada’s natural wonders.
Red Rock Resort is located in Summerlin, an upper-middle-class and largely residential suburb of Las Vegas. The area, home to numerous retirement communities, is known for the stunning natural beauty of Red Rock Canyon, where outdoor enthusiasts can find great hiking, biking, and kayaking. Plus, several golf courses dot the region.
- Boca Park shopping center, five minutes away by car, has a Target, Williams-Sonoma, and several restaurants.
- Nearby golf courses include Arroyo Golf Club -- just 10 minutes away -- and Siena Golf Club.
- 20 minutes from McCarran International Airport ($50 by cab)
- About 25 minutes from the Strip (approximately a $50 cab ride).
- The hotel runs a shuttle bus (a service included in the daily resort fee) to and from the airport and the Strip. Check with the front desk for times.
Hip furnishings, a color palette to match the surroundings, and comfortable beds
An impressive soaking tub, even in standard rooms
The rooms are decorated in earth tones to match the natural surroundings of Red Rock Canyon, with fresh details like platform beds, all-marble bathrooms, and floor-to-ceiling windows to take in the canyon views. Coming in at around 525 square feet, standard rooms have either one king-size or two queen-size beds. Expect to sleep like a cowboy in the desert on these firm, comfortable mattresses and high-thread-count white sheets. The room is filled with luxe details, like tiny reading lights on both ends of the headboard.
- All rooms have a 42-inch flat-screen TV with more than 40 cable channels, including HBO. Pay-per-view movies, including films still showing in the theaters
- A Bose sound system with an iPod hookup is in all rooms.
- The large bathrooms are a standout; countertops and all surfaces are marble; twin sinks, and both a shower stall and a deep tub. Toiletries are resort-branded, though nice.
- Both Ethernet and wireless access in rooms (included in the resort fee). Guests can upgrade to faster speeds, though most guests don't complain about the standard speed
A wide variety of pools and a quality spa make this resort a standout.
The main pool's fountain is popular with kids.
Of Red Rock's extra features, the most memorable are the wide array of pools -- a huge wading pool at the center of the property, an exclusive party pool, and a calm lap pool. The fitness center is well equipped, and the notable spa is the primary reason many guests choose to stay here.
- The "Backyard" pool area has a main wading pool with a spray fountain in the center, three medium-size pools, two little splash pools, and two Jacuzzis.
- The main pool is larger than the one at the nearby JW Marriott Las Vegas and as impressive as the main pool at the Green Valley Ranch. It has the glitzy feel of many big Vegas pools, but is more welcoming to kids. The pool is seasonal, and has food and drink service.
- Shade-guaranteed cabanas and cabana beds can cost hundreds in food and beverage minimums, depending on the day of the week and time of year. To avoid a desert melt for free, head out early to claim a shady spot.
- Cherry, the adult-only seasonal pool
- Like the spa at sister hotel Green Valley Ranch, Red Rock's spa specializes in Eastern-influenced techniques and innovative modern treatments like the "Jasmine Java Espresso Wrap." Prices tend to be lower than what spas on the Strip charge.
- Spa facilities -- available to guests for no extra charge-- include a quiet pool, cold plunge pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, and steam room. This pool is the best place at the hotel to do laps.
- Fitness center adjacent the spa is clean and well maintained, with plenty of Nautilus and cardio equipment.
- No golf on site, but concierge can arrange for a day of golf at any one of six nearby courses, including Arroyo Golf Club -- just 10 minutes away -- and Siena Golf Club.
- Mandatory per-day resort fee for all guests covers access to the spa and fitness facilities, the shuttle to the Strip and the airport, in-room wireless Internet access and Ethernet hookup, local phone calls, and a shoe shine.
An awesome central pool, affordable babysitting service, and kid-friendly food create a great spot for families.
A 72-lane bowling alley can keep kids busy.
Red Rock is great for families who want a self-contained Vegas resort experience away from the hustle and bustle of the Strip. The resort has smaller crowds and more space to run around in than crowded mega-hotels on the Strip do, plus outdoor adventure at Red Rock Canyon in its backyard.
- The pool area probably couldn't be more exciting to the little ones unless there was chocolate oozing out of the fountain at its center. With its kid-appropriate shallow parts, along with water deep enough for adults to sit in comfortably, the pool is certain to be a family crowd pleaser.
- A 72-lane bowling alley, 16-screen movie theater, and extensive arcade
- Kids Quest has an indoor playground with a giant maze and jungle gym and supervised activities, from arts and crafts to karaoke; accepts children from six weeks to 12 years old; hourly rate, depending on age.
- Between the diner favorites at Grand Café and all-you-can-eat meals at Feast Buffet, kids should enjoy the food.
- Couches in the suites do not open up into beds
- Rollaway beds are available for a nightly fee, cribs are free
The hotel's own movie theater
Even in the middle of nowhere, half an hour from the Strip, guests can find plenty of ways to stay entertained.
- The 72-lane bowling alley and 16-screen movie theater draw plenty of locals and hotel guests.
- Though the "Backyard" used to play host to music acts, the hotel has since opened a 10,000 seat ampitheater to hold seasonal outdoor performances.
- The nearly 9,000-square-foot Cherry nightclub is always bustling\
- The Rock Lounge hosts near-nightly live music acts, including sevearl artists in-residences
A 24/7 poker lounge, bingo and keno rooms, and a sports book.
Red Rock's casino boasts more than 3,000 games, including hundreds of penny slots and $100 slot machines. Some of their gaming highlights include an around-the-clock poker lounge, bingo room, and keno lounge. The sports book bar area has a 96-foot video wall.
Plenty of choices, but quality varies
Hachi is just one of many restaurants
This resort offers both high-end, sophisticated eats and quick noshes for in between rounds of poker.
- For breakfast and lunch, Grand Café serves up diner-style dishes.
- The national chain Yard House has outpost at the resort, and is open for lunch and dinner.
- Sandbar Grille offers food and drink poolside.
- Feast Buffet is inexpensive but unimpressive.
- Dinner options include Terra Rossa for Italian, T-Bone Chophouse for steaks, Hachi for sushi, LBS: A Burger Joint for diner food, Tides for seafood, Lucille's Smokehouse Bar-B-Que, and Pink's Hot Dogs for burgers and hot dogs.
- The casino's food court has standard mall food court fare and two Starbucks.
- Room service available 24 hours a day
This hip resort, located half an hour from the Strip, boasts an impressive pool, notable spa, multiplex movie theater, and 72-lane bowling alley. Especially popular among families, this desert oasis offers some Vegas glamour -- but the glitz is set amid the natural glories of Red Rock Canyon, not neon and asphalt.
Things You Should Know About Red Rock Casino, Resort And Spa
- 11011 W. Charleston Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89135
Hotel is Also (or Was Formerly) Known As
- Red Rock Casino
- Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa
- Red Rock Hotel
- Red Rock Las Vegas
- Red Rock Resort
- Canyon View Room
- Signature Suite
- Strip View Room