- No on-site entertainment
- Dreary neighborhood
A low-key, luxe condo-hotel that's away from the Strip. No casino, no smoking, and not the typical Vegas vacation.
Open since 2007, the 255-room, all-suite Platinum Hotel is one of the best deals away from the Strip. This non-gaming, non-smoking condo-hotel is popular with guests on extended stays, wedding parties and business travelers. Families will love the massive suites, but the low-key, upscale vibe may not feel kid-friendly. And travelers looking to booze and cruise around Vegas may not appreciate the away-from-the-action neighborhood, though the major casinos are a pleasant 15-minute walk away, with Bally's and the Flamingo closest.
The hotel didn't skimp when they built these luxury condominiums. Suites start at 900 square feet, and the appliances look like they were installed yesterday. The gym is large and modern, the pool deck coolly elegant, and the lounge stylish and intimate. The 17th-floor event space, with sweeping views of the Strip, regularly hosts private parties, weddings and business functions. The space is closed to regular hotel guests, but if you ask the staff to take you there, they're happy to oblige. The only place that compares on sensibility and price is the MGM Signature, the condo-hotel arm of the massive MGM Grand.
Located on East Flamingo Road, the Platinum Hotel is a good 15-minute walk (or quick cab ride) from the Strip, the densely packed, three-and-a-half mile long stretch of hotel-casinos that most visitors want to explore. The closest Strip properties are Bally's, the Flamingo, Caesars Palace, and the Bellagio. The immediate neighborhood is dreary, with empty lots, a power generator, and a residential complex across the street. Next door is a bus stop and an AM/PM gas station. The only nearby entertainment is the Ellis Island Casino, popular among locals for its karaoke nights.
Once you're on the Strip, cabs are easy to find at virtually any time of day or night. A generally less expensive option 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. 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. 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 option.
On first glance, the 5th floor pool outside the Kil@wat restaurant doesn't look impressive. No palm trees. No waterfalls. But when you walk out on the pool deck, you'll see that the temperature-controlled pool is connected to an indoor pool, making it twice as big as it first appears. That also means guests can swim even during the cooler winter months, when most Vegas outdoor pools are closed.
The pool passes on individual cabanas, but a variety of furniture lets guests lounge or dine around the pool in comfort as pop music wafts across the deck. Couches surround fire pits, making it possible to hang out even on brisk desert nights. Circular rattan couches covered with colorful throw pillows are strategically placed in the shade, allowing for poolside naps away from the sun. Day or night, the pool affords a great view of the Las Vegas Strip. The other thing that sets this pool apart is the lack of the typical Vegas pool scene, as the guests seem to favor relaxing over partying.
Food and drink service is from Kil@wat restaurant.
All rooms are sprawling suites -- ranging from 900 to 2,165 square feet -- are possibly the best of their kind in Vegas. They're equipped with everything a traveler could need for a long stay in Sin City. Every detail, from the shower handles to the laptop-friendly safe, reflects the generous and thoughtful design. If you do decide to spend time in the room, try to catch the sunset, when Strip-facing balconies are awash in dusk light and the Strip lights begin to flicker on.
The bright and spacious fitness center has top-of-the-line equipment, including 10 StarTrac cardio machines, one StairMaster and a dozen Free Motion weight machines. The free gym also has an outdoor space where exercisers can lay down on mats and stretch under the sun. There are also complimentary yoga classes.
The Well Spa is open daily.
Wireless and hard-wired Internet are availble throughout the hotel for free.
The Platinum is a pet-friendly hotel, offering a fenced-in dog run and special amenities for your pooch. There is a weight-limit and one-time fee.
At 900 square feet, the smallest suite, the Solitaire, is gigantic, and all the units provide much of what a family needs in a home -- a fully-equipped eat-in kitchen, a spacious living room, a flat-screen TV and two sinks in the bathroom. Every room comes with a queen-size sofa bed, except for the Marquis suite -- the 2,165-square-foot, top-of-the-line unit with two bedrooms. Rollaway beds are available for a nightly fee. Cribs are free.
A kids' menu is available at the restaurants and on the room service menu.
On the other hand, this low-key hotel doesn't offer many distractions for rambunctious young kids. While the kids might enjoy the pool, parents may miss having a lifeguard on duty.
This hotel is kept impeccably clean
The management is doing a fantastic job with the upkeep of these three-year-old condominiums. Unlike at other condo-hotels, condo owners are not allowed to make changes to the suite design, so hotel guests are assured of a consistent look and feel. The countertops are gleaming, the furniture shows no scuffs or signs of other damage and the carpets and tiles are free of dirt and mildew. Housekeeping comes every day to tidy up. The pool furniture is showing signs of wear -- nothing major, just discolored cushions -- but that's the only flaw I spotted.
Guests who don't plan to cook all their meals in the suite kitchens won't be disappointed by the hotel's two restaurants. The more casual Kil@wat is open for breakfast and lunch and also provides drink service to the pool directly outside its doors. The menu includes a breakfast burrito, made-to-order omelet , a Caesar salad with chicken and a build-your-own-burger. It's surprisingly affordable for an upscale condo-hotel, and the food is good. Smoothies, lattes, and cocktails can be whipped up for poolside service.
Stir Lounge beside the lobby serves dinner and drinks. Designed as a sexy lounge with bold colors and low lighting, it's the most easygoing place in the building, with friendly bartenders engaging the small crowd in conversation.
In-room dining is a more expensive option. While the menu is the same as in the restaurants, guests pay a service charge, delivery fee, and sales tax. Room service is available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
For guests who want to make use of the suite's gleaming kitchen, the nearest grocery store is Albertsons, about a mile east of the hotel. It's open 24 hours, and is about a $10 cab ride. There is also plenty of dining around the area.
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