You’re heading to Las Vegas for work, not play (OK, maybe a little play). So where do you sleep? The 14 hotels on this list can fill any working traveler’s needs, from proximity to the Las Vegas Convention Center and generous business facilities for last-minute presentation polishing, to top-rated restaurants for expense-account meals or peace and quiet away from the hubbub of the Strip.
For the many conventioneers and business travelers who come to Vegas every year, the Mandarin is a revelation. Even its meeting space is calm and understated compared to the massive convention halls found elsewhere in Vegas. The 392-room hotel lacks the characteristic excess that many people come to Vegas for (including a casino), opting instead for a more restrained approach: a beautiful spa, two fine dining restaurants, a peaceful pool, meeting space, and the rarest of Las Vegas features -- serenity. But the convenient City Center location means easy access to all the excess you want.
With 1.9 million square feet of meetings and convention space at the Venetian/Palazzo Congress Center and attached Sands Expo, chances are good business travelers will find themselves at this top Vegas hotel. Lucky you. The beautifully appointed standard rooms start at 650 square feet, on the high end of Strip rooms. The sumptuous casino, big-name restaurants, and endless shopping will make your off-duty hours as productive as your working time. And the impressive selection of high-end restaurants, including Emeril Lagasse's Delmonicos Steakhouse, Mario Batali's B&B, and David Burke's, well, David Burke, offer lots of opportunities to use up your expense account with pleasure.
The typical Vegas kitsch has been swapped out for aggressively modern design and futuristic touches (guests sign in on an iPad) at this glitzy hotel. Fanfare aside, rooms are large and feature comfortable, designer furnishings and modern, open bathrooms. Guests can avail themselves of the many trendy dining options; the large, modern 24-hour fitness center with air-conditioned treadmills and a boxing ring; and the extremely well-equipped on-site FedEx business center.
Located off the Strip and near the Las Vegas Convention Center, the 299-room SpringHill Suites is a mid-range chain hotel that's convenient for travelers attending events at the convention center or who prefer a quiet location away from the Strip. Rooms come with microwaves and mini-fridges, and the hotel has an on-site restaurant serving American fare and drinks, a rooftop pool and fire pit, and a fitness center with a range of modern equipment. There’s also and free Wi-Fi and a free breakfast buffet. Guests looking to stay closer to the Strip may want to check out Planet Hollywood, located in the center of the Strip, which offers rooms with big TVs and deep bath tubs.
For the Vegas business traveler who wants tasteful luxury, not noise and flashing lights, the nongaming Trump is the perfect compromise. Just off the Strip and a short cab ride to the Las Vegas Convention Center, this golden glass tower has the high-end decor and high-quality service you'd expect from Trump. With no casinos or concert venues, it's an escape from the frenetic pace of Vegas. The flawlessly decorated rooms start at 515 square feet -- plenty of room to set up shop at the desk and comfortably focus on work. In-room wireless or wired Internet is $11.99 a day. The business center features Lexmark printers, a fax/copy machine, and two brand-new Apple computers. Computer-usage costs are relatively reasonable for a Vegas luxury hotel -- $5.95 for 15 minutes.
Located right beside the Las Vegas Convention Center, this business-centric hotel is a stylish one: Candy-colored furniture, geometric shapes and shiny, reflective surfaces dominate the lobby, giving the impression of a cocktail lounge. The 24-hour business center has all the requisite services, but watch for fees: Internet in the business center is $5 for the first 5 minutes, $1 after that; a wireless Internet connection in the lobby and the 2nd floor costs $12.95 for noon-to-noon use; and wired Internet in guest rooms is also $12.95 for 24 hours. The impressive fitness center overlooking the pool is free to use, and the in-house steak house Envy is highly rated.
A three-minute walk to the convention center, the Marriott is a good choice for no-nonsense business travelers. The suites may be small, but the business services are ample, with a 24-hour business center, six meeting rooms that guests can book, mailing services on weekdays, and a notary public on call Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Guests are entitled to 20 free printouts and 20 free copies per stay. The Internet fees, however, are annoying: In the business center and in the lobby, 15 minutes online costs $2.95, 25 cents per minute thereafter. The rooms have only wired Internet, $12.95 per day.
Business travelers can indulge themselves at this premium Vegas property while also getting down to business. Treat your clients to a round of golf on the Tom Fazio course (the only 18-hole course on the Strip), or take them to dinner at one of the hotel's three Michelin-starred restaurants. When it's time for work, the business center offers individual mini-suites equipped with a computer, Internet, and printers. If you're doing the planning, check out the Wynn's 200,000 square feet of business facilities. The space includes two boardrooms, two ballrooms with stages, and nine meeting rooms with terraces and floor-to-ceiling windows. A meetings concierge is on hand for last-minute needs. Located at the north end of the Strip, the Wynn is a short taxi ride away from the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Trade shows, conventions, and company meetings are often held at the Mandalay Bay's Convention Center. For business travelers wanting to be close to the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino's convention facilities but avoid the busy atmosphere, the connected Delano Las Vegas is a prime pick. The all-suites property has chic, bright rooms, a solid spa/fitness center and swanky bar downstairs.
While this hotel is a few minutes further from the Las Vegas Convention Center than the Renaissance or Marriott Suites are, it stands out for freebies that will please any business traveler on a tight budget: a free business center; free printing, faxing, and photocopying services; and free wireless Internet throughout the hotel. What's more, breakfast is free every day, as is the daily cocktail reception. The suites, though somewhat outdated, are bigger too.
If you're headed to a trade show at the Las Vegas Convention Center by day and want to show yourself a good time at night, count on the Las Vegas Hilton to straddle both worlds. The hotel is just a 10-minute walk (or one monorail stop) away from the convention center. Its extensive business center caters to large-scale meetings with printing services that include binders, newsletters, business cards, and name tags, though most services (including Internet, copying, and printing) will cost you. The hotel also has a sizable casino (a rarity near the convention center), nightly entertainment, and several dining options.
Business travelers, especially those not in town for conventions, will love the Westin for the overall value it provides. Rooms are well-appointed and include the signature Heavenly Bed, and there's a free cocktail reception with hor d'oeuvres every Sunday through Thursday evening. If it's time to shut the laptop and relax, Westin has a large gym with new machines, a well-respected spa, a casino, and a small pool (while both the casino and pool are small, they're enough to get the job done). The downside? Hard-wired internet in your room will set you back $17.99 a day.
The mid-range Alexis Park All Suite Resort is the largest non-gaming resort and conference center in Las Vegas, and has an off the Strip location near Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. It has a huge fitness center, two outdoor swimming pools, a restaurant with a pool view, a bar, and lounge. The hotel has 495 all-suite rooms, including two-bedroom loft units. In-room Wi-Fi comes with a fee. McCarran International Airport is about a mile away, and guests have complained about airport noise
Located close to the Strip, the Palace Station Hotel and Casino is a mid-range property with 1,011 rooms across two buildings. Its 10 meeting rooms, conference space, and business center make it a smart choice for those in town for work. There is a resort fee, however, and like many casino hotels in Vegas, the smell of cigarette smoke in the public areas can be overpowering. Rooms are spacious and smart, with flat-screen TVs, and the hotel offers a few extras, like free parking, Wi-Fi, and shuttle to and from the Strip and the airport.