No casino, and entire property is smoke free (a con for some)
No casino, and entire property is non-smoking (a pro for some)
Surrounding neighborhood is a little sketchy
The Platinum Hotel and Spa is an upscale, off-the-Strip property with a very un-Vegas atmosphere. There’s no casino, no smoking, and nothing is over the top. Instead, the hotel’s 255 enormous suites are subtle and sophisticated, with full kitchens and huge living rooms. With 8,000 square feet of meeting and event space, The Platinum is a popular spot for business travelers seeking peace and quiet. But on-site amenities like a rooftop pool and a small spa make it suitable for families and couples as well. Though the surrounding neighborhood is a little sketchy, it’s within a 10-minute walk of central Strip hotels like the Bellagio and Caesars. Travelers with a tight budget should check out cheaper Tuscany Suites & Casino nearby, which has similar rooms and amenities but dated decor.
Walking into The Platinum’s subdued lobby, you’d never know you were only one block away from the Las Vegas Strip. The room’s purple-gray walls, silver mirrors, and black granite check-in desks are a far cry from the frenzy of Sin City. Instead, the polished entryway seems better suited for a more serious bunch, particularly business travelers or convention-goers.
Off the lobby is a sophisticated bar and lounge area. It’s a popular spot for guests to grab a pre-dinner drink, or a quieter alternative to a night out on the strip. On the other side of the lobby, there’s a small mini-market with overpriced items like frozen pizzas, candy, and assorted drinks.
On East Flamingo Road, about a 10-minute walk from the Strip
Located on East Flamingo Road, the Platinum Hotel is a good 10-minute walk (or quick cab ride) from the Strip. The closest Strip properties are Bally's, the Flamingo, Caesars Palace, and the Bellagio. The immediate neighborhood surrounding The Platinum is a tad dreary, with empty lots, a power generator across the street, a bus stop, and a few gas stations. The hotel is about a 10-minute cab ride from McCarran International Airport.
All rooms at The Platinum are massive one- or two-bedroom suites with identical decor. They are decorated with cherry wood cabinetry, black granite slabs, and polished chrome accents; when the hotel opened in 2007, they probably could have been called ultra modern. Now, they’re a little less on trend. No matter the decor, rooms are impeccably kept and nicely equipped for extended stays. Rooms feature full kitchens, with those aforementioned cherry cabinets and granite countertops, and have stainless steel ovens, dishwashers, microwaves, and refrigerators. Cabinets are stocked with necessities like pots and pans, utensils, cups, and flatware. Just off the kitchen, there’s also a closet with a stacked washer/dryer unit. Kitchens are separated from the living space by a long bar and bar stools.
Living rooms have a single love seat and an armchair, but could probably benefit from more furniture, considering the space is so large. On the opposite wall, a flat-screen TV hangs above an electric fireplace (which is a lovely amenity for chilly desert nights). There’s also a small desk in the corner of the room. The room’s one or two bedrooms have comfortable pillow-top mattresses and armoires with flat-screen TVs. Bathrooms have granite vanities and separate showers and jetted tubs. All rooms have large balconies that either overlook the Strip or the surrounding neighborhood.
A rooftoop pool, on-site restaurant, and a small spa and fitness center, but no casino and no smoking anywhere on premises
Even though there’s no casino, The Platinum has enough nice amenities to keep guests occupied. The indoor/outdoor rooftop pool has incredible Strip views, and is a popular spot to hang out, even for non-swimmers. During our visit we met some fellow New Yorkers who were conducting a meeting on the beautiful terrace. The pool is surrounded by blue- and green-striped cushioned lounge chairs and outdoor couches. There are even a few fire pits, which are frequently used during the chillier months. The indoor component of the pool connects with the outdoor component through a small channel. When it’s warm out, guests can easily swim between the indoor and outdoor sections of the pool.
Indoors, on the pool level, is the hotel’s on-site restaurant, Kil@wat. Open for breakfast and lunch, Kil@wat serves decent food at reasonable prices. The American menu consists of breakfast items like pancakes and eggs Benedict, and lunch offerings like burgers, salads, and sandwiches. The lobby bar and lounge is a sophisticated spot, with velvety red furniture, dim lighting, and and tufted ottomans.
The Platinum’s on-site spa is tiny and pales in comparison to its grandiose peers on the Strip. Travelers looking for a luxe spa experience should definitely make reservations at the nearby Bellagio or Caesar’s Palace, but for guests who just want a quick massage or facial, The Platinum’s spa is suitable alternative. The hotel also has a small fitness center, equipped with modern Star Trac equipment, some yoga mats, and a few free weights.
With 8,000 square feet of meeting space, The Platinum is a popular spot for small events or business junctures. It’s an ideal spot for companies who’d rather not deal with all of the Vegas bruhaha — and rates are significantly cheaper than at comparable counterparts on the Strip.
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