Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013 | 4:51 p.m.
Editor’s Note: As Robin Leach winds down his traditional summer vacation under the Tuscan sun in Italy and heads to the East Coast for a brief visit before returning to the rigors of Vegas DeLuxe, many of our Strip personalities have stepped forward in his absence to pen their own words of wisdom. We continue today with the staff of sister website Vegas.com.
Planning the ultimate trip to Las Vegas can be no easy feat with the numerous exciting attractions, shows, restaurants and more lining the Strip. Luckily here at the Vegas.com offices, we live, eat, sleep and breathe all things Vegas.
We recently took to our social media fans to compile a Q+A of some of your need-to-know inquiries to lend a helping hand in making your next Vegas trip one for the record books.
I’m headed to Sin City for a quick weekend trip with a group of friends, and we’re looking to get the ultimate VIP club experience. What clubs would you recommend for a Sunday night?
The one great thing about the Las Vegas party scene is that the fun never stops. During the day, be sure to take advantage of the Strip’s hottest pool parties. You can catch mega-star DJs at Daylight at Mandalay Bay, Marquee Dayclub at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and Wet Republic, Las Vegas’ first ultra pool, at MGM Grand.
If you’re a creature of the night, head to the Bank in Bellagio, Body English at Hard Rock Hotel and Lavo at Palazzo. Another favorite combines the nightclub and pool party vibes for Sunday Night Swim at XS in Wynn.
The Strip is full of shopping centers. Where can I find the most fabulous gifts to take home to friends and family?
There’s a shopping center for just about every budget on the Strip. If you’re looking to impress your friends with high-end gifts from top designers, head to Crystals at CityCenter and Wynn Esplanade. Fashion Show mall, located on the north end of the Strip, is a one-stop shop for just about any budget and features a great selection of restaurants so you can grab a bite after a day of retail therapy.
What are some of the best pools to escape the Vegas summer heat?
Summer in Vegas has just begun, so be sure to cool off by heading to the pools at the city’s top resorts.
Equipped with a maze of waterslides, the lush Beach Club at Flamingo is a must if you’re traveling with family. For ladies with an adventurous spirit, head to Bare at Mirage, where tan lines and tops are optional. The Beach Life resort at Hard Rock Hotel is an all-inclusive stop featuring three pools and the (in)famous Rehab Pool party, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary.
We decided to make a special family trip to Las Vegas this year, any special pointers for making this especially memorable for the kids?
Contrary to popular belief, Las Vegas has tons of attractions for the family. For the younger crowd, head to Gregory Popovich’s Comedy Pet Theater at Miracle Mile Shops in Planet Hollywood, where kittens, puppies and other small critters act out a variety of skits that will keep the kiddos laughing.
Tournament of Kings at Excalibur makes for an out-of-the-ordinary dinner experience complete with an epic battle for King Arthur’s kingdom.
If your family is on a budget this vacation, no need to worry, as Vegas is full of free family-friendly attractions. The Bellagio Fountains, the volcano and aquariums at Mirage and the wildlife habitat at Flamingo are all free attractions on the Strip.
If your family is feeling adventurous, you also can head to Red Rock Canyon for a hiking session; just be sure to pack plenty of water and pile on the sunscreen before heading out.
A special thanks to all our social media fans who sent in their burning Vegas questions. Our team is always happy to guide you in planning your next trip to Sin City — find us at Vegas.com.
Check out our other guest columns today from Michael Clift of “The Australian Bee Gees Show” at Excalibur and Charles Ressler of First Friday and on Friday Keith Thompson and Joseph Barbara from “Jersey Boys” at Paris.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas dares to be different. From the hotel’s red reservations desks to fine art found throughout the resort, The Cosmopolitan’s signature style is helping to pave its own path on the Las Vegas Strip.
Upon entering the resort, you’re greeted by pillars of video boards playing video art by Digital Kitchen and David Rockwell Studio exclusively produced for The Cosmopolitan. Just beyond that, you’ll find all your favorite casino games on the resort’s 100,000-square-foot casino floor.
The Cosmopolitan’s rooms standout as the resort’s most unique feature. About 2,220 of The Cosmopolitan’s 2,995 rooms have 6-foot deep terraces that span the length of the room, a first at a modern Strip hotel. Other in-room amenities include soaking tubs, kitchenettes and quirky accessories like artsy coffee table books.
The dining experience at The Cosmopolitan isn’t something you’ll find at other Strip resorts, either. All of The Cosmopolitan’s 13 restaurateurs are new to the Las Vegas market. You’ll find American steakhouse fare in a modern setting at STK, top-notch sushi at Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill and the freshest fish flown in from the Mediterranean daily at Estiatorio Milos.
Whether the sun is up or down, Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub is the place to find the party at The Cosmopolitan. The venue is a dayclub/nightclub, complete with a pool and cabanas outside and three different rooms with three different vibes inside.
If nightclubs aren’t your thing, you can grab a drink at one of The Cosmopolitan’s five other bars, like The Chandelier, which is encased in 2 million dripping crystals.