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Planet Hollywood - Some thoughts from my recent trip

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Planet Hollywood - Some thoughts from my recent trip

I stayed at PH for four nights at the end of November. I arrived in the early afternoon, had to wait a few minutes for a desk clerk (they do have separate check-in for Total Rewards Diamond and above.) The registration area is on a separate lobby floor below the casino level, which means you never have to drag your luggage trhough the casino. The clerk was polite and efficient; I was not offered any kind of upgrade, I had reserved a standard room with two queen beds. The room they gave me was on the 20th floor and faced east with a view of the Platinum hotel, PH Towers and the mountains - I did not care about the view so that was OK. This particular room was also right near the south elevator bank which was very convenient.

Before arriving I had read some very good and very bad reviews of PH, but I found the property to be quite ordinary in most ways. The room was large but poorly laid out so a lot of the square footage is wasted in the entryway. The desk and chair were crammed between one bed and the wall with no space in between. Some reviews had mentioned finding the room to be dark because there was no overhead lighting except in the entryway; this was true and exacerbated by the dark wood furnishings, but there was enough light in the areas where it was needed - desk, nightstand, floorlamp. The carpet and wallpaper were pretty ugly. There was an older model flat screen TV with a surprisingly good choice of cable TV channels by Vegas standards. The bed itself was a little softer than what I'm used to (I like a firm mattress) but I slept OK on it. There were two kinds of pillows, normal ones and softer ones that were lumpy - maybe filled with buckwheat? I preferred the regular ones. The window was not large but not tiny either.

The bathroom was good-sized for one person. In fact, there would have been room for an extra sink if the soaking tub hadn't been in the way. The bathroom doors do not lock and there is a crack in the center that can be seen through; however there is a separate toilet cubicle which offers some privacy. Separate shower stall. Shower temperature and pressure were pretty good, and the shower head wasn't too low as I've experienced at some other properties.

I did not have any problem with noise from the hallway or adjacent rooms. You could hear the hot water pipes when someone was taking a shower upstairs but that was about it.

At PH the big gimmick is the genuine Hollywood movie memorabilia used ot decorate your room. I got the "El Cid" room, which contained a costume, props and movie posters from the movie. It seems to me that PH is missing a big opportunity here. I found the decor mildly interesting, but if it had been one of my favorite movies I would have been jumping up and down. They ought to note this in the rooms database so that when you check in they can say, "Would you like the "Rebel Without a Cause" room, or for $20/night we can upgrade you to the "Some Like It Hot" suite?

The best part about staying at Planet Hollywood was being able to grab a quick bite at Earl of Sandwich or Pink's hot dogs and bring it back up to your room - so many properties the only casual food option is the food court.. Otherwise, it was really pretty ordinary. I've stayed in better and worse. I would not refuse to stay there again but neither would it be my first choice.

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1. Re: Planet Hollywood - Some thoughts from my recent trip

Thanks Stratton for your clean concise descriptions. Have never stayed at PH but booked several months ago (as it was showing up comped) for the week in June for the Mega M&G.

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Great description of the room . Looking forward to reading what comes next. Where have you been? Haven't seen you on the forum for ages. :)

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Thanks for your comments. I know exactly what you mean about quick, easy food options, especially late night. This is good to know.

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I think one of the reasons your room seems crowded is due to the two beds. Only a handful of LV hotels actually design different rooms for two beds. I think it started with MB, which made a larger room area and a slightly smaller and differently designed bathrrom for those rooms. And you have V/P with their Bella Suites and Encore. The rest of the hotels, including PH, just stick more furniture in the same rooms.

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kittkitty - I'm not going to do a full trip report, really it was a low-key, boring sort of trip. I'd bore myself if I wrote about it.

ktinca - I'm sure you're right but I have stayed in many rooms with two beds in Vegas and never encountered anything as strange as this layout. The space between the beds was wider than it needed to be because the nightstand table is big and round, and that in turn pushed the bed up against the desk; a more conventional setup would have solved the problem.

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I agree with the awkward furniture arrangement...the room is plenty big enough but some of the pieces are oversized (like the table) and shouldn't be...I seem to remember the base of the lamp always being in our way, the lamp and easy chair were in too small of a space.

But I'm surprised you found it so ordinary. I thought the black, red and white color scheme was very contemporary and different. It's certainly not Wynn, Venetian or Bellagio in either the room or bathroom (although the bathroom comes close...it's a larger square rather than the very small, old bathrooms).

Can I ask which Vegas rooms you like better?

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WW - Black, red and white? My room had yellow and black carpet, yellow striped wallpaper, and plum-colored headboard and armchair. The bathroom was pretty much a neutral light beige throughout.

I'd take a Rio suite or even one of the old Mirage rooms over my PH room.

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8. Re: Planet Hollywood - Some thoughts from my recent trip

That pretty much confirms what I thought PH would be like. Thanks Stratton.

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9. Re: Planet Hollywood - Some thoughts from my recent trip

Thank you for sharing your assessment of PH. I often receive comp offers for their standard room but have not stayed there (yet). I frown upon wasted space in an average room (or even an upgraded room/suite). If I am going to stay in a room - I need some usable square feet :)

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10. Re: Planet Hollywood - Some thoughts from my recent trip

It's definitely worth asking for a hollywood hip fountain view room when you check in. Some of these rooms have bigger windows and don't feel so cramped - plus they have a view of the Bellagio fountains. Quite often you'll get them without any extra charge.

Some of the 'mountain view' rooms have very small windows and were renovated last - but definitely not the same quality as the earlier renovations.

The flat screen TVs are all quite new, but for some reason you only get HD channels in the more expensive rooms and suites.

Rooms to always avoid - next to the elevator (constant noise) and in the summer above the pools (unless you don't mind boom boom from early until late.)

Edited: 06 December 2010, 18:24