I'm as picky as it gets and a light sleeper to boot, but I thought this was a wonderful place to stay. Arrived with a friend late last Monday evening. No line to check in and everything was in order. We stayed in a studio the first night, and then upgraded to a one bedroom for the remainder of our stay. We were very lucky to get an affordable package that included the room and the flight.
The studio was great. A microwave, small fridge, coffee maker. The bathroom has a nice tub and vanity, the toilet was in a separate little room. The king sized bed was super comfortable. The push button blackout blinds were terrific. No complaints, but we wanted a bit more space for our stay so we paid a bit extra for the one bedroom and it was well worth it!
We stayed on the 30th floor with a north view. We could see the Eiffel Tower at Paris and the High Roller, but I wouldn't call it a real strip view. It didn't particularly matter as we didn't spend a whole lot of time in the room. You can control the air conditioning which was great as I found the room quite cold when we arrived.
The kitchen was lovely and well appointed. Even a blender. The fridge has a built in icemaker. The microwave was handy for heating up leftovers. The little package of hotel coffee was no great shakes but did in a pinch. It was nice to sit at a proper table to eat.There was a large sectional in the living room, and yes the five tvs which never really got used. But I did get a kick when we turned the projector tv on in the living room and my name came up.
The bathroom was gorgeous, a huge walk in shower, separate toilet area and a two sink vanity - much appreciated by us two gals. There were lots of towels. And a washer/dryer unit that my travelling companion made good use of! The toiletries were okay. Some shower gel or bubble bath would have made a lovely addition. Also please put some bumpers on the door to the toilet area. The glass door made a horrible clang when it closed. Startled me every time!
A large jacuzzi was in the bedroom with a super comfy king bed. The setup was perfect for a couple, a bit awkward for two gal pals, but we wore suits in the tub and got used to sharing a bed. Elara - please do a few rooms with two double or queen beds. We could have used the pullout couch but it didn't look that comfortable and there was only an extra pillow and blanket in the closet.
The pool is shallow throughout and unheated. There were lots of lounge chairs and you show your key card to get in and get a towel. The hot tub was nice - didn't use the bar. Not a great swimming pool in my opinion but given that we had other things to do it wasn't a biggie for me.
The best part for me was the cleanliness and the quiet. I heard absolutely no sound and saw not a speck of dirt anywhere in the hotel for the entire stay. In fact, everywhere we went in Vegas was very clean and well maintained. Everyone we met was lovely and polite, whether it was the housekeeping staff, elevator security, front desk, gift shop, concierge, or valet. It was rather nice to come back to the hotel and be welcomed home!
Some other notes for newbies like us - load your Starbucks card before you go. Most of the Starbucks are owned by the hotels and do not allow card reloads nor do they redeem reward drinks. And they are more expensive than in Canada.
We never did find a grocery store, but were able to pick up a few things at a Walgreens a bit south of the hotel. We found restaurant portions to be huge. I ordered a chef's salad the first night that would have fed a family of 4 for two days! Split meals whenever you can or be happy with leftovers. There are lots of places to eat in the mall - favourites were Cheesburger and Earl of Sandwich.
Be prepared for tons of walking. We walked 28 km in 3 days and I had to buy trainers while there. Use the bus (double deuce) whenever possible - $8 for a day pass or $20 for 3 days - best deal in town. The heat was flat out awful, but we tried to minimize the time outdoors. Carry water with you and drink lots.
The Elara was centrally located and made a good base for exploring. Very nice to be in a non-smoking property without a casino. It is actually located in the Miracle Mile Mall, which was almost a little too convenient. lol We opted not to pay $10 extra a night for wi-fi as most restaurants had it for free. There were no resort fees at this hotel which was a factor in our selection. It was a quick $15 cab ride from the airport. I would definately recommend the Elara and stay there again!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ideally located in the heart of the most desirable location in Las Vegas, Elara by Hilton Grand Vacations provides an unrivaled resort setting. Towering over the center of the Las Vegas strip, the sleek 52-story tower is adjacent to the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino complex and offers adjoining access to the 170+ shops and restaurants in the Miracle Mile. Just across the street, find the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and City Center to experience the best of Las Vegas. The hotel is also conveniently located to the I-15 freeway and only four miles from McCarran International Airport, Las Vegas Executive Air Terminal and Signature Flight Support. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Planet Hollywood Towers Hotel Las Vegas
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