This was our second trip to Vegas, to celebrate our 2nd Anniversary (We'd got married in the Little White Chapel in 2009). We checked Tripadvisor and in 7th spot was the Desert Rose, with many glowing reviews, and it was cheap - always a good reason.
We finally arrived (29 hour delay in Philadelphia due to delays and fog) to be greeted by a very helpful young lady. She informed us our booking had been cancelled by Expedia as we hadn't turned up. "Not to worry", she said and with a few deft clicks of her keyboard and with a sincere and warming smile she handed us our key.
We set off out and along the corridor. This was our first impression, which was soon completely obliterated. Those passages are starting to need a very light touch up, which a lick of paint and the the repair / replacement of some of the edges of the carpet would resolve (and I'm being very very picky here). We also passed a couple of the other residents and I must admit I pre-judged them (using the TV stereo-typing of certain cultures) and we wondered what sort of establishment we'd booked ourselves into.
These fears were quoshed once we'd walked into our room. It was spotlessly clean, very well appointed with everything from a free safe through to a huge fridge, cooker, dishwasher, and even the essentials of a toaster, microwave, coffee maker (with free coffee bags, sugar & creamer), even a bottle opener. The bed in out one bed suite was what us Brits call a Super King Size (6 foot across), and was very comfy with as many or as little a number of pillows as you'd like. There was even a big TV in the bedroom with HBO & other well known channel on it. The bathroom had everything you needed, including shampoo and conditioner. In the lounge was a big l-shaped settee, which was big enough to sleep on by itself, but very quickly and easily converted into a pull out metal action bed. There was all the bedding, including more pillows in a big cupboard / wardrobe in the lounge area. Finally there was a dining table with 4 chairs around it, that was a mere dumping ground for us.
To say we were pleased was an understatement.
Next morning we woke early for the breakfast. There's a choice of 4 cereals, plus a granola and yoghurt, 2 choices of milk, 3 choices of fruit juice, you can even have a soft drink if you so desire. There is white and wholemeal bread, 3 catering sized toasters, margarines and a nice choice in jams (or jelly's as the Americans call them). You get scrambled eggs and either some superb skinless lincolnshire-type sausages or bacon as well. Finally, you can get genuine Starbucks coffee - which is available any time of the day.
Hint - get there early as it does get packed, although if the weather's nice there is additional seating outside, and on one morning the very popular (and rightly so) sausages disappeared within an hour and due to the unfortunate timing of their next delivery, they had no more left. That was my only very very slight complaint about the breakfast.
Best of all, you can load everything up on the polystyrene plates and take it back to your room.
4 evenings a week there is a managers special this included free beer and wine and nibbles. We only managed to see this one evening and the nibbles consisted of dips and vegetables, etc. We were on our way out for a steak and didn't want to spoil our appetite.
Outside is a pool (we didn't check to see if it was heated but never heard anyone scream when they got in.) The loungers are very sturdy and comfortable, as my wife fell asleep on them. There are even 2 huge gas barbeques out there for anyone to use.
The location is very good. Out the front and turn right and you'll head straight to the Luxor and adjacent Mandalay Bay or Excalibur Hotels in a matter of minutes. Turn left and you walk across the back of Hooters. As you get to main road you can go across to get to the MGM Monorail, left to the junction of the Tropicana, MGM, New York hotels, or right takes you a few steps to Coco's Restaurant & Bakery (I'll do a review of this later).
Hint, if you're gonna use the buses catch one here on Tropicana and get a day ticket for $5. If you get one on the strip it's $7.
And finally to the staff. I have never met as friendly, courteous and helpful a group of staff outside of a top 5 star hotel. The overall chain owns the Hyatt group and that sort of quality shines through in everything.
So, the big questions.
Out of a score of 10, what would I give it? - 9.9 (and that's being as picky as a picky thing that's very very picky !!!)
Would I recommend this to a friend? Since I returned over a week ago this has been done quite a few times already.
Book it, and get great quality at a cheap price in Vegas.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located 1.5 blocks from the Las Vegas Strip, Desert Rose Resort provides you with great access to all the glitz and glam of Las Vegas along with all the gracious pleasures of a resort hotel. Settle into one and two-bedroom condo suites in Las Vegas with fully equipped kitchens and comfortable living and dining areas – all beautifully decorated with sleek, contemporary furnishings and a rich color palette. Desert Rose Resort’s pool is an oasis, a truly relaxing and refreshing hideaway – dramatically different from the crush of people at some Vegas hotels. Lucky you, Desert Rose Resort is a winning deal in Las Vegas - without stepping foot in a casino. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Desert Rose Hotel Las Vegas
- Desert Rose Las Vegas
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