I lived in Vegas for many years before I moved to Los Angeles, and I still return to Vegas often for business. I never stay anywhere but the Artisan Hotel.
The decor alone is enough reason to stay here. Think dramatic gothic color palettes, beautiful mirrors and art reproductions in antiqued frames, ornate dark wood furniture, and rich red upholstery. A step into the lobby is a step into another world. Each guest room is decorated with art reproductions from one particular artist. I've stayed in the Toulouse Lautrec room, the Marc Chagall room, the Michaelangelo room, etc. Beds are high quality (a must for me - I have a degenerative joint disorder).
The valets, bellmen, housekeepers, and desk clerks here always provide me with kind, prompt service. Everyone working here seems happy to be here. They remember repeat visitors.
Most of the hotels in Vegas are gaming hotels. The problem with gaming hotels is that in order to get to your room, you are forced by the very design of the building to trudge through the entire noisy, smokey gaming floor first. There is no direct route to your hotel room. When you want to leave, it's the same long, stinky, headache-inducing journey. The Artisan is a non-gaming hotel, and also smoke free; a rarity in Las Vegas.
As a former local, let me tell you a secret: you don't want to stay ON the strip. You want to stay directly NEXT TO the strip. Las Vegas blvd gets incredibly congested at night. The Artisan is located one block off the strip on Sahara. You're perfectly positioned to take advantage of side streets and easily get to any location on the strip you wish. If you want to go to the strip and gamble, it's incredibly easy.
Parking at the Artisan is all valet, but it's free. Just remember to tip your valet when picking up your car.
In a city notorious for underwhelming, overpriced room service, the Artisan is a breath of fresh air. The hotel restaurant is a little pricey, but you get quality deserving of the expense. Last night, I had the sea-bass sent to my room. It was two giant, moist, flaky fillets with delicious mashed potatoes and Asian slaw. Fantastic.
Everyone should check out the hotel bar. I don't care if you don't drink. Buy a coke or something and enjoy the slightly deranged and spooky steampunk ambiance of the lounge area. I love it in there.
The only thing someone might not like about this place is that the bar/lounge gets a lot of traffic on weekends. The party doesn't stop until the wee hours. That said, I've never personally found the noise level disruptive to my sleep or otherwise. If you're a parent with babies or perhaps a fuddy-duddy, you might not like it.
Overall, this is an incredible hotel, and especially for the price. It's comfortable, beautiful, and not like any other hotel on earth. Give it a try. You'll love it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Non-Gaming Boutique Hotel located 1/2 mile from the Strip. The interior features numerous bronze statues and paintings by Artists such as Van Gogh, Cezanne, Renoir and more. A Las Vegas favorite, experience the soft candle lit ambiance throughout the Lobby, Lounge and romantic Fine Dining Room. Exchange vows in the Eurpoean Wedding Chapel or in a Cabana within the lush surroundings of the Mediterranean Pool. Experience Las Vegas' best kept secret! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Artisan Hotel Las Vegas
- Artisan Las Vegas