You, Too, Can Be a Vegas High Roller Like Justin Bieber and P. Diddy
Think 24-hour butler service, dedicated entrances, personalized meals and outdoor balconies.
Many Las Vegas resorts tout their highest-category, luxury-drenched suites, like "Bachelor Pad" at Hard Rock Hotel and "Penthouse A" at the Palms. The perks, amenities and views are unparalleled, and each multiple-room suite is grounds for bragging rights for the big spenders who book them. While these preeminent suites have long seduced the celebrity set, they’ll want to up their ante soon.
A handful of resorts have begun releasing previously unbookable — and over-the-top extravagant — accommodations exclusive to big-spending casino guests (high rollers). For years, these accommodations have never been advertised or even found on a resort’s website; one could only stay if they were invited. Now, with the demand for these premium accommodations, and for the first time ever, a number of resorts are allowing the public to book their crop of exceptional rooms, just in time for Friday's UFC 200, which Leonardo DiCaprio has attended in the past.
The Villas at the Mirage was one of the first invite-only accommodations to become available to the public. "The Villas are one of the very few places on the strip to offer private outdoor backyards complete with amenities such as plunge pools, putting greens, fire pits, barbecues, flat-screen TVs and sound systems," says Franz Kallao, vice president of hotel operations for The Mirage Hotel & Casino.
The villas were originally designed as an exclusive, private refuge for invite-only casino guests, but the resort decided to spread the love for discerning travelers who were seeking an indulgent resort experience. In addition to the unique outdoor component, The Villas include 24-hour butler service, private drives and dedicated entrances. Repeat guests experience customized preferences and thoughtful amenities like monogrammed bedding and robes. The Villas at The Mirage has its own booking website, and rates start at $2,500 a night.
In 2015, Caesars Entertainment Las Vegas Resorts introduced their most exclusive collection of luxury suites and villas across its portfolio to the general public. The Anthology Suites & Villas are now available to view and book both online and by phone at 10 of their properties, including Caesars Palace, Planet Hollywood and Nobu. Gary Selesner, president of Ceasars Palace told The Hollywood Reporter: "Anthology Suites & Villas Collection is a way for Caesars Entertainment to appeal to the evolving hospitality consumer. We’re making our most sought-after accommodations available, giving anyone the opportunity to live like a high roller."
Among the variety of top-notch accommodations, the most exclusive is The Nobu Villa that crowns the Nobu Tower 150 feet above the Las Vegas strip. Designed by David Rockwell, the three-bedroom, 10,300-square-foot villa is on the rooftop with a 4,700-square-foot terrace that includes a generously sized sky deck and Zen garden. The Nobu Villa also features an omakase sushi bar where a Nobu chef can prepare elevated, personalized meals for guests. Ever since Nobu Villa went public early last year, Justin Bieber booked it to celebrate his 21st birthday, and P. Diddy stayed here during the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight. The Nobu Villas start at $35,000 a night.
The Palazzo, known for their generously sized accommodations (all rooms are suites), allowed the public to book their most high-end inventory as early as January this year. "There was a time in Las Vegas when most hotels didn’t book their largest suites and held them for special casino guests or upgrades," says chief marketing officer Lisa Marchese. "In recent years, however, the Las Vegas luxury market for hotel suites has expanded, and more guests are inquiring about the ability to book these exceptional suites. There has always been a bit of intrigue surrounding our largest suites, especially the penthouse and presidential."
The Penthouses (11), Presidentials (6) and Chairmans (4) offer butler service upon request, and most accommodations include luxurious amenities like private massage rooms, steam rooms, electronic toilets in all bathrooms, baby grand pianos, fireplaces, private pools (Presidentials and Chairmans only), outdoor showers, private theaters and outdoor balconies. A typical penthouse suite (starting at 4,000 square feet) can sit on the 50th floor (the highest floor) and include three to four bedrooms, including a stand-alone tub, fireplace, TV, shower with control pad and two toilets in the master bedroom’s bathroom, private spa, salon treatment room, fitness equipment and an expansive outdoor terrace with 180-degree views and outdoor Jacuzzi.
Guests have the ability to upgrade their reservation to a Palazzo Penthouse or Presidential Suite, as well as a Venetian Chairman suite if they are available on day of arrival or call the resort directly to book. Penthouses start at $4,000 a night and Presidentials start at $8,000 a night.
This story was originally published by The Hollywood Reporter on July 8, 2016.
Featured photo of The Villas at the Mirage; courtesy of The Mirage Hotel & Casino.