Donald Trump shares my peeve for slow elevators I discovered after checking in to his 64-storey golden tower in Las Vegas. Entering probably the fastest hotel elevators on the Strip, we shot up to our suite on the 30th floor in under 30 seconds.
Trump International Hotel ranked 6th this year in Travel and Leisure magazine’s Top Ten Vegas Hotels. I chose it because I wanted a luxury casino-free hotel with easy highway access for my husband and nearby shopping for me.
Arriving in the dog days of summer and triple-digit temperatures, the desert heat rolls in waves off idling cars, sunbaked buildings and steaming sidewalks.
Visitors to top $40 million this year
Sin City in mid-August also means noisy, crowded, smoke-hazed casinos and bars full of university students on their back-to-school weekend blast. Swaggering guys and tipsy girls in stilettos and crotch-high dresses flirt lazily in long taxis line-ups.
But aside from college benders and weekend weddings, Vegas visitors are mainly married (77%), employed (66%) and over the age of 40 (70%). And they’re spending more on nongaming activities such as sightseeing, hotel rooms, food and drink.
According to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, visitors are expected to reach a record-breaking 40 million this year. In 2011, the city’s 150,000 hotel rooms were occupied 84 per cent of the time.
This is my Vegas
I soon realized it isn’t the desert heat that depletes one’s energy in Las Vegas; there are plenty of chilly hotels, stores and taxis to duck into. It’s the non-stop assault to my senses when maneuvering within and between the mega casino hotels that drains my battery.
But this time I left Vegas more refreshed than when I arrived. The 1,282-room Trump hotel and residence proved the perfect antidote to the city that never sleeps. The smoke- and casino-free hotel, built in 2007, is a five-star, family- and pet-friendly resort and residence. It’s located on a quiet avenue just off the Strip at the north end.
White-gloved doormen usher us through the golden doors. Inside, I was reminded of the old style New York hotels with marble floors, and rich lobby interiors with ceiling and column chandeliers. The air is cool, quiet and softly-scented. Unlike the 4,000-room casinos hotels, where patrons must pay to sit and rest tired feet, this business hotel and residence offers comfortable seating between the lobby and elevators, 24-hour concierge and free valet parking.
The spa and outdoor heated pool are located on the 6th floor on opposite sides of the bank of fast elevators, another smaller hotel convenience for those who don’t like to pad in flip flops and robe through public areas. Trump’s daughter Ivanka designed the 11,000 sq. ft. Spa at Trump®, I’m told when I comment on the accents. Staff say the Donald and his children visit a couple of times a year.
Another Trump card
You won’t break a sweat in August walking to the shops either. Right across the street from the Trump is an entrance to the Fashion Show Mall, but the hotel also runs free shuttle buses every 10-15 minutes to the Wynn and Caesar’s Forum Shops.
Hotel rooms are generous in Vegas, but it’s worth asking for an upgrade when you arrive. Our upgraded 900-sq.-ft. corner one-bedroom condo was spacious and homey, with a 4-appliance kitchenette, living room with dining room table, guest bath with shower and large master bedroom and ensuite.
Best of all? On a broiling Strip that crawls with cars and people, I could get into the action quickly, and remove myself completely. That’s my kind of Vegas.
New Gordon Ramsay Steak
We dined at Gordon Ramsay’s first Las Vegas restaurant which opened in June at the Paris Hotel. The choice of steak cuts and accompaniments were excellent and my medium rare plus rib eye cap was done to perfection. The servers were attentive without being intrusive. But the music in the dining room was very loud, even by Vegas standards. An expensive steakhouse should be the one public place in Vegas you can rest your vocal cords.
Trump International Hotel Las Vegas
2000 Fashion Show Dr.