Thursday, May 2, 2013

Adults Only Please: A Review Of The Artisan Hotel, Las Vegas

Although my liver is glad I am home and back to my healthier ways, I find myself missing Vegas already. What an amazing vacation celebrating my husband's 36th! Part of what made our weekend so spectacular was our stay at The Artisan Hotel Boutique, located in great proximity to the Strip at I 15 and Sahara (if you read my post, Suite 425, you saw a preview of this unique hotel). 

The property is in walk-able distance to hotels such as Circus Circus and Riviera, but tucked far away enough from the Strip that driving into the property was a breeze. Parking is adjacent to the property, but with complimentary valet, why bother? The valet was quick to open our doors and offer bellhop service up to the room. After five hours in the car, and having started our day with an Insanity workout, we graciously accepted. Morgan and I were in love with the hotel based on it's dark, classic decor from our first steps inside. The walls and ceiling are covered in artwork and the sparse, yet opportunely placed, lighting adds a gallery-esque touch. One of the reasons Morgan and I chose this hotel was that it was an adults only hotel (21+ specifically). The lack of youngsters was evident as we strolled around the small, yet lavish property, enjoying only the sounds of random adult chatter. 

 Tried to capture the gorgeous fountain and the artwork on the ceiling

 Such amazingly detailed woodwork on this grandfather clock

 The armor adds to the gothic decor quite nicely

Inside the chapel

Dim lighting and dark wood everywhere...

Ornate carvings on the arm of a chair

Love this huge mirror under the dim light

At reception, we were checked in by a lovely girl that gave us the details on events at the hotel for the weekend. She shared with us that the hotel is a great party spot as well, with an after hours dance scene lasting all night, until early hour of the morning in their ultralounge. During the day, the party keeps going with DJs blasting club music poolside. Not to mention the pool is aptly titled Naked since it is European style (read: topless). On the way to the private elevator leading up to the rooms, we passed Mood. This small, but posh restaurant serves everything from sliders to ribeye. I am happy to say we returned later that evening for drinks and appetizers in the ultralounge and the seasoned french fries are so much more than just that. Although the margarita flatbread was tasty enough, the french fries were the most perfectly seasoned fries I have ever had! The came with a dusting of grated white cheese that melted into a light, crusty layer of goodness! My drink was also a prefect 10. Listening to a recommendation from the hotel website, I ordered the Juliet. Such a smooth concoction of St Germaine, elderflower liqueur and Kettle One vodka.

Tamara de Lempicka artwork above our king bed

Our king room also came party ready, with a complimentary bottle of champagne included in the special I purchased. It arrived pre-chilled, in a bucket of ice with champagne flutes; the hotel really did offer 5 star service in a boutique setting. Another bonus to our weekend was a bottle special being offered in the ultralounge. If you had a party of 6 or more and showed your driver's license during you birthday month, you would receive a free bottle of Skyy Vodka. Of course, we took advantage of this special, inviting my cousins and friends to join us in celebration of Morgan's birthday. While enjoying a table by the outside dance floor, we had the privilege of meeting the General Manager of the hotel, Dillon. He was an amazing guy to talk to, with great knowledge of the hotel industry and a genuine passion for what he does. Although the party was getting incredibly bumping, he handled the crowd with ease...more like a guy hosting a huge party than a manager. 

 Gotta love bottle service! 

Me and my gorgeous cousin, Marcella :)

Happy Birthday, husband!!

I can say the one downside to the hotel and its party atmosphere, was that the music from the pool can be heard in the rooms through the windows. After making it to bed after 4 am, it is pretty painful to be woken up by bass-y club music at 8 am. After inquiring at the front desk, we were happy to learn that the music usually does not start until noon, but that was the kick off party celebrating opening day of the summer pool parties. Whew, good to know! All in all, we really enjoyed our the time spent at The Artisan Hotel. What more can you ask for in Vegas that great music, tasty food, unique cocktails and 5 star service? 

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