If the whole point of staying off the Strip is so you can feel like you’re not in Las Vegas, then JW Marriott has your name written all over it. A mere 15 minutes from Las Vegas Boulevard, through the cul-de-sacs and fancy plaza shopping of Summerlin, JW Marriott sits on 54 acres of pristinely landscaped grounds. A lot of the resorts that go up in town seem to be all steel and glass, but this 500-room hotel stays very West Coast with its Spanish mission-style buildings.
Part of JW Marriott’s charm is that it’s literally an oasis away from the Strip’s madness. A large, resort-style pool features waterfalls, and Spa Aquae allows guest to tune out in serene lounges, cold dipping pools, and soothing steam rooms. There are more than 500 rooms in two wings that sweep out around the grounds in low-rise buildings. All are done in muted gold and earth tones and are finely appointed with plush, classical furnishings, ceiling fans, big screen TVs, minibars, coffee service, Wi-Fi, and more. The lush bathrooms feature Jacuzzi tubs with separate “rainfall” showers and plenty of marble to make things feel upscale. If you can, try to get a unit on the ground floor so you can take advantage of the patios they offer—sitting outside on a warm night enjoying the scenery is a must.
This may be a non-gaming hotel, but most visitors aren’t here to put their money on red. Rather, they come to see how they do on the greens. The TPC Las Vegas course is one of the most prestigious golf courses in the state, complete with babbling brooks and quaint foot bridges over 18 holes, making this one of the few hotels in town where you can actually enjoy the grounds where it sits.
And in the event you decide you do want that casino experience, the adjacent Rampart Casino will bring you right back.
- Grace Bascos