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This off-the-beaten-Strip casino hotel has the Asian gambler in mind, from good feng shui separating the casino from the hotel, the lack of a 4th floor (Asian numerology dictates that the number 4 is “unlucky”), and the entire hotel wrapped in red, the luckiest color of all in Asian culture. 

The stark white registration area opens up into a lobby bar as well as the intimate pool and tea garden, where the city’s only tea sommelier can perform traditional tea rituals or just walk you through an extensive collection whenever you need a nice cuppa.

Guest rooms are bathed in a red hue from the windows, which is great to block out the garish Las Vegas summer sun, but at times can make it a feel a bit like you’re looking out on Mars. Standard double rooms at 350 square feet are on the cozier side, but ample bathrooms make up for it. Step into the deep, European style shower with natural colored tiles, a red-tiled accent wall, and a rainfall shower head to wash your bad juju away. There’s no door or curtain  to enter the shower, so as to not stifle the the movement of energy in the room (also it looks really cool).

When you’re ready to gamble, you’ll have to cross the bridge to the casino, which also happens to be where the restaurants are. Fans of Asian style street food will love Dragon’s Alley, a faux night-market offering convenient snacks so you don’t need to stop your winning streak, including dumplings, bao and banh mi. For a proper Chinese meal, head to the 2nd floor to Pearl Ocean, which offers dim sum during the day and a more traditional meal in the evening. While you’ll find more familiar bites such as honey walnut shrimp and bbq pork, the menu highlights authentic Chinese dishes such as scallion and ginger lobster direct from the live tank, roasted lamb XingJiang style and a 16-course abalone dinner. 

A word about the casino floor: when compared to the vast, slot machine filled landscapes of other resorts, Lucky Dragon’s is downright tiny. Which is by design, as they want to make their clientele feel as special as possible. 

Its out-of-the-way location means you won’t be stumbling up to Lucky Dragon if you’re traipsing up and down the Strip for photo opps. Other than the gorgeous dragon chandelier that hangs from in the middle of the casino floor, there isn’t much to gawk at. No resident shows, no convention space, no shopping. Which also means no crowds. You’re either here to gamble, or to eat and then gamble. And for some Las Vegas visitors, that’s just fine.