The Palms first planted its stake in pop culture as the home to seven strangers in the first installment of Real World: Las Vegas, then as a constant backdrop on E! reality show The Girls Next Door when Hugh Hefner–mates visited the Playboy-branded tower, now known as the Fantasy Tower. These days, Palms has maintained its cool factor without needing any camera time, with a recent multi-million dollar renovation that included all the rooms in the Ivory Tower, nightclubs, and new restaurants.
You’ve got to be a serious high roller to even think about staying in the insane suites of the Fantasy Tower, which include the two-floor, Hardwood Suite, complete with basketball court, or the sensually charged Erotic Suite, which features a huge rotating bed and mirrored ceiling among other, ahem, amenities. For us mere mortals, there’s the Ivory Tower (home of the still-pimped-out Real World Suite). The original building of the Palms, with its 428 guest rooms, even at 440 square feet, is still super swank. Warm wood furnishings nicely play off the fuchsia, teal, and silver of the throw blanket and chaise lounge. A stark-white bathroom is meant to evoke being in the spa, and it’s pretty close, with open showers (no tubs, sorry), frosted glass and lots of marble. If you really need to stretch out, upgrade to the Superior Room with its Jacuzzi, or if you’re feeling especially fancy, a 1,200-square-foot one-bedroom at Palms Place, which features a state-of-the-art whirlpool bathtub.
But tub or not, you won’t have a problem cooling down when you’ve got the sprawling pool deck just below. Ditch Fridays, a massive 21-and-over pool party, remains a rowdy way for visitors and hotel guests to kick off their weekends—though if you’d prefer to relax on Friday afternoons, you may want to request a room that doesn’t overlook the pool. Also, there is lots more skin both in and around the pool now that world’s largest Hooters (seriously) has set up shop on the perimeter.
The nightlife scene is going through a little facelift right now; only Ghostbar remains as a club option. But Palms’ restaurant game remains strong, with Nove Italiano, Alizé and N9NE Steakhouse as consistently good dining options. Brunch favorite Simon at Palms Place has been replaced by burger-centric Café 6, but still offers the same serene views of the Palms Place pool.
- Grace Bascos