Green Valley claimed its title as the posh side east of the Strip when this opulent hotel opened its doors. Part of the Stations Casinos family of properties dedicated to giving locals the same luxurious experience as Strip counterparts, Green Valley Ranch set the ever-raising bar for amenities and restaurants that we continue to see today in spots such as Red Rock in Summerlin and Aliante on the north side, at incredibly reasonable prices.

The tiled eaves, exposed stone walls, vaulted ceilings, and mosaic stone walls of the registration and lobby area that scream Mediterranean decor continue into the expansive, 95,000-square-foot casino floor that’s jam-packed with locals and visitors alike. Lower limits and a bingo room draw in plenty of habitual players, but there isn’t that sense of desperation that you might catch a whiff of at other off-Strip slot factories.

Casino guests and locals get to take full advantage of the lagoon-like pool that offers 17 private cabanas, as well as one of the most posh spas off the Strip, complete with 22 treatment rooms, co-ed steam rooms, Jacuzzis, and a private outdoor lap pool.

The 495 guest rooms are as nice as the public areas, starting at 500 square feet—generous for an off-Strip hotel. And when you upgrade to one of 80 luxury suites, your square footage increases immensely, from 695 square feet to the behemoth 4,000-square-foot Penthouse, all of which have ultra-comfortable beds, marble bathrooms, and in-room martini bars.

The caliber of dining has also improved over the years. Hank’s Fine Steak and Martinis has held strong since opening, with great cuts of meat and ice cold martinis, while on Fridays at Feast Buffet, the buffet’s best kept secret, “Mama” Sarah Jamerson, a beloved line cook from New Orleans, prepares crab legs to order for a long line of in-the-know guests.

Green Valley Ranch is a perfect spot to become a regular when you visit. They know the true meaning of customer service.