The D 2 Bedroom Suite
Unless you’re sleeping (or booking) beneath a rock when in Vegas as of late, there’s no way you’ve not heard about the revival of Downtown and Fremont Street. And as we’ve discussed many times here on TravelZork, as well as the many media outlets reporting on the same growth explosion, much of this revival is single handedly driven by Derek Stevens. Along with his brother Greg, his vision to make over the old Fitzgerald’s transformed the way the mid-tier gamer looked at downtown. Gone was the vision of seedy casinos and dangerous conditions, in were good food, great gaming conditions, and a scaled down version of Strip luxury that everyone could afford.
The catalyst of this change was The D, formerly the Fitz. Derek and his brother Greg transformed the property completely leaving no corner untouched. And the result is nothing short of amazing for the return on spend that the gamer can get, yet alone the non-gaming guest. But it’s not just the mid-tier gamers that get amazing treatment here. For tucked amongst the suites, the rooms, and the dining and casino, there’s a hideaway that’s been reserved for those invited guests and those willing to spend an extra dime for the luxury experience at the revitalized resort. Amongst the largest rooms at the property, this is The D’s top of the line 2 Bedroom Suite.
Secluded on the 17th floor of the hotel (the top of the Fremont facing tower joined to the taller rear tower by the elevator core), the suites are behind a keyed off door, allowing no unfettered access from other more rowdy guests. Insert your keycard and you’re in.
Once inside the private hall, you realize immediately the space is different. The ceiling height is taller, more airy, and the hallway, in tones of red and silver, throws itself into the namesake colors of the property itself, each suite with its own inset door with art deco numbering. There are 9 suites on the floor total, noting just how private this area of the hotel is. Down the hall and to the right we arrive at 1707. Insert key and in we go.
At first glance, one might think you were in one of the same one bedroom suites that are offered throughout the property. The houndstooth carpet, decor, and furnishings are much the same. But unlike the other suites, this one is much more spacious and laid out, with a full living area, full dining area, and full bar area with plenty of room to move around and entertain. To each side of the suite are bedrooms, both identical, but we’ll get to those later.
Immediately adjacent to the entrance is a powder room making this suite a 2 and a half bath affair, unlike the other suites that don’t have a powder room. It’s handy for a quick hand washing when you’re heading in from the table, or to keep your guests if you’re entertaining from wandering off into your own private bath.
Immediately forward in the room is a large L shaped sofa, much like those in the Golden Gate Suites which we’ve previously reviewed but in gray and black fabric rather than the brown tones which wouldn’t fit in here.. Adjacent is an extra chair, a modernist leather and chrome affair which mixes a bit of mid-century modern into this retro-mod affair. The center soft footrest holds a tray that serves as a coffee table combo, with some decorations, magazines, and remote control.
Some Advanced High-Tech
In front of the sofa is something I haven’t seen since my stay at Hotel 32. A 3 TV combo allows for a multitude of viewing while you’re enjoying or entertaining, each TV able to be tuned to its own channel separately. It may seem like overkill, but if you’re a sports fan betting or watching multiple games at the same time, it’s a perfect setup. Below the TVs is long buffet of sorts for catching what you want to toss out of your pockets or the errant drink that may not fit on the table.
Also in the sitting area is a small side table which has what oddly looks like a kitchen timer on top. But in actuality this isn’t a timer, but rather a switch that allows you to change the audio from one TV to the next. One game goes to commercial, pop the sound to another, and then maybe over to music if you so choose allowing for you to pick exactly what you want to hear when you want to. It’s a feature that works better here than it does at Hotel 32, where the complicated Crestron system wouldn’t even allow me to hear any of the 3 TVs setup for the same reason. Sometimes the simplest solutions really are the best.
Immediately to the right of the couch is a full dining setup for 6, up from the 4 in the typical shared dining/living area of the smaller D suites. The rectangular table and six gray straight-back chairs are perfect for getting a bit of work done or having dinner, or setting out a spread with some friends.
Adjacent to the table is another buffet, this one in gloss black wood with two black lamps, some more decorative vases, and a cordless phone for use around the suite. Lights are individually controlled, with no central control panel, but at the price point for the D, the kind of super luxury features you’d find on the Strip isn’t always found here. But that doesn’t make the suite any less thoughtful in its layout and overall design. The diamond patterned wallpaper and the hat print keep with the vibe the D is going for to a T.
But, as you can see, there’s more to come. We’re just starting on our visit with at The D Las Vegas and there’s more to come in part II of our review of the D Suite.