If you caught part one of our review of the Embassy Suites at the LVCC you saw a little bit of everything. Interesting decor, a spacious room, a just removed location, and a hotel with not a single gaming fixture throughout. But as I know you’re avid readers of our reviews, I’ll spare you the rest and dive right back in for the rest, with a promised surprise or two that may be common knowledge to Embassy Suites guests but came as a bit of pleasantry to us.
We left off at the bar, and just behind it is the rather spacious bathroom. Inside, the layout is typical, with a long vanity and single sink on one side, with a large wall mount mirror and sconces. There’s a wall mounted cheapo hairdrier (got the job done though) as well as ample space for the toiletries of three adult men with room to spare. The products were forgettable, and I relied on my own self provided shampoo and conditioner. There were plenty of towels of all sizes and little other luxuries aside from the mid-rider throne.
The tub/shower combo to the opposite side were ample in use, with decent pressure albeit a difficult to activate and somewhat anemic showerhead. I didn’t take a bath, but figure it would do well if you like bathing in an aquarium with all the glass sliders. There was also a strange triangular area at the back of the tub, remnant space due to the design of the angled wall outside the bathroom. Architectural leftovers.
At the far end of the room, with a window facing north towards the airport and the MGM Grand, is the two queen bedroom. On the left wall lined up like soldiers from back to front were an armoire in place of an actual closet, another entertainment center with the same size television as the main room, and a vanity with mirror and sconces. The armoire featured a nice iron and full size board as well as plenty of room to hang what needed to be hung up after being ironed.
The TV stand also featured drawers which serve as a defacto dresser for those of us who trust the cleanliness enough to unpack (ie not me). Also interesting was the fact that despite going to the trouble of putting in a vanity, there was not a chair or stool for sitting at the lower than normal counter. More decoration than practice it would seem, but fortunately with our group there was no real need for its use and therefore the lack of stool was moot.
Finishing off the suite were the double beds. Much like all hotels nowadays, Embassy Suites has shed duvets and covers for simple clean white linens. Inbetween the beds is a nightstand with iDevice friendly alarm clock and telephone, and a lamp for in bed reading as needed. Bare necessities here folks, but not so bare when you consider it comes with the rest of the suite. I can’t speak for the beds myself, but according to my companions they slept soundly and gave them a solid A rating.
So there you have it right? A nice hotel, no casino, no problem. Quiet, comfortable, affordable. But the funny thing is, given the chance I think I would actually stay here again as opposed to many of the on Strip choices. Why? Well there were a few nice benefits. First is the included breakfast. Buffet or not, a free breakfast is a good thing. The cost of breakfast alone on Strip will get you from the Embassy to the Strip via transit easy.
The other added bonus that we happened to arrive just in time for upon check in was the Manager’s Reception in the lounge on the third level. After a quick wash up we headed down for what is essentially a 2 hour open bar with light snacks. For what would have cost easily 20 or 30 bucks on the Strip, my colleagues and I munched on decent food and downed beers and martinis til we were ready to head over to the casino for gaming fun and all it cost was a tip to the gracious but busy bartender. Toss in the ease of transit thanks to Lyft and it was basically like staying at a very distant tower of one of the Strip properties.
And I think that’s what makes the appeal of places like the Embassy Suites, and the other Hilton Vacation properties and the like proliferating around the Strip more appealing now than ever. Families can have it all, a place just quiet and removed enough to allow the parents to have fun while the kids are in an appropriate environment. Or in the case of people like us, we can get just the right mix of Vegas Sin and quite haven. Is it my first choice? No. But would I do it again, absolutely.
Don’t forget to read Part 1 of this hotel review!