With the transformation complete of Vegas from slot-machine mecca into luxury paradise, an onslaught of new hotels have opened up over the past few years that are so high-end, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’re in Beverly Hills. (Of course, then you go down onto the smokey casino floor and the beautiful mirage vanishes, but that’s another story.)
I’ve been lucky enough to stay at or tour several of Las Vegas’s most beautiful brand-new properties, including the Cosmopolitan Hotel, ARIA Sky Suites, THEHotel at Mandalay Bay, Hotel32 at Monte Carlo, Four Seasons Las Vegas, and The Signature at MGM Grand. To that list of epic Vegas hotel experiences, I add a new contender: The Laurel Collection at Caesars Palace.
The Laurel Collection at Caesars Palace is a new boutique hotel, with its own private valet entrance off Flamingo Boulevard. A two-minute walk from the hustle and bustle of Caesars Palace’s cavernous main entrance, the Caesars Palace Laurel Collection check-in is intimate, quietly-lit, lovely. It also, as we discovered while walking our corridor, has pet-friendly rooms, so you can bring Fido! The Pet Stay Rooms include a welcome doggie treat, dog food, and a water bowl. (You can have 2 dogs per room, up to 50 pounds each.)
The Laurel Collection rooms have direct access, if you’re staying in the Augustus Tower, to the Qua Baths & Spa (more on that below), which means you can go from hotel to hot tub in your bathrobe and slippers (yes, I actually did this). If you’re not looking to gamble, the privacy of The Laurel Collection means you could stay in your own little boutique hotel corner of the world and never leave, going from valet to check-in to room to Qua Baths & Spa to Garden of the Gods Pool to dinner at Guy Savoy to pick-me-up at Starbucks, all without leaving the cocoon of The Laurel Collection.
No jangling slot machines. No overwhelming smoke haze.
Just…aahh. Quiet. A rarity in Veags.
I often bemoan the fact that I don’t have a better camera (or any significant photography skills), because my photos rarely do these rooms justice. While what you see below is slightly jaundiced, in person it feels warm and inviting.
We checked into our room in the Augustus Tower (Caesars Palace Laurel Collection also takes over the Octavius Tower) and felt a sigh of relief that we weren’t staying in the rooms on the other side of the hotel. Let’s just say that some of the rooms in the Forum Tower are not up to The Laurel Collection’s standards and leave it at that.
While we didn’t have a suite, our room was so huge–with a king-size bed and sitting area large enough to throw a dinner party–that it felt like a suite. Good enough!
The bathrooms are the area of luxury hotel rooms that often bring me the greatest joy, and are where you can instantly tell what level of awesomeness you’re dealing with. Most of the next-level amenities you’d expect were here at Caesars Palace Laurel Collection, including a cavernous whirlpool bathtub, rainfall shower, double sink with ample space for products, and a flatscreen TV. Because what’s life without a TV to watch The Mindy Project while you drink wine in the bath?
Points docked for TV outside the mirror (child’s play), non-heated floor, no eucalyptus steam in the shower, and the lack of a bidet. Let’s make this happen, people.
All the bath amenities in the rooms at The Laurel Collection are from Caesars Palace’s own Qua Baths & Spa. Located in the same area of the hotel as the Augustus Towers and the Forbes Five-Star, AAA Five Diamond, two Michelin star-awarded Guy Savoy Restaurant, Qua Baths and Spa is 50,000 square feet, features 51 treatment rooms and is designed to feel like a Roman bathhouse. It’s consistently ranked among the best spas in Vegas.
Here’s what you’ll find at Qua Baths & Spa:
– Roman Baths, including hot and cold plunge pools and a waterfall from the ceiling
– a co-ed Laconium Room (that’s a tiled room designed to let the body heat up slowly)
– an Arctic Ice Room (where it SNOWS)
– an herbal steam room
– a sauna
– a beautifully-tiled hydrotherapy tub room
– Vichy showers
Obviously, it’s separated into male and female sections, and in keeping with Roman-theme, clothing is very much optional.
E. and I experienced the Nagomi Ritual in a couples-massage room.
The Nagomi Ritual is a 90-minute treatment that starts with a floral foot bath and honey scrub; progresses into a massage incorporating, aromatherapy, four different oils, and a blend of Thai, Balinese, and Shiatsu therapy; and is topped off by a facial including anti-aging CO2 Carboxitherapy.
In case you were wondering: yes, I did pass out and wake up drooling. If you didn’t forget at least five minutes of the massage, it probably wasn’t worth having.
Important to mention: the couples-massage room had my favorite, incredibly-rare spa amenity: a private bathroom. Private spa bathrooms for everybody!
The Nagomi Ritual is the signature treatment of the Nobu Hotel, which is another boutique hotel inside Caesars Palace. Nobu Spa Treatments also include the Diamond Life Infusion Facial, which is exclusive to Qua Baths & Spa, and the brand-new Nobu Zen Treatment.
Of course, there’s a whole world outside of The Laurel Collection: you have the rest of Caesars Palace itself, where we dined at Rao’s for a taste of New York City’s most famously difficult to get into Italian restaurant, and where we experienced David Furnish‘s new champagne bar Fizz, featuring artwork from his and Elton John‘s private collection.
And the rest of Vegas is yours for the taking, as well. Via the private valet entrance (where you might have one person ahead of you, if you’re unlucky), you’re only five minutes door-to-door from the Cosmopolitan, ARIA, and the best of the Strip.
Rooms in the four-star Caesars Palace Laurel Collection in Vegas run from approximately $260 per night. The daily resort fee of $25 includes wi-fi for one device and access to the 5,000 square foot fitness center. The Nagomi Ritual at Qua Baths & Spa is $400 per person.
With E. at Michael Jackson ONE in Vegas
Thanks to The Laurel Collection and Qua Baths & Spa for a lovely experience!
Disclosure: While my stay at The Laurel Collection at Caesars Palace and my treatments at Qua Baths & Spa were complimentary, as always, all opinions remain my own.