The hotel now has to have a resort fee but its $25 a night, and the Strip hotels are mainly a lot higher. They make up for it with a free wine session daily from 4pm to 5.30pm. Wifi is free and you get free local calls.
Its our third time at this hotel and I wouldn't want to stay anywhere else in Vegas.
Travel operator: direct with hotel
Hotel tip: Make sure to visit the famous Ellis Island next door. Their steak specials are legendary. Food and drink is very cheap and mingle with the locals in their karaoke bar- I hate karaoke normally but this one is a lot of fun.
One addition was that we had Wi-Fi in our room. This is free for those who book directly with the hotel. Despite loads of research, I found that this was as cheap as any of the other options. I did not need to pay for flights though as I used airmiles.
The only thing that disappointed was the valet phoning for a taxi to take us back to the airport, and then telling us it was just arriving and disappearing inside. Minor point, but I can't remember the last time we put our own luggage into a taxi. It's not a great final impression.
When asked to do a feedback form through email, I was really impressed that I got a reply within half an hour of emailing. It's good to know that feedback is actually read (and it was a really positive feedback) and responded to.
Would I visit again? Now I've worked out how to do some of the slots, we just might!!
We didn't use the full kitchen but did make good use of the washing machine and drier. The hotel supplies washing up powder free of charge (and also dishwasher tablets). What I appreciated about this hotel is that there was no casino attached.
The Platinum has a lovely pool area and plenty of seats. It has a gym which OH intended to use but quickly found that walking for miles every day was enough exercise! We only ate once at the hotel ( breakfast) but found it good value and far too much to eat at one go!
The Stir bar had happy hour from 5pm to 7pm. This was popular. The pool bar also had happy hours earlier in the day. We also had an invite to the manager's welcome party but unfortunately we had booked a meal and show so couldn't make it. There is free wi fi in the lobby and Stir bar.
Staff were friendly and efficient.
If we were to return to Las Vegas we would definitely rebook the Platinum, but not at all sure we will return-it isn't really my sort of place. But we did really love the shows so you never know.
A handy tip- Ellis Island next door is great for a cheap dinner. Many people use it but probably don't visit its bar afterwards. Drinks there were 5 dollars for a beer and Bacardi and coke- but also their karaoke is worth seeing ( and this is from someone who normally avoids karaoke like the plague!)- It’s very much a local bar and there are some characters there.
Lovely rooms, also big fridge freezers, kitchen, large tv on wall in living room, balcony (can upgrade to strip view). We also upgraded to a Princess Suite which meant we had a washer and dryer and a large 2 person square jacuzzi bath, and separate shower.
Fittings were best I've seen in Vegas (and I'm comparing with Bellagio and Venetian) and I felt the quality was just that little bit better than those.
Loungers at the pool had big comfy pads, and there were other nice seats too. Pool was small but it partly went indoors too, meaning you could swim through and it was a little cooler in there out of the sun.
They also gave us free Martini's one day at reception when we stopped to ask for a late check out (which they gave us for free). Staff lovely and not snooty at all.
Travel operator: Independant
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