Full disclosure: I got sick at the start of this trip. I felt pretty good the first few days, but my last day there I stayed in bed the whole time. With that in mind, I'm being as objective as possible.
My wife and I stayed for a long weekend. The first thing we noticed was the parking garage - nobody was here! Well, there were some people, maybe 12 cars or so, but that's about it. For most of the time the hotel seemed like a ghost town. I think the only night the place was busy was Saturday night.
Our room was a king that faced the garden. The view was good, and the room had very nice finishes and was very spacious. However, there were two things that I did not like about the room. First, your options for charging your phone, tablet, etc. were very limited. Either you plug them in on the desk (which is a bit of a stretch from the bed), in a receptacle that doesn't have furniture near it (so its just hanging out on the floor), or you have to unplug a lamp so that it can be by your nightstand. Secondly, we were not happy with the bed. I think I had one decent night of sleep on that bed, and the rest of the time I was tossing and turning for the entire night. My wife didn't sleep well, either. I know that I was sick (she wasn't by the way), but I don't know if that made a difference. I feel that I can sleep almost anywhere (my wife is a little more picky), yet I couldn't get comfortable on this bed. I think the problem is that it is TOO soft. The combination of feather pillows and a bed that feels like you're sinking in it the entire time probably is why I couldn't sleep through the night.
Oh, and you get three pillows per person. One MONSTER pillow which you can't really sleep with, one regular size feather pillow, and a smaller one.
The bathroom, however, was excellent. Very clean, and nice finishes here, too! It also has a separate bath tub and shower, and a separate privacy door for the toilet.
The last day there we ate breakfast at their Medici Cafe. We ordered from the menu at the suggestion of our waiter (he said stay away from the buffet!). The food was really good. At first I thought it was a little overpriced ($12 for a breakfast sandwich and some potatoes), but we were getting free refills on the OJ, so I suppose I shouldn't complain.
We spent a little time in the casino, and its okay. No dealers for any games, everything is video (poker, blackjack, slots, roulette).
Finally, we walked around their little village one morning. The rest of the grounds are beautiful! We were too early to go into any of the stores, so I can't comment on content, but I did see several "for rent" signs in some storefronts (again, going with the ghost town feel).
I really wanted to give this place a better review. The hotel looks beautiful, it is a nice drive away from the craziness of Vegas if you need a break from all of that, and the whole Italian Village setting is nice (although it definitely isn't Florence - I've been there to know the difference). I suppose its hard for me to say I like a place when I couldn't get a decent wink of sleep the entire time. A hotel's priority should be giving you a comfortable night's stay, and I can't say that I had that.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A Mediterranean-inspired oasis in the Southwestern desert, Lake Las Vegas infuses a dramatic setting with unimaginable luxury. Ideal for professional retreats, family vacations, and romantic getaways, this spectacular resort entices travelers from across the globe with world-class golf, soothing spa treatments, and unforgettable cuisine. Located in the heart of beautiful MonteLago Village, dining and activities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ravella At Lake Las Vegas Hotel Henderson
- Ritz Carlton Henderson
- Ritz Henderson
- Henderson Ritz-Carlton