Our whistle-stop tour of California ended at the Trump Las Vegas (I know it's in Nevada smarty pants - bear with me), and we clearly saved the best til last. This place is so opulent, it's hilarious. Honestly, my other half and I giggled the whole time we were there as we couldn't quite believe they'd even let us in.
Even if you've been before, you'll recognise the Trump International from photos of the Vegas skyline. It's the one that's almost entirely coloured gold. Amazing.
Reception staff are great and swiftly offered us an upgrade to a corner Strip View suite for a measly 50 bucks, which was well worth it.
For that, we landed a room which was larger than our house. It had its own reception hall, floor to ceiling windows, two bathrooms (one of which you could comfortably play tennis in, should you be inclined), three TVs, a huge bedroom and a lovely appointed kitchen. Star of the show was the jacuzzi in the main bathroom, right under a huge window overlooking the Strip. There are fewer experiences more decadent than sipping ice-cold beer in a jacuzzi as you watch all the lights come on in Las Vegas, but that was just what we did one evening. Superb.
Everything about the hotel drips with class. The elevator up to 45th floor was almost worth the price of admission itself - it's so fast, it makes your ears pop.
The location of the Trump International is both a plus and a minus, mind you. It's great that it's a little off the craziness of the Strip and is therefore a good bit quieter than the likes of the Venetian. However, it's a deceptively long walk to get onto the main drag, and you'll need to strap on a pair of sturdy boots and clear a good couple of hours in your diary if you want to get as far as, say, the MGM.
The only real downside, as others have noted, is that, depending on which side of the hotel your room is on, you may be right next to the train track which runs directly behind. Trains run 24 hours and make a fearsome racket - I'm sure the drivers delight in tormenting the pampered guests of the hotel, as they're not shy about sounding their horns at all hours. I was rudely awakened from my peaceful slumbers more than once at around 3 or 4 in the morning by the impudent bellowing of a train klaxon.
Otherwise, this place is officially awesome. No idea about the food as we never ate there and the restaurant looked overpriced for some pretty uninspiring fare. The bar on the ground floor is nice, and seem to have some cool lounge-style DJs playing at weekends.
There's no casino, so there's no thick fug of desperation and cigarette smoke inside either. Seriously, you won't stay in a joint as extravagant as this for so little money anywhere else in the world.
It's so good, I proposed to my girlfriend in it. And we're going back on honeymoon later this year. Now THERE'S a recommendation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Towering over The Las Vegas Strip, the Trump International Hotel™ - Las Vegas is a non-smoking luxury resort offering 1,232 graciously furnished hotel suites and 50 magnificent penthouses. Boasting the finest views of The Strip, the hotel lies where Las Vegas Blvd meets Fashion Show Drive, adjacent to the best shopping and finest casinos in the city. The Spa at Trump® offers 11,000 square feet of sumptuous serenity, ensuring that each guest’s experience is a memorable personal event. ... more less
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