We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

“Great Community Spirit in the City of Sin”
Review of Desert Rose Resort

Best prices for -
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 12 more sites!
Desert Rose Resort
Ranked #51 of 263 Hotels in Las Vegas
Certificate of Excellence
GreenLeadersBronze level
Barnsley
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Great Community Spirit in the City of Sin”
Reviewed September 2, 2009

Five years ago, on our first trip to Vegas, we stayed at the Sahara Hotel; a pleasant enough stay with comfortable beds, simple bathroom and nice view of the strip. The Monorail made it less challenging to get to the heart of the action in the relentless heat, or there was the option of walking via Stardust, Frontier and other Casino-Hotels that offered air-conditioning to help alleviate the pain that the oppressive sun brought upon us. The hotel was anonymous enough: we were able to sit by the pool or amble through the casino without being bothered by anyone, nor did we have too much difficulty finding somewhere to eat within our budget (God bless the Sahara buffet and the 3/4 lb hot dog from down the street, next to a useful Subway with its foot long sandwiches). We thought it was a great place to stay... until we stayed in the Desert Rose Resort this August!

At first, having looked on Google Earth and having read some of the more negative reviews on here, we were sceptical: the hotel was near Hooters, near the Airport, off-Strip and small. We wondered just how safe the area was, were there going to be cockroaches in the bathroom, was breakfast as hazardous as some people claimed, was there going to be a noise issue; all manner of thoughts.

Then we read through the good reviews: we saw that it was ranked as the number 4 hotel in Vegas; saw how many people loved the spirit of the place; the size of the rooms and facilities on offer; the manager's reception and the fact that you did at least get a breakfast!

Providing you are up early enough, breakfast is a dream: bagels, bread/toast, cereals, fruits, preserves, muffins/danishes, cheeses (a nice cheddary one and a flavoursome white cheese with jalapenos in it), fruit salad or peaches were all readily available accompanied by a great selection of teas, coffees, fruit juices (we were particularly taken with the fresh orange juice and the cranberry punch) and two varieties of milk (2 percent and skimmed). The later you arrive to breakfast, the more waiting around there is but still the food is available and frequently topped up. True, some people have little idea as to what constitutes a line and will tend to push in, although we put this down to the fact that there could be a confusion as to whether there is one line for the cereals, meat/cheeses and toaster, or whether there were three separate ones. It didn't happen too often and most people understood the system well. There is even the option of taking food back and enjoying breakfast in your room; something we happily did on occasion.

The manager's reception was also good: beer, wine, soft drinks, tea and coffee were offered along with either nachos and pretzels, or canopes of raw vegetables with a cheese sauce and a selction of mixed nuts. It was on for two hours and while perhaps not being something you would rush back for, it was pleasant enough to have if you were there at the time.

Having read through other reviews, we were pretty sure of what to expect with our room but nothing could actually prepare us for the truth: they were excellent! The kitchen was very well stocked: large fridge-freezer; dishwasher; huge oven; oversized microwave; a "Mr Coffee" perculator (along with accompanying Wolfgang Puck coffee); a blender/processor; toaster; vast array of cutlery and crockery and enough workspace to prepare a great meal. The sink was the size of a bath which proved useful for the washing up that we did (we're not dishwasher people!).

The dining table was of a very good size and was the lounge with corner unit sofa and t.v. Ok, the television could be a little more modern but it was very large and provided a good picture on the odd occasion that we sat down and watched it (usually channel 18 for the weather forecast, or the local Fox news). We never had casue to fold the sofa out into a bed although we heard that it was very confortable!

The balcony was another excellent option. In a city that's prone to not letting people open their windows for fear of suicides, it was a true delight to be able to sit out and enjoy a glass of wine and the views. We were lucky: being in suite 4305, we had the pool on one side of us and the Luxor/Mandalay Bay hotels on the other. There are some cracking views to be had from many rooms although some did suffer from being inside, and facing inwards. Usually it wouldn't bother us, but we were there for two weeks so really wanted something a little bit special; we weren't disappointed! Also, being on the third floor wasn't a problem for us: some have said that the noise of the air-conditioning on the roof kept them awake - we had our air-conditioning running in the room so external noises didn't really affect us. Furthermore, the air-conditioning units on the roof run at a constant rate so the noise lessens the more you are exposed to it (rather than stop-start noises).

The bedroom was good too: a huge bed, another television and a walk in wardrobe were all exceptional. I'm not sure quite how cold it gets in Vegas, but we ended up taking off the many layers of quilting and blankets that are an option for those that need it. Also, give yourself a few minutes every night to prepare the bed as someone there has an obsession with pillows and cushions!

The vanity units and bathroom were simple but effective and included a hairdryer which proved useful to my partner as our European electricity powered hairdryer only runs at half power in the United States. Speaking of electricity, I'm not sure quite how the American system is but there seemed to be a lot of plug sockets and switches near to water hazards. Mains lighting with a switch in the bathroom? Sockets by the sink? I'm sure it meets up with legislation, although it took a bit of getting used to (and very precautious hand drying!).

In the rooms, you'll also find: an iron and ironing board; broom and mop and an electronic safe. We were told that some rooms had a DVD in them too, although ours didn't. All-in-all, an excellent room with great facilities.

Further around the resort, you'll find very friendly staff; it could just be the American way but everyone had time for you and seemed pleased to be of service. We did tip our room maid, although this lead to us having an abundance of towels in the room - by the end of the holiday we had amassed a small mountain of towels in the vanity area!

The pool was an ok size. True, it's not like the pools of the mega-resorts but it was enough: three distinct areas of depth within the pool, plus two smaller jacuzzi/warm pools. Well, one pool was warm, the other was hotter than Vegas itself. However, and this is a big plus for the resort, the pool remained open until 11pm. Obviously, being Vegas, it was still warm, but there was none of the overbearing sunshine so the pool is often still occupied after the sun goes down; a very welcome offering for those with children or for those who don't really enjoy being seen swimming in daylight! Around the pool area, you have the option of using two barbeques and hotel towels. There also seemed to be enough loungers, chairs and tables (with parasols) for those that want to stay by the pool.

The resort also offers a fitness centre and free wi-fi. The fitness centre has a few treadmills, a cross-trainer and a weights machine, although this wasn't working while we were there. The wi-fi proved useful but, should you not have the capabilities of using it, the hotel offers an internet connection in the foyer, at a charge. The ATM (cash machine) in the foyer charges $3 per transaction but this was the cheapest that we'd found anywhere. In fact, we'd ventured out to a bank and that still charged the same amount.

Apparently, there is also a concierge at the hotel although we never saw them in the 2 weeks that we were there. However, this may be due to the fact that we left the hotel around 10am every day and didn't return until the evening - there is a lot to see and do in Vegas!!!

So, bearing all this in mind, we heartily recommend this hotel. The community spirit that was spoken of in the title stems from the fact that everyone will talk with you. Whether you're in the pool, at breakfast or in the lift, anywhere in the hotel, there is a feeling that you're all in on a little secret; that you're part of a little family. Yes, the family swells at the weekend and changes fairly frequently, but the spirit of the place remains the same.

TIPS:

I'm sure that you're probably very aware of the things to do in Town, but there are a couple of hidden gems that shouldn't be overlooked:

If you're staying for any length of time, get yourself out to Wal-Mart and stock up of ingredients. We planned on eating a meal in every other day to try and reduce costs and calories, and it offered a good bit of respite from all the hustle and bustle. The best way to do this is to walk over to Tropicana and catch the Deuce bus somewhere, paying for the all day, $7 pass. By doing this, you can use any of the buses in Vegas and can head East on Tropicana Avenue to the Wal-Mart (around 15mins on bus depending upon traffic).

The car-park behind the Desert Rose/Hooters seemed safe to us: it's patrolled by security on bikes and is well lit. Cutting across it saves a fair bit of time and effort!

Don't be afraid of going into Hooters: from what we saw of the casinos on the strip and downtown, the Hooters' staff are fairly respectably dressed. On Friday and Saturday night it does get a little more testosterone fuelled, but nothing too much to worry about. Also, by joining their Players' Club, you get $100 worth of free slot play for promotional machines and then a further $5 for any slot. We walked away with $15 from it; maybe not much to some but great for us! The other good Club for us (we don't gamble enough for the big places) was Circus Circus which offers $15 in casino chips.

After 5pm, head over to The Hotel at Mandalay Bay and take the lift up to Mix. It's a nightclub/restaurant that offers amazing views down the strip from the 64th floor...and for free before 10pm. The lift is amazing in itself as it's external and glass - great views of Mandalay Bay and the airport and you ascend. While you're there, take time to go to the toilets too for another of life's experiences!

If you forget your camera battery or need something electronic, make your way down to Fry's at Town Square. My camera battery wasn't working and I was looking at $49 on the strip; went down to Fry's and the same battery cost me $12. If you do it while having a Deuce ticket, it will save you a fair bit!

Pick up the free booklets (such as 24/7 or Vegas 2 Go) as they have useful discounts: we particularly enjoyed the 2-for-1's at Hagen Dazs and Ben and Jerry's!!! However, for an amazing ice-cream experience, head over to Cold Stone in the Excalibur food court).

For cheap fast food, try Jack-in-the-Box or, for something truly special, try FatBurger!!!!!

And that's it. The Desert Rose Resort proved to be an excellent choice for us: great facilities, easy walking distance to the strip, good views, great value for money but, above all else, a feeling that you were part of a friendly family and not just another anonymous holiday maker in an oversized, corporate run hotel.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
5 Thank Barnsley-Carol-John
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

3,754 reviews from our community

Traveler rating
    2,053
    1,196
    316
    106
    83
See reviews for
1,364
1,303
143
245
Rating summary
  • Location
  • Sleep Quality
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (593)
Date | Rating
  • Arabic first
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Hebrew first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Norwegian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Turkish first
  • Any
English first
Teddington, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed September 1, 2009

Stayed here for one night when visiting vegas last month. It is only one block off-strip and was just right for our needs. We are a family of 5 - 3 kids (15,13,10) traveling with another family with similar aged kids.

What a great place!! No slot-machines. Superb rooms - we had a 2-bed Suite which was HUGE, comfortable, well stocked. All for just about $100 for the night. Friends had a 1-Bed Suite for around $75 and were equally impressed.

Great staff at the Desk

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
1 Thank bluedriver
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
North Wales
Level Contributor
19 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed August 31, 2009

Great place to stay just a short walk from the main attractions on the strip. We stopped for three nights and were impressed with the size of the room... actually more like an appartment with seperate bedroom, large(ish) bathroom, kitchen in main living room. Better than a self catering appartment in Greece.
Complementry continental brekfast was good, if a little crowded if you left it too late.
Things to do in Vegas..... check out the weird 'sky' in the Venitian and don't miss the fountains at the Bellagio

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
1 Thank daviespsl
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Darlington UK
Level Contributor
21 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed August 30, 2009

Stayed here for 4 nights. It is just off the strip, about 7-8 minutes walk to MGM Grand so nice and quiet but close enough to be amongst everything quickly. The apartment we had was top class, service was superb, and everyone was so friendly. The pool was excellent and the breakfast was really good, although a bit crowded at times. Free drinks and nibbles every night between 5 - 7 pm (only did it once as out most of the time). This was overall a very good place to stay and value for money.

Stayed August 2009, traveled with family
Helpful?
1 Thank Redwitchdiver
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Milwaukee, WI
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed August 30, 2009

We wanted to explore Las Vegas with our two college-age children. We stayed 4 nights and the 2 bedroom-2 bath suite was perfect for our group. The rooms were nicely furnished, but not to the standard of the high-end strip hotels. WHO CARES? If you want extravagance, stay on the strip. If separate beds and baths, a kitchen and living area are more important, the Desert Rose works well. With different people going different places and keeping different hours, the 2 bed/2 bath set-up provided plenty of privacy for all.

PROS: Proximity to the Strip; WIFI; good housekeeping; free parking; free continental breakfast; free beverages and snacks 5-7 pm during the week; grounds were secure

SUGGESTIONS: Increase number of tables and chairs in the area adjacent to the pool;
add a couple more items at the continental breakfast.

With a group like ours, diverse in ages, interests and agendas, we would definitely reccommend and would return to the Desert Inn.

  • Stayed August 2009
    • Value
    • Location
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
2 Thank EasyEd-67
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Montreal
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed August 30, 2009

This hotel is located right behind the Hooters Casino-Hotel, about 5 minutes from the MGM. I truly loved the service, the rooms, the location. I felt like I was in my condo (kitchen full equipped (even with microwave, blender, pots and pans.. I mean anything you need is there). Front desk is really helpful and the staff is really nice. Room are nice and spacious (with 2 tvs and plenty of room). Before booking this hotel, I read all the reviews because I really need to be comfortable in a hotel room and let me tell you that I was still surprised how nice it was.
By the pool you have 2 huge bbq's for your convenience if you want to cook.
I've read previous previous saying that they didn't get much for breakfast ! Well, I don't know where they went because at Desert Rose, the breakfast is enough to fill you up until dinner time (cold boiled egg that I heat up in microwave, ham, bread, cereals(3 choices), bananas, muffins, coffee, tea, soda, juice, cheese, yogourt) and it's self service so you eat as much as you need. Helped me save money by just eating out once a day

Plus : Parking is free, 5@7 from Monday to Thursdays with nachos and drinks for free, there a small store at the front desk for snacks etc and it's pretty cheap, there are laundry rooms (self-service I think), nice pool with jacuzzi

Now the downside : There's nobody holdings doors for you when you have luggage or anything (it's really like as if you were at home), cleaning lady just changes your towels and does bed (nothing like a deep cleaning) on your stay. Honestly I didn't mind at all. I don't like cleaning lady coming everyday in my room to clean especially when it's perfect when I arrive. I also didn't mind not having clerks helping with luggage because this was the only downlfall I saw and for me that's not important.

Because MGM is so big and has 2 entry (one on the Strip and the other on Tropicana), you are 5 min from MGM but 7-10 to the Strip. Well, I love walking and when in Vegas, expect to walk alot. So the 10 min to the New York New York Hotel was really nothing. It's so safe in Vegas that we never took a cab (besides for the airport) even after clubbing. There's also Deuce bus on the Strip (3$ a way or 7$ for 24h)

Honestly, I'm really please to have stayed at this hotel (it was my little retreat from all the action on the strip)

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
2 Thank TrotterJJ
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
vancouver, bc
Level Contributor
14 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed August 29, 2009

All in all the hotel lived up to our expectations. Friendly staff, good rooms ( although very worn carpet, but I understand they are being replaced--needs it). Very quiet at night--a relief from the hussle and bussle. I would go back to this place. My only critisizm is one that I read by another traveller--and I agree with him. There are not enough lounges for the pool area. Literally, there was a line forming at 8:00 am outside the pool area when it is unlocked in order to obtain one of the few. My wife and I lined up with other guests in order to snag enough for our family--Lets face it --its one of the reasons people go to Vegas to lounge in the sun. The place is great--so spend the bucks and get some more!!! How much can they be?? It would make such a difference

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
1 Thank bryvancouver
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hotels you might also like...
Travelers also viewed these Las Vegas hotels
The Strip
The Carriage House
The Carriage House
#17 of 263 in Las Vegas
4.5 of 5 bubbles 1,311 reviews
Polo Towers Suites
#30 of 263 in Las Vegas
4.0 of 5 bubbles 2,312 reviews
The Strip
Marriott's Grand Chateau
Marriott's Grand Chateau
#6 of 263 in Las Vegas
4.5 of 5 bubbles 3,105 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
The Strip
Travelodge Las Vegas Airport North/Near the Strip
The Strip
Wyndham Grand Desert
Wyndham Grand Desert
#29 of 263 in Las Vegas
4.5 of 5 bubbles 2,112 reviews
Platinum Hotel and Spa
#9 of 263 in Las Vegas
4.5 of 5 bubbles 3,609 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Desert Rose Resort? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Desert Rose Resort

Property: Desert Rose Resort
Address: 5051 Duke Ellington Way, Las Vegas, NV 89119-1143
Phone Number:
Location: United States > Nevada > Las Vegas
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#26 Green Hotel in Las Vegas
#36 Romantic Hotel in Las Vegas
#49 Family Hotel in Las Vegas
#61 Business Hotel in Las Vegas
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Desert Rose Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 284
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located 1.5 blocks from the Las Vegas Strip, Desert Rose Resort provides you with great access to all the glitz and glam of Las Vegas along with all the gracious pleasures of a resort hotel. Settle into one and two-bedroom condo suites in Las Vegas with fully equipped kitchens and comfortable living and dining areas – all beautifully decorated with sleek, contemporary furnishings and a rich color palette. Desert Rose Resort’s pool is an oasis, a truly relaxing and refreshing hideaway – dramatically different from the crush of people at some Vegas hotels. Lucky you, Desert Rose Resort is a winning deal in Las Vegas - without stepping foot in a casino. ... more   less 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, TravelClick, Hotels.com, Hotwire, Travelocity, Expedia, Cheap Tickets, Vegas.com, Cancelon, Priceline, getaroom.com, TripOnline SA, HotelsClick and HotelQuickly so you can book your Desert Rose Resort reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Desert Rose Hotel Las Vegas
Desert Rose Las Vegas
Desert Rose Resort Las Vegas

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing