Invited to Vegas wedding so looked to save a buck on accomodations for a somewhat unplanned Vegas trip. Since the wedding was on the weekend I knew that while you can find some decent midweek deals,the traditional casino/resorts can be expensive for a Friday or Saturday. As regular Hilton traveler I had accumulated quite a few points so decided to spend them on this trip. Ended up wanting to stay a few post wedding days as well, so booked 5 nights at the Hilton LV Grand Vacation Club.This is a fine property with more plus than minus, but I will try to lay out both in fairness to the hotel, but also in fairness to my fellow TA travellers.
First the location, as this is often front and center for Vegas visiters. The property is on the strip, but a long way down, almost to the Stratosphere. If you are without a car, this could be an issue. Walking down to the high traffic areas like the Wynn/Encore/Fashion Mall would be a hike. Probably at least 20-30 minutes. Down to the Ceasers/Flamingo/Bellagio another 15. There is a bus stop right outside however, and you can get a daily pass for $7, but somehow getting all dressed up to go to dinner and a show, and then taking the bus doesn't cut it. If you have a car this is no issue. We were at MGM, Planet Hollywood, and Ceasers within a few minutes, and parking is free at the casinos. Worth a mention here that parking is not free at the Hilton GVC. $8 a day for self park, $13 for valet. Add a dollar or two for a tip each time you get your car as well. Not mandatory, but it's the right thing to do. I didn't tip leaving the car, just on pick up. I would highly recomend the valet service. The self park garage is fairly close, but back and forth would be a pain. It was great to just pull up to the front door and leave the car. Further, the valet crew was above excellent. Never waited more than 5-6 minutes for the car and they were always pleasent and professional.
This goes for the entire staff as well. Front desk, pool, housekeeping, concierge, everyone was very friendly, very helpful, and professional. Security was also friendly and plentiful. In, fact I was surprised at the level of security. I have stayed at a number of strip resorts and found more security here than anywhere. At the door every night, in the hallways at random times, on the elevator, all over, and they were also very friendly and helpfull to guests.
As far as the hotel itself goes, we had a studio king and while very nice, it was a hotel room, not a vegas suite. This is not the Hilton's fault as it was exactly as advertised, however it left me a little wanting for the Vegas magic and I wanted to point this out. They have 1 bedroom suites which I saw, and they were huge, with seperate living room/bedroom. Pay the extra, it wasn't much, I would have but they were fulll the first two nights and we did not feel like moving after that. I should have done more research and pre planned. That is why I mention it here. There is also no casino here, (which I knew) and that also kinda takes away from the Vegas feel. We have done Vegas a bunch of times so not a huge deal, however I would recommend something else for first timers maybe. Final point on the rooms, don't take my comments as a negative on the room itself, it was fine. Clean, great bed, modern flat screen, even had a fridge and m/wave. One more point on the hotel is the pool. Nice size, lots of area for sunning and swimming, several hot tub/jacuzzis, and a pool bar/restaurent. Drinks and light snacks (burgers, nachos, chick fingers) were very good and quite reasonably priced. (was surprised at the prices here). If you are a sun lover, plan on the afternoon rather than morning as that is when the sun hits the pool area.
Final point on the property would be that this is one of Hilton's "Vacation Clubs" .... which is code for time share....I got absolute zero presure to sit in on a TS sell. Yes I was asked at check in, and the girl took all of about two minutes to tell me what I could get by attending, and then said thank you when I said no. Don't worry about this aspect, they were not high presure on that at all. (Maybe if you take it they are...don't know bout that)
Overall, a great hotel and I would highly recommend, but take into account the location and lack of "vegas" type ammenities.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hilton Grand Vacations on the Boulevard is located at the north end of the world-renowned Las Vegas Strip, offers convenience and luxury to business and leisure travelers with well appointed studios and one and two bedroom suites. The resort is a short distance from the Las Vegas Convention Center and convenient to the I-15 Freeway, as well as easy access to nearby shopping, Fashion Show Mall and the Las Vegas Premium Outlets. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hilton Grand Vacations Suites On The Las Vegas Strip Hotel Las Vegas
- Hilton Hotel Las Vegas
- Hilton Las Vegas
- Hilton Grand Vacations Club Las Vegas Strip
- Las Vegas Hilton
- Hilton Grand Vacations Strip Las Vegas