This was my fifth stay at The Renaissance Las Vegas over the past seven years and with each trip the hotel, staff and the facility itself just keep getting better and better.
While I’ve stayed at just about every major hotel in Vegas at least once, I will typically stay at the Cosmopolitan when coming to town on a pleasure trip and the Renaissance while on business as they are both affiliated with Marriott and I’m a Platinum Elite member.
To exemplify the outstanding quality of service delivered at the Renaissance, I checked in around 11:00 PM on a Tuesday night and was greeted cheerfully by the bellman as I exited my cab and I was escorted to the front desk. The front desk supervisor also greeted me with a smile and an enthusiastic welcome, checked me in and upgraded me to a suite based on my Elite status.
I only bring this up because there are so many times I arrive and check into a hotel (especially after a long trip), that the staff almost appears to be bothered by the fact that they should have to do their job. Little things like this go a long way in my book as to whether I’ll stay at a property again in the future.
While I was tired, I was in the mood for a cappuccino. Due to the late hour, the restaurant had already closed and the only thing open was the lobby bar. I asked the bartender (who happened to turn out to be the GM of the restaurant, Ryan Wolf), if it would be possible to get a cappuccino. He said he’d see if he could get someone in the back (of the restaurant), to fire up the cappuccino machine. Less than three minutes later out comes a server with a freshly made cappuccino in a ceramic cup, plate, spoon and assorted sugars (I would have been fine with a Styrofoam cup and stirring stick). When I asked how much it was, the server cheerfully said “no charge, enjoy”. When I attempted to give him a gratuity, he again said “not necessary, have a great night”. This set the tone for the type of service I’d receive throughout my three night stay.
The restaurant by the way, Envy, is arguably one of the best steakhouses in all of Vegas. I don’t think it gets its due because it’s not in one of the major strip hotels but even if you don’t stay at the Renaissance you should make it a point to come to Envy for an outstanding dining experience.
While I believe the hotel is approaching ten years old, you’d never know it by the condition of the rooms, common areas or decor of the hotel. Everything is immaculate. The lobby and rooms take on a trendy, boutique look (somewhat similar to the Cosmo but on a much smaller more business scale).
Keep in mind however that the Renaissance is not close to the strip. It’s adjacent to the Las Vegas Convention Center which makes it one of the most coveted properties to stay in during major conventions (although room prices can skyrocket at these times). If you don’t have a car, a taxi will run you around $12-$15 each way to just about any hotel on the strip. Another option is the monorail. There’s a stop less than a five minute walk from the entrance of the hotel. You can buy a 24 hour pass for $12.
Being that the Renaissance is a “business” hotel, there’s also no casino and no elaborate pool complex. While they do have a nice pool (for a business type hotel), it’s situated in the center of the hotel and receives only limited sun. While some may consider this lack of amenities a drawback for a Vegas hotel, these are just a couple of the reasons why I choose to stay here.
There’s a nice gym with ample cardio machines and weights. There is also a nice concierge lounge on the top floor serving the typical breakfast and evening cocktails found at most other Renaissance and Marriott properties.
The Renaissance is simply a great hotel run by great people. You should make it a point to stay here especially if you’re a Marriott member.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Renaissance Las Vegas Hotel celebrates everything that is distinctive and unique in Las Vegas. For the independent traveler who values originality, Renaissance is the only hotel brand that inspires and provokes its guests to discover something wonderfully new and different—each and every time they stay—so that no business trip ever feels routine. Located just one block east of The Strip, mere steps away from the Las Vegas Convention Center and Las Vegas Monorail; we offer direct access to all of the action and a peaceful night’s sleep to follow. As coveted location for the convention delegate, we make your trip home after a long day easier on your tired feet. Designed to champion effective meetings and events, the Renaissance Las Vegas Hotel provides highly perceptive services and precise execution to ensure the success of everyone involved. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Renaissance Las Vegas
- Las Vegas Renaissance