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Living Large at the Trump Hotel Las Vegas

November 7, 2013

I’ve been back from Las Vegas for three days and I still feel like I’m recovering, physically and mentally.  That’s normal after a long weekend in sin city though, right?  And even though the city hit me like a train wreck, it helped immensely that we had a luxurious place to stay while we were there.  Let’s rewind…

We arrived in Vegas last Thursday afternoon, just in time for Halloween.  After a short and easy flight – we flew out of the smaller airport in Grand Junction, CO instead of Denver and loved the experience – we hopped in a cab at the airport and were quickly deposited at our hotel for the weekend: the Trump Hotel Las Vegas.  We got a super-sweet deal on these swanky accommodations (more on that later), and I was impressed the second we walked into the glitzy lobby.

Trump Las Vegas Lobby

I’m pretty sure Donald Trump and I have next to nothing in common personally (or politically, but don’t get me started there), but we definitely share an affinity for sparkly things.  From the glam lobby, we zoomed right up to our one-bedroom suite.  The size of the place blew me away.  We had a full kitchen and living room.

Trump Las Vegas

With a pull-out couch… we should have brought friends.

Trump Las Vegas

And the kitchen, which we only used to make coffee and store leftovers in the fridge, was outfitted with top-of-the-line appliances: Sub-Zero fridge, Wolf range, even a Le Creuset tea kettle.  I had serious kitchen envy.

Trump Las Vegas

There was also a full bath attached to the living room.  Then, we stepped into the bedroom, featuring a comfortable king-sized bed, sitting area and plenty of closet space.

Trump Las Vegas

The bathroom is where things really got ridiculous.  It was almost the same size as the bedroom, with a jacuzzi tub to boot.

Trump Las Vegas Bathroom

Trump Las Vegas

I think this unit is one that they sell as a timeshare, and that definitely made sense to me because I could see staying comfortably in this suite for much longer than our 3-nights.  Whether I could last that long in Vegas is another question altogether.  From our windows, we had a view of the Strip in the distance and one of my happy places in the foreground.

View from the Trump

Yes, we were that close to a Nordstrom.

This suite was seriously luxurious.  Online rates for the room would have started at $299/night, plus resort fees and taxes.  We got the whole 3-night stay for $200, plus other perks and no extra fees.  But I’d say we paid for it in a different way.  That’s a story for another time though.

After checking out our suite and freshening up, we dashed over to the shops in Caesar’s Palace so the boyfriend could buy a last-minute component of his Halloween costume.

Caesars Palace Shops

The Trump is located at the north end of the Strip, a little removed from the action.  It would probably be fun and a little more convenient to stay somewhere like Planet Hollywood that is centrally located, but the Trump made up for the location by offering free shuttles to the Wynn and to Caesar’s Palace about every 15 minutes until late at night.  Plus, it was kind of nice to be a little bit away from the fray.

There’s also no casino connected to the hotel, the perks of which are that 1. It doesn’t take 15 minutes to get from your hotel room to the front door, and 2. The entire building is non-smoking.  I loved those two features.

After catching the shuttle back from Caesar’s, we headed to the lobby bar for happy hour.  I loved that their happy hour ran from 5-8 p.m.  I suppose that with Vegas nightlife starting as late as it does, that’s a more sensible happy hour than 5-6 p.m., which is what I’m used to here in the real world. (Only in comparison to Vegas can one refer to Vail as the “real world.”)

Trump Las Vegas Lounge

I sipped a glass of red from Trump’s winery in Virginia (where I visited for my best friend’s bachelorette party last year) while enjoying the cozy, glitzy lounge right off the lobby.  We also ate breakfast in this lounge on our last morning in Vegas and I was pretty impressed.  It wasn’t cheap, but then nothing in Vegas is, and it wasn’t overly expensive either.  The French Toast Croissant was particularly indulgent.

Other highlights of the Trump include their pool, where we sadly only spent about an hour all weekend.

Trump Las Vegas Pool

I also worked out in their fitness center, which was really nice as far as hotel gyms go.  It was pretty big, had a variety of weights and cardio equipment and was kept nice and clean.  It was also pretty busy when I went, which I found interesting because I usually find myself working out alone on vacation.

Finally, all of the staff who we encountered at the Trump were friendly, accommodating and unpretentious.  From the shuttle drivers who ferried us around town to the helpful concierges to the guy who let me into my room when my key deactivated, everyone made us feel like truly special guests.

All in all, I was very impressed with the Trump.  I wouldn’t necessarily recommend that you shell out full-price to stay there, as I’ve heard over and over that you never have to pay full price for accommodations in Las Vegas.  But if you’re lucky enough to find a deal, or if money ain’t a thing and you want to stay somewhere swanky and relatively calm near the Las Vegas Strip, the Trump is a great option.

So tell me – what’s your favorite place to stay in Las Vegas?

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. Frank Johnson permalink
    November 10, 2013 7:34 am

    Great Article! The Trump is really one of the best hotels I have EVER been to. I can’t recommend it enough. You are right that one should not pay full price for a stay there, as it can get pretty expensive. Last time I went I booked through a website where I got a good percentage off. If you want to look it up as well, the link is: HotelsCheap.org

    • November 11, 2013 8:29 am

      Thanks Frank! I totally agree on the quality of the Trump. Love, love, loved it. And thanks for the tip on that website – I’m always looking for resources to get a great travel deal!

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