24 HOURS IN LAS VEGAS: WHERE TO STAY
As much as I hate to promote anything associated with The Donald, stay at the Trump International Hotel, an oasis amidst the chaos that is Las Vegas. The property is within walking distance of the shops, restaurants and casinos but still removed from the madness. Most important, there’s NO CASINO onsite, which contributes to a significantly lower riff raff factor than you’ll find at other properties in this city. The decor is tasteful — by Vegas standards, anyway — with the exception of a delightful homoerotic mural of naked men spanning the length of the front desk. Your guest room will be large and lush: they don’t skimp on the blond wood and marble here. An additional bonus: individual entry ways provide insulation from outside noises.
24 HOURS IN LAS VEGAS: EVENING
Once you’ve checked-in, you’re going to need 1) a nap (you’re on vacation); and 2) a shower (everyone else is on vacation too: don’t ruin it for them). Afterwards, grab a cab to the Raku, one of the best restaurants in Las Vegas: this sushi place is all substance over flash. I liked it better than Nobu (less pretentious) and as much as my longtime darling, Uchi. My three guests and I put ourselves in our server’s hands — we instructed her to just order away for us — and feasted happily as she produced plate after plate of imaginative but straightforward food. The bill (including tip and tax) came to only $300, which is unheard-of in this city.
24 HOURS IN LAS VEGAS: LATE NIGHT (but not too late)
Top off your evening at the Mandarin Bar at the top of the Mandarin Oriental. The cocktails are delicious but pricey, however you can justify the expense because you saved all that money dining at Raku. Plus, the view of Las Vegas is spectacular, and this little paradise is far from the throngs. You can actually hold a conversation here!
You’ve got only 8 hours left of your sane and serene (no headache tomorrow morning) 24 hours in Las Vegas. Go back to The Trump and go to bed!