Platinum Hotel & Spa

Six attributes make the Platinum Hotel & Spa, which opened on October 2, 2006, unique: It is a small (255 units), all-suite, non-gaming, smoke-free boutique property with the city's first indoor/outdoor pool. And, it is conveniently located just a block and a half from Las Vegas Boulevard, a.k.a. The Strip.  The Platinum Hotel & Spa

It is also the second condominium-hotel in Las Vegas and a member of Preferred Hotels and Resorts. Platinum Hotel & Spa is managed by Marcus Hotels & Resorts, a division of The Marcus Corporation, which owns or manages a distinctive portfolio of 13 hotels and resorts, including the Pfister in Milwaukee.

The mustard and white hotel, which is diagonally across from the Westin Casuarina near Harrah's, the Flamingo and Bally's, has an off-street entrance with its Stir lounge facing Flamingo Road. This ground-floor lounge offers decadent $250 martinis, Manhattans and margaritas. The U-shaped building has a modern interior featuring earth tones and geometric patterned carpeting. Laura Besiada, director of leisure sales (702-365-5000, laurabesiada@lvplatinum.com) offers introductory rates starting at $129 and accommodations in three suite types: the Solitaire Suite is the standard at 910 square feet, while the Princess is 1,083 and the Marquise measures 2,165.

Living room of a Princess Suite

All have a full kitchen with stainless steel appliances, bathrooms with double sinks, whirlpool tubs and separate showers. They are tastefully furnished with a sleep sofa in the living room, a 42-inch plasma screen TV and a private balcony with table and chairs. Some rooms include a washer and dryer, while others have a fireplace. Each of the 255 suites has Wi-Fi access to high-speed Internet. Youths up to the age of 17 stay free with an adult. Peter Rockwood, general manager (702-365-5000, peterrockwood@lvplatinum.com) , notes that all rooms can be booked over the GDS.

Suites on the highest floors have the best views. Those facing west see the bright lights and identifiable shapes of the large hotels along The Strip; others face the mountains. Anne Huntington, director of VIP services (702-365-5000, annehuntington@lvplatinum.com) , can arrange private dinners, viewings, helicopter tours (www.lvhelicopters.com), kids activities and personal shoppers. The boutiques in the Bellagio, Wynn Esplanade, the Venetian and at the Fashion Show Mall and the Las Vegas Premium Outlets tempt visitors to spend in every price range from Chicos to Chanel. Taxis are easily available to transport guests to shows and restaurants on The Strip, and the hotel is 10 minutes from the airport.

Stir Lounge

The Well Spa, which opened on December 2, has wide corridors, serene décor, six treatment rooms and spa products such as Comfort Zone, True & Aromafloria. Well offers destination-like spa activities, including yoga classes and spa cuisine. Outdoor treatments may be available upon request on suite balconies or the pool terrace. Contact Spa Director Courtney McGovern (702-365-5000, courtneymcgovern@lvplatinum.com) to make appointments. 

Executive Chef Brenton Hammer reigns in the Restaurant at Platinum, which has widely spaced tables, high-backed chairs and a glass wall overlooking the pool terrace and The Strip. He offers inventive American cuisine with new presentations of classic dishes and lots of exciting uses of vegetables. The menu features micro-portions of entrees and specialties such as green eggs and ham with mascarpone and pesto scrambled eggs for breakfast, tea-smoked salmon with roasted potato and artichoke salad for lunch and South Dakota bison flavored with caramel and cinnamon for dinner.

The Restaurant at the Platinum Hotel

The Restaurant's wine list spans the globe, listing French Bordeaux, Italian reds Australian shiraz and "Other Worldly" offerings like Argentine malbecs and cabernet franc ice wine from Canada.

Executive Chef Brent Hammer can prepare in-room meals or special lunches for private helicopter flights to the Grand Canyon. When booking clients to Las Vegas, it's good idea to check what conventions are in town because the huge ones very much affect the availability of rooms, shows and dining reservations.

The Platinum Hotel & Spa: www.lvplatinum.com,

877-211-9211 211 E. Flamingo Rd. Las Vegas, NV, 89109