When people think of Las Vegas they think of The Strip - the lights and elaborate faux architecture packed into the portion of Las Vegas Boulevard between the Stratosphere on the north end and Mandalay Bay on the south. Most visitors stay in hotels right on The Strip and they don’t stray too far from that little stretch during their entire vacation. And they’re missing out on one of Vegas’ best-kept secrets: The Red Rock Casino Resort and Spa.
Considered a “locals casino,” Red Rock has been perhaps the most popular entertainment venue for Las Vegas locals for over five years. Easily one of the most expensive locals casinos ever built, Red Rock competes in quality and luxury with the most popular hotels/casinos on The Strip.
Red Rock is a AAA Four Diamond Award Winner and offers over 800 rooms. All Red Rock rooms come fully equipped with 42-inch plasma TVs, sound systems with an iPod jack, and in-room spa service. Red Rock also features four luxury suites, 1,545 square feet in size, that include a private master bedroom, Calcutta marble master bathroom with a deep soaking tub and large parlor area. The suites are elaborately decorated, and feature a full bar, 65-inch, high-definition plasma TV, dining table for eight people and large sofa and powder room. Suite guests have the option of an adjoining second bedroom and bathroom as well. And the best part of Red Rock accommodations? The view. There isn’t a better one anywhere in Las Vegas.
Red Rock has a comprehensive gaming casino with slots, video poker, table games, high-limit and no-limit poker tables as well as a Race and Sports Book that rivals any in Vegas. The casino is elegantly designed and decorated, putting it a step above most local casinos.
In addition to gambling, Red Rock Casino Resort and Spa offers a number of other entertainment options. Red Rock’s 16-screen cinema complex provides all the latest in movie theatre luxuries. The bowling alley (Red Rock Lanes) holds 72 lanes and has been named Best of Las Vegas every year since it opened in 2007. Red Rock has two music venues (indoor and outdoor), offering top of the line entertainment from such performers as John Legend, Toby Keith, Kanye West, the Goo Goo Dolls and dozens more. Cherry, Red Rock’s seasonal nightclub, features state of the art sound and lighting with an extensive patio housing a larger-than-you’d-expect pool. Simply put: Cherry holds its own in a town studded with fancy nightclubs.
All of this entertainment will cause you to work up an appetite and Red Rock won’t leave you hungry. The resort houses 11 different restaurants ranging from fast food to fine dining. Three of Red Rock’s top tier restaurants have been awarded “Best of Vegas”: T Bones Chophouse (steakhouse), Terra Rossa (Italian), and Hachi Modern Japanese (sushi). Their casual dining options are all high quality and offer a wide variety.
If you’re planning a trip to Las Vegas and are a little worn out by the crowds and congestion of The Strip then you’ll want to seriously consider Red Rock. There’s a reason it has been a favorite amongst locals for years and word is starting to spread to many tourists. Located just 20 miles due west of The Strip, Red Rock keeps you close enough to the heart of Las Vegas but gives you no real need to be immersed in the chaos.
Kevin Devoto is an avid traveler. Kevin Devoto can be reach on Twitter.