Luxist Guest Post: Poker Player Beth Shak's Favorite Las Vegas Spots
This year when I returned to the 2010 World Series of Poker for my 5th tournament, I was pleasantly surprised by the accommodations waiting for me. I decided to stay at the five-star Mandarin Oriental Hotel, which opened in December 2009. It is important to note that I did not stay in a suite, because the amenities were better than some of the nicer suites I've stayed in.
The Mandarin Oriental was beautiful and quiet; I didn't feel like I was in Las Vegas after leaving the World Series of Poker.
Push-of-a-button accommodations: the room is completely plugged in, including electronic curtains to hide the gorgeous, lit-up view when it's time to rest.
Amazing closet: This is not just a closet; it is more like a dressing room, completely separated from the actual room.
The bathroom: The bathroom has an entire make-up area, Bulgari products, gorgeous Eastern design and – get this – a flat iron. Nobody does that! I was beyond impressed.
Gamble-free. I was able to sit back and relax, and save the games for WSOP.
The best concierge, Joe: maybe he can move to the East Coast and be my assistant!
Although I didn't even need to leave the Mandarin Oriental, these are my favorite Vegas spots that I could not go home without visiting:
Blush at the Wynn: Great atmosphere without being overwhelming. I love that you can be outside and not in a cave.
Lanvin at Crystals: I'm in love. The last time I shopped in Lanvin was on Rue Saint-Honoré. I can't believe they are in Vegas.
Balenciaga at Forum Shops: The good bags are hidden in the back. FYI the hot guy is straight, sorry guys.
Bar Masa at Aria: love Kobe beef the Kobe fried rice is heaven (or hell depending on price for portion size)!
Botero at Encore: The atmosphere is beautiful! Amazing food.
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