6 Things I Love About Las Vegas’ Newest Resort

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My husband, Jason, and I have always loved Vegas, especially the Strip. So when we heard that a new hotel called Resorts World had opened, we had to go. It lives up to the hype in many ways, but it’s the food scene that really shines here. So if, like us, one of the main reasons you visit Vegas is for the food, you’ll definitely want to check out Resorts World.

Opened in June last year, Resorts World was the first new hotel built on the Strip in over a decade. Located at the north end of the Strip next to Circus Circus, it’s a long walk to many other popular sites along Vegas’ main strip, but there’s enough to do here that you will never need to leave.

photo credit: Wendy Lee

1. It’s three hotels in one

Resorts World is home to three hotels, all of which are part of the Hilton brand; Las Vegas Hilton, Conrad Las Vegas and Crockfords Las Vegas. I spent quite a bit of time comparing our options but ultimately decided to stay at the Hilton which has the most affordable rooms. However, if you are looking for more luxury, this is available at the other two properties.

Rooms at the Hilton were spacious and featured floor-to-ceiling windows, most with views of the Strip. We liked the stylish decor and found the room met all of our expectations. For the price, we felt this stay was a very good deal.

Food from Famous Foods Street Eats at Resorts World in Las Vegas
Photo credit: Resorts World

2. Best food court ever

Let’s talk about the best feature of Resorts World, Famous Foods Street Eats. In fact, we liked it so much we ate here three times in 2 days. Jason would have eaten here every meal. It looks like a food court, but instead of corn dogs and cinnamon rolls, you’ll find outposts of some of the best restaurants in the world. There are dumplings from Taiwan, roast pig from the Philippines, clay rice from Singapore and more. Currently there are 18 food stalls and plans are underway for more.

If you only choose one food stall, go there and place an order. But what we did was order from multiple stalls at once using the kiosks in the seating area. We entered our phone number at checkout and received a text message when each item was ready.

I would definitely recommend the Singapore Chicken Rice at Boon Tong Kee, the Sushi Rolls at Nori Bar and the Thai Beef Noodles at Ten Suns. Then top it all off with dessert at Sweet Eats, which serves specialties from around the world.

In the middle of the food court is the Center Bar serving all your favorite adult beverages. They offer a selection of self-service beers and cocktails, but we found that many machines were out of order, so it was easier to order from the bartender.

3. Great fine dining

The only downside to Famous Foods is the seating. As with any food court, there are plenty of uncomfortable tables and chairs and it’s first come, first served. Luckily, there are also several fine dining restaurants when you’re ready for a white tablecloth, attentive waiter, and beautifully prepared food.

Our favorite gourmet restaurant was Brezza, serving coastal Italian dishes. The interior decor is a nice mix of blues and burnt orange accented with gold and silver. However, the weather was comfortable at 80 degrees Fahrenheit, so we opted to sit outside on their large deck. We started with the abalone and chopped salad and then shared the fall squash ravioli. All the dishes were delicious and the service impeccable.

Other upscale dining options include Viva by Ray Garcia, Carversteak, Kusa Nori, and Fuhu. In typical Vegas fashion, all of these options are pricey, but that’s to be expected on the Strip.

Pool Cabana at Resorts World
Pool Cabana at Resorts World (Photo credit: Resorts World)

4. A fun pool scene

When it’s 100 degrees outside, there’s no better place to be in Las Vegas than the pool. And Resorts World’s pool complex is great fun. According to their website, it’s the largest pool complex on the Strip.

While there are seven pools to choose from, not all are open every day of the week. We visited on a weekday so the main pool was open. It wasn’t crowded, so we had no problem finding lounge chairs. After grabbing an ice cold drink from the bar, we sat in the pool for a while, then headed to the play area. Here you will find a Corn Hole, the Giant Jenga, and the Giant Connect Four. I’ve seen play areas elsewhere in Vegas, but this was definitely the largest, which made it easy to play without the wait.

For a more upscale pool experience, rent a cabana that comes with a dedicated pool. Daybeds are also available for hire. But honestly the whole pool area is very nice and it was easy to order drinks so using the free sunbeds is perfectly acceptable.

ALLĒ lounge at Resorts World (Photo credit: Resorts World)

5. Nightlife and entertainment

Resorts World definitely delivers when it comes to nightlife and entertainment. And what I liked was the range of options, from ultra-sleek nightclubs to low-key game bars and everything in between.

Jason and I aren’t really nightclub patrons, but we liked it red tail, a karaoke bar featuring games like foosball and cornhole as well as signature bar food and drink. There is also a sports bar, Dawg Haus, featuring live music and plenty of big screen TVs to watch your favorite sport. Inside Dawg Haus is a “food truck” called Mouse House, which makes tasty and creative grilled cheese sandwiches.

For stunning views, climb to the 66th floor for GO Salon. This place is more expensive, but you pay for the views and fancy cocktails.

Although we didn’t attend a show or concert, there is a fantastic lineup of entertainment. Currently, Katy Perry is performing and will soon be followed by Luke Bryan, Carrie Underwood and Michael Bublé.

An upmarket mall, called The neighborhood, is part of the Resorts World complex. Here you will find luxury brands like Judith Lieber, Fred Segal, Twila True and Sneaker Garden. Mixed in with a few casual restaurants, a Starbucks, and even a vegan ice cream shop. The upper levels of the mall are mostly empty, so I imagine there will be plenty more stores to come.

But there is also entertainment to be had here. The Globe, a ball 50 feet in diameter made up of 8,640 triangular panels, projects a variety of images and music throughout the day. During our visit, there was a small “show” every 30 minutes. It was a big hit with the families, but I must admit that I liked it too.

What you need to know about Resorts World

Our first stay at Resorts World was so enjoyable that we returned a second time a few weeks later. But there are some things I wish I had known in advance.

Getting from the parking structures to the correct hotel lobby and back was confusing, and in the heat, also very frustrating. I recommend that you find your corresponding lobby entrance, check in, and ask the staff to direct you to the appropriate parking structure.

We are used to everything in Vegas being open all the time. But that was not the case at Resorts World, likely a combination of a new hotel, labor shortages, and the current pandemic. Restaurants and shops had variable hours and were closed on certain days of the week. So if you have a particular place at heart, check the opening hours in advance.

Coffee lovers like me will want to know that there is a 24-hour Starbucks on the first floor of Resorts World across from Dawg Haus. Since the resort is so big, it took me until our second day to find this place.

If you like gambling, Resorts World offers cutting-edge gaming, including cashless wagering. However, we don’t usually play in Vegas.

We can’t wait to go back to Resorts World, try one of the other hotels, see a concert, and wait for some new additions to Famous Foods. It’s a great addition to the Strip.

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