LVH: The VegasTripping Review 2012
The No Resort Fee Premium Room
Back in the early 1990's, shortly after moving to California from New York I took my first trip to Las Vegas. My cousins contracted me out to drive a rented Town Car to drive them to, from and around Vegas in exchange for them putting me up in a room and feeding me for the weekend. We continued this arrangement every three months for three years, always staying at the Hilton, seeing Splash at the Riviera, gambling at Palace Station and ducking into every other poker palace during the hey day of themed resorts. I must've stayed at the Hilton a dozen times. Eventually, I swore off staying at the place, seeking more variation in my Vegas trips although a trip to the Hilton - specifically the Star Trek: The Experience - was a must for any and every trip.
Since the closure of ST:TE, I've had zero reason to go there. I'm not the only one. After years of waging bargain basement battles against resorts that had far less to offer, the Hilton fell on hard times. The result is owners Colony Capital lost the Hilton franchise and were forced to change their name to LVH, half-assed tomfoolery which extended to the botched signage on their once magnificent marquee. Two weeks after my stay, LVH was sold at foreclosure auction to note holders Goldman Sachs.
It has been a rough few years at the Hilton/LVH although you couldn't tell from by how the place looks... clean, spiffy even. For a long long time, The Hilton was considered to be the top property in town... a true destination resort, set apart from the din of the strip by style, class and location... all of which might still be true.
After I protracted public search for a suitable (clean & inexpensive) and room, I booked "No Resort Fee Premium Room" at LVH via VT's reservation system for $82.64/night, a steal compared to rates of $200+ being charged for mid-tier MGM properties and lower tier Caesars joints on The Strip.
Arrival was easy via automobile - up Paradise Road and into the Self Parking garage. A short walk past the pizza hut, the former Fanilow gift shop, the LVH sundries show and old Spacequest Casino leads into the lobby which was packed with weekend revelers. The line took about 15 minutes from start to finish and I was given my keys with ease by a very polite and courteous reservationist.