I just got back from a four night stay in Las Vegas. I’ll spare you the complete recap, in fact, some of it I can’t even remember, but one thing that stuck in my head was the difference in the two hotels we stayed in. We spent three nights downtown for the re-grand opening of the D hotel* and then the final night on the strip at Planet Hollywood.
The hotel room at the D is exactly like it looks on the site. It’s minimalist, it’s contemporary with red and black tones, and the new furniture compliments the room nicely. The beds were super comfortable, and the sheets were nice as well. With a wall of large windows, the room got plenty of light. As with many hotel remodels these days, the bathroom was barely touched (if at all), but it was clean and functional.
That’s basically all I ask from a hotel. A clean bathroom, a decent bed to sleep in and a clean and inviting interior. Staying at hotels like the Wynn and Aria is certainly an awesome experience, but it’s not what I require in a room. If I can get a decent bed and a decent shower at a decent rate, then that’s all I ask. That’s exactly what the D offers and I can’t recommend the hotel enough.
I feel exactly opposite about my stay at Planet Hollywood. This remodeled room (from when they converted from Aladdin) was a mess. The carpet wasn’t even and was coming up in the middle of the room, and the wallpaper and furniture was beat to hell. There was one small window that barely let in any light and they took that opportunity to cram a bunch of furniture in front of the window making the room even darker. The shower floor was sticky and clearly hadn’t been touched since the resort opened (and frankly I’m surprised it is that new). Caesars Entertainment’s lack of property maintenance is beginning to border on atrocious, and frankly it’s sad to see these properties age so poorly.
These days I’m enjoying spending time downtown more and more. The D rooms are great downtown rooms. They remind me a lot of the Golden Nugget Rush Tower rooms in terms of quality, albeit not along the same lines in regards to bathroom. I really like what Derek Stevens has done at the D and I definitely will stay there again and recommend that you give it a try. The price (Approximately $80 on Weekends, $40 on weekdays) is certainly right for the value.
*The room at the D was provided as a comp, however the opinions are solely those of my own and were not influenced in any way by that.