Best Girls’ Getaway: Destination Las Vegas, Nevada

Girls’ getaways are good for the heart, soul, and laugh lines. They provide a break from daily responsibilities, allow you to reconnect with friends, and include all the fun of a grown-up sleepover.  You dance, drink, act crazy, and know that the shenanigans that happen on the trip, stay on the trip.

Cosmopolitan
Shoe Shenanigans in The Cosmopolitan

et’s Grow, Girl! recently provided the definitive girls’ trip drama free planning guide.  Now, we’ve sent our travel enthusiast to Sin City and worked with our local on-the-ground experts to come up with the essential components for the perfect girls’ trip to Las Vegas complete with where to stay, where to eat and drink and what to do.  Whether your tribe is 4 or 14, the following recommendations will guarantee a memorable trip.  

Stay:

The following hotels are all located on the strip and have amenities well-suited for groups of girls.

The Venetian book a Luxury Suite (650 sq ft) with one king bed and a full-size sofa sleeper in the sunken living room for you and your 2 besties.  Better yet, request adjoining rooms and bring more gal pals along.  

Venetian Luxury Suite
Luxury Suite at The Venetian (photo courtesy of The Venetian)

The Palazzo (sister tower to the Venetian) – book a Bella Suite (720 sq ft) with 2 queen beds with optional L shaped sofa sleeper.  The largest standard suite on the Strip.

Bella Suite Palazzo
Bella Suite at The Palazzo (photo courtesy of The Venetian)

Bellagio Hotel & Casino – a Resort Two Queen room (510 sq ft) sleeps 4 or a Bellagio Queen Suite (1020 sq ft) sleeps 5.  Book the fountain side for magical views.

Bellagio Two Queen Room
Resort Two Queen room at Bellagio Hotel & Casino (photo courtesy of Bellagio Hotel & Casino)

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas – Terrace Studio (620 sq ft) with 2 queen beds.

The Aria – Deluxe room (520 sq ft) with two queen beds.  Pay a bit more and get access to the Resort Club Lounge.

Aria Deluxe Room
Deluxe Room at The Aria (photo courtesy of The Aria)

Eat & Drink:  

With a plethora of eateries to choose from along the Strip, choosing a restaurant can be daunting.  Many of your favorite celebrity chefs have restaurants here, every concept from casual to opulent and every cuisine from the four corners of the world are represented.  Here we offer some tried and true options.

Breakfast/Brunch/Lunch:

Yardbird Southern Table & Bar in the Venetian.  Try the chicken ‘n’ watermelon ‘n’ waffles which begins with a 27-hour brining process.  Better be good for $36!

Bouchon, Thomas Keller’s Vegas outpost in the Venetian, serves up indulgent pastries and classic bistro breakfast or brunch inside or on the patio.

Bouchon The Venetian
Bouchon Waffles and Bananas (photo courtesy of The Venetian)

Pronto By Giada in Caesars – In a hurry? Try this fast, casual concept for dine-in or take away.  Enjoy the bottomless beverage package at brunch on the weekend.

Morels at the Palazzo – order brunch, bottomless mimosas or the table-side Bloody Mary cart on the patio overlooking the Strip.

Morels Las Vegas
Handcrafted Bloody Mary Cart at Morels (photo courtesy of Morels)

Hash House A Go Go at the Linq for monster-sized plates perfect for curing your drunchies.

Eggslut in The Cosmopolitan – Be prepared for a long queue and no table service.  But that name!

Eggslut

Dinner: 

We prefer a dining room with a view over the windowless restaurants that abound in Las Vegas.

Mon Ami Gabi at Paris – Request to dine on the patio and enjoy the Bellagio fountain show and people watching. 

Lakeside at the Wynn – come for chef David Walzog’s seafood-forward menu and stay for the light show on the Lake of Dreams.

Pre Dinner Drinks Lakeside at the Wynn
Pre Dinner Drinks Lakeside at the Wynn

Prime Steakhouse in the Bellagio – the patio seats 70 guests and has views of the dancing fountains.

Bellagio’s Prime Steakhouse Patio
Bellagio’s Prime Steakhouse Patio (courtesy of Bellagio)

Estiatorio Milos for Greek cuisine and fresh fish in The Cosmopolitan.  Request the patio.

Hakkasan in the MGM Grand for modern Cantonese cuisine in a stylish environment that makes up for the lack of views. 

Drinks:

Skyfall Lounge at Delano Las Vegas for 180-degree views of the city.

View from Skyfall Lounge
View from Skyfall Lounge

The Chandelier bar in the Cosmopolitan for an opulent setting.

The Chandelier in The Cosmopolitan
The Chandelier in The Cosmopolitan

Skybar in the Waldorf Astoria for gorgeous views up and down the Strip.

Skybar
View from Skybar in the Waldorf Astoria

Play:  

Feeling naughty?  See Absinthe in the tent at Caesars or Magic Mike Live at Hard Rock Hotel or Cirque du Soleil’s Zumanity at New York New York Hotel.

Take selfies at the fountain show or under the Chihuly glass installation, both at the Bellagio.

Bellagio Chihuly Glass
Bellagio’s Chihuly Glass

Do a photo walk at The Neon Museum either day or night.

The Neon Museum
The Neon Museum

Laugh the night away at Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club.

Brad Garrett's Comedy Club

Sing along with your favorite musical artist in residence like Lady Gaga’s Enigma or her unplugged Jazz & Piano show at the Park MGM, Aerosmith also at the Park MGM, James Taylor at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Drake at The Wynn’s XS Nightclub (dates TBA), or Cardi B at KAOS in the Palms Casino Resort (dates TBA), just to mention a few.

Shop at any of the several high-end fashion malls like The Shops at CrystalsThe Forum Shops at Caesars or Wynn Plaza shops.

Go old school and head downtown to gamble, enjoy the light show above Fremont Street or zip line on the Slotzilla above the revelers.

Golden Nugget
Gambling pool-side at the Golden Nugget back in the day

Hike in the Red Rock National Conservation Area, 20 minutes from the Strip.

Fly over Hoover Dam and the Las Vegas Strip on a helicopter tour. 

Tips and Tricks:

  •  Compare Uber and Lyft apps for the best rate when on the move.
  •  Head downtown for lower table limits. 
  •  Most hotel casinos offer a free lesson; it’s never too late to learn craps.
  •  When booking accommodation, compare rates directly on the hotel website to discount sights such as Expedia and TripAdvisor.  Better yet, ask local Houston travel agent Monica Hendricks to assist you with your travel plans.
  •  Upon arrival at the hotel, request your rooms to be adjoining, next to each other or at least on the same floor or you may find yourselves trekking between rooms. Also request a view or the Strip or the mountains or you might be gazing at a parking garage or the roof of a convention center.
  •  Make restaurant reservations far in advance to ensure your preferred date and time.

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