Do hotels have secret rooms?
I can’t speak for any other city, but they certainly do in my home city, Las Vegas!
You know the old saying, “What Happens in Vegas Stays in Vegas.”
Regarding Vegas hotels, this saying has more truth than you may know. There are secret hotels hidden in plain sight inside the well-known hotels on the Las Vegas Strip!
Which hotels do celebrities stay in Las Vegas?
People are forever curious to know what hotels celebrities stay at in Vegas. Or the more specific question many people ask that cracks me up: “Which hotel do the Kardashians stay in Las Vegas?” Based on the original Keeping Up show on E!, the answer is The Mirage – with frequent trips to The Venetian’s Tao Asian Bistro & Nightclub.
So, I’m here to share what I know about these celebrity hotels and hidden stays in my hometown and favorite luxury city. Some of these treasure trove hotels I’ve experienced firsthand, with others still remain on my Vegas bucket list!
No need to waste time scouring Reddit to get the scoop on Las Vegas’ secret hotel rooms. I answer all your questions and more in this post about ultra-privè secret Vegas hotels hidden right on The Strip!
What is the most iconic hotel in Las Vegas?
Caesars Palace is one of the best-known hotels in the world. It’s located at the heart of Las Vegas Boulevard at the center of The Strip.
Whether or not you’ve visited Las Vegas, I’d venture to say that you’ve heard of some big-name hotels here.
Las Vegas famous hotels
Each one of these hotels that I’ve named has one or more discrete hotels nestled inside. Except for Bellagio – it’s high-end luxury all on its own. No secret about that! The others have private hotels-within-a-hotel with the ultimate in extravagance and accommodations like private pools, backyards, private guest receptions, butler services, chauffeured airport transfers, and VIP check-ins.
These exclusive services are priceless if you want to indulge in unmatched luxury and everything only Vegas offers, plus the added privacy, opulence, and speedy service.
With all of these extra amenities built into the hotel stay, depending on your budget, it could be more cost-effective and time-efficient to reside at some of these private hotels hidden within the hotels that you were probably considering anyway. Not to mention that these secret stays are often plusher and more luxurious than their already four and five-star hosting properties!
Here’s a list of Vegas’ mystical properties I’ve known about, hidden right in plain sight! The most intriguing thing about Las Vegas is it’s a dynamic and ever-evolving destination. So, there may be even more secret hotels than I’ve discovered!
What are some hidden secrets about Las Vegas hotels?
Check out this list of exclusive features and amenities only offered at the best hidden-gem hotels on The Las Vegas Strip.
Las Vegas secret hotels list
MGM Grand’s The Mansion
Coming in hot! At the top of the list, because it’s probably the most expensive, is MGM Grand’s The Mansion. This actual hotel, but urban legend in story, is designed as a Florence 18th century mansion split into oversized villas for “qualified guests only.” This ultimate Vegas hotel stay comes with a Rolls-Royce Phantom driven by a chauffeur, a full-time butler, and private dining with no menus. Because who needs menus when the chef prepares precisely what you request? The Mansion is said to have a separate, secret entrance (of course it does!). Neither the entrance nor the hotel is visible from Las Vegas Boulevard. And in case you were wondering, it’s also not accessible by Uber or Lyft!
NoMad Las Vegas
NoMad Las Vegas, formally Hotel 32, is the first private Vegas hotel I’d ever heard of. It came to be the upper part of Park MGM (formally the Monte Carlo) after a fire destroyed the hotel’s penthouse suites back in 2008. We almost made reservations at Hotel 32 once, but decided on Mandalay Bay’s resort instead. I don’t remember why we chose one over the other. Still, I recall reading about the amenities of Hotel 32’s boutique suites: VIP check-in, a personal suite assistant, and a private lounge with complimentary breakfast, hors d’oeuvres, and evening cocktails. The suites are said to be much larger than those on the lower floors, and they include jetted tubs, espresso machines, and free shoe-shine and ironing services. In 2018, when Monte Carlo was renamed Park MGM, Hotel 32 was also rebranded as NoMad Las Vegas, a new hotel-within-a-hotel.
Las Vegas’ best kept hotel secret – It’s worth noting that I was first turned on to these boutique secret hotels on the Vegas Strip after reading about Hotel 32 in this Forbes article HERE. Today, I’m a Vegas secret hotel treasure hunter!
The Signature at MGM Grand
The rooms at The Signature at MGM Grand are all suites. Condominiums in three high-rise towers that connect to MGM Grand via a catwalk. The main entrance is guarded, gated, and off The Strip, and you must have a reservation to make it onto the property grounds. Guests pull into their designated one of three towers, and a valet and bellman are waiting to handle your vehicle and luggage immediately. The rooms in the towers are furnished condos with a kitchen, dining area, and an oversized bathroom with a jacuzzi spa tub. And for visitors who want to make their stay here a more permanent arrangement, some of the units are for sale!
NOBU Hotel Las Vegas
The entrance to NOBU Hotel is inside Caesars Palace near the old Cleopatra’s Barge nightclub, just outside the casino floor. You may know this hotel’s name from the world’s most recognized Japanese restaurant, NOBU, also inside Caesars. The hotel’s owners are acclaimed Chef Matsuhisa Nobu and his business partner, whom you may have heard of. A goodfella that goes by the name of Robert De Niro! Guests of NOBU Hotel have 24-hour access to NOBU restaurant’s in-room service!
The Villas At The Mirage
North of the Vegas Strip is the well-known Mirage Resort & Casino. The Mirage houses one of the most secret escapes, The Villas At The Mirage. These private villas used to be super privé and reserved by invitation only for guests ranking as high roller gamblers! Some features to expect here are private patios, backyards with pools, champagne bubble baths (wow!), fresh flower linen turn-downs, and an ultra-private entrance chauffeured in by limousine!
Fun fact: The Mirage used to be home to Bare, The Strip’s only private adult pool for topless guests! Unfortunately, rumor has it that The Villas At The Mirage may become a true urban legend of the past if this secret hotel does not return after renovations when The Mirage becomes Hard Rock Hotel. Check out reviews of The Villas At The Mirage HERE!
Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas
Inside Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino is another one of the purposely hidden hotels that most visitors to the city, let alone most residents in the area, don’t know about. There aren’t any flashy Vegas neon signs for Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas on The Strip like those for Mandalay Bay. However, there is a big marquee with “Four Seasons” displayed smaller from the interstate facing the back side of The Strip.
With conveniences similar to those we experienced at The Signature At MGM, Four Seasons Las Vegas is my favorite of the Vegas hotel hidden gems I’ve experienced. There’s valet parking and bell service upon arrival. No waiting! The same goes for check-in, with no lines and a restaurant and bar at the entrance. Inside the guest rooms are THE BEST bedding and pillows – by far the most comfortable on Earth! The valet places convenient-sized bottled water inside your vehicle every time your car is received. You should know Four Seasons Las Vegas is a non-gaming oasis. So, if you’re not much of a gambler, the amenities will make up for it: pool, spa, restaurants, steakhouse, Veranda and poolside bars, shopping boutiques, and all access to Mandalay Bay Beach and their casino.
The Palace at Crockfords Resorts World Las Vegas
The newest and nicest Vegas secret hotel is inside the shiny and new Resorts World on the North end of the Las Vegas Strip. You may recognize The Palace from its feature on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills when the wives were guests here for their Vegas girl’s trip.
The Palace is an ultra-exclusive secret hotel located inside the boutique hotel Crockfords inside Resorts World Las Vegas with a dedicated pre-arrival team and private porte-cochere (private courtyard entrance)! It boasts an exquisite 7,000-square foot labyrinth layout with mansion-style interiors, including Resorts World-style impressive custom art, a foyer entry, personal butler service, 4 bedrooms with a luxury sitting area in each room, a full-size movie theatre room, multiple private saunas, and a private kitchen with a personal chef. At a minimum price of $25,000 a night, even if you could afford this stay, it’s reserved for only vetted clients, celebrities, or the hotel’s extreme high-rollers averaging half a million or more in casino play. This ultra-luxe hotel-inside-a-hotel houses 3 unique secret Palace rooms, each with a private terrace, manicured garden, and pool with an outdoor kitchen for entertaining.
Las Vegas Secret Hotels FAQs
What are the best luxury hotels in Las Vegas?
Below is my quick list!
In my post about the nicest hotels in Vegas, get the full details about where to stay and where not to stay (just as important).
Best luxury hotels in Las Vegas on The Strip
(In no particular order.)
- Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas – Baller status!
- Bellagio Hotel & Casino – My personal fave!
- Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino – Beautiful beach-themed suites!
- The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas – Like a cruise ship, the guest rooms have balconies!
- Vdara Hotel & Spa – No resort fees and free valet parking!
- Delano Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay
- ARIA Resort & Casino
- Wynn Las Vegas
- Encore at Wynn Las Vegas
- The Venetian Las Vegas
- The Palazzo at The Venetian Resort
- Conrad at Resorts World Las Vegas
- Crockfords and Crockfords West at Resorts World Las Vegas
- Fountainbleau Las Vegas – (The newest hotel on Las Vegas Boulevard!)
What are the best boutique hotels in Las Vegas?
Las Vegas Strip boutique hotels are specialty venues within The Strip’s larger, well-known hotels. Resorts World has two exclusive boutique hotels:
- Conrad Las Vegas Resorts World is a boutique hotel concept known for its luxury accommodations and modern stylish design.
- Crockfords Las Vegas Resorts World has two hotel towers at Resorts World. Crockfords rooms and suites, and Crockfords West all suites. Both with extra luxurious accommodations.
What is a speakeasy in Vegas?
Shh! In Las Vegas not only are there secret suites, but there are also secret lounges that welcome customers to sip cocktails in a hidden bar! As USA Today puts it, “The Prohibition era may have ended 90 years ago, but speakeasies are still going strong in Las Vegas.”
Start here with my list of the coolest speakeasies on The Vegas Strip. Then head to my post HERE about Vegas’s coolest restaurants and bars.
Baccarat Bar – One of ARIA’s hidden gems, the Baccarat Lounge is an intimate bar located at the edge of the hotels’ Baccarat Room. It’s a petite, intimate bar with a clean, modern, fresh design with touches of luxurious furnishings. This bar is so tiny you could walk right past! (It does exist!) – Inside ARIA Resort & Casino.
Here Kitty Kitty Vice Den – Experience an elegantly grunge speakeasy discretely tucked away in Famous Foods at Resorts World, offering guests a laidback hangout and an expertly crafted mixology program inspired by the Prohibition Era with a Singaporean twist. – Inside Resorts World Las Vegas.
Allē Lounge on 66 – I bet many people living in Las Vegas or visiting don’t know that at the top of one of the Resorts World’s hotel towers is a beautiful secret cocktail spot. In other words, a speakeasy. The city views through the floor-to-ceiling windows are phenomena and the interior design is sexy, upscale, and sleek. – Inside Resorts World Las Vegas. – *Proper attire is required.
Red Tail – While this Vegas sports-bar-meets-cocktail-lounge isn’t hidden, it’s hiding a fun time. Karaoke! You could wander around the whole social lounge space and miss the three private karaoke rooms. – Inside Resorts World Las Vegas.
The Barbershop Cuts & Cocktails – where cuts and cocktails come together. The Barbershop basks the feel of your grandfather’s honing company but with a dodgy twist – a prohibition-style parlor with a nod to the great whiskey bars of the world.- Inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
Beauty & Essex – Inside this restaurant and bar speakeasy, lower East side grit meets Las Vegas Strip glam hidden behind a pawn shop storefront! – Inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
The Ski Lodge – Inspired by the world’s finest winter resorts, the cabin-styled Ski Lodge pairs the quality and service of a ritzy, members-only cocktail club with the comfort and camaraderie of such low-key spots with the city’s most sophisticated (and delicious) cocktails and pizza! – Inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
Ghost Donkey Bar – A true fiesta-like experience via a speakeasy tequila and mezcal lounge. – Inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
The Lock – Hidden within a curious bar, the key to this mysterious speakeasy is found only after discovering its clandestine entrance, where a Locksmith will assist you in cracking the codes for admission. A voice on the telephone outside the door will reveal your unique password before entering. Once you’ve delivered the password at the door, get ready to be ushered into an antechamber of two different passages. – Inside Horseshoe Hotel & Casino. *The Locke has a 2-drink minimum per guest.
How do you get free hotel rooms in Vegas?
Easily, with major influence!
And I don’t mean by being an influencer. Free rooms in Las Vegas are gifted to the casino’s high-roller gamblers with the influence of major moolah. Green!
What is considered high roller status in Vegas?
Who else is enjoying these Las Vegas secret-hotel hidden treasures?
Vegas high rollers!
And when are you classed as a Vegas high roller?
Luxury casinos in Vegas will class you as a high roller if you deposit $10,000 or more at the hotel for the casino floor. This will brand you as a Vegas “whale” or “cheetah” within the industry, and this branding will get you some major perks! Including ultra-private hotel rooms and comped stays.
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