The Las Vegas Strip has long been the goliath of the hospitality universe, home to 15 resorts with more than 3,000 rooms. Recently, however, several properties have tried to scale down and personalize the experience for visitors who don't like feeling lost in the shuffle. Smaller wings at existing hotels, upscale rebrandings, and repurposed properties in the shadows of their gigantic neighbors are all offering a more intimate experience. To be fair, these wouldn't qualify as boutique hotels anywhere else, but in a "bigger is better" city like Las Vegas, these properties are offering truly unique experiences.
by Steve Friess
Steve Friess is a freelance writer based in Ann Arbor, Mich. From 1996 to 2011, he lived and covered Las Vegas for dozens of major publications including Conde Nast Traveler, The New York Times, The L.A. Times and Travel + Leisure. He was author of three guidebooks about Las Vegas including the first and only one for LGBT travelers, Gay Vegas. And yes, he is aware it gets cold in Michigan. Follow Steve on Twitter: @stevefriess.