Don't overlook this Rocky Mountain lodge–theme hotel with popular attractions such as a huge Bass Pro Shop, a 117,000-gallon saltwater aquarium (complete with mermaid shows), and the Shady Grove Lounge, which has plasma-screen televisions and a mini–bowling alley. The property's spacious rooms were refreshed in 2013 and 2014; although standard rooms retained timber-beam ceilings, some luxury suites now feature a modern, masculine vibe. The hotel is a 10-minute drive south of the Strip right off Interstate 15, making it a great value and convenient option for travelers passing through.
The Silverton isn’t located on the Strip, which frees it from playing by its own rules. There’s a lot going on here, but the overwhelming feeling is a sense of adventure. The rustic interior transports you to a mountain lodge, and the Craftsman design resort rooms are comfortable and welcoming. Standard rooms are just under 400 square feet, while the suites go up to 800. All come with plush linens.
Call it rustic luxe. Granite counters with rain shower heads, plus amenities from Bath & Body Works. It’s not as fancy as something on the Strip, but this is down-home and quaint.
Lots of stone and wood detail, which makes you feel instantly outdoorsy and you get the urge to end every sentence with “Yee-haw!”
One of the biggest attractions at the Silverton is the 117,000-gallon saltwater aquarium. Thursdays through Sundays (times vary), there are free live shows called “mermaid swims,” which is exactly as described. It’s the best free show in Las Vegas. Another big attraction? The Bass Pro Shops, the megastore for outdoor gear. Hunting, fishing, boating--everything you need is here.
The Sway Pool and Lounge is open seasonally. There are cabanas and daybeds for lounging, as well as specialty cocktails.
Silverton’s gym is open 24 hours and has weights and cardio equipment.
The Silverton has quite a variety of choices--steakhouse (Twin Creeks Steakhouse), Mexican (Mi Casa Grill Cantina), Chinese (Wu Hu Noodle) and more. You definitely won’t go hungry here.
Check out Shady Grove Lounge, which has a vintage 19502 Airstream trailer with mini bowling alleys inside. It’s a fun place to get your drink on. The Flare Bar is more futuristic with its changing light fixtures.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The Silverton is far from fancy, so don’t expect concierge service. It’s also about 20 minutes from the Strip, with nothing else around it that would be a tourist draw. So once you’ve exhausted the hotel’s amenities and the mermaid attraction, you’d need to venture out farther.
The Silverton is about a 10-minute drive from the Strip. There is a complimentary shuttle to and from the airport, as well as a shuttle to Aria, centrally located on the Strip.
There’s not much in the immediate vicinity except for Cracker Barrel Old Country Store (5-minute drive), but drive about 15 minutes on the freeway and you’ll end up in Town Square, a shopping area with plenty of restaurant choices, such as Lazy Dog and Bonefish Grill.
Two dive bars are worth checking out if you choose to venture out of the Silverton. Brando’s (4-minute drive) and Rusty Spur Saloon (6-minute drive).
WHY WE LIKE IT
The Silverton definitely has its own vibe. It’s fun and quirky and down-home, and its live music and affordable room rates make you feel you’re getting a true vacation without breaking the bank.