The Palms opened in 2001 and was The Home to the MTV crowd for most of the 2000’s. A lot has changed since then. The Playboy Club has come and gone. Much of the MTV crowd has moved to The Cosmopolitan or Hard Rock. When The Real World came back to Las Vegas in 2011 it was shot at the Hard Rock instead of The Palms. It still has some of the most notable suites in Las Vegas like the 2-story Sky Villa, The Real World Suite, Hardwood Suite with a basketball court, The Kingpin Suite with a 2-lane bowling alley. You can see the full list on their Luxe Collection page. The Palms was also considered a locals casino since it had good video poker games and a movie theater. That hasn’t changed.
The Palms was recently acquired by Station Casinos and is in the process of converting the Club Palms players club to Station’s Boarding Pass program.
The Palms is a relatively small hotel by Las Vegas standards. The recently remodeled Ivory Tower (pictured) only has 16 rooms per floor. It is located off-Strip, but has a free shuttle to the Strip. The Gold Coast and Rio are also within easy walking distance. A standard Ivory Tower room is 440 square feet. A standard Fantasy Tower room is 470 square feet.
The Palms has a fairly typical assortment of dining options. For fine dining, there is N9Ne Steak House, Alize (French) at the top of the Ivory Tower and Nove Italiano, at the top of the Fantasy Tower. Casual options include the 24 Seven Cafe, The Bistro Buffet and Hooters.
The Palms still has a number of good nightlife options that tend to be a little easier to get into than places like Marquee and Haze on the Strip. Moon, at the top of the Fantasy Tower, has a retractable roof is worth the visit alone. Ghostbar, at the top of the Ivory Tower is a little more relaxed and has a great view of the Strip as well as a glass floor panel out on the balcony that lets you look straight down 55 stories. Other nightlife options include Rain and The View (which replaced the Playboy Club). The Palms Pool is a daylife club and is home to the popular Ditch Fridays events which frequently feature celebrity DJs and recording artists.
Palms Place is connected to The Palms by an interior walkway. That allows easy access to Cafe 6 (where Simon Restaurant used to be) as well as the more upscale and relaxed Palms Place pool.
The Palms does charge a $20 plus tax nightly resort fee. That covers internet access (Wi-Fi), cardio center access, shuttle service to and from Forum Shops and daily newspaper.
If you are looking for an off-Strip hotel with a lot of Strip-level amenities and aesthetics, The Palms might be exactly what you want. It will be high on my list the next time I want to stay off-Strip, but near the Strip.