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Palms Las Vegas

Updated on November 27, 2010

Palms Las Vegas

Palms Las Vegas in December 2008
Palms Las Vegas in December 2008

Palms Las Vegas is about a mile west of Las Vegas Blvd. (the strip) on West Flamingo Road, across the street from the Gold Coast and Rio. I shot the above photo December 14, 2008 when it was about 35 degrees with high winds and rain and snow falling at the same time. Two days later McCarran (the Las Vegas airport) actually closed for the first time in I don't know how long, maybe the first time ever, due to snow. Flights were routed to Salt Lake City, Utah. The desert is not always hot and dry.

Palms Las Vegas

Palms Las Vegas as seen from Las Vegas Blvd. in December 2006
Palms Las Vegas as seen from Las Vegas Blvd. in December 2006

The sign in front of the Palms designates it as "A Maloof Casino Resort". I often wondered what that meant until I found out that it's the last name of the owners, who have appeared on the TV series Vegas (the one with James Caan as Ed Deline.) They own some sports teams, the Palms, and other expensive stuff. Two corporations, MGM Mirage and Harrah's Entertainment, own about half of the casino resorts on the Las Vegas strip (plus the Rio). Independently owned resorts are becoming more scarce over time. I don't think the typical traveler notices any difference though. When some genius corporate executive comes up with a new corporate policy... perhaps banning liquor from all their properties... then there will be a noticeable difference.

PALMS, A Maloof Casino Resort

The Palms Las Vegas marquee
The Palms Las Vegas marquee

Palms opened in 2001 and was always a popular party destination, having Rain, The Lounge, and Ghost Bar. Their second tower (called the Fantasy Tower, the one with the Playboy bunny logo) opened in 2005 and features the Moon Night- club and the world's only Playboy Club (on the 52nd floor.) You can reserve the Hardwood Suite (which includes a basketball half-court) for $25,000 per night or the two story Hugh Hefner Villa for $40,000 per night.

A third tower at the west end of the Palms property, Palms Place, opened in 2008. It's an all suites tower marketed as a separate property... in the same way that Mandalay Bay markets THEhotel as a separate property.

Palms Las Vegas Fantasy Tower

Palms Las Vegas Fantasy Tower under construction, March 2006
Palms Las Vegas Fantasy Tower under construction, March 2006

The zipper looking thing (see photo above) over the Playboy bunny logo is actually a series of swimming pools that stick out from the high roller suites.

I've stopped by the Palms several times but have not been a guest there. I like the modern, linear design of the casino and the overall atmosphere of the place, but I haven't seen it on a Friday or Saturday night. My visits have always been on weekday afternoons when it's quiet. Palms is a great place for the age 21 to 30 party crowd but should also appeal to older party people who think Bellagio and Caesars Palace are too "old school" and formal.

Palms Las Vegas

Palms in the rain (note the smoke rising from the sign.)
Palms in the rain (note the smoke rising from the sign.)

Palms Las Vegas original tower

The original Palms Las Vegas in 2002
The original Palms Las Vegas in 2002

The three Palms towers in June 2009

View of the Rio and Palms from the 62nd floor of Encore at Wynn in June 2009
View of the Rio and Palms from the 62nd floor of Encore at Wynn in June 2009 | Source

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