Loews Lake Las Vegas, Henderson, Nevada – Hotel Review

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LEISURE

Two large outdoor pools flank the back of the hotel, one heated and warm enough for a pleasant swim in 50-degree weather. Emerging from the pool was another story, though, and I was glad to be able to get away from the wind in one of the cabanas that lined one side.

There are many other options for activities that don’t require a swimsuit, including the well-equipped fitness center, the spa (complete with beauty salon), a basketball court, and a small private beach with kayaks for guest use. Golf courses and tennis courts near the hotel can be booked through the concierge, although the hotel recommends that guests book tennis courts a month in advance.

Ambling around the hotel grounds, I breathed in the scents of the botanical garden, and saw a rabbit hop across the path just a few feet in front of me, pleasant reminders that I was away from the city. The next day, I glimpsed a lone coyote off in the distance.

DINING

For breakfast at Rick’s Café, I sampled the fresh and invigorating orange and pomegranate juice, along with yogurt with granola and fresh berries, and smoked salmon Benedict, and a perfect cappuccino. For dinner, I tried the crab and asparagus dip appetizer, which I found a bit heavy, but tasty. The spiced fish entrée was a little too spicy for me, but the wait staff couldn’t have been more on point, refilling my water glass at every turn.

Next to Rick’s Café, Marssa restaurant serves Pacific-Rim influenced cuisine. Outdoors, Sands Bar and Grill has a lounge atmosphere, with fire pits to help warm guests in the cool desert nights. Indoors, Arabesque Lounge, just off the lobby, has the feel of a more traditional bar. For light bites, Loews Lake Las Vegas features the 24-hour deli/café Marrakesh Express. Twenty-four-hour room service is also available.

If you want to do a bit of exploring nearby, and get a little exercise in the process, turn left when leaving the hotel driveway and take a 15-minute sidewalk stroll to Villa Montelago. This hotel/casino/dining and retail complex features a reproduction of Florence’s Ponte Vecchio, as well as coffee and gelato shops, restaurants, and boutiques, laid out in the style of an Italian village. (There’s also a small outdoor ice-skating rink.)  It’s all slightly incongruous in the middle of the desert, but this is Las Vegas, after all.

BOTTOM LINE

Service at Loews Lake Las Vegas was consistently friendly, attentive and accommodating, and I was eminently comfortable and relaxed throughout my stay, even when working.

After check-out, I used the handy kiosk at reception to check in for my flight and print out my boarding pass, thereby alleviating any stress about rushing to McCarran Airport, about 14 miles from the hotel.

Loews Lake Las Vegas had a way of extending the aura of desert tranquility far beyond checkout. Indeed, I arrived in New York City in a happily altered state of mind. Even the taxi ride into the city didn’t make me anxious. And that’s saying something.

 

Loews Lake Las Vegas
101 Montelago Boulevard
Henderson, Nevada 89011
Tel. +1 702 567-6000
www.loewshotels.com

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