We love to go to Las Vegas and gamble. We have a whole page of Las Vegas reviews, and a lot of our YouTube Shorts are about gambling rules. However, not every trip is about gambling. Sometimes we want a quieter and less crowded, and there are quite a few non-gaming hotels that try to provide that experience. One of the best is the Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas. The Waldorf is located right in the middle of the Las Vegas Strip, and Bill stayed there last month. Wondering if a non-gaming property like this might be for you? In this post, we talk about the room, the hotel bar, the pool and spa, the unique high tea experience, and the very few potential downsides.
Rooms at the Waldorf
Rooms at the Waldorf are absolutely beautiful. I won’t lie– it helped a lot that I booked this room with Hilton points, which may have made it the best use of those points in the history of ever. I encourage you to look at our video review of the room. One of the things we do on the Dine Drink Travel YouTube channels is provide short and focused reviews to give you the information you need to plan your next trip, so you won’t have to watch for a half hour as we talk about everything but what you are looking for.
There was only one downside to this room. The setup in the bathroom is weird, and to get much privacy you needed to slide some panels which are located outside the frosted glass walls. However, the upsides to this room easily outweighed that. The closet was huge. The bed was soft. There were fluffy towels and lots of space. However, they had one killer feature which I have not seen in a very long time. There was free coffee in the room from a lovely espresso machine. Most upscale properties want to charge you extra for that, and a nice cup of coffee in the morning can be a lifesaver in Las Vegas.
The Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas does not have a hotel bar in the traditional sense. Rather, they have Skybar. Skybar is a destination in its own right, and we have a short video walkthrough of this beautiful space. You should definitely make reservations if you know you are going later in evening or on the weekend. Skybar also serves food in the evening, when the hotel doesn’t have a ton of options. The drinks and the service are both great, though, and this is a gorgeous place to spend the evening. I am going to go back with my buddies on a future trip just to enjoy cocktail here.
Pool and Spa
So I obviously didn’t roll video or take pictures in the spa because it is, you know, the spa. I did roll a video of the pool to show you that space. The spa is one of the most amazingly quiet spaces I have ever been in. It has an enormous jetted tub with curved chairs to relax in, a steam room, a tepidarium, and a dry sauna. There is also a dry relaxation space, showers, a well-equipped make ready area, and highly attentive service. I did not book a treatment. With only a day pass, the service was still top notch and I was offered tea or a glass of champagne while I waited to be shown in. The pool area is not huge, but it has excellent seating options and views of much of the Strip. These amenities are a huge part of an enjoyable stay at the Waldorf.
Tea at the Waldorf may be the best lunch in town
The picture at the top of this post shows the view from the tea lounge as well as the food on offer. I took a quick video to show you what the space and the experience are like. It costs $62 and comes with a set menu. You get tea, two scones, four small desserts, and four small sandwiches. While it is not a cheap lunch, that’s probably not the sort of thing you are going to the Waldorf for anyway. It was delicious, and I absolutely recommend it. The other thing I recommend? Reservations. I tried to book a noon sitting two weeks in advance and couldn’t. The concierge couldn’t find space on the day of service, either. Instead, I wound up squeezing in at 1:45.
What are the drawbacks of staying at the Waldorf?
I mentioned one drawback earlier, and you really need to watch the video the see it. The setup in the bathroom makes it difficult to achieve much privacy if you are travelling with someone else– even once you do figure out where the exterior panels are. There are two other drawbacks. The first is that you cannot gamble, and the second is that there aren’t a huge number of places to eat and drink. Neither of these things is really a problem, however. Both the Aria and the Park MGM are a 5 minute walk out the front door. More to the point, the food and drink options that the Waldorf does have are great.
So would I stay again at the Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas? Yeah, absolutely. The service is refined and attentive without being intrusive. Tea was a great experience, the spa is an oasis, and Skybar is a lot of fun. The rooms are beautiful and even have free coffee. More than anything, however, this hotel is quiet. Sometimes you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the Vegas Strip, and this is the place to do that.