While mostly known for its abundance of adult entertainment, the glittering lights of Sin City are not merely limited to offering fun and entertainment. Las Vegas also provides professional a productive opportunity for business meetings and corporate gatherings. Those who visit the Entertainment Capital of the World on business should be aware that though the Strip is widely popular, off-Strip resorts provide luxurious amenities and a safe distance from the chaos of the city that never sleeps.
The benefits of choosing an off-Strip resort for your next business trip are many. For one, off-Strip resorts are likely to be far less costly than resorts on the Strip, and you are far less likely to lose time getting caught up with Vegas traffic and tourist mania. Additionally, being a safe distance from the Vegas nightlife will allow for better sleep in the evening, ensuring more productive days during your stay. Depending on the day of your checkout, you may have a quicker trip to the airport with easier freeway access as well. If you desire just a little taste of Vegas life on the Strip, shuttle services are available at all off-Strip resorts.
The following resorts offer a good distance from distraction, but still provide a means of escape for those willing to go a little out of the way to do so:
1. Golden Nugget
While the downtown area of Las Vegas did not seem to have much to offer over several decades, a notable makeover has been performed in the last five years. After $170 million worth of renovations, Golden Nugget hotel and casino, located in the middle of Fremont Street, now offers 37,000 square feet of space for business meetings and a seating capacity of 1,300.
2. Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Two blocks east of the strip is the iconic Hard Rock Hotel. For those seeking balance on a work trip, the Hard Rock allows productivity in the daytime and fun for all in the evening. From smaller executive and board gathering rooms to larger halls, Hard Rock has 100,000 square feet of overall meeting space. As far as night life, Hard Rock has a great range of restaurants including Culinary Dropout, Pink Taco and 35 Steaks + Martinis. Those seeking a bit more excitement can go to The Joint concert venue or Vanity nightclub.
3. JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa
When purely focused on business during a Vegas trip, look no further than the elegance of the JW Marriott, which is a non-gaming property known for having the best pool in the Las Vegas Valley. With 76,000 square feet of meeting space and a maximum capacity of 1,280, this location is ideal for those who have a purely productive mindset.
4. Green Valley Ranch
Referred to by locals as GVR, Green Valley Ranch conveniently offers freeway access to the Strip. With 40,000 square feet of meeting spaces, GVR also provides everything you can possibly need; from restaurants to shopping on site. Though if you are looking for an escape from work, the Strip is only 10 minutes away.
5. Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino
Just a short distance from big time resorts like the Wynn and the Venetian, the Westgate offers a ballroom and pavilion which can both accommodate 10,000 people in its 70,000 square feet of space. Additionally, the Westgate is also a mere walking distance from the Las Vegas Convention Center.
6. M Resort Spa Casino
Several miles south of the Strip on Las Vegas Boulevard, the M is perfect for small and large business meetings with 92,000 square feet of space. The resort also features the 25,000 square foot M Pavilion and ballroom of 17,400 square feet. Most who visit the M stay onsite, but a shuttle is always available for a quick ride to the Strip.
7. Hilton Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa
In the building that was once the Ritz-Carlton is now a resort that offers a space conducive to work and meetings throughout the day. The Hilton Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa has 100,000 square feet of space for business meetings as well as a ballroom holding a maximum capacity of 1,200. The peaceful, retreat-inspired facility offers paddleboarding, golf and plenty of fountains and lake views. Those who need a break from peace and serenity can take a shuttle to the Strip, which should take about 20 minutes.