This summer, we were invited by Global Yodel to work on a really cool project that enlisted us as local guides on behalf of the SLS Las Vegas, one of the newest hotels under the Curio Collection by Hilton. As avid travelers, we always find ourselves seeking advice straight from a city’s likeminded locals, so it’s always an honor to be able to represent as local guides for Las Vegas.
For this partnership, the SLS Las Vegas hosted us for a weekend and we stayed in one of their Lux Signature Suites – not too shabby for a couple of local bloggers! Our mission was simple: to take in the SLS Las Vegas as well as document a few fun things to do around the city from two locals’ perspective.
When we first checked in to our room at the SLS, the friendly and accommodating staff greeted us at the VIP Lounge (VIP?! These two girls could certainly get used to that!). As we opened the door to our suite, we were immediately enamored with how bright and airy the room felt. The crisp white sheets, the Marie Antoinette-inspired canvas art cloaked over all the walls, the plush white chaise banquette seating…Gorgeous.
To kick off our little staycation, we decided to take a short walk across the street to one of the kitschiest shopping experiences Vegas has to offer – the Bonanza Gift Shop, otherwise known as “The World’s Largest Gift Shop”. This awesome store offers both hilariously gaudy gifts and cute trinkets galore! Need a neon Las Vegas visor in your life? These fine folks have you covered.
For our first night, we wanted to do it up Las Vegas style and do the whole drinks, dinner and nightlife thing inside the SLS. When in Rome, as they say!
We started off with pre-dinner cocktails at the elegant Monkey Bar then off to dinner at Mediterranean restaurant Cleo. We seriously can’t say enough great things about the food and service at Cleo! From the labaneh to the decadent lamb tagine, everything was impeccable.
Capping off the night, we decided to do something we very rarely do – go to the club. Nightlife is such a big part of what makes Las Vegas unique, so we threw on our heels and checked out Foxtail. Although the whole nightclub scene is certainly not for everyone (we’re more coffee shop types than bottle service types), it’s still fun every now and then to get dolled up and dance the night away!
For day two of our mini staycation, we wanted to venture off The Strip and into our more regular stomping grounds of Downtown Las Vegas. We started with brunch at PublicUs, one our favorite spots for coffee and food in the city.
On a nice sunny day, it’s great to take a post-brunch walk to Writer’s Block, a local neighborhood bookstore, or maybe beef up your record collection at 11th Street Records. But it was pretty hot out on this particular summer day, so we decided to drive over to grab some cold refreshments at Park on Fremont, a cute yet quirky gastropub right on the corner of Las Vegas Blvd. and Fremont St. Their vibrant backyard area is the perfect hangout spot complete with an adult-sized seesaw out back!
Another fun thing we love about Downtown Las Vegas is all the cool wall murals and other unique photo ops that present themselves throughout—from the giant murals along the Fremont East district to random downtown corners and alleyways. There’s definitely more to Las Vegas than meets the eye and we highly recommend carving out some time to explore beyond the bright lights of The Strip.
To get the scoop on more of our Las Vegas favorites and local insights, head over to our feature on Global Yodel!