This will be the first entry where I take back something I said in an earlier post (this is a rare event in both my digital and real world life; I'm generally a stubborn dude). Back when I wrote my 16th EFD post (were ever really so young?), I endorsed Downtown's El Cortez Cabana Suites as the "closest thing Vegas has to a truly hipster-approved hotel." Friends, not to take anything away from the still wicked-awesome wicked-awesomeness of The Cabana Suites, but I made that claim before a friend convinced me I had to stay at The Artisan Hotel Boutique, a truly cool, artsy, and weird place with a Gothic aesthetic that I had somehow never checked out until recently.
The Artisan is off the beaten Strip path a bit, located within easy walking distance to The Las Vegas Convention Center, The LVH (the new name for the rechristened Las Vegas Hilton), and (most conveniently) a monorail station so you can whisked around The Strip in an elevated train that feels like an artifact from a future that never happened. The Hotel's non-central location is a big positive, actually, in the fact that it keeps the masses away so that the awesome venues held within do not become as overcrowded as many Strip bars, clubs, and restaurants.
But enough about that... The Artisan's location is easily the place's most boring feature. You'll realize that you're in a place with its own sense of style the moment you step into the funky Boutique's lobby, which is filled with quirky Gothic fountains, statues, and paintings (both original works and recreations of famous pieces). Check in was swift and easy and the quirky staff was extremely helpful.
We approached the shiny mahogany bar area where a beautiful mixologist poured us a few amazing cocktails made with fresh muddled fruit that were so good they immediately made me regret excluding the place from my recent review of Las Vegas cocktail culture.
The DJs were spinning an eclectic mix and my friends and I got out on the dance floor and
The resort also has a chilled out pool area, where we enjoyed a round of Bloody Marys as we detoxed from the previous evening's partying. Cabanas are available for rent, but paying money to hang out by the pool seems pretty silly and empty to me. Unfortunately, the European-style pool becomes a crazy pool party during summer weekends; even the coolest resort can't help but indulge in the horrifying yet lucrative Las Vegas daylife trend.
The Artisan completely blew me away from the moment I entered the lobby until I checked out on Sunday morning. The place has rocketed to the top of my mind-list as the hippest hotel in Las Vegas, and even gives all of The Ace Hotel locations I've visited a run for their money in terms of hipster hotel cred.
Plus, they offer guests a free adult channel. The Artisan truly is heaven in Sin City.