Palms Casino Resort is at 4321 W. Flamingo Rd. (w. of Las Vegas Blvd. and I-15). Once upon a time, this off-Strip biggie was the hangout of choice for Hollywood celebs, tabloid queens and twenty- and thirtysomething nightlife mavens. The nightclub lines were epic, the micro miniskirt-count off the charts. Since then, Vegas newcomers like The Cosmopolitan have stolen some of the resort's sizzle. But don't get us wrong. Palms still fancies itself hipper than thou, and there's no mistaking this place for a run-of-the-mill locals' casino like Gold Coast across the street.
A top-to-bottom renovation (including redesigned guest rooms, restaurants and gaming spaces) has resulted in a more contemporary, streamlined look with a classy, circular gaming pit arranged around the casino's whiskey-centric centerpiece bar, Social. The forests of slot machines have been thinned a bit, giving these once-cramped areas a roomy feel. The plush sports book ranks among the tops in town.
On the nightlife tip is Ghostbar. Ensconced on the 55th floor, it features a see-through, acrylic-floored balcony with dizzying views of the city below. Throw in the Palms' handful of cocktail lounges and eateries (including the world's largest Hooters restaurant/bar) and you have a nice mix of options. The hotel's movie multiplex includes an IMAX screen, and the acoustically excellent Pearl Concert Theater hosts a fair share of the big-name acts rolling through town.