Top Local Favorites for Places to Stay In Las Vegas

Top Local Favorites for Places to Stay In Las Vegas

Las Vegas, the dazzling oasis in the Nevada desert, is world-renowned for its vibrant nightlife, luxurious resorts, and endless entertainment options. However, for those of us who call this glittering city home, it's easy to overlook just what Las Vegas has to offer for locals for staycations.

Whether you're a local looking to escape the daily grind without leaving your home state or a visitor seeking a unique Las Vegas experience, we put together a list of relaxing staycation ideas you can use for a change of scenery whether you are on vacation from out of state or in the state. However, if you are looking to travel in the summer months in Las Vegas it's important to plan ahead so that you can properly deal with the heat and make the trip affordable.

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Durango Casino in Summerlin

Durango Casino in Summerlin is an ideal staycation destination, offering a mix of luxury and local charm in Summerlin. It's one of those local businesses that, though new, is already a favorite among locals for date night or a meal with friends.

Imagine skipping the airport hassle and driving to a sleek, modern resort where you can relax in a super comfortable hotel room. Rooms have beautiful views of the desert Nevada mountains and Las Vegas strip. Even if your staycation is just for a nap and some room service, this is a great spot to catch some z's and ordering room service.

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Eat your heart out and enjoy delicious meals at their variety of restaurants, ranging from fine dining to more laid-back spots in the ultra modern food court. If you're looking for something casual, take a food tour at the "Eat Your Heart Out" communal dining experience with options from Asian noodles, Hawaiian bowls, a classic burger, and Italian.

If you're looking for something more intimate there are chic options like Nicco's Prime Cuts for fresh fish and steak. Enjoy your meal at your own pace and savor the flavor. If you're looking for something more exotic Mijo Modern Mexican Restaurant has a photo worthy vibe that is perfect for a lively night out.

The casino's gaming options, including slots and table games, keep the excitement going. Take a dip at the Bel-Aire Lounge that's connected to the backyard outdoor pool with live music from local DJs. Or, if you want to get out of the resort to enjoy nature, Red Rock state park isn't that far away by car. Check out natures splendor by hiking up the canyon and taking in the views. If your'e a tourist or a local you'll love the close proximity to the outdoors.

Between the food options, comfortable hotel room, and proximity to outdoor activities, this is the perfect spot for a weekend staycation.

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Fontainebleau Las Vegas

When planning your next vacation or staycation, consider Fontainebleau Las Vegas, located on the Las Vegas Strip. It's a luxurious new destination hotel that dazzles locals and visitors. Considered a 'masterpiece unveiled,' this resort has it all. The hotel’s art deco aesthetic adds a unique, high-end energy to the space -- also making it the perfect excuse to take pictures! However, this is not one of the cheapest on the list and may hurt your travel budget if you're looking for an inexpensive place to stay.

The hotel room itself is beautifully designed, even if you get the most basic room option. The room includes a mini bar, snacks, great views, and an option for room service.

This location on our list is perfect for a relaxing staycation, built to unwind and pamper yourself with a spa day. Why? The wellness options are pretty all-inclusive when it comes to the many options you have to amplify and nurture your health. First, there is the Lapis Spa, which has the most comprehensive offerings of spa amenities on the Las Vegas strip. Second, the NutriDrip IV Lounge where you can get some liquid rejuvenation, gym, as well as a nail and hair salon all within the same hallway.

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This stylish resort combines luxury with convenience, featuring numerous bars and dining options for every taste, from fancy dinners to casual drinks. The resort has several high-end restaurants featuring renowned chefs and cuisines from around the world.

The culinary offerings include everything from contemporary American cuisine to authentic Italian, Asian fusion, and traditional steakhouse fare. If you're into steak, Papi Steak has a retro vibe from the golden era of Hollywood swagger. Or if you're looking for something really special try Ito, with only a 12-seat counter on the top floor of the resort. Enjoy stunning views and hand-picked fresh ingredients. For a local restaurant, this is pretty epic. Looking for a culinary staycation? Fontainebleau can be the spot for you, tourist or local.


Lake Las Vegas

Lake Las Vegas in Henderson, Nevada, is a hidden gem offering a watery escape without a long trip. Plus, in this arid desert some lake time can be just the ticket. This 320-acre lake is surrounded by hotels, golf courses, and delectable dining options, making it a fun way to stay in town but feel like you're out of the city.

Lake Las Vegas has two resort options, a Hilton and Westin. Both resorts have a spa and lake front locations. If you're a lover of all things boating and water sports then this is the staycation location for you. Whether you're into paddleboarding, kayaking, or enjoying a peaceful boat cruise, there's so much fun for you and the family.

So what exactly does Lake Las Vegas have to rent? A ton! boats, kayaks, paddle boards, electric boats, and more. If you're looking to get out of your comfort zone then try a more extreme water sport such as e-foil and more. The equipment can be rented for your trip.

Spend a weekend exploring local parks, beautiful spots, and the natural beauty of local attractions. A staycation here allows you to visit and explore without the need for a plane ticket, perfect for maintaining social distancing while enjoying a getaway in your own backyard.

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Red Rock Casino Resort and spa 

Tucked in the pretty Summerlin neighborhood of Nevada's Mojave Desert is Red Rock Resort. It's got this cool mix of modern style and desert vibes that locals love to visit. It's also on our list of staycation ideas because of it's location and various offerings.

You can kick back in swanky rooms or hit up the casino for some fun. The rooms are comfy and have views of the beautiful Summerlin scenery that are tough to beat.

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Oh, and the pool area? It's massive, with comfy spots to chill and grab a drink. Plus, there's a day spa that's a great quick respite for when you need some pampering. Fall into relaxation for a few hours or swing by for a quick massage. 

Then there are all of the food options — so many delicious options with some of the best food in Summerlin! Whether you're into fine dining or just want some easy casual comfort food, this place has got you covered. Newly opened is Blue Ribbon, great ambiance and even better rolls and Nigiri for sushi lovers.

And with all the entertainment {like a movie theater and bowling} and outdoor stuff nearby, Red Rock Resort is all about living it up in the desert.

The Wynn

Let's talk about the Wynn Las Vegas. Considered one of the most luxurious on the strip (if not the most) it's a ten outta ten in all categories.

At the Wynn Las Vegas, rooms are all about luxury and comfort. With room service, bath and shower amenities, elegant vanities, and dreamy sheets and mattresses, it's the ultimate retreat. Plus, you can take that comfort home with you by purchasing the same sheets in the gift shop.

When it comes to dining, the Wynn pulls out all the stops, with restaurants helmed by some of the top chefs in the world. For example, luxury dining at Mizumi. Enjoy a tranquil waterfall view as you explore the flavors of modern Japanese cuisine. From sushi to robatayaki, every dish is expertly crafted with beautiful presentation. A dining experience you have to try.

If you want dinner AND a show consider Delilah. At Delilah in Wynn Las Vegas, the experience is more than just dining—it's a journey into sophistication. With live entertainment adding excitement to the chic ambiance and art deco-inspired décor, every moment transports you to a bygone era of glamour. From the expertly crafted cocktails to the delectable small plates, Delilah promises an unforgettable evening of indulgence and elegance.

Of course, there's a casino, because, well, it's Vegas! But even if gambling isn't your thing, there's plenty to keep you entertained, from world-class shows to upscale shopping.


If you're looking for the perfect staycation in Las Vegas, you're in for a treat. From the serene luxury of Durango Casino in Summerlin to the glamorous sophistication of Fontainebleau Las Vegas, there's something for every taste and budget. Consider the tranquil oasis of Lake Las Vegas for a watery escape or the modern elegance of Red Rock Resort for a taste of desert luxury. And of course, no staycation would be complete without a visit to the iconic Wynn Las Vegas, where every detail is designed to pamper and delight. Whether you're a local looking for a quick getaway or a visitor seeking a unique Las Vegas experience, these staycation ideas are sure to make your stay memorable. So go ahead, indulge yourself in the excitement and luxury of Las Vegas—you deserve it!

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