Want everything that Las Vegas offers at your fingertips, without the crowds and cavorting found in the big, on-Strip resorts? Check out the cool Thunderbird Hotel. It’s located in the heart of Sin City’s Arts District, which is between the Las Vegas Strip and downtown’s Fremont Street, so you’re just a short cab ride away from all those bucket-list attractions.
This boutique hotel has a retro feel that extends from the guestrooms to the outdoor pool and from the garden to the lounge. Rooms are relaxing and just a little bit kitschy, with designer décor, premium bedding 43-inch flat-screen TVs, rain showers and free Wi-Fi.
The on-site lounge is a great place to see and be seen every night of the week and there’s always something new to discover, from open mic nights to happy hour and even cocktail karaoke (liquid courage starts at just $5).
Oh, and if your travels bring you to the Thunderbird on the first Friday of the month, you’ve seriously lucked out. At First Friday, art lovers flock to the Arts District, which is transformed into one huge block party with original artwork, live music and plenty of people watching.