THE BLOG
11/27/2012 06:59 am ET Updated Jan 27, 2013

The Palms Casino Renovates Without The Sawdust

In an economy that is still working to rebound, every dollar counts. This is especially true when traveling and, as one of the most exciting destinations, Vegas has something for everyone.

During a recent stay in Las Vegas, I decided to give the Palms Casino Resort a try. Less than a mile off the main strip and definitely walkable, this is not a new destination for me, but I had only ever enjoyed the Palms' Rain Nightclub, Moon Nightclub and Ghostbar while staying elsewhere.

Because The Palms is dedicated to staying relevant, it is undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation. I admit I was hesitant to stay at a resort in transition, but the management and staff made my stay effortless and did not hide the fact that this was a work in progress.

The Casino is fully up and running with an array of choices including the Cantor Poker Room, Cantor Race & Sports Book, along with the Drift Spa and Fitness Center and the Palms Cardio Center. The Fitness Center is equipped with free weights and a nominal fee ($15), but the Cardio Center is free and has a wide range of the newest machines to keep you in tiptop shape as you head back to the Casino.

With Alize for gourmet French dining, N9NE Steakhouse a sizzling contemporary steakhouse, Little Buddha hosting Asian cuisine with a touch of French flair, Nove Italiano, Simone Restaurant and Lounge, Bistro Buffet, 24 Seven Café, Fortunes and my personal favorite, Chocolat, a bistro, creperie and cremerie that was well worth the hour on the treadmill post pig out, the property still boasts a full range of culinary options despite the renovation.

The renovation also hasn't overly affected the rooms, as my ultra-chic newly renovated suite was top of the line. The vibrant artwork, colored furniture and newly redone bathroom offered more than ample space to rest while I stayed connected via the complimentary high-speed Internet.

An unexpected surprise that might not be for everyone, but certainly worked for me, was the on-site spray tanning. In my world, sunless tanning reigns supreme and at the end of a long day and long list of A-List amenities my stay at the Palms was seamless.

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