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Why Las Vegas’ Top Poker Destinations Remain Architectural Singularities
1 Nov 2021
Las Vegas can be accused of having a split personality. It’s trashy reputation for being an adult’s playground isn’t reflected in its architecture, which is sometimes more reminiscent of ancient kings and temples of gods, as much as it is the place where Elvis officiates your wedding.
A lot of these buildings are still feats of architecture, standing proud to see amongst the haze of a hangover. Take a look at our picks for the best-looking poker destinations in Vegas.
Luxor Las Vegas Hotel and Casino
One of the seven wonders of the world is in Las Vegas, albeit made out of glass rather than sand and limestone. A replica of an Ancient Egyptian pyramid sits snugly on the Vegas strip with a foreboding Sphinx guarding the front door and a row of statues leading in to make you feel like royalty.
Amazingly, and odd for a Vegas landmark, it is similar in size to the original Egyptian pyramids at 350 feet tall and features the Luxor Sky Beam. The beam is the world’s strongest light beam and can be seen from 275 miles away.
Inside is a dazzling display of sloping walls over an Ancient Egyptian-themed temple, complete with statues of the gods and pharaohs. It is also home to the world’s largest atrium by volume, at 22 million m³.
Inside you can marry at the chapel, enjoy the spa facilities with its four pools and whirlpools, visit the LAX nightclub with its 78 VIP tables and noir bar, or hit the tables and put the skills you’ve gained from platforms like GGPoker to the test – see https://ggpoker.co.uk/promotions/fish-buffet/.
The Venetian Resort Hotel and Casino
If you can’t afford a flight to Italy, head to Vegas to see the biggest and best landmarks of Venice all stuffed into one resort.
Vegas doesn’t seem to attract anyone who does things by halves, and that extends to its architectural designers, who managed to smoothly fit an entire city, canal et all, into a hotel resort. Wandering around the resort you will see the Piazza San Marco, the Palazzo Ducale, Lion of Venice column, St Mark’s Campanile and even the Rialto Bridge over a man-made canal where you can see people taking gondola rides.
That’s all to say nothing of what’s inside. There are nightclubs, an indoor shopping mall, four theatres and the Guggenheim Hermitage Museum.
On top of the landmarks is the design of the resort. Renaissance art is painted over the ceilings and between ancient Roman columns painted cream and gold. It feels like walking through the heyday of the Roman Empire.
The Stratosphere Casino, Hotel and Tower
The tallest on the Las Vegas skyline, The Strat Tower stands above the neon lights and eclectic buildings. At 1,149 feet tall, it is the tallest freestanding tower in the US and looks over the sin of Sin City.
The tower itself is an observation platform, with the highest SkyJump in the world. And once you’re done falling, you can head back up to the top for a bite at the rotating restaurant. You’ll be able to look down at the people swimming in the resort’s adult-only rooftop pool.
With a new futuristic-looking slot lounge opened in 2019, The Strat offers more than just its tower. Eat at the 50’s style diner, Roxy’s or shop at the indoor mall.
Replicas of cities, tall buildings, landmarks of ancient civilizations, and of course casinos: this is just the tip of the iceberg of what Las Vegas has to offer. It is probably far down on the list of things to do in Vegas but appreciating the wonder of man and its creativity in architecture is definitely a valid choice. It’s no wonder the strip is called Paradise when you’re transported to a city of palaces and temples.
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