During our (short) stay in Las Vegas we had chosen a hotel off the Strip. Actually, not even in Vegas, but in Henderson, NV.
Henderson is the next urban sprawl east of Vegas, pretty much its eastern extension, and from the hotel to the Las Vegas Boulevard it is a short 10 miles. You really cannot miss the hotel, it is a landmark, and large signs lead you to one of the two possible entrances, which end in a huge parking area. Even not knowing the area and dead tired we found our way in the dark from McCarran.
We chose an off-strip venue, because we did not want to get into heavy traffic, and the prices were really really good.
The Sunset Station, a 21-story hotel tower with 448 rooms and 13,000 sq ft of meeting space, covers ninety-eight acres, and is a casino theme park like all the other hotel & casino enterprises in the area – featuring not only the usual pool, coffee shop, and slot machines, but a 13-screen movie theater, a 542-seat bingo hall, a 72-lane bowling alley open 24 hours a day, a 5,000-seat outdoor amphitheater, and nine restaurants. Aside from grabbing a burger there, we didn’t use any of them, but we took our time to stroll through the hotel and casino area. Like in Vegas, fake is the main theme – even a fake canopy.
According to Wikipedia, Sunset Station opened on June 10, 1997. While the owner, Station Casinos, had successful openings with Boulder Station and Texas Station in the mid-1990s, Sunset Station was considered a demonstration of the company’s ability to develop and market a locals casino that was upscale. To me, the look and feel, though, was dated, the carpet looked like a remnant of the eighties, as did most of the non-casino interior. A guy at the rental car station in Tucson International told us that Sunset Stetion had been there before the grand (re-) opening in the nineties, which kind of explains the looks.
A true stunner, though, is the 6,000-square-foot stained glass ceiling of the Gaudi Bar, composed of thousands of glass pieces and weighing twelve tons. The ceiling really looks like a piece of modernismo, in the style of Antonio Gaudí, the famous Catalan architect, and is visual eye candy among all the other standard decorations.
Our room was on the eighth floor. The entrance to the hotel „wing“ is through the main casino entrance, if you need the reception; hotel guests may also use a second entrance away from the casino. The elevator was quick and reliable. Wi-fi in the room was free for one device, not exactly fast, but it worked, the free wi-fi in the casino area was a lot faster and more reliable (who would have thought…)
There were not many people in the casino, it looked like business was slow this time of the year, at 10 p.m. on Sunday most restaurants seemed to be closed (so much for a city that never sleeps).
The room was nice, clean, a tad on the old-fashioned side. The TV was hidden in a heavy wooden cabinet; of course there were free toiletries. We had a view across Henderson to the mountains, but didn’t use much of that – instead we closed the curtains to block out the yellow light from the hotel illumination.
The bathroom tiling and the pseudo-antique yellowish hue of most of the interior and especially the bathroom added to the feeling that this was old; maybe this is intentional. Most guests we saw were probably sextagenarians or older, and I wondered why the hotel didn’t offer bathroom installations to fit their customer base. (In Niagara, the Days Inn offered a sit-in shower with a handle to grab, being almost wheelchair-safe but evidently made to accommodate people with physical impairment).
Service was friendly, cleaning of the room was efficient, and we paid a whopping 33 Dollars a night for a double, resort fee included.
The location right at the interstate was great, it made getting away and starting to our next destination a lot easier. In addition, there is a huge mall around the Sunset Station to cover most of your shopping or fastfood needs. We stopped at the 24-hour Walmart nearby, simply because it was one of the few already open at sunrise.
Would I stay here again?
For a longer time, the answer would be no – because casino, movies, bowling, entertainment isn’t my way of spending time on a vacation. But I would definitely stop here again if I needed a place to stay in the greater Vegas area for a few nights. In terms of value-for-money and a pleasant short stop for bed & bath, I think the Sunset Station is hard to beat.
1301 West Sunset Road
Las Vegas, NV 89014