Like the ever-expanding waistline of a chowhound at a buffet, the area surrounding Las Vegas grows as much in girth as it does in density. Nowhere is this truer than of south-west Las Vegas, which over the last two decades has burst its metaphorical seams.
Fifteen years ago the southern edge was largely held in check by the I-215. Since then, Vegas has jumped its former boundaries to include areas like Enterprise and Southern Highlands, west of the I-15 and south of the I-215. The interior section of this town (to the north-east) includes the upscale residential developments of Spanish Trail and Spanish Hills, home to many of Las Vegas' notable figures. Take the I-215 Beltway out past Durango Drive, where it makes a sharp curve from an east-west axis and heads due north. Here the Beltway practically butts up against the mountains to the west.
Heading west from the Strip, Sahara Avenue yields little of interest. Chains make up most of the tenants, and continuing on, you'll pass countless car dealerships and fast food joints before reaching Rainbow Boulevard, surrounded by residential properties and heavy commercial development.
Farther west is Durango Drive, the beginning of the Lakes neighbourhood, where the waterside homes afford residents the chance to go boating and fishing. Lake East Drive features a walking trail through the surrounding parks, eventually dumping you out at Twain Avenue. At the far-western end of Sahara Avenue, nestled at the base of the mountains, lies the Red Rock Country Club (2466 Grassy Spring Place, 360 3100), a desert golf community that gives new meaning to the word "exclusive."
Things to do West Las Vegas
The Nevada State Museum has permanent exhibits on the natural and anthropological history of the region, from ancient Paiute Indians to 19th-century pioneers, and the men and women of the Nellis Gunnery School in World War II. The standout exhibit tells the story of Bugsy Siegel's Flamingo, complete with interactive recordings of Bugsy (played by an actor) threatening business partners. There are plans to move the museum to the Las Vegas Springs Preserve in 2008; call ahead to check.Read more
Restaurants and bars in West Las Vegas
This comfortable outpost of the Lebanese Hedary family’s Texas original offers fabulous, fresh renditions of falafel, hummus, tabouleh, kibbeh and more, along with good kebabs from the grill. For vegetarians, the tasting meze offers a never-ending supply of incredibly good small plates.Read more
Mixologists reign at the bar of this Italian/tapas restaurant, which aspires to a 1920s speakeasy feel. The bartenders focus on quality, tradition and innovation – the cocktail menu is arranged according to the history of spirits. Ask for a Bee’s Knees – a ’20s-era nectar of gin, honey and lemon.Read more
Red Rock’s signature Italian restaurant is too nice a room to suffer the indignity of shorts and T-shirts, and yet it does. A Tuscan menu (with some Italian-American choices) treats guests to house-made pasta, fresh fish specialties and the ubiquitous wood-fired pizza. Want something lighter? Dress well, snag a seat at the tiny bar and take a wine flight (from the 1,500-bottle wine room) with antipasto.Read more
Hotels and resorts in West Las Vegas
Conveniently located at the north end of the Vegas Strip, this hotel offers spacious rooms with free Wi-Fi and a cable TV. It features a casino and is 5 minutes' walk from the Las Vegas Convention Center.All warmly decorated rooms at Clarion Hotel & Casino feature floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the Las Vegas Strip, Wynn Golf Course and the city of Las Vegas. Each non-smoking room includes a work desk, a refrigerator, a coffee maker and ironing facilities.Guests can play slots in the on-site casino or enjoy a show at the hotel’s Star Theater or Wolf Theater. The outdoor pool and hot tub are both open 24 hours a day.The Las Vegas Strip is within walking distance of this hotel. McCarran International Airport is a 10 minutes’ drive away from this hotel.Read more
This LEED certified eco-friendly hotel is within 1.5 miles of the Mirage and the Las Vegas Convention Center. Las Vegas Marriott has a heated outdoor pool and spacious rooms with a 42-inch flat-screen TV.All of the modern decorated rooms at Las Vegas Marriot come with an iPod docking station and a small refrigerator. They have a large seating area and separate bathroom.The hotel features an outdoor pool area with a whirlpool. Guests can use the fitness center at their convenience.Guests can enjoy American breakfast, lunch and dinner at the cafe325.Marriott Las Vegas is located 3.3-miles from the Las Vegas Airport. The hotel offers room service, safe deposit boxes, and laundry facilities.Read more
Less than 800 metres from the Las Vegas Convention Center and near the excitement of the Strip, this motel offers convenient amenities and services for a comfortable stay.Rodeway Inn Convention Center is next to the Riviera Hotel and Wynn Resort. Guests will also appreciate easy access to the Las Vegas Monorail public transport system. The University of Nevada Las Vegas is also close by.Guests at the Convention Center Rodeway Inn will wake up to a free continental breakfast with a complimentary USA Today newspaper. After breakfast, guests can go for a swim in the outdoor pool or use the hotel's free wireless high-speed internet access.Read more
Music and nightlife in West Las Vegas
Rande Gerber's first full-on Vegas club (he also created ultralounge Whiskey) is a polished spot, smaller than those on the Strip. The red-toned, wood-and-steel interior creates a warm, intimate environment, and opens out to a gorgeous pool. Even the restrooms are a delight, with holographic projections, voyeuristic mirrors and, mouth-shaped urinals. Expect a slightly older, well-heeled locals' crowd.Read more
Shopping in West Las Vegas
Rampart Boulevard in Summerlin, located in the north-eastern area of Las Vegas, was already rife with malls before the first phase of Tivoli Village opened in 2011: Boca Park Fashion Village lies on the other side of Alta Drive, and just up the road from that is the popular and dependable Rampart Commons. No matter to Tivoli’s developers, who painstakingly worked through the economic slump to build and open this classy and luxurious European-themed shopping center. But this open-air market has little in common with its neighbors up the road, opting, instead, for more of a "lifestyle" experience than a shopping expedition. Accessorize your home, at Ethan Allen; your wardrobe, at Republic of Couture; or your dog, at Shaggy Chic; then complete your afternoon with a meal at Poppy Den. You’re welcome.Read more
This modern retreat is frequented by local socialites as much for its proximity to their homes as for its sleek aesthetic. Situated next to the lush pool, the treatment suites appear to float on water. After a hike, order a Champagne Pedicure and Caviar Creams: this champagne cocktail for you and your feet includes 80 minutes of deep exfoliation, soothing masques, moisturizing caviar lotion and menthol foot balm massage, plus, of course, a glass of champagne. Cheers!Read more