Make Your Las Vegas Business Trip A Big Win
Las Vegas is a trade show and conference mecca, with one of the busiest convention centers in the world. Did you know that there is more than 9 million square feet of convention and meeting space spread across the town, and every year Las Vegas attracts more than 22,154 tradeshows and conventions? If you're planning to travel to Las Vegas for business soon, the following info about staying, playing and dining can help ensure you have the best business trip possible.
Where to Stay
Cancun Resort, Las Vegas
Cancun Resort Las Vegas is the perfect destination for anyone who wants to work hard AND play hard on their business trip. The hotel has a state-of-the-art-fitness center, which is ideal for sweating your workout -- and not your meeting. You can also get your endorphins up with a swim in the Mayan Lagoon (the main pool) or by sliding down the incredible Mayan Pyramid and cascading waterfalls. Finally at the Cancun Resort, you can enjoy a little bleisure entertainment with the hotel's Cirque Du Soleil shows.
To be in the middle of it all, stay at Polo Towers, recently voted “Best Hotel Value in Las Vegas" by the Las Vegas Review Journal. This newly renovated urban resort offers a variety of options to dine, play, game and explore in the heart of the city, and its casino rooftop has the largest pool deck in all of Downtown Las Vegas.
Where to Explore
Sure, there are tons of casinos on the strip, and they're all lots of fun, but if you want to get some more exploring in when you're in Sin City, you'll want to check out the following spots.
The Smith Center
The Smith Center for the Performing Arts is a 61-acre symphony park and five-acre performing arts center in Las Vegas. The Smith Center has three theaters, and you can take in symphonies, operas, musicals, plays and more there. The Smith Center is a great attraction to visit for anyone who is into live performance, music and art. The Smith Center hosts touring Broadway shows regularly, so it's a good place to go if you want to check out the newest, hottest musicals, like "Something Rotten" and "Hamilton" (if you can get a ticket). Check the calendar on the Smith Center's website for the dates you'll be in Las Vegas for business, and you can see all of the different events that will be happening when you're in town.
Get a taste of old Las Vegas on Fremont Street, which is the second most famous destination in Las Vegas -- next to the legendary Strip. Fremont was founded in 1905, the same year the city was officially founded. If you want to see what Vegas felt like in the days when Sinatra was king, this is your spot. The street now offers up the "Fremont Street Experience," and it has a zipline you can ride, as well as tons of old fashioned casinos lit up in neon. It is also home to the Neon Museum, where neon signs that are no longer used go to retire. The street has a nightly, free light show, and it's also an excellent place for people watching. Fremont Street is closed to traffic, so you can wander, gamble and take in the lights without worrying about staying on the sidewalk.
Where to Meet
If you need to have a business meeting during your trip to Las Vegas, there are plenty of restaurants and bars that make conversation easy. The following restaurants are a great spot to have a meeting, and they also serve delicious food.
Giada, which was Formerly Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall & Saloon, is a great business meeting spot. It offers diners views of the Bellagio fountains, as well as Caesar's Palace. This is a true hot spot in town, so you'll want to be sure you make reservations in advance.
Bazaar Meat by Jose Andres
Bazaar Meat by Jose Andres was recently the Conde Nast “Hot List.” This trendy restaurant calls itself a "wonderful celebration of the carnivorous, in all its forms." This is a great dining spot if you want to taste food cooked by a James Beard Award-winning and Michelin-starred chef, and it has a standout wine list.
The first ever Nobu Hotel is located inside the former Centurion Tower at Caesars Palace. It opened in 2013, and has become one of Las Vegas' go-to spots for sushi. Located on the strip, Nobu is a trendy spot to go for dependably good sushi in a convenient location.
Triple George Grill
If you want to meet somewhere that's not on the Strip, try the Triple George Grill. Located in downtown Las Vegas, the Triple George Grill offers a casual, classic setting and a relatively quiet atmosphere, which may help facilitate conversation. The restaurant has been open since 2005, and it bills itself as one of the best spots in town for lunch meetings.