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The Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa Review Part 1

I’ve always wanted to book a reservation at the Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa ever since it entered the Starwood portfolio. I know it’s a long distance away from the strip, but quite frankly, I was tired of always staying on the strip. I used 10,500 American Airlines miles on http://www.useaamiles.com because the hotel was not showing availability on New Year’s Eve. I received the full Platinum SPG benefits even though I booked through a third-party (I will show you how to do this in a later post)

View from my room

                                              View from my room

During check-in, the front desk agent acknowledged me as a Platinum member and asked which kind of amenity I would like. I opted for the breakfast voucher, which can be used as a $15 credit per person (max 2 people). I asked if there was a possibility of a suite upgrade (knowing there wasn’t, but doesn’t hurt to ask), but she said that the hotel was completely sold out for New Years Eve. I asked for a late-checkout and it was granted with no questions asked. There is a resort fee, but it is waived on my third party rate. The resort fee includes gym access, pool access, newspaper, internet, pool toy rentals/equipment, and in-room bottles of water.

Standard room with a pool view

              Standard room with a pool view

In a sense, I think I was upgraded because of the pool view and the views were magnificent! There is also a small balcony with sliding glass doors where you can grab some fresh air and people watch.

Two double beds

                                  Two double beds

Leather chair with ottoman

                     Leather chair with ottoman

View of the Shower

                             View of the Shower

View of the bathroom

                       View of the bathroom

The room was quite quaint and cozy enough for two people with magnificent views of the property. The Westin heavenly shower had a rainfall shower-head which is the best in the industry and the Westin heavenly bed was even better. I will leave you with two pictures taken from my balcony pool view and Part 2 will be a review of dinner and breakfast at the Westin Lake Las Vegas with additional pictures of the beautiful resort grounds. Stay tuned..

Beautiful pool view

                               Beautiful pool view

Beautiful view of the resort grounds

             Beautiful view of the resort grounds

 

 

Upcoming Trip to Las Vegas this New Years Weekend

This is an annual tradition for me to get away and spend New Years in Las Vegas with friends. I’m going with two of my best friends from college and I’ve planned a three nights stay utilizing a combination of AAdvantage Miles and American Express Fine Hotel & Resorts program.

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For Saturday, I booked a $209 Fine Hotel & Resorts rate at the Venetian Hotel, which includes room service breakfast for 2, a complimentary lunch or dinner (amenity benefit), noon check-in, late checkout, and a complimentary upgrade if available. I’ve attached my Priority Club Platinum membership number by calling the hotel in advance to utilize the “Invited Guest Check-in” priority line. On Sunday evening, I booked a standard suite at Mandalay Bay’s THEhotel (all suites property) on a $200 Fine Hotel & Resorts rate, which includes a complimentary upgrade if available, noon check-in, $100 spa credit, $80 worth of breakfast vouchers, and a late checkout. For Monday, I am staying at the Westin Lake Las Vegas on 10,800 American Airlines AAdvantage Miles, which is a superb value since rates on New Years are sky-high in Las Vegas. I value AA miles to be 2cpm (cents per mile) and since I have a mid 6 figure AAdvantage miles balance, I will gladly spend the miles. The Westin Lake Las Vegas is going for $256, which I gladly will pay in miles. I used http://www.useaamiles.com to book my hotel using AAdvantage miles and since I am an American Airlines Executive Platinum member, I get discount prices. In addition, I called the hotel in advance and asked the front desk agent to add my Starwood Preferred Guest Platinum number to my reservation. It’s a gamble to see if they will honor elite benefits on a 3rd party stay, but it’s Las Vegas after all! Stay tuned……