Checking In: Green Valley Ranch Resort & Spa

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Green Valley Ranch Resort & Spa

This was my 10th visit to Las Vegas and I did something different. I stayed off the strip at Green Valley Ranch Resort & Spa… and guess what? It felt like Paradise! Now don’t get me wrong, I love Las Vegas and the strip. If I didn’t, I would not have gone back 9 additional times. Green Valley Ranch is bringing something different to Vegas visitors – the property is providing that luxury resort component while still being in the Las Vegas area. Located just 8 miles from McCarran International Airport, Green Valley Ranch Resort is going to blow you away with their amenities, activities and gaming space while also giving privacy to you while staying at the hotel.

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The property is Mediterranean inspired and the architecture exudes those qualities. From the moment you pull into the circle drive, you are greeted with gorgeous landscaping, warm smiles and perfect customer service. Walking into the lobby you’ll find chic colors of black and white with arched columns throughout. The presentation of the lobby and staff upon arrival sets the mood for the rest of your stay – and guess what? It is going to be fabulous!

The Rooms:

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Green Valley Ranch Resort and Spa

During my stay I checked into a Deluxe King Room that offered a generous amount of space at 495 sq. feet. The room itself was adorned in modern contemporary decor throughout offering a plush king size bed, 42 inch TV, desk area, sitting area, vanity, minibar, spacious closet, robes, and a separate bathroom with a soaking tub and shower.

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Green Valley Ranch Resort and Spa

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Green Valley Ranch Resort and Spa

Amenities:

  • Concierge service
  • Shuttle service to and from airport & Strip
  • 24-hour in-room dining
  • Private bar
  • Iron and ironing boards
  • Down comforters
  • Separate bathtub and showers
  • High-speed internet access/web TV
  • In-room safe
  • Multi-line speaker telephone with data port
  • Access to more than 7,300 digital daily newspapers and magazines powered by PressReader
  • Plush terry robes
  • Shoe shine service
  • Fitness facility entrance
  • iPod dock

Dining:

Green Valley has a plethora of dining to offer its guests on property. With 8 sit down restaurants including a steak house, Italian, a buffet, and more. In addition, there are some quick stop fast food options and a Starbucks on the gaming floor.

During my stay I ordered room service breakfast one morning – and I have to admit, the food was incredible. I ordered a yogurt parfait and it was not overly sweet and everything worked well together on flavors.

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Room Service 

I also dined at Borracha the Mexican Cantina. I want to point out that the service here was above and beyond! I went off menu and asked for a passion fruit margarita and they delivered. The food was scrumptious as well.

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Borracha

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Borracha

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Borracha

I did not get a chance to dine at Bottiglia but the restaurant is stunning. It looks like they took a page out of a dream sequence and brought it to life.

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Bottiglia

Activities:

The hotel has a lot to offer its guests from pools, spa, gaming, bars, concerts, and movies. You could stay on site during your entire trip and never get bored – the property is that big and has that much to offer its guests.

The “Backyard” at Green Valley Ranch is an 8 acre area for guests to enjoy with cabanas, an adult only pool (The Pond) and a sand bottom swimming pool – giving you that true beach feel right in the desert.

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The Pond

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The Pond

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The Pond 

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The Pond

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Green Valley Ranch Resort – Sunset 

Tip: If you are not staying at the hotel, you can purchase a pool pass Monday-Friday $20 adults/$10 children.

The casino is one of the prettiest I have ever been to and they offer over 2,000 games around the clock. I highly recommend hitting the sports bar for $2 margaritas – I was skeptical because $2 drinks anywhere usually means “watered down” but alas, I was wrong. Two of those drinks and you are good to go.

Overall:

LOVED my stay at Green Valley Ranch Resort & Spa. I had been wanting to stay here for about two years to try something off the strip and I absolutely recommend it to anyone visiting the Las Vegas area. The property is very spacious and really has it all – you could spend your entire trip here and never leave. If that inclusive resort feeling is important to you, this is your next Vegas stop.

Additional Information:

  • Address: 2300 Paseo Verde Pkwy, Henderson, NV 89052
  • Phone: (702) 617-7777
  • Distance from McCarran International airport: 8 miles ~13 minutes
  • Casino hours: open 24 hours a day
  • For Cabana and Ca-bed rentals: (702) 617-7744
  • Dining: options

 

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Green Valley Ranch Resort and Spa

Disclaimer: I was hosted by Green Valley Ranch and Resort but as always, opinions are entirely my own. 

Checking In: The Chase Park Plaza St. Louis

I remember arriving to The Chase Park Plaza Hotel and its location is in a neighborhood in St. Louis that is easily walk-able. This urban oasis is bringing a lot of bang for the buck when it comes to luxury hotels.

 

After you stay in a lot of hotels, they start to blend together – so I try and find something about each property that is memorable & unique in helping me to remember my stay there. I didn’t even have to go far in finding something – it hit me right in my senses when I walked into the hotel. The smell of fresh buttery popcorn! That’s right, the hotel has a movie theater connected to it and you can walk right in from the lobby area. When it comes to unique – this takes the cake as I have never been to a hotel that had a movie theater.

The movie theater is just one of the great things about the hotel that stood out to me. That staff took the time to get to know me and remembered my name, the amazing craft cocktails I went for every night just because the bartender, Joe, was incredible to watch, that fact that the bars hotel The Preston actually carried a 23 and 15 year Pappy Van Winkle – both of which made my soul happy, the beautiful outdoor pool, the guest laundry facilities (and they even provided laundry soap), and I could keep going on for days. In summary – my stay in The Gateway City felt complete staying at The Chase Park Plaza Hotel.

The Rooms:

With over 380 rooms in the hotel and multiple categories to choose from, you are sure to find a room that fits your needs. During my stay I checked into a 1 Bedroom Suite and loved how spacious (840 square feet), bright and comfortable the room was. As someone who works on the road, I like having desk space and a separate work area from the bedroom. This suite really encompassed the ideal room offering the separate living space, 2 TV’s, ample desk space, a full living ares with several seating options, large closet, bathroom with a shower and tub combo, and plenty of light leaking in.

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1 Bedroom Suite

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1 Bedroom Suite

Room amenities:

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Balconies (select)
  • Coffee makers
  • Flat-screen TVs
  • Complimentary newspapers
  • Tasteful décor
  • Pillow-top beds
  • Fine cotton sheets
  • Premium toiletries
  • Thick terry robes
  • Elegant bathrooms
  • Living rooms
  • Room service
  • Pool and city views
  • In-room safes

 

Dining:

The hotel offers 3 dining venues and in-room dining. During my stay I had breakfast twice and drinks nightly at The Preston and had a drink and the BEST short rib mac & cheese at the Chase Club. If you only go to the hotel to eat – this mac & cheese should not be missed. It may be one of the best things I have ever eaten (and sadly I ordered it late at night and did not have my camera so I don’t even have a photo to share).

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Breakfast at the Preston

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The Preston

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The Preston

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Chase Club

Extras:

The hotel does have a gorgeous pool on site that should not be missed as well as a spa! In addition they have the easy access to the movie theater inside the lobby as well – that delicious smell of popcorn will draw you right in!

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Chase Park Plaza Pool

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Chase Park Plaza Pool

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Movie Theater – retrieved from Sonesta

 

Attractions:

A lot of the main attractions in St. Louis are relatively close to the hotel.

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  • St. Louis Arch 6.4 miles
  • Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis 0.6 miles
  • Saint Louis Zoo 2.1 miles
  • Missouri Botanical Gardens 2.4 miles
  • Busch Stadium 5.4 miles
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Cardinals Game

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Botanical Garden – Climatron

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Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis

Additional Information:

  • Address: 212 N. Kingshighway Blvd. St. LouisMO 63108
  • Phone: 1.314.633.3000
  • Distance from St. Louis Lambert International Airport: 11.2 miles
  • Parking: valet and self both available
  • Uber friendly city

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Chase Park Plaza Hotel

Disclaimer: I was hosted by Explore St. Louis and Chase Park Plaza, but as always, opinions are entirely my own.

Checking In: Royal Sonesta New Orleans

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Located right in the heart of it all and on Bourbon Street sits the Royal Sonesta New Orleans. With its balcony rooms overlooking the street below and secret courtyard pool and pool tucked inside, this is going to be one of your favorite hotels in the Crescent City!

I was only able to stay 1 night with the Royal Sonesta during my trip but it was a wonderful introduction to the city for me and so easy to access everything in the area. I went during the Christmas season so the hotel was decked out in beautiful holiday decor throughout.

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Holiday Decor

The Hotel:

 

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The AAA Four Diamond-rated hotel offers 483 rooms in 13 categories to its guests including suites that have all been newly renovated for our enjoyment!

The hotel offers 2 bars, 2 restaurants, a jazz house, and a coffee shop. Because my stay was so short I did not get to go to any of these establishments BUT when I was walking around Bourbon street I saw Le Booze (one of the hotels bars) and its lobby level right on Bourbon Street and touted as a ‘Whiskey Destination.’ I would definitely recommend a stop in there.

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Interior courtyard and pool

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Jazz House

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Courtyard 

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Coffee Cafe

Services and Facilities:

  • Concierge
  • Room service
  • Boarding Pass Kiosk
  • 24-hour business center
  • All new 24-hour fitness center
  • Outdoor heated swimming pool and Oasis Pool Bar
  • Complimentary high-speed wireless Internet access in guest rooms, public space and meeting space
  • Sundries located in PJ’s Coffee Cafe

The Room:

During my stay I checked into an interior patio room and had direct access to the pool and patio through a door in the backside of my room, I also had access to chairs and tables outside that door. The patio and pool are not on ground level so outsiders cannot just walk in, you would need to gain access from a room or with a key card. Having that area is a nice little break from everything else going on outside the hotel walls on Bourbon Street. To me it felt like a secret escape.

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Each room comes with the following:

  • Flat screen TV
  • Complimentary wireless Internet
  • Keurig coffee maker
  • Dual line telephones
  • Robe
  • iHome clock radio
  • Refrigerator
  • In-room movies
  • Pillow top mattresses and king size pillows
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Hair dryer and make-up mirrors
  • Laptop size electronic safe

Because I got in pretty late and only stayed the 1 night – I utilized the free WiFi and work station to catch up on work and I ordered room service (no picture because I was starving) with the doors open to the patio and pool because it was SO nice outside.

Later that evening I took a nice bath and relaxed before I jumped into the ever so comfy king size bed and slept like a baby!

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Bedroom

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Patio outside room

 

Overall:

My stay was less than a day and mostly overnight but as the saying goes, it was “short and sweet.” This was my first stay at a Sonesta property and I am hoping to stay at more of them in the future because I loved the customer service, the hotel cleanliness (especially being right off of a party street), the easiness of check in and getting around, and the overall vibe of the hotel.

Additional Info:

  • Address:  300 Bourbon Street New OrleansLA 70130
  • Phone: 1.504.586.0300
  • Check In/Out: 4:00pm/12:00pm
  • Distance from Louis Armstrong International: about 30-45 minutes depending on traffic
  • Getting around: the city is very walk able but also has street cars and Uber available

Royal Sonesta New Orleans

*Disclaimer: I was hosted by Royal Sonesta, but as always – opinions are entirely my own. 

**Some images belong to the hotel. 

 

Checking In: Hotel Valley Ho Scottsdale, AZ

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Hotel Valley Ho

Hotel Valley Ho is one of the most fascinating properties with rich history that I have ever stayed in. The hotel says they are “historic charm meets modern luxury” and they hit the nail on the head with that description.

An urban resort in downtown Scottsdale, this is your new holiday playground – much like it was to the rich and famous back in the day. They loved this property because the paparazzi would not follow them to Scottsdale and they could escape the hustle and bustle of their lives. The property has changed hands a couple times but it is now thriving in fabulous condition and some recent renovations have really taken the hotel up a notch.

The Hotel:

Before additions were made, and there are several buildings, the original hotel looked like a motel from the outside, even the hotel sign is reminiscent of the 50’s. But don’t let that urban vibe fool you – oh no – what’s on the inside is going to blow you away. Beyond the fabulous customer service and the vibrant decor lays a carefully planned hotel, every style room unique, just for your enjoyment.

One of the best amenities of the hotel is that they do not charge a resort fee. I was surprised by this because I cannot think of a hotel I have been to that doesn’t charge this fee. So high five.

You can choose between buildings to suit your needs for a room. The tower offers boutique luxury and the hotel coins those rooms as “classic cool.” Although I would argue every room I went through was fabulous. No matter which room you choose every room comes with a 49″ flat screen HDTV, pillow top bed, luxury bath and amenities, coffee, vanity, laptop sized safe, WiFi, and a mini bar with gourmet snacks and drinks.

The hotel has two pools, the OH pool (which is perfect for lounging around the pool and swimming) and the OHasis Pool (which is made for laps and lounging). Lush trees frame the OH Pool which make you feel like you are somewhere tropical.

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OH Pool

 

I did not dine on site but the hotel does offer room service, food and drinks by the pool, and their restaurant ZuZu Cafe that serves during all meals.

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Pool Bar

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Hotel lounging indoors

The Room:

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Tower Suite

During my stay I checked into a Tower Suite. This room was easily one of the most colorful and cozy rooms I have ever stayed in. When I walked into the room, I was immediately greeted with a vibrant yellow kitchen, crushed blue velvet sofa, 2 balconies, and beautiful decor throughout.

Other room features:

  • 900 sq. feet + 150 sq. feet of balcony
  • King size pillow top bed
  • 55″ flat screen HDTV
  • High gloss kitchen cabinets with service for 8
  • 30-inch cooktop and oven by Dacor
  • Sub-Zero refrigerator + freezer
  • Terrazzo tile bathroom with translucent walls
  • Oversized glass shower
  • Luxurious red flower bath amenities
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Modern lighting fixtures and stainless steel hardware throughout
  • Axxis stackable full-size washer and dryer by Bosch
  • Walk-in closet with shelving and drawers
  • and so much more!

One of my favorite features was the washer and dryer – now that may seem strange, but I like to travel carry-on only and was traveling for about 8 days. So I did not have to send laundry out. These are the little (but rather big in size) things that really set some rooms apart from others.

The room was very spacious for one person, but I usually travel solo and don’t mind the extra room. I had plenty of space in the kitchen, a living area separate from the bedroom, a stunning oversize bathroom, and 2 balconies to choose from. I wish I had known people in the area that I could have invited over to enjoy the room.

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Hotel Tour:

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I was able to get a hotel tour during my stay, and you can too! Just inquire at the front desk. During this tour I learned about the history of the hotel, saw 3 other style rooms, and I was able to go to the roof in which I could see all of Scottsdale and the OH pool from. I Highly recommend this tour – it is about 60-90 minutes in length.

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OH Pool from the room

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Rooftop views

 

I walked through the loft suite in the tower and in the hotel saw a studio and a terrace suite. Every room style is so different yet have similar touches. What is going to stand out is the use of amazing color schemes and patterns – it would be impossible to be sad in these rooms as they just exude happiness.

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Studio

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Loft Suite

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Loft Suite

 

Overall: loved my stay! I wish I had more time to enjoy the property but my schedule was packed pretty tight. I would definitely love to stay here again with friends or family. It is literally in downtown Scottsdale and easy walking/biking around the city.

Additional Information:

  • Address: 6850 E Main St, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
  • Phone: (480) 376-2600
  • Distance from Sky Harbor: about 15 minutes drive
  • Valet parking available
  • No resort fees!!

Hotel Valley Ho

*Disclaimer, I was hosted by the Phoenix Tourism Board, but as always, opinions are entirely my own.