Planet Hollywood Ultrahip Rooms
The VegasTripping Review 2016
Life is short. Choices are many. For good reason (not interested) or no good reason (I forgot about it) up until this moment I've yet to spend a night inside of one of the rooms at Planet Hollywood. This includes the old Aladdin, the new Aladdin and Aladdin/Planet Hollywood of the early Robert Earl years.
My to-do list exceeds my budget and bandwidth.
I have many close friends who love Planet Hollywood. For many many years, they would only stay here. Most positively loving opinions of Planet Hollywood were formed in the heady early days when PH was The Strip's It Girl. PH was a hip, young, shiny, bright, fun, affordable, independent resort placed smack dab in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip. This, coupled with outrageously effective, viral social media marketing and customer relationship building campaigns by new media visionary (and friend of VT) Brandie Feuer, put the world outside of PH's doorstep.
It was a beautiful place in time. The Strip was plump with brand new luxurious resorts, all of whom targeted the Vuittoneer set. Social media was in its nascent stages, skeptically embraced-at-arms-length by only the smart casino marketing departments. The economy was just below tits deep in the shitter.
Our dearly departed friend and charter member of the Vegas Gang Podcast, Jeff Simpson, termed these times "the golden age of Vegas visitation." You could stay in brand new rooms at Encore for $90 bucks/night. There were no resort fees. With these types of options available, Planet Hollywood - hype and all - was Planet Hoboken in my book.
Over the next few years Planet Hollywood slid further and further down and eventually off the list - a forgotten checkbox with no failsafe rebubbling. Also on living dormant in this part of my Vegas hotel punchlist are the rooftop suites at Eastside Cannery (still interested), Aliante Station (maybe interested), The Signature at MGM (not interested.)
Earlier this year, Planet Hollywood announced some new hotel room designs including the upgraded standard room - "The Ultra Hip Room." The stock photos made the design look sleek, sexy and compelling. This, combined with MGM Resorts International's wholesale fleecing of their customers with decreased services, cost cutting and outrageous hidden fees, caused me to give Planet Hollywood a very hard look.
I pulled the trigger and booked a Sunday night at Planet Hollywood for $187.55 plus resort fee via Hotels.com inside of the Kayak iOS app.
I arrived at Planet Hollywood via their free self-parking garage. Navigating the maze of shops to get to the hotel lobby too some time, but time is what I had... I was about 2 hours early for check in time.
Planet Hollywood's lobby is located below the casino level, down an escalator marked with a giant spherical crystal chandelier. A Starbucks and a sundries shop are conveniently located nearby. The checking in took no time at all. The agent was friendly and helpful and didn't make me wait two hours or pay and early check in fee, something MGM Resorts International's properties do.
I got my Britney Spears branded room keys and headed towards the elevators.
Oooh la la. The beautiful Sophia Loren. Still stunning.