From the free drinks, to lighting that makes anytime feel like Gambling O'Clock, it's hard to relax in a casino knowing that even the building itself is intent on relieving you of your money. For a respite still loaded with splendor, book a stay at the soon-to-open Palms Place.
A mile off the Strip, the Place is a 47-story hotel/condo with 599 glass-walled rooms and no betting facilities whatsoever -- so you can wager your life savings at the time of your choosing, instead of getting sucked into a furious session of Wake & Rake. Lodging ranges from Strip-and-mountain-view studios equipped w/ full kitchens, jacuzzi tubs, and private balconies, to 7,000 sq ft penthouses with infinity pools that hang over the building's edge -- for the illusion of swimming towards Heaven, or Circus Circus. Amenities are appropriately ludicrous, highlighted by a Kerry Simon-run steak-and-sushi joint and a bi-level, 50,000 sq ft pool and spa encompassing LV's first "Hammam": a coed steamroom with semi-private grottos, mood lighting, and perfectly calibrated temps that allow you to linger for hours without pruning up like Big Trouble in Little China's "David Lo-Pan".
When you are ready to plunge into the fray, a moving-sidewalk "skytube" will whisk you the 100 yards to the Palms Casino -- where you'll be relieved to find that, despite the sun rising outside, it's still the perfect time for a Jack & Coke and a reckless game of pai gow poker.