By Brian Sodoma
As the “Entertainment Capital of the World,” Las Vegas knows how to offer a unique blend of fun and productivity for any business meeting or corporate gathering. And though the famed Strip is a major driver of the Vegas scene, it’s not the only option for business events.
Check out these seven off-Strip resorts, all of which offer plenty of amenities, yet are still close to the action, if you desire it.
Downtown Las Vegas has enjoyed a strong resurgence in the past five years, and the Golden Nugget has been an active participant in the downtown makeover. Fresh off a $170 million renovation, the long-celebrated resort offers 37,000 square feet of meeting space and theater-style capacity for 1,300. Sophisticated and approachable, the property is also center-stage for all the downtown Fremont Street and Fremont Street East vibrancy.
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Just two blocks east of the Strip, the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is one of Vegas’s iconic properties. If your group works so hard during the day that it demands to cut loose at night, the Hard Rock will fit your bill. The site has about 100,000 square feet of meeting space, ranging from intimate executive and board gathering rooms to larger halls seating several thousand people.
Hard Rock planners can also tap The Joint concert venue or space at Vanity nightclub for meetings. The property features a broad mix of restaurants, from creative and edgy to more classic. Culinary Dropout, Pink Taco and 35 Steaks + Martinis are a few of the popular culinary players.
JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa
Some business meeting leaders prefer being insulated from the non-stop excitement of the Strip. The JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa is a luxury non-gaming property with one of the best pools in the Las Vegas Valley. The property has more than 76,000 square feet of meeting space and a maximum capacity of 1,280 for its largest event facility.
Because the JW Marriott strives more for elegance than spectacle, it’s perfect for business travelers who prefer spending downtime in a spa/resort atmosphere. On the other hand, the Strip’s just a short shuttle ride away.
Green Valley Ranch
Green Valley Ranch is a hidden gem capable of becoming a company’s go-to business meeting destination year in and year out. GVR, as locals refer to it, offers easy freeway access to the airport or the Strip in 10 minutes or less.
It’s an all-around winner, from its impeccable resort grounds, including 40,000 square feet of flexible meeting space and numerous on-site restaurants, to its location near the neighboring District, an outdoor shopping facility where you’ll find more dining and shopping.
Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino
Location drives this selection. Formerly the Las Vegas Hilton, the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino is within walking distance of the Las Vegas Convention Center. It’s also just a short jaunt to Strip resort heavyweights like the Wynn and the Venetian.
You can check out nearby conventions while still holding your own business gathering on-site, taking advantage of 70,000 square feet of flexible space. The ballroom and pavilion can accommodate crowds of up to 10,000.
M Resort Spa Casino
Don’t let its Las Vegas Boulevard address fool you – M Resort Spa Casino is actually located several miles south of the Strip. The M is well-suited to handle large or small corporate and business meetings. It boasts 92,000 square feet of flexible space, including the 25,000-square-foot M Pavilion and a 17,400-square-foot ballroom, and there’s plenty of event-facilitating technology on hand, if you need it.
Shuttles can take guests to the Strip in minutes, but it’s not uncommon for guests to stay on-site to enjoy the elaborate spa and pool and nearby amenities such as the SpeedVegas driving experience.
Hilton Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa
Formerly the Ritz-Carlton, the Hilton Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa is for those with a retreat mindset who want quiet for productive meetings during the day. Situated on the banks of the 320-acre Lake Las Vegas, the property offers more than 100,000 square feet of flexible space for meetings or corporate events and a grand ballroom that holds up to 1,200 guests.
In your downtime, paddleboard, play a round of golf or enjoy a variety of dining options at the Aston MonteLago Village Resort. The rustic Italian complex, with its cobblestone streets, fountains and gorgeous lake views, is charming, and it’s hard to believe there’s a casino anywhere nearby. At the same time, it’s only a 20-minute ride to the Strip.
Brian Sodoma is a journalist who covers business and health. He lives in Southern Nevada.