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Nobu Hotel in Las Vegas

First Look - Viva Las Vegas: Nobu Hotel
March 13, 2013
By , Contributor

What happens when you bring together one of the world’s most famous chefs, a seasoned celebrity hotelier, a former Hollywood producer, and a visionary architect? No, not the reality show to end all reality shows. Good guess, though. Take Chef Nobu, add De Niro, Teper, and Rockwell, and you’ve got the Nobu Hotel at Caesars Palace Las Vegas, the nation’s first celebrity chef-branded hotel. (And quite the mouthful, indeed.)

Just opened at the Centurion Tower at Caesars Palace, Nobu is less Roman opulence and more Japanese minimalism, in the vein of George Nakashima. Think live-edge wood tables, neutral tones, and “shodo” calligraphy, plus custom artwork by up-and-coming Japanese artists, hand-selected by Chef Nobu himself. Even the lobby is adorned with floor-to-ceiling natural wood blocks so you can enjoy a pared-down aesthetic – a rarity in Vegas – before being whisked away for private in-room iPad registration and a signature green tea welcome.

Zen design aside (though it must be noted that all rooms were feng shui-ed by David Rockwell), the hotel perks warrant a visit. First and foremost, guests receive priority reservations at the world’s largest Nobu restaurant, a whimsical 327-seat space decked out in raw wood, stone tiles, and paper lanterns. Reserve one of the teppanyaki tables –this is the only Nobu in the U.S. that has them – and watch the chefs grill up a seven-course tasting menu right in front of you. Or grab a seat at the sushi bar and savor yellowtail sashimi with jalapeño. In the case that you’re cozily wrapped in Fili D’oro Italian linens but have a late-night hankering for miso cod, Nobu room service is available 24/7. (The food, not the chef...although you never know in Vegas.) The Nobu-curated minibar is also stocked with chocolate-dipped Pocky pretzels and Wild Poppy blood orange chili juice. Hotel guests are granted VIP entry to Pure Nightclub, so you can bypass that velvet rope completely, as well as complimentary access to the 5,500-square-foot state-of-the-art fitness center at Qua Baths & Spa. Don't miss out on the benefits of the Arctic Ice Room or steamy Laconium Room, also gratis. After a night on the town, you’ll need it.

At the new Nobu, here’s to hoping what happens in Vegas goes way beyond Vegas, just this once.