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The Wyndham Grand Desert Resort, Las Vegas, Nevada

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Lovely pool and grounds at The Wyndham
Photo by Shay Davidson

Review:  The Wyndham Grand Desert Resort, 265 E. Harmon Drive,

Las Vegas, NV , 89109, USA 

 

When choosing where to stay in Las Vegas, one needs to consider a few things:  How close do you want to be to "The Strip?"  Are you traveling with children?  Do you want a break from the craziness of "The Strip" at night?  If you want to be near the action, but prefer a more relaxing environment just off The Strip, The Wyndham Grand Desert Resort is a perfect choice for you.

The Wyndham Grand Desert Resort sits just a few blocks behind the Las Vegas Strip.  The resort is comprised of a beautiful complex of three towers, 3 heated pools and four hot tubs.  Each room is laid out “condo-style,” with fully equipped kitchen, bathroom, and separate bedroom.  The living areas include a large dining area and separate living room with flat screen TV.  Some rooms have spa tubs in the master bathroom. 

Washers and dryers are tucked away in each unit; an amenity that families or the business traveler will appreciate. Free WiFi is provided, although the resort advertises that there is a small fee, this was not the case for us, and wireless connectivity was available free in the room and throughout the resort.

The condo accommodations are both beautiful and practical.  Decorated in a soft palette of desert tones, I found the rooms comfortable and relaxing.  Rooms also feature large showers and granite countertops, both in the kitchen and bathrooms.  Everything one might need to cook a meal is provided in the well equipped kitchen. 

The pools at The Grand Desert are enclosed in three lovely, lush, manicured garden and deck areas.  Even in winter, the pools are open and heated—something you will not find at most Las Vegas hotels, as pools are often closed during the winter. While we were staying at The Wyndham, people on The Strip were complaining that The Flamingo Hotel pool was closed; even though it was a perfect 73 degrees outside.  We were able to enjoy the warm winter days by the pool. 

Those who travel without children will especially appreciate the “Adult Leisure Pool.”  This pool is designated as a zone where adults can relax, sunbathe or swim, without being splashed by little ones.  Families can enjoy the two other “Family Pools,” where children can play and swim freely, without the concern of annoying sunbathing adults.  This system works well for adults and families, alike.  There is also a very nice, secluded area for reading or working, featuring comfy outdoor couches and coffee tables surrounded by gardens and turf. 

There are two gyms on site for travelers who wish to get in a workout.  There is also a dry sauna and massages are also available.  A small café serves a basic menu and a store also provides the basic things that one might have forgotten at home—like wine, beer and soft drinks, as well as a selection of sundries and resort wear. 

The “Hotspot” lounge on site is very light and airy, and serves cocktails and beverages all day until about 11:30 PM.  Although the resort does not have a casino, per say, there are a few poker machines at the bar and several slot machines for those who prefer to gamble a bit without having to leave the resort.  However, a free shuttle leaves every half hour to take guests to Harrah’s, center strip.  From that point, one can walk to most of the other casinos nearby, including The Venetian, The Wynn, Caesars, The Bellagio, The Flamingo, Bally’s, Paris and Planet Hollywood.  Shopping is nearby at The Venetian, Caesars, the Bellagio and Planet Hollywood malls.

The Wyndham Grand Dessert provides everything one might enjoy or need during a week long, or longer stay. 

This Writer’s Experience

When we arrived, check in was quick and simple.  If you have ever checked into a Las Vegas Strip hotel, you know that the wait-time in line can be obnoxious.  The check in lobby was beautiful, and promised more good things to come.  One drawback at this resort is that rooms are assigned at check in so guests don’t know which floor or what view one might have.  Requests are taken but not guaranteed.

The one thing we did not like at check-in, was that we were sent to a separate desk to receive our parking pass, and that particular desk is the one where salespeople try to sell visitors a tour of the resort, free lunch with a “host,” and a presentation to sell guests time-share investment in The Wyndham Vacation Resorts.  We passed on the free show tickets and lunch along with the sales pitch.  It is apparent from everywhere on the property, that selling timeshares is a big priority here.  However, once we said “No,” to the presentation, we were not approached again.  Just say "No thanks," if you have no interest and enjoy your relaxing stay!

We were immediately pleased with the gorgeous room.  Since we planned to work in the mornings from the room, we knew we would spend some time in the condo and were happy that it was light and spacious.  A business center is available on site, but we both brought laptops and had no need for the center.  We both used the WiFi every day, and were pleased that it was fast and complimentary.

Flat-screen TVs were provided in both the living room and bedroom.  Our room did not have a view of The Strip, but we’ve spent time in Vegas before, so a strip view was not necessary for us.  We did have a pleasant view out toward the hills, however. 

Two bathroom areas surprised us; one with toilet, shower and granite counter with sink, the other with spa tub, counter with sink and lighted makeup mirror.  The toilet area opened onto the living area and master bedroom, as well.  This was a plus, as guests would not need to walk through the bedroom to access the bathroom.  We loved the separate grooming areas and were never tripping over each other as we primped for the day or evening.  Not every room is set up this way, but we had heard that the higher floors are the nicest, which seemed the case.  None of the rooms has a terrace, so we were quite happy that the pool areas were stunning and comfortable.

Housekeeping is not provided, but again, we did not need this service.  It is available for a fee, should guests need service.  Even though a free safe is provided in every bedroom, I would prefer not to have anyone in my room when staying in Las Vegas. 

We used the free shuttle to The Strip daily.  We never had to wait for the shuttle—they leave from each tower’s lobby quite often.  If you love to walk, the walk to The Strip is doable.  During the summer months, this would not be practical because temperatures can reach 104 degrees—not comfortable walking weather.  However, be advised that although the resort is only a couple of blocks off The Strip, they are LONG blocks.  Wear comfortable walking shoes if you choose to walk, and walking at night is not recommended. 

The Ellis Island Casino is quite close to The Wyndham, as is the Silver 7 CasinoEllis Island is known for its casual restaurant and wonderful, reasonably priced prime rib dinner and excellent hot sandwiches.  We were surprised to find that both Ellis Island and Silver 7 will send a shuttle to pick you up, and they will return you back to the Wyndham at your convenience.  For the most part, transportation without driving ourselves was not a problem—just remember to wear comfortable walking shoes! The blisters on my feet will attest to this!

Be sure to ask for a room that does not front on the airport runway!  The first time a plane cruised in, directly in front of my window, I freaked out!  A bit too close, I’d say.  The plane noise was also annoying, but not loud enough to keep us awake at night.  This is a common problem on the Las Vegas Strip; airport noise is not an issue for this resort alone. 

I did wish that the resort had a more complete restaurant.  The café is actually more of a snack bar, poorly staffed with long wait times for orders.  We visited in January; the café is most likely well staffed during the summer months.  The people in the café were very congenial, but not well staffed which resulted in slow service.  We did enjoy the lounge, both the ambience and service were very nice. However, many restaurants nearby will deliver to The Wyndham, and as mentioned earlier, some nearby casino restaurants will provide a shuttle to and from their casino for easy dining transportation.

The Wyndham staff is warm and friendly and anxious to please. The rooms are fabulous, and the location is excellent. You cannot beat the price of the condo accommodation here. Most of the pricey Strip hotels offer a smaller room without kitchen or separate living area, at a far higher price. Depending on the season, a condo unit at The Wyndham can be priced at as little as $112 per night for a one bedroom unit! 

I would suggest that, if you are in Vegas primarily for a gambling vacation, you might want to consider a Strip hotel. If, however, you would prefer the amenities of a condo, especially if you like the convenience of a kitchen and a quiet, beautiful resort feel, then The Wyndham is for you.

Notes:

Whenever renting a vacation condo, be sure to enquire if the complex will be doing any remodeling during the time of your stay. It's always smart to ask before booking or you may find workers by the pool area, or hammering in the condo next door to you! Pool closures are also common so be sure to ask if the pool(s) will be open when you arrive.


Beautiful outdoor relaxation area at The Wyndham Grand Dessert, Las Vegas
Photo by Shay Davidson

Would love to go to Vegas! Good info. Thanks!
Jan 21, 2014