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Enter the World Of The Palms

Oct. 13 2009, Published 8:42 a.m. ET

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Make no mistake; this is more than a hotel destination. More like a city onto itself, the luxurious Palms Casino Resort and Palms Place Condo and Spa offers every amenity and entertainment so you never want to leave the property.

We recently stayed at the hip resort for a weekend (full disclosure; the trip was comped by the hotel) and we never felt the need to leave. With a 95,000 square-foot Casino, spas, award-winning restaurants, nightclubs, and a full-sized concert facility, The Pearl Concert Theatre, hair salon, and yes, a tattoo parlor, why would you ever venture over to The Strip?

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We stayed in the Fantasy Tower, which includes some pretty far-out suites, including the Erotic Suite with its trademark Show Shower, the Real World Suite, as seen on MTV, and the Hardwood Suite, the only hotel room in the world with its own basketball court, and of course the Barbie Suites (a steal at $4,000 a night!) Perfect for bachlorette parties, the suite was decorated by Jonathan Adler, and is a tasteful vision in pink.

As you might have seen on the “Girls Next Door,” the aptly named Fantasy Tower also is the location of the legendary Playboy Club – the first and only club of its kind to open in 25 years.

Feel like laying down a single while you’re there? Just hustle over to The Studio at the Palms , a multi-million dollar facility recently used by The Killers.

During our stay we were treated to a “Color Massage”, a treatment tied to the color choice of oil. 55 minutes of bliss.

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Don’t miss out on the Sunday brunch at Simon at PALMS PLACE, a favorite of celebs and renowned for innovative food, and yes, the Junk Food Platter, which is mini concoctions of your favorite treats, such as Hostess Ding Dongs, Rice Krispie Treats….you know, health food.(The  all-you-can-drink Bloody Mary bar is  just $7 on top of this $38 all-you-can-eat deal.)

As much as we loved our stay –and would go back on our own dime – we had a quibble with the lack of coffee maker in the room and fluffy robes. A lodging of this caliber should have both of these amenities.

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