Since 1985 the National Finals Rodeo has been held at the Thomas and Mack Center on the campus of the University of Nevada at Las Vegas. In recent years more than 170,000 rodeo competitors and fans have flocked to the desert to see competition ranging from bull riding to calf roping, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal website. Las Vegas has more hotel rooms per capita than any city in the nation, making this an ideal place to host such a large event.
Hard Rock Hotel
The Thomas and Mack Center is a city block from the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. The hotel has three sections. The Hard Rock Hotel Tower, the Paradise Tower and the Casino Tower house vacationers, gamblers and rodeo fans each December. The Casino Tower rooms are spacious and have a Bose stereo system for high-quality music listening, a stocked bar and plasma televisions. The sleek, modern rooms in the Paradise tower are the standard rooms available at the Hard Rock. They include a mini bar, 40-inch plasma television and an iPod docking station and stereo. The Hard Rock All-Suites tower is the cream of the crop. This luxury tower offers valet service, exclusive spa services and large suites that include the Sex & Pistols penthouse, the Stones Penthouse and more.
Located just a mile from Las Vegas Boulevard, and just one block from the Thomas and Mack Center, the Hyatt Place Hotel offers spacious rooms with sitting areas and flat-screen televisions. The Hyatt Place has a modern feel without the crowds and noise of the casino hotels. This low-key spot is in the middle of the action but allows guests to step away from the madness of the 24/7 hustle and bustle of the city. The hotel is adjacent to the Hofbrauhaus German Brewery, an authentic biergarten.
Best Western McCarran Inn
The Best Western McCarran Inn is across the street from McCarran International Airport, and the Thomas and Mack Center is only three blocks away. This hotel is an option for those looking to stay within a tight budget but who want to stay convenient to the event venue. It is similar in design to most other Best Western locations across the country, but the rates here are lower than at a casino resort. The hotel has a heated outdoor pool open all year as well as a continental breakfast. The rooms are equipped with big-screen televisions and wireless Internet. Guest laundry services, microwaves and refrigerators are available.
The MGM Grand in Las Vegas is tough to miss. The 30-story emerald green tower rises above the Las Vegas Strip on the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Tropicana. Just 1.5 miles to the east is the Thomas and Mack Center. The MGM is the world’s second largest hotel. It features deluxe guest rooms in the main emerald tower with 446 square-foot rooms featuring double pillow-top king beds and marble bathrooms. The rooms have a large sitting area and work desk. A modern section known as the West Wing is an alternative style room tucked away from all the noise of the resort. These rooms have a sleek modern design, Bose stereos and a large marble tiled shower. The Skylofts atop the hotel have panoramic views of the Strip and are large suites that are two stories of luxury and even include your own 24-hour butler.
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