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The Urbanist’s Las Vegas: Where to Stay

Where the Locals Would Stay

“I would stay at the Four Seasons (from $279; It’s an oasis on the Strip—elegant, close to the action, yet it feels completely removed. Plus the breakfast buffet includes a fantastic Bloody Mary bar and fresh-doughnut station.” —Jonathan Ullman, executive director and CEO of the Mob Museum

“The SLS (from $82; just took over the long-vacant Sahara Casino. It has an Umami Burger; Bazaar Meat by James Beard–winning chef José Andrés; Katsuya by Starck; and Cleo, which evokes Old Hollywood glamour with a Mediterranean twist.” —Pamela and Christina Dylag, co-owners of the Velveteen Rabbit bar

El Cortez (from $25; is Vegas’s oldest continually operating casino-hotel. It was just added to the National Register of Historic Places, has been remodeling over the past few years, and has the perpetual smell of old-lady perfume and desperation that sums up the Vegas experience nicely.” —Dustin M. Wax, cultural anthropologist and executive director of the Burlesque Hall of Fame