An Insider’s Guide to Las Vegas

For those attending Virtuoso Travel Week, restaurant manager and Glion alumnus Paul Jacquin’s guide will help you to enjoy your visit to the full.






Paul graduated from Glion in 2014 and until very recently worked in the exciting city of Las Vegas. With Virtuoso Travel Week – an annual travel event organised by the Virtuoso network – just around the corner, Paul, former restaurant manager at Joël Robuchon - MGM Grand Las Vegas, gives us his insight into an amazing city.

Favourite rooftop bar
The Skyfall Lounge, part of The Delano resort, is adjacent to Alain Ducasse’s Rivea restaurant and offers an amazing view of the Las Vegas Strip. It is also the best vantage point in the city to witness fireworks on New Year’s Eve – admission for this night is $200 per person, but is free throughout the rest of the year. You get to enjoy a laidback atmosphere away from the hustle and bustle of the city. 

Best Table at Joel Robuchon
Joël Robuchon has two Michelin-starred restaurants at The MGM Grand, the third largest hotel in the world. L’Atelier (One Michelin Star) boasts world-class French cuisine, as well as a fun and interactive atmosphere. The second, Joël Robuchon (Three Michelin Star), offering upscale fine dining in sophisticated surroundings. When it comes to choosing a table, the obvious choice are those in the corners – however the Parisian terrace is not be missed. Offering an indoor experience with the sense of being in the great outdoors, surrounded by lush greenery.  

The latest opening to watch out for
Gordon Ramsey has long been associated with Las Vegas. Now, the world's first Gordon Ramsay Hell's Kitchen restaurant has opened at the historic Caesars Palace. Drawing inspiration from the popular reality TV programme, guests will feel like they are on the studio set.

Located in front of Caesars Palace, the restaurant seats more than 300 guests, including two chef’s tables, floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the famous Las Vegas Strip, red and blue design details in the show kitchen, a private dining room and a contemporary bar serving the latest trends in mixology. The Red and Blue kitchens serve up modern lunch and dinner menus, including Hell’s Kitchen signature dishes. 

Hidden gems
Holidaymakers visiting Las Vegas usually head to the Strip, but downtown in the older part of the city, where the first hotels popped up, is where you’ll find an authentic local experience. Here are two favourites:

Gold Spike is a one-of-a-kind bar and nightlife venue. Featuring over-sized interactive games, special events, and great music. If you want to experience an all-American backyard party then this is the place to go. From giant beer pong and Connect Four to Twister, Gold Spike is an adult playground.

Stoney’s Town Square - A country bar with great live music. A fun, casual, true American experience which is a far cry from the glitz and glamour of the Strip but worth a visit.

Paul has very recently relocated to Joel Robuchon Monaco, so we can expect his Insider’s Guide to Monaco very soon.

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