You can order-up, food-to-go, if you are staying in the luxury Nobu Hotel Caesars Palace, Las Vegas – lunch and dinner, that is. But since the restaurant only opens at 11.30 am, what, the gal wonders, do you do about breakfast? Simple, it is room service, set meals suggested. I really did not feel like miso soup and a Japanese set, or blueberry pancakes. I went continental, and wondered if it would suffice. It did, with style. Look at the result, with absolutely delicious croissant and petit pains du chocolat. This is Nobu land, which is Japan with a hint of Peru, but I had French porcelain and jams, and English cutlery.
The décor throughout, by David Rockwell, is decidedly Japanese zen. What was an 11-floor tower of the massive Caesars Palace has become the 182-room Nobu Hotel Las Vegas, simple as that. Reach it via the main casino floor. A bijou ground floor lobby desk, manned 24/7, shows you how to use the three elevators. Press your key card to a panel and it shows you which elevator is coming first. The cabins, lined with wood building blocks (fir, hemlock and oak), and blocks of skin-like fabric, have no buttons. The elevator simply goes up to your floor. Floor 72 is the main lobby, with good Technogym and coffee station (no, it is not 72 floors high but second floor, so my suite, 8006, on floor 80, is merely ten floors high).
This is a corner suite with pantry alcove and rectangular dining table, is soft beige and gold, muted throughout – except, that is, for one corner bearing multi-coloured Japanese art. I look out, down at The Strip, and feel this is an oasis of calm. There is welcome green tea, in a glass carafe, with a rice cracker, and, just before going to bed, I am brought a vacuum jug of boiling water to make hot tea. I have towel robes and yukata, in both cases of one of each, one black, one champagne. The soft velour-feel slippers are, one pair black and one pair white, the flip-flop type. There are cherry-blossomed packaged Nobu toiletries as well as bespoke rosemary and white tea items, by NaturaBissé.
Of course there is a Japanese toilet (and magazines are here, in a standing rack). The two basins, as shown, are like Japanese drums. If you want even more space, in a couple of weeks’ time, this luxury hotel opens its Nobu Villa, a rooftop space with three bedrooms in its 10,300 sq ft total area, which comes with five different eating places, some on the 4,700 sq ft terrace. Expect Nobu Hotel regulars like Tyra Banks – who loved having make-up remover pads in her more-humble bathroom – to love, even more, the amenities in the Villa, which happen to include a full-size onsen tub.