Which Vegas Hotels Should Host the Presidential Candidates?
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The West finally gets to have its moment in the (political) sun and those following this year’s election know that the candidates are dividing their time between South Carolina and Nevada ahead of primaries, which are practically back to back in both states.
All that travel is a logistical nightmare, so we checked in with travel agent Jessica Pentland, owner of Clementine Travels, a Cruise Planners agency, who has experience working with celebrities and politicians, to speculate about where each candidate might hang his (or her) hat when visiting Vegas – sure to be a political hub in Nevada's coming primary as the state’s largest population center.
Pentland noted that finding the right room for Hillary Clinton would be a no-brainer.
“Hillary is going to require the traditional luxury and impeccable service of the Four Seasons,” she says.
Some of the republican candidates – who are in an extremely competitive and contentious race – are a more difficult sell when it comes to dealing with the glitz and glamour of Sin City.
“John Kasich is our budgetary hawk,” says Pentland. “So no Four Seasons for him! He will stay at the Wynn. Top notch service and extraordinary amenities plus just enough nightlife to keep this up-and-comer visible after his NH win.”
Things are still a bit tough for Jeb! Even with his brother hitting the campaign trail for him.
“Jeb has caught a little heat recently for spending a bit too much on hotels and plane charters,” says Pentland. “So we are going to keep him (and his super PAC) out of the headlines by booking his stay at the lovely, yet under-the-radar Hotel 32.”
Hotel 32 is perfect for Jeb, who doesn’t want to seem like an old fuddy duddy, but still wants to limit the flashy stays on his expense account. Hotel 32, tucked away on the top floors of the Monte Carlo, is just the place.
When it comes to Ben Carson, there’s no way he would be caught dead on the sleazy Strip.
“Ben will not be forced to deal with Sin City,” says Pentland. “We are going to keep him away from the strip at the lovely Hilton, Lake Las Vegas.”
The waterfront resort, which used to be a Ritz-Carlton, is about as far from Las Vegas Boulevard as you can get and offers every amenity to the traveling politician, from keeping up with your fitness routine in the fitness center to A/V equipment for those spontaneous campaign meetings.
Sparring candidates Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz are caught up in a contentious battle for big-ticket donors, which poses interesting challenges when it comes to hotel bookings.
“Rubio, who was just endorsed by Sheldon Adelson's Las Vegas Review-Journal, will stay at Mr. Adelson's Venetian because I know that we can get that comped,” says Pentland.
So where does that leave Rubio’s nemesis on the campaign trail, Ted Cruz?
“Cruz will be just next door at the Palazzo just to stay on Mr. Adelson's radar, in case Rubio doesn't make it through the primary,” she adds.
The Palazzo Las Vegas is perfect for Cruz, which offers elevated service known as Prestige at the Palazzo to its exclusive clientele. The added amenities are perfect for the busy politician – there’s personal concierge service, a suite on a private floor, as well as access to the Prestige Lounge with round-the-clock snacks, evening drinks and continental breakfast (let’s just hope his staff also has Prestige access).
Las Vegas isn’t really Bernie Sanders’ style, so Pentland suggests something off the Strip and away from the crowds.
“We would book Bernie at Sam’s Town,” she says. “He prefers to be in a working-class area, far from the millionaires and billionaires.”
Sam’s Town is definitely the perfect local haunt for anyone looking to see how the city’s other half lives.
And last but not least, where would Pentland book “The Donald?”
“Trump doesn’t want to use a travel agent because he knows everything about Vegas and he is staying at the Trump Hotel Las Vegas, of course.”
If there wasn’t a Trump property in Vegas, Pentland says she’d book him at the SLS.
“It’s very over-the-top and has a lot of mirrors,” she says.
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