Now that I'm living in Los Angeles, I like to check out the Vegas hotels and on my most recent trip, I stayed at the Rumor.
The Rumor hotel is right across from the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. No, it's not right on the strip but for me, that's a big plus. I don't have to travel across acres of slot machines to get to my room and I don't have to battle the strip traffic if I want to leave the resort.
I stayed at the Rumor for a couple of days in mid February. Yes, it is a boutique hotel; it's small, intimate, the staff are very friendly and it has a certain style.
But it also reminded me of a place where you would take a hooker if you wanted a nice place but didn't want to spend a lot of money.
Let me explain ...
First off, the name. Rumor. It has a sleazy vibe about it. Like you're doing something a little bit naughty and your friends know about it.
The pool area is pretty cool and there is a 24 hour hot tub, just in case you and your "girlfriend" want to get it on at 3 am after a hazy night of craps and cheap vodka.
My room was definitely comfortable and spacious; they called it a junior suite. But there was a lot of PURPLE in this damn hotel and for me, this color scheme was the style equivalent of putting a lot of makeup on an ugly girl. Overstated or maybe just trying too hard, either way it didn't work.
And *wink*wink*, channel 69 gives you 24 hours of you-know-what!
A white vinyl couch. You see what I mean? I think they did that so the housekeeping staff could easily wipe away those bodily fluids.
And the picture of the black and white tattoed woman. If that doesn't spell c-l-a-s-s, I don't know what does!
There were very few self-parking spaces (despite an enormous parking lot) so most of the time I had to valet and give out an obligatory tip every time I wanted to get my car.
For two days, my room wasn't made up.
I tried to have breakfast in the small restaurant but there was still a mess left over from a party the night before. Omelets and trash are not my idea of appetizing.
I was charged a resort fee. Now maybe that was the fault of the website where I made my reservation but I don't understand why hotels don't put this into their room charge.
To be fair, I enjoyed my stay overall. Every night, there was some cool event happening at the bar and in warmer weather, the pool area is likely an awesome place to hang out. The staff were particularly friendly and the bed was sooooo damn comfortable, I didn't want to get out of it in the morning. And it was very inexpensive; I paid $50 a night (not including the resort fee of around $15/night) so I guess I shouldn't complain too much. AND the location is great. Right across from the Hard Rock which has my favorite Mexican restaurant, the Pink Taco. Don't laugh. It's true. I love the Pink Taco.
So if you're coming to Vegas and you're thinking, "Where could I take my escort which has a 24 hour hot tub, a cool bar and white vinyl couches?", then you should seriously consider the Rumor.
Just tell them Phil sent you.