There are a number of reasons I've added this resort to the top of my list of Kid-Friendly Las Vegas Hotels, so here are just a few. First, the supervised children's program, Kids Quest, was so much fun that my 5-year-old, who normally won't leave my side, woke me up at 3 am to ask if it was time to go back.
He raved about the three-story Ballocity play center, where he could shoot balls with elephant blasters. There were also video games, slides and tunnels, a karaoke star stage and a café where kids could get a full meal or a snack. Kids' Quest was open until 1 am on weekends and cost an average of $7 a hour. The best part? They take babies as young as 6 weeks into their nursery program.
Second, right next to it is a 16-screen movie theater, a bowling alley, a video arcade, and plenty of fast-food and casual restaurant choices. All of this was right next to the casino, making it easy for us to drop off our son and head over for a movie, a quiet dinner or some time at the blackjack tables.
Lest you think the resort is all child's play, Red Rock has plenty of other things going for it. The Spa is not to be missed, with a secluded pool and a Zen/yoga garden. The Adventure Spa takes guests into the adjacent nature preserve for rock climbing, river rafting and hiking. The sprawling "Backyard" pool area is fabulous for lounging during the day and hosts occasional evening concerts.
Colorful nightclub Cherry is a hotspot just off the casino, with its own pool. And speaking of the casino, once you're in, you won't miss the Strip: 3200 slot machines to play, a 24-hour smoke-free poker room, 62 table games, Bingo, Keno, race and sports books, you name it.
I loved our King guest room. The duvet-covered bed was very comfortable. We had 42" plasma TVs in the living room and bedroom, plus a 15" TV mounted on the wall above the bathtub (also a hit with our son). Materials were plush, including leather-lined walls in the marble bathroom. My only complaint? The mini bar items sat on the low dresser in plain view, and we were charged every time an item left its base for more than a few seconds. Try policing a 5-year-old in a room with that temptation.
As for staying off the Strip, it actually worked out well for us. I'd been there a number of times, so I know it can be an endurance test to get from one end to the other, between the heat, the crowds, the distance between one hotel to another, and the smut peddlers that line the sidewalks. We did take the hotel's free shuttle one day (it drops off at the Fashion Mall), but by the end of it we were wishing we'd stayed at Red Rock.
I took a peek also at the meeting space, which is expansive (94,000 square feet), and offers something often in short supply in Las Vegas: fresh air. Most have outdoor patios, and overlook the pool. Red Rock can accommodate groups up to 1500, and with everything else it offers, would seem to be an ideal meeting destination.