Located somewhat smack dab in the center of the Strip, Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino houses over 2,600 rooms and one of my favorite Las Vegas stops: Earl of Sandwich! I’ve stayed at the property several times but this visit in January 2016 was going to be different. The resort finally renovated some of their Hollywood Hip rooms into Ultra Hip rooms which premiered over New Years! So you can imagine how excited I am to even be able to do this Planet Hollywood Ultra Hip review!
Check out my review of the one of the newest renovations on the Las Vegas Strip! Harrahs’ Valley Tower Queen Suite!
Having stayed in the Hollywood Hip rooms before, I was excited to see how the Ultra Hip rooms would fare. The older rooms lacked good lighting and quite often were too dingy for my tastes. Now.. enter the Ultra Hip rooms..! I was informed at check in that the new Ultra Hips were all situated (so far) on higher floors and that you would be able to tell the difference as soon as you step out of the elevators.
Boy, were they right. It was definitely a nice and welcomed change. The hallway, as you can see, has hints of art deco mixed with glamour (going back to Hollywood-esque vibe). After stepping off the elevator and being greeted with this, I was excited to see how the room would fare.
As soon as I stepped in the door, I was definitely impressed with the changes made in these rooms. The room was very well lit and the new furniture/decor has hints of gold accents on a black/white color scheme, which I think is very Hollywood. One thing that many people may miss (not me personally, but some) is that these new Ultra Hip rooms no longer have the Hollywood/movie memorabilia that adorned the walls of the old Hollywood Hip rooms. Honestly, I would take the new decor and renovated rooms in lieu of the memorabilia any day of the week!
A few other improvements of the room itself of particular interest is the television and the refrigerator. Several times in the past, I’ve stayed at Planet Hollywood and the television would be situated a complete 90 degrees away from the bed and be in an inconvenient place to watch from the bed. The new LG TVs in the room have a much better placement (not to mention larger) that are directly in front of the bed. Next, what I’ve noticed at many Vegas hotels are that mini fridges (empty ones) are not found in rooms and that you have to request (and sometimes pay) for them to be sent up. Not in these Ultra Hip rooms! The cabinet underneath the television has an empty fridge for your use from the get-go (something that a call to housekeeping revealed).
The room was great and the bathroom lived up to expectations as well. I’m a sucker for baths/tubs so it’s always a plus in my book when a hotel room comes with a shower and tub combo. (Double pluses if that tub is a jetted tub like the one at Caesars Palace’s Octavius Rooms) My only gripe was that the tub is a few too many steps from the shower. Potentially a slipping hazard if you take a shower after your bath. (Is it weird that I do?) This is also assuming you use the tub was personal hygiene rather than a huge ice bath for your beverages and libations, which is another use I’ve come to know intimately.
So what’s the view like? I lucked out this visit and got a Strip & Fountain view with my Ultra Hip King room. This room was located in the South Tower so the straight view was more of the Cosmopolitan and City Center Shops but you could still see the Bellagio Fountains going off next door. I can imagine that the North Tower rooms would have a more direct view of the Fountains! The view is still nothing to cry about though.
Overall, I was very impressed with these premium rooms and they are a welcomed breath of fresh and clean air in comparison to other rooms I’ve stayed in at Planet Hollywood. But they do come at a price. Listed on the website, these rooms go for ~$100 over the entry level Hollywood Hip rooms. But upgrades in Vegas are not out of the realm of possibility so your first win of the trip could be scoring one of these rooms!
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