Top 5 Vegas hotel-casinos for non smokers
The first time I came to Vegas, I stayed at a certain hotel-casino on the Las Vegas Strip. My first impression was the place had a horrible cigarette smoke stench. Then I noticed most of the people playing there looked like they had been smoking three packs a day for the past 50 years. Needless to say, I wasn't impressed.
Since I have bad asthma, cigarette smoke bothers the heck out of me. So I seek out places that are safe for the respiratory challenged folks such as myself. As I have learned over the years that there are plenty of casinos in town that won't irritate your allergies.
While there are no smoke-free major casinos in Las Vegas, there are certain casinos where you'll hardly even notice the cigarette smoke unless you're sitting next to a smoker. Here are the Top 5 casinos that won't make you gag upon entrance.
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Steve Wynn is all about building classy resorts, which is why the casinos he built have solid air ventilation. The Wynn casino is fancy, has some amazing dining options, plenty of high limit table games and, best of all, the air is clean. Wynn isn't a non-smoking casino, but unless you're sitting next to a smoker, you wouldn't even be able to notice smoking is allowed.
Bellagio is another resort-casino created by Steve Wynn, although MGM Resorts now owns the property. Similar to Wynn, Bellagio's casino doesn't anger my allergies. Bellagio is one of the most popular Las Vegas casinos because of its luxurious rooms, world famous poker room, some great nightlife, and an awesome outdoor fountain show.
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A few years ago, I wouldn't have included Caesars Palace on this list. And I'm not sure what they did, but I now breathe easily in this casino. Since the air isn't filled with cigarette smoke at Caesars, you won't be grossed out when you get your grub on at the Bacchanal Buffet or Chef Gordon Ramsay's pub. Nor will you need to wear a gas mask while playing your favorite slot machine. Shopping at the legendary Forum Shops is an enjoyable experience partially because it's a smoke-free environment.
Everything about Venetian-Palazzo is awesome. The air is great, the casino atmosphere is entertaining, and patrons have all types of dining options ranging from casual to only-affordable-if-you-are-worth-millions. But I really like Venetian because the entire casino is always clean. I've been to Venetian probably 30 times and never once has cigarette smoke there bothered me.
If you're staying on the Strip and feel like taking a 15-minute drive to a nice, relaxing, and fun casino that is away from the craziness of the Strip, head over to M Resort. My suggestion is to go down there for dinner because they have a fantastic sushi bar and one of Las Vegas' best buffets. After dinner, grab a few cocktails, play some blackjack, and enjoy doing so in a casino that is free of nasty cigarette stench.
Good news, bad news ...
It's difficult to completely avoid cigarette smoke in Las Vegas. Even most of the bars I hang out at allow smoking. Any bar that has slot machines is basically forced to allow smoking, and since most bars here in town have slot machines, well, you get the point.
If you're a cigarette hater, these are the places you should avoid at all costs: Luxor, Excalibur, any Fremont Street casino other than Golden Nugget, Riviera, Circus Circus, Station Casinos and The Orleans. If you walk into these casinos and your allergies aren't immediately triggered, you deserve a medal.
However, there is some good news. Many casinos, such as those listed above, have clean air and non-smoking areas such as the poker room, sportsbook and restaurants. Plus, there are plenty of outdoor activities and smoke-free attractions around town.