Great place if you know what you're getting into.. A review of The Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa
I had a great time at the Hyatt Lake Las Vegas. Yes, it's quite a distance from the strip but if you didn't know that before booking here then you missed the whole point! The Hyatt was designed to be distinct from other Las Vegas hotels by truly offering something different.
First off, the entire hotel was designed as a hotel and resort complex first, with the casino added as an afterthought. Exactly the opposite situation you'll find with 98% of the other hotels in Las Vegas.
Because of this, you don't want to come here if you're a die hard gambler who loves smoked filled rooms. No, you come here to relax, to have fun with your significant other or family.
True recreation begins with the two spacious pools. During my stay, there were very few people around. The entire hotel only has less than 500 rooms so even at peak capacity you will never feel crowded. The lake itself has peddle boat and kayaks you can rent directly from the hotel -- great fun! You can also rent bicycles and actually ride them around in a safe environment -- try doing that a strip hotel!
Dining is rather limited, unfortunately. The main joint is Cafe Tajine.
While beautifully appointed (one can dine inside or out), it's rather expensive for its offerings. There's another restauarant only open during dinner but I never tried it.
Standard sized rooms are typical Hyatt quality. That is, very clean and decently appointed. Refrigerator in the armoire ,hi-speed internet ethernet ports (a fee) are some of the more distinct offerings. Yes, the bathrooms are also standard Hyatt, that is they are on the small side, in this case a bit too small compared to strip hotels. You cannot keep the door open and use the sink ,as an example to the cramped style of the bathroom. Nonetheless, the fixtures were spotless.
Overall, you need to consider your priorities before booking here.
Commuting to the strip is a 25 minute drive not including parking at whatever strip hotel you're going to visit. So making more than one roundtrip venture a day is just too tiring. Having a rental car is an absolute must. A taxi ride would be at least $60+ one way, and there were rarely any taxis sitting around in the driveway either so if you needed one, you probably would have to call one in, waiting a long time.
All in all, my expectations were met and exceeded by my visit. I realize it may be the case with others, but I honestly must say that if you don't care about the strip, tired of it, or just want a change of scenery to your Las Vegas trip, then try the Hyatt.