Kingly cupcake (just $750 apiece!)
Wed, Dec 30, 2009 (2:18 p.m.)
Nothing says anti-recession like a $750 cupcake. Made with special chocolate from Venezuela’s Valrhona plantation, Tahitian Gold Vanilla Caviar (the Palazzo calls it the world’s most labor-intensive agricultural crop) and Louis XIII de Remy Martin Cognac, the Decadence D’Or cupcake is the piece de resistance at the Palazzo’s Sweet Surrender cupcake shop. How about a few other ways you might spend that cash, so you don’t end up dropping it on, say, an $800 scone.
• 248 cupcakes from the Cupcakery, $3 apiece.
• Joel Robuchon’s 13-course Menu Degustation for you and a loved one ... almost; it’s $385 apiece, so $770, $20 more than the cupcake.
• $750: One night’s stay at Aria’s 1,465 square-foot penthouse city-view suite with personal concierge and private elevator access.
With top accommodations, first-rate entertainment, high-end shopping and a slew of acclaimed chefs, the Palazzo has positioned itself as one of the most luxurious resorts on the Strip.
More than 3,000 all-suite rooms start at 740 square feet and are decorated in a modern, yet classic, Italian style. Each room features a sleeping area, with a king or two queens, and a sunken living room area with floor to ceiling windows.
A cathedral ceiling tops the Palazzo casino, while a second 80-foot dome brings natural light to the property's lobby. The 105,000 square foot casino features more than 2,000 slots and 80 table games but lacks the stale smell of cigarettes, as the property is LEED certified with smoking off limits in most of the Palazzo — including 50 percent of the casino floor.
Dining at the Palazzo is among the best of the Strip, starting with Wolfgang Puck's CUT. Chef Simon To serves up authentic Chinese cuisine at Zine, while Sushisamba combines Brazilian and Peruvian flavors with Japanese techniques. At LAVO, club-goers can dine on Mediterranean dishes before heading upstairs to the bath house-inspired nightclub.