Susan Stapleton

Correspondent

  • Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Susan Stapleton is a correspondent who lives in Las Vegas and covers the city for Forbes Travel Guide. Stapleton is an award-winning journalist who has covered Las Vegas for seven years; she loves to discover all that’s new in Sin City, whether it keeps her up all night or not. The city’s bevy of fine dining, hot clubs, happening casinos and phenomenal fashions keep her buzzing all over the Strip. Stapleton grew up in the Midwest, has a degree in journalism, and spent eight years in Philadelphia covering the luxury market before moving to Las Vegas to cover fashion and beauty. She also acts as editor of the Las Vegas edition of the popular food website Eater as well as Haute Living Las Vegas.

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  • On May 31, 2013
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    Where is the best nightlife in Las Vegas?

    Light Nightclub. Photo: The Light Group Most of the major casinos have nightclubs in Las Vegas. Depending on the environment you want to find, you can discover the right place to party for the night. For the hottest deejays, head to Hakkasan at the MGM Grand. The nightclub opened in April with residencies with Tiesto, Calvin Harris, Steve Aoki and Deadmau5. The Ling Ling Club on the third level has its own deejays and a more relaxed setting. Light Nightclub, a partnership with Cirque du Soleil, opened Memorial Day weekend at Mandalay Bay with entertainment from the Canadian acrobatics troupe and resident deejays such as Skrillex, Axwell, Sebastian Ingrosso and Baauer. Head to Marquee Nightclub at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas for the top-grossing nightclub in the United States. XS Nightclub at Encore Las Vegas follows, offering an indoor and outdoor scene around a pool along with gaming. Surrender Nightclub at Encore Las Vegas also takes advantage of the Encore Beach Club pool area.
  • On May 31, 2013
    Susan Stapleton answered the question: Susan Stapleton

    Where is the best nightlife in Las Vegas?

    Light Nightclub. Photo: The Light Group Most of the major casinos have nightclubs in Las Vegas. Depending on the environment you want to find, you can discover the right place to party for the night. For the hottest deejays, head to Hakkasan at the MGM Grand. The nightclub opened in April with residencies with Tiesto, Calvin Harris, Steve Aoki and Deadmau5. The Ling Ling Club on the third level has its own deejays and a more relaxed setting. Light Nightclub, a partnership with Cirque du Soleil, opened Memorial Day weekend at Mandalay Bay with entertainment from the Canadian acrobatics troupe and resident deejays such as Skrillex, Axwell, Sebastian Ingrosso and Baauer. Head to Marquee Nightclub at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas for the top-grossing nightclub in the United States. XS Nightclub at Encore Las Vegas follows, offering an indoor and outdoor scene around a pool along with gaming. Surrender Nightclub at Encore Las Vegas also takes advantage of the Encore Beach Club pool area.
  • On May 31, 2013
  • On May 30, 2013
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    What are the best stores for designer clothes in Las Vegas?

    Beckley. Photo: Courtesy Name a fashion designer and they probably have a boutique in Vegas. Names such as Louis Vuitton, Tom Ford and Lanvin have a home along the Strip, but turn to these boutiques for curated fashions.

    Outfit at Wynn Las Vegas features the great fashion houses of the world parading down a runway on mannequins. Look for designers such as Lanvin, Zac Posen, Narciso Rodriguez, Matthew Williamson, Yigal Azroel and Givenchy, just to name a few.

    Men head to Stitched, the bespoke clothier at Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Look for lines such as George Esquivel, Jacks & Jokers, Rag & Bone, Cr8tive Recreation, Louis Stewart and Psycho Bunny. Men can select their fabrics, stitching, lapel sizes, lining and buttons in a private room decked out in 72 scotch lockers, leather couches and a large-screen TV.

    Also at Cosmopolitan, Beckley, the import from Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles. Here find  women's ready to wear, evening wear, lounge wear, accessories and shoes from top designers as well as emerging industry talent.
  • On May 30, 2013
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    What are the best hair salons in Las Vegas?

    Color — a Salon by Michael Boychuck. Photo: Courtesy Travel like you have an entourage by going to one of the celebrity hair stylists in Las Vegas.

    Michael Boychuck is perhaps the biggest name in hair here in Vegas. His salon, Color — a Salon by Michael Boychuck at Caesars Palace — is known for creating the latest hairstyles. Boychuck colors and styles Paris Hilton’s hair and is known for styling celebrities such as Mandy Moore and Jennie Garth. His $5 million salon was decorated in white by interior designer Faye Resnick with touches of silver, vintage Fendi fixtures and crystal chandeliers throughout.

    President Bill Clinton once famously delayed traffic at LAX while getting his locks cut on Air Force One by Cristophe. The celebrity stylist based out of Beverly Hills opened his Las Vegas salon in 2004 at MGM Grand with a roster of clients that includes Liv Tyler, Mariah Carey, Pamela Anderson and Hillary Clinton. Cristophe Salon overlooks the resort’s Grand Pool area and the stylist himself stops in about once a month.
  • On May 30, 2013
    Susan Stapleton answered the question: Susan Stapleton

    What are the best hair salons in Las Vegas?

    Color — a Salon by Michael Boychuck. Photo: Courtesy Travel like you have an entourage by going to one of the celebrity hair stylists in Las Vegas.

    Michael Boychuck is perhaps the biggest name in hair here in Vegas. His salon, Color — a Salon by Michael Boychuck at Caesars Palace — is known for creating the latest hairstyles. Boychuck colors and styles Paris Hilton’s hair and is known for styling celebrities such as Mandy Moore and Jennie Garth. His $5 million salon was decorated in white by interior designer Faye Resnick with touches of silver, vintage Fendi fixtures and crystal chandeliers throughout.

    President Bill Clinton once famously delayed traffic at LAX while getting his locks cut on Air Force One by Cristophe. The celebrity stylist based out of Beverly Hills opened his Las Vegas salon in 2004 at MGM Grand with a roster of clients that includes Liv Tyler, Mariah Carey, Pamela Anderson and Hillary Clinton. Cristophe Salon overlooks the resort’s Grand Pool area and the stylist himself stops in about once a month.
  • On May 27, 2013
    Susan Stapleton answered the question: Susan Stapleton

    What is the hottest nightclub in Las Vegas?

    Hakkasan. Photo: Angel Management Group Hakkasan just opened its first nightclub at the MGM Grand and with it comes the all the splash and excitement of a new club. The Cantonese restaurant takes up the first two levels of the 80,000-square-foot space. On the third level, the 10,000-square-foot Ling Ling Club, a more casual approach to nightlife.

    But all the excitement happens on the fourth and fifth levels. Among the deejays who have residencies there: Tiesto, Calvin Harris, Deadmau5 and Steve Aoki.

    The main nightclub takes over the fourth level with oversized VIP booths surrounding the dance floor. A custom deejay booth and suspended performance area are wrapped by floor-to-ceiling LED screens. A pavilion next to the main dance floor features an Oriental garden for an outdoor feel. Here find the garden bar, an amphitheater-style setting, a two-story water feature and life-like foliage.

    On the fifth level, find the mezzanine for a more private VIP experience. Semi-private rooms have customizable screens, coolers, sound control and mixology supplies.
  • On May 27, 2013
    Susan Stapleton answered the question: Susan Stapleton

    What is the hottest nightclub in Las Vegas?

    Hakkasan. Photo: Angel Management Group Hakkasan just opened its first nightclub at the MGM Grand and with it comes the all the splash and excitement of a new club. The Cantonese restaurant takes up the first two levels of the 80,000-square-foot space. On the third level, the 10,000-square-foot Ling Ling Club, a more casual approach to nightlife.

    But all the excitement happens on the fourth and fifth levels. Among the deejays who have residencies there: Tiesto, Calvin Harris, Deadmau5 and Steve Aoki.

    The main nightclub takes over the fourth level with oversized VIP booths surrounding the dance floor. A custom deejay booth and suspended performance area are wrapped by floor-to-ceiling LED screens. A pavilion next to the main dance floor features an Oriental garden for an outdoor feel. Here find the garden bar, an amphitheater-style setting, a two-story water feature and life-like foliage.

    On the fifth level, find the mezzanine for a more private VIP experience. Semi-private rooms have customizable screens, coolers, sound control and mixology supplies.
  • On May 27, 2013
    Susan Stapleton answered the question: Susan Stapleton

    What are the best sushi restaurants in Las Vegas?

    Bar Masa. Photo: Aria Despite being in the middle of a desert, Vegas still gets its fare share of great sushi. Head over to Bar Masa at Aria for Masa Takayama’s take on fresh seafood. No fish has been out of the Japanese waters for more than 24 hours. Next door, he has Tetsu, a teppanaki joint.

    Nobu Matsuhisa opened his second Nobu Restaurant & Lounge in his eponymous Nobu Hotel inside Caesars Palace. The 11,200-square-foot restaurant features teppanyaki tables, a sushi bar and private dining area. Be sure to try his miso-glazed black cod and tempura rock shrimp in addition to sushi.

    Off Strip, head to the tiny Kabuto in Chinatown, an 18-seat restaurant that features nigiri and omakase options. The edomae-style sushi here is imported from Japan daily, so the menu here tends to change based on what’s in season.
  • On May 27, 2013
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    What are the best steakhouses in Las Vegas?

    SW Steakhouse. Photo: Wynn Las Vegas Every chef in Vegas would open a steakhouse if he had his choice. The Vegas staple draw in the customers with memorable meals to satisfy your taste buds.

    Perhaps one of the highest grossing steakhouses in town sits at Wynn Las Vegas. The SW in SW Steakhouse stands for Steve Wynn. Here find chef David Walzog’s take on steak replete with sides such as creamed spinach and truffled cream corn.

    Emeril Lagasse’s Delmonico Steakhouse at the Venetian serves up a New Orleans’ twist on the classic. Lagasse named the restaurant after the legendary, century-old institution, Delmonico Restaurant in New Orleans that Lagasse reopened in 1997. Expect Creole influences in all the food here.

    Wolfgang Puck’s Cut at the Palazzo lets you check out your steak before it hits the grill. Chef Matthew Hurley uses USDA Prime Nebraska corn-fed, 35-day dry-aged steaks and Japanese 100 percent Wagyu beef.
  • On May 27, 2013
    Susan Stapleton answered the question: Susan Stapleton

    What are the best steakhouses in Las Vegas?

    SW Steakhouse. Photo: Wynn Las Vegas Every chef in Vegas would open a steakhouse if he had his choice. The Vegas staple draw in the customers with memorable meals to satisfy your taste buds.

    Perhaps one of the highest grossing steakhouses in town sits at Wynn Las Vegas. The SW in SW Steakhouse stands for Steve Wynn. Here find chef David Walzog’s take on steak replete with sides such as creamed spinach and truffled cream corn.

    Emeril Lagasse’s Delmonico Steakhouse at the Venetian serves up a New Orleans’ twist on the classic. Lagasse named the restaurant after the legendary, century-old institution, Delmonico Restaurant in New Orleans that Lagasse reopened in 1997. Expect Creole influences in all the food here.

    Wolfgang Puck’s Cut at the Palazzo lets you check out your steak before it hits the grill. Chef Matthew Hurley uses USDA Prime Nebraska corn-fed, 35-day dry-aged steaks and Japanese 100 percent Wagyu beef.
  • On May 26, 2013
    Susan Stapleton answered the question: Susan Stapleton

    What are the best spas in Las Vegas?

    Spa at Encore. Photo: Wynn Las Vegas Just relax. Just because Las Vegas is filled with so much to do doesn’t mean you can’t get away from the hubbub for a moment to relax. Here’s a look at three spas that deliver with excellent treatments.

    Change your mindset to 1930s Shanghai at The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, where the treatments have roots in Asian medicine. Here at the Forbes Travel Guide Five Star spa, the Chinese foot spa delivers a bath infused with herbal blends, while a hammam, laconium, experience showers and more round out some of the decadent treats found here.

    The Spa at Encore has products and treatments from Ling, a product line that seems to defy age. Look for treatments such as the Moroccan Mud Wrap and the Shirodhara renewal for a Forbes Travel Guide Five Star experience.

    Forbes Travel Guide Four Star spa Canyon Ranch SpaClub sprawls across the third floors of the Venetian and Palazzo. Get there early to try the Aquavana, a European-inspired aquathermal oasis complete with the Igloo and its snow, the HydroSpa with its heated loungers, the Herbal Laconium with herbal-infused steam and the Experiential Rains with multisensory cooling showers.
  • On May 26, 2013
    Susan Stapleton answered the question: Susan Stapleton

    What are the best spas in Las Vegas?

    Spa at Encore. Photo: Wynn Las Vegas Just relax. Just because Las Vegas is filled with so much to do doesn’t mean you can’t get away from the hubbub for a moment to relax. Here’s a look at three spas that deliver with excellent treatments.

    Change your mindset to 1930s Shanghai at The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, where the treatments have roots in Asian medicine. Here at the Forbes Travel Guide Five Star spa, the Chinese foot spa delivers a bath infused with herbal blends, while a hammam, laconium, experience showers and more round out some of the decadent treats found here.

    The Spa at Encore has products and treatments from Ling, a product line that seems to defy age. Look for treatments such as the Moroccan Mud Wrap and the Shirodhara renewal for a Forbes Travel Guide Five Star experience.

    Forbes Travel Guide Four Star spa Canyon Ranch SpaClub sprawls across the third floors of the Venetian and Palazzo. Get there early to try the Aquavana, a European-inspired aquathermal oasis complete with the Igloo and its snow, the HydroSpa with its heated loungers, the Herbal Laconium with herbal-infused steam and the Experiential Rains with multisensory cooling showers.