==Why we stayed here==
We stayed in the Hilton Garden Inn, Henderson (suburbs of Las Vegas) for one night prior to our trip to Las Vegas. Before we hit the Las Vegas strip we decided we wanted to drive to Monument Valley and the Grand Canyon so wanted a hotel fairly close to the airport but not on the Las Vegas strip. We arrived in Las Vegas after a short flight from Vancouver at around 9pm, after a delay in customs and waiting over an hour to pick up our pre-paid rental car, we finally left McCarran airport and headed to Henderson, our quick stop-over for the night. Henderson was a good choice, I had considered driving to Boulder City or even as far as Kingman just so we had a few hours "in the bag" before the long drive the next day (7 hours from Las Vegas to Monument Valley), but I was concerned about flight delays and driving in the dark, so decided to plump for Henderson. It proved an excellent choice the next day when the rental car had problems just one mile into our seven hour journey to Monument Valley, we were able to go back and exchange it relatively quickly and be on our way, only an hour and a half after we had planned. We finally exited Henderson at 8am. We stayed in the Hilton Garden Hotel which was the cheapest of our month long trip at £46 for the night and far exceeded my expectations.
For a hotel which cost £46 per night I was dubious,even though it was under the Hilton brand, I have read reviews of Hilton hotels which don't match up to their 5 star standards. In that respect, this was no different, it wasn't a five star hotel but it was nicer than some of the rooms I've stayed in which cost £100 per night. As you'd expect it was a very American hotel with all the necessary (!) services that you might need if you were a business or other traveller. The hotel had fax machines, meeting rooms, a business centre etc. The hotel had a large car park which was quite busy actually when we arrived late at night but we didn't have too much trouble finding a car park.
The rooms were spacious by European standards and had a king size bed in them. They also had a TV and a desk in them plus black out curtains which were very much welcome for us (even though we didn't get much opportunity to lie in due to our long drive). The room was spotless as was the bathroom. I wouldn't say the decor was modern, it looked as though it had been refurbished about 10-12 years ago but equally it didn't look tired and outdated. I wouldn't say the room was anything special but it absolutely did the job we needed it to do. It was better than basic and had everything we needed but it wasn't somewhere to stay for a special occasion if that makes sense.
The lobby also has vending machines and snack meals which you can microwave for yourself. There is also an opportunity to eat in the restaurant (we didn't as we only stayed a short time) or hang out in the bar area.
The hotel also has a nice pool area which looked really refreshing in the hot Nevada sunshine (43 degrees at 6am - I am not joking people!). I wouldn't say the pool was enormous but probably big enough for the size of the hotel.
There are also lots of local amenities on the same road (Warm Springs) such as shops, restaurants, cinema and other hotels so you wouldn't struggle here to find things to do.
One thing I was really impressed with was the level of service from the staff. When we checked in the young man on the desk was really helpful. We were really hungry and feeling quite sick after a bad flight and he pointed us in the direction of Denny's which was a 2 minute drive down the road and we had a midnight feast. The SevenEleven was quite close by (we'd miss that though as it was almost midnight) which was handy for the morning when we wanted to stock up on snacks and drinks for our journey ahead. Equally the young man in question was particularly eager to point us in the direction of casinos which I just thought was quite amusing. It was almost like it was a staple of life: find out where to eat, where to drink and where to gamble. I quickly realised that this is very much the mentality of life in Las Vegas. Once we had reached Monument Valley I realised I'd left a personal possession at the Hilton Garden Inn and I gave them a ring and asked them if they had found the item. The item was found in lost property and kept for me until I could return a couple of days later to pick the item up. So as I said I can't fault the staff at all.
==How to get there==
Despite me saying it is really easy to find on the main road driving through Henderson we had to switch back and go back as we'd clearly missed the hotel. If you are driving from the airport, it is on the left hand side of the road and just behind it is the very large Sunset Station casino which is bright and blingy so that should be an easy marker to look out for.
I believe there may have been a shuttle bus to bus people back and forth from the hotel to the Las Vegas strip, equally if that wasn't running there were local service buses to do the same thing and I imagine that would have been 15-20 minutes from the hotel to the Strip (based on traffic on the strip rather than distance in miles). If you aren't bothered about staying on the strip in Las Vegas and happy to commute up every day I would suggest that this is a very good option for you to visit a very nice hotel in Las Vegas without the hustle and bustle of the Strip but close enough to get there and back easily. It is also quite a cheap option which provides decent quality. OK some of the hotels on the strip are £25 per night but having read the reviews, I'd rather bus it in daily from this hotel in Henderson than stay at the cheaper hotels in Vegas, just my personal preference.
The hotel is also about 20-25 minutes away from the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead (for watersports and "the beach") so easy to do some other stuff using this as a base if you don't want to spend every day on the Strip.
Overall for the price we paid this was a pretty top class hotel, as I said, not five star in terms of decor and all mod-cons but definitely as much as we needed and better than basic. I would definitely stay here again as the staff were great and the hotel had everything you needed. Highly recommended for a night or more as part of a trip to Nevada or Arizona - or even a cheap alternative to Las Vegas Strip.