Smoking or non-smoking?
It’s a question we haven’t been asked by hotels in a long time. But the choice will once again be yours when Las Vegas’ first cannabis-friendly hotel opens this spring and dedicates an entire floor of its property to smokers.
Formerly the Artisan Hotel Boutique, the property is being rebranded as The Lexi, part of the Arizona-based Elevations Hotels and Resorts collection. It will be located off-strip in the Las Vegas Arts District.
The new 64-room Lexi says it “will be the first [hotel] in Las Vegas to introduce the idea of cannabis-friendly hospitality, while also putting a focus on providing guests and locals with transformative spaces that are inviting, approachable, and completely unique.”
But wait – isn’t smoking pot in Vegas already legal? Yes it is. However, local laws say you can’t smoke it in public, and many hotels threaten to charge a smoking fee if you light up in your room and leave it smelling like skunk.
In this way, The Lexi aims to be different – at least on its fourth floor and certain common areas. Each room on the fourth floor will be equipped with a “state of the art” filtration system to circulate air and keep it fresh.
“[We are aiming to] truly showcase our commitment to creating a new type of hotel concept that is defined not only by our acceptance and normalization of cannabis in the hospitality space, but also by our dedication to reclaim storied properties and transform them for the modern-day travelers,” said President and CEO Alex Rizk.
The exact opening date of The Lexi has yet to be announced, but you can sign up to be notified when its booking engine goes live.
It will certainly be interesting one way or another, to see the effect – if any – that such policies have on the guest experience, and if other properties will follow suit.