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Staying well in Las Vegas

Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of blog posts by Dave Eckert about Las Vegas.

Most people don’t put much thought into where they sleep in Las Vegas. Heck, a lot of people aren’t even worried “if” they’ll sleep during their time in Sin City.

Truth be told, as long as my room’s clean and quiet, I don’t care much about where I’m passing out, I mean, sleeping, either.

That is until now. After an all too short three-night stay at the MGM Grand on their Stay Well floor, I am spoiled. Sleeping in Las Vegas will never be the same.

I can’t remember what floor the MGM has designated to the Stay Well rooms and programs, and it really doesn’t matter. They are special. I nabbed a brochure on the Stay Well concept.

It was more like a book with the following chapters: Refresh, Adjust, Rest, Nourish, Energize and Sustain. I flipped through the pages, but didn’t really ingest any of the information until I got back home.When I was in the room, I was pretty much sleeping or getting ready to go out to stuff myself like a pig. Still, I was fascinated by the concept and really, really happy with the room.

There’s a lot of information to be gleaned. I’ll do my best to summarize. Let’s start with this tidbit, which introduces you to the concept.

“The Stay Well experience incorporates over 20 in-room design features, amenities, and services to help maximize the guest experience,and minimize the impact travel has on the human body.”

In the Refresh section, there’s this: “Stationary adults inhale some 15,000 liters of air every day and spend more than 90-percent of the day indoors. Stay Well rooms provide fresh, clear air for your lungs.”

Each room has an air purifier. The rooms are cleaned using hypoallergenic products. And, the bedding is also hypoallergenic with the mattress and pillows encased in a sealed protective cover. What’s more, each room is equipped with aromatherapy diffuser.

Under the Adjust section, I thought the most important aspect was the blackout shades. I love my rooms dark, dark and darker, and these special shades did that perfectly.

Rest comes next with this important feature — the Stay Well healthy mattress was awesome, hard and comfortable at the same time. I loved it and I want one.

Healthy in-room menu items and snacks are listed under the Nourish chapter. Since I was in Vegas to eat and drink, I chose to by-pass this chapter and go right to the Energize portion of the amenities, which included exercise and spa treatments.

Sorry, I don’t spa and I’ll exercise when I get home. Still, the options are there for those of you more devout than me.

Finally, there was Sustain. This, I need help with as each trip to Vegas takes more out of me the older I get. The Stay Well suggestions included a stress-free application and a stress-free on-line management program.

My suggestion? Give me another three nights in a Stay Well room. Can someone spot me a few Benjamins?

Dave Eckert is the producer and host of “Culinary Travels With Dave Eckert,” which aired on PBS-TV and Wealth TV for 12 seasons, or nearly 300 half-hour episodes produced on six continents. Eckert is also an avid wine collector and aficionado, having amassed a personal wine cellar of some 2,000 bottles.