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Design Secrets of Vegas: Finding Beauty in the City of Sin

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Las Vegas was only founded as a city in 1905 and, no doubt thanks to its short history, the "Entertainment Capital of the World" has become synonymous with artificiality—and the retina-scorching, over-the-top mansions don't help the cause. Still, recent figures from the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) show that nearly 40M people visited Las Vegas last year, a record-breaking number.

The tourism-fueled town is undergoing a bit of a renaissance these days, with casino mainstays like the Bellagio and the Palms investing tens of millions into refreshed decor, new restaurants, and revitalized gaming floors. So while Caesars Palace still has a fake sky illuminating a fake Trevi Fountain—"it's the best fake sky in Vegas," as one driver authoritatively told Curbed on a weekend-long visit sponsored in full by the LVCVA—it also has the word's first Nobu Hotel, with sleek, Japanese-inspired rooms designed by hospitality hotshot David Rockwell. Even beyond the vibrant, newly renovated suites at the Palms—hot-pink velvets and full-wall artwork—the casino offers what just might be Vegas' tiniest all-red room, a lobby bar named, appropriately, Scarlet. And tourists daring to step off the strip to Fremont Street, a rapidly developing district thanks to Zappos' planned headquarters there, will find a crop of new restaurants, some carved into preexisting structures, whose interiors are worth a solid nod. A look, above.

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