Your HD Expo Guide to Work and Play

Updated: Oct 29, 2019

With HD Expo upon us, we want to reflect on some of the best experiences amazing Las Vegas has to offer. Sure, this massive trade show is a great place to get business done, but it’s also a place to let loose, have fun and enjoy the incredible amenities Sin City has to offer. We spoke to loyal HD Expo attendees Pam Niemann, Principal Designer & Owner of Niemann Interiors; Katie Novelen, Senior Interior Designer at Tandem Interior Design Studio; and Britni Flores, Interior Designer at Studio McCormack.  We had them disclose their insider info, because what happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay in Vegas!

What’s your favorite restaurant on the strip?

Niemann has two: “CUT by Wolfgang Puck. The food is amazing and also because I have gotten to know Wolfgang’s right-hand man Tom Kaplan, who is extremely charming. All of this makes me love this restaurant. I also love Giada at The Cromwell. The octopus appetizer is amazing and has a clever interior. I think she is very talented.”

Novelen states her favorites: “Mastro’s Ocean Club at Crystals. Warm Butter Cake; I am huge seafood fan and I love the king crab legs, plus the truffle gnocchi is amazing.  I also love Carbona at Aria and the Lakeside Grill at Wynn.”

Flores loves: “Rose. Rabbit. Lie. at Cosmopolitan. It has beautiful design, great live entertainment and amazing food. When dessert is served in a cloche with smoke, you can’t lose.”

What is on your must do hit list for Las Vegas?

Niemann: “It’s so much fun to people watch and walk through the hotels. I think all of us are guilty of that, being a member of this industry. There’s always something new or renovated to see and experience. I find it all very inspirational!”

Novelen: “A Golden Knights game. It’s the most intense fun atmosphere to be in and the support of this brand-new team from this city has been insane. As a survivor, this team has played a huge part in the healing of the city after the Route 91 music festival shooting.”

Flores: “The Neon Museum is a great nod to the city’s past, The Outlets for great shopping; Red Rock Canyon and Seven Magic Mountains just outside of Vegas provide inspiring scenery.”

Best Party to attend during HD:

Niemann: “The Samuelson party! I love connecting with the people attending that one, they are MY people. Plus, I love and adore the Samuelson team.”

Novelen:  “Samuelson’s party is THE party of HD Expo. No one misses it, that is, if you can get in.”

Best Show or nighttime activity:

Niemann: “: I have two! I love Zumanity, which is a raunchy, funny, and burlesque style. It’s a very small theater so it’s intimate.  Plus the ad libs are terrific, the acts are amazing, and the action is right there. Warning, don’t get the absinthe cocktail, my adult kids got sick from it.”

Novelen: “Magic Mike Live. It’s hilarious and I just go for the dancing and shirtless men. I’ve seen it two times and would go back for a third.”

Flores: “The people watching, late night (or early morning), is unreal.”

Best Pool Party:

Niemann: “Party by the Pool.”

Novelen: “Wet Republic, they remodeled it a few years back. Plus it balances nicely in being a nice size so you do not feel

smothered, yet it’s intimate.”

Favorite hotel in which to stay:

Niemann: “Vdara, because the hotel is small, but the rooms are spacious suites. Plus, it has nicely lit bathrooms with tubs, which you don’t see much anymore. Also, the bar is busy, but not too busy, and there’s no casino so I can stay away from the cigarette smoke.”

Novelen: “The Cosmopolitan. The recent and extensive remodel has made it even sexier than before. They nail it every time.”

Best hotel design:

Niemann: “Wynn Encore. It’s just so pretty. There are so many clever uses of materials, details and an all-around beautiful place to experience.”

Novelen: “The Cromwell. It's the first boutique hotel on the strip and delivers a mix of sexiness and quirkiness into a super inviting package, which makes it fun.”