Las Vegas has plenty of huge hotels, but now the city is welcoming smaller boutique luxury hotels that offer more personalized service. Why the shift? "The convention business, which demands big-box hotels, has fallen off since the 2008 economic downturn, and smaller hotels have become a logical alternative. At the same time, the changing demographics of visitors to Las Vegas have made fine dining -- a crucial component in most boutique hotels -- a more important part of the Las Vegas travel experience," writes Alison Gregor of The New York Times.

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