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T+L's Definitive Guide to Las Vegas

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From the most buzzed-about openings to eye-catching renovations, here’s what’s happening in the Vegas hotel scene.

The Makeovers

MGM Grand: The $160 million renovation of the MGM includes a major green sweep (LED lighting; solar shades) and the addition of wellness-themed suites, complete with light therapy. Destination restaurants like Joël Robuchon were (wisely) left alone, but look out for new Cantonese hot spot Hakkasan. $

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino: A 7,000-square-foot entertainment venue. A rollicking gastropub. A massive gaming lounge. They’re all part of the recent update of this popular off-Strip hangout. $$

Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas: All 424 rooms and suites rang in the new year with an Art Deco–inspired transformation, incorporating lacquered surfaces that reflect the glittering Strip below. Take in the views of the desert from your floor-to-ceiling window. $$

Bellagio: A recent $110 million nip and tuck added bold colors, patterned murals, and high-tech amenities to this Vegas standby. $

Nobu Hotel Caesars Palace: The legendary Caesars Palace has been reborn as chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s Nobu Hotel. Rooms combine handcrafted grass cloth and Japanese stone, not to mention an in-room Nobu sushi menu. $$

The New Classics

Aria Resort & Casino: It takes a lot to make waves here, but Aria did it in 2009, redefining the skyline with its curvilinear glass towers housing 4,004 rooms, 17 restaurants, a spa, casino, and the Cirque du Soleil show Zarkana. $$

Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas: The city’s last-built major hotel makes a design-forward statement in two sleek towers. Past the see-and-be-seen lobby, there are plenty of diversions: Marquee Nightclub, inventive boutiques, and a range of restaurants, from brasserie Comme Ça to the burger joint Holsteins. $

Palazzo Las Vegas: Consider it a rarefied version of the Venetian, with some of the most luxe suites on the Strip and a five-acre Roman-garden-style pool deck. $

Encore: Dripping with 130 red Murano-glass chandeliers, the edgier, younger sibling of Wynn Las Vegas manages to feel intimate despite its 2,034 rooms. $

Hotel Pricing Key
$ Less than $200
$$ $200 to $350
$$$ $350 to $500
$$$$ $500 to $1,000
$$$$$ More than $1,000

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