Hotels in Las Vegas
Along the Strip - the four-mile stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard - it's clear that Las Vegas hotels have engaged in an arms race of glitz over the years, from the Eiffel Tower of Paris Las Vegas to the Roman Empire at Caesars and the canals of The Venetian. Here are some of the best hotels in Las Vegas:
The Cosmopolitan: With its three-story bar enclosed by a giant chandelier, this sleek Strip hotel has become, for many, the epicenter of glam Las Vegas these days, right down to its luxe buffet, the Wicked Spoon.
Caesars Palace: Open since the Rat Pack years, this Strip resort is the epitome of the over-the-top Las Vegas, with its Roman statues, bubbling fountains, and the shopper paradise of The Forum.
Red Rock Resort: Not all of Las Vegas's attractions are man-made. Off the strip, this Las Vegas hotel and casino gets you close to the Red Rock Conservation area - but you still get a casino and a spa.
Mandalay Bay: Thanks to its massive beach-and-pool complex, this Strip hotel is the most popular hotel for families.
The Venetian, on the Las Vegas Strip, isn’t the only place where Italy is re-created in Nevada’s Mojave Desert. Consider Ravella, a sprawling, 349-room resort on the shores of Lake Las Vegas, just 17 miles east of Sin City.
This property is under new management.
An escape from the blinking neon lights of the Strip, this resort is located 30 minutes from the city in the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest.
Fashionably minimalist, THEhotel is meant to feel like a boutique hotel (though with 1,117 rooms, this is hardly the case).
Perfect for families and visitors on a budget, Circus Circus is one of the most affordable and fun-filled places to clown around on the Vegas Strip. The well-loved resort was renovated in 2009 and offers 3,770 spacious, comfy rooms as well as the Strip’s only RV park.
A block from Las Vegas Boulevard, Platinum has 255 suites, which come with full stainless-and-granite kitchens, and—unlike most properties on the Strip—these have balconies.
Laid-back lakeside spread that's only 30 minutes (via free shuttle) from the action on the Strip.
Rising 1,149 feet above the Strip, the Stratosphere Tower is the tallest structure in Las Vegas. Its two observation decks make it especially popular among pint-sized travelers; though parents can’t help but love the views from the revolving Top of the World restaurant (one of six at the hotel).
With an emphasis on the exotic that pervades everything from the architecture to the tasteful tropical decor, the Mirage is one of the premier hotels on the Vegas Strip. The iconic Mirage Volcano fronts the hotel, and every evening at sunset it lights up the sky with pyrotechnics.
With a history dating back to 1957, Tropicana is one of the few remaining “original” resorts on the Strip. Guests would never guess its age, however, thanks to a multimillion-dollar renovation last year.
The first hotel to open in Vegas without a casino (it debuted, somewhat ironically, in a tower adjacent to Mandalay Bay in 1999), the Four Seasons is arguably still the best of this growing breed.
Palms Place, part of the Palms Hotel & Casino complex in Las Vegas, is an exclusive tower of luxury studio apartments and penthouses completed by architect Jon Jerde in 2008.
At the 392-room property, interior designer Adam Tihany tries to re-create the experience of contemporary Hong Kong.
A palm tree-lined parkway leads guests to the scenic and Spanish-villa-like exterior of the Green Valley Ranch. The full-service resort and spa offers high-end luxuries and all the comforts of a small city.