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.
In a town where "classic" is a euphemism for "marked for implosion," Flamingo Las Vegas, which was originally owned by Bugsy Siegel in 1946, has exuberantly remade itself and become the hippest hotel on the Strip.
The most painstakingly detailed of the themed casino resorts, the Venetian is a condensed version of its namesake city and features some of the largest suites on the Strip, averaging 700 square feet with sunken living rooms and marble baths.
LEED-certified all-suite property with over-the-top room décor (multiple flat-screen TV’s, sunken living rooms, and mini-bars stocked with everything from champagne to La Belge Chocolatier desserts).
At the 1,495-room condominium hotel, designed by Rafael Viñoly, there is a ground-floor restaurant called Silk Road, a new venue for chef Martin Heierling, who is known for his imaginative Pan-Asian cuisine.
Opened in 1966, Caesars was Las Vegas's first foray into over-the-top themed opulence, and the classic bubbling fountains, trompe l'oeil ceilings, and Roman statuary live on in this ever-expanding empire.
The MGM Grand, with its commanding location on the Vegas Strip marked by a 100,000-lb bronze lion statue, is a Las Vegas experience in itself.
Opened in 1993 as a family-focused, pirate-themed resort, Treasure Island traded in its skull-and-crossbones designs for more a contemporary, adult-friendly look in 2003.
With a casino floor flooded with natural light, a botanical theme, and a collection of restaurants with rising celebrity chefs like Paul Bartolotta and David Walzog, Wynn Las Vegas has single-handedly redefined the standard of luxury
It’s rare to find a culture-minded hotel in Las Vegas—especially smack-dab in the heart of the Strip.
While this casino offers plenty for gamblers—it houses 1,723 slot machines, 39 table games, and live poker—it’s also home to the Desperado, one of the tallest and fastest roller coasters in the world, as well as a log flume ride that runs through the main casino floor.
Formerly Ritz-Carlton, Lake Las Vegas
Just five minutes from the Strip, the Palms Casino Resort is a popular destination for young visitors as well as celebrities.
Mid-Strip extravaganza with a palatial 65,000-square-foot spa, 14 restaurants, botanical gardens, and dancing fountains.
It’s impossible to get any closer to the stunning Red Rock Canyon conservation area—located 10 miles west of the Strip—than at the Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa.