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.
Formerly Ritz-Carlton, Lake Las Vegas
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.
It takes a lot to make waves in Sin City, but Aria did it in 2009, redefining the skyline with its minimalist, curvilinear glass towers housing 4,004 rooms, 18 restaurants, eight bars, a nightclub, a casino, spa, pools, and resident Cirque du Soleil show.
Featuring a 30-story black glass exterior topped with the world’s brightest light beam, the Luxor is one of the most recognizable buildings on the Strip.
Fashionably minimalist, THEhotel is meant to feel like a boutique hotel (though with 1,117 rooms, this is hardly the case).
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.
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.
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.
If you want to immerse yourself in the glitz and glam of Las Vegas, the Palms Hotel is where you want to be.
This all-suite, non-gaming, and non-smoking property is a serene oasis in the midst of the bright lights and bustling activity of Sin City.
This Cote d’Azur-themed pool bridges the gap between spa-quiet and dance party, which is nice for adults who want a little grown-up mingling but not a full-fledged, daytime EDM scene.
Eight distinctively different pools make up this massive complex which, true to its oversized Roman theme, is filled with classical landscaping, Roman statues, an 18-foot waterfall and, of course, go-go dancers.
White wicker, wood, and gorgeous red drapery surround the three-tiered pleasure complex that is Encore Beach Club.
One of the best escapes in Las Vegas—even for those who aren’t staying in the Mandarin Oriental— is on this hotel’s 8th floor.