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 largest of Cosmopolitan’s three pool areas, the multi-level Boulevard Pool has an unobstructed view of the Strip, four stories below.
MGM’s 51 luxury, two-level Skylofts—29 floors over the Strip—have a private entrance, their own gallery foyers, sweeping staircases, butler pantries, and billiard rooms.
For those who love to be sequestered—and pampered as formally as possible – the 392-room Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas is a beautiful ode to elegant Asian touches (designed by Adam Tihany) and solemnly perfect service – even the valets hand you your ticket with both hands and a slight bow.
Once the Barbary Coast, and Bill’s Gamblin’ Saloon, it was always a mystery why this prime piece of real estate facing the Bellagio fountains stayed so seedy so long.
While Aria’s main hotel is massive—4,572 rooms and suites—its very separate Sky Suites, with their separate indoor and outdoor entrances to the hotel and casino, are the best way to have an exclusive experience and also steps-away access to Aria’s many attractions, including restaurants like Bar
Right off the casino floor in 4,000-plus-room Caesars Palace, star chef Nobu Matsuhisa opened his first hotel within what was the old Centurion Tower. His own restaurant anchors the sanctuary, created by natural materials like walls of mixed wood tiles.
Most know Bellagio for its public spaces—those fountains performing nightly, the Conservatory with its revolving, over-the-top floral displays (don’t miss the Chinese New Year exhibit), and its Bellagio Gallery of Fine Arts (on now, a terrific Faberge egg exhibit, including “Fauxberge” pieces th
Between the nearly 4,000 rooms and suites and the thousands of people that flock to shop and eat at the adjoining Forum Shops at Caesars and see shows at the Colosseum, there’s very little people-watching you can’t do at Caesars, since most people end up here eventually.
Massive sunlit atriums, a team of horticulturalists to keep the thousands of flowers blooming, an incomparable public art collection, and restaurants so over-the-top they constitute dining theater, bring people to Wynn.
Known for a hard-rocking atmosphere, musical residencies that can’t be topped, and its long-running debauched summer Sunday pool party, Rehab, HRH has been fine-tuning its people-watching opportunities ever since it opened.
When Cosmopolitan opened in 2010 it made an urbane, design-forward statement that is still relevant, even (gasp) nearly five years later.
Nine golf courses surround JW Marriott, whose on-site golf concierge from TPC Las Vegas helps guests with reservations and recommendations – and arranges free transportation to TPC Las Vegas and Angel Park Golf Club.
Located 20 minutes south of the Strip in Henderson, Green Valley Ranch is another luxe “locals’” casino by Station, which captures its fair share of people who love their Vegas in measured doses.
The Palms has always known how to party – and its parties are legendary, like its ongoing “Ditch Friday” party at Palms Pool & Dayclub and its Ghostbar Dayclub, which opens just as other casinos are closing their day parties in the fall (think drunken revelry beginning at 1pm).
Hard Rock, with its incredible music scene and incomparable rock residencies, is a hard-rocking planet unto itself. Many people – mostly music fans and hard partiers – who arrive at Hard Rock never even venture onto the Strip.