Best Hotels in Las Vegas
True to its reputation as a party destination, Las Vegas is a traveler's playground, where the hotels are often the hottest places to see and be seen, thanks to the proliferation of rooftop pool cabanas and celebrity-chef restaurants.
But the hotel scene can accommodate plenty of travel styles. On any given visit, you could stay at the trendiest new casino resort with thousands of rooms, or check into a more low-key, casino-free hotel at the south end of the Strip.
Put the odds of a great stay in your favor by consulting this indispensable guide to the best Las Vegas hotels, as selected by readers in our annual World's Best Awards survey.
No. 1 Wynn Las Vegas
With a casino floor flooded with natural light, a botanical theme, and a collection of restaurants with rising celebrity chefs like Alex Stratta and David Walzog, Wynn Las Vegas has single-handedly redefined the standard of luxury in the Las Vegas casino hotel. Elements borrowed from the natural world—including a 140-foot forested mountain and wall of water—have been manufactured to sequester the hotel away from the Strip and conceal the spaceship-shaped Fashion Show Mall across the street. The smallest rooms are a capacious 620 square feet; the six enormous villas scattered along the golf course and the pool top out at 7,000 square feet. If guests grow tired of their private pool cabana, there’s always the Louis Vuitton, Manolo Blahnik, Cartier, and Chanel boutiques in the shopping esplanade.
No. 2 The Palazzo
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). With a two-story fountain gushing in its entry, the 3,066 room high-rise resort is a memorable new arrival, anchored by a Barneys New York and topped with a sprawling Canyon Ranch spa.
No. 3 Encore Tower Suites, Las Vegas
The newest resort in Steve Wynn's collection is less Las Vegas glam and more luxurious desert oasis. Case in point: the sunny casino has glasswalls that look out onto verdant gardens and pools.
No. 4 Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas
At the 392-room property, interior designer Adam Tihany tries to re-create the experience of contemporary Hong Kong. When guests step off the elevator at the 23rd-floor lobby, they encounter what he calls a “gold bullion wall,” a shimmering blast of gilded geometry. For more gold, the hotel achieved LEED Gold certification, acknowledgment of the complex’s energy- and resource-conserving features. The spa offers 17 treatment rooms, yoga classes, and a Kinesis Fitness System; the property's three restaurants and bars include Twist by Pierre Gagnaire, the Michelin-starred chef’s first U.S. venture.
No. 5 Bellagio
This Mid-Strip extravaganza makes a big impression with its palatial 55,000-square-foot spa, 14 restaurants, botanical gardens, and dancing fountains. The botanical gardens—complete with exotic plants—are open at all times. Request the cypress suite for views of the lake and fountains, and a pop-up TV.
No. 6 Trump International Hotel Las Vegas
The 1,282-room Trump Las Vegas provides something unexpected in the heart of Sin City: a family- and pet-friendly resort. In addition to its Trump Kids and Trump Pets programs, the casino-free hotel features amenities ranging from kitchenettes (and even some full-sized kitchens!); dog beds, bowls, and a in-room doggy dining menu; and that kid favorite: a big swimming pool. The hotel is also steps from Fashion Show Mall and offers daily shuttles to other city shopping destinations such as Forum Shops and the Wynn Las Vegas. That third floor pool is perfect for post-retail relaxing, surrounded by semi-private cabanas and overlooking the mountains.
No. 7 Four Seasons Hotel, Las Vegas
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. The property’s location at the south end of the Strip means it’s already removed from much of the city’s chaos—but the sense of sanctuary is reinforced by the hotel’s hushed marble entrance, relatively painless check-in (so much quicker than at the hotel-casinos), express elevator, and gorgeous, garden-surrounded pool (if for some reason you forget your swimsuit, a disposable one can be provided for you.) Rooms are decorated with typical Four-Seasons elegance: graceful dark-wood tables and desks, overstuffed chairs and ottomans upholstered in silk and velvet, marble baths. Charlie Palmer Steakhouse is just off the lobby, while Verandah, the hotel’s indoor-outdoor restaurant, is a hot Sunday brunch ticket. Golfers get priority tee times at Bali Hai Golf Club next door.
No. 8 The Venetian
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 rooms on the Strip, averaging 700 square feet with sunken living rooms and marble baths. Like Wynn and Caesars nearby, the Venetian is in full expansion mode, with a new 50-floor, 3,068-room sister property that opened in January 2008. Rooms in the all-suite 3,014-room main tower (which opened in 1999) have traded their gilded, faux-Venetian décor for a more modern style (backlit onyx walls, clean-lined, natural-hued couches and chairs, remote-controlled Roman shades), and each now has three LCD or plasma televisions (including one TV in the bath), wireless Internet, and a sectional sofa for guests. And just outside, of course, is a Piazza San Marco entrance (just like the real thing, minus the pigeons), in- and outdoor canals plied by gondoliers, and reproductions of famous frescoes on the soaring ceilings within.
No. 9 ARIA, Las Vegas
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, 17 restaurants, nine bars, a casino, spa, pools, and resident Elvis-themed Cirque du Soleil show. The accommodations, with floor-to-ceiling windows and iconic masculine Vegas style, have beauty and brains: upon a guest's first entry the curtains open and the TV switches on to reveal customizable room controls for lighting, temperature, music, and wakeup signals. Also impressive is Aria's LEED gold certification. Ample natural light, wood, and stone throughout add an uncommon organic quality here-proof that green can be sexy.
No. 10 THEhotel at Mandalay Bay
Fashionably minimalist, THEhotel is meant to feel like a boutique hotel (though with 1,117 rooms, this is hardly the case). A non-gaming property, it adjoins Mandalay Bay but has its own lobby and check-in, full-service spa (The Bathhouse), and high-profile lounge (Mix in Las Vegas) on the top floor. Rooms, in mellow grays and tans, average a generous 725 square feet and have spacious marble-and-granite master baths with separate powder rooms, giant 42-inch plasma TV’s, and floor-to-ceiling windows. Despite the Mandalay Bay’s location right next door, THEhotel is still removed from the fray, with a contemporary art-filled lobby that always feels exclusive and clubby.