Best Hotels in Vegas
You’ve already decided a trip to Vegas is in your future. Maybe you have a specific show you want to see or a special occasion to celebrate, but you are not sure where to stay. When choosing a hotel in Las Vegas you first have to determine what suits your taste, your budget, and your entertainment desires. Do you want fine dining, a great spa, nightclubs and entertaining shows, a suite or a basic room? These and so many more options will have to factor into your choice. All the most popular hotels have their own casinos so if you are going just to gamble, any of the ones listed will fill your need. However, if you desire other amenities read on for the details of what each property has to offer.
Located on prime real estate at the center of the Strip, Aria at City Center offers superb accommodations in a modern tranquil environment. Personal attention, intimate dining venues, and the renowned Viva Elvis Cirque du Soleil show are all reasons to make the Aria your choice for a vacation stay. Over 500 of the 4000 guest rooms are extraordinary suites. All rooms feature floor to ceiling windows with impressive views of the Las Vegas skyline. City Center is known for its top notch dining options such as BarMasa, Jean Georges and Julian Serrano; the nightlife is hot and high-tech. The futuristic spa and three exquisite pools are the icing on the cake for this hip resort. Vdara and the Mandarin Oriental are also located at City Center and offer high-end accommodations as well.
The sophisticated Cosmopolitan is a fairly new addition to the Strip. Originally meant to house upscale condos, the rooms are both spacious and luxurious. The prime location and entertainment venues make this hotel a hot spot for the trendier and more hip who are a bit jaded by the traditional Vegas resorts. A unique design allows most rooms to have balconies with unparalleled views; an easy to navigate floor plan puts the casino, shops, restaurants and nightclubs at the center of it all and the enigmatic Sahra Spa and Hammam is one-of-a-kind on the Strip. The restaurants, nightclubs, and pools are indicative of the funky and diverse style which makes the Cosmopolitan the “In” place for those visitors who think they have seen it all.
One of the premier choices to stay in Las Vegas is the Bellagio. This AAA five diamond award winning hotel is elegant and sophisticated. From the Chihuly glass sculpture chandelier in the lobby to the Mediterranean style botanical gardens, this oasis of luxury will overwhelm all your senses. All the rooms have a view of the Strip or of Lake Bellagio Fountains with the 8 acres of dancing waters. Many of the finest dining establishments in Vegas are in the Bellagio as is the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art. The Cirque du Soleil show “O” performs here as well. The Bellagio is the place to stay in Vegas if you are looking for a gracious, cultivated and beautiful stay.
The Wynn, and sister hotel the Encore, have become synonymous with top notch dining and entertainment. The brilliant bronze 45 story tower sits at the end of the Strip across from the Fashion Mall. The floor to ceiling windows offer a view of the Lake of Dreams, their exclusive golf course, or the Strip. Inside each of the richly appointed rooms are European linens and soaking tubs. Inside the resort is the Penske/Wynn Ferrari-Maserati dealership. Artwork by famous masters such as Picasso and Van Gogh adorn the public spaces. Shopping is a girl’s dream come true with Chanel, Louis Vuitton, and more. The most talked about, not to be missed show in Vegas makes the Wynn its home. Le Reve – The Dream is a breathtaking spectacle of aerial acrobatics and sensuous choreography in an intimate round theater setting. Tryst nightclub with its 90 foot waterfall and the Lake of Dreams offer surreal multi-sensory presentations. Encore is simply the hipper, trendier sister of the Wynn with extra-spacious suites and a resort spa experience. If you stay at the Wynn/Encore you may never need to leave the property, as it offers the ultimate Las Vegas experience.
Mandalay Bay is not your typical Las Vegas hotel; its exceptional design includes a lagoon and a Shark Reef which are all a part of the tropical island experience. One of the premier swimming pool complexes in the desert, Mandalay Bay’s pool area covers 11 acres and boasts waterfalls, a beach front, a lazy river and a European style bath house. Exclusive concerts are performed seasonally on the beach. Fine dining choices abound, and for those desiring a more privileged, unique experience, you can enter the private enclave of the Four Seasons.
The all-suite Venetian and partner Palazzo are tributes to Italian opulence with sunken living rooms, marble baths, Egyptian cotton linens, goose-down duvets, and New Zealand wool throws. The canals and gondoliers of Venice bring the essence of Italy to the Strip. Shop along the Grand Canal or dine in one of the lavish Italian restaurants on the property. The roof top pool complex with three pools scattered among gardens with Italian sculpture and private cabanas is an oasis of calm. The Canyon Ranch Spa has been rated among the best. Be pampered and be rejuvenated at the Venetian.
One of the iconic Las Vegas hotels, Caesars Palace is the epitome of old world elegance. A Roman theme with a 5 acre Garden of the Gods pool, the Forum Shops and the Coliseum, Caesars Palace truly is one of the showcases on the Strip. Performers at the Coliseum include Elton John, Celine Dion, Shania Twain and Rod Stewart. The Forum Shops, the onsite shopping complex, features 70 chic boutiques, Roman fountains and a huge aquarium. Do some window shopping or splurge at Gucci, Fendi and Louis Vuitton. For a unique entertainment experience be sure to check out Absinthe in the tent outside Caesars.
The MGM Grand is one of the largest known hotels in Las Vegas. Offering 11 different kinds of rooms and suites, there is sure to be something to fit your needs. For the most extreme experience choose the SkyLofts where you will have your own butler, Rolls Royce airport limo service, and VIP access to all the MGM Grand amenities. The MGM Grand is centrally located and has a monorail stop for easy access to other points of interest. The Grand Pool Complex and the Wet Republic will entice you to spend some time outside in the desert sun. For entertainment there is KA, the Cirque du Soleil extravaganza which has been the subject of rave reviews.
Tres magnifique! That’s what the Paris hotel will have you exclaiming. With a half scale version of the Eiffel Tower and the Parisian outdoor Le Boulevard you feel transported straight to the City of Lights. The elegant Paris tower has custom European furniture, marble baths and a distinctive French flair. Nightclubs, spas, pools and shopping will round out your Parisian experience. Definitely a draw for those desiring a more European ambiance.
If hotels on the Strip are not your choice, book a room at one of the timeless classic downtown hotels like the Golden Nugget or Four Queens. Hotels downtown are more moderately priced and there is still plenty to do and see in the downtown area. While there be sure to catch the free show, The Fremont Street Experience.
A stay at any one of these hotels is sure to please even the most discriminating of travelers. Prices can range from moderate to extreme so once you decide what your needs are, find the hotel that fits the bill, literally and figuratively, and shop for the best price. I bet you will find a great deal!