Every year U.S. News & World Report releases their best hotels in the World. This year the list looks at hotels in the U.S., Europe, Canada, Mexico, and Bermuda. In total, they look at hotels from over 200 tourist destination around the world. We love Las Vegas because it’s one of the most fun places for an adult to vacation in the world. However, love is sometimes blind so it’s nice to hear confirmation on what we like.
There are plenty of great hotels around the country, especially in Hawaii. The highest ranking hotel on this list from Las Vegas is the spectacular Aria Sky Suites. These aren’t just the suites at Aria. This is a separate hotel within the already luxurious casino-resort.
There is separate a check-in and checkout area for Aria Sky Suite guests. Each of Aria’s Sky Suites come with a personal concierge. One of the most popular amenities for guests at Aria Sky Suites is access to the Sky Pool. This pool is only accessible to Sky Suite guests and an excellent getaway from the chaos that can happen in Las Vegas. You can see the Sky Suites and the full list of amenities here.

Best Hotels In Las Vegas

U.S. News & World Report ranks the hotels in their report based on hotel star ratings, user ratings, and industry awards. When a hotel scores in the top 10 percentile they receive a special Gold Badge. Las Vegas has 11 hotels that received a Gold Badge.
Las Vegas has more Gold Badges from U.S. News & World Report than all but two cities in the world. New York has 24 Gold Badge winners. Los Angeles is tied with Las Vegas and has 11 Gold Badge winners. Here’s a look at the 11 best hotels in Las Vegas since they’re all Gold Badge winners and the best of the best in Las Vegas.

  1. Aria Sky Suites
  2. Four Seasons at Mandalay Bay
  3. Encore at Wynn Las Vegas
  4. Wynn Las Vegas
  5. Skylofts at MGM Grand
  6. Aria
  7. Bellagio
  8. Cosmopolitan
  9. The Palazzo
  10. The Venetian
  11. Waldorf Astoria (formerly Mandarin Oriental)

You’ll notice that all of the hotels listed here are considered luxury properties. Some of the hotels listed, like Aria Sky Suites, are hotels within existing hotels. Aria and Wynn are the only hotels with two properties on this list.
The Waldorf Astoria is the only Top 11 hotel that isn’t attached to a casino. Guests will have to walk about 30-60 seconds to reach Aria. The only hotel that makes the top 15 on the U.S. News & World Report list that isn’t on the Vegas Strip is the beautiful Red Rock Casino. The resort is located 20-30 minutes off the Vegas Strip.
You can see the full U.S. News & World Report Best Hotel list here.


Marc Meltzer covers Las Vegas, gaming and men’s lifestyle for various outlets. Check out his blog at Edge Vegas.
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