There are a lot of “Best Of” lists for Las Vegas, but few are as highly regarded as the Forbes Travel Guide. This is a list of the best of the best hotels and restaurants around the world. Many businesses use these awards as a milestone for service and quality.
Forbes Travel Guide’s scoring system uses a proprietary algorithm that weighs service at 75% and the quality of the facility at 25%. Forbes inspectors anonymously visits and evaluates properties using nears 800 objective standards in 162 destinations across 42 countries.
Forbes Travel Guide Hotel Award Winners In Las Vegas
This year just 175 hotels achieve the coveted Five-Star Award for the best of the best. Five of those winners are in Las Vegas.

  • ARIA Sky Suites
  • Encore Tower Suites
  • Mandarin Oriental
  • Skylofts at MGM Grand
  • Wynn Tower Suites

Among the total 1,464 Star Award winners in 2017, there are 175 Five-Star, 478 Four-Star. Las Vegas has a host of Four-Star Award-winning hotels too. M Resort is the only off-strip hotel to receive this prestigious award. There’s a reason we listed M Resort as one of the five resorts to help you transition away from the Vegas Strip. The rest of the winners are below:

  • ARIA (regular rooms)
  • Bellagio
  • The Cosmopolitan
  • Encore
  • Four Seasons (at Mandalay Bay)
  • The Laurel Collection by Caesars Palace
  • M Resort
  • The Palazzo
  • Vdara
  • The Venetian
  • Wynn Las Vegas

Forbes Travel Guide Restaurant Award Winners In Las Vegas
The number of hotels to receive a Star Award from the Forbes Travel Guide seems massive when compared to restaurants. There were only 62 Five-Star, 176 Four-Star restaurants around the world. Las Vegas is known for great fine dining and make up nearly 10% of the Five-Star restaurants.

  • Joël Robuchon (MGM Grand)
  • Le Cirque Las Vegas (Bellagio)
  • Picasso (Bellagio)
  • Restaurant Guy Savoy (Caesars Palace)
  • Twist by Pierre Gagnaire (Mandarin Oriental)
  • Wing Lei (Wynn Las Vegas)

Le Cirque, Picasso, and Wing Lei are new Forbes 5-Star Award winners. The 5-Star award winners are the finest of fine dining and will cost more than most meals you’ll ever eat. By comparison, the 4-Star Award winners are affordable. While still expensive and fine dining the prices are what you’d pay in most high-end restaurants.

  • Andrea’s (Encore)
  • AquaKnox (The Venetian)
  • Aureole Las Vegas (Mandalay Bay)
  • barMASA (Aria)
  • Costa di Mare (Wynn)
  • The Country Club (Wynn)
  • CUT (The Palazzo)
  • Julian Serrano (Aria)
  • L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon (MGM Grand)
  • Lakeside (Wynn)
  • Michael Mina (Bellagio)
  • Mizumi (Wynn)
  • Sage (Aria)
  • Sinatra (Encore)
  • SW Steakhouse (Wynn)

One of the many things that make Las Vegas so great is that there’s something for everyone. If you’re traveling on a budget, you can find plenty of fun low rolling around Las Vegas. Likewise, if you’re looking for the most luxurious vacation of your life you can visit these Forbes Travel Guide Award winners.
You can see the full list of Forbes Award winners around the world 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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