Our 10 Favorite Hotels in Las Vegas Are Sure Bets
Let's face it—visiting Sin City conjures enough opportunities for risk-taking without having to gamble on the comfort of your own bed. Lucky for you, we've scouted 10 favorite Las Vegas hotels with serious game. Get packing.
You might say the hippest hotel on the Strip is equal parts swanky and theatrical: there's morphing digital art-wrapped columns in the lobby, nouveau Baroque chandeliers and marble floors, and, in the 2,995 guest rooms, blue alligator side tables and Pop Art wallpaper. Every space here is designed to make a statement, from the three-level casino floor bar built inside a massive crystal chandelier to the Marquee Nightclub & (poolside) Dayclub that keeps the energy thumping at all hours to experimental performance Rose.Rabbit.Lie. that has to be seen to be believed. For those looking to escape the madness, the serene Sahra Spa offers 30 treatments rooms and its own hammam.
ARIA Resort & Casino
ARIA was a showstopper when it debuted in 2009 with its never-before-seen curvilinear glass tower in the heart of the Strip. And the hotel is still making waves: it's now the world's largest LEED Gold-certified building, with a leafy lobby and a refreshing amount of natural light in its public spaces and all 4,004 rooms. Of course, there's no end to all one can get up to in this city, but you can get by without ever leaving this mega-resort, which houses no less than 16 restaurants, eight bars, three pools, and its own in-house Cirque du Soleil show, Zarkana.
The Venetian Resort Hotel & Casino
Some might balk at the thought of a themed casino resort, but the Venetian, modeled after the famed Italian city, defies expectations with its painstaking attention to detail. The 4,000-suite palace comes with a grand entrance à la Piazza San Marco, gilded interiors with elaborate ceiling frescoes, and even its own shop-lined canals and gondola rides. But nothing is overdone: clean-lined rooms are spacious and modern with sunken living rooms and big bathrooms, while the Canyon Ranch SpaClub is one of the largest—and among the best ranked—day spas in North America.
The Palazzo Resort Hotel & Casino
The Venetian's sister hotel and next-door neighbor is just as impressive—if slightly more understated—and we're not just talking about the Roman pools on its five-acre roof deck. Palatial suites have the same sunken living rooms, deep bathtubs, and luxuriously stocked mini-bars (think champagne and artisan chocolates—for those special occasions), while restaurants from Emeril Lagasse and Wolfgang Puck keep the luxury factor thoroughly in check.
Few properties nail that first impression quite like the Bellagio, best known for those iconic dancing fountains that put on a choreographed show over the eight-acre lake fronting the property. The glamour continues inside, where a Chihuly hand-blown glass sculpture dominates the entryway, 400 main tower suites are fresh off a $165 million makeover, a high-stakes poker room on the casino floor is still the stuff of legend, and Cirque du Soleil's water-themed production, O—the resident show since it premiered in 1998—is as alluring as ever.
Mirage Resort & Casino
Despite being the elder among its shiny Strip neighbors, the Mirage—Vegas's original megaresort—stays true (rightly) to its roots to attract a multi-gen crowd with amenities everyone will appreciate, from an expansive (and party-free) heated pool and comfortably spacious rooms to stellar service, tropical décor including an exotic wildlife sanctuary, and Cirque du Soleil's Beatles-themed hit show, Love. Plus, the nightly eruption of the property's iconic faux volcano near the main entrance never gets old—a solid indicator that this property is here to stay.
SLS Las Vegas
The former Sahara Hotel & Casino has been reborn as the SLS Las Vegas and the result is a futuristic twist on high fashion. There's digital installations in the lobby and color-changing floor tiles that lead to various points of interest, while rooms are everything you'd expect from the brand—seductively opulent interiors by Philippe Starck feature mirrored ceilings, white-lacquered chandeliers, and peekaboo showers. Downstairs, it's a see-and-be-seen crowd at The Foundry, the rooftop pool and nightclub, as well as the swanky Sayers Club lounge. Expect SLS cuisine regulars, too, including Bazaar Meat by José Andrés, Umami Burger & Beer Garden, and Katsuya by Starck.
Encore at Wynn Las Vegas
Encore is decidedly smaller and far less glitzy than Wynn, its sister property, instead prioritizing hospitality over gimmicks. The property opted for a more luxurious take on desert digs and a more intimate—but sunny—casino space in order to make room for 2,034 massive, 700-square-foot guest rooms (all suites), each with remote-control blinds, rotating TVs, and do-not-disturb door lights than can be activated while you’re still under the covers.
Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas
The Four Seasons, a sophisticated oasis on the southern end of the Strip, was the first property to show Las Vegas isn’t all about casinos. Guests enter a hushed marble lobby and pass a landscaped private pool before being whisked by express elevator to their elegant, plush rooms (think silk and velvet ottomans and dark wood furnishings). Other notable perks: a Charlie Palmer steakhouse, one of the hottest brunch spots in town (Veranda), and priority tee times at the next-door golf club.
Nobu Hotel at Caesars Palace
With two more locations pending in Chicago and Malibu, star chef Nobu Matsuhisa has etched his name in the hotel business. The property that started it all opened off the casino floor of Caesars Palace in 2013, anchored by—what else?—Matsuhisa's own restaurant. Upstairs, 181 rooms are a blend of Japanese influences, from Umi tiles and grass cloth to ink brushwork on the walls, and feature—perhaps our favorite amenity—Nobu in-room dining at any hour of the day or night.
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