Hotels and resorts are a big deal in Las Vegas. There’s always a new hotel being built, and plenty of competition between the old mainstays.
The Best Hotels in Las Vegas
With each one always trying to best the other, how can you ever know which are the best hotels in Las Vegas? Just refer to our list below.
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Bellagio is on pretty much every list of the best hotels in Las Vegas, and for good reason: It’s got everything you’d want in an upscale casino resort. Good looks, fairytale attractions, world-class restaurants, and a comfort level that gets it just right. Its famous fountains dance to Rachmaninov, there’s impressive art in the grand lobby, and Bellagio’s indoor Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is painstakingly decorated, down to each petalled detail, for every season.
There are swimming pools, Cirque du Soleil shows, shops galore, and guest rooms that can make anyone feel at home. As for the elegant casino, you’ll recognize it from Ocean’s 11. Stay in the main tower for extra privacy and panoramic views, or get a fountain-view room and crank up the accompanying music in your room for full effect.
Amenities: Italian marble bathrooms, soaking tub, 40-inch flat-screen HDTV, auto drapery controls, luxe linens and robes, Eucalyptus wood furnishings, organic carpeting, Bellagio Cashmere Super Pillow top mattress, many restaurants par excellence (including acclaimed Le Cirque), swimming pools with cabanas, spa, salon, and extensive concierge services.
The Four Seasons offers a quieter, more relaxed Las Vegas experience; it has no casino and manages to be centrally located but still far enough away from the Strip’s commotion. Certainly one of the best hotels in Las Vegas, this luxury property emanates understated elegance. Its lobby is classic with dynamic artwork and its staff is gracious and hands-on, providing guests with typical Four Seasons service and comfort.
Rooms are stylish with Art Deco touches; choose from a view over the Strip or over the Red Rock National Conservation Area and its magnificent sunsets and sunrises. If you crave more excite during a stay at the Four Seasons, you’ll have direct access to the Mandalay Bay’s casino and entertainment options.
Amenities: Marble-floored bathroom, soaking tub, backlit mirror, frameless shower, down pillows and duvets, terry cloth bathrobes, pet-friendly policies, business services, fitness center, award-winning spa, and Veranda restaurant for authentic Italian cuisine.
One of the newer properties on the Strip—it opened in 2014—the all-suite Delano has already taken its place among the best hotels in Vegas. It’s modern and elegant, and one of the city’s rare no-smoking hotels. Featuring calm elegance throughout, rotating fine art installations, gracious service, and a location within the Mandalay Bay complex, the Delano’s suites are cushy and pretty, done in contemporary style and natural materials—think sheer drapes and oversized tufted headboards.
These rooms are spacious and comfortable, and their neutral tones nicely reflect their desert environs. Ask for a Strip or mountain view from one of the top floors.
Amenities: Spa-style bathrooms with soaking tubs, in-suite living room, 46-inch TV in bedroom, 55-inch TV in living room, media hub, pet-friendly policies, the Bathhouse gym and spa (treatments incorporate locally sourced ingredients), fine dining at Rivea restaurant, Skyfall nightclub, plus a swimming pool and cabanas at Delano Beach Club.
In 2013, chef Nobu Matsuhisa and actor Robert De Niro opened a hotel version of their beloved restaurant chain inside Caesars Palace. While this might sound like an odd concept, it actually works beautifully, especially thanks to enthusiastic staffers and designer David Rockwell’s ability to create sleek yet tranquil spaces.
The experience starts with a highly personalized check-in process, then a ride up an elevator with no buttons. Then you enter your spacious room and enjoy your welcome amenity of tea and a rice cracker. Japanophiles will delight in the serene decor, and foodies will enjoy the elaborate in-room dining menu. Try the green-tea waffle for breakfast, and request a city view.
Amenities: Bathrooms with gray stone floors, black-tile shower, Lynova microcotton towels, Natura Bisse toiletries, Fili D’oro bed linens and down pillows, 55-inch flat-screen TV, herbal sleep oil and teas, roomy closet, bathrobes, take-home slippers, Sharper Image alarm clock, double-paned windows, 24-hour room service, onsite Nobu restaurant, business lounge, fitness center, Qua spa, and extended checkout time available upon request.
Talk about your grand entrance. Big, bold, and sparkly, the Cosmopolitan is all about excitement. It’s unapologetically Vegas, right on the Strip, and yet despite its flash and grandeur, it manages to provide service that makes it one of the best hotels in Las Vegas.
This is where stylish young travelers come to see and be seen—Cosmopolitan is the home of raucous nightlife, high-stakes gaming, big-name concerts, and flirty lounges. Guest rooms are just as bold and modern as the rest of the resort. Request yours with a view.
Amenities: Marble-floored bathrooms, C.O. Bigelow toiletries, double-head showers, Japanese soaking tubs, balconies on some rooms, 100,000-square-foot casino, Marquee dayclub and nightclub, three swimming pools, two fitness centers, tennis courts, Sahra Spa, room service, concierge service, business center, dog-friendly policies, and a large collection of restaurants including two by chef Jose Andres.
The Mandarin Oriental is one of the very best hotels in Las Vegas, and the city’s only independent hotel with five stars from Forbes. That’s thanks to the brand’s legendary hospitality—service here is welcoming, sophisticated, and very accommodating—as well as the property’s beautiful LEED-certified architecture and interior design, an elegant modern take on Asian themes.
There’s no casino and no smoke, making for a more relaxing stay than other hotels on the Strip, and that’s despite the Mandarin Oriental’s enviable location at the entrance of CityCenter. Friendly Pepper the Robot greets you in the 23rd-floor lobby before you arrive at your stunning suite, which will have floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Strip.
Amenities: Luxury bath salts, large HDTV, afternoon tea service, fitness center, full-service spa, the excellent Twist by Pierre Gagnaire restaurant, and the Mandarin Bar with giant windows overlooking the Strip.
Wynn and Encore
These two identical curved towers are sister properties, and are both among the best hotels in Vegas. Between them, they’ve got 4,750 luxurious guest rooms and suites, 189,000 square feet of gaming, 24 restaurants including a few by celebrity chefs, two spas, 11 bars, a beach club, an 18-hole golf course, and three nightclubs that bring in big-name performers.
At Wynn, Japanese gardens surround a koi pond and a 90-foot waterfall, and a dreamlike show called Le Reve captivates. Both hotels offer tower suites—a super-luxury overnight experience. Hotelier Steve Wynn may be a controversial figure, but there’s no question his classic properties are beautiful places to stay.
Amenities: Everything listed above, plus beauty salons, business services, many retail shops, a fitness center, and comprehensive concierge services.
The Venetian and Palazzo
These landmark Las Vegas Strip hotels are sister properties, connected to each other via a beautiful indoor walkway. Both are all-suite properties, and the Venetian’s standard rooms are almost twice the size of your average Las Vegas hotel digs. This resort conjures Italy through and through, from the dramatic Italianate exterior featuring real-life gondola rides and columns galore to interiors that replicate some of Italy’s most famous sites.
Under a ceiling painted like sky are the Grand Canal Shoppes, where you can buy the latest in designer fashion, or have dinner concocted by a celebrity chef—this is the home of Wolfgang Puck’s Cut, Thomas Keller’s Bouchon, and Emeril Lagasse’s Delmonico. Those grand rooms are luxuriously appointed, and stylish Tao Beach rocks both day and night.
Amenities: In addition to those listed above, comfort beds, excellent concierge service, a 120,000-square-foot casino, the Canyon Ranch SpaClub, an onsite Barneys New York, the Aquatic Club pool experience, plus an additional five-acre pool and garden deck.
Mandalay Bay offers the complete Las Vegas resort experience in style and comfort. Its 3,211 spacious rooms, done in clean lines, are splashed with color and art. Staffers are genuine, creating a refined but fun stay. This resort spans 120 acres, so there’s a lot here: a huge casino, big-name entertainment venues, rockin’ nightlife, award-winning restaurants, plenty of shopping, and Mandalay Bay Beach, a tropical-themed pool with cabanas and real sand. There’s also the Shark Reef Aquarium, with more than 2,000 deep-sea creatures to see.
Amenities: In addition to those listed above, large in-room TVs, in-room Jacuzzi tubs, Spa Mandalay, fitness center, swimming pools, room service, free Wi-Fi, business center, kid-friendly policies, dry cleaning services, and concierge services.
As you search for Las Vegas Strip hotels, look just west of Las Vegas Boulevard to find the hip Palms Casino Resort, which opened in 2001 and immediately became a celebrity magnet. There are plenty of happening bars and restaurants within its three tall towers, plus a 95,000-square-foot casino and the Pearl Concert Theater, where the many of the world’s greatest talents have performed. Rooms are sleek and modern with bright colors.
Amenities: Free Wi-Fi, free parking, a 14-screen movie theater, three swimming pool environments, Drift Spa and Hammam, food buffet, fitness center, Rojo cocktail lounge, fine dining and amazing views at Nove Italiano restaurant, room service, airport transportation, dry cleaning and laundry service, in-room refrigerator, and free shuttle service to the Strip.
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–Original reporting by Avital Andrews. Follow her on Twitter @avitalb.