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If you’re planning a trip to Las Vegas and really want to do it up right, with so many luxurious hotels and resorts to choose from, where do you begin? You’ll find the best of the best properties on this list, giving you a perfect place to start in creating the ultimate glamourous Vegas escape.
Set on the Las Vegas Strip, The Venetian boasts large suites that are nearly double the size of the average Vegas hotel room. The moment you step into the lobby, you’ll be in awe at the elegant touches found throughout this hotel, from the massive painted ceiling reminiscent of those found in Italian chapels to the gondolas that glide across canals and the half-million square feet of stores and restaurants. Rooms feature a marble bathroom, floor-to-ceiling windows and large living rooms. Dining includes a multitude of high-end options, while its spa is one of the best in Las Vegas. Place your bets at the lively casino, then visit the pool or sip cocktails at one of the chic bars and nightclubs.
The Bellagio is world-renowned for its large lake that dominates its grounds, erupting into a dazzling choreographed display of dancing fountains every 15 to 30 minutes. While it’s some of the best free entertainment you can find on the Strip, that’s not the only reason to stay here. This glamourous hotel was built with luxury in mind, with even its rooms offering some of the best views on the Strip. You’ll also find a first-class spa and salon and a number of ultra-sophisticated retailers. Nightlife choices include Cirque du Soleil’s “O” featuring world-class acrobats, synchronized swimmers, divers and characters who perform in, on, and above water to create a spectacular experience. Dining ranges from fine dining to casual venues.
Caesars Palace has been around for many years, but it’s been reinvented with elegant Roman-style furnishings throughout, including elaborate frescoes, stone pillars, gold, statues and crystal. Some of its highlights include the Roman bath-inspired Qua Spa and star-studded Omnia nightclub. It also features multiple pools set among lush landscaping, stone columns, hot tubs and spas. Dining options include some of the city’s finest, like Guy Savoy’s famous French eatery and Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen, which offer some of Sin City’s most decadent eats.
A perfect spot for a bachelorette party, The Wynn hotel was designed to dazzle with its golden façade providing a hint of the architectural magnificence that awaits within, from waterfalls and lagoons to a store selling Ferraris, an 18-hole golf course, a three-acre lake – the list goes on and on. Vibrant art parasols hang upside down from its ceilings, while a surreal nightly light show is projected into the Lake of Dreams right in front of the Strip’s only manmade mountain. Guest rooms live up to the elegant features of the hotel, featuring heavenly king-size Wynn Dream Beds and a bathroom equipped with a TV. You’ll find a long list of renowned restaurants, as well as a hopping entertainment, from the acrobatic Le Rêve – The Dream show to A-list performers at XS Nightclub.
The Encore opened in 2008 by famed Vegas developer Steve Wynn. It takes the luxury of its sister hotel, the Wynn, opened three years earlier, improving it with large rooms and a lavish spa. It offers a ton of style with Mediterranean and Asian-fused design elements. The spacious suites offer floor-to-ceiling windows, a comfy lounge area and electronic bedside drape control. The bathrooms are bigger than the entire room of many New York City hotels. When you want a little outdoor entertainment, head to the Encore Beach Club, known as one of the finest pool clubs in the city, sitting nearly atop the Strip.
Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas is a non-gaming hotel right on the Strip, offering a convenient location at the entrance to the CityCenter Complex. Connected to The Shops at Crystals by a skybridge, this luxe Vegas hotel boasts gourmet dining, multiple pools and an award-winning spa. Enjoy afternoon tea in the elegant Tea Lounge or marvel at views of the Strip from the 23rd-story Skybar. Spacious rooms feature flat-screen TVs and comfy sitting areas, as well as floor-to-ceiling windows and luxe soaking tubs. Upgrade to a suite for a large living room, with some featuring kitchens. Take advantage of the 24-hour room service, as well as the fitness center offering yoga classes.
Aria boasts sleek rooms, a massive casino the size of three football fields and a ton of high-tech features, including technology that creates music to your exact preference, controls temperature, opens and closes the drapes and turns the lights on and off. It’s also home to incredibly varied restaurants, complete with celeb chefs. The nightlife is no less impressive – Jewel is renowned for its world-class DJs and performers. Aria also hosts a Cirque du Soleil show, a stunning modern-day production with inspiring music and amazing costumes featuring some of the best acrobat performers, gymnasts and a fantastic sand artist. Shopping lovers will be in heaven too, with the property right next door to the Shops at Crystals, known for housing one of the best collections of high-end retailers in the world.
The MGM Grand Hotel is famous for its large bronze lion that welcomes guests with a silent roar, beckoning them to the grandeur that waits within. This mega property features chic rooms and suites, a wide array of world-class restaurants, famous nightclubs, theaters, a water park, dozens of shops and a massive casino. The water park is a highlight with its 1,000-foot-long Lazy River, with the wilder side home to Wet Republic, one of the summer’s busiest party spots, complete with DJs and lots of booze. Its Crazy Horse Theater offers a variety of shows and performances, including a special stage for Cirque du Soleil and magician David Copperfield.
Dining options include celeb chef Emeril Lagasse’s signature fishhouse restaurant, Emeril’s, and award-winning steakhouse Craftsteak. Rooms range from the “basic” deluxe suite with 446-square-feet and a custom black and white marble bathroom to a private villa with butlers at a secluded mansion complex.
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is a unique luxury resort and casino in the heart of The Strip. This beautiful and luxurious hotel features one-of-a-kind architectural and artistic touches like the three-story chandelier with a multi-level bar nestled inside along with a large-scale digital art experience in the lobby. The larger than life property also boasts multiple pools, boutique shopping, lounges, a world-class restaurants collection, a high-tech casino and a popular nightclub. The oversized rooms are sophisticated and comfortable, most with private terraces overlooking Las Vegas Boulevard. During the day, hang out at the Marquee Dayclub a vibrant pool party with DJs providing the soundtrack and at night the scene revolves around Marquee Nightclub.
Characterized by its tropical paradise look, The Mirage features exotic landscaping with secret gardens and waterfalls, volcanoes and massive saltwater fish tanks along with dolphins, sharks and even wild cats. Rooms feature LCD TVs, an iHome MP3 player and superior sleep comfort on Sealy Posturepedic pillow-top beds as well as magnificent views of the mountains, Strip or the pools. Speaking of pools, there are multiple to choose from, including the tropically landscaped Mirage Pool as well as Bare, an adults-only pool in a secluded area with topless guests allowed. It also has its fair share of excellent restaurants and dance clubs. Love, the feature show at The Mirage, is a combination of the Beatles’ timeless music and the performances of a 60-member Cirque du Soleil troupe.
Mandalay Bay Resort is a Parisian-themed property set across 60 beautiful acres, boasting iconic Paris landmarks, storefronts and even the Eiffel Tower. Don’t miss the 11-acre tropical sand beach complete with waves, as well as the multiple outdoor pools, luxe spa and the Shark Reef aquarium, North America’s only predator-based aquarium and exhibit. The resort actually features three hotels in one, all connected together: the standard Mandalay Bay hotel, the cosmopolitan Delano and the Four Seasons, operating on the top floors of the standard hotel. It offers a wealth of fine dining choices, including celebrity chef restaurants, as well as casual dining eateries. After dark, Skyfall Lounge, LIGHT Nightclub and Minus5° Ice Bar are the places to be, while its popular ongoing show Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil is a spectacle of visuals, fantasy, dance and music.
The Red Rock Casino, Resort and Spa is on the northwest side of the city, set against a backdrop of the breathtaking Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. It features especially serene surroundings as well as spectacular views of the fiery Red Rock Canyons. Rooms come complete with plasma TVs, iPod sound systems, in-room spa services and ultra-luxe linens. Spa at Red Rock boasts over 35,000 square feet of luxurious surroundings with private treatment suites that appear to float on the water. There’s also a variety of customized outdoor recreation programs that include hiking, kayaking, rock climbing and bike riding. But that’s not all, there are over three acres of poolside to relax alongside, with private cabanas, swim-up gaming and an exotic island.
Palms Casino Resort is a luxurious hotel located a mile off the Strip, and there’s no better place to party, as it’s renowned for its wild parties and celeb stopovers. Its stylish rooms feature large flat-screen TVs and high-end sound systems, though you’ll probably want to spend a good portion of your time in one of the large pool areas. You’ll find multiple bars, a 12-foot waterfall, private cabanas, in-water chaise lounges and daybeds. The Palms also has an impressive lineup of eateries, including Scotch 80 Prime with rare steaks and whiskey and Vetri Cucina with authentic Italian cuisines. Enjoy the panoramic views from Apex Rooftop Bar & Lounge, an open-air oasis with some of the best views in Las Vegas.
The sleek Trump International Hotel & Tower is Donald Trump’s attempt to surpass the “Vegas King,” Steven Wynn. Set high above the Strip, it offers captivating views and a relaxing atmosphere for sophisticated travelers. The property includes spacious suites and penthouse suites featuring European-style kitchens and a luxurious Italian marble bath. It also boasts floor-to-ceiling gold glass windows, an extensive spa and fitness center. The exceptional dining options include the elegant DJT Restaurant and Lounge and the poolside H2 (Eau).