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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.
The Venetian (prices & photos)
Set on the Las Vegas Strip, here the standard suite is nearly double the size of the average Vegas hotel room at 650 square feet. 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.
Room interiors feature a 130-square-foot marble bath with two sinks and a marble-surround tub as well as a separate marble shower – even the base rooms include floor-to-ceiling windows and a bedroom partially separated from the sunken living room. Dining includes a multitude of high-end options, including AquaKnox, a Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Award winning restaurant serving fresh, seasonal and rare seafood, as well as a number of casual eateries with menus featuring everything from healthy fare to Asian, Italian, Mexican and global.
Bellagio (prices & photos)
The Bellagio is world renowned for its eight-and-a-half acre 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 smallest guest rooms offering more than 500 square feet of space. If you’ve got the cash, you can spend the night in a 6,500-square-foot villa complete with 24 hour butler service. You’ll also find a first-class spa and salon, a number of ultra-sophisticated retailers and even a Gallery of Fine Arts which can rival many museums.
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. Music and dancing can be enjoyed nightly at the Fontana Bar, or you can hang out a number of other spots including The Bank, Caramel, Petrosian Bar, Pool Bar and the Baccarat Bar. Dining choices range from fine dining at five different eateries, including Le Cirque, famed for its French cuisine as well as casual dining like The Buffet, one of the best buffets in town.
Caesars Palace (prices & photos)
Caesars Palace has been around for many years, celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2016, but it’s been reinvented and rebuilt many times over. When first stepping in, you might think you’ve walked onto a massive Hollywood stage – or, were perhaps transported back through time to ancient Rome. You’ll find elegant Roman-style furnishings throughout, including elaborate frescoes, stone pillars, gold, statues and crystal. In recent years, Caesar’s has expanded the Forum Shops and opened the Roman bath-inspired Qua Spa in addition to launching the star-studded Pure nightclub.
The hotel also set aside five acres for its Garden of the Gods which features eight 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 Wolfgang Puck’s Sago. Bacchanal Buffet, featuring more than 500 items from throughout all corners of the globe, is known as one of Sin City’s most decadent eating spots.
Wynn Las Vegas (prices & photos)
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, starting at an impressive 600 square feet, including heavenly comfortable king-size Wynn Dream Beds and a bathroom equipped with a TV.
You’ll find more than 20 unique restaurants, including Botero, Bartolota and Winglei as well as a not-to-be-missed all-you-can-eat buffet. It also has a hopping nightlife, including Club Tryst, with a dance floor that extends out to a 90-foot waterfall and Blush, with its lantern-filled ceiling that melds to the music, providing an especially energizing atmosphere.
The Encore at Wynn (prices & photos)
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 even larger rooms as well as a more attractive spa. It offers a ton of style with Mediterranean and Asian-fused design elements. The 2,000+ rooms, all of which are suites, offer beautiful lighting through 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. The Encore offers five signature restaurants pairing master chefs with their personally prepared gourmet fare, including Sinatra, a fine dining Italian eatery by well-known Los Angeles chef, Theo Schoenegger.
Mandarin Oriental (prices & photos)
The Mandarin Oriental features 392 elegant rooms along with some of the city’s very best service in a peaceful haven on the Strip. Everything from its bamboo and bonsai gardens at the entrance to the serene ambience, minus the casino cacophony, result in a calm sophistication. The hotel lacks the characteristic excess Vegas is known for, opting for a more Zen approach.
Here, the desires of each and every guest are anticipated, while rooms come equipped with bedside touch-screen panels that control temperature, lighting, curtains, music and the television. You’ll also find ginormous bathrooms with luxurious touches like LCD-screen TVs inside the mirrors and free-standing soaking tubs. Eat at its acclaimed signature restaurant, Twist by Pierre Gagnaire, and you can enjoy the fine cuisine of one of the world’s most artistic and celebrated chefs today.
Aria (prices & photos)
Aria boasts a whopping 4,004 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 16 incredibly varied restaurants, complete with celeb chefs. The nightlife is no less impressive – Haze, it’s most popular, is renowned for a sound and light system that challenges one’s sense of reality. The Aria also hosts the show Zarkana by Cirque du Soleil, 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 Crystals at CityCenter, known for housing one of the best collections of high-end retailers in the world.
MGM Grand Hotel (prices & photos)
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 more than 5,000 rooms located in four towers, 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 and poolside massages on one side, with the wilder side home to Wet Republic, one of the summer’s busiest party spots, complete with DJs, gorgeous model servers 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.
Trump International Hotel & Tower (prices & photos)
The sleek Trump International Hotel & Tower is Donald Trump’s attempt to surpass the “Vegas King,” Steven Wynn. Each and every detail was carefully planned and impeccably executed. Set high above the Strip, it offers captivating views and a relaxing atmosphere for sophisticated travelers. As it was built in 2008, everything is new and comfort is emphasized with special perks like fleece-lined Trump robes. The property includes 1,232 suites and 50 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 LGT, led by Chef Sydney L. Jones and a culinary team pioneering farm-to-table programs.
The Cosmopolitan (prices & photos)
The Cosmopolitan opened in December 2010 with bigger and bolder concepts the name of the game at this gigantic resort casino. This beautiful and luxurious hotel features a three-story chandelier with a multi-level bar nestled inside along with video panels that line the lobby’s columns. The larger than life property also boasts three pools, fashion shops, five lounges, 13 restaurants, a high-tech casino and a popular nightclub. The rooms are a big part of its sophisticated, chic experience, with the basic terrace studio featuring more than 600 square feet and a sliding door that leads to a terrace. Guest rooms also include modern kitchenettes, oversized lavish bathrooms and even washer/dryers.
When it comes to gambling, the Cosmopolitan doesn’t disappoint either, with its 100,000-square-foot casino overlooking the Strip renowned for its amazing details like old-school cigarette machines that dole out packs of art instead of cigarettes. During the day, hangout at the Marquee Dayclub pool with its three-story bungalow lofts, bottle service and a party deck. At night, the scene revolves around the restaurants, lounges and famous nightclubs. The Marquee Night Club features 50-foot ceilings and a million dollar sound stage, while The Chandelier is a three-story club designed to create the feeling that you’re actually sitting inside a chandelier.
The Mirage (prices & photos)
This vision come to life in the Nevada desert is often overlooked with the many gargantuan resorts popping up since it made its breathtaking debut in 1989, but it’s still a major player and has been upgraded to keep up the pace with its multitude of competition. Characterized by its tropical paradise look, it features exotic landscaping with secret gardens and waterfalls, volcanoes and massive saltwater fish tanks along with dolphins, sharks and even wild cats. Rooms feature simple lines with an ergonomic design along with 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 swimming pool.
The Mirage has three pools, including the tropically landscaped Mirage Pool as well as Bare, an adult alternative pool in a secluded area with topless guests allowed. It also has its fair share of excellent restaurants, including Japonais-Japanese Grill which also serves up a pre-show dinner. After dinner, enjoy live music at the B.B. Kings Blues Club or dance the night away at Jet, with its state-of-the-art sound, light, laser and cryogenic effects. 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 (prices & photos)
This Parisian-themed property set across 60 beautiful acres features Paris landmarks, storefronts and even the Eiffel Tower in addition to an 11-acre tropical sand beach, complete with waves, three outdoor pools, a fantastic 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, from French and Cantonese to Russian, Italian, steak and seafood, as well as a significant number of casual dining eateries.
After dark, play at Eyecandy Sound Lounge with its incredible display of high-tech entertainment lighting, including some that can be controlled from your table, along with music and dancing. Its popular ongoing show, is “Michael Jackson the Immortal World Tour” by Cirque du Soleil, a spectacle of visuals, fantasy, dance and music, immersing audiences into the King of Pop’s personal creative world. Rooms include everything from the basic, starting at 550 square feet with up to 3,000 square feet in the hospitality suite. Guests enjoy floor-to-ceiling windows, plasma TVs and a bathroom with imported stone floors and an LCD TV.
Red Rock Casino, Resort and Spa (prices & photos)
The Red Rock Casino, Resort and Spa is a newer Vegas addition, officially opened in 2006, found on the northwest side of the city set against a backdrop of the breathtaking Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, 10 miles west of the Trip. 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. To complement its gorgeous natural setting, the 800-room property boasts desert-inspired architecture and features materials like stunning crystals, exotic woods, red sandstone and lovely water features.
The resort is especially noted for its spa, Spa at Red Rock, boasting over 35,000 square feet of luxurious surroundings with private treatment suits that appear to float on the water. The spa and salon offers everything from sumptuous body treatments and massages to a top-of-the-line hair salon along with manicures and pedicures. There’s also a variety of customized outdoor recreation programs that include hiking, kayaking, rock climbing and bike riding through the Adventure Spa. But that’s not all, there are over three acres of poolside to relax alongside, with 19 private cabanas, swim up gaming and an exotic island. Dining options include upscale steakhouse T-Bones Chophouse with incredibly delicious dry-aged prime steaks and bone-in meats.
Palms Casino Resort (prices & photos)
This luxurious, three-tower hotel is located a mile off the Strip, which can make for a long trek to other casinos, but if you’re in the mood for a party, there may be no better place as its renowned for its wild parties and celeb stopovers. Its 428 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 two large pool areas. One is for partying, one is for relaxing. You’ll find three bars, a 12-foot waterfall, 27 cabanas, in-water chaise lounges and daybeds. Along with concerts and special events, during the summer, you can join the not-to-be-missed Palms Pool & Dayclub parties like Ditch Fridays. The Palms also has an impressive lineup of eateries, including the trendy N9NE Steakhouse and the French-themed Alize by Chef Andre Rochat.