Making the most of a trip to Las Vegas hinges on picking the right hotel. If you're right on the Strip you most likely will be within walking distance to just about anything you could possibly want in Vegas. However, it's the little things that matter when trying to find the hotel that works best for you. These hotels each have that special something that makes them some of the best.
Everyone has different priorities when they pick a hotel, and what is perfect for you might be totally different from what someone else would choose. It's smart to do a little research before you settle on a hotel. Consider restaurant options, pool access, nightclub choices, and proximity to the rest of the attractions on the Las Vegas Strip.
The Cosmopolitan exudes Vegas cool. It has the hot nightclub, the superior restaurants, and the epic location to make your Vegas getaway perfect. Don't forget to try Momofuku and Eggslut, and the pool in the middle of summer is the place to be. Monday night movies at the Blvd. Pool are among the best things to do during the summer season.
If you consider the incredible restaurants alone the Palazzo would be at the top of most lists of best hotels in Las Vegas. Add in sister property Venetian and you have two of the very best hotels. This resort can be a bit pricey. The rooms are spacious, and the endless attractions on the property make this the right destination if you feel like you never want to leave the resort. The Prestige level at the Palazzo is simply the best way to do Vegas. Breakfast in the morning, cocktails in the afternoon, and a place to relax all day. Bouchon is epic, Carnevino makes steak decadent, and Fusion Mixology will make you want to learn the chemistry of a cocktail. Dorsey Bar will become your next favorite place to be in Las Vegas.
Aria Las Vegas is right on the Las Vegas Strip in the CityCenter complex. It's right next to Bellagio Las Vegas and the Cosmopolitan Hotel. Inside you'll find arguably the best collection of restaurants of any resort on the Las Vegas Strip. The rooms are modern, the casino is spacious, and the nightlife options are plentiful. This hotel is great because it has a lot of space to stretch out. Take a walk and take in the art or just find a spot at the bar at Five 50 Pizza.
A room at the Bellagio is expensive, the food is pricey, and the gambling will cost you. If you have the cash, stay here; if you don't, walk through the place and smell the money. If you have money to burn, eat at any of the fabulous restaurants and play no-limit hold 'em against the pros in the poker room. It's one of the best hotels in Vegas.
It's class personified. Think about the food at Le Cirque, Cirque Du Soleil, The Fountains out front, and the gardens inside, and you are close to understanding Bellagio. Drop in at Hyde, an indoor-outdoor nightclub, check out happy hour at Harvest by Chef Roy Ellamar, and have a drink at the Petrossian Lounge.
You just can't have a list without Caesars on it. The Forum shops give you great people-watching and good eating. The restaurants inside Caesars are top-shelf, the pool is a must-do, and the rooms are large by Las Vegas hotel standards. This is a Las Vegas hotel the way it should be. It's an icon, but that is only one reason Celine Dion and Elton John love the place. Don't forget the food from Old Homestead Steakhouse to Nobu to Beijing Noodle No. 9.
At Mandalay Bay, the food is great, the rooms are spacious, the pool is reminiscent of the Himalayas, and the atmosphere is all fun. This is possibly the best pool of all the Las Vegas hotels. It also has some of the best food around. Have a drink at Red Square or catch a show at the House of Blues. Check out the Burger Bar and the sharks at Shark Reef and have a steak at Stripsteak. The rooms are spacious, and the floor-to-ceiling windows give you glorious views of the Strip.
It's high end, but a list of Las Vegas hotels without Wynn Las Vegas would not have credibility. If you think you want it, they most likely have it at Wynn. If you want a vacation where you feel pampered, special, elegant, and completely taken care of, this is the place for you. It's the complete package, the ultimate experience. At Encore you get the same customer service with a bit more of a personal touch. The nightlife makes it one of the best hotels in Vegas, but the rooms at Encore, brunch at Wynn, and drinks at Parasol Down make these two hotels stand out.
With a center Strip location, great rooms, and extremely nice people, this Las Vegas hotel is a good place to stay for not much green. You can have dinner at Mon Ami Gabi and then peek out over the Las Vegas Valley from the top of the Eiffel Tower. Gordon Ramsay has a steakhouse at Paris, and you'll have a view of the Eiffel Tower from your room.
At the MGM Grand, the casino is huge at over 100,000 square feet. And it has a huge pool and great restaurants. It's one of the largest Las Vegas hotels on the Strip. The rooms have been recently renovated, and you are close to L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon, possibly the best restaurant in town. The whole package: Bars, restaurants, pool, and location make it a great place to stay.