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The bright lights of The Strip, hedonistic parties and some of the best entertainment options on the planet make Las Vegas the number one destination for those in search of a good time. There’s more to the city than gambling and drinking, however. It’s also a glitzy wonderland for families, and an important center for corporate deals and trade conventions. In this round-up, we look at accommodation options to suit a wide range of different travelers, from budget stays to a slew of the city’s most iconic five-star sleeps.
Best Overall: Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas
Located directly on The Strip, the five-star Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas is rated on TripAdvisor as the city’s top accommodation choice. This elegant, Asian-inspired hotel is non-gaming and smoke-free, creating a rare atmosphere of serenity. Contemporary rooms and suites offer stunning views of the city, The Strip and the mountains. You’ll benefit from premium bedding, designer toiletries and high-speed Internet; while luxury suites offer high-end amenities ranging from in-room fitness areas to sprawling living and dining rooms.
Sample fine French cuisine at Twist by Pierre Gagnaire - or fall in love with breathtaking views and inventive cocktails at 23rd-floor Mandarin Bar. The two-level spa boasts no fewer than 16 treatment rooms (including romantic couples’ suites), while the pool deck has two lap pools, two Jacuzzis and a plunge pool. If you’re hoping to get married in Vegas, consider the hotel’s stunning Oriental Ballroom. With an outdoor patio and floor-to-ceiling windows, it’s one of the most sought-after venues in the city.
Best for Nightlife: Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino may be located off The Strip, but keen partygoers will find that there’s no need to leave the premises. The hotel is home to one of Vegas’ most riotous pool parties, Rehab Beach Club. Sumptuously decorated Vanity nightclub features a sunken dance floor and VIP booths, while concert venue The Joint regularly hosts some of the biggest names in music. Together, the casino and the hotel offer an impressive choice of lounges and bars. With dedicated bachelor and bachelorette packages, Hard Rock is also the ideal spot for a night of pre-marital debauchery. Rock n’ roll inspired rooms and suites are designed for morning-after recovery, while hotel restaurants offer hangover favorites, including hearty steaks and homestyle pizza.
Best Budget: The Carriage House
Situated a block from The Strip near Planet Hollywood and MGM Grand, The Carriage House offers all the excitement of a city center location for a fraction of the price. The rooms at this all-suite property are spacious and clean. A fully equipped kitchen allows you to keep the costs down by cooking for yourself, while complimentary add-ons include Wi-Fi, local calls and cable TV. If you’re traveling with family or friends, the Deluxe Double Bed Suites are designed to sleep four comfortably.
There’s a heated pool and whirlpool for relaxing in between adventures, as well as a fitness room for those that like to work out on vacation. You can even practice your dunking skills on the hotel basketball court. In the lobby, you’ll find two computers and a color printer, which you can use to print boarding passes and reservations at no extra cost. Other handy amenities include a coin-operated laundry, an on-site Mini-Mart and complimentary parking.
Best Views: The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Autograph Collection
Located next door to the Bellagio at the heart of The Strip, The Cosmopolitan is ideally placed for those in search of unparalleled Vegas views. City view rooms and suites offer striking urban skyline vistas - but it’s the fountain view rooms that make this hotel special. From the latter, you can watch the Bellagio’s spectacular light-and-music fountain show from your own private terrace, scheduled every 15 minutes from 8 p.m. to midnight. Magnificent panoramas aside, The Cosmopolitan offers casino gaming, a rooftop pool with legendary thrice-weekly pool parties and an eclectic selection of bars and restaurants.
Best Luxury: Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas
Located on the top five floors of the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino at the southern end of The Strip, the Four Seasons enjoys an elevated position away from the city rumpus. It stands out from other Vegas five-star hotels for its flawless service and unique sense of tranquility. It’s the perfect choice for those in search of a quieter (yet unequivocally luxurious) Vegas experience.
Stunning Art Deco rooms and suites include thick terry bathrobes, a private bar, decadent bedding and a marble bath. The Presidential Strip-View Suite boasts floor-to-ceiling Vegas vistas and a living room designed for entertaining. There’s a spa, a palm-fringed pool deck and two exquisite restaurants. You can also enjoy direct access to Mandalay Bay facilities, including live shows and more than 20 restaurants.
Best for Romance: The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino
The Palazzo effortlessly sets the scene for your romantic getaway with a soaring façade and cathedral-ceilinged lobby. The suites here are the most spacious in the city - and even the standard option offers an oversized King bed, a marble bathroom with a tub big enough for two and an elegant sunken living room. A dining table lets you enjoy intimate candlelit meals in the privacy of your own room.
Book an in-suite couple’s massage or spend the day soaking up the sunshine on The Palazzo Pool Deck. The resort itself is a fantasyland of gaming, shopping and dining options, while Laguna Champagne Bar lets you toast a special moment without leaving the casino floor. Recreate the romance of Venice with a private gondola ride at sister hotel The Venetian.
Best Boutique: Skylofts at MGM Grand
MGM Grand Las Vegas is the largest hotel by room number in the United States. However, its five-star Skylofts boutique comprises just 51 suites spread out over the hotel’s top two floors - offering you an intimate experience within walking distance of The Strip. Whether you opt for one, two or three bedrooms, the Skylofts are state-of-the-art urban apartments decked out in stylish neutral tones. Expect first-class amenities, including a 24-hour butler service, an infinity edge spa tub and Bang and Olufsen® entertainment systems. Three-bedroom lofts even have their own billiards table.
Despite Skylofts’ atmosphere of refined seclusion, the amenities of the MGM Grand are an elevator ride away. These include a staggering array of restaurants and bars (from Food Court takeaway joints to three Michelin-starred French restaurant Joël Robuchon). The casino and world-famous Hakkasan nightclub cater to your after-hours entertainment.
Best for Families: Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa
Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa is located near the Red Rock National Conservation Area, allowing you to add outdoor bonding time to your Vegas itinerary. It’s a 20-minute drive from The Strip and therefore relatively quiet - although the on-site casino still offers plenty of gambling fun. The hotel suites provide ample space and family-friendly amenities ranging from dining tables for four to HD TVs and high-speed Internet.
The resort is a haven for family fun. Enjoy an evening at the movies or an outing to the bowling alley. The wading pool is shallow enough for little ones, while Kids Quest offers babysitting services and fun activities designed to keep your children entertained while you enjoy a quiet moment at the spa. With 10 restaurants on-site, even the pickiest eaters will find something to their taste.
Best Business: SpringHill Suites Las Vegas Convention Center
The three-star SpringHill Suites is located a five-minute drive from Las Vegas Convention Center, and it's just a 15-minute drive from McCarran International Airport. Each suite includes a spacious living area and writing desk, in addition to complimentary high-speed Internet and premium cable TV. Host a corporate event in one of nine meeting rooms or work on a project in the full-service business center. When you’re not working, unwind by the pool or keep fit in the hotel gym. Palettes Gallery & Bistro serves a complimentary hot breakfast buffet and happy hour drink specials after a long day. Hotel rates include free on-site parking.