Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas
Address3752 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89158, USA
Although many Las Vegas hotels feature a theme, the Mandarin Oriental's is authentic. It reflects the brand's Asian heritage. The hotel's Eastern ambience is serene and sophisticated, unusual for Vegas. Especially pleasing to romantics are the elegant guest rooms, marble bathrooms and spa with customized treatments.
Isn't It Romantic: Indulgent bathrooms, some with tubs for two. Also, Twist restaurant by Michelin-starred chef Pierre Gagnoire exposes taste buds to unique delights.
What's Not to Love: If you came to Vegas to gamble, you won't find a casino here. However the hotel is within City Center, which has other hotels where you can play.
Address2535 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA
Thanks to the genius of Philippe Starck, this hotel has some of the sexiest bedrooms in Vegas in its Luxury tower. What the picture doesn't show in addition to the playful décor and built-in couch are a mirror over the bed and temptations in the minibar.
Isn't It Romantic: Take a shower together; there's room for two (or more).
What's Not to Love: The hotel is isolated mid-Strip until buildings are erected nearby. However it's attached to the furthest northern station on the Las Vegas Monorail.
Address3570 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA
Ground zero for Las Vegas action, Caesars Palace celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2016 and it hasn't stopped its winning ways. Its casino, Forum Shops, suites (they filmed several movies here), entertainment and restaurants are all tops.
Isn't It Romantic: The excitement of Caesars is palpable yet you don't have to be gamblers to feel it. Headliners such as Jerry Seinfeld, Rod Stewart, Celine Dion and Elton John entertain here. The restaurants, from foofy Guy Savoy to red-sauce Rao's to the bountiful Bacchanal buffet and sweet-tooths' Serendipity, are delish. Qua Spa offers couples a Kama Sutra with Shirodhara treatment using aphrodisiac massage oils.
What's Not to Love: It's a big, busy hotel yet there are towers (and Nobu hotel-within-the-hotel) where peace and quiet prevail.
Address3595 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA
This boutique-size hotel is located on one of the most desirable corners of the Las Vegas Strip and it affords views of the Dancing Waters of Bellagio and Caesars Palace towers.
Isn't It Romantic: Guest rooms' sensual, steampunk-like decor sets the scene for erotic fantasies. And Giada di Laurentiis' eponymous restaurant offers exquisite tastes.
What's Not to Love: Drai's multilevel day club/nightclub atop the hotel draws rubes and poseurs who think it's cool to pay for bottle service.
Address3600 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA
With its Five-Diamond hospitality award and array of upscale eateries (we favor Picasso, with its front-row view of the Dancing Waters on its patio) and shops (Chanel, Hermès, Harry Winston), Bellagio draws big spenders.
Isn't It Romantic: Cypress Pool, one of the hotel's five, maintains 64 premium chaise lounges and two daybeds with a dedicated host. And the Bellagio Gallery of Art adds a touch of class to a town not known for it.
What's Not to Love: Every time you want to go to your room, you have to shlep through the casino. And although we love the displays in the Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, they're often overcrowded with tourists taking selfies.
Address3355 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA
Until you can make it to the real Venice, this Vegas monolith will tickle you with its ersatz attractions. Yes, you can ride in a gondola a few feet from the Las Vegas Strip and visit Madame Tussaud's. Start the day with a scrumptious pastry from Bouchon Bakery and end it at Tao Asian Bistro, a giant restaurant and nightclub complex.
A more subdued version of The Venetian, adjacent sister hotel Palazzo also hosts noteworthy eateries including Espressamente Illy, a place for espresso, Italian pastries and gelato; Sushisamba and Delmonico's steakhouse.
Isn't It Romantic: These two all-suite hotels boast the biggest guest rooms in Vegas. Spanning both properties, 134,000-square-foot Canyon Ranch SpaClub offers an impressive number of couples treatments.
What's Not to Love: These hotels are owned by a multi-billionaire who supports extreme candidates.
Address3708 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA
Popular with under-30 couples, The Cosmopolitan advertises that it's "just the right amount of wrong." Yet there's nothing wrong with the guest rooms, which are spacious and have a big closet/dressing area. The hotel is best known for its trendy rooftop Marquee night club/day club, which does get crowded.
Isn't It Romantic: Many rooms have terraces with views of the Strip or local area. The shower is big enough for two or more.
What's Not to Love: Over-30s may feel out of their element. Music is so loud in some eateries that conversation is impossible.
Address3131 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA
These luxe adjacent properties add a touch of refinement to a Las Vegas visit. Rooms are smartly decorated, service is crisp, restaurants approach gourmet status, shops in the Wynn and Encore Esplanades are stunning and the casinos are well-lit, uncharacteristic for this city.
Isn't It Romantic: In addition to the eponymous setting, Lakeside restaurant serves ocean-to-table fish flown direct from Hawaii. La Rêve is Wynn's Cirque du Soleil offering and translates to "the dream."
What's Not to Love: You'll pay relatively more to stay here.
Address221 N Rampart Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89145, USA
If you prefer Vegas in small doses and the idea of staying in a more resort-like property appeals, the JW Marriott may offer the best of both worlds. It's 20 minutes to the Strip, and the hotel has a complimentary shuttle that runs till 11:30 pm.
Isn't It Romantic: If you're one of those couples that appreciates having "me" time, there's plenty to do on your own here, from playing golf to visiting the spa to sweating at the gym to lazing at the pool.
What's Not to Love: Would having to rely on a shuttle bring back bad school bus memories? Then this property is best enjoyed by those who have a car.
Address145 E Harmon Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA
The massive MGM Grand holds over 5,000 guest rooms and some couples may find that daunting and impersonal. Yet there's a romantic choice on the property: Staying at Signature at MGM Grand is like having your own studio apartment, complete with a mini kitchen. It's spacious and modern and away from the crowds.
Isn't It Romantic: Bathtubs are big enough for two.
What's Not to Love: It's a bit of a hike to the main hotel and elsewhere in Vegas, but the MGM Grand connects to the furthest southern station on the Las Vegas Monorail.