There are more “best of” hotel lists for Las Vegas than you can shake a stick at, and with good reason: Some of the world’s best, biggest, and most OTT hotels sit along the 3-mile stretch that is Las Vegas Boulevard. But choosing among them really depends on how you’re traveling. If you’re bringing along the whole family and want most of your options under one roof (including a few budget meals), you’ll choose a different option than the bachelor(ette) party that plans to zip all over the Strip in a stretch SUV, for instance. Here are our choices for nearly every kind of Vegas vacationer.
With its magical and ever-changing conservatory and botanical gardens, iconic dancing fountains, and Lake Como-inspired grandeur, Bellagio was the first to bring serious glamour to the Strip. And having operated for more than 20 years, the now-iconic hotel has evaded becoming dated, thanks to frequent room and restaurant updates. There’s also its stunning array of world-class art, including works by Hockney, Lichtenstein, Renoir, and Picasso—the latter of which also inspired the name and flavor of the hotel’s Michelin two-star restaurant, Picasso. Its high-limit and VIP casino areas are some of the most exclusive in the city.
Best for: International travelers, who will appreciate the multilingual staff, and major shoppers, who can shop Bellagio’s own great retail (Breguet, Dior, Harry Winston) and walk across the street to Fashion Show Mall, Wynn, and Venetian.
Don’t miss: Available only for guests, book a cabana for the day at one of Bellagio’s five pools.
Aria’s clean and modern lines are balanced by natural light both in the soaring lobby and in the guest rooms. Thoughtful details include triple-sheeted beds, one-touch lighting, and curtain controls for the floor-to-ceiling windows. It’s one of the Strip’s most ideally located resorts for those who want to explore T-Mobile Arena, the Shops at Crystals, CityCenter, and other nearby hotels.
Best for: Walkability around CityCenter, including the Shops at Crystals.
Don’t miss: A handful of Las Vegas' best restaurants are right inside Aria, including Jean Georges Steakhouse, Bardot Brasserie, and Carbone. For a stunning, special occasion night out, try Sage, which arguably started the elevated farm-to-table movement in Las Vegas.
These are some of the best rooms for entertaining in Las Vegas. From the Sky Lobby on the 29th floor of MGM Grand, a private elevator takes guests up to two-floor, loft-style accommodations, which range from one- to three-bedrooms. Reservations include transportation to and from the hotel, a private butler, and infinity-edged bathtubs.
Best for: Those who love to live large. If you consider bathtub color therapy a necessity—not an extra—these places are for you.
Don’t miss: Take advantage of your butler service, who will stock your room and unpack for you. You’ll have dedicated concierge service that can arrange tours, hard-to-get reservations, and more. You can even order in-room dining from a number of MGM Grand’s best restaurants.
The younger sister of the original Wynn Las Vegas, Encore is one of the most opulent of the Las Vegas casino resorts. With more than 2,000 rooms, the large standard guest rooms come with thoughtful tech extras, such as the ability to control the lights and curtains with an iPad. The shopping along the Wynn and Encore Esplanades is spectacular and a short walk will take you to the new Wynn Plaza Shops.
Best for: Gourmands and shoppers. The restaurants are unparalleled, including the only Cipriani in the west (in Wynn Plaza Shops); Lakeside; and SW, with their seats right on the surreal Lake of Dreams.
Don’t miss: This is the place to plan a special weekend (or your getaway wedding). Book one of Encore’s apartments, which start at nearly 3,500 square feet. Guests of Encore Tower Suites get $50 daily breakfast credits, access to a private Tower Suites pool, and their own entrance and registration lobby.
With huge windows streaming in natural light, fanciful sun-dappled atrium gardens, and mosaic-tiled floral floors, Wynn is the casino whose eye candy never stops. Originally designed as a response to all the public-facing casinos with their lava-spewing volcanos, dancing fountains, and singing gondoliers, Wynn’s theatrics happen inside—for both guests and visitors. Restaurants have their own magical lagoons and waterfalls (check out Mizumi’s floating pagoda table). Be on the lookout for the animatronic, singing animals that emerge from the Lake of Dreams each night (it’s on the inside of a huge manmade mountain that shelters Wynn guests from less magical Strip views).
Best for: Those who want to be assured of room perfection. Even the smallest guest quarters are among the largest on the Strip, with gargantuan bathtubs and generally good views. It's worth the splurge to stay in the Wynn Tower Suites. For those who love OTT nightlife, XS nightclub is one of the best in the nation (and you can stumble to your room after a night of bottle service instead of calling an Uber).
Don’t miss: Wynn’s restaurants such as Lakeside and Costa di Mare, which fly in fish daily from Maui and the Mediterranean and Adriatic Sea. Meanwhile, the recently added Elio is bringing upscale Mexican fare courtesy of Enrique Olvera, whose Pujol in Mexico City is ranked among the top 20 restaurants in the world.
The Venetian is an entire city located in one resort, fronted by a whole copy of St. Mark’s Square—singing gondoliers and all. (Suspend your disbelief for a while. Does the real Piazza San Marco have a giant Sephora? I don’t think so.) Be bowled over by the gilded and frescoed everything. Venetian has fantastic dining (David Change’s Majordomo is a recent addition) and the largest standard, all-suite rooms on the Strip.
Best for: Those who want to check into a single resort and never have to leave. The Venetian’s Grand Canal Shoppes have everything from cheap food options to upscale (and more approachable) shopping.
Don’t miss: Don’t miss breakfast at Thomas Keller’s Bouchon, hidden away on the 10th floor. It’s completely transporting. (Order the giant sticky bun: You’ll be stuffed, but not sorry.)
The Renaissance Italian-inspired sister resort to The Venetian is both modern and old-school, with all-suite rooms and the largest standard guest rooms on the Strip. It’s centrally located and a short walk to anything you’d want to do in Las Vegas. Alternatively, stay in and enjoy Palazzo’s upscale retail or the more accessible grand Canal Shoppes.
Best for: Those who want a little update on their Venetian experience. Consider paying a surcharge to get upgraded to a suite on the Prestige floor, which includes access to a private lounge, afternoon tea, Champagne at check-in, and (totally worth it) concierge service.
Don’t miss: The massive Canyon Ranch; spanning both The Venetian and The Palazzo, it features everything from a huge climbing wall to spa treatments, nutritionists, and even acupuncture.
The rebranded former Mandarin Oriental has been transformed into Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas. Keeping the best of Mandarin’s features, it has one of the top pools in Vegas and a super-private spa inspired by 1920s Shanghai. We love this non-gaming hotel for its Zen-like quiet—and its proximity to Aria, The Shops at Crystals, and The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
Best for: An ultra-special weekend with someone ultra-special. Order a cocktail in Skybar, the hotel’s 23rd-floor lounge, whose floor-to-ceiling windows offer one of the most spectacular views in Las Vegas.
Don’t miss: Reserve a cabana around the private pool, if you, like us, love a more intimate pool experience without the meat market crowd of the bigger scenes in Las Vegas. Pro tip: Despite its legal status in Nevada, Vegas casino hotels aren’t allowed to administer CBD in spa treatments. But as a non-gaming hotel, Waldorf Astoria has a bit more freedom—and fantastic CBD massage add-ons (ask at the front desk).
The Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas is different from most of the Four Seasons hotels; for one thing, it’s ensconced entirely on floors 35–39 of the Mandalay Bay complex. It has its own entrance and elevator, so guests don't have to walk through the casino. And while the hotel enjoys all the amenities of Mandalay Bay, it also has its own private pool area.
Best for: Those who love access—but not inundation.
Don’t miss: Ever wonder where the power brokers of Las Vegas meet? Taking a breakfast meeting at Four Seasons’ Veranda is where the who’s who of the city—as well as Hollywood types and international CEOs—negotiate over omelets and freshly-pressed juices.
All it’s “so right it’s wrong” marketing has been dead-on since The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas opened in 2010. It attracts a young, hip set who love its edgy shopping, great dining, and wildly fun pool scene. Everywhere you look, you’ll find cool art (including in the parking garage and streaming on sexy screens in the lobby). Check out the 65-foot-tall marquee in front of the hotel, where art pieces by stars like Yoko Ono and T.J. Wilcox are digitally displayed. In the winter, The Cosmopolitan's Boulevard Pool transforms into an ice rink, and in the summer, it holds fantastic outdoor concerts.
Best for: The young, the cool, and those seeking to recapture their youth and coolness. You’ll find it within the giant Chandelier Lounge that theatrically covers three levels of bars and lounges.
Don’t miss: Our favorite suites in The Cosmopolitan come with wraparound terraces (a rarity in Vegas). The prix-fixe lunch at Estiatorio Milos is the best deal in town (ask to sit on the patio).
Few hotels are as transporting as NoMad Las Vegas, the Jacques Garcia-designed rethink of part of the former Monte Carlo (now the Park MGM). You’ll enter through a separate entrance that’s all old-world European elegance and into Parisian-inflected apartments (think standalone tubs and no samey-same rooms). Treasured design elements from the original are still here, such as an elaborate Tiffany stained glass ceiling.
Best for: A thoroughly sexy weekend. Stay in, and get out of bed only to open the door for room service or dine at NoMad Restaurant. It's also perfectly positioned to take advantage of all the fun of Park MGM (great restaurants, the Park Theater, and Eataly are all an elevator ride away, and you can walk to T-Mobile Arena).
Don’t miss: The best of the newer day clubs is the third-floor roof deck pool. Designed by Jacques Garcia, it's reminiscent of his own work in Marrakesh and of the Jardin Majorelle. Awash in cobalt Majorelle Blue, with oversized wicker chases and daybeds, it’s an incredibly decadent scene.
The Palms Casino Resort, with its off-Strip location, unparalleled views, and party atmosphere, has always been one of the most popular casino resorts near Las Vegas Boulevard. Its recent $690 million renovation—which reinvented the entire casino floor, added great new restaurants and stunning public art, and reinvigorated its nightlife scene with the introduction of the Apex Social Club—turned The Palms into one of the most exciting resorts, period. Picking the right tower for your stay is key: The Fantasy Tower rooms have neutral décor and marble baths, while Ivory Tower rooms are purpose-built for those who must work during their vacations.
Best for: Those who love fresh design and edgy art (see the Damien Hirst shark, which is segmented in three chunks, preserved in formaldehyde, and suspended over the central bar).
Don’t miss: The Theme Suites and Sky Villas range from the Hardwood Suite (10,000 square feet with its own basketball court) to indoor-outdoor villas that have a contemporary residential feel. Get yourself invited to a party in one of them, or throw your own.
Situated across from Aria, this understated, non-gaming, all-suite hotel offers a fireside patio bar, an ESPA-branded spa, and an enviable center-Strip location. The glass high-rise in CityCenter is, more importantly, the only completely non-smoking hotel in Las Vegas. When you check in, you’ll feel as though you’ve entered a destination spa. They’re designed to feel residential (some people do live here, and it’s a great place for a long-term work stay), so all rooms and suites have kitchens, dining tables, and electric cooktops.
Best for: Those who have a hard time with the still-smoking environments in many Vegas casino hotels and are either here for business or need a real escape at the end of a busy day.
Don’t miss: Consider a corner suite and ask for a high floor. At just under 800 square feet, with floor-to-ceiling windows, the high floors have views of the fountains of Bellagio.
With nearly 4,000 rooms, Caesars Palace has everything you could imagine in a single resort, from an endless pool complex to great restaurants to a massive “Colosseum” performance arena. Bacchanal Buffet is one of the largest buffets in the world (and has recently changed its format to full-service). And its nightlife venue Omnia showcases the biggest star DJs in the world. You could easily check in to Caesars and not feel the urge to venture out to see the rest of The Strip—which is likely the point.
Best for: Those who want a lot of room choices. Each Caesars tower is different. (We like the Augustus and Octavius tower rooms because they have their own entrance on Flamingo, off the Strip and away from the crowds.) Consider asking for a room on the south side of Augustus: They have the best views of the Bellagio fountains across the street.
Don’t miss: The 50,000-square-foot Qua Spa is among the most over-the-top indulgent spas in Las Vegas Strip. Think rooms of various heats, hydrotherapy, and even an “Arctic Ice Room” (push a button and it snows).
The first of Nobu Matsuhisa’s hotels, Nobu Hotel in Caesars Palace continues to offer the pinnacle of luxury (some suites are equipped with in-room sushi kitchens and guests can order in-room dining right from the restaurant downstairs). If you’re really splurging, you can book the sprawling, 10,000-square-foot Nobu Villa, with butler service, limo transportation to and from the hotel, a private night flight over the Strip in a helicopter, and a VIP omakase dinner with cocktails at Nobu restaurant. But every single one of the 182 guest rooms is special, designed by David Rockwell according to principles of feng shui.
Best for: Those who want the ultimate, Zen escape—but also all the gambling, entertainment, nightlife, dining, and shopping they can stuff into a weekend, just an elevator ride away.
Don’t miss: In-room dining from Nobu. Dine on classics like Nobu’s yellowtail sashimi and Japanese A5 Wagyu. Nobu guests can also order from a Nobu-exclusive spa menu at Caesars’ 50,000-square-foot Qua Spa, including its own Nagomi ritual facials and body treatments approved by Matsuhisa himself.