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There is truly no other tourist destination on Earth (let alone in the United States) quite like Las Vegas.
With such a rich past, present, and future (Vegas’ gambling industry creates more money than any industry in the United States other than the U.S. Mint), there are few places that offer such a unique travel experience (and, anyone whose ever traveled to Las Vegas can tell you that’s a major understatement).
No wonder the place has more hotel rooms than almost any city in the world (as of this year only one city has more hotel rooms than Las Vegas)!
But, with so many attractions, and the plethora of available lodging options, in such an exciting destination as Las Vegas, how does one choose the best hotel and things to do?
In this article, we’ll help make your decision much easier.
The Best Hotels in Las Vegas
Las Vegas is a city full of rentals. Rental cars, rental suits, and rented rooms.
There are no shortages of hotels in Las Vegas, rest assured. One could spend days just browsing all of the vacancies let alone make a booking decision.
To find the best hotel rooms in Las Vegas, my wife and I rolled up our sleeves and dug deep into our research. We looked at factors such as price, location, amenities, facilities and more.
Here’s our list of the very best hotels in town:
Wynn Las Vegas and Encore at Wynn (Best overall choice)
Our choice for the very best hotel in Las Vegas is a double-whammy; the twin properties of Wynn Las Vegas and Encore at Wynn. The sister hotels are well-known for their upscale environment, including a massive variety of amenities.
Part of the reason we choose them for the best overall hotel in Vegas is due to their incredible number of shopping and dining choices as well as their multiple spas and night clubs.
Wynn Las Vegas and Encore at Wynn truly offer the best of the best.
- Casino (as well as a penthouse Sky Casino)
- Pools and Jacuzzi (including private facilities)
- Beach clubs and nightclubs
- Spas, salons, and fitness centers
- Free Parking
Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas (Best luxury choice)
When it comes to Vegas Luxury, no hotel does it better than the Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas. No really, these guys are the cream of the crop when it comes to Las Vegas lodging options.
Looking for a great place to soak up all the best this exciting city has minus all the chaos of weekend parties and chronic gamblers? Then look no further than the Four Seasons.
Located near the end of the Strip, there is no hotel with a more laid bad and luxurious atmosphere.
- One of the most secluded hotels on the strip (with extremely luxurious rooming options)
- Gambling free environment (however is directly beside the massive casino of Mandalay Bay)
- Next door to some of the most exciting shows and attractions in Vegas
- Fine dining, spas, salon, and fitness center
- Valley parking
Venetian and Palazzo Hotel Casino (Best choice for couples)
Another set of joint properties to make our list is the Venetian and Palazzo Hotel Casino. Couples looking for a romantic get-a-way in Vegas won’t find a better lodging option.
Ran by the famous Sands Corporation, the Venetian and Palazzo Hotel Casino consists of an extraordinary theme steeped in Italian Renaissance and special little touches specifically for couples (such as their spectacular gondola rides).
Whether you’re looking to elope, honeymoon, or simply celebrate your relationship, there is no better choice in all of Vegas.
- Arguably the most romantic atmosphere in all of Las Vegas
- Tons of in-house dining, shopping, and salon selection
- Casino(s) (both properties have their own)
- Gigantic pool complex (as well as private pools and jacuzzis)
- Clubs and fitness centers
- Certain suites have multiple bedrooms, private terraces, and their own pools
- Free parking
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas (Best choice for view)
Las Vegas is undoubtedly one of the most scenic (in an urban sort of way) cities in the United States (if not indeed in the entire world). I mean, where else can you see so much of the world one place (Paris, New York, London, Egypt and more)?
That said, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is hands down the best choice of lodging for those interested in a superior view of the city.
In comparison to other Vegas hotels, the Cosmopolitan takes up less space on the Strip. However, it is much taller and offers the best views even from standard rooms.
- Fantastic panoramic views of Las Vegas
- Casino and theater
- Nightclub and dayclub
- Multiple pools, spas, salons, and shopping venues (including a fitness center)
- Plenty of dining options
- Private pools, jacuzzis, and suites with plunge pools
- Free parking
Red Rock Casino Resort and Spa (Best Choice For Whole Family)
If you happen to be taking the whole family along for a trip to Vegas there is no better choice of hotels than the Red Rock Casino Resort and Spa.
This massive billion-dollar resort hotel has something for everyone; gambling for the adults, entertainment for the kids, spas for the women, and restaurants, shopping, and pools for the entire family to enjoy.
One of the greatest benefits of Red Rock (regarding healthy family fun in Vegas) is that the massive resort sits on 70 acres well away from the main Strip. That way, you’re family won’t be exposed to the craziness of down-town Vegas.
- Located on 70 acres (away from the bustling Strip of down-town Vegas)
- Loads of shopping, dining, and entertainment options (including bowling lanes and Kids Quest)
- Spas, pools, and a state of the art fitness center
- Large suites perfect for families (with extra rooms and full size refrigerators)
- Villas with private decks, pools, and jacuzzis
- Free parking
Hard Rock Hotel and Casino (Best Choice For Nightlife)
A legend among Las Vegas hotels and casinos, the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino is without question the best choice of lodging for those looking to immerse themselves in the nightlight of Sin City. Once upon a time this particular hotel and casino had a stigma as being the “hardcore” party spot.
However, in recent years the place has put forth tremendous efforts into turning the place into a more respectable establishment. That said, it is quickly becoming known as the premier hotel and casino for just that; a hotel where everyone can feel like a rock star and stay safe while doing it.
- Rennovated rooms with contemporary furnishing
- Some of the best dining, shopping, and spa/salon, and entertainment options in all of Vegas
- Located within walking distance to numerous bars and clubs
- A variety of pools (along with constant pool parties) as well as a state-of-the-art fitness center
- Penthouses and suites with private pools, jacuzzis, balconies with plunge pools and amazing views
- Free Parking
Skylofts at MGM Grand (Best Choice For Boutique)
Las Vegas is perhaps one of the most unique cities in the entire world. That said, those looking to enjoy in the most boutique experience in town need not look further than the Sky lofts and MGM Grand.
This boutique hotel may cost more than others lodging options (we’re not kidding, a stay here can run you a few thousand dollars or more), it also has far more to offer, period.
Pampering? You got it. An ultra-luxurious loft-style room? You bet.
Heated towel racks, espresso machines, private elevators, and a touch-screen remote that controls your smart suite (yes, the entire suite) are just the tip of the iceberg.
- Private elevators to your suite
- Limousine service from the airport
- More room-service options and pampering than you can even imagine
- Private plunge pools and infinity spas
- Minibar, mini-fridge, guest rooms, balconies, and separate showers and tubs
- So many extra amenities it’ll make your head spin (laptops, iPads, Wi-Fi, and more)
- No resort fee
Best Things to Do in Las Vegas
Finding the best hotel in Vegas is obviously the first thing you’ll want to do when planning a trip to Sin City. That said, you’ll also want to make a short list of sites to see and things to do as well.
You don’t want to spend your whole trip couped up in the room (or spend all your money in a single casino) do you?
Here’s just a handful of cool things to do in Vegas that you don’t want to miss out on.
Do a little gambling at a world-class casino
If you’re reading this article, then you are already aware of the fact that there is no city comparable to Vegas in the whole world. Furthermore, there is no comparing their world-class casinos.
The Golden Nugget, the Flamingo, and Caesars Palace are just a few of the most iconic. The Gamblers General Store, the Bellagio, and The Mirage are a few more.
Take your pick, there is no shortage of world-class casinos to throw a few bones. If you’re lucky you’ll even make some scratch to pack home with you.
See the stars in action
Aside from it’s massive hotels and casinos, Las Vegas is well-known for its fabulous entertainment venues. When it comes to musical performances, circus acts, magicians, and just about anything else you can think of, Vegas has got it (in crazy proportions). Some of the biggest names in the World are known for putting on shows in Sin City. So, when planning a trip to Vegas checking their entertainment line-up is the very next thing you should do right after selecting a hotel.
Check out the world within Vegas
One of the coolest things about Vegas is that it is a city full of cities. What exactly do we mean by that? Exactly what it sounds like.
Within the confines of Las Vegas, Nevada, you can experience replicas of entire neighborhoods, and famous attractions, from all over the world.
The Eiffel Tower of Paris, The Great Pyramid of Giza, Lake Como of Italy, and even the Statue of Liberty, just to name a few. Vegas is nothing short of magical, to say the least.
Treat yourself to one of Vegas’ best spas
For the ladies, Vegas offers more than gambling and shopping; like world-class spas. You’ve never experienced a luxury spa until you’ve enjoyed an afternoon of pampering from the likes of one of Vegas’ premier spas.
The Mandarin Oriental, for example, offers renown Chinese foot spas and romantic couples treatment.
That said, the Cosmopolitan, is perhaps the best of all, offering everything from private quarters to clay, hot stone, and fire and ice treatments.
Go for a hike in the scenic area surrounding the city
Nature lovers might not be the first to consider a trip to Vegas. However, they might be missing out due to the common misconception that the city is nothing but sin and gambling.
That said, mountains, canyons, and miles of breathtaking hiking surround the world-famous gambler’s haven.
Among the most notable attractions for nature lovers are the rock walls of Red Rock National Conservation Area and the nearly 12,000 feet heights of Mt. Charleston, as well as expansive pine forests and vallies.
Explore the shady past of Sin City
It is no secret that Las Vegas, Nevada has an extremey shady past. A plethora of infamous mobsters are connected to the City of Sin in one way or another. There is no shortage of fascinating history.
Tucked away in Vegas lies the Downtown’s Mob Museum, where plenty of mobster memorabilia are on display.
Even more, a fully interactive crime lab and shooting range have just been added as well during a multi million-dollar renovation back in 2018.
Take the kids to a world-famous circus
Las Vegas is home to many strange acts (and even stranger characters!). It should come as no surprise then that the city is home to some of the most talented and saught-after circus acts in all of the world.
As a matter of fact, there are over half a dozen world-class resident circuses just along the main Boulevard.
For the kids, the Bellagio’s circus is one of the most impressive on planet Earth. To say the least it is one they’ll remember for the rest of their lives.
Get hitched in one of Vegas’ many shotgun wedding chapels
Last but not least, getting hitched in one of Vegas’ shotgun chapels is the ultimate experience for couples who just can’t wait to tie the knot (or those who merely want a wedding with no guests yet one to remember).
Frank Sinatra, Bruce Willis, and tens of thousands of others have done it, and so can you.
There are hundreds of wedding officiants offering everything from the classic Elvis look-a-like ministers to drive-through chapels. For one of the most unique (not to mention fastest) weddings you can imagine, Vegas is the place to go!
A Final Word About the Best Hotels and Things to Do in Las Vegas
When it comes to hotels, you’ll find everything from old-school motor lodges to standard hotel rooms and sky-high penthouse suites. Likewise, the city is full of cool things to do for all types of people.
If you’re planning on visiting this fantastic American never-never-land anytime soon, the most challenging decision you’ll have to make is how much money you’re going to spend!
Do you know about one of the best hotels in Vegas? Let our audience in on the secret in the comment section below!
Enjoy your Vegas trip (break-a-leg!)
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