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Andrea Bennett, Contributor
There’s arguably no place more transporting than the Las Vegas Strip. After all, it’s the only place in the world where, within convenient walking distance of wherever you’re staying, you’ll find the Eiffel Tower, Lago di Como and an Egyptian pyramid. Much of this began as schtick, of course, but the race to accommodate an increasingly well-traveled and cosmopolitan visitor has spurred a new era of hospitality in Las Vegas. Today, the resorts along the three-mile stretch of this city are among the best luxury accommodations in the world, along with having some of the most reasonable prices for travelers.
Our selection of the best hotels in Las Vegas all provide distinctly different travel experiences; what’s good for you and the kids is not ideal for a sexy weekend a deux, for instance. Those looking for a luxury, 5-star experience will fall in love with Wynn Las Vegas (and its sister resort Encore). If it’s loads of amenities you’re after (think state-of-the-art spas and high-tech details), the Aria Resort is bound to impress. Perhaps you’re looking for a location right on the Strip, a family-friendly resort with plenty of pools, or a comfortable crash pad during your next business trip. No matter what’s on your agenda, here are the best hotels in Las Vegas for your 2023 trip.
Best 5-Star Hotel In Las Vegas: Wynn Las Vegas
Wynn Las Vegas
Who Will Love It: The unapologetically glamorous
All-Star Amenities: The Strip’s only golf course; poolside blackjack tables; the contemporary Spa at Wynn; Wing Lei, the first Chinese restaurant in North America to receive a Michelin star
What Not To Miss: Shopping on Wynn’s esplanades; securing a waterfront table at SW or Lakeside; the floating pagoda table at Mizumi
The opulent Wynn redefined the resort casino concept when it opened in 2005 with its sun-dappled atrium gardens, floral mosaic floors, private lakes and waterfalls, and the Strip’s only golf course, a par 70 championship course designed by Tom Fazio. The resort’s fans are so devoted, many no longer say they’re going to Vegas, but to Wynn. Other resorts might rest on their laurels, but Wynn and sister resort Encore are in a constant state of glamorization. In 2022, Wynn unveiled a $200 million renovation of its nearly 2,700 Wynn guest rooms and Wynn Tower Suites. The masculine 1940s look is achieved with custom-designed furniture, warm wood accent walls, custom-designed etageres and Cubist-like artworks.
Once you scoop your jaw off the floor, you’ll want to devour the resort’s intriguing dining and lounging scene. Delilah, a supper club reminiscent of the city’s mid-century golden era, is one of the toughest reservations to secure in town. Beautifully dressed patrons dine on wagyu beef Wellington and Alaskan king crab in a stunning room anchored by 40-foot-high cast brass palms (think Havana’s El Tropicana circa 1950). Also check out a trio of stunning new cocktail venues, including the witty, Regency-inspired Overlook Lounge; Bar Parasol, a paean to the gilded European jet set lifestyle, and Aft Cocktail Deck, inspired by yachting life. Look out at the Lake of Dreams with a Monaco seaside spritz cocktail and you’ll swear you can feel the ocean breeze.
Best Upscale Hotel In Las Vegas: Encore At Wynn Las Vegas
Encore At Wynn Las Vegas
Who Will Love It: Nightlife seekers who want to live it up lavishly
All-Star Amenities: Luxury cabanas at Encore Beach Club; an unrivaled nightclub scene; floor-to-ceiling windows in every room
What Not To Miss: Attending a comedy show at the Encore Theater; paying tribute to Ol’ Blue Eyes with an order of Frank’s Clams Posillipo at Sinatra; the Nalu Body Ritual at the Spa at Encore
While it may be the sister resort to Wynn Las Vegas, Encore has carved out a stellar reputation all its own. Its luxe accommodations cater to those who enjoy the finer things in life, from the lavish cabana-lined pool to the stunning hotel room views afforded by floor-to-ceiling windows. But perhaps what makes Encore stand out the most is its bar none nightclub scene. Notable DJs such as The Chainsmokers, Calvin Harris and Diplo bring visitors flocking to the XS Nightclub on a regular basis. The Encore Beach Club, too, is frequently bumping with dance music, starting in the afternoon and lasting deep into the night.
Those seeking a truly unforgettable, restorative experience need only step foot inside the Spa at Encore, an exotic retreat with offerings including the Polynesian-inspired Nalu Body Ritual and the couples-focused Encore Escape. If you’re craving an upscale dining experience, opt for the Italian restaurant Sinatra, which—you guessed it—pays homage to Ol’ Blue Eyes (and even features the legendary crooner’s Academy Award). Low-key eateries include the pan-Asian Wazuzu and Jardin, which serves up farm-fresh dishes in a breezy conservatory setting.
Best Hotel On The Las Vegas Strip: Skylofts At MGM Grand
Skylofts at MGM Grand
Who Will Love It: Those who want an exclusive, luxurious Vegas experience
All-Star Amenities: Dedicated butler service; included airport transfers; Dyson hair dryers; an extensive pillow menu
What Not to Miss: Brunch at the invite-only Mansion at MGM Grand; dinner at Restaurant Joel Robuchon; a butler drawn bath
Most guests of the sprawling 5,000 plus room MGM Grand are completely unaware that 51 duplex penthouses exist on top of the building. For those lucky enough to secure a booking, their ultimate Vegas experience begins well before arrival. A team of concierges is on hand 24/7 to secure hard-to-get reservations, like one at Restaurant Joel Robuchon, the only restaurant in the city to ever receive three Michelin stars. Once guests arrive, they are escorted to lofts ranging in size from 1,400 square feet for a one-bedroom accommodation to 6,000 square feet for a three-bedroom residence.
Expect media rooms equipped with Bang & Olufsen electronics, steam showers, an infinity edge bath complete with champagne bubble jets and even pool tables and private jacuzzi terraces in select suites. Butlers can organize in-loft dining from any MGM venue or even fetch an In-N-Out Burger in the wee morning hours if a craving calls. But perhaps the best perk afforded to Skylofts guests is the rare privilege of booking a table in the Mansion Estate Dining Room abutting a temperature-controlled atrium that rivals the Bellagio’s Conservatory. The Mansion has historically been reserved for celebrities and the largest high rollers; its brunch featuring a harpist and unrivaled bloody mary cart should not be missed.
Best Amenities Hotel In Las Vegas: Aria Resort & Casino
Aria Resort & Casino
Who Will Love It: Tech-savvy travelers and F&B aficionados
All-Star Amenities: Spa with salt room and Japanese stone Ganbanyoku beds; co-ed spa pool; new med spa
What Not To Miss: The 80-foot-long pergola walkway at Catch—extra fun at brunch (order the sky-high Anytime Waffle Tower)
When Aria’s two glass and steel towers opened as part of the massive CityCenter complex in 2009, they brought more modernity to the Vegas resort casino. Aria’s soaring lobby with natural materials is the antithesis of the dark windowless casino room. Sanctuary-like guest rooms have always had high-tech details like one-touch lighting, temperature and curtain controls; Aria’s seven Sky Villas and more than 400 Sky Suites take luxury to a new level. The villas and suites have their own entrance and elevator, personal concierges, private pool and airport transportation.
Plus, guests in the desert-inspired Sky Suites receive a revolving selection of turndown gifts like backgammon for kids, custom-designed drink coasters by local artists and truffles. Sky Villa butlers may show up with a cigar cart, custom chocolates or fresh-baked bread. It’s not just the in-room amenities that shine; Aria is walking distance to T-Mobile Arena, the Shops at Crystals and CityCenter. Aria’s excellent restaurants included Jean Georges Steakhouse, Din Tai Fung and an outpost of the New York hotspot Carbone (Drake has dibs on the restaurant’s private dining room when he’s in town).
Best Located Hotel In Las Vegas: Nobu Hotel At Caesars Palace
Nobu Hotel At Caesars Palace
Who Will Love It: Travelers who want a boutique experience with all the benefits of a massive resort
All-Star Amenities: In-room dining made by Nobu chefs; large suites
What Not To Miss: Rare sakes in Nobu Lounge; beer brewed for Nobu at Japan’s Hokusetsu brewery on Sado Island
Caesars Palace is a behemoth (it has nearly 4,000 rooms and suites spread over 85 acres), but Nobu Hotel is a little pocket of Zen. Guests of the 182 room hotel in the former Centurion Tower–Nobu Matsuhisa’s first hotel–receive the special attention they’d expect from a precious boutique property. An elevator bank accessed through a simple Japanese portal takes guests to the hotel-within-a-hotel. During a 2022 renovation inspired by kintsugi, the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery, designers gave the hotel a warmer, more residential feel. If you’re splurging, you can book the 10,000-square-foot Nobu Villa (also recently refreshed), which comes with butler service, limo transportation, a garden and whirlpool, and a VIP omakase dinner at Nobu restaurant just downstairs. You may never want to leave your new Vegas cocoon.
Best Family-Friendly Hotel In Las Vegas: The Palazzo At The Venetian
The Palazzo At The Venetian
Who Will Love It: Those who love a little Epcot with their Vegas—and a fantastic high/low, save/splurge retail and dining mix
All-Star Amenities: Canyon Ranch Spa and Fitness, which has a huge climbing wall, nutritionists, and acupuncture; largest standard guest rooms on the Strip; Cut steakhouse
Don’t Miss: Estiatorio Milos Greek restaurant; a gondola ride
The Venetian is a gilded and frescoed tribute to the city of Venice. With more than 7,000 guest rooms and 17 million square feet, it is the second largest hotel in the world. Complete with a replica St. Mark’s Square (even the Campanile has been included), a canal system and singing gondoliers (you too can smooch in a gondola under the Bridge of Sighs), it’s one of the most delightfully gaudy places to suspend disbelief. Wander the resort and its Grand Canal Shoppes under Canaletto-blue trompe l’oeil “skies” and you’ll find everything from a reasonably priced food court to Mott 32, one of the best Chinese restaurants in the country, making it one of the best hotels for both kids and adults. Don’t miss breakfast at Thomas Keller’s Bouchon hidden away on the 10th floor of the Venezia Tower. The airy French bistro is as dreamy as Las Vegas gets.
Best Hotel For Couples In Las Vegas: Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas
Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas
Who Will Love It: Sanctuary seekers
All-Star Amenities: A traditional Turkish Hammam; yoga and Pilates classes; personal concierges available 24/7
What Not to Miss: High tea in the 23rd floor lounge; sweeping strip views from the spa’s vitality pool loungers
Entering through a private motor court and into the Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas’s arrival foyer immediately evokes a sense of still refinement. You may well forget you are in Las Vegas—until you arrive onto the 23rd floor sky lobby and are gobsmacked with panoramic strip views from 17-foot floor to ceiling windows. The sense of calm here remains pervasive—the property is strictly non-gaming and non-smoking. And couples in particular will appreciate the hotel’s many intimate experiences, be it a table for two at Vegas’ most coveted high tea, a mixology experience within the Sky Bar or a private cabana surrounding one of three pools and two hot tubs on the 8th floor aquatic deck.
The entire 7th and 8th floor is devoted to wellness, with a two-story spa proffering everything from a private Hammam for two, a duet massage and even red-light therapy. Personal concierges are also on hand to secure bookings throughout the city, including appointments to private shopping salons at the super luxe and neighboring Shoppes at Crystals. Wind down in one of their newly renovated art deco meets California mod rooms fitted with deep soaking tubs and panoramic vistas of the strip and surrounding mountain landscapes.
Best Hotel For Business Travelers In Las Vegas: The Four Seasons Las Vegas
The Four Seasons Las Vegas
Who Will Love It: Business travelers who want to be connected to the action but escape it at the end of the day
All-Star Amenities: The Forbes Five-Star rated spa; access to the Mandalay Bay Pool complex with a real sand beach
What Not To Miss: Four Seasons Ultimate Facial; an afternoon in a cabana at the pool
If you think you know precisely what a Four Seasons looks like, you haven’t visited The Four Seasons Las Vegas, which is ensconced on floors 35 to 39 of Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. You’d never know it wasn’t a standalone resort considering it has a valet entrance, restaurants, bar and lounge and intimate spa. The hotel has one of the Las Vegas’s most tranquil pool scenes which is open only to Four Seasons guests. Guest rooms begin at 500-square-feet with floor-to-ceiling window views of the Strip or the new Allegiant Stadium. The design, all serene Art Deco-inspired lacquer furniture and silver leaf, feels like the ultimate escape. And if you’re wondering where the city’s power brokers, Hollywood elite, and sports agents go to meet and broker deals, you’ll see some of them eating breakfast on the serene poolside patio at Veranda.
Best Hotel To See And Be Seen In Las Vegas: The Cosmopolitan Of Las Vegas, Autograph Collection
The Cosmopolitan Of Las Vegas, Autograph Collection
Who Will Love It: The young and cool (and those intent on recapturing their youth)
All-Star Amenities: Swimming pool and swim-up movies in the summer; ice rink in winter; barbershop; live music venue
What Not to Miss: An authentic hammam ritual; truffle nachos and mezcal at Ghost Donkey; hidden Ski Lodge bar in Superfrico
Cosmopolitan’s provocative “right kind of wrong” ads have been attracting the desired demographic—young, hip travelers that love shopping, dining and clubbing—since it opened in 2010. The rooms–some of the very few in Vegas with terraces—are great for entertaining. The hotel’s dramatic design (LED columns in the lobby and a three-story chandelier) doesn’t disappoint. If you’ve chosen the Cosmopolitan, you’re probably the go-to person in your friend group for restaurant recommendations, and you’re sure to be spoiled for choice at the resort with options like David Chang’s Bang Bar by Momofuku and classics like é by José Andrés, Jaleo and Scarpetta. And the Cosmpolitan has more up its sleeve: a barbershop where you can get a classic cut or straight-razor shave, an intimate live music and cocktail venue and a hidden bar inspired by the ski mountains of Hokkaido, Japan. Yes, that’s a snow flurry outside.
Best Boutique Hotel In Las Vegas: NoMad Las Vegas
NoMad Las Vegas
Who will love it: Those looking for a luxe, adult vacation
All-Star Amenities: Roof deck pool; high limit casino; standalone tubs
What Not to Miss: Dinner at NoMad Restaurant; busts of groundbreaking female Las Vegas gaming icons; the truffle chicken sandwich in NoMad Bar
Las Vegas has largely stopped imploding its icons. Still, no one expected the musty old Monte Carlo to be transformed into the hip Park MGM. Fewer people anticipated an entry onto the Las Vegas scene by French design superstar Jacques Garcia (La Mamounia in Marrakesh, Hotel Costes in Paris) who decked out Park MGM’s interior boutique hotel, NoMad Las Vegas, with Old World European elegance and guest rooms inspired by Parisian apartments. Guests enter NoMad through a dedicated entrance (look for the discreet red awning at the side of Park MGM’s porte-cochère). NoMad has its own casino, skylit by the Monte Carlo’s original Tiffany glass ceiling, where guests can play high limit table games.
The 239 guest rooms, on the top four floors of Park MGM, beg for a sexy couples retreat with their moody color scheme and standalone tubs. The jaw-dropping NoMad Library restaurant, with 23-foot-high ceilings and walls lined with 25,000 books from the collection of the late philanthropist David Rockefeller, is one of the city’s most cinematic spaces. Across the way, the opulent NoMad Bar is a perfect place to people watch and dine on a truffle chicken sandwich during weekend brunch.
Most Glamorous Hotel In Las Vegas: Bellagio Resort And Casino
Bellagio Resort And Casino
Who Will Love It: Those who are here for a big Vegas spectacle
All-Star Amenities: Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art; Hèrmes boutique; five pools; poolside spa services
What Not To Miss: At Mayfair Supper Club dinner morphs into live performance and late night lounging
When Bellagio Resort opened in 1998, it made other resorts—and their choreographed pirate battles and erupting volcanoes—look dated. The Lake Como-themed resort was the priciest resort in the world to build at the time. Even after a quarter century, the Bellagio is still relevant. Even the most jaded Las Vegas locals are charmed by the animatronic creatures and tens of thousands of flowers that a dedicated team of horticulturalists bring to the Conservatory and Botanical Garden each season. We’ll still pause to gawk at the Bellagio Fountains where 1200 powerful water cannons send sprays up to 460 feet high. The spectacle continues at lakeside Le Cirque, where truffles are shaved tableside, and Wolfgang Puck’s Spago, which relocated from the Forum Shops at Caesars. In 2015, Bellagio renovated all its guest rooms. The current look is inspired by water and includes backlit mirrors encircled by mother of pearl, massive marble showers and lots of blue tones.
Best Pet-Friendly Hotel In Las Vegas: Vdara Hotel & Spa
Vdara Hotel & Spa
Who Will Love It: Pet owners, extended stayers, and those who don’t love the still-smoking environments in many Vegas casinos
All-Star Amenities: The only 24-hour dog park at a resort in Las Vegas
What Not to Miss: A corner suite on a high floor. At just under 800 square feet and with floor-to-ceiling windows, they have views of the Bellagio fountains (which might be more attractive to you than your four-legged friend).
This understated, non-gaming, non-smoking, all-suite hotel with an enviable near-center-Strip location is also ideal for pet owners. It’s slightly off the Strip and connected to the CityCenter complex, which helps it feel a little more relaxed than a lot of casino resorts (and better for dogs that get sensory overload). The Vdara rooms are 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. Dog families have specially designated “V Dog” suites, which must be reserved. They’re 582 square feet, with a sleek, modern feel and come with cooktops, refrigerators, and a dining table. You can actually fit four people in this room, since there’s a king bed and a pull-out queen in the living room. Up to two dogs are allowed and combined they must weigh less than 100 pounds. Guests with dogs get an amenity bag when they arrive, as well as bowls and crates (on request). Most importantly, you have access to the Vdara dog park, which is open 24 hours and has a little walking trail. Keep in mind that there’s a fee of $100 per dog, per night. Need a pet sitter? The concierge will arrange one for you.
Best Hotel In Downtown Las Vegas: Circa Resort & Casino
Circa Resort & Casino
Who Will Love It: Those who need a getaway from the kids (Circa is an adults-only resort)
All-Star Amenities: The largest sportsbook in the world, and big, mid-mod contemporary rooms (ask for a view of Stadium Swim)
What Not to Miss: Barry’s Downtown Prime, one of the best new steakhouses in a city with a glut of them. Order the massive 40-ounce tomahawk ribeye for serious dining drama.
Circa Resort and Casino, which opens right onto Fremont Street, is an adults-only play zone and the splashiest thing to happen to Las Vegas in decades. In fact, it’s one of only two adults-only resorts (the other is The Cromwell, in the center of the Strip). Its 60th floor rooftop Legacy Club has one of the best views in the Vegas Valley. Reserve a spot outside by a fire pit or just bask in the glow of the 500 gold bars stacked in the middle of the club, whose fluctuating value you can see on a ticker above them. Circa also has Nevada’s longest bar and the largest sportsbook in the world (a three-story amphitheater that seats 1,000), as well as a massive pool area, Stadium Swim, facing a 40-foot-high HDTV screen devoted to professional sports watching. (Fun fact: You wouldn’t think it would be critical that pools are heated here to between 78 and 94 degrees, but Vegas resort pools can be shockingly cold—a nearly unbearable change from the 100-plus degree temps outside.) Michigan-born sports fanatic owner and mastermind Derek Stevens (who also bought the Las Vegas 51s baseball team and built the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center) built this place not only as a nirvana for a hard-partying sports-betting crowd; he also plays tribute to Downtown’s golden era. You’ll see tributes to old DTLV like Vegas Vickie, the 25-foot-high reclining neon cowgirl, retired from the old Glitter Gulch casino, who now greets guests just past the lobby.
What Are The Best Luxury Hotels In Vegas?
The best luxury hotel in Las Vegas is undoubtedly Wynn Las Vegas. Every space is beautiful and everything has been thought of (there’s even a falconer wandering the pools and patios to keep errant birds out of the way). Aria, especially their Sky Suites and SkyVillas, is another excellent luxury option, as is Nobu (especially the Nobu Villa). But you’ll find over-the-top options for high rollers at every hotel on the Strip. A great example is The Venetian, which is worth checking out for their beautiful Prestige suites (a club level, with a lounge) and Premier suites (like the 5,200 square foot Presidential).
Where Should A First-Time Visitor Stay In Las Vegas?
There is nothing more iconically Vegas than a room with a view of the Bellagio fountains. What’s more, Bellagio, along with City Center, is smack dab in the midst of the Vegas strip, providing easy access to all the dining, entertainment, gaming and action you can manage. Families will love Mandalay Bay for its shark-reef, wave pool complete with a sandy beach and lazy river. Those seeking nostalgia and a real life The Hangover experience will love Caesars Palace with its five-acre Garden of The Gods pool complex and Colosseum theater which play host to musical acts like Adele.
Where Is The Best Place For Gamblers To Stay In Las Vegas?
The largest casinos in Las Vegas are in Mandalay Bay, Bellagio, and MGM Grand (for those who like a little shock and awe), but the larger the casino, the likelier you are to get outspent and overlooked by casino hosts for perks like upgrades and lounge access. Bellagio’s poker room is the most famous in the city. Wynn’s table games are elegant and it has the most beautiful high-limit slot room on the Strip. If you are planning on gaming, sign up for the casinos’ rewards clubs, such as M Life Rewards (MGM), Wynn’s Red Card, The Venetian’s Grazie, and Caesars’ Total Rewards program. Each comes with benefits and rewards.
Which Las Vegas Hotels Have The Nicest Pools?
Las Vegas hotel pools are among the most spectacular in the world, and there’s something for everyone. The best adult party scene is at Encore Beach Club, with its three tiered pools and a mind-blowing DJ lineup in the summer. Families love Mandalay Bay, which has a lazy river, a 1.6 million gallon wave pool, and an actual white, sandy beach. There’s a pool for everyone at Caesars Palace (which has seven), including its pool with swim-up blackjack, the spa’s poolside cabana, a huge pool that kids love, and an adults-only pool. And Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan has some of the most activities, such as poolside brunches, swim-up evening films, and it even transforms into an ice skating rink in the winter.
About Andrea Bennett, Your Las Vegas Guide
I have covered travel for more than 20 years, identifying trends, vetting mileage programs and travel hacks, and sussing out the best in hotels. As the anonymous hotel critic for The New York Post, I enjoyed spending Rupert Murdoch’s money in the name of public service in the early 2000s. I’m a former longtime contributing editor and columnist for Travel + Leisure and The Wall Street Journal, the former group editor-in-chief of Vegas and Modern Luxury San Diego magazines and a contributing writer for Condé Nast Traveler. My writing has also appeared in O: The Oprah Magazine, Town & Country, Departures, T: The New York Times Style Magazine, Fortune, Money, Outside, TripSavvy, TripAdvisor and many others.