It’s almost impossible to find a dud hotel in Las Vegas. Seventeen of the biggest 20 hotels in the USA are here and competition is fierce. If you can’t find one you like, you are either way too fussy or are searching for an overwater bungalow (maybe one day).
Ultra-modern and luxe, this high-end hotel is renowned for its stylish design, many fine-dining options and opulent suites. The Terrace One Suites have balconies and the Wraparound Terrace Suites offer panoramic views of the Strip (ask for one that overlooks the Fountains of Bellagio). Don’t miss the seafood luncheon feast at Estiatorio Milos Greek restaurant.
Best known for the brilliantly choreographed dancing fountains out front, the Italian-themed Bellagio also boasts a Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, two thousand piece Fiori di Como glass chandelier and Gallery of Fine Art. A superb hotel, Bellagio is la dolce vita in Vegas.
This sophisticated 43 floor suite-only hotel opened in September, 2014, and is a perfect example of the new classy Las Vegas. It has no casino of its own, but is a part of the Mandalay Bay Resort Complex and uses some of the Mandalay’s facilities, including the epic beach we're about to dive into.
This resort is all about the 4.5 hectare Mandalay Beach, where three pools, an additional wave pool, tonnes of white sand, a river and the Shark Reef Aquarium represent one of Las Vegas’ most spectacular indulgences. Mandalay Beach also has two adults-only day-clubs (one is optional topless) and beach concerts. The hotel keeps the party vibe going with plenty of nightclubs, cool bars and shops.
MGM Grand Hotel & Casino
With a fulsome and affordable range of spacious wellness suites, spa suites, executive suites and penthouse suites, many say MGM is the grandest hotel on the Strip. MGM Grand is famed for its sumptuous buffets and specialty restaurants, pool parties, shopping and lavish entertainment, which includes Ka by Cirque du Soleil in residence.
New York-New York Hotel & Casino
Start spreading the news – this 2,024 room hotel is modelled on the skyline of the Big Apple, including the Empire State Building and Chrysler Building. There’s also a 46-metre Statue of Liberty replica, Big Apple Roller Coaster and shops modelled on Greenwich Village. Even the suit of hearts on the playing cards has been replaced by apples.
Paris Las Vegas Casino & Resort
Right in the heart of the Strip, the tres chic Paris boasts a half-size replica of the Eiffel Tower, mock Arc de Triomphe, and a boulangerie, crêperie and patisserie on site. For fabulous views, take the glass elevator to the top – among the city's most romantic spots – or book a table at the al fresco Mon Ami Gabi restaurant. The Red Rooms are the better quality accommodation.
For more Italian-themed wonders – think replicas of the Ponte di Rialto, Doge's Palace, Campanile Tower, Piazza San Marco and faithfully reproduced frescoes and sculptures – this all-suite 7,000 room marvel is molto bene inside and out. Gondolas float past shop-lined canals, swimming pools are set in Italian gardens and the Armillary Sphere and two level Acqua di Cristallo water sculpture in the lobby are just stunning.