The Best Hotels In Las Vegas

What happens in Vegas depends on where you stay in Vegas.

Eli Blueby Eli Blue

The Las Vegas strip and its vicinity are home to more than 100 hotels, ranging from a 1-star strip joint to world class Parisian themed luxury. Skip the second rate New York, New York, Excalibur, and Luxor hotels and spend $50 to $100 more per night to secure rooms in these top five Las Vegas resorts.


Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino – On the south end of the strip, the Mandalay Bay is the jewel crown of the strip, a golden themed palatial hotel with its own water park, a shark reef aquarium with more than 2,000 animals, and artificial sandy beaches. Its rooms are enormous with floor to ceiling windows and Media Suite & Hospitality Suite rooms topping 2170 and 2300 sq feet for over $500 per night. These rooms come with 65-inch plasma televisions, built-in bars, and breathtaking views of the strip. The Bay's more modest suites start from $90 and $120 a night for a 550 sq. ft and 610 sq. ft. rooms with views of the strip. Check out upcoming June and July 2011 shows by Wisin & Yandel, Uptown Vegas, Joe Rogan, and Rihanna's Loud Tour.


Caesar's Palace – the Roman Empire themed Caesar's Palace, its spatial columns, intricate Roman sculpted columns inside and out, and an impressive rock formation structure make this hotel a step in time. Its rooms come in five styles, according to towers August, Centurion, Roman, Palace, and Forum, offering standard rooms with standard whirlpools and marble to Greco Roman themed sculptures strewn throughout. Look for legends Jerry Seinfeld, Rod Stewart, and Luis Miguel to host special events later in the year. Plus, take advantage of special rates through the Caesar's Palace website this month, including 40% off on the forum tower royal suite or 20% off when staying two nights or more.


Wynn Resort – Bragging its five star, five diamond status, the 2400 room Wynn hosts the strip's only golf course, a 37 foot waterfall, and the finest shopping on the strip with high end luxury stores like Christian Dior. Its standard room are beyond standard at 640 sq. ft with views of the strip and Egyptian cotton to luxury 2,411 sq ft apartments with massage rooms, multiple sofas, wet bars, and rain showers, and other amenities fit for royalty.


Bellagio – The Bellagio has long been one of Las Vegas' most popular hotels. Designed in Tuscany's likeness, it is decoration by massive fountains overlooking a garden enclosed in glass.


MGM Grand – Grand is an understatement. These four 30 story green towers beat all of Las Vegas with the most rooms at 5044. Known for its slightly smaller standard rooms than other five stars in the area, this Forbes five star winner boasts its famed SkyLOFTs on the top two floors that play to a 24 hour butler and concierge, a private lobby with private elevator access, in-room registration, a chauffeured Maybach, and even a pillow menu with more than 10 variations.