Jackpot! Best hotels in Vegas for a Sin City getaway

9 March 2023

With more than 150,000 hotel rooms, Las Vegas is home to many top-notch hotel choices. 

Whether you’re after a central location on the Strip, easy access to some of the best things to do in Vegas, a hotel with one of Vegas’ best pools or the latest and greatest technology in your room, you’ve got great hotel options in Las Vegas. 

From pure luxury to bougie-on-a-budget and even some “hidden” boutique hotels-within-hotels, here is a list of some of the very best hotels in Las Vegas.

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Take your pick of 3,500 accommodations spread across three hotels at Resorts World and you can enjoy the latest and greatest Vegas has to offer at your fingertips. All three hotels at Resorts World are excellent, with the level of luxury and pricing climbing upward from Hilton to Conrad to Crockfords. 

The Las Vegas Hilton at Resorts World has 1,774 rooms starting at 400 square feet. The decor is far above what you’d likely expect from your average Hilton and leans into white linens with blue and gold accents. 

The Conrad Las Vegas at Resorts World is a bit smaller than the Hilton, though still large, with 1,496 total rooms, making it the biggest Conrad property in the world. Rooms here are sizable, too, at 550 square feet and up, featuring a midcentury modern vibe but with can’t-miss red accents signifying prosperity and good luck, which are especially important to have on your side in Las Vegas. 

At the top of the Resorts World pecking order is Crockfords Las Vegas, with just under 300 rooms and a separate entrance. You know you’re getting a great view here as the hotel occupies floors 59 through 66. The experience is slightly elevated over the other two, with touches like an in-room De’Longhi espresso machine and dedicated lounge chairs at the cabana pool, but all three hotels have a similar look and feel, so you really can’t go wrong once you decide on a price point that works for your budget. 

No matter which of the Resorts World hotels you choose, don’t miss an egg-cellent breakfast at Suns Out Buns Out. We recommend an evening cocktail at the hidden speakeasy, Here Kitty Kitty Vice Den, and if you want some authentic Chinese cuisine, make a reservation at Genting Palace.

Rates at the Las Vegas Hilton at Resorts World start at $73 per night.

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Bellagio is over-the-top in all the best ways. It is the only hotel in the U.S. with two AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Five-Star restaurants on-site (Picasso and Le Cirque). It also has its own art gallery, a 55,000-square-foot spa, a hair salon, high-end shopping, an on-site Cirque du Soleil show and over 1,200 dancing fountains that shoot up to 460 feet in the sky set to music every 15-30 minutes running from the afternoon late into the evening.

When you aren’t in the mood (or expense bracket) for black-tie fine dining, Sadelle’s is a fabulous choice for brunch (especially if you are getting breakfast “free” as part of a credit card benefit), and the Yellowtail Japanese Restaurant is excellent for a sushi dinner with a fountain view.  

Bellagio has just under 4,000 rooms across its two towers, with three-quarters in the main tower and the rest in the spa tower. Many of the Bellagio’s rooms in the main tower were recently renovated and are designated as such in the booking process. 

Snag a fountain-view room if you hope to watch the show from your window while tuning into the accompanying music on the in-room TV. 

The renovated rooms have embraced a water theme that is repeated with soft, rolling blues throughout, along with other natural hues, such as a light sand color serving as a complement. 

While staying at Bellagio, don’t miss “O,” which is a world-class Cirque du Soleil production that continues the resort’s water theme on the stage, which, in this case, is essentially a tank that is 16 feet deep and contains 1.5 million gallons of water so its performers can fly up to 60 feet in the air and then dive safely into the 16-foot pool in order to defy most of the normal rules of physics and human limits. 

Rates at the Bellagio start at $169 per night.

Related: These are the best times to visit Las Vegas

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The Vegas heydays of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and pals may have taken place in the 1950s and ’60s, but odds are high they’d feel right at home in Circa, which opened in late 2020 but feels extremely midcentury fabulous inside and out.

Circa bucks the trend of feeling the newest and instead intentionally feels the most authentically classic Vegas, while having all the modern-day trappings. It describes itself as the conduit from the Vegas of yesterday to the Vegas of tomorrow and indeed, it is the first Las Vegas hotel to open downtown near Fremont Street in 40 years.

As you walk in, “Vegas Vickie” (formerly of the Glitter Gulch) will kick up her leg to welcome you and firmly plant you in both the Vegas of today and yesterday. It’s not all nostalgia though; Circa is also home to a technologically advanced three-story sportsbook and Stadium Swim, a popular six-pool complex with a 40-foot-high screen showing the latest games and more.

While you are out and about, don’t miss a dinner at Barry’s, which with shrimp, steak and tableside-made cocktails, is the “Mad Men” era brought to life. 

When it comes time to sleep, Circa leads you to your room with dark, moody hallways and lets you rest on very comfy beds with Serta Prestige mattresses. Interestingly, one of the common room types at Circa, potentially for those trips with friends, is a room with two king beds.  

But if you can’t sleep comfortably for some reason, there’s always the throwback 99-cent shrimp cocktails available at Saginaw’s Deli, but only from 3 a.m.- 5 a.m.

Rates at Circa start at $119 per night.

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The 51 two-story Skylofts are perched atop the behemoth MGM Grand, but they feel a world away. You’re whisked to the top by a private elevator and are then greeted by hosts and butlers who quickly know your name – and your preferences.

All of the hotel’s one-, two- and three-bedroom lofts offer floor-to-ceiling windows and butler services that can help you with anything from unpacking your bag to customizing a bath to getting a preferred table at restaurants such as Joël Robuchon, L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, Tom Collichio’s Craftsteak and Morimoto Las Vegas – or they can arrange those meals for in-room dining.

Speaking of mealtime, the Skylofts are not the only high-end boutique hotel-within-a-hotel at the MGM Grand — there’s also the Mansions. Rumor has it this is where the most important MGM invited guests stay. It’s usually impossible for “normal” folks to access the Mansions; however, those at Skylofts can ask their butlers if there is availability at the Mansions for breakfast – it’ll certainly become one of the most important meals of your day.

Rates for the Skylofts start at $850 per night.

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Aria is a big Las Vegas hotel with 4,002 rooms, of which 566 are suites. The hotel was designed with technology in mind, so while more than a decade has passed since it opened its doors, you are still staying at a modern hotel that was built more recently than most on the Strip. 

And while Aria has everything from a pool day club to over a dozen dining options (try Catch if you like sushi), it’s also connected to Bellagio, Vdara and Park MGM by a combination of walking and taking the tram. You’re also just a bridge away from the Cosmopolitan, making Aria a top choice for affordable luxury that’s in the heart of it all.

However, if it fits in your Las Vegas hotel budget, Aria’s 442 Sky Suites are all more than 1,000 square feet and are a five-diamond experience that comes with prearranged airport transportation, a private entrance, a pool just for Sky guests, lounge access and concierge services. Notably, the Aria Sky Suites were also just recently renovated with a lighter and airy look than their previous iteration. 

Rates at Aria start at $129 per night.

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Likely because it has just 293 rooms that occupy the top floors of Park MGM’s 2,700-room building, NoMad Las Vegas sometimes gets overlooked when it really shouldn’t. NoMad has a New York City-inspired vibe with leather headboards, hardwood floors, airy bedding, velvet couches and freestanding pedestal tubs in many room types.

The public areas of NoMad have a dark, layered and almost sultry vibe with the use of red, velvet, curtains and dim lights. If you go, don’t miss NoMad Bar and NoMad Library, which has floor-to-ceiling shelving with over 25,000 books.

Those with elite status in the World of Hyatt program can match that to MGM Rewards and potentially get special perks and savings.

Rates at NoMad start at $129 per night.

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No list of Vegas’ best hotels is complete without a nod to the Roman-themed giant, which dates back to the 1960s, a claim not many modern-day Las Vegas hotels can make. The Caesars Palace of today has over 3,500 rooms, 22 restaurants, 10 bars and a Forum shopping center where the ceiling goes through a 24-hour cycle of the outside sky in just an hour.

With 185 table games, over 1,300 slots and the Race & Sportsbook, gambling is also still very much center stage at Caesars, even though the live entertainment booked at the Colosseum is also world-class.

The rooms at Caesars aren’t the newest or most recently renovated on the Strip, but the Qua Spa is not to be missed, with not only three Roman baths but also an ice room where it snows.

If you have elite status in the Wyndham Rewards program, you can match that to Caesars Rewards status and save on resort fees and more.

Rates at Caesars Palace start at $85 per night.

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Former home of the tired and rough-around-the-edges Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall and Saloon, the property received a $185 million facelift in 2014. The rebirth spawned a Parisian-inspired boutique hotel that serves vintage glamour in the most exceptional way.

The Cromwell is the Strip’s only stand-alone boutique hotel, but that’s not the only thing that sets it apart. The room design evokes the feel of a 1920s Parisian apartment. Each of its 188 rooms showcases hardwood floors, tufted leather headboards, plush furnishings in luscious purple and berry tones, and vintage-style touches like dressers and tables reminiscent of antique steamer trunks. 

Bathrooms here are a bit smaller than massive ones in other resorts along the Strip. But what The Cromwell bathrooms lack in size, they make up for in panache —  luxe bath products, a mirrored vanity with a tufted stool and mosaic-tiled shower walls embedded with French-English phrases. 

An intimate setting and a thriving nightlife aren’t mutually exclusive at The Cromwell. Guests can party into the wee hours on the rooftop at Drai’s, a nightclub and pool area. The 65,000-square-foot venue is the pinnacle of action with live music and DJ-hosted shows.

The casino isn’t the mammoth space you might be used to. Dressed in rich reds with gold design touches, it’s smaller, with a dark and sexy ambiance. The original red chandeliers of Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall remain and fit perfectly.

At the casino entrance in the lobby, Bound Cocktail Lounge features live music and an incredibly innovative cocktail menu. Try the Grace, a mix of Grey Goose La Poire vodka, fresh pear puree, apple and lemon juices, honey syrup, fresh mint and lemongrass.

Book a table at Giada, Giada De Laurentiis’s first restaurant. The Emmy Award-winning celebrity chef is often spotted here. Family-style Italian dishes like breaded chicken piccata and handmade pasta like lobster ravioli, bucatini and rigatoni will sate the pickiest of foodies. It’s also open for brunch on Saturday and Sunday.

You’re also just a five-minute walk from the Linq Promenade, where you have a slew of dining choices — from Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen to sushi burritos at Jaburritos. 

Rates at The Cromwell range from $75 to $799 per night, depending on the time of year.

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Mandalay Bay’s eye-catching architecture, towering palms and lush foliage greet guests, providing a soothing tropical South Pacific atmosphere that sets the tone for your entire stay.

The resort’s location at the south end of the Las Vegas Strip is prime for guests who might want a break from the buzzy nonstop action that comes with accommodations more centrally located on the Strip.

That’s not to say there’s nothing to do here — far from it. The expansive 120-acre property is home to a fantastic 11-acre pool complex that features a lazy river, wave pool and the only climate-controlled poolside gaming in Vegas. Guests age 21 and older can also lounge at Mandalay’s Moorea Beach Club, where topless sunbathing is permitted.

Choose from a total of 4,752 rooms — 3,209 rooms within Mandalay Bay’s main building, as well as an additional 424 rooms at the Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas and 1,117 suites at the Delano Las Vegas, both of which sit within Mandalay Bay’s towers. 

Room details like floor-to-ceiling windows, plush modern furnishings and contemporary art provide an upscale yet cozy retreat for families, couples or solo travelers.

Don’t miss the chance to see “Michael Jackson One,” a Cirque du Soleil production. This creative and visually stunning expression of Michael Jackson’s discography is only at Mandalay Bay. There’s also an on-site Shark Reef Aquarium with 15 species of sharks and a bevy of other marine life.

Another reason to book a stay here is the theater of dining at Aureole, helmed by James Beard Award-winning chef Charlie Palmer. The fresh-from-the-farm dishes like the Colorado lamb rack are rivaled only by the restaurant’s four-story, climate-controlled wine tower, which houses over 9,000 bottles. Order your bottle, and “wine angels” scale the tower and retrieve it in “Mission Impossible” style.

World of Hyatt members and MGM Rewards program members can match elite status levels between the programs to open up fee waivers, show discounts and other perks.

Rates at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino start at $59 per night for standard rooms in the offseason (excluding a daily resort fee) but can cost several hundred dollars per night on busier dates. Award rates range between 17,000 and 23,000 World of Hyatt points per night, depending on when you visit.

Related: 18 things to know before staying at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas

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Situated within the grand 43-story golden tower at Mandalay Bay, Delano Las Vegas is an all-suite, nonsmoking and nongaming property. Although it’s connected to Mandalay Bay, Delano has its own check-in area, an upscale restaurant and pool. It’s ideal for those who seek a casino-free ambiance but don’t want to be too far from the action.

Suites range from a roomy 725 square feet to the palatial 4,500-square-foot Delano Loft suite (which boasts a library and remarkable Strip views). 

Suites are appointed in a calming color palette of whites and neutrals with touches of gold, and ultraplush beds with tufted headboards and breezy window sheers. Rooms feel enduring and refined. Each includes a separate living space and bedroom, providing ample space and privacy.

Sleek bathrooms in black granite feature separate tubs and glass-enclosed showers, backlit mirrors and phenomenal lighting.

A few are designated as Stay Well Premier suites. These suites come equipped with wellness amenities like air purification and a shower infuser that reduces chlorine. They also come with free access to Cleveland Clinic’s online programs for stress, sleep and nutrition. 

The Delano Beach Club is the guest-exclusive pool area. Sip signature cocktails in comfy chaise lounges or reserve a cabana or day bed to elevate your pool time. For a change of pace, Delano guests can sample Mandalay Bay’s pool offerings —  Mandalay Bay Beach, Daylight Beach Club and Moorea Beach Club.

A meal at Rivea is a must. Helmed by globally renowned chef Alain Ducasse, the airy restaurant atop the Delano serves fresh and simple French- and Italian-inspired dishes with a fabulous view of the Strip.

Pepper-crusted bison tenderloin, lobster and linguine and marinated sea bass are a few plates worth trying. Pair your meal with a cocktail from the nearby Skyfall Lounge. You can’t go wrong with a Lost in Translation (blanco tequila, apricot liqueur, sauvignon blanc, sparkling wine, citrus and vanilla).

MGM and Hyatt have a reciprocal partnership. Since the Delano is an MGM property, that means you can redeem World of Hyatt points for stays at the Delano and earn points and elite night credit when booking directly.

Find rates at Delano Las Vegas as low as $85 per night, depending on the season, or 25,000 World of Hyatt points per night.

Related: How to match your World of Hyatt status to MGM Rewards for free perks in Las Vegas

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Situated within the Aria Campus (formerly CityCenter), the hotel originally opened as the Mandarin Oriental in 2009. Rebranded as a Waldorf Astoria, it was renovated and reopened in 2018.

The buzziness of the Las Vegas Strip dissipates the moment you step into the lobby. No long lines or chaotic check-ins here. You’re greeted by a concierge who directs you to the registration area on the 23rd floor. 

It’s just a prelude to the polished service and upscale sophistication you would expect from the brand. 

Spacious rooms and suites are well appointed, with upscale furnishings in neutral tones, soaking tubs and impressive amenities like eucalyptus bath salts and an electric tea kettle. Natural light floods the space thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows.

While the selection of on-site dining is a bit smaller than at other Las Vegas properties, Waldorf Astoria’s offerings seem to embody quality over quantity.

On the third floor, Zen Kitchen serves artful American and Asian fare, including vegetarian and vegan options. Start off your meal with the charred octopus, followed by jumbo Georgia bay scallops with fennel soubise. The restaurant is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

From 2:30 to 5 p.m., afternoon high tea is served in the Tea Lounge, complete with an extensive tea menu and tiered trays loaded with finger sandwiches, scones and pastries. Don’t miss a chance to sip handcrafted cocktails over small plates while taking in arguably the best views of the Strip at SkyBar, on the 23rd floor.

We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the 27,000-square-foot, two-level spa. With plunge pools, thermal experiences and a variety of therapies and treatments, it’s an Eden-like haven far removed from the Sin City bustle.

Rates at the Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas start at around $365 per night or 80,000 Hilton Honors points per night.

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Vdara Hotel & Spa is situated within the sprawling 67-acre urban metropolis Aria Campus (formerly called CityCenter). The towering, mirrored, crescent-shaped high-rise is just steps away from Aria and also connects with Bellagio.

Vdara is an all-suite condo hotel, ideal for families or larger groups. Choose from 1,495 suites, which include studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom suites, as well as one-bedroom and two-bedroom penthouses. Each suite features a kitchen or kitchenette (depending on the size of your suite).

There’s a real destination-spa feel here — lofty lobby ceilings and abundant natural light spilling through the windows. It’s also a nongaming and nonsmoking property, which may lend to the serene (and clean-smelling) atmosphere. 

Speaking of spas, the 18,000-square-foot, two-level spa at Vdara is a destination of its own. A waterfall cascades from the second story, and natural wood decor and fresh flowers are a balm for your soul. Treatments are centered on holistic health and incorporate organic ingredients, including some vegan products.

Pets are welcome here ($100-per-night charge), and the hotel boasts a fenced-in dog park. Four-legged guests also receive puppy swag that includes a Vdara-branded blanket, a biscuit and a pamphlet that outlines the hotel’s dog program. Ordering room service? Check out the in-suite dog menu.

Self-parking is available for $18 per day. However, Pearl, Gold, Platinum and Noir MGM Rewards members enjoy free parking, among other perks. 

Rates at Vdara Hotel & Spa start at $108 per night. If you’re redeeming points, you can book a room at any eligible rate. Let the front desk staff know you want to use points (at check-in or checkout). The points will be applied to your bill (only nongaming charges are eligible) at a rate of 1 point to 1 cent.

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Tucked away on five upper floors (35-39) of Mandalay Bay, Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas is an upscale, peaceful enclave. Though the two properties are connected, they are worlds apart.

Four Seasons’ separate ground-floor lobby is serene, void of the revolving crowds coming from or going to bustling casinos and other attractions (this is a nongaming property). It’s just a sampling of the bubble of luxury guests will experience. 

The air of exclusivity persists when you reach your room, studio or suite (there are 424 rooms in all). Rooms feature art deco-inspired furnishings in rich blues, purples or greens, marble bathrooms with deep soaking tubs and expansive windows. Creamy beige mod-style walls showcase massive vibrantly hued artwork. Well-positioned mirrors create a sense of spaciousness even in smaller 500-square-foot standard rooms.

While small by Las Vegas standards, the spa offers an extensive selection of treatments, including on-trend therapies like cupping and warm candle massages. Nature-inspired artwork, warm tones and wood design elements provide a serene retreat. In addition to 12 treatment rooms, the space includes a relaxation room, a large steam room and separate lounges for men and women.

Peace and tranquility extend to the exclusive pool experience here. Pool guests enjoy complimentary perks like chilled towels, frozen-fruit skewers and cool Evian spritzes. Should you require a bit more revelry, Four Seasons guests also have access to the 11-acre Mandalay Bay pools complex, which features a lazy river, a wave pool and a real sand beach.

On-site dining includes Veranda Bar, a relaxed and airy space serving American cuisine with an upscale twist. Nosh on the Sin City burger made with wagyu beef, bacon jam, avocado, white cheddar and crispy tobacco onion, or try the blackened salmon salad served on baby greens with portobello mushrooms, mango, heirloom tomatoes and tarragon dressing. 

Press is the chic indoor-outdoor lounge perfect for a pre-show cocktail or late-night meal. Of course, no upscale stay would be complete without at least one massive room-service breakfast. A towering plate of fluffy pancakes, anyone?

Four Seasons Las Vegas guests also have signing privileges at the nearly 30 restaurants within Mandalay Bay, including Charlie Palmer’s Aureole and Lupo by Wolfgang Puck.

Most Four Seasons properties belong to the American Express Fine Hotels + Resorts program. Guests with eligible Amex cards can make their Four Seasons bookings through the special portal and receive additional amenities, including daily breakfast for two, a $100 dining or spa credit, and guaranteed 4 p.m. late checkout.

Rates at Four Seasons Las Vegas start at around $280 per night.

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From the brand that effectively launched modern-era luxury in Vegas, it’s no surprise that sister properties Wynn and Encore Las Vegas are among the swankiest on the Strip.

There’s no escaping the luxe life here, nor would you want to. With vibrant Murano glass chandeliers and high-end design touches everywhere you turn, it’s easy to see how Wynn Resorts has earned more Forbes five-star designations than any other independent hotel brand in the world.

Walking into the spectacular Wynn lobby is akin to a stroll through the Emerald City. Step along colorful mosaic tiles underneath huge floral bouquets suspended from the ceiling. An animated carousel covered in flowers, lush gardens and twinkling lights add to the magical ambiance. 

The lobby also features an overlook of the 3-acre Lake of Dreams, featuring a 90-foot waterfall. The resort’s nightly light show here is spectacular.  Snag a patio table at SW Steakhouse or Lakeside and enjoy the show over pepper-crusted chateaubriand or Maine lobster.  (Other upscale culinary options worth the splurge include Sinatra and Wing Lei.)

The 4,750 Wynn and Encore rooms share a similar design aesthetic — creamy beiges and neutral tones with pops of color. Each room is flooded with natural light thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows, and guests wake up to stunning views of the mountains or valley from the window-facing bed. Open the drapes with the tap of a button on a control panel by the bed. You barely have to lift a finger to enjoy the morning vista. 

Designed by Sealy exclusively for the brand, the Wynn Dream Beds are legendary. Coupled with the 507-thread-count sheets, it may be impossible to leave.

Accommodations in Wynn Tower are a bit larger than Encore rooms. It’s also a pricier stay, but it includes daily breakfast for two daily at Tableau, the property’s posh breakfast and brunch spot. Guests also have access to the Tower Suites’ clandestine pool area.

Speaking of pools, they’re quite the deal here. Three separate pool areas feature Jacuzzis and cabanas, and offer a low-key vibe. If a party is what you seek, head to Encore Beach Club. Some of the best DJs in the world show up and keep it lively in and around the pools. Note that Encore guests have access to the Wynn pools, but not vice versa.

Want to upgrade your fitness regimen while you’re here? Book a TB12 Body Coaches session, offered exclusively at Wynn Las Vegas. Training is tailored from methods used by Super Bowl champion Tom Brady and his body coach, Alex Guerrero.

Those with The Platinum Card® from American Express receive daily breakfast for two, a $100 spa credit to use during your stay, guaranteed 4 p.m. checkout and 12 p.m. check-in (when available), free Wi-Fi and a room upgrade at check-in, if available.

Rates at Wynn and Encore Las Vegas start at around $254 per night for a resort room.

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Composed of two towers, Chelsea and Boulevard, the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas features residential-styled rooms and suites. Many of them boast private terraces and balconies, a rarity on the Strip. Most of the bars, restaurants and retail areas are housed in the livelier Boulevard Tower. The Chelsea Tower offers a more subdued and relaxed atmosphere.

Guests here generally skew a globally diverse 20-something set with a healthy disposable income to spend on the hotel’s high-end shops and bottle service at the Chandelier bar. 

Unlike sprawling resort complexes on the Strip, Cosmo has a smaller 8 1/2-acre footprint. Its 3,000-plus rooms fit into 51 stories, which minimizes the walking time between on-site diversions.

The hotel completed an 18-month face-lift in 2018 with a full remodel of both towers, and the result is total eye candy. Arriving via the valet entrance, you’ll walk into a super-hip lobby with towering columns of captivating video-screen art.

Contemporary rooms are awash in serene shades of blue, gray and bright white with pops of jewel tones throughout. For the serious entertainer, book a room with a full kitchen equipped with a Sub-Zero fridge or wine chiller and separate bedroom and living spaces. Here for the view? Opt for a room that faces the Bellagio fountains and enjoy a private nightly light show.

If an epic pool scene is your priority, the Cosmo will not disappoint. Three distinct venues include the relaxing, low-key Chelsea pool, the multilevel Boulevard pool with fantastic Strip views, and the 21-and-over Marquee Dayclub, which lays claim as one of Vegas’ best pool parties.

Upgrade your stay and book a bungalow that overlooks the Marquee Dayclub pool area. The spacious room features a three-story loft, a Jacuzzi plunge pool, a private terrace and a patio. It also includes butler service and a beverage welcome package. Host a party with up to 10 people in the suite.

Luxuriate in the Sahra Spa, Salon & Hammam. The spa’s marquee treatment is a hammam, a centuries-old Turkish practice of purification and rejuvenation. Other bliss-inducing treatments include an oxygen facial and the spa’s signature massage that combines Thai, Swedish and Shiatsu techniques.

The bars are positively key at Cosmopolitan, some of Vegas’ best and definitely the most experiential. The aptly named Chandelier bar is draped with 21 miles of 2 million crystal beads that extend three levels — level one is directly underneath the chandelier structure. 

Get a shave, haircut and whiskey at the swanky Barbershop Cuts and Cocktails. Channel your inner James Bond at the Vesper Bar, a midcentury modern stunner. With pops of rich eggplant, silver columns, marble countertops and plush couches, it’s arguably one of the prettiest bars on the Strip.

Rates at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas start at $266 or 74,500 Marriott Bonvoy points per night.

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While honeymooning in Venice, Italy, in 1991, Miriam Adelson remarked to her husband, Sheldon, “If you can bring the romantic atmosphere of Venice with all the luxuries that can only be found in Las Vegas, then it can be a winner.”

Adelson agreed, and nine years later, the iconic Venice-themed resort and casino welcomed its first guests.

The attention to detail is remarkable. In order to ensure the resort respectfully paid tribute to the romantic Italian city, the artists and architects traveled to Venice to study its iconic landmarks, canals and timeless architecture.

Frescoes that grace the resort’s ceilings were hand-painted by Italian artists. In addition, the Grand Colonnade’s floor pattern is a replica of the floor in the Church of Santa Maria del Rosario.

Stepping into the lobby feels like you’ve wandered into a museum. Light floods the space and bounces off the polished marble floors. The vaulted ceiling provides ideal acoustics for the classical guitarists and singing gondoliers.

In 2022, Apollo Funds acquired the resort, with plans to invest over $1 billion in renovating and redesigning all the suites, as well as upgrading the property’s food and beverage offerings, entertainment and nightlife.

It’s difficult to imagine a better suite experience. The Venetian’s all-suite accommodations are nearly double the size of the average Las Vegas hotel room (a standard room starts at 650 square feet).

The beds are heavenly — oversized padded headboards and soft, high pillow-top mattresses topped with an oversized duvet and embellished bolster pillows. Step down into a luxurious sunken living room appointed with deep purple velvet sofas, marble- or glass-top tables, and sumptuous gold drapes that frame the expansive floor-to-ceiling windows.

The regally large bathrooms include sleek stone finishes and feature a separate soaking tub and shower, double sinks and a separate makeup vanity.

Make sure to carve out some pool time during your stay at The Venetian. The resort recently completed a $50 million, two-year-long renovation of its Tao Beach Dayclub. In addition to the existing restaurant, dayclub and nightclub, the three-story complex now features Tao Beach, a 47,000-square-foot Balinese-inspired wonderland. It’s kitted out with comfy daybeds, 29 cabanas and 13 jungle cabanas that include private plunge pools.

Pamper yourself at the 134,000-square-foot Canyon Ranch spa + fitness, one of the largest day spas in the world. The treatment menu is staggering, with more than 150 services to choose from.

Ply the Grand Canal in an authentic gondola while relaxing to your gondolier’s rhapsodic serenade. There are two ride options —  outdoor and indoor through the center of the Grand Canal Shoppes. If you have a specific time in mind, it’s best to buy your ticket ahead of time, especially on busy ride days.

Peruse the more than 160 stores in the Grand Canal Shoppes area, which connects The Venetian to its sister property, The Palazzo (more on it below). You can walk to most places or hop on one of the buses that stop outside.

The Venetian Resort and its environs are a foodie’s paradise, with every imaginable cuisine and celebrity chef-helmed restaurant. Sample the amazing Chinese-inspired menu at Mott 32 (go for the dim sum and smoked black cod). The flavors and atmosphere at Mercato della Pescheria are reminiscent of an Italian coastal seafood market. You can’t go wrong with perfectly cooked steaks and spicy Cajun specialties at Delmonico Steakhouse by Emeril Lagasse.

Rates at The Venetian Resort start at $149 or 24,000 points per night during the low season. 

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Opened in 2008, The Palazzo is the sister resort to The Venetian, and they share similarities. Both offer all-suite accommodations. However, Palazzo’s standard suites are bigger, at 700 square feet, and priced a little lower than those in The Venetian. The Palazzo is also more subdued and quieter than its sister resort. 

Spacious suites here radiate modern, Italian-style luxury. Think Roman soaking tubs and separate living and bedroom areas with upscale touches like marble foyers. The beds are insanely soft beds with Egyptian cotton linens and beautifully woven Italian blankets.

Guests of The Palazzo also have access to Canyon Ranch spa + fitness, as well as an on-site fitness center. 

While the shopping experience at The Venetian is extensive, The Palazzo has curated more upscale boutique stores, like Coach, Fendi and other well-known designers.

Guests have their choice of seven varied lifeguard-staffed pools within The Palazzo Pool Deck, including a family pool, four hot tubs, a plunge pool for sunbathing, private shower rooms and 39 cabanas. 

One of the perks of the two resorts being connected is the array of culinary offerings. In addition to the abovementioned restaurants, don’t miss Cut by Wolfgang Puck, the second location for the master chef and restaurateur. The menu showcases classic steakhouse traditions and elevated coastal cuisine. For fine dining, book a table at Lavo Italian Restaurant, known for its Italian specialties, including its scratch-made pasta and popular weekend brunch. 

Rates at The Palazzo start at $149 or 24,000 points per night during the low season.

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