From a distance, the Las Vegas Strip emerges from the dusty Mojave Desert like a shimmering illusion. Get closer, and the spectacle envelopes you, making you want to stay. Whether you prefer classic resorts where showgirls smile and prime rib is served 24-hours a day, or you’re into a sleek, modern non-gaming experience, Culture Trip’s guide to the best hotels in Las Vegas will help you make the right choice.
Caesars Palace is practically synonymous with Las Vegas. The sprawling Strip hotel evokes classic Vegas with its luxurious Garden of the Gods pool complex and expansive casino. The establishment is also a haven for foodies as it hosts a roster of popular restaurants and bars owned by the likes of Gordon Ramsay, Giada De Laurentiis, Bobby Flay and Lisa Vanderpump. Caesars is worth visiting for the Bacchanal Buffet alone, which features a seemingly endless selection of upscale items and serves 275 people an hour.
The Palms had a major moment in the early aughts (the first Las Vegas season of MTV’s The Real World filmed here), and over a decade later, it’s having a bit of a renaissance thanks to a $620 million renovation. The property is home to a ton of Damien Hirst art, including a 60-foot-tall (18-meter) headless demon sculpture that towers above the resort’s pool. The hotel also impresses with award-winning restaurants such as Scotch 80 Prime, Vetri Cucina and Greene St Kitchen, a speakeasy-style spot with Banksy artwork inside. If you can swing it, book a room with a private infinity pool.
Wynn Las Vegas and its sister property, Encore, beckon luxury travelers with a signature curved design that holds a plethora of dining, nightlife and entertainment options. Book a room with unparalleled Strip views and head to Encore Beach Club for one of the wildest pool parties in Sin City. If you’re looking for a show, Le Rêve is a mesmerizing, water-centric performance that rivals Cirque du Soleil. The Wynn is also home to upscale shopping plus fine-dining restaurants.
If you’re the go-big-or-go-home type, the MGM Grand might be the right place for you. Located on the southern end of the Strip, this hotel is like its own city, complete with thousands of rooms. Step inside the emerald-colored building and you’ll find the world’s largest nightclub, Hakkasan, rooftop golfing at Topgolf, restaurants from Masaharu Morimoto, Michael Mina and Jöel Robuchon plus a 6.5-acre (2.6-hectare) pool complex with a lazy river and cabana rentals. For the ultimate high roller, MGM Grand’s The Mansion is an invite-only hotel-within-a-hotel experience that comprises 29 villas that range from 2,400 to 12,000 square feet (223-1,115 square meters).
The former site of the Monte Carlo got a huge makeover and became the Park MGM. This south Strip hotel is home to the Park Theater, a 5,200-seat space where you can catch Lady Gaga, Aerosmith, Cher, Janet Jackson, Bruno Mars and other big names. The hotel’s intimate nightclub On the Record is another great spot for entertainment. Food enthusiasts will enjoy Park MGM’s restaurant collection, which includes Italian marketplace Eataly, Roy Choi’s Korean barbecue joint Best Friend and the whimsical, French-inspired Primrose.
True to its name, this pink-hued hotel in the center of the Strip is home to an actual flock of Chilean flamingoes. The free Flamingo Wildlife Habitat is one highlight, but there are plenty of other things to love about this freshly renovated resort. The waterfall- and palm-studded GO Pool Dayclub has become a summertime party spot in recent years, and the resort’s easy proximity to the restaurant and shops at The LINQ Promenade is also a notable feature. The Flamingo also has the distinction of being the oldest operating hotel on the Strip, making it an excellent option for those who love Las Vegas history.
The former Mandarin Oriental has smoothly transitioned into the equally luxurious Waldorf Astoria. This sleek, elegant City Center hotel is perfect for Las Vegas travelers who prefer chilled martinis to foot-long margaritas and relaxing spa treatments to pulsing nightclubs. Treat yourself to a sky-high room with floor-to-ceiling windows that offer sweeping views of the city, and wake up for afternoon tea service on the 23rd floor Tea Lounge. Head to the 27,000sq ft (2,508sq m) spa, and enjoy 16 treatment rooms, massage treatments and glimpses of the neon lights below. Afterward, savor dinner at the acclaimed Twist by Pierre Gagnaire.
Located in the Silverado Ranch neighborhood just south of the Strip, Gosselin Bed and Breakfast allows you to stay in an actual home where you’ll have access to a sunny courtyard, a pool, a grill and a kitchen. Enjoy breakfast every morning before heading off to nearby attractions like the Las Vegas South Premium Outlets, Town Square and all of the hotels on the south end of Las Vegas Boulevard. The hosts speak English and French, making this an inviting option for travelers.