Las Vegas has more than 100,000 hotel rooms to choose from. There is an accommodation for every budget. Even if you’re not a big gambler, you’ll find enough things to do within walking distance. There are few cities which have as many luxury hotels as Las Vegas. With so many options, finding the right hotel for you can be overwhelming. For me Vegas is the perfect weekend getaway to escape the cold Canadian winters. I’m enjoying “high roller” perks with most of the Strip hotels and have seen it all. In this article, I’ll share my favourites.
The Bellagio, is a true Las Vegas landmark, and my favourite home-away-from-home. I’ve traveled a lot all around the world. To me Bellagio is one of the most beautiful properties I’ve enjoyed staying at. Bellagio is a five-star hotel located on an expansive 122-acre site. The grounds itself (pool and gardens) are amazing. Unlike some hotels the pool is open and heated year round. Inside you’ll find shops and restaurants. Don’t let the impressive decor intimidate you. Dining can be expensive, but doesn’t have to be. The helpful staff is friendly and accommodating. Don’t miss Bellagio’s world-famous fountains. The impressive water and light show features opera, classical and popular music. Even DJ Tiesto has a track (watch the video here). Inside the lobby, don’t miss the (free) Conservatory & Botanical Gardens. You’ll discover rows of exotic plants and flowers. There are unique displays for every season and holiday. My favourite is the Christmas setup. It’s an perfect location for a photo opportunity, so come early in the day to miss the crowds.
Caesars Palace, right beside Bellagio, is another Las Vegas luxury hotel. In another post, I’ve explained step by step how I secured high-roller treatment without breaking the bank. My status works at this hotel, and also transfer to many other Caesars properties. Inside Caesars, you’ll find the famous Forum Shops. If you’re looking to relax, don’t miss the Spa at Caesars, and the pools. For the foodies, the Bachanal Buffet is one the best, if not the best, on the strip. I keep coming back here all the time.
Further South on the Strip, you’ll find the Luxor. The “Lux” features a sphinx and a large pyramid which has become a Las Vegas landmark. The light beam from the top of the pyramid (at night) is so intense that planes in the area get alerted before it turns on. To get to your room, take the elevators which travel sideways at a 39-degree angle up 30 stories.
Mandalay Bay is a tropical-theme resort. The Shark Reef Aquarium holds sharks and stingrays. The hotel has a 30,000 square foot world-class Spa Mandalay and an 11 acre Mandalay Beach pool facility.
Back North on The Strip, you’ll find The Mirage Hotel. Don’t miss the exploding volcano at night, it’s an impressive free show. You’ll also find a 20,000 gallon aquarium to greet you as you enter this hotel. The large pool complex has a quarter mile of shoreline along two large pools and smaller lagoons. You’ll also find a grotto and waterslides.
Paris Las Vegas
Another personal favourite is the French-themed Paris Las Vegas Hotel. It has a replica of the Arc De Triomphe and a half-scale Eiffel Tower. Yes, the real Eiffel Tower (in the real Paris) is quite a bit bigger! Regardless, The Eiffel Tower Experience is quite worth the wait. Come early to beat the crowds or bring your Casino VIP pass. Ride 460 feet to the top to get a stunning, panoramic view of the Strip and surrounding area.
Paris is not the only European city recreated in miniature. The Venetian has gondolas in the midst of the Las Vegas desert. The property has spacious and luxurious rooms. The Grand Canal Shoppes has cobblestone streets and beautiful traditional venetian style storefronts. You can enjoy some gelato on the main square, while enjoying the free performances. Please be courteous and leave a tip if you take a photograph of the performers.
If you prefer top of the line accommodation, try the Four Seasons Las Vegas. It offers an oasis of tranquil elegance, comfort, luxury, and seclusion. There’s no in-house casino, which might be a pro for some. If you’re still looking to gamble a little, the hotel is next to Mandalay Bay Casino. Rooms offer floor-to-ceiling windows with amazing views of the famous Las Vegas Strip.
I always stay on the Strip, but if you’re looking for a great deal, consider staying off the strip. The Rio hotel is a good option,
with a free shuttle to the Strip but unfortunately they cancelled their free shuttle to the Strip after 17 years of operation in 2017. It might appear walking distance, but trust me, it’s a mirage. Rio is not the newest or most elaborate building in town. Regardless, this all-suite hotel keeps getting positive reviews.
If you need even more options and experience all that Las Vegas has to offer, have a look here. I’d love to help you find your ideal hotel and take your trip to the next level.