Let’s face it—visiting Sin City conjures enough opportunities for risk-taking without having to gamble on the comfort of your own bed. Lucky for you, we’ve scouted 10 favorite Las Vegas hotels with serious game. Get packing.
You might say the hippest hotel on the Strip is equal parts swanky and theatrical: there’s morphing digital art-wrapped columns in the lobby, nouveau Baroque chandeliers and marble floors, and, in the 2,995 guest rooms, blue alligator side tables and Pop Art wallpaper. Every space here is designed to make a statement, from the three-level casino floor bar built inside a massive crystal chandelier to the Marquee Nightclub & (poolside) Dayclub that keeps the energy thumping at all hours to experimental performance Rose.Rabbit.Lie. that has to be seen to be believed. For those looking to escape the madness
ARIA Resort & Casino
ARIA was a showstopper when it debuted in 2009 with its never-before-seen curvilinear glass tower in the heart of the Strip. And the hotel is still making waves: it’s now the world’s largest LEED Gold-certified building, with a leafy lobby and a refreshing amount of natural light in its public spaces and all 4,004 rooms. Of course, there’s no end to all one can get up to in this city, but you can get by without ever leaving this mega-resort, which houses no less than 16 restaurants, eight bars, three pools, and its own in-house Cirque du Soleil show, Zarkana.
The Venetian Resort Hotel & Casino
Some might balk at the thought of a themed casino resort, but the Venetian, modeled after the famed Italian city, defies expectations with its painstaking attention to detail. The 4,000-suite palace comes with a grand entrance à la Piazza San Marco, gilded interiors with elaborate ceiling frescoes, and even its own shop-lined canals and gondola rides. But nothing is overdone: clean-lined rooms are spacious and modern with sunken living rooms and big bathrooms, while the Canyon Ranch SpaClub is one of the largest—and among the best ranked—day spas in North America.
The Palazzo Resort Hotel & Casino
The Venetian’s sister hotel and next-door neighbor is just as impressive—if slightly more understated—and we’re not just talking about the Roman pools on its five-acre roof deck. Palatial suites have the same sunken living rooms, deep bathtubs, and luxuriously stocked mini-bars (think champagne and artisan chocolates—for those special occasions), while restaurants from Emeril Lagasse and Wolfgang Puck keep the luxury factor thoroughly in check.
Few properties nail that first impression quite like the Bellagio, best known for those iconic dancing fountains that put on a choreographed show over the eight-acre lake fronting the property. The glamour continues inside, where a Chihuly hand-blown glass sculpture dominates the entryway, 400 main tower suites are fresh off a $165 million makeover, a high-stakes poker room on the casino floor is still the stuff of legend, and Cirque du Soleil’s water-themed production, O—the resident show since it premiered in 1998—is as alluring as ever.