1 . Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Las Vegas, Nevada

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It only seems fitting that a Las Vegas hotel lauded as “Vegas for a new generation” should lead off our Top 10 Las Vegas Hotels list. For all its excess and overt sex appeal, this Las Vegas hotel is surprisingly sophisticated. For the quintessential Vegas experience, only the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino will do!

Thanks to its exceptional dining, nightlife and event venues, the Hard Rock Hotel has become the place where those who opted for other, lesser Las Vegas hotels comes to wine, dine and otherwise unwind. Thanks to your good taste, you’re free to skip the rush and instead, take a leisurely stroll from your suite to your Hard Rock Hotel destination of choice. Slip into Nobu for a taste of Chef Matsuhisa’s inventive Japanese cuisine. Step into The Joint by Rogue to join the crowds gathered for entertainment’s biggest names. And the highly-anticipated Vanity Nightclub, opened late 2009, promises to be the greatest thing to hit the Vegas scene since slot machines! While its Casino and Paradise Towers are nothing to scoff at, the Hard Rock Hotel’s all-new HRH Tower offers a truly exclusive Vegas getaway complete with private check-in, luxurious suites and hands-on services only available to HRH Tower guests. And the Hard Rock Casino continues the fun with high-stakes table games, a plush poker lounge, countless slots and even swim-up gaming at the hotel pool!

Address

4455 Paradise Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89169

Highlights

Reliquary Spa’s serene water therapies are a soothing complement to the Hard Rock Hotel’s party offerings.

Fun facts

Agostino Sciandri and his partner, Hollywood icon Robert De Niro, launched their first Las Vegas restaurant location, AGO, inside the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.

2 . THEhotel at Mandalay Bay

Las Vegas, Nevada

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The allure, the luxury, the exclusivity – naturally we expected such indulgence from our No. 2 pick, a Las Vegas hotel daring enough to proclaim itself THEhotel – and in its name, no less. But when we heard that this latest Vegas accommodation came with the backing of Mandalay Bay itself, well, let’s just say we didn’t waste any time in securing a slice of THEhotel heaven to call our own!

We think THEhotel at Mandalay Bay is the perfect solution for those who prefer the intimacy of a boutique hotel, but aren’t willing to give up access to the dazzling dining, nightlife and more that usually accompany the average Las Vegas resort. Occupying the same stretch of Vegas strip as Mandalay Bay, this all-suite hotel boasts convenient access to its mega-resort neighbor, while understated luxury is the name of the game inside its designer suites. Italian marble floors, glass-enclosed steam showers and oversized soaking tubs are a few of THEhotel’s finer points, and that’s just in your en-suite bath. Sleek club chairs, contemporary décor and views of the hotel pool or glittering Vegas skyline complete your stay at THEhotel at Mandalay Bay! The ultra-hip Mix Lounge occupies THEhotel’s top floor and plays host to a curvaceous bar, tempting small plates and an equally enticing wait staff. And come nightfall, pulsating hip hop, house and top 40 beats transform THEhotel’s swank lounge into one of the hottest venues on the Strip!

Highlights

THEgym’s Precor equipment, traditional free weights and soft lighting make it easy to stay in shape, even in a city known for its indulgent tendencies.

Fun facts

Spa pampering becomes an ancient art in THEhotel’s bathhouse spa. Here, cleanings and rejuvenation are achieved by harnessing the au natural healing powers of water, the elixir of life!

Related Onsite Offerings

Billiards lounge, lobby bar, coffee bar and café.

3 . The Venetian

Las Vegas, Nevada

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The spirit of Venice meets the pulsating nightlife, exhilarating casino gaming and the devil-may-care attitude of the Vegas strip – that’s the Venetian Las Vegas. Rich in Italian influences and rife with opportunities for overindulgence, this stunning hotel captures the essence of all that is good in Sin City. And as for romance, well – we recommend letting The Venetian take care of that, too!

With some of the best restaurant s on the Strip located on site, The Venetian is a must-dine for any Vegas vacation. With its delectable cuisine – the work of culinary deity Wolfgang Puck himself – RIVA offers a decidedly upscale take on traditional poolside fare. Words like fabulous and exquisite hardly do justice to RIVA’s scrumptious menu, and elixirs like the Watermelon Crush are certainly refreshing, especially after an hour or two in the scorching Vegas sun. The Delmonico Steakhouse, the culmination of celebrated chef Emeril Lagasse’s considerable talents, serves up stylish design as pleasing to the eye as its Creole-inspired dishes are to the palate. And with Venetian mainstays like the Blue Man Group, Phantom of the Opera and the Jersey Boys at your fingertips, the post-dinner diversions are nothing to scoff at, either! There’s nothing standard about these stylish Vegas hotel suites. The Venetian’s all-suite accommodations play host to their share of luxuries –Egyptian cotton linens, Italian marble foyers and sunken Roman tubs, included. And with a living room, wet bar and media room for entertaining, the hotel’s Renaissance Suites house a generous dose of fun within their considerable square footage.

Fun facts

TAO Nightclub plays host to eight private skyboxes, plush banquettes, go-go dancers, a stunning outdoor terrace and a 20-ft. tall Buddha statue.

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There’s more than retail therapy to be had at the Grand Canal Shoppes. Stroll the cobblestone walkways that line the river, or take a more direct route on an authentic gondola ride!

Highlights

The Venetian offers aerial views of the Grand Canyon, the Vegas Strip and other nearby landmarks, courtesy of Maverick Helicopters.

4 . New York New York Hotel and Casino

Las Vegas, Nevada

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Who knew you could tackle two of the nation’s most celebrated cities in one Las Vegas vacation? With its sleek, metropolitan style and diversions that are nothing short of Sin City’s best, New York New York Hotel and Casino brings a slice of the Big Apple to the other U.S. city that never sleeps.

Even those who’ve had the pleasure of staying in New York, the city, will be delighted by the New York New York Hotel and Casino’s exquisite accommodations. With their chic brown and sage décor, the hotel’s Park Avenue rooms live up to the luxe reputation of the Manhattan boulevard they were named for. The aptly-named Broadway rooms bring their share of drama with lush purple fabrics, warm wood furnishings and marble baths. The high-rise Penthouse Suite has all the urban sensibilities and indulgent luxuries – not to mention the fantastic views – of a Manhattan loft. Given its impressive rooms and suites, it’s hardly surprising to discover that the New York New York Hotel and Casino even offers diversions on par with its namesake city. The New York New York’s dazzling casino practically overflows with entertaining slots, table games and even a bar with absinthe service. And with everything from an Irish pub with dueling pianos to the head-turning ladies of Coyote Ugly all on site, Vegas nightlife is mere steps from your suite!

Address

3790 Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89109

Highlights

The Spa at New York New York offers your choice of customized escape packages, including treatments designed with mothers-to-be in mind!

Related Onsite Offerings

Business center, shopping, pool, Regis salon, meeting spaces and a full-service spa.

5 . Flamingo Las Vegas

Las Vegas, Nevada

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With its Art Deco-reminiscent style, our No. 5 spot lends Miami-South Beach flair to the already over-the-top Vegas trip. Sure, there are hotels bigger – and arguably more luxurious – than this. But as one of the first to open its doors, and the oldest to stand tall in modern times, we think Flamingo Las Vegas is still worthy of a mention!

Much of the Flamingo’s appeal comes from its exceptional location; poised on the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Flamingo Road, this Las Vegas hotel is close to literally everything worth seeing and doing on the Vegas strip. And while we’ve chosen to highlight the Flamingo for its more modern offerings, the updated GO rooms pay homage to the hotel’s retro roots. Pink candy cane-striped walls, stark white furnishings and cocoa-colored blankets embroidered with the Flamingo crest adorn these nostalgic Las Vegas suites. And with 77,000 sq. ft. of video poker, table games and progressive slots, there’s never a dull moment inside the Flamingo’s freshly-remodeled Caribbean-style casino! GO Pool – the Flamingo’s seductive poolscape – is an adults-only alternative to traditional Vegas pools. Au natural sunbathing is the name of the game at this discreetly hidden Las Vegas hotel, with chaise lounges and cocktail service providing the ultimate in leisure experiences.

Fun facts

The Flamingo is home to the Sin City Brewing Company’s second location, where you can sip your way through the entire collection of Sin City microbrews!

Highlights

Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville at the Flamingo offers multiple levels of island-themed entertainment complete with five bars, live entertainment and two outdoor patios overlooking the Strip.

Related Onsite Offerings

Workout room, full-service salon, spa, golf club, shops, boutiques and bars.

In a city where grandiose luxury is king, it’s refreshing to find a AAA Five-Diamond Las Vegas hotel with a touch of finesse. Our No. 6 pick’s delicate desert hues and European style are the elegant thread that places the Bellagio Hotel and Casino in such high esteem in the eyes of Vegas visitors.

Electronic drapes, marble showers with glass enclosures and ruby-rose bolster pillows atop cream bed linens adorn the Bellagio Queen. Upgrade to the unique Cypress Suite in the shape of an arc. The marble foyer, chocolate brown furnishings and his bath with steam shower and hers with a soaking whirlpool tub all flow together in this open floor plan. But what really caught our attention was a Bellagio villa. Exclusive villas offer the height of luxury, including dual fireplaces, a private terrace with a garden, pool and whirlpool, plus an in-suite workout facility, massage room and fully-stocked bar. If you find Bellagio’s wedding chapels too opulent to pass up, partake in a Las Vegas tradition and get hitched! The Bellagio ensures that every detail from walking down the aisle to gourmet catering at your reception is well thought out to reflect the importance of your special day.

Fun facts

The Bellagio Las Vegas is home to nightly performances of the “O” Cirque du Soleil show. Written and directed by Franco Dragone, this intriguing performance features acrobatics performed above, on and in the water.

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Bellagio Hotel plays host to its own fashion row, where the latest creations from design’s biggest names – Armani, Chanel, Dior, Fendi, Gucci and more – are at your disposal.

Address

3600 Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89109

7 . Caesars Palace Las Vegas

Las Vegas, Nevada

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Whether it’s the 18 fountains and lines of cypress trees at the entrance, the sculpted statues adorning the grand staircase or the replica of David as the centerpiece of the Appian Way shopping complex, our No. 7 pick stands as one of Las Vegas’ most iconic hotels.

Though it has made countless cameos in myriad movies, we’d like to argue that what’s really silver-screen worthy is the experience you will have at the luxurious Caesars Palace Las Vegas Hotel and Casino. Fit for the deities it pays tribute to, the Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis delivers a lavish swimming experience only rivaled by the cabanas that surround it, stocked with flat screen TVs, iPod docking stations, ceiling fans and furniture. You’ll be treated just as well beneath the sun, especially with Evian face spritzers, frozen towels and body massages at your beck and call. Enjoy prime entertainment at The Colosseum, savor Roa’s homemade meatballs or revel in your palatial penthouse. If you couldn’t spring for a penthouse, indulge in your fantasy – Fantasy Suite, that is – whether it’s the Absolut Vodka-inspired suite’s dance floor or the Infinity spa tub overlooking the Strip in the Augustus Tower Spa Suite.

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You won’t have to walk far to find world-class shopping and dining venues. The Forum Shops at Caesars boasts more than 160 shops and 13 restaurants and specialty food shops while Appian Way Shops specialize in fine apparel, jewelry, art and more!

Related Onsite Offerings

As if you weren’t already pampered enough, Caesars Palace has Qua Baths and Spa on site with a fitness facility, Roman bath treatments, Laconium sauna, ice room and more – all can be paired with hot and cold beverages by the tea sommelier!

Address

3570 Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89109

8 . MGM Grand Hotel and Casino

Las Vegas, Nevada

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Envision everything you imagine Vegas to be: packed casinos, adrenaline-pumping shows and dazzlingly luxurious suites all on the infamous Strip. Now your Sin City fantasies can become realities at our No. 8 Las Vegas pick.

MGM Grand Hotel and Casino is the quintessential Vegas experience, offering all you’d expect from this famous Nevada city. On the Las Vegas Boulevard South – the Strip – MGM Grand boasts a variety of rooms and suites to suit your taste. If you’ve brought along that special someone, the Celebrity Spa Suite sets the tone for a sultry and soothing Southwest retreat. We wouldn’t be surprised if it was a struggle to leave the Italian marble whirlpool tub, but much more begs to be explored! MGM Garden Arena is host to championship boxing, premier concerts and more. If you forgot tickets, astounding piano performances are to be found in West Wing Bar. MGM Grand continues to cater to Vegas dreams with its own onsite casino. Place bets on races, take part in one of 10 table games including blackjack and craps, or try your hand at poker. Thousands of slot and game machines are even available for a quick stop before your date at Nobhill Tavern.

Fun facts

Wet Republic is the sensational ultra-pool experience in Vegas with two saltwater pools, eight individual pools and whirlpools, a 2,500-sq.-ft. lounge and more.

Related Onsite Offerings

MGM Grand Hotel and Casino also houses a spa and health club, Cristophe Salon, Grand Pool Complex, wedding chapel and shopping boutiques with designer labels.

9 . Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas

Las Vegas, Nevada

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Skip out on clanging slot machines, but still see the Eiffel Tower from your Strip suite. Our No. 9 pick is a non-gaming sanctuary, and while some may be disappointed at not having gambling and dining tables in the same venue, we’d be willing to bet the Four Seasons, Las Vegas is an exception.

It would be virtually impossible to forgo gaming pleasures in Sin City. Which is why Four Seasons, Las Vegas provides its guests with access to Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino – which also plays a role in casino fun for our No. 2 spot! And if it’s tranquility amidst flashing neon you came to the South Strip for, Four Seasons’ spa doesn’t disappoint. With Zen lounges, steam rooms and signature treatments like custom perfume blending, you’ll leave feeling purely refreshed. And we can think of only one place that would engulf your new scent: Verandah. Dine on classic American cuisine with an Italian twist on the outdoor terrace or inside the tan and chocolate-hued dining room. Don’t forget to enjoy the Nevada rays beside Four Seasons’ tropical pool with pillared roofs for shade or chaise lounges for sunbathing. Enjoy an Evian spritz, chilled water or fresh fruit!

Related activities

Horseback riding, sightseeing, 3-D movies, arcades, biking, the M and M Museum, roller coasters and theme parks, Mandalay Bay Shark Reef, fountain shows and more.

Related Onsite Offerings

Enjoying the Strip as a family is made easy with Four Seasons, Las Vegas kid-friendly amenities, including a chocolate puzzle, age appropriate toiletries, PlayStation upon request, complimentary high chairs and playpens, items to childproof rooms and more.

10 . Circus Circus Hotel & Casino

Reno, Nevada

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Placing your offspring in a freak show has probably crossed your mind more than once. But before Betsy’s screams pierce the air as Tommy steals her blanket, and before you make the hasty decision to pack them up, consider a family getaway at our No. 10 Las Vegas spot.

Circus Circus Hotel and Casino captures the magical Big Top theme for unforgettable Nevada family fun. As you approach the front entrance, smiling neon clowns, a giant circus tent and high rise hotels engulf your vision. Your eyes will grow even wider inside Adventuredome. Don’t let its swooping pink roof fool you. Inside are rides and attractions that require a serious desire for thrill. Feel the g-force on the Inverter. Zip around corners on the 65-ft. remote control car racetrack. Or, play a friendly round of tag in Lazer Blast! While the kids may not understand the thrill you get at the lever of one of 2,200 slot machines or in Circus Circus Casino’s Poker Room, we’re pretty sure that everyone will be excited by your Manor room. With the pool just outside the door, wireless Internet and cable TV, unwinding at the end of the day is simple.

Related Onsite Offerings

Bring your home with you! Your RV home, that is. Circus Circus Hotel and Casino has the only RV park on the Strip!

Related activities

It’d be a shame to stay at Circus Circus Hotel and Casino and not witness its breathtaking namesake show. Applaud daring performers like The Flying Poemas or Maria! Be dazzled by the magical duo Nikolai and Nina or the awe-inspiring Duo Joys!

Address

2880 Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89109

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