The best hotels in Las Vegas

Find a place to lay your head with our comprehensive guide to the best hotels in Vegas

When is a hotel not a hotel? Most likely when it’s a Las Vegas casino, shopping mall, dining destination, entertainment Xanadu… Here, though, we bring you the best Las Vegas hotels, assessed purely on their credentials as places to stay

The best hotels in Las Vegas

Aria

Critics' pick

In the top ten of the largest hotels in the world, Aria has 4,004 rooms, more than 500 of which are suites—and some of those are Sky Suites or rooftop Sky Villas, accessed by private elevator. The rooms are scaled from 520 to 2,000sq ft; the Sky Villas soar up to 7,000sq ft. Every room features a central-console touchscreen system that automatically opens and closes curtains, adjusts or turns off lights and electronics, and regulates the temperature when a guest enters or leaves the room.

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Cosmopolitan

Critics' pick

The Cosmopolitan set out to be different from anywhere else in Las Vegas, and it has achieved this goal with style, sophistication and wit. The choice of the international and hip, as well as chic locals, Cosmo attracts a younger, more urbane crowd. The vertical layout (three storeys, centred around a chandelier that even Liberace himself couldn’t have envisioned) is studded with unusual shopping options, including Amsterdam’s outré, avant-garde Droog assemblage of conceptual furniture.

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El Cortez

While not particularly amazing, the rooms have been remodeled and are considerably nicer than they were a few years back. The Ogden House, across the street, has been renovated in an attractive modern design and renamed the Cabana Suites. Recommended if you’re staying Downtown.

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Green Valley Ranch

The guestrooms are done out with old-world decor, supplemented by goose-down pillows and fluffy robes. The huge penthouse suite comes complete with a baby grand, a dining table for ten, his and hers baths, a full kitchen and numerous plasma screens. There’s a cutting-edge spa out back, part of the eight-acre Whiskey Beach area; rent a cabana and order bottle service at the private pool called the Pond.

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Hard Rock

Critics' pick

The casino itself may be like a zoo, but the upstairs guestrooms are remarkably peaceful and minimalist, with mod space-age-y furnishings that are part-Jetsons, part-I Ching. And, thanks largely to the fact that the Hard Rock isn’t that old, they’re also very spacious. Most rooms have been decorated with museum-quality photos of rock stars, and some of the suites—Stones Suite; Sex & Pistols Suite—take the music theme to the max.

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Mandalay Bay

Critics' pick

All 2,791 guestrooms and suites at Mandalay Bay were remodeled a few years ago with a contemporary look and additional amenities: lofty pillow-top beds with triple sheeting, 42in plasma-screen TVs, iPod docks and high-speed internet access. Bathrooms come with 15in LCD TVs and giant tubs. Larger suites command excellent views of the Strip or the surrounding mountains and come with wet bars.

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MGM Grand

Critics' pick

The 5,044 rooms (including 751 increasingly plush suites) in the main building are mostly done out with art deco-styled furnishings, designed to evoke backlot bungalows from Hollywood’s glamor age. They manage it pretty well, too, though you suspect Clark Gable and Louise Brooks would sooner be down the street at the Wynn. A fourth-floor guest services desk functions as an additional concierge, a massive plus in this huge hotel.

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Mandarin Oriental

Critics' pick

The Mandarin Oriental’s 392 guestrooms and suites range from 500sq ft to a spacious 3,100sq ft, with views of the Strip and the surrounding mountains. The hotel is LEED Gold certified, and the rooms are graced with electronic controls that conserve energy while controlling room temperature, curtains, lighting and the entertainment systems, which include a 42in flatscreen HD TV, and another TV in the bathroom. That the bedding and linens are luxe goes without saying.

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Palms

The rooms at the Palms aren’t gigantic, but many compensate by having great views—and you get to curl up on the same type of bed as you would find at the luxury Four Seasons. Two floors of Fantasy Suites include a Hugh Hefner Sky Villa with balcony pool; the Hardwood Suite, a vast playpen with a jacuzzi and a half-court basketball court; the Kingpin Suite, with a pool table and a bowling lane; and an Erotic Suite, with a circular, eight-foot rotating bed with mirrored ceiling. The "What happens in Vegas" line has surely been uttered more here than anywhere else.

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Red Rock Resort

The guestrooms are fashionably outfitted with modern furniture and accessories that don’t sacrifice comfort for style. Slip into the plush robe and slippers, plug in your iPod and pour yourself a drink from the self-service martini bar. The villa suite features a private patio complete with its own bar, a ten-person whirlpool spa and views of the beach area.

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Rumor

This new boutique hotel, directly across Harmon Avenue from the Hard Rock, is the latest player in Vegas’s burgeoning trend for smaller hotels. Located three blocks from the Strip, Rumor is ideally positioned for visitors looking to avoid the mayhem of larger properties but wanting to stay close to the action. The all-suite rooms are done out in bold colors: reds, blues, purples, with ultra-comfy furniture, flatscreen TVs, and soaking tubs. The on-site restaurant, Addiction, serves a varied menu from polenta to pulled pork, and is also highly affordable. Rumor also boasts a decent pool area, with DJs spinning some nights.

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Stratosphere

Critics' pick

Guestrooms in the tower would be interesting, but all the Stratosphere’s sleeping quarters are in separate buildings below. Some are in the original Vegas World mid-rise; a more recent tower brought the total to 2,444 rooms and suites. There are an overwhelming 13 different types of room, from the smallish standard rooms to the massive "premier suites". On the eighth floor, there’s a big pool and recreation deck.

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Thehotel at Mandalay Bay

Critics' pick

Located around the back of Mandalay Bay (follow the signs carefully), Thehotel has filled a gap in the market that most major cities have plugged with a W. Which is to say that it’s chic without being too high fashion, and a big hit with hipsters in their late twenties while being careful not to exclude everyone else. The rooms here are all suites, decorated in rich colors and furnished with chairs and beds that manage to be both stylish and extremely comfortable.

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Tropicana

Critics' pick

The standard Club Deluxe rooms aren’t especially large, but the remodeling has rendered them modern and comfortable. Plus, they have views of the Trop’s gorgeous pool. All the rooms now have a chic, sleek feel, with amenities that include wireless internet connects, 42in TVs, iPod/MP3 docking stations and in-room safes.

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Wynn Las Vegas & Encore

Critics' pick

The large and lavish (naturally) guestrooms offer floor-to-ceiling windows, signature Wynn beds with 320-thread-count European linens, a seating area with a sofa and ottomans, a dining table and chairs, flatscreen LCD TVs, spacious bath areas and bedside drapery controls. The suites set a new Vegas standard: some have their own massage rooms, VIP check-in areas, private pools and dining rooms. Don’t even get us started on the villas.

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