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The 15 best Las Vegas hotels

Follow our guide to the best Las Vegas hotels both on and off the Strip for an exciting vacation or a luxe staycation

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SLS Las Vegas

When it comes to Sin City, hotels are much more than a mere collection of rentable rooms. In fact, the best Las Vegas hotels (which happen to be some of the best Las Vegas casinos as well) are shopping malls, dining destinations and nightlife meccas all rolled into one. Believe it or not, even the best Las Vegas shows call these hotels their stage. And if indoor activities are proving to be a bit claustrophobic, feel free to take a stroll around the best Las Vegas parks at any point during your staycation or vacation.

Best Las Vegas hotels

1

Aria

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One of the largest hotels in the world, Aria has 4,004 rooms, including 568 suites and two distinct AAA Five Diamond hotel products. Along with the regular rooms and suites, which boast integrated one-touch tablet technology that opens the curtains, adjusts the lights and electronics, and regulates the room temperature when a guest enters or leaves, the resort includes a hotel-within-a-hotel, the exclusive Sky Suites. Accessed via private check-in and elevator, these 1,000-7,000-square-foot suites offer more than a luxe escape from the clanging casino. They also come with access to a dedicated lounge and Sky Pool, where complimentary treats are distributed at regular intervals.

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The Strip
2

Cosmopolitan

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The Cosmopolitan set out to be different from anywhere else in on the Strip and it has achieved that goal with style, sophistication and plenty of wit. The choice of the hip “curious class,” as well as in-the-know locals, Cosmo attracts a younger, more urbane crowd with its poolside concerts and buzzy restaurants. Spend the night and enjoy spacious, boldly decorated rooms with amenities like Japanese soaking tubs and some of the only balconies on the Strip. Twenty-one new ultra luxury penthouses, created by a trio of world-class designers, are scheduled to debut in 2017.

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The Strip
3

Wynn Las Vegas & Encore

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Once the sophisticate of the Strip, the Wynn and Encore have traded their elitist atmosphere for a more energetic vibe without sacrificing any of the luxury. And luxury is what you’ll find the moment you step inside: Hotel rooms start at 640 square feet and offer floor-to-ceiling windows, signature Wynn Dream beds, luxe linens and marble bathtubs. Steve Wynn’s famed attention to detail is evident everywhere you look, but perhaps especially in the Wynn’s Fairway Villas, which come with his-and-her bathrooms, bars, living and dining areas and even their own massage rooms.

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The Strip
4

Venetian & Palazzo

At these Italian-themed sister properties, opulence is the overriding aesthetic, from grand pillars to muraled ceilings to the turquoise canal that winds through the Venetian complete with singing gondoliers. The same holds true for the all-suite accommodations, which feature separate sitting areas and grand bathrooms and start at a size larger than most New York apartments. If money's no object, book your stay at Prestige at the Palazzo, a massive spread which comes with continental breakfast, a live piano player on request and complimentary wine.

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The Strip
5

Mandarin Oriental

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No smoking. No gaming. No one lugging around yard-long margaritas. The Mandarin Oriental feels like an oasis amid the Strip’s chaos and clamor, with 392 guestrooms and suites ranging from 500-3,100 square feet. The decor is appropriately minimalist without feeling austere and floor-to-ceiling windows offer panoramic views of the Strip and the surrounding mountains. Be sure to grab a cocktail at the alluring Mandarin Bar on the 23rd floor before retreating to your tub for a serene soak while watching Las Vegas’ nightly light show.

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The Strip
6

Bellagio

If the Strip had a grand dame, this MGM Resorts property would be the place. It exudes a sort of unself-conscious elegance, evident in the lobby’s Chihuly glass ceiling, the observatory’s horticultural wonderland and the iconic fountains, which never fail to captivate. You can enjoy all these sights without booking a room, but opt to stay the night and Bellagio rewards you with spacious rooms and suites with integrated tech, mood lighting and soaking tubs. For a fee, you can even bring the dog along.

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The Strip
7

Hard Rock

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The casino itself may be a zoo but upstairs the rooms at the Hard Rock are remarkably appealing, with three different towers each offering its own tasteful and distinct design aesthetic. When over-the-top feels just right, look no further than one of the property's specialty suites, offering unique enticements, from stripper poles and private lap-dance booths, to spa-like bathrooms and plunge pools. You can even stay in the 4,200-square-foot Real World Suite, which comes with a bowling lane and fish tank but, alas, no film crew.

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East of the strip
8

SLS Las Vegas

The former Sahara Casino was gutted to make way for this hip, modern hotel halfway between Downtown and center Strip. A total 1,614 Philippe Starck-designed rooms are divided between three different towers, each with its own playful personality. Prefer posh? Book the all-suite Lux Tower with its French motifs and exclusive in-room dining menu. Want classic? Hit the World Tower. Feeling frisky? At the adults-only Story Tower, the minibar is on the house and your room comes with passes to the night and day clubs downstairs.

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9

Caesars Palace

The casino resort that redefined Las Vegas continues to be one of the Strip’s prime destinations, with a stunning pool area, the hottest club in town, a massive shopping center and nearly 4,000 rooms and suites. They run the gamut from the Forum Tower's classic design to the Augustus Tower’s contemporary aesthetic to Nobu Hotel’s sleek Japanese sophistication. And because Caesars has long been synonymous with luxury, the hotel also boasts a handful of ultra-exclusive villas, starting at $15,000 per night. The best of the bunch is the 10,300-square-foot Nobu Villa with a massive terrace, steam shower and game room, which has played host to Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift and Drake.

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The Strip
10

Delano at Mandalay Bay

Located around the back of Mandalay Bay, Delano has replaced THEhotel as the resort's chic luxury tower. The rooms here are all suites, decorated in Miami-style minimalism with stunning views, separate living areas, plush robes and a pair of 46-inch HD TVs. The same hip design is employed throughout the hotel, which has its own array of amenities, including the Franklin bar, Delano Beach Club, the Bathhouse Spa and Rivea, a new Mediterranean restaurant from chef Alain Ducasse.

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11

Oasis at Gold Spike

Owned by Tony Hsieh's Downtown Project, this vintage hotel has been remade into the millennial ideal: a combination co-working space and crash pad with amenities like bike rentals, a library, fitness center and a lounge with turntables and a vinyl collection so you can pick the evening’s soundtrack. Next door, at the Gold Spike, the restaurant is open around the clock and the backyard is an adult playground with oversized games, occasional concerts and roller skating parties.

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12

Red Rock Resort

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With all the amenities of a Strip mega resort, Red Rock has a devoted following of visitors who choose the property precisely because it's away from the hubbub of Las Vegas Boulevard and in close proximity to the city's best rock climbing and cycling. But just because you want to get outside, doesn't mean you'll be roughing it. The guestrooms are fashionably outfitted with modern furniture and accessories that don't sacrifice comfort for style, and a massive spa renovation means top-notch pampering and fitness classes (vertical yoga, anyone?) are right downstairs.

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Las Vegas
13

Mandalay Bay

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Fresh off a $100 million resort-wide remodel of more than 3,000 rooms and suites, Mandalay Bay's accommodations now feature bold jewel-tone colors and contemporary furnishings along with 42-inch LED TVs and iHomes. Come during the summer and you’ll likely spend your days at an 11-acre pool complex complete with wave pool, lazy river, mini-casino and thousands of tons of sand. It’s also a great spot to catch an outdoor concert.

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The Strip
14

Green Valley Ranch

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Surprised to find somewhere this grand in the suburbs? Don't be. The guestrooms at this Station Casinos resort are done out with old-world decor, supplemented by down comforters and fluffy robes, and an array of upgraded suites and villas deliver amenities like pool tables, private courtyards and petite pools. There's a cutting-edge spa on site at the eight-acre Whiskey Beach area and an elegant steakhouse with 100 martinis on the menu.

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Las Vegas
15

El Cortez

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This Downtown icon is one of the last vestiges of Fremont Street’s former heyday and the 75-year-old casino is still a great place to base yourself Downtown. While the regular rooms feel a bit dated, guests looking for a more modern experience can book the adjacent Cabana Suites, which were renovated a few years ago and offer a much more contemporary aesthetic. When you’re hungry, Siegel's 1941 serves 24 hours and Fremont favorites like Le Thai are just across the street.

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Downtown

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