Best Las Vegas hotels on the Strip
Just off the Strip on Paradise Road, the casino itself may be a zoo, but upstairs the rooms at the Hard Rock are remarkably appealing, with three different towers offering their 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.
Part of the City Center development, the boutique-sized Vdara is an art-infused escape that feels plucked from New York or LA. Instead, it’s right in the heart of the Strip, a quick walk to Aria and Crystals shopping center, but without all the ringing slots or cigarette smoke. When you’ve had your fill of casino-hopping action, grab a deck chair at the secluded Vdara pool then sip cocktails on the patio at Vice Versa. With a Smoked Peach in hand and the fire pit’s warm glow, you’ll practically forget you’re in Vegas.
The newest marquee on Las Vegas Boulevard belongs to the city’s first W Hotel, which recently rebranded a tower of the SLS. Enter through a separate porte cochere and you’ll find the front desk and chic Living Room lounge, where the decor nods to classic Las Vegas with playing card wallpaper and casino chip art. A sense of playful wit infuses the property: Just off the bar, a Zoltar-like fortune-telling machine delivers marriage or prenup advice to hotel guests, while in one of the upstairs ballrooms the carpet is patterned to approximate a 3D desert floor. Guest rooms are delightfully glam, especially the Lenny Kravitz-designed WOW Suite, which is just as sexy and bold as the rocker himself.
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 and offering 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. And lest you get too comfortable in your golden tower, Mandalay’s vast array of restaurants, bars and amenities is within arm’s reach. It would be a shame not to spend a few hours on the sand (or in the wave pool) at Mandalay Beach.
The former Sahara Casino was gutted to make way for this hip, modern hotel halfway between Downtown and center Strip. Two towers of Philippe Starck-designed rooms are imbued with sleek, contemporary furnishings, while a third tower is dedicated to the city’s first W Hotel. Though the property is more compact than many Strip mega-resorts, it ticks all the major boxes and earns bonus points for not requiring you to walk for 20 minutes to get from the parking garage to dinner.
The newest addition to the Caesars Entertainment stable, this center-Strip casino underwent a complete renovation and rebranding in 2014, so the rooms feel contemporary and fresh, and the whole resort still has a bit of that new-hotel shine. Conceived with younger visitors in mind, the Linq offers rooms for a crowd with two queen beds and an extra lofted bunk (starting around $69), affordable spa treatments (hello, Himalayan salt cave) and in-room fitness carts stocked with yoga mats and foam rollers available free of charge. A few steps away, the Linq Promenade beckons with shops, bars, Sprinkles Cupcakes and music venue Brooklyn Bowl—not to mention that really big Ferris wheel.