Condé Nast Traveler readers named these the best hotels in Las Vegas in the 2016 Readers' Choice Awards survey. From the Aria to the Four Seasons, here's where to stay the next time you visit Sin City.www.cntraveler.com
The casino-free Trump outpost pulls out all the stops, with family- and pet-friendly programs. For Fido, the hotel offers doggy room service dining and dog beds. Kids can play while parents at the third-floor pool with semi-private cabanas and mountain views. With daily shuttles to Las Vegas’ shopping destinations, the hotel has everyone’s needs in mind.
Not on the Strip but a mere block from it, the gaming-free, all-suite Vdara is connected to the Bellagio and the Aria Las Vegas by indoor and outdoor walkways, respectively. The smallest suite here is the size of your average New York City apartment—582 square feet—and the hotel even has long-term rentals for devoted fans. The 18,000-square-foot ESPA Spa and Salon has its loyal customers, as does the rooftop bar with private cabanas.
This mega-hotel at the CityCenter has all the fixings: more than 4,000 rooms in a Five Diamond hotel, 19 restaurants, three pools, and a spa where you can recline on Japanese stone beds. Aria also has its own resident fine art collection, plus four nightlife spots. A light-up fountain greets you at the entrance, followed by sculptor Maya Lin’s massive installation, Silver River.
With a modern vibe and quirky amenities—like cigarette machines that have been repurposed to dispense art pieces—the Cosmopolitan, open since 2010, provides a welcome respite from the theme-iness of other hotels on the Strip. High-end rooms feature wraparound private terraces with skyline views. And it’s all about the nightlife here: Among your options is a three-story bar built inside a giant chandelier, and a hybrid nightclub/lounge/performance venue Rose. Rabbit. Lie.
An eight-and-a-half-acre manmade lake dominates the grounds of this casino-resort, which erupts into a dazzling choreographed fountain display every 15 to 30 minutes. It’s the best free entertainment to be had on the Strip, but you have to go inside for the real glamour. The entryway is dominated by artist Dale Chihuly’s hand-blown glass sculpture, and the casino is home to a legendary high-stakes poker room. Take in Cirque du Soleil’s embedded show, O, and stay in the Five Diamond–winning comfort of the Bellagio’s Tuscan-style suites and villas.
The only place in Vegas (and possibly anywhere else) where you can take a gondola ride indoors, this resort-casino re-creates the City of Water in impressive detail. Shop-lined canals run through the hotel, with an artificial blue sky overhead. Pamper yourself at the Canyon Ranch SpaClub, which features everything from water therapy to a 40-foot-high climbing wall. There’s even a Madame Tussauds on-site, plus 39 restaurants shared with sister resort the Palazzo. Stay in the Venezia Tower, whose suites include Roman tubs and remote-controlled curtains.
This sister hotel to the Venetian boasts more than 3,000 suites, complete with amenities like sunken living rooms and foyers made of Italian marble. Italian opulence is the vibe here, complete with a waterfall in the atrium and a five-acre roof deck dotted with Roman-style pools. Sample food at the resort’s 39 restaurants, shared with the Venetian and helmed by the likes of Wolfgang Puck, Emeril Lagasse, Mario Batali, and Daniel Boulud.
Asian-style elegance is the order of the day at this resort within the CityCenter complex, whose hotel, restaurant, and spa are all five-star. The Zen-like atmosphere here, high above the street, offers a serene escape from the hectic bustle of the Strip. A two-floor spa includes 16 treatment rooms, a Chinese foot spa and a pool deck. The rooms, decorated in a contemporary Eastern aesthetic, are tricked out with temperature- and tech-controlling touch screens. Sip a cocktail at the Mandarin Bar, which also serves tapas and 23-story views of the surrounding city.
With five floors of rooms on top of the Mandalay Bay resort, this spot is smaller and more exclusive than your average Strip hotel—it is the Four Seasons, after all. This casino-free zone is far removed from the chaos below. Lounge waterside on a palm tree–covered deck beside the 8,000-square-foot pool, and rest in throwback comfort in an Art Deco–inspired suite. The spa offers massages, facials and hot-stone treatments. Dine on Italian food at Veranda, or artisanal aged beef at Charlie Palmer Steak.
Casino-resort the Wynn and its offshoot, Encore, have a list of five-star awards (Michelin, Forbes, Mobil, AAA) as long as the Strip itself. From the Venetian-glass mosaic floors to white sycamore furnishings, everything about the hotel oozes luxury. Sit down for a bite at any of the 9 on-site fine dining restaurants, watch aquatic acrobatic spectacle Le Rêve, and then retire to an upscale suite in the Tower or the Resort. And that’s only scratching the pearl-inlaid marble surface.