Home to seven of the world’s 10 largest hotels, Las Vegas is incomparable in its scale and scope. Densely packed on the 4.2-mile Strip, colossal resorts and casinos line the street in the only city in the world where you’ll find Eiffel Tower across the street from the Colosseum. From opulent resorts to sleek boutique hotels, here’s a roundup of where to stay in Sin City.
Delano Las Vegas
Previously known as THE Hotel at the Mandalay Bay, the revamped Delano Las Vegas was unveiled in 2014 on the south end of the Las Vegas Strip. A sleek, golden tower that stands 45 stories high, the 1,117 all-suite hotel is the rare property on the Strip that doesn’t have a casino and is smoke-free. Start the day with a rejuvenating soak in the posh BATHHOUSE Spa, where heated whirlpools and a cold plunge pool offer a welcome escape from the hubbub of the Strip. Lunch on site is a farm-to-table experience at Della’s Kitchen, with an expansive menu of standouts, namely their sweet potato tots, the Farmhouse Club, and their Delano Burger, topped with blue cheese and bacon jam. You'll want to save room for dinner, as acclaimed chef Alain Ducasse’s Rivea serves the most scenic dinner in town, with unparalleled views of the city in the hotel’s indoor/outdoor penthouse. The Italian and Mediterranean-inspired dining experience steals focus with its playful small plates—notably the crispy socca (chickpea pancakes) and the stuffed calamari—and main courses that include seared sea scallops primavera and a roasted duck breast.
The LINQ Hotel & Casino
Having undergone a $223-million renovation of Caesars Entertainment’s centrally located property formerly known as The Quad, The LINQ Hotel & Casino was unveiled in 2014. A complete transformation from its former digs, The LINQ features 2,640 renovated rooms and suites and with two new pools that buzz with DJs and craft beer bars. As for entertainment in the complex, Frank Marino’s Divas fits the bill with a rotating cast of female impersonators channeling the likes of Britney Spears and Katy Perry. However, no diva can attract as much attention as the towering High Roller, the LINQ’s giant new Ferris wheel that towers 550 feet over the property with 28 40-person cabins.
The only standalone boutique hotel on the Strip, The Cromwell’s central location and hopping nightclub scene make the newly renewed property—it was Bill's Gamblin' Hall and Saloon until 2014—a top spot for the younger set. The 188 rooms and suites are boudoir-inspired, with dark wood furniture and purple accents along with oversized walk-in showers, ample space, and high-end toiletries. Perhaps the main benefit of a stay at The Cromwell is free access to Drai’s Beach Club & Nightclub and Drai’s After Hours, two hotspots that top many of Vegas’s party lists. As the night winds down along the strip, Drai’s After Hours is just getting started with its party-all-night hours that start at 1 am and keep the music hopping till breakfast at 10 am.
W Hotel at SLS
Appealing to an upscale, sophisticated urban traveler, W Hotel arrives on the Vegas Strip in fall 2016, transforming the current LUX at SLS 289 all-suite tower at the SLS Las Vegas. Guests can expect signatures of the W brand including a plush hotel lobby and WET, a refreshed outdoor pool and bar scene. The new partnership welcomes SLS Las Vegas into the Starwood’s Tribute Portfolio, allowing customers to use Starwood Preferred Guest points for bookings in SLS resort’s 1,324 rooms.
Julius Tower at Caesars Palace
Some of the newest luxury rooms on the Strip, Caesars Palace’s Julius Tower welcomed its first guest on New Year’s Day of this year. Transforming the resort’s original tower to the tune of a $75 million renovation, the 587-room tower features new modern interiors that pop with accents of yellow and blue. Top-of-the-line 55-inch TVs, spacious stone showers, and expansive vanities with an homage to Greek columns are among the highlights of the tower that dates back almost 50 years. For a relaxing afternoon, take a dip in the sprawling Roman-styled pools (a total of eight dot the property!). The main attraction is the sprawling Neptune Pool, a pristine oasis for a refreshing cool down.
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