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13 Hotels With the Best Shows in Las Vegas

Cynthia Reed | May 08, 2018

It’s called the “Entertainment Capital of the World” for a reason. From grand production shows to late-night lounge acts to the hottest celebrity residencies, Las Vegas offers a stage for every audience. Unlike Broadway, where tourists must leave their hotels to hit the theater, Las Vegas resorts have it all in house. Here’s the best hotels for entertainment lovers.

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Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino

Why it made the list

Two reliably fantastic shows anchor this off-strip resort: magicians Penn & Teller and the saucy male revue Chippendales. New addition WOW (short for World of Wonder or World of Water) is a splashy production show full of acrobatic fun.

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Bally's Las Vegas

Why it made the list

This relatively small hotel offers worthy shows that bigger venues might overlook. Enjoy classic Las Vegas entertaining with Wayne Newton: Up Close & Personal and Masters of Illusion. Or go in for racy comedy with The Miss Behave Gameshow and stand-up comic Tom Green.

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Mandalay Bay

Why it made the list

Another entertainment giant, Mandalay Bay holds mega concerts in its Event Center and hosts a Santana residency as well as smaller touring acts at its House of Blues location (don’t miss the musically delicious Gospel Brunch on Sundays). In warm weather, our favorite is the Mandalay Bay Beach Concert Series, which takes place at the wave pool.

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Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino

Why it made the list

Step outside the hotel to enjoy free live music, street performers and a prime view of the nightly Viva Vision Light Show on the canopy roof of the Fremont Street Experience. Inside, the resort offers live performances by the likes of Gin Blossoms and Grand Funk Railroad. The Downtown location also offer convenient access to the orchestras, ballets and Broadway musicals happening at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts.

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MGM Grand Hotel & Casino

Why it made the list

For “entertainment on a grand scale,” check out MGM Grand Garden Arena, a perennial favorite that hosts touring concerts and event such as the Academy of Country Music Awards. Cirque du Soleil’s Ka, Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club, Jabbawockeez dance crew and magician David Copperfield all reside at MGM Grand. The hotel also offers interactive entertainment with CSI: The Experience, TopGolf and the Level Up lounge, which includes virtual reality games.

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Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino

Why it made the list

Why It Made the List: Right off the casino floor, the Zappos Theater (formerly known as Axis) hosts A-lists residencies by Jennifer Lopez, Backstreet Boys, Pitbull and Lionel Richie. But this sprawling resort really excels with its variety of smaller and more affordable showrooms offering fun options such as Zombies Burlesque, Vegas the Show, Ilusión Mental (a Spanish-language mentalist show), variety shows, magic shows, Elvis, Beatles and Motown tribute shows, pet comedy, an Australian male revue and more.

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Monte Carlo Resort and Casino

Why it made the list

This hotel is undergoing major renovations to be reborn as Park MGM in Spring 2018. But it’s already emerged as the go-to hotel for access to the brand new T-Mobile Arena (home to major touring concerts and the Vegas Golden Knights hockey team) and the more intimate but no less spectacular Park Theater (watch out for the Lady Gaga residency in December 2018). Monte Carlo/Park MGM nabs the top spot for its innovation and newness.

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