Having been to Las Vegas, got engaged in Las Vegas, almost drunkenly got married in Vegas, spent all of money on slots in Vegas and generally had an amazingly good time; I just felt it necessary to write something about good old Sin City! This page is simply going to quickly discuss the best hotels in Las Vegas, price is not going to come into it at all and being the 'best' certainly means that they are not the cheapest! That said, you can always get a good deal for accommodation in Vegas if you look hard enough no matter how luxurious the venue. To stay true to the word 'Best' I am only going to list hotels that currently hold the AAA Five Diamond Award. If you are looking for the 'Best Cheap Hotels In Las Vegas' then you probably wont find it here! Basically this leaves just 5 Las Vegas lodgings to write about, the creme de la creme. In case you don't know what an AAA Five Diamond Award is, it is the most coveted award in the North American hospitality industry. Out of more than 60,000 hotels and restaurants in the whole of North America and the Caribbean..... just 100 hotels and 60 restaurants hold the five diamond rating. In brackets next to the hotel name is a number, this represents the number of consecutive years the hotel had held the honour; therefore I have listed the hotels by highest number of consecutive years to the lowest.
The 5 Best Luxury Hotels In Las Vegas
A look at the five best luxury hotels in Las Vegas, all of which have a five diamond award, they aren't the cheapest!
Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas (10)
Located at the southern end of Las Vegas boulevard, the Four Seasons hotel offers a non-gaming environment whilst remaining within a stone throw from the world-class gaming, nightlife and entertainment of the strip. The Four Seasons Hotel has had the prestigious Five Diamond award for 10 consecutive years, perhaps its most astonishing features are the residential type rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows; providing unbeatable views of both the mountainous desert terrain and the strip.
How much does this purely tranquil haven set you back? A quick look at their price list tells me that if you book for the right time it can cost you as little as $169 per night for a standard room, although their is certainly nothing 'standard' about the room you will get for that night! Of course, the room rates only go up with the level of luxury, but if you want to visit Vegas and leave feeling pampered and relaxed - despite living the high life at night time - then the Four Seasons is for you. The hotel also has excellent dining and spa facilities, as well as two beautiful outdoor swimming pools.
The Bellagio differs from the Four Seasons Hotel in that you never feel far away from the true hustle and bustle, yet the luxury is not compromised in the slightest. I myself have stayed in the Bellagio in a room which overlooked the fountains and the strip below; it is a view that I will never forget - well, in fact I can't as I still have the photo! - the whole building and the rooms are truly incredible. The fountain shows, which ran every 15 minutes, were superb and the casino and restaurants are excellent. Unfortunately, by staying in the Bellagio we were punching a little above our weight. We wanted to stay in complete luxury, but actually headed to the cheaper casino's and restaurants at night.
I have absolutely no regrets about my stay at the Bellagio and the room, which was a standard room with an upgraded view, was impeccable. The bed was quite possibly the largest and most comfortable bed that I have ever slept in, and the room felt large enough to happily live in! Amongst other facilities at the Bellagio include a 65,000 square foot spa and salon, an amazing theatre where you can catch the latest productions by Cirque du Soleil, a Botanical garden, two nightclubs and two bars and AAA Five Diamond restaurants. I would recommend the Bellagio as the perfect choice for those that want to experience the highest standard of Vegas entertainment from the comfort of your own hotel.
Skylofts at the MGM Grand Hotel (3)
Skylofts at the MGM is a boutique hotel on the top two floors of the MGM grand, it has won the Five Diamond Award for three consecutive years. There are just 51 of the ultra exclusive 'Lofts' and they each feature 24 floor-to-ceiling windows which offer unrivalled views of the world famous skyline from every possible angle. Staying in such accommodation would be a once in a lifetime experience for most of us, with a 3 night stay starting at $2,100 (at least when I checked!). Each loft features a custom Bang & Olufsen & Sony HDTV entertainment system, a television inside the bathroom mirror, an Infinity edge spa tub, steam rooms within each master bathroom, and something called an 'Immersion Chamber' which is supposedly a shower with steam and 'rain'.
Each guest gets a personal concierge who will contact you prior to your arrival to assist with airport transfers and spa, restaurant and show reservations. As part of your package you will be chauffeured to and from the airport in a custom made Maybach 62 limousine and driven all the way to the 29th floor! from where you are then escorted to your loft to complete registration and given a complimentary exclusive beverage. A personal concierge and butler service is available 24 hours a day. You also get an espresso machine with a complimentary selection of exclusive coffees and teas; you are also entitled to 'preferred seating' at all of the MGMs restaurants as well as a number of shows. There is no doubt that Skylofts is at the very top of the pile in terms of class, but personally it is all a little too much for me! Give me a cheap room at Ceaser's Palace and a $20 all you can eat buffet at Planet Hollywood and I am happy, I suppose it depends on the person!
Wynn Las Vegas (3)
The Wynn Las Vegas is the flagship property of the Wynn hotel chain, it covers 215 acres and cost $2.7bn. It opened in 2005 and has since picked up the AAA Five Diamond Award for three consecutive years. The Wynn has 2,716 rooms, a casino, retail space, a convention centre. The designers of the hotel stated that the difference between The Wynn and the other hotels in Vegas, including the four on this list, is that the hotel was built "from the inside-out" meaning that there is no outside attraction to draw people in and instead you must enter to see what the attraction is. The Wynn was, for the first two years, the tallest building in Las Vegas and is the only hotel to have a car dealership inside (Ferrari-Maserati) which non-buying customers can enter; there is also a large Ferrari store inside.
It is also the first hotel to incorporate a casino frequent player card into a room key card, making it a 2 in 1 card. The main attraction of the hotel is a large curtain waterfall behind a mountain that faces the strip, you must enter the hotel in order to see it. The waterfall enters a three acre lake, on which images a projected to produce a show called 'Lake of Dreams'. The hotels theatre puts on a number of shows including the Monty Python's 'Spamalot'. The hotel has an astonishing 11 restaurants, 3 nightclubs and 28 shops which include Chanel, Christian Dior and Cartier. The Wynn also boasts the only golf course on the Las Vegas strip, which may in the future be developed to offer several hotels and water sports.
The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino (2)
The Venetian has held the AAA Five Diamond Award for two consecutive years, and is the largest hotel in the Americas to hold the award. The Venetian was opened in 1999 at a total cost of £1.5bn on the site of the old Sands hotel and has 4,049 rooms, it is located on the east side of the strip. The Venetian is themed, naturally, on Venice and its main attraction is a series of canals within the high end shopping mall on which people can ride gondola's. The hotel also contains a Madam Tussuad's wax museum, outside of which two celebrity waxworks are rotated frequently.
The Venetian also features a variety of shows, a 69,000 square ft spa club, a 177,000 square ft convention space and a 5 acre pool deck above the 4th level of the Venetian tower; this deck has 3 pools and a large hot tub. There are a number of high end restaurants and a large high energy nightclub, as well as several bars. Like all Vegas hotels the Venetian offers a variety of different sized and quality suites, all at differing prices, but a standard room will cost you something in the region of $390 a night. That said, there really is nothing standard about the 'standard rooms'. You will get a jetted tub, queen sized beds, an over sized bath, an LCD TV in the bath!; a terrace, a DVD player, a concierge, and lots of other things that normal hotels really do not have! It took the Venetian a while to get recognised as a special hotel, but it is certainly worthy of its new recognition!
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