By Don Logay
It’s hard to think of any other place on earth that has the number of five-star hotels, Michelin Star restaurants and high-stakes gaming areas as Las Vegas. People from all around the world visit the city to live out experiences and create memories they’ll never forget. And in Vegas, it all starts with where you stay. Here is a curated list of the top luxury hotels and resorts for your stay in Las Vegas.
GREEN VALLEY RANCH
Once upon a time it was the first boutique luxury resort build off the Las Vegas Strip. Today, the AAA Four- Diamond Award-winning escape combines exciting casino action and the pampering and relaxation of a luxury resort and spa. Rooms combine old-world style with modern amenities like in-room martini bars and offer stunning views of the Las Vegas Strip. Green Valley Ranch Resort offers full-service restaurants, a buffet and quick-serve outlets. Hank’s Fine Steaks & Martinis is a Four Diamond AAA rated steakhouse serving prime steaks, fresh seafood, signature appetizers and unique side dishes. The property recently completed a $20 million reinvestment that includes new restaurants, hotel lobby and guest room enhancements.
www.greenvalleyranch.sclv.com; Photo: Green Valley Ranch Hotel.
DELANO LAS VEGAS
Combining understated luxury with modern touches, Delano Las Vegas is a 64-level tower with 1,117 guest suites located at the Southern origin of the Las Vegas Strip. The hotel is combined with adjacent Mandalay Bay and Four Seasons to create a total immersive luxury experience. Delano Beach Club is a luxurious pool club with whimsical elements offering guests a dedicated, exclusive pool experience steps from the sand and surf of Mandalay Bay Beach. The property features many gourmet dining venues, including Rivea Las Vegas, a James Beard Award- winning Chef Alain Ducasse presenting cuisine inspired by the Italian and French Rivieras, located atop Delano Las Vegas. The Bathhouse Spa is a one-of-a-kind spa and gym complex featuring steam rooms and saunas where guests can relax and rejuvenate.
www.delanolasvegas.com; Photo: Delano Las Vegas.
WALDORF ASTORIA LAS VEGAS
Featuring city views and luxury amenities – as well as floor- to-ceiling windows and spa-soaking tubs in every room and suite – Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas is a five-star luxury property located in the center of the Strip. Those wishing for the ultimate accommodation can book the 3,650-square- foot Premier Presidential three-bedroom suite. The hotel’s signature restaurant, Twist by Pierre Gagnaire, is the world- renown Chef ’s first and only restaurant in the U.S., combining breathtaking 23rd floor Strip views and a modern take on classic French, one-of-a-kind cuisine. On the same floor is Skybar, a place to enjoy unforgettable views of city lights while sipping signature cocktails created by expert mixologists. The award-winning spa and idyllic eighth-floor pool deck offers a tranquil experience.
www.waldorfastorialasvegas.com; Photo: Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas.
PARK MGM & THE NOMAD
With a modern European design and residential feel, Park MGM and The NoMad Las Vegas are two distinctive luxury hotel experiences under one roof. The Dedicated Stay Well floor features energizing lighting, dawn simulator alarm clocks and air purification. The property’s innovative culinary portfolio includes: Bavette’s Steakhouse & Bar, a decadent steakhouse with French flair from Chicago-based Hogsalt Hospitality featuring multi-level seafood towers, bone-in ribeyes dry-aged for 42 days and a curated cocktail program with nods to speakeasy inspiration; NoMad Restaurant by Chef Daniel Humm and restaurateur Will Guidara; Best Friend, a dining concept from LA culinary legend Roy Choi, and Eataly, the vibrant immersive Italian marketplace concept where customers are invited to “Eat, Shop and Learn.” Guests stay entertained at Park Theater, which features extended engagements with top headliners including Bruno Mars, Cher, Lady Gaga and Aerosmith.
www.parkmgm.mgmresorts.com; Photo: Park MGM Las Vegas.
ARIA’s hotel accommodations range from modern deluxe rooms to the inviting Tower Suites and the stunning Sky Suites, including lavish, two-story Sky Villas. These luxurious rooms are at the forefront of sustainable design and cutting-edge technology. The hotel offers a wide range of dining options featuring some of the world’s best and brightest chefs and finest restaurateurs, including CATCH, which serves globally inspired seafood. Synchronizing balance and beauty, The Spa & Salon at ARIA, invites guests into a peaceful haven where nature’s healing properties take center stage. Salt, stone, earth, fire and water join to create a spa experience that elevates guests to a meditative state for introspection and relaxation.
www.aria.mgmresorts.com; Photo: ARIA Resort & Casino.
VENETIAN & PALAZZO
The Venetian Las Vegas has accrued an impressive list of accolades from the most well-respected players in the world of luxury. As a Forbes Four Star resort, no detail goes overlooked when it comes to making The Venetian a world-class destination for those who know and appreciate the finer things. The suites of The Palazzo, as well as its many amenities, are some of the most luxurious to be found anywhere in the world of hospitality. Canyon Ranch® spa + fitness is one of the world’s largest day spas. Guests can choose from more than 150 extraordinary services, exclusive amenities, and the warm personal attention at this Forbes Travel Guide Four Star spa.
www.venetian.com; Photo: The Venetian Resort.
The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas features residential-styled living spaces with private terraces and breathtaking skyline views. Whether you’re looking for a casual spot or a nightlife-infused dinner experience, you can explore the one-of-a-kind restaurant collection featuring the Las Vegas debuts of world-class chefs – including Beauty & Essex, a partnership with TAO Group and acclaimed chef/restauranteur Chris Santos, that offers unique sharing plates and new twists on classic cocktails in a speakeasy- like setting. Let the stylish art and design exhilarate your cultural sensibilities and the property’s vibrant nightlife capture your imagination. The eclectic mix of hand-selected boutiques, an unrivaled Pool District, 100,000 square-foot casino, and serene Sahra Spa, Salon & Hammam complete an unforgettable luxury experience.
www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com; Photo: The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas.
The first Las Vegas resort to be awarded the AAA Five Diamond Award for 18 consecutive years, Bellagio offers a VIP guest experience. The Chairman’s Lounge – available to guests in Cypress, Tower, Penthouse Suites and above – provides guests with private registration and increased level of service including complimentary airport limousine transport. Luxury accommodations, more than 100,000 square feet of gaming space, five outdoor pools with 51 private cabanas and The Fountains of Bellagio immerse guests in one of Las Vegas’ premier stay experiences. Bellagio is the only hotel in the country with two AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Five-Star restaurants, Picasso and Le Cirque.
www.bellagio.mgmresorts.com; Photo: Bellagio Hotel & Casino.
An all-encompassing, one-stop experience, the iconic Palms boasts three distinct towers and a diverse mix of bars, restaurants, live entertainment venues and immersive lifestyle experiences across a 95,000-square-foot casino. Popular amenities include the iconic Fantasy Suites; the legendary Pearl Concert Theater, Las Vegas’ leading concert venue; and over 60,000-square-feet of meeting and convention space. In 2017, the Palms began the initial phases of its $690 million renovation. The reimagination has transformed the property into a luxury gaming and entertainment destination that has attracted guests from all over the world.
STAY: The Empathy Suite, a Sky Villa designed by and featuring the works of world-renowned artist Damien Hirst, is one of the world’s most expensive hotel accommodation at $200,000 for a two-night stay. The 9,000-square-foot, two-story hotel suite is the first and only of its kind featuring a collection of contemporary art at this scale.
EAT: The city’s newest premier steakhouse Scotch 80 Prime surrounds guests with an abundance of blue-chip art pieces, a complex and well-rounded scotch inventory and visually inspiring and engaging tableside presentations. Also check out Shark by Bobby Flay, a fish restaurant with extensive sushi and raw bar offerings.
DO: KAOS, the spectacular entertainment experience consisting of a fully-integrated 73,000-square-foot day club and 29,000 square foot nightclub. The venue features exclusive residencies with world-renowned artists such as Cardi B and J. Balvin.
www.palms.com; Photo: Palms Casino Resort.
A staple of Las Vegas luxury hospitality, Caesars Palace immerses guests with ancient Roman theming while providing some of the best services and experiences found in the city. The property has many dining options, including celebrity hotspot Mr Chow. Entertainment options include: Absinthe at Caesars Palace, which is one part vivid imagination, two parts carnival and a shot of old world burlesque mixed with a heavy dash of decadence; and the recently debuted Vanderpump Cocktail Garden by television star and restauranteur Lisa Vanderpump.
www.caesars.com; Photo: Caesars Palace Las Vegas Hotel & Casino.
Caesars Palace and Nobu Hospitality developed the world’s first Nobu Hotel, a boutique hotel within the larger destination resort. The innovative concept features the largest Nobu restaurant and lounge and the first on the Strip. The design is based on the Japanese notion of wabi sabi, a design aesthetic of simplicity, evocative transience and beauty in unexpected and natural rawness.
www.caesars.com/nobu-caesars-palace; Photo: Nobu Hotel at Caesars Palace Las Vegas.
At the legendary Wynn, every room and suite is designed for a serene and stylish retreat. Lavish rooms with floor-to- ceiling windows provide guests with the ultimate stay. Guests have bountiful dining options, including Wing Lei, the first Chinese restaurant in the U.S. to earn a Michelin star, and SW Steakhouse, Chef David Walzog’s Forbes Travel Guide Four- Star Award-winning restaurant with rare A5 Japanese Wagyu beef on the menu. The property has many entertainment options as well, from high-stakes gaming to the Encore Beach Club, the premier destination for trendsetters seeking the quality party usually found in European hotspots. Known world-wide for its extravagant luxury hospitality, Wynn Resorts holds more Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Awards than any other independent hotel company in the world.
www.wynnlasvegas.com; Photo: Wynn Las Vegas.
SAHARA Las Vegas serves as the gateway to all that Las Vegas has to offer. With over 1,600 guestrooms in three distinct towers – Blanca Tower, Marra Tower, or AAA® Four Diamond Alexandria Tower – gaming, award-winning dining options and live entertainment venues, the newly renamed property has begun a new era of Vegas hospitality under new owner Alex Meruelo. Nearly 60,000-square-feet of casino with dramatic chandeliers offers players their choice of slots and table games. The property features plenty of dining options, including the award-winning Bazaar Meat by José Andrés which serves playful carnivorous cuisine coupled with tasty cocktails. Club 101 hosts weekly parties, DJs and bottle service. Guests can relax and soak in the sun at one of three pools.
www.saharalasvegas.com; Photo: SAHARA Las Vegas.
RED ROCK CASINO RESORT & SPA
Inspired by the natural beauty of the neighboring mountains, Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa pays homage to the elegant mid-century modern resorts that made Las Vegas famous. A recipient of the AAA Four Diamond Award, the property offers comfortable rooms, tasty dining, large gaming area and luxurious spa and pool. The casino has more than 2,700 of the latest slot machines and video poker games, and table games include blackjack, baccarat, craps and roulette with two high-limit areas. Guests can experience the best of Las Vegas dining with several fine-dining restaurants, including T-Bones Chophouse, a modern interpretation of the classic American chophouse, and Blue Ribbon Sushi with pristine sushi and sashimi.
www.redrock.sclv.com; Photo: Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa.