Las Vegas Hotels Reviewed!

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Cheap hotel deals We make notes on every Vegas hotel stay about things like WiFi, rooms, restaurants, casino area, pools, entertainment and turn those into reviews that appear on this site, which also doubles as a complete list of Las Vegas casinos. Currently, we are about half way through, with many hotel reviews still to be created.

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Our Las Vegas hotel reviews are in alphabetical order, so if you can't spell, you're screwed and have to read them all in order :)

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Alexis Park Resort Hotel - off the strip, E Harmon Ave.

The largest non-gaming, all-suites resort hotel and conference center in Las Vegas, Alexis Park Resort, was constructed in 1984 and originally marketed as an off-Strip oasis for families, weddings and business meetings. The hotel offers 496 guest suites, three swimming pools, a restaurant, bar, lounge, and a conference center with 50,000 sq. ft. of flexible meeting room space. It also has a functional area on the roof that features a great view of the Las Vegas Strip, especially at night when all the nightclub lights are on.

Alexis Park Hotel, Las Vegas.
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Ranging in size from 450 to 1,275 sq. ft., Alexis Park Resort’s guest suites are among the most spacious in Las Vegas. Their least expensive Monarch suites are between 450 and 625 sq. ft. while their largest 1,275 sq. ft. Regal suites include two bedrooms on separate floors, 2-1/2 bathrooms and a dining table for 4 people. All suites include plush pillow-top beds, high speed Wi-Fi, mini refrigerators, sofas and work desks, 32-inch flat screen TVs with cable programming and pay-per-views, windows that open and blackout blinds, ironing boards and irons, air conditioning, and choice of king, queen, or 2 double beds. For an extra fee, suites can be provided with pet friendly accommodations for dogs.

Alexis Park Resort also offers complimentary high speed Wi-Fi in most public areas, complimentary safe deposit boxes, poolside cabanas, and a fully equipped fitness center that’s open from 6 AM to 10 PM daily. At Alexis Gardens Restaurant, open air seating with views of the lush courtyard and outdoor pools is available, and complimentary breakfasts featuring pastries, hot waffles and fresh fruit juices are served Mondays through Thursdays. At Pegasus Bar & Grill, sports fans can watch their favorite games on large screen TV’s while enjoying cold drinks, snacks and contemporary American cuisine. For people who enjoy gambling, the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino is right across the street from Alexis Park Resort. Also only one block away is the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, which is a popular location for college sporting events, concerts and lectures.

For corporate meetings and large dinner banquets, Alexis Park Resort’s 50,000 sq. ft. of flexible meeting room space can be tailored to suit any type of occasion. There are also 4 elegant ballrooms including a 1,600-person grand ballroom that can open onto the poolside deck. Smaller private events can be hosted in more than a dozen intimate meeting rooms, and for business meetings the hotel’s support staff offers their assistance with modern audiovisual technology. Other event coordinators and catering staff people are available to customize meal menus, help host birthday parties, and offer their personalized service.

With its romantic wedding gazebo and lush tropical landscaping, Alexis Park Resort is also a popular location for weddings and wedding parties. Their poolside restaurant is available for wedding rehearsals and pre-wedding celebrations, and candlelit banquets under twinkling chandeliers are offered in the ballrooms. At night, the rooftop area can be used for after-wedding dances and after-parties to wind down busy business days.


Vegas Tip - If you're looking for a cheap Las Vegas hotel, then Luxor, Excalibur, Stratosphere and Circus Circus could be considered the cheapest hotel on the Las Vegas strip, whereas Plaza, El Cortez or Main Street Station will probably be the cheaper hotels in Las Vegas if you were to stay in the Downtown area.

Aria Resort and Casino - 'almost' on the strip (west side)

When it comes to going big in Las Vegas nothing gets any bigger than Aria Resort and Casino. Reaching 600 ft tall and an enormous 4,000,000 sq ft, it is the largest and tallest building at CityCenter. Aria Resort and Casino opened in 2009 and has 4,004 rooms and an expansive gaming space of 150,000 sq ft.

Aria Hotel Review, Las Vegas.
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Aria Resort and Casino has received much praise since it opened such as: Five Diamond Status, LEED Gold Certification, and has been touted as the most technologically advanced hotel ever built. As such it should come as no surprise that Aria offers some of the most luxurious rooms in all of Las Vegas as well as many great amenities including wifi. Rooms start at $180 a night but are well worth the price with all the luxury the room has to offer. The 520 sq ft room includes: custom Sealy's bed, in room tablet, 42" HD tv, granite top dressers, and entry foyer. If you want more room then you can start with the 840 sq ft Studio Suite which includes private access to the Tower Suite Lounge. Each suite includes concierge services, private check in, priority line access for taxi services, living room, and whirlpool tub to name a few perks. If you have come to Las Vegas with money to burn then the Two Bedroom Sky Villa is for you. At 2,466 sq ft the massive suite comes with many perks such as: Butler Service, Luxury Transport to and from the airport, in room iPad or laptop, Veuve Clicquot with chocolate covered strawberries on arrival, and much more.

With 16 restaurants and 10 bars the Aria Resort and Casino offers guests of the resort so many options it can be a challenge to decide where to eat. If you prefer fresh fish and produce then Herringbone would make a good starting point for dinner. The menu includes: 1 and a Half Pound Maine Lobster, Shrimp Ceviche, Yellowtail Sashimi, and Alaskan Halibut. For those looking for more exotic tastes they can try Lemongrass which features Thailand cuisine. Popular items include: Prawn Cakes, Jellyfish, Yam Nuea Yang, Yam Poo Nim, and Grilled Pork Neck. To continue your Asian inspired journey you could try Barmasa for Japanese dishes paired with sake. Dishes include: Masa Toro Tartare Caviar, Spicy Dancing Shrimp, Coco Lobster, Eggplant Yuzu Miso, and Beef Sukiyaki. This is just a tiny sample of the food choices that await Aria Resort and Casino offers its guests. More restaurants available include: Sage, Bardot Brasserie, Julian Serrano Tapas, and Tetsu.

Aria Resort and Casino offers many entertainment options for guests both in the casino and out due to its prime location on The Strip. The recently opened Jewel Nightclub gives its guest 24,000 sq ft of space to dance and enjoy the nightlife in. Upcoming performers include: Lil Jon, Party Favor, Justin Credible, DJ Shift, and Wearetreo to name a few. If you prefer to head out to The Strip you can catch a wide variety of shows at the neighboring resorts. Acts performing soon include: Ray Romano and David Spade, Wayne Brady, Jay Leno, Pennywise, Carrie Underwood, and Andrea Bocelli. This is only a small example of what guests can look forward to at Aria Resort and Casino.

The casino at Aria Resort and Casino is truly massive with over 2,000 slot and video poker machines, 132 table games, large Sports Book, and one of the best poker rooms in Las Vegas. The slots at Aria start as low as a penny and go up to $5,000 and feature all the classic games and more modern machines. The table games offer many options such as: Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, Big 6, Casino War, Crazy 4 Poker, and Baccarat to name a few. The Sports Book has over 90 HD screens to view, including some at 220", to watch all the big games and hope for a big payout. The Aria's poker room offers daily poker tournaments as well as a variety of tables devoted to different games such as: Texas Hold'em, Omaha, 7 Card Stud, and Draw Games.

The Aria Resort and Casino is a prime example of the modern Las Vegas resort and experience. Guests are treated with luxurious rooms and surroundings far beyond what many of them may have enjoyed before. If you are going to treat yourself to an all out Las Vegas vacation, then the Aria Resort and Casino should be high on your short list of resorts to stay at.

Vegas Tip - If it's a top luxury hotel in Las Vegas you want, then the Wynn, Encore, Palazzo, Venetian, Bellagio, Delano, Cosmopolitan and Four Seasons are perhaps the best luxury hotels in Las Vegas on the strip. As for the Downtown area, then no casino/hotels would be considered luxurious.

Artisan Boutique Hotel - north end of the Las Vegas Blvd.

Artisan Hotel Review, Las VegasBefore the Artisan Boutique Hotel became the odd, art-filled, party hotel it is today it started out simply enough as a Travelodge in 1979. It wasn't until 2001 that the Artisan Hotel Boutique was born after it was remodeled to attract guests who enjoy the nightlife. With 64 rooms overflowing with replicas of artistic masterpieces and modern styles, it is dwarfed in comparison to many of the hotels that Las Vegas has to offer. The size by no means discourages travelers from coming to the Artisan Hotel Boutique as it is a very popular night spot, so if you are not a fan of the party crowd you should look elsewhere to stay.

When you arrive at the Artisan you will notice that there is so much art it is literally hanging from the ceiling. The rooms are not much different as they are decorated in varying degrees to match the overall theme of the hotel. All rooms include free wifi and complimentary bottles of water which is a nice touch. The classic rooms start at $89 with 288 sq ft of space while the boutique suites average $150 with a more comfortable 423 sq ft of leg room. If you really want to take your stay to another level you can book the masterpiece suite which is 1,100 sq ft and will cost $349. The rooms features a pool table, party couch, walk in closet, bar table with stools. If you are hosting a bachelor party or just a night out with your friends it would be an ideal room to book. There are also various packages available from rooms for guests with pets, complimentary vodka or champagne, or something more sensual like the Kama Sutra package which includes a copy of the book and intimacy kit.

One of the main draws of the Artisan Hotel Boutique is its nightlife and the beacon for all those partiers is the Artisan Lounge. It is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week and has been voted the number one after hours lounge in Las Vegas. Wild parties frequently occur along with various events that tie in with the hotel's wild and eclectic atmosphere. If you would like to relax by the pool then you are in for a twist as the Artisan features a European pool. You can go topless as you enjoy one of the many daybeds available or dance to your heart's content during one of the pool parties on the deck. If you would like to get your hair styled by artists who have handled clients like Celine Dion then Brush Boutique Salon is onsite and ready to attend to your needs. It offers everything you could need to prepare for a wedding such as: coloring, waxing, makeup, extensions, and facials. If you are getting married; the Artisan is home to two exceptional areas, either the Artisan Chapel or Wedding Garden.

The Artisan Boutique Hotel offers plenty for the bar crowd to get excited about but is seriously lacking in eating options. They only recently opened a Barcelona Tapas in the hotel and has so far received positive reviews. Focusing on Spanish cuisine your can order meals such as: Pork Empanadas, Carne Asada, Pan Fried Dates, Salami Banderas, and Albondigas. As you will need to go off-site in order to get to a casino you can always catch a bite then. There are several casinos in the area: Palace Station, Stratosphere, and Circus Circus.

If you want a quiet, peaceful, family environment then the Artisan Boutique Hotel is not the hotel for you. If you enjoy the nightlife and partying for hours on end then the Artisan is the perfect hotel for you. While it lacks dining options and can be wild at times, the Artisan Boutique Hotel is unique among a sea of extravagant hotels.

A stat about the Artisan - some of the Kardashian family have stayed here :(

Vegas Tip - How many floors does the Mandalay Bay Hotel have? Mandalay Bay has 43 floors.

Bally's - center of the strip, across from Bellagio and next to Paris

Bally's Las Vegas opened its doors in 1973 as the MGM Grand originally before becoming Bally's in 1986. The resort has a gaming space of 67,000 sq ft with 2,814 rooms; most under $100 a night. Bally's also offers guests numerous dining options and a variety of entertainment choices to pick from.

Bally's Hotel Review, Las Vegas Strip.
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Bally's Las Vegas offers some of the lowest prices on rooms in comparison to other resorts on The Vegas Strip. It should be noted that the room price does not include wifi access which can be purchased for a nominal fee. At $29 a night, the 440 sq ft Indigo Room is a steal when you take into account the comfort and elegance of the room. The room includes: marble bathroom, king bed, flat screen TV, and plush seating. If you would rather book the 769 sq ft Jubilee Grand Suite it will only cost $95 a night. The suite has been redesigned and features modern furnishings and geometric designs. For the cost of some the basic rooms at other resorts you can stay in the Jubilee Celebrity Suite for $204. With 1,548 sq ft of space the suite includes a living room, dining area, seating area, and great views of The Strip.

The dining options at Bally's Las Vegas feature upscale dishes and more common casual fare to please whatever tastes the guest may have. If you have a taste for steak then BLT Steak would be an excellent choice to satisfy your hunger. Menu items include: Sauteed Dover Sole, Double Cut Rack of Lamb, Lemon Rosemary Chicken, and Filet Mignon. If you just need a little something to keep you night going then LavAzza has a drink for you. Drinks available include: Espresso, Mokaccino, Orange Mocha Mio, Triestino, and Affogato al Cioccolato. If you would prefer some Italian you can eat Buca Di Beppo and enjoy its interesting decor. Serving traditional Italian cuisine the menu offers: Chicken Marsala, Eggplant Parmigiana, Veal Saltimbocca, and Prosciutto Stuffed Chicken. Other restaurant options include: Sbarro, Nathan's Famous, Nosh, and Tequila Taqueria.

Bally's Las Vegas has several entertainment choices for its guests including Mr Las Vegas himself, Wayne Newton. After being away for five years, Newton has an all new production for his fans and newcomers; Wayne Newton: Up Close and Personal. If you would rather see something more comedic there is 50 Shades! The Parody. Revealing the thought process of three women reading the novel at a book club it has equal parts laughs to steam. Perhaps there is a member of your party that feels hypnosis is not possible? If so, Frederic Da Silva could help to prove your friend wrong with his show: Paranormal - The Mind Reading Magic Show. Featuring magic, hypnosis, mind reading, and more you'll have reason to be Da Silva is more than just a mentalist. Other options for entertainment include: The Bronx Wanderers, Solid Gold Soul, and Tony Sacca's Vegas the Story.

Bally's Las Vegas gives its guests the chance to gamble anyway they wish with 1,500 slots, 70 table games, keno, sportsbook, and poker room. Bally's include all the classic slots with a mix of the new as well as offering slot tournaments. Table games include: Blackjack, Pai Gow, Craps, Roulette, and Let It Ride to name a few. A big draw to the casino is its poker room since so many have shut down. With daily tournaments and cash tables, poker players new and experienced can enjoy all the action the room has to offer.

Bally's Las Vegas is the perfect Strip resort to book if you would like to get a great room for a low price. Though the entertainment, with the exception of Wayne Newton (for now), isn't the talk of the town, it is well worth checking out if you don't want to pay outrageous price at other resorts.

Vegas Tip - How far is South Point Hotel from the Las Vegas strip? South Point is approximately 19 minutes or 13.5 km away from the strip.

Bellagio - in the heart of Las Vegas Blvd. across from Bally's and Paris

The Bellagio Hotel is located along the famous ‘Las Vegas Strip’ at 3600, Las Vegas Blvd S. It is a part of MGM Resorts International. The hotel opened in 1998, and has been operational for about 18 years.

The Bellagio is a large hotel with about 4000 rooms. The Room categories on offer include the ‘Fountain View Queen’, ‘Resort King’, ‘Resort Queen Room’, ‘Resort Tower King’ room and the ‘Run of House Room’. The hotel also has a number of suites. Some of these include the ‘Bellagio Suite’, ‘Penthouse Suite’, ‘Salone Suite’, ‘Presidential Suite’, ‘Tower Suite’, and ‘One Bedroom Lakeview Suite’, etc.

Bellagio Hotel Review, Las Vegas.
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Restaurants at the Bellagio provide a wide range of dining choices for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The restaurants here include Cafe Bellagio, Jasmine, LAGO by Julian Serrano, Harvest by Roy Ellamar, Yellowtail Japanese Restaurant & Lounge, Fix Restaurant & Bar, PRIME Steakhouse, and more.

There are several choices for entertainment at the Bellagio that cater to guests of varied tastes and preferences.

The Fountains of Bellagio are a major attraction in Las Vegas and is considered to be a crowd puller. These fountains have been installed in collaboration with WET Design. The large display covers more than thousand feet and can be seen in the front of the hotel. More than 1,000 fountains create a show of water, lights and music as they dance to Classical, Broadway, Opera and Pop tunes. The musical pieces have been especially handpicked to create a grand show. It is believed that the water from the fountains goes up as high as 460 feet into the air. Many of the rooms and suites at the Bellagio come with fountain view options. In fact, some of the restaurants also offer outdoor dining with views of the hotel's fountains.

Some of the other entertainment options at this resort include Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Garden, Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art, Golfing, Sports Bar Lounge, Outdoor Venue Events, Pools & Courtyards, etc.

The Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Garden is spread across 14,000 square feet. Every year, a team of Bellagio horticulturalists and designers showcase a floral artwork of the spring, summer, fall and winter seasons. A special display is organized to celebrate the Chinese New Year.

Art Exhibitions at the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art exhibit the works of some famous artists from around the world such as Picasso.
Guests at the Bellagio can enjoy exclusive access to the world famous Shadow Creek Golf Course as well as its partner courses. The Shadow Creek Golf Course has been designed by architect, Tom Fazio.

At the hotel, there are a number of Signature Shops and designer boutiques that offer luxury shopping. Some of these include Bella Donna, Bottega Veneta, Breguet, Capri, Chanel, Cirque Du Soleil, Dior, Essentials, Dale Chihuly, Fendi, Hermès, Tutto, and many others.

Vegas Tip: What is a resort fee in Las Vegas? - A resort fee is an additional charge from most hotels in Las Vegas that is not part of the total fees on your reservation and is billed at checkout - to the dismay of many who did not realize. Charged per night for each room, they are mandatory and cover things such as WiFi, hotel pool use, bottled water and fitness apparatus access. Don't shoot the messenger!

Buffalo Bill's - way out of town (south)

Buffalo Bill's is located about 40-miles from the Nevada/California border, south of Vegas, so is not ideal for those on a short Las Vegas break with no vehicle. It's a part of the Primm Valley Resorts, owned and operated by Affinity Gaming. Bill's has around 1,250 suites and rooms as well as a casino with 1,700 slot machines, sportsbook, and table games yada yada. The casino is situated in two main parts - the Buffalo Bill Tower and the Annie Oakley Tower, not that information about tower names will make a slight bit of difference to whether you would like to stay or not. What would impress you though, is the humongous illuminated buffalo head with Indian headdress that sits out in the parking lot - very Vegas-like indeed.

Buffalo Bill's iconic neon sign.
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Buffalo Bill's Thrill Rides is home to some two great good rides for adrenaline junkies. Take the Desperado, for instance, which was one time the tallest and fastest roller coaster in the world - from (reluctant) first hand experience, I can tell you that it still packs a pretty powerful adrenaline punch today - traveling at more than 80mph and dropping 225 feet at one point. I almost spilt my beer!

There's also Adventure Canyon log flume and somehow they try and pass off the Maxflight Cyber Coaster as a ride, but it's simply one of those virtual roller coasters in a box that you see everywhere - I'd have been miffed if I had traveled over to try three rides and one of them was something that would not let me fart 30-feet up in the air or puke on the kids in front of me.

Rooms at BB's (see how this has gone from Buffalo Bill's to Bills to just plain old BB's now!) are clean and modern, offering comfortable amenities including a bed, which is always useful, pay per view for when your partner is asleep, Wi-Fi, hair dryers for the non-bald and many more - basically the kind of thing that was in every room on the strip since 1992 - but it's always more special to have these things the further away from the strip that you are. Overnight guests at Buffalo's (another variation) will surely appreciate swimming in a pool that is shaped like the head of a Buffalo (well, what other shape could it have been - a rack of ribs maybe?).

I can see the appeal of an out-of-the-way, less glitzy, chilled out place, but the magnet of central Las Vegas is so strong.

With the Star of the Desert Arena, entertainment is a solid part of the resort experience. The venue, which is used for concerts and special events, has 6,500 seats and has become popular with many Mexican recording artists in particular. Ramon Ayala, a mariachi-based performer popularly referred to as the 'King of the Accordion' performs sell-out shows a few times a year. But if you're lucky enough not to be there on a Mexican music night, recent performers have included The Cult (WTF?), The Monkees, and Coolio (double WTF?), so you could face the possibility of sitting with some conservative, mid-50s white folk listening to something your parents banned you from listening to in the 80's and 90's.

Food (yay!) is available at the Buffalo Bill's Food Court and Denny's to name a couple of places. Denny's, as is the universal rule, is open 24/7 and features a menu of Americana that tastes 'amazeballs' when you've had way too many gins at 3am in the morning - Moons over My Hammy being my personal favorite. You can also grab double orange chicken and steamed rice (does anyone order anything else?) at Panda Express, Central American stuff from the La Salsa Fresh Mexican Grill, and if you haven't met the man or woman of your dreams at the bar, the Haagen-Dazs ice cream store.

There's Whiskey Pete's just across the way and Fashion Outlets of Las Vegas is close by, too (for beautiful, feminine ladies while the guys fart, burp and watch the football at the bar), with a free shuttle service being offered roughly every half hour between all venues.

Surprisingly, I saw more families than I thought I would at 'B' (it's just B now), so if you're one of those people that hates kids, then you're out of luck here. Overall though, it's nowhere near as polished as strip venues, but it has a very nice quality all of it's own. As a poker player, I require more venues within walking distance as I get knocked out of each tournament, so I wouldn't stay again, but if I wanted to go see some warm cuddly band from yesteryear, such as the Sex Pistols or Marilyn Manson at the arena, then I know I'd enjoy Bill's for a night or two.

Some things you may not know about Buffalo Bills in Vegas:

  • Great for families
  • Some weird and wonderful acts appear at the on-site Star of the Desert Arena
  • Has two thrill rides
  • Buffalo Bill's is old school
  • You can park your RV!
  • It's in Primm, rather than Las Vegas, so we cheated!

Rating ★★☆☆☆

Vegas Tip - Who has the best hotel pool in Las Vegas? There are several amazing Las Vegas hotel pool parties, and it's hard to choose one, so we'd plump for the following group of Garden of the Gods at Caesars Palace, Mandalay Bay, VooDoo Beach at the Rio, Encore Beach Club, Beachlife at Hard Rock, Boulevard Pool at Cosmopolitan and the Palms pools - wow, this was harder than we thought.

Caesars Palace - in the center of things on the strip

Alongside Bellagio (and maybe the Luxor), Caesars Palace casino and hotel is what many people think of when people mention those beautiful words, "Las Vegas". Opulently designed in Roman theme, littered with statues, columns and ornate furniture and fittings, the hotel is one of the largest with around 4,000 rooms across several towers, hidden away by facades. Everyone that has been to Vegas knows about the excellent Forum Shops mall and headlining acts, but many still haven't experienced the magnificent pools and Roman baths - and they're missing out big time. Caesars is a personal favorite of many of the reviewers on this site for a few reasons, not least the brilliantly spacious poker room and the fish and chips! And now, of course, home to the Nobu Hotel - the hotel within a hotel.

> A popular question we are asked is 'where is Nobu hotel in las Vegas, we cant find it?' - the answer is, it's inside Caesars Palace!

Rating ★★★★★

Vegas Tip - How tall is the Stratosphere Hotel in Las Vegas? The Strat is 350.2m tall.

The California - next to Main Street Station and close to Binion's and the Fremont Street Experience

Located in downtown Las Vegas, the California Hotel and Casino opened in 1975. The Cal has 781 rooms and 85,000 sq ft of gaming space and is a little under six miles away from The Vegas Strip. Known for its Hawaiian themes and casual atmosphere California Hotel and Casino is one of the most enjoyable resorts in Downtown.

The California Hotel and Casino review, Las Vegas.
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The rooms at California Hotel and Casino feature a tropical theme that will help to quickly transition its guests from the real world to Las Vegas fun. Rooms start at $40 a night and go up to $160, but if you are coming from Hawaii there are many deals on rooms and air fare. The Deluxe Room is 264 sq ft with either a king bed or two queens with wifi available but must be rented for $9.99. If you plan on playing at The Cal's casino then you can book a Deluxe Suite which is 360 sq ft. The room features rattan furniture, a flat screen tv, wet bar, and spacious sitting area. Though it is currently closed for the season; if you would like to take a swim you can head to the roof for a dip in the 20'x40' pool. If the draw of The Strip proves to be too much for you, you can catch the Sam's Town shuttle to The Strip and back. You should check with the bell desk for the schedule and arrive early as seats fill up quickly.

When it comes to dining at California Hotel and Casino it has a nice mix of restaurants to please just about everyone in your party. Redwood Steakhouse offers a fine dining experience with dishes on the menu that include: Filet Mignon, Lobster Tail, Pineapple Shrimp, Baked Escargot, and Seafood Fra Diavolo. If you have a taste for Asian cuisine then California Noodle House should help feed your craving. Dishes include: Hot and Sour Soup, Bibimbap, Oxtail Fried Rice, Broiled Hamachi Collar, and Pad Thai. The Cal has long been known for its Hawaiian theme and with the recent opening of Aloha Specialties guests can get a taste of the big island. The island inspired treats include: Chicken Tou Saimin, Rice Bowls, Teriyaki Plates, and Curry Specialities. Rounding out the restaurant choices are: Market Street Cafe, Lappert's Ice Cream Shop, and Cal Sports Lounge.

While California Hotel and Casino has a festive atmosphere it does not have entertainment options. Luckily though, guests can experience the nightlife on Fremont Street or it The Strip to seek more entertainment. Fremont Street has a lot to offer such as: zip lines, free concerts, Viva Vision, Street Performers, and much more. The Strip features some of the biggest shows in Vegas like Celine Dion and Britney Spears.

If you wish you to try you hand in the casino at California Hotel and Casino then you will have over 1,000 slot and video poker machines, as well as 28 table games to choose from. Before you try the slots you may want to buy a Keno ticket which you can watch for a win on the casino floor or from the television in your room. If you want to place a bet on the ballgame you can do so at Cal's Sports Book and Lounge. With large TVs and drink specials available at the bar guests can enjoy cocktails as their team wins. With so many slots it's impossible not to mention them all; fortunately there is a slot search on the Cal's website. To name a few: The Walking Dead II, Double Diamond, Flying Horse, Lucky Lines, and Blazing 7's. If you want to play the tables they have: Blackjack, Craps, Let It Ride, Pai Gow Poker, and 3 Card Poker.

The California Hotel and Casino offers its guests a laid back Hawaiian atmosphere that can help just about any guest relax. With island decor in the rooms, great dining options, and access to nearby entertainment, the Cal should be one of your first choices if you want to stay downtown.

Vegas Tip - How far is the Hard Rock Hotel from the Las Vegas strip? The Hard Rock is 5 minutes or 2.3 km away.

Casino Royale - in the center of things on the strip by Harrah's, LINQ and Venetian hotels

The officially titled, Best Western Plus Casino Royale opened in 1979 as Nob Hill before becoming the Casino Royale in 1992. The hotel has just 152 rooms and a small gaming space of 17,500 sq ft that features mainly low limit tables. Though not the most elegant or massive hotel in Las Vegas, it is located in the center of The Las Vegas Strip.

Casino Royale Hotel review, Las Vegas.
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For their modest size; the rooms at Casino Royale are somewhat overpriced. Though they are nicely designed, you could easily find a similar sized room at one of the larger resorts for less. Some of the perks of the hotel are its location, free wifi, free local calls, and no resort fee. The rooms are pretty basic by Las Vegas standards with either double beds or a king bed and start at $189 a night. The room includes: mini fridge, flat screen tv with cable, easy chair, granite countertops, and a pool on site. There are also rooms available for guests with physical challenges that include: ramps, raised toilets with rails, and bathtub seats.

For its size, Casino Royale offers a surprising number of food options for its guests. Though the restaurants are not of the same caliber as the larger resorts, they are familiar fast food favorites . Perhaps the best restaurant available is the Outback Steakhouse with its large steaks, bloomin' onion, and Shrimp on the Barbie. More restaurants include: White Castle, Denny's, Ben & Jerrys, and Fat Tuesdays. There is also a food court with: Subway, Noble Roman's Pizza, Cinnabon, and Footlong Hot Dogs. If you would prefer a four star restaurant then you could head to the nearby Venetian and dine at CUT. Wolfgang Puck's award winning steakhouse features global favorites with modern twists. The menu includes: Indian Spiced Wagyu Beef Short Ribs, Kurobuta Pork Chops, Austrian Oxtail Bouillon, and Sauteed Dover Sole. More nearby resorts include: The Linq, Caesars Palace, Treasure Island, and the Flamingo.

The Casino Royale does not offer any entertainment options on site but there are plenty of options available at the nearby resorts. The Mirage has a wide range of entertainment options including stage productions, comedy, and concerts. It is home to one of the most popular shows in Las Vegas; The Beatles Love by Cirque Du Soleil. The show features the Fab Four's greatest hits brought to life by amazing aerialist, dancers, and acrobats. If you love comedy, some of the upcoming performers at The Mirage include: Jay Leno, Wayne Brady, George Lopez, Trevor Noah, and Ron White. More nearby resorts include: The Linq, Flamingo Las Vegas, The Venetian, and Treasure Island.

The casino at Casino Royale is one of the smallest in Las Vegas with only 445 slot and video poker machines as well as 14 table games. While most casinos try to hook in the whales, Casino Royale is known as a haven for low rollers. The slots accept wagers of $.01 to $5 and feature machines such as: Superman, The Mummy, Mega Bucks, Wheel of Fortune, The Hangover, and Wizard of Oz. The table games available are: Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, Three Card poker, and Caribbean Stud Poker. If you wish to place high wagers or have more options then you will need to head to one of the bigger resorts on The Strip.

Though the Casino Royale has a great location the few rooms that the hotel has are overpriced in comparison to some of the larger resorts. If you enjoy standard restaurants and playing it low and slow at the casino, then Casino Royale would be a good choice. Other than that you would be better off booking a room at one of the bigger resorts that offer more quality for about the same price.

Vegas Tip - When was the New York New York hotel in Las Vegas built? Construction of NYNY began in 1995 and it opened in 1997.

Circus Circus - northern end of the Strip, close(ish) to Lucky Dragon and Stratosphere

Circus Circus offers one of the more unique themes on the Las Vegas strip with its circus and amusement park atmosphere. It opened in 1968, has 3,773 rooms and 123,928 sq ft of gaming space. It also allows guests to bring their own rooms to the resort with its RV park which is perfect for guests in town for a Nascar race for example. If you are staying at other resorts, Circus Circus is easy to find; just look for the big tent.

Circus Circus Hotel review, Las Vegas.
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When compared to other resorts on The Strip, at $169 a night the 351 sq ft Manor Motor Lodge Room is overpriced for what it has to offer. Featuring plain decor, tv with cable, writing desk, and a king bed you can find better rooms for lower costs if you prefer on the Strip. The Casino Tower Large King Room is a better value for your money at 434 sq ft. The room offers more comfort with a better design and includes a king bed, 40" Plasma tv, and writing desk. Suites are also available ranging from one bedroom to multiple levels; you will need to call to find out the options and prices. If you choose to bring your RV instead the rental at the RV park is $39-$46 a night based on the space needed.

When it comes to dining Circus Circus offers a nice selection of options for its guests but if you can not find one that pleases you there is always more choices on The Strip. Easily the best restaurant at Circus Circus, The Steak House has a reputation as one of the best steakhouses in Las Vegas. The menu includes: Grilled Garlic Shrimp, Porterhouse, Halibut Fillet, Lobster Tails, and Lamb Chops. Sometimes all you need is something simple like a pizza; luckily Pizzeria offers just that as well as more advanced choices. Dining options available are: BBQ Chicken Pizza, Meat’A’Ball Sandwich, The Vegetarian Calzone, and Lasagna. If you have a taste for Mexican then Blue Iguana Authentic Mexican Cuisine should please your taste buds. Menu items include: Grande Chimichanga, Deluxe Nachos, Taco al Pastor, Baja Fish Taco, and Albondigas Soup. Other restaurant options at Circus Circus are Circus Buffet, Westside Deli, Starbucks, and Vince Neil's.

One of the biggest draws to Circus Circus is its non-traditional entertainment such as amusement park rides and the circus. The Adventuredome is 5 acres of rides, games, and family entertainment. If you like roller coasters the Canyon Blaster moves through the dome at 55mph or you could pick El Loco is you prefer a coaster with more twists. For those who love laser tag, Batman Laser Tag: Defeat the Joker! goes far beyond what you are used to at home. Other rides include: Sand Pirates, Disk'O, Ice Age: No Time For Nuts 4-D, and Sling Shot to name a few. Another great choice for entertainment are the circus acts that include trapeze artists, aerial silk artists, clowns, acrobatics performers, and strong men. To take a journey back to your childhood you can hit the Midway and try your hand at various games of chance for prizes or go to the arcade and play one of the over 200 machines. Of course, if you want to see something more grown up the resorts on The Strip have plenty of options for you to see.

When you grow tired of the Midway and want to win a much better prize you can head into the casino at Circus Circus. There are over 900 slot and video poker machines available with denominations of $.01 to $25. Machines available include: CATS, ZZ Top, Wheel of Fortune, Avatar, and Sex and the City. If you prefer the tables there are over 40 table games including: Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, and Baccarat. The casino at Circus Circus also includes a Sports Book and Slots A Fun with pool tables, bowling, games, and more. The casino also offers free gaming lessons for novices or those wishing to learn a new game.

We would not recommend booking a room at Circus Circus due to the numerous choices nearby that offer better rooms at lower prices. We do recommend visiting the resort while on The Strip because it has fun entertainment alternatives to the other resorts as well as a great steak house.

Vegas Tip - How old is the Palazzo Hotel in Las Vegas? The Palazzo, sister property to the Venetian, is 8 years old.

The Cosmopolitan Hotel and Casino - across from Planet Hollywood, next to Bellagio and Vdara, close to the center of the strip

The Cosmopolitan Hotel is one of Las Vegas' newer luxury hotel and casinos on The Las Vegas Strip, having opened in 2010. Frequently listed among the best hotels in the world it offers its guests some of the most luxurious rooms in Las Vegas. The Cosmo has 2,995 rooms and a gaming space of 110,000 sq ft as well as a convention space of 150,000 sq ft.

The rooms at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas give guests the most value for their money. Though the rooms also require a $33.60 resort fee for wifi and other perks it is worth the charge to experience one of the best resort stays in Las Vegas. It is hard to give an average price as there are many deals to find on The Cosmo but rooms typically start at $170 a night. The City Room is 460 sq ft with marble floors, two queen beds, seating area, large bathroom, and state of the art technology. The Terrace Studio Fountain View is 620 sq ft with a 110 sq ft private terrace. It includes: a king bed, kitchenette, double vanity bathroom, and large comfortable seating area. The biggest rooms available are the West End Penthouse that range from 2,400 to 3,700 sq ft. With room for 8 guests to sleep it also has: a wet bar, kitchenette with serving area, terrace, unique art collection, and hand woven fabrics. I highly recommend viewing the rooms on The Cosmo's website to fully grasp the elegance they offer.

Cosmopolitan Hotel review, Las Vegas.
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With all its extravagance it is no surprise that Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas offers some of the best dining options on The Strip. If your party can't decide on Chinese or Mexican then head to China Poblano Restaurant to please them all. It has a mix of new fusions and classic dishes such as: Pozole Rojo, Vegetable Jiaozi, Har Gow, Kao Lao Lao, and Queso Fundido. For a new take on comfort foods Eggslut takes old favorites and gives them a gourmet twist. The menu includes: Fairfax Sandwich, Gaucho Sandwich, Bacon Egg and Cheese Sandwich, and House Made Buttermilk Biscuits. For a taste of Spain; Jaleo offers many classic Spanish dishes made from the best ingredients around the world such as acorn fed pork. Popular items include: Jamon Serrano Fermino, Trucha a la Navarra, Paella Mixta, and Chuleta Asada. Other restaurants at The Cosmo include: Estiatorio Milos, Overlook Grill, Scarpetta, Wicked Spoon, and Zuma to name a few. With the number and quality of the restaurants available it is unlikely you would want to leave the resort for food.

Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas has a 3,200 seat theater as well as numerous clubs and bars for its guests to enjoy. Perhaps the top entertainment draw at The Cosmo is the Marquee Nightclub and Dayclub. With 60,000 sq ft of space, rooftop patio, pool, and a stream of the best DJs in the world coming in nightly it is on of the top night spots in Las Vegas. Artists include: Mike Attack, Cedric Gervais, Tritonal, Cash Cash, and Ty Dolla $ign. If you want to experience a touch of winter charm in the desert The Ice Rink can answer that call. The 4,200 sq ft rink has a magical atmosphere where guests can skate, roast s'mores, or eat seasonal favorites. The Chelsea features some of the biggest acts in concert spanning all genres of music. Performers include: Alabama, Lady Antebellum, The Weekend, Sting, Bastille, and many more.

The casino at Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas features one of the best atmospheres to play in, perhaps only second to Caesar's Palace. There are 1,300 slot and video poker machines on the main floor as well as a high limit slot area with 65 machines. Popular new machines include: Cher Live, Michael Jackson Icon, Walking Dead 2, Game of Thrones, and Pinball. If you would rather roll the dice you can play at one of the 83 table games available. Games include: Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, Casino War, Three Card Poker, and High Card Flush to name a few. The Cosmo also has one of the most advanced Sports Books in Las Vegas sure to please the techie as well as the old school gambler alike.

Many resorts in Las Vegas have a long history to add to their charm and entice guests to stay. Though Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas has yet to reach ten years of service it is by far one of the best resorts to stay at on the strip.

How many hotel rooms are in Las Vegas, NV? On this website, we count only the major hotels on the strip, just off the strip and in the Downtown area. Our count of the number of rooms is as follows: strip hotel rooms is 81,700, off-strip hotels is 20,000 and Downtown Vegas hotel rooms is 7,450, giving a total of 109,150 hotel rooms in Las Vegas. Now, with smaller hotels off-strip and resorts more than a few miles away, we estimate there to be another 25-30,000 rooms in the area, but we only count rooms for the hotels that we list on this site.

The Cromwell - across from Caesars Palace and Bally's and next to the Flamingo Hotel

The Cromwell Las Vegas opened in 1979 as Barbary Coast Hotel and Casino; becoming The Cromwell in 2014. It is one of the smaller resorts on The Strip in comparison to the other mammoth resorts. With a 40,000 sq ft gaming space and only 188 rooms, its main focus is on an intimate, luxurious experience for its guests.

The Cromwell Hotel Review - Las Vegas hotel and casino.

Every room at The Cromwell Las Vegas is stunning in their elegance and most are priced well below what you would expect to pay. There is a resort fee of $35.84 that covers wifi, local calls, and fitness center access. The 360 sq ft Deluxe Room can be booked for $99 a night but features furnishings you would expect in a room twice its price. The room includes: a king bed, 55" flat screen, window and rain shower, and access to Drai's Beach Club. For more elegance the 723 sq ft Parlour Suite is a treat to behold. With a king bed, dining area, living area, vanity wall, and hardwood floors it is a steal at $299 a night. Of course if you want to go big when you go to Las Vegas then The Cromwell Suite might just be able to fill your need at 1,730 sq ft and can expand to 2,550 sq ft with options. Starting at $2,179, it is not cheap but if you are hosting a bridal party it is worth the extra expense. The suite offers: a living area with sectional seating, eight seat dining area, full sized refrigerator, pool table, and round trip limo service to the airport.

There is only one restaurant at The Cromwell Las Vegas, but with the meal quality it offers it is unlikely you will need to hit The Strip for an alternative. GIADA is the first restaurant venture by famed tv chef Giada De Laurentis. Guests can watch as the bread, pasta, and desserts are made fresh in the open kitchen. The menu offers a blend Italian cuisine with Californian influences as well as a great selection of wines. Menu items include: Orzo Meatballs, Lemon Potatoes, Berkshire Pork Tomahawk, Arugula Fettuccine, and Short Rib Agnolotti. The restaurant also features a monthly Wine Series Dinner. Guests dine and drink wines selected by talented sommeliers and also get a signed photo of Giada to take home. There are also many great dining choices on The Strip at nearby resorts such as the Bellagio or Aria.

At The Cromwell Las Vegas much like the dining there is only one entertainment option but it is a great one. The 65,000 sq ft Drai's Beachclub Nightclub includes a rooftop pool deck and intense LED system to get all the senses going on the dance floor. The Beachclub features: 40 daybeds, central wet deck, 2 main bars, 35 foot tall palm trees, and 10 bungalows. The nightclub features: a 1,785 sq ft LED screen, VIP bathrooms, dedicated elevators, and talented DJs nightly. Upcoming performances include: Trey Songz, LA Leakers, Sundrais with DJ Franzen, and Fabolous. There are also many more entertainment options for guests to see on The Strip. Just a few of the big names in the area are Celine Dion, Elton John, Carrie Underwood, and Mariah Carey.

The casino at The Cromwell Las Vegas is small but offers one of the most elegant and intimate spaces to play at. With only 440 slot and video poker machines, guests don't have nearly the number of choices of other resorts but the machines include favorites and as well as new themes. There are 66 table games featuring: Blackjack, Craps, Baccarat, and Roulette. There is also The Abbey; a room with only three tables for guests who prefer their gaming away from the crowd.

Unlike most resorts of its size, The Cromwell Las Vegas offers its guests everything they could want on-site. Amazing but reasonably priced rooms, a great restaurant, electric club, and intimate casino; The Cromwell is the perfect for guests that want to stay on The Strip without the hassle of the larger hotels.

Vegas Tip - What hotels in Las Vegas give military discount? Here's a current list of Vegas hotels offering a military discount.

Delano Hotel - at the south end of the strip (on same property as Mandalay Bay)

Delano Las Vegas originally opened in 2003 as THEhotel before becoming Delano in 2014. The 1,117 room all suite hotel is located on The Las Vegas Strip inside the Mandalay Bay complex. Though there is no casino at the Delano, guests can use the Mandalay's 135,000 sq ft casino.

The Delano Hotel in Las Vegas.
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The rooms offered at Delano Las Vegas are a great value for their size and ideal location on The Strip. There is a resort fee of $35.84 that covers wifi, fitness center access, and local calls. Rooms start at $169 a night for the 725 sq ft Delano King Suite. The room includes: a king bed, living space with 46" tv, bedroom with 46" tv, soaking tub, and floor to ceiling windows. If you need more space you can book the 1,142 sq ft Two Bedroom Suite for $319 a night. The room includes: a king bed and two queens, living area,multiple tvs, two and a half baths, and soaking tubs. If you would prefer to stay in the best room the hotel has to offer then book the 1,642 sq ft Penthouse Superior Suite for $649 a night. The room includes a king bed, living room with plush seating, dining area, cocktail area, and more.

Delano has several dining options available at the hotel and guests can also head to Mandalay Bay for more choices. The best restaurant at Delano would be Rivea which offers French and Italian cuisine. The atmosphere is casual and the restaurant provides 180 degree views of the city. The menu offers: Angus Filet Mignon, Liberty Duck Breast, Roasted Half Chicken, and Seared Sea Scallops. For a your favorite comfort foods you can try Della's Kitchen for great breakfast and lunch options all day. The menu includes: Smoked Pork Benedict, Lox & Bagel, Cubano Panini, Capellini Pasta, and Burrata & Prosciutto. For a drink and a bite to eat Franklin offers great food and cocktails served from wooden barrels you can keep. Food options are: BBQ Duck, Pork Wings, Kurobuta Tacos, Marinated Burrata, and Steak Fries. Of course there are also over a dozen more dining options close by at Mandalay Bay.

While Delano Las Vegas does not have its own entertainment, its location within the Mandalay Bay complex offers its guest numerous entertainment choices. For fans of the "King of Pop" you can see Michael Jackson One by Cirque du Soleil. The show features all his hits as well as 63 dancers and performers. With great choreography, acrobatics, and amazing aerial performances the show is a must see. For concerts guests can visit the House of Blues Music Hall. Upcoming performers include: Santana, Billy Idol, The Sounds, Saxon, and Locash. There are numerous more choices for guests of the Delano on The Strip.

Guests of the Delano Las Vegas will also need to head to Mandalay Bay for their closest gaming options. The casino at Mandalay Bay has over 2,000 slot and video poker machines as well as 120 table games. There is also a race and sports book as well as one of the most underrated poker rooms in Las Vegas.

Vegas Tip - How many hotel casinos are in Las Vegas? In the major areas of LV, which are the strip, just off the strip and Downtown, the number of hotels with casinos is approx. 50 as of October 2016.

Downtown Grand - next to Oasis at Gold Spike and close to the Fremont Experience

The Downtown Grand Las Vegas first opened its doors in 1964 as Lady Luck Hotel and Casino. The 629 room Grand got its current name after a multi year remodel and grand reopening in 2013. The Grand offers a modest 25,000 sq ft gaming space as well as a 35,000 sq ft pool deck on the roof.

The Downtown Grand Las Vegas offers affordable rooms with varying degrees of luxury. Starting at $40 a night, the Deluxe Room is 350 sq ft and includes wifi, a 40" tv, and either a king bed or two queens. If you want to take a step up in luxury without breaking the bank One Bedroom Suites start at only $89 a night. The spacious 680 sq ft room includes a king bed, 46" tv, living room and two full baths. The 720 sq ft City Suite offers more elegance at $119 a night and picturesque views of the mountains or city. If you really want to enjoy your stay then go with the best the Grand has to offer by booking The Grand Suite. Located on the top floor, the 1,150 sq ft suite can be yours for a reasonable $240 a night. It includes two king beds, dining area, living area, bar, whirlpool tubs, and a two headed shower facility.

Downtown Grand Hotel Review, Las Vegas hotel and casino.

The Downtown Grand Las Vegas has plenty to offer when you decide its time to eat with multiple restaurants at the resort. The Commissary has a little bit of everything so even the pickiest guest will find something to enjoy. Menu items include: The California Burger, Baby Back Ribs, The Philly, Taco Salad, Big Kosher Hot Dog, and Chicken Wings. If you start to feel hungry while you are at the casino no need to worry, Freedom Beat is only a few steps away. Offering American Cuisine items include: Pot Roast, Ale Battered Walleye, Beer Can Chicken, Chicken Fried Bacon, and Oyster Po Boy. If you would prefer a great steak you can head across the street to Triple George Grill. The award winning restaurant features aged steaks and seafood but be sure to make a reservation if you plan on giving it a try. Dishes include: Downtown Rueben, Chicken Parmesan, Cauliflower Rice, Shrimp George, and Coconut Shrimp. Other options at the Grand include: Pizza Rock, Citrus at the Grand Pool, and Furnace Bar.

The Downtown Grand Las Vegas only real flaw is its lack in entertainment at the resort. However, with Fremont nearby and other venues in the area guests don't have to travel far for entertainment. The Smith Center offers a wide range of from artists such as : Ringo Starr, Rumer Willis, Ana Gasteyer, Celtic Thunder, and Jim Brickman. If you would prefer a taste of history, there are several museums including The Mob Museum and Neon Museum. There are also many shopping options available such as: Downtown 3rd Farmers Market, East Fremont, and Downtown Container Park.

Though the casino at the Downtown Grand Las Vegas is small it offers all the basic games a gambler would want. There are over 500 slot and video poker machines available or its guests to play. Machines include: Quick Hits, Hot Roll, Batman, The Big Bang Theory, and Buffalo Stampede. There are close to 60 table games available including customized Count's Kustoms blackjack tables. The games available are: Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, Baccarat, and 3 Card Poker.

For an affordable room that doesn't lose its luxury because of its price then the Downtown Grand Las Vegas is a great option. Though the in house entertainment options are limited and the casino is small by Vegas standards, the Grand does offer great food options and an excellent downtown location.

Vegas Tip - What is the cheapest hotel to stay in on the Las Vegas strip? America's Best Value Inn is the cheapest on The Strip, though it's actually just off-strip by a few meters, at around $30 a night, with no resort fee. It is located across the street from the MGM Grand.

Cheaper Las Vegas Hotel Deals - how we try to help

Our intention is to find you cheaper hotels in Las Vegas, such as the cheapest hotels on the strip, very cheap deals on Downtown hotels as well as finding cheap flight and hotel room rates combined.

Some guests prefer hotels with spas, or 5-star hotels only, whereas some travelers prefer rooms with views of the strip or a just a “nice, cheap hotel” so they can spend their money on gambling and parties. Younger people sometimes want Las Vegas hotels with nightclubs, with older tourists preferring discounts for Las Vegas shows and restaurants.

Some people want the best of both worlds with discounts on luxury hotels, which is possible, but not always at the center of the Las Vegas strip in peak season - indeed there are plenty who know that they can get a cheap hotel deal near to the strip, if not directly on it.

Despite the number of reviews of Las Vegas hotels online, there are many Vegas virgins who don’t know that you can take pets into many Las Vegas hotel rooms - even those hotels on the strip. Packages, too, may not be the best way to get cheaper rates in hotels in Las Vegas, as many discounts are from the hotels direct.


El Cortez - east side of Downtown area

El Cortez Hotel and Casino opened in 1941 and is one of the oldest casinos in Las Vegas. To remain relatively unchanged in that time is almost unheard of in a city known for its steady cycle of destruction and reconstruction. Perhaps that is why it was place on the National Register of Historic Places? The hotel is an unassuming 364 rooms with a gaming space of 45,300 sq ft. If you want a resort that has more history than flash; El Cortez Hotel and Casino would make an excellent choice.

El Cortez Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
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The rooms at El Cortez Hotel and Casino offer guests a chance to step through the many eras of Las Vegas. The Pavilion rooms are examples of modern era rooms with just the essentials and wifi included with the amenity fee. Vintage rooms date to the resort's Bugsy Siegel days with matching decor. If you wish to stay in a more elegant suite, the Jacuzzi Suite offers a romantic setting with a two person jetted tub. The Cabana Suites offer custom retro furniture, 42" tv, and many other modern delights.

The dining at El Cortez Hotel and Casino offers guests a restaurant experience similar to their local haunts. The servers and bartenders make an effort to learn your name and what your favorite dishes and drinks are. Siegel's 1941 offers upscale casual dining 24 hours a days with classic dishes in a modern atmosphere.

> History is in abundance at El Cortez - as well as double denim

Menu items include: Schimmel Corned Beef, Chicago Italian Beef, Lucky Luciano Burger, 7 Layer Lasagne Bolognese, and Big Island Fried Rice. An added perk of Siegel's 1941 is gameside delivery should you grow hungry but are on a hot streak in the casino.

If you would rather grab a pizza or pasta then you can head to Pizza Lotto. Offering a blend of traditional and modern tastes, there is sure to something for everyone in your party. Items include: Funghi Blanco Pizza, Margherita Pizza, Bronx Style Stromboli, Oven Roasted Chicken Wings, Tuscan Grilled Cheese, and Hand Rolled Garlic Rolls.

If you just need a quick bite or drink there is also The Parlour Bar and Casino Bars.

El Cortez Hotel and Casino may not offer the big shows of The Strip but most who go there prefer the laid back environment. If you would like to catch a show you can go to the Parlour Bar a variety of acts. They include: Nash Vegas, Joey Ugarte and the Jazz Vibrations, and The Howard Baker Trio Featuring Ronnie Shandell. If you feel the need for relaxation you head to the second floor and Happy Feet Reflexology and Massage. Massages available are: Foot Only Massage, Chair Massage, Combo Massage, and Back and Shoulder Massage.

Brides to be or guests looking for a new look can make an appointment at Terry Rae Beauty Salon. The salon offers all the services you could need such as: Coloring, Manicure and Pedicure, Face Waxing, Hair Reconstruction, and Brazilian Blowouts.

If you were to ask a local where they, play more than likely they would say the El Cortez Hotel and Casino. There are over 1,000 slot and video poker machines and 27 table games on the gaming floor as well as Keno. Guests wanting to play the tables can try their luck at Blackjack, Roulette, Craps, and Baccarat. Slots players will find some of the loosest slots in Las Vegas with many new and classic machines. Newer machines to try include Plants vs Zombies 3D and Golden Egypt. The Sports Book at El Cortez offers 24" tvs (woop!) for viewing and great deals on food such as $2 Buds or $2 Hot Dogs.

El Cortez may be older and smaller than most casinos in Las Vegas but the customer service and history is a strong draw for local and out of town players. You can visit a shadow of the past while trying to win big for a brighter future.

How many 5 star hotels on the Las Vegas strip? There are 15 5-star hotels on the Las Vegas Blvd. according to our ratings. They are: Wynn, Aria, Bellagio, Caesars Palace, Venetian, Cosmopolitan, Mirage, Palazzo, Planet Hollywood, Encore at Wynn, Delano, Four Seasons, Mandarin Oriental, Nobu and Skylofts at MGM.

Encore at Wynn Las Vegas - towards the north end of the strip

Encore at Wynn Las Vegas opened on The Las Vegas Strip in 2008 with 2,034 rooms and a gaming space of 110,000 sq ft. When it comes to luxury Steve Wynn never skimps and the Encore is no exception. This is why it has received the AAA Five Diamond Award every year since it has been opened.

Encore at Wynn Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
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If you wish to stay at Encore at Wynn Las Vegas it will not be cheap but that does not mean you are paying more than the room is worth. The rooms at the Encore are among the best designed in all of Las Vegas with a standard of luxury few others can attain. There is a resort fee of $35 that covers wifi, unlimited calls, and fitness center access. The Encore Resort Suite is 745 sq ft and offers incredible views of The Strip. The room includes: a king or two queen beds, bathroom with marble tub and 13" tv, 42" HDTV, and touch screen room remote. For a little more space you can book the 1,408 sq ft Encore Parlor Suite. The room includes: a private massage room, living room, 52" HDTV, 46" HDTV in the bedroom with DVD player, and twice daily housekeeping. For the high roller lifestyle, the 5,289 sq ft Encore Three Bedroom Duplex can help to make you feel like a whale. Just some of the amazing perks in the room are: whirlpool deep soak tub, three bedrooms, living space, dining space with buffet, pop up 46" LED tv, and butler service.

The dining options at Encore at Wynn Las Vegas are among the best on The Strip, both at the Encore and its sister Wynn Las Vegas. If you want Italian then Sinatra is an excellent choice with Ol Blue Eyes memorabilia and some of his favorite dishes on the menu. The dishes available include: Frank's Clams Posilipo, Russian Osetra Caviar, Ravioli di Anatra, and Ossobuco. For those who want a more Asian flare then the beautifully decorated Wazuzu features Chinese, Japanese, and Thai cuisine. The restaurant includes a 27 foot dragon made out of 90,000 crystals and is worth making a reservation just to see it. Of course the food is the real draw with items such as: Flying Fish Roe, Roti Panang, Cantonese Fried Rice, Korean Galbi Short Ribs, and Shoyu Ramen. Some of the other restaurants available are: Drugstore Cafe, Allegro, Red 8, The Country Club, Costa Di Mare, and Tableau.

Entertainment at Encore at Wynn Las Vegas is of the same standard as the resort; over the top extravagance. At the Encore Theater you can see Steve Wynn's Showstoppers, one of the best musical productions in years on The Strip. It features 66 singers and dancers with a full orchestra performing some of the best numbers from Broadway classics like Chicago. It beacons back to the stage shows of the Las Vegas of old with spectacular stage and costume designs. Guests can also head over to Wynn Las Vegas to catch the show voted best production show for six straight years Le Reve - The Dream. The stage includes an aqua theater that allows for one of a kind performances. Featuring high dives, underwater tangos, fire and water dances, and much more that has to be seen to be believed.

The gaming options at Encore at Wynn Las Vegas are unique since there are really two casinos onsite with its sister the Wynn. Between the two casino there are well over 2,500 slot and video poker machines as well as over 300 table games in perhaps the best setting in Las Vegas. The slots include the classics as well as new cutting edge slot and video poker machines of every denomination. The table games include: Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, Baccarat, Pai Gow, Casino War, and many more. Poker players can head over to the Wynn to play in some of the biggest weekly guaranteed money poker tournaments with $10,000 and $25,000 guaranteed. You will also need to head to the Wynn for its Sports Book which is absolutely stunning compared to most on The Strip.

Encore at Wynn Las Vegas is every bit as opulent as its sister the Wynn; from the rooms, to the dining, to the entertainment, to the casino. Clearly no expense has been spared to offer its guests an amazing experience in hopes of return visits. If you want to treat yourself to the best that Las Vegas has to offer then Encore at Wynn Las Vegas is a sure bet.

What is the newest hotel on the Las Vegas strip? At the time of writing (October 2016), The LINQ is the newest hotel on the stip, opening on 10/30/2014. In reality, this was a rename from The Quad, formerly the Imperial Palace, but technically, it's the newest name on the strip, followed by the Delano and the Cromwell, with both also being previous hotel properties.

Excalibur - south end of the strip

Unlike all of our other vacations to Vegas, we stayed at the Excalibur Hotel (and Casino) with family, as on this particular trip, we chose to get married - still going strong after 8 years - thats how you do it, Britney!

What hotels are next to the Excalibur in Las Vegas? - That'll be the Tropicana, New York New York and Luxor.

From the outside, especially at night, the hotel has a magic, Disney feel to it, but inside, dear Walt would be turning in his grave if he saw how things operated. Whilst it retains some charm, especially for the children, the Excalibur and its hotel staff have an air of resignation about them, which is a real shame. I would expect major changes at this hotel in the years up to 2020 - perhaps even a complete re-brand.

Excalibur  Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas.
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The Excalibur casino floor is actually quite an enjoyable place, despite sticky carpets, tired furniture and some staff that didn't seem to care as much as those further up the strip. There are a few half-decent places within the walls of the Excalibur castle, with Dick's Last Resort a place we have been to a few times - atmosphere has always been good there. The Camelot Steakhouse was good, too. Not earth shattering, but good nonetheless and the buffet was a good place for families, if not the very best food on the strip.

> The Excalibur Hotel should be great, but it's sadly in the latter stages of it's current life, we feel. However, if our website visitors were to ask us 'what is the best kid friendly hotel in Las Vegas', then Excalibur would be it, despite everything else.

The memories that our family have of the Excalibur Hotel are great ones, and the children still talk of it to this day, but they haven't had the experience that we have, of staying at the Wynn, or Caesars, or Bellagio, or Treasure Island and so on, so they don't know what it could have been.

> How old is the Excalibur hotel in Las Vegas? - the answer is, built in 1990, it is 26 years old at the time of writing.

Rating ★★★☆☆

What is the oldest hotel on the Las Vegas strip? The Flamingo, at 3555 Las Vegas Boulevard South, opened on Boxing Day, 1946, with Bugsy Seigel at the helm for a cost of $6m and at the time had just over 100 rooms.

Flamingo - dead center of the strip, across from Caesars Palace

The Flamingo Hotel Las Vegas is located on the four corners of Las Vegas Boulevard and Flamingo Road at 3555, Las Vegas Blvd S Las Vegas NV. Built in 1946, this casino and resort under the Caesars Entertainment Corporation Casino-entertainment company has been operational for about seventy years with an estimated build cost of $4,000,000.

Situated on the Las Vegas Strip, the Flamingo Hotel is adjacent to two famous landmarks - The High Roller (World's Tallest Observation Wheel) - a 550 feet tall Ferris Wheel that offers views of the Strip and Las Vegas, and The Linq - a Hotel, Casino and Shopping Promenade on the Strip.

Four Seasons Hotel and Casino Las Vegas.
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At the Flamingo Hotel, there are over 3,700 rooms and suites. Accommodation options include the 'Forever Fab Suite', 'Fab Room', 'Go Room', 'Fab Executive', 'Go Executive', 'Studio', 'Go Mini Suite', 'Deluxe Suite', 'Royal Suite', 'Neapolitan Suite', 'Cosmopolitan Suite', 'Metropolitan Suite', 'Luxury Suite', and more. Guests can opt for the Strip view or the High Roller view.

The 'Center Cut Steakhouse' at the Flamingo Casino and Resort is a classic Vegas style steakhouse that offers a Dinner & Wine menu, a Dessert menu and a Happy Hour Menu.

Guests at the Flamingo hotel have access to the 'Margaritaville Casino', a large casino which is spread across 15,000 sq ft and provides access to 22 gambling tables, 220 slot machines and a bar. The casino is located next to Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville restaurant, and is also accessible from the Las Vegas Strip.

The hotel's GO pool is a 15 acre water playground and tropical retreat. Several special events are planned around the 21 and over, adult pool with celebrity appearances and DJ performances. There are 38 luxurious cabanas and day beds for VIP guests along with four blackjack tables and one craps table for poolside gaming.

For additional relaxation, the hotel offers access to a spa where guests can rest and relax. The spa is well-equipped with 3 whirlpool tubs, a eucalyptus steam room, sauna, relaxation area, iced towels and tea. Guests can choose between spa treatments for individuals, couples, parties and groups. For those who want to enjoy a workout, the Fitness Center contains free weights, resistance machines, treadmills and free climbers.

The hotel also has a full-service Uno Salon that offers a wide range of hair, nail and makeup services.

Guests at the Flamingo can shop at the stores located on the promenade there as well as The LINQ Promenade. Choices range from souvenirs, Flamingo apparel, candies and chocolates, jewelry, snacks, beverages and more.

Additionally, a number of comedy shows, dance and tribute shows as well as superstar performances are organized at the Flamingo round the year.

When are hotel rates the cheapest in Las Vegas? Having traveled to Las Vegas an official one zillion times, we can say that we find the cheapest hotel rates for Vegas to be between Thanksgiving and New Year, with December and August having really good rates if you shop around. Traveling in the week is also cheaper, no matter what the season, but the airlines and hotels have caught up very well on that one over the past few years in particular.

Four Queens - Downtown on the Fremont Street Experience, next to Golden Nugget and The D

The Four Queens Hotel and Casino opened in 1966 and is a located in downtown Las Vegas. With 690 rooms and 50,000 sq ft of gaming space it is one of the oldest casinos in Las Vegas. With many renovations over the years, the Four Queens has provided innovations such as Blackjack Switch.

Four Queens Hotel and Casino in Downtown Las Vegas.
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The rooms at Four Queens Hotel and Casino offer affordability and comfort though the smaller rooms design leaves a lot to be desired. I would assume the rainbow colored curtains and dull interior is just a ploy by the hotel to get you to want to leave the room more. Starting as low as $40 a night Guest Rooms may not be pleasing to the eyes but the beds are comfortable. There is not much difference between the Standard and Deluxe room other than the sq ft 290-325. All rooms offer access to high speed internet but you must pay a small fee to use it. The suites at the Four Queens are much more pleasing to the eye and at around $160 a night, worth the extra investment. As with the Guest Rooms the only difference in the Suites is the sq ft 620-650. Both the Petite Suite and Petite Deluxe Suite have a large sleeper sofa, chairs, dining area, and 32" tv.

If you wish to catch a show you can at the Four Queens Hotel and Casino in the Canyon Club Show Room. It offers an intimate environment that includes plush booths and sofas, rock n roll decor, and great cocktails. You can see comedic magician Mike Hammer perform sword and razor swallowing all while trying to get big laughs. If you go to Vegas there is no doubt you will run across an Elvis impersonator, but if you want to see one in action then you must see Steve Connolly. Widely considered the best Elvis in Las Vegas the Canyon Club presents his show Spirit of the King. With its downtown location Four Queens gives its guests a chance to step outside and experience Fremont Street. A must-see for any first time visitor to Las Vegas is Viva Vision, a 1,500 foot long canopy of lights suspended 90 feet in the air, with hourly light shows featuring music from acts like The Doors, Heart, Bon Jovi, and The Who. There are also zip lines, free nightly concerts, and much more available along Fremont.

Four Queens Hotel and Casino offers its guests several restaurants for their dining needs. Hugo's Cellar is the perfect place to take your special someone for a romantic dinner and a long stem rose. Popular menu items include: Queen's Lobster, Beef Wellington, Rack of Lamb, Cherries Jubilee, and Bananas Foster. Magnolia's Veranda is an affordable choice with a wide variety of items available 24 hours a day. Items include: New York Sirloin, Louisiana Gumbo, Rubens, and Barbecue Baby Back Ribs. If you just need a drink or small snack then you can head to the Patio Bar or Chicago Brewing Co.

There are over 1,000 slot and video poker machines as well as 27 table games at Four Queens Hotel and Casino. Slot machines include: Green Acres, Wheel of Fortune, Monopoly, Deal or No Deal, and Hot Hot Super Jackpot. The table games include: Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, Blackjack Switch, Mississippi Stud, 3 Card Poker, Let It Ride, and Ultimate Texas Hold'em. The casino also offers a sportsbook and Keno Parlor that features a One Million Keno Progressive.

Vegas Tip - Which hotels are owned by MGM Resorts in las vegas? Bellagio, Circus Circus, Aria, Mandarin Oriental, Vdara, Veer Towers, Excalibur, Luxor, Mandalay Bay, Delano, MGM Grand, The Mirage, Monte Carlo, and New York New York.

Four Seasons - very southern part of the strip

Opening in 1999, the Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas is one of the few hotels located on The Strip that doesn't include a casino. Of course because of its location you won't have far to go if you feel the need to roll the dice as it is across from the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. The Four Seasons main focus is giving its guests a luxurious environment to enjoy their vacation or business trip without the distraction of an onsite casino.

Four Seasons Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
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With only 424 rooms the Four Seasons is one of the smaller hotels on The Strip but what it lacks in rooms it make up for in luxury. The smallest rooms normally start at $179 and are a spacious 500 sq ft which rivals some suites at other hotels. The suites at Four Seasons start at 1,100 sq ft and move up to 2,225 sq ft; each with gorgeous views of The Strip. Internet is included in all rooms. Transfer service from and to the airport is only available for those who book suites. Because of its location a high cab fare can be avoided if you ask your driver to avoid tunnels and the freeway. As of this writing; the Four Seasons also offers transport within 3 miles of the hotel by a Mercedes Benz. It is not a round-trip service and there is only one vehicle but if you can get to it before someone else it's worth the effort. I would call or message before your trip to find out more.

As mentioned earlier the Four Seasons wants to make your stay as relaxing as possible, as such they have one of the best spas in Las Vegas. There are 12 different treatment rooms including: skin therapy, body care therapy, massages, gentlemen's rooms, nail bar, waxing, and couples rooms. It really has to be seen to fully take in its beauty so I would suggest viewing the spa's website. If you are in Las Vegas for a wedding this would be an excellent option for a bridal party. If you prefer to take in a view holes of golf you can head to the Bali Hai Golf Club which is only 3 miles from the hotel. You could also pick one of the many experience packages the Four Seasons have to offer. From romantic packages that include a dinner prepared in your room by a private chef or a helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon to sports packages featuring Nascar, UFC, and basketball events.

While the Four Seasons only has two restaurants onsite, both have won numerous awards and retain the same level of luxury the hotel provides. The first; Veranda, is modeled after an Italian trattoria and features classic and reworked dishes. Dishes include: Margherita Pizza, Beet Carpaccio, Cavatelli Sorrentina, Cime Rapa, and Glazed Limoncello Walnut Tart. If you would prefer a top quality steak then you would want to go to the other restaurant at the Four Seasons; Charlie Palmer Steak. With a focus on steak the restaurant also includes excellent seafood and creative side dishes. Dishes include: Yellowfin Tuna Tartare, Japanese Kobe Beef, Maryland Blue Crab Oscar, and Lobster Fried Rice. If you don't want to visit either restaurant then you have plenty more options to choose from on The Strip.

The Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas is one of the most elegant hotels located on The Strip. If you want to feel pampered while on your vacation or business trip then the Four Seasons is one of the best options available. Featuring great rooms, spas, amenities, a non-casino environment and award-winning food you could easily remain in the hotel your entire stay. However, if you do need to gamble you have many great options nearby at Mandalay Bay and the Luxor.

Rating ★★★★★

Vegas Tip - What hotel is Surrender in Las Vegas? That's easy, Surrender nightclub is in the excellent Encore at Wynn hotel on the north end of the Las Vegas Blvd.

Fremont Hotel - at the heart of Downtown Las Vegas

The Fremont Hotel and Casino opened in 1956 and has 447 rooms and 32,000 sq ft of gaming space. Part of the famous Fremont Street Experience, it is an icon among icons in the city which it is why it appears in lots of films.

The rooms at Fremont Hotel and Casino are small but feature inviting interior designs at a wallet friendly cost. The Deluxe rooms come with either a king bed with 240 sq ft or two doubles with 288 sq ft of room. For more room you can book the 544 sq ft Deluxe Suite which includes a king bed, refrigerator, dining area, and flat screen tv. All rooms include wifi and access to the rooftop pool. As an added bonus, Sam's Town shuttle makes stops at the Fremont and surrounding casinos offering guests a ride to the Las Vegas Strip.

Four Seasons Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
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When it comes to dining, Fremont Hotel and Casino offers popular restaurants for its guests and the guests of other nearby hotels. One of the most popular is the all you can eat Paradise Buffet and Cafe which features a surprisingly elegant atmosphere. It features eight food stations filled with a variety of cuisines that will please all your culinary desires. With Steak, Prime Rib, Seafood, Sushi, tons of Desserts, and even Champagne; you can't help but find something to enjoy. Recognized as one of the best restaurants in Las Vegas,Second Street Grill features a mix of American and Pacific Rim cuisine. The menu includes: Ahi Sashimi, Escargot and Sancho Seared Scallops, Oyster Glazed Salmon, Prawns Stuffed with Lump Crab Meat, and Mongolian Rack of Lamb. For those with a taste for Chinese and American dishes you can visit the Lanai Express. Its menu has: Sweet and Sour Chicken, Orange Chicken and Pepper Steak, Shrimp Cocktails, Hot Dogs, and Hamburgers. Other dining choices include Tony Roma’s, Dunkin Doughnuts, Rocky Mountain Chocolate, and The Filament.

Fremont Hotel and Casino has been home to some of the biggest entertainers of Las Vegas' past like Wayne Newton. Though its days hosting shows has gone, there are still plenty of acts to see along the Fremont Street Experience. Boasting the gigantic Viva Vision LED screen, Slotzilla zip lines, live music, and shopping there a many ways for guest to be entertained. Free concerts include: Gary Sinise and the Lt Dan Band, 80's Station, Blue String Theory, Tony Marques, and Yesterday. Another popular Vegas tradition is to head to Binion's and take a picture with a one million dollar pile of money. If you want a free chance at $2,500 head to both Binion's and Four Queens for a free spin on the slots.

The casino at Fremont Hotel and Casino includes all the basics a guest could want without having to hit one of the larger casinos on the strip. It has 24 table games including: Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, and Baccarat. There are over 1,000 video poker and slot machines available so that guests can go for that big jackpot win. Machines include: Bier Haus on Tap, Dragon Mistress, Mystical Fox, and Super Wild Cherry. The sports book at Fremont offers numerous screens to view as you sit in comfort and watch the events unfold.

One of many historic resorts in downtown Las Vegas, the Fremont Hotel and Casino offers guest an affordable that does not skimp on comfort. With excellent restaurants, a bustling entertainment center just outside, and great casino, Fremont is a smart choice for guests looking to get a feel of classic Las Vegas.

What is the best value hotel in Las Vegas? Rather than answering purely on the cost of a room, we answer this question based on room costs versus hotel amenities and location. To that end, we say that the best value hotel in Las Vegas is one of the following: Paris, Flamingo, Bally's, New York New York, The D and Golden Nugget.

Gold Coast - off the strip, next to the Rio, across from Palms

The Gold Coast Hotel and Casino opened in 1986 and is about a mile off the strip. Though it is a smaller resort with fewer entertainment options its location affords guests the option to head over to the Palms or Rio for their entertainment needs. The hotel contains 711 very low priced but quality rooms while the casino gaming area is a modest 87,000 sq ft. If you are heading to Las Vegas on a budget then the Gold Coast Hotel and Casino should be one of the first resorts you look to book.

Gold Coast Hotel and Casino, off-strip in Las Vegas.
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When I say the Gold Coast is budget friendly I don't exaggerate; you can easily book a deluxe room (360 sq ft) for as little as $39 a night or a suite ranging from 720-1,400 sq ft for under $200 a night. The rooms are pretty standard in comparison to other resorts but are very well maintained and clean. One of the downsides to the low price is the quality of internet offered. Wifi is included with the room but is only 1 Mbps for three devices but if you need more power for your laptop, you can pay an additional $10 to boost the internet to 10 Mbps. The Gold Coast also charges for shuttle service if you wish to head to the strip but is far from the only resort to charge for this service.

It should come as no surprise that a hotel that charges so little for rooms is relatively devoid of entertainment options. If you are in Vegas just to gamble then you should like that the Gold Coast offers very little to distract you from the gaming area. However if you're in town for some thrills then you will need to find it off-site. The Gold Coast does have a showroom but you are unlikely to see any major talent here. The resort also has a 70-lane bowling alley which can be a fun option if you have the right group of friends with you. Your best bet to be entertained is to either take a shuttle to the strip or head across the street to the Rio for a Penn and Teller show or the Palms for a show in its theater.

The dining options at the Gold Coast are thankfully not plagued by the same low budget feel of the entertainment options. It is home to one of the most popular restaurants in Las Vegas, Noodle Exchange. It is well known for its Pho but includes other dishes such as Salt and Pepper Calamari, Lemon Chicken, and Mini Hot Pots. What would a trip to Las Vegas be without a trip to a buffet? Gold Coast is home to Ports' O Call Buffet which has just about anything a guest could want to eat or drink. BBQ, Crab Legs, breakfast and lunch options, some of the best Prime Rib in town, even free Champagne on Sundays. Other restaurants include: Cornerstone Classic American Steakhouse, Ping Pang Pong, TGI Friday's, Red Zone, Subway, and Java Vegas Coffee.

> Gold Coast Hotel and Casino is a budget-friendly, locals-friendly, gaming-friendly, bowling-friendly - just a great, friendly place to stay in Las Vegas

The Gold Coast has 48 table games featuring: Blackjack, Roulette, Craps, Pai Gow Poker, Baccarat, Let It Ride, and Three Card Poker. Though the gaming area is small there is a surprisingly large number of slot machines; over 2,040 in fact. These machines have a history of paying out big with Jackpots over ten million dollars. If you have a favorite machine you can go to the Gold Coast to see if they have it. The sportsbook area has 90 seats available with a screen at each one so you can watch the horses or whatever game you have action on. There is also both Keno and Bingo available at Gold Coast.

Though Gold Coast Hotel and Casino isn't as glitzy or filled with entertainment options like other resorts in town, it is one of the cheapest places to stay. The low cost shouldn't discourage the casual traveler since the rooms are still high quality rooms. The atmosphere in the casino is always electric and the dining options rival those on The Strip. If you are on a budget, then the Gold Coast would be a perfect resort to start your Las Vegas experience.

Rating ★★★☆☆

Which hotel has a roller coaster in Las Vegas? New York New York, Circus Circus and Buffalo Bill's are all Las Vegas hotels that have roller coasters on-site. Hotels like the Stratosphere have some excellent thrill rides, but these are not roller coasters.

Golden Gate - in Downtown, next to Golden Nugget and close to the Plaza

The oldest and smallest hotel on Fremont street, Golden Gate Hotel and Casino, opened 110 years ago in 1906 as the Hotel Nevada. Known for its famous Shrimp Cocktail, Golden Gate Hotel and Casino has only 122 rooms and 35,000 sq ft of gaming space. Though the space is limited it is well worth booking a stay at a piece of Las Vegas history.

Golden Gate Hotel in Downtown Las Vegas.
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Golden Gate Hotel and Casino may be over a century old but the furnishing and style each room offers does not show its age. The Standard Guest rooms are far from standard with warm tones and modern furnishings. Range between $98-$112 a night depending on the number of beds, each room includes: Serta pillow top mattresses, wifi, 32" HD tv, and Bath and Body Works products. For a huge step up in luxury you can book one of Golden Gate's Suites for $233 a night. With a style that includes Swing-era carpeting, Art Deco, and modern touches, the suite is something to behold. Each suite has: climate control, a king bed, 50" HD tv, sectional sofa, and rainfall shower. For the high roller the Golden Gate offers two gigantic Penthouse Suites on the fifth floor. The room has: custom carpets, artwork, two bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, 3 large tvs. There is also an outdoor patio with grill, lounge seating, fireplace, wet bar and large tv. If you wish to stay at Golden Gate Hotel and Casino be sure to book well ahead of time because the space is very limited.

Though the dining options at Golden Gate Hotel and Casino are slim, there is one item that draws hundreds of tourists and locals from all over Las Vegas to the resort; the Original Las Vegas Shrimp Cocktail. When first introduced in 1959 it cost only 59 cent; today it will cost you $3.99 but is still a bargain for the all the shrimp you get. You receive a tulip glass filled with cold water shrimp in a tangy, spicy sauce. Just don't expect to get it quickly as there is normally a long line to get this Vegas icon. For a proper meal you can eat at Du-Pars Restaurant and Bakery and try the best pancakes in America according to Esquire. Menu items include: Chicken Apple Sausage, Steak Pot Pie, Monte Cristo Sandwich, Gourmet Meatloaf, and Lemon Garlic Chicken Breast. There is also a score of other restaurants not far from Golden Gate along Fremont for guest to dine out.

For entertainment guests of Golden Gate Hotel and Casino will need to venture out to the Fremont Street Experience. With live concerts, performers, shopping, zip lines, and much more guests are sure to find a thrill somewhere along the street. OneBar at One Fremont Street has bartenders in bikinis serving frozen drinks while dancing. There is also Viva Vision that features hourly light shows to music on the largest LED screen in the world. The whole vibe on Fremont is that of a large block party which can not be said for The Las Vegas Strip.

Golden Gate Hotel and Casino may have a small gaming area but still offers all the basics a gambler could want. There are 650 slot and video poker machines; the majority of which are slots. The machines include many of the modern classics as well as thirty vintage coin operated machines. There are 19 tables games to for guests to play Blackjack, Craps, and Roulette. There is also a Sports Book on site so you can try to turn a hunch or educated guess into a huge payday. If the casino at Golden Gate is just too small for you to enjoy there are scores more you can reach on Fremont Street.

Golden Gate Hotel and Casino is over 100 years old but it does not stay trapped in the past. With modern rooms, its iconic shrimp cocktail, and ideal location on Fremont Street, it is a great place to stay to experience classic Las Vegas.

Vegas Tip - Who owns the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas? Caesars Entertainment Corporation.

Golden Nugget - near to Binion's casino and Golden Gate on the Fremont Street Experience

Nestled deep in the heart of Las Vegas' world famous Fremont Street for over 70 years, the Golden Nugget luxury hotel offers guests the largest casino in the downtown area, boasting over 2,400 deluxe rooms and suites.

Originally built in 1946 with a theme centered around California's Gold Rush of the 1800s, the hotel is one of the oldest casinos in the entire city and is now owned and operated by Landry’s, Inc.

The hotel is perhaps most known for having aquarium-sized shark tanks and the world’s largest gold nugget, dubbed “Hand of Faith,” currently on display. The nugget, which measured in at 18 inches in length and 960 ounces in weight, was first displayed at the casino in 1981 and is estimated to be worth about $1 million. Other signature attractions are Red Sushi restaurant and Vic & Anthony’s Steakhouse.

Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino in Downtown Las Vegas.
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In the early 70s, famed Las Vegas entrepreneur and businessman Steve Wynn bought a stake in the Nugget, eventually becoming its majority shareholder, making him the youngest casino owner in the city at the time. Over the next two decades, Wynn opened three hotel towers as a part of the Nugget and eventually sold it and all of his other properties to Kirk Kerkorian in 2000, becoming a part of his MGM-Mirage empire.

In 2004, the Golden Nugget was sold to Poster Financial Group for $215 million, which was owned by Timothy Poster and Thomas Breitling, who began his career as a weatherman and sports anchor for KILM, a religious television station based in Glendale, California.

PFG significantly upgraded the hotel after it gained control of its operations by installing new cashless slot machines and increasing the maximum amounts bettors can gamble at table games to $15,000. The story of Poster and Breitling's ownership became the premise for “The Casino,” a TV series on Fox that premiered in June 2014.

In February of 2005, the hotel was bought by its current owners -- Houston-based Landry's, Inc. The sale of the property closed in September, and the Golden Nugget started a 14-month renovation period that cost about $100 million.

After its completion in 2006, the hotel continued to grow, kicking off Phase II of its renovation project, worth $70 million in 2007. Phase II made the resort bigger by expanding it westward onto First Street. In 2009, Phase III of the project was completed, which saw the opening of a 500-room, $150 million hotel tower along with the Chart House restaurant. Currently, the Nugget's total gaming space amounts to 38,000 square feet.

The casino has never shied away from the spotlight as it has been featured in numerous movies, such as the James Bond film "Diamonds are Forever (1971)" and “Smokin’ Aces (2006) and prominent video game franchises, such as "Street Fighter" and "Fallout".

The Golden Nugget now has four locations across the nation, including Laughlin, Nevada; Atlantic City, New Jersey; Biloxi, Mississippi; and of course, Las Vegas, which is located at 129 Fremont Street Experience and currently offers rates starting from $49 a night, according to its website.

Vegas Tip - When was Caesars Place hotel in Las Vegas built? Construction on Caesars palace began in 1962 and it opened in 1966.

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - off the strip, to the east, on Paradise and Harmon

Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas

The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino opened in 1995 and has become a major draw for artists of all genres to come and perform. Located a little over a mile off The Strip, it has 1,503 rooms and a relatively small 30,000 sq ft gaming area. Staying true to its root, the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino's main focus remains entertainment.

The smaller rooms at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino start at $95 and range from 460-476 sq ft. If you need a little more space you can move up to a suite which starts at $141 and range between 604-2,807 sq ft. If you need more room than the regular rooms and suites provide for your bridal party or gambling crew then you can check into one of the many villas offering various designs and styles. You have your choice of one or two stories and the styles range from punk themes to subtle Chinese designs. If you are in town for a bachelor party then the Bachelor Pad would be a perfect choice to hold the party as it comes equipped with its own dancer pole and lap dance booths. If you want to stay in a room worthy of a rock star then you should book the Paradise Tower Penthouse. The massive room feature 3 king beds, multi tv entertainment center, a raised stage, and an amazing view of The Strip.

Chances are if you are staying at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino it is to see a concert and the resort has no shortage of amazing acts to see. For a more intimate environment you can catch a show at the Vinyl while larger shows can be seen at The Joint. If you'd prefer to catch a show outside you can head poolside for Friday Night Live at the Pool and enjoy drinks and dancing in the cool night air. Acts appearing soon at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino include: Gary Allan, Adam Devine, Keith Sweat, Ginuwine, Rob Thomas, Epica, and Green Day's American Idiot. Sure to be a popular show for bridal parties; Magic Mike Live opens at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in March of 2017.

After the concert you might feel the need to grab something to eat and the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino has no shortage of options to please ever guest. One of its most popular restaurants; Culinary Dropout, offers live shows, cocktails, and amazing food. Among its most popular items are the Fresh Baked Pretzels, Ribs, Chili, Pierogies, even Vegan Burritos. Another highly rated restaurant in the resort is the Pink Taco which offers just that, pink tacos. Other Mexicali dishes include: Queso, Chicken Fajitas, Fresh Guacamole, Ahi Tuna Tostados, and Diablo Nachos. However the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino offers many more dining choices which include: 35 Steaks + Martinis, Nobu, Fu Asian Kitchen, Goose Island Pub, Fuel Cafe, and Pizza Forte.

Though the gaming area at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino may be small in comparison to other resorts of its size it does include a poker room. Offering daily tournaments and regular cash games it is the perfect spot for the card player in your party. If you want to try your hand at a slot machine they have over 600 available, some starting at a penny. If you prefer table games there are 95 tables available featuring: Blackjack, Craps, Baccarat, Pai Gow, Progressive 3 Card Poker, Ultimate Texas Hold'em, Let It Ride, and Big 6. The sportsbook is situated in a sports bar environment with memorabilia around the bar and tvs to watch the action.

The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino may have built its reputation around rock and roll but the resort has more to offer then just a good show. With great restaurants, stylish rooms, a poker room, and excellent live venues, the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino is a great place to stay off The Strip.

Who owns the Hard Rock hotel and casino in Las Vegas? Hard Rock is owned by Brookfield Asset Management and Warner Gaming, which makes it sound a lot more drab than it actually is.

Harrah's - on the strip, across from Caesars Palace and in between The LINQ and Casino Royale

Harrah's Las Vegas began as the Holiday Casino in 1973, becoming Harrah's in 1992. With 2,677 rooms and 90,637 sq ft of gaming space Harrah's offers plenty of gaming opportunities and some of the cheapest rooms available on The Strip. However, unlike other hotels with low cost rooms, Harrah's Las Vegas also offers plenty of entertainment and dining options.

To say that Harrah's offers low cost rooms is an understatement considering its location on The Strip. Though not as luxurious as other rooms on The Strip, Harrah's rooms start as low as $30. The Carnaval rooms are 340 sq ft and offer the basics of most hotel rooms though the wifi will cost a small fee to use. If you want a room with a few more perks you can book a suite at $150 which includes a whirlpool tub and 680 sq ft of floor space. If you'd like more room than that you can book the Presidential Suite. At 1,200 sq ft and averaging between $550-$650 a night, it is a reasonable price for a suite with a living room and dining area in comparison to other Strip hotels.

Harrah's Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
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When it comes to entertainment Harrah's Las Vegas covers just about every field you could want to see: magic, concerts, musicals, and production numbers. If you are a fan of Oldies music or Dirty Dancing then you will want to stay at Harrah's so you can catch The Righteous Brothers. Singing many of their hits such as: You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin', Unchained Melody, The Time of My Life, and Soul and Inspiration to name a few. If you prefer magic with a bit of comedy then the Mac King Comedy Show should be high on your list of must sees. Though the show has a traditional look it features some of the most astounding magic tricks in all of Las Vegas. Harrah's also features two musicals, Menopause the Musical and Million Dollar Quartet which ends its run this December. Replacing Quartet in December will be Tenors of Rock; a group from the UK that brings new life to classic songs. Finally if you wish to see a more adult oriented show you can catch X Country which features topless burlesque shows backed to top Country hits. If you really want to come out of your shell in Vegas you can buy a ticket to join the dancers on stage.

When it comes to dining at Harrah's Las Vegas the resort offers more restrained options than some hotels. Though they may not feature fusion cuisine or experimental dishes the restaurants offer food aimed to please common palate. One such restaurant is Ruth's Chris Steak House specializes in steaks and New Orleans cuisines. Recommended dishes include: Pan Roasted Chilean Sea Bass, Petite Filet With Shrimp,Crab Cakes, and of course the steaks. If you have more of a taste for bar food then Toby Keith's I Love This Bar and Grill is sure to quell your needs. Featuring Southern food like: Fried Bologna Sandwiches, BBQ Bacon Burgers, Fried Catfish, Fried Twinkies, and Shrimp BLT Po' Boys you are sure to enjoy a taste of the South. Other restaurants include: Oyster Bar, Fulton Street Food Hall, and Flavors the Buffet.

With over 1,200 slot and video poker machines as well as 80 table games, Harrah's Las Vegas offers plenty of ways for you to take the money you saved on the room and hopefully win big. Rumored to be some of the loosest slot in Vegas you can bet a penny up to $500 if you like. Table games include: Blackjack, Craps, Baccarat, Roulette, 3 Card Poker, Pai Gow, and Let It Ride. The Race and Sports Book at Harrah's is massive and has all the features necessary to keep you happy as you watch to see how your bet plays out. There is also Keno available as well as a poker room with daily poker tournaments.

Though it won't cost you a large chunk of your vacation fund to stay at Harrah's Las Vegas, it does not affect the quality of the resort. The rooms are nice; not luxurious, and the gaming, food, and entertainment options far exceed what you would expect for the cost of your room.

Vegas Tip - What was the first hotel on the Las Vegas strip? El Rancho Vegas was the first hotel on the strip, opening in 1941 before it was destroyed by a fire in 1960. The oldest hotel on the strip still in operation is The Flamingo Las Vegas which opened in 1946.

Hooters - on E Tropicana Ave near to Tropicana and MGM Grand

Originally opening in 1973 as a Howard Johnson Hotel it would go through five more name changes before becoming Hooters Casino Hotel in 2006. With 696 rooms and 35,000 sq ft of gaming space it is a moderately sized resort located off The Strip. In keeping with the same theme as the restaurants it should come as no surprise that most of its income does not come from the casino floor.

When it comes to the rooms at Hooters Hotel Casino there are not many options available as far as size goes. Most of the rooms are 350 sqft with similar perks: internet access, tv, armoire, and king bed. The only differences are the locations and views which are Tower, Strip View where you can check out the lights on The Strip, or Pool View which affords guests a view of the Hooters pool. The only large suite offered is the Jacuzzi Suite which is 850 sq ft which includes a sofa and jacuzzi tub. If you are looking to stay in extravagance then Hooters Casino Hotel should not be your first pick. The resort offers reasonably priced, clean rooms with very little frills.

Entertainment is another feature lacking at Hooters Hotel Casino but it does a lounge called the Night Owl Showroom that offers comedy and musical shows. These include: Country Superstars a tribute to Country artists new and old, Comedy Daredevil features Ryan Stock and Amber Lynn performing sideshow acts with comedic undertones, and finally The King which features one of the best Elvis tribute shows performed by Trent Carlini. Due to its location near The Strip, you can always head out and catch bigger shows at one of the other resorts.

Hooters Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas.
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If you have decided to stay at Hooters Hotel and Casino chances are you are a fan of the restaurant so it should be no surprise that the resort contains a Hooters. If you have dined at one before then you know what you are getting; great wings and sides delivered to your table by beautiful Hooters Girls. Pete and Shorty's Book and Bar is a great spot to catch a bite after placing a bet on one of the large tv screens available. With a bar and serving many bar foods such as burger, wings, and chili you can enjoy the company of your friends or the patrons and celebrate your wins or tip a beer to your loss. For a more intimate environment you can choose the Mad Onion Fine Foods and Spirits. Dishes include : Prime Rib, Fettuccine Alfredo, Nachos, and Ribeyes. Other dining options include the Hooters Saloon and Lobby Bar. As with the entertainment you are close enough to The Strip to seek out more dining options at the other resorts.

Though the Hooters Hotel and Casino's gaming area is small it does stick out from the others in town since it includes Hooters Girls heading the table games. The Hooters Hotel and Casino overs only 22 table games but they are the classics: Blackjack with a 3:2 payout on blackjack, Craps, Roulette, and Pai Gow Poker. There are also 370 slot and video poker machines including: The Hangover, Ghostbusters, Sex and the City, Alice in Wonderland, Megabucks, and Wheel of Fortune.

While the Hooters Hotel and Casino doesn't offer much to warrant choosing it over one of the other hotel near The Strip, it doesn't shy away from what has kept the restaurants in business for so long. If you are a fan of the restaurant or would just prefer playing in a smaller casino then Hooters Hotel and Casino would be the choice for you.

Vegas Tip - What hotel do celebrities stay at in Las Vegas? For stays, Skylofts at MGM Grand have become the celebrities preferred hotel in recent years. If you are just wanting to see celebs eating and drinking, then the Caesar's Palace, Bellagio, Hard Rock Hotel, Encore and Palazzo are great spots to catch them at the club or on the casino floor.

The LINQ - in between Flamingo and Harrah's, across from Caesars Palace in the center of the strip

The LINQ Hotel and Casino opened on the Las Vegas Strip in 1959 as the Flamingo Capri, becoming The Linq in 2014 following on from the other names it held, Imperial Palace and most recently, The Quad. The resort has 2,640 rooms and a gaming space of 118,000 sq ft for guests to enjoy. It also includes The Linq Promenade which features open air shops, dining, and concerts.

The LINQ Hotel and Casino review, Las Vegas.

The Linq Hotel and Casino offers smoking and non-smoking rooms with uniquely designed interior decorations and is located at about the center of The Strip. Rooms start as low as $39 but there is a resort fee that covers: local calls, access to the fitness center, and wifi. The non-smoking 250-350 sq ft Deluxe Room has a king bed and includes: 47" LED tv, rain shower, and modern furnishings. The Luxury Room offers more space with 400 sq ft and has two queen beds. For a room with a more toned down interior you can book the 701 sq ft Deluxe Queen Suite. The room includes: two queen beds, two LED tvs, living area, and rain shower. For a relatively cheap but elegant penthouse stay; $700 a night, the 1,067 sq ft Linq Penthouse is a great choice. The penthouse includes: a king bed, eclectic artwork, dining area, living area, board games, Bose speakers, and kitchenette.

The Linq Hotel and Casino has a small but nice selection of restaurants available for its guests at the resort. Guest can head out to the Promenade a much greater selection of food to choose from. For guests that like traditional foods with a twist, Guy Fieri's Vegas Kitchen and Bar offers just that. Popular menu choices are: Trash Can Brisket Nachos, Fireball Whisky Wings, Bacon Mac-n-Cheese Burger, and S'mores Monte Cristo. A favorite dining spot for Las Vegas locals, Off The Strip offers Italian bistro dishes and some of the best desserts on The Strip. The menu includes: Lamb Gyro Cheesesteak, Penne Pesto Salmon, Beef Stroganoff, Chicken Avocado, and great Cheesecake. For Mexican food, live entertainment, or a chance to ride a mechanical rooster guests can eat at Chayo Mexican Kitchen + Tequila Bar. The menu has: Crispy Habanero Chicken, Pork Enchiladas, Mahi Mahi Tacos, Chorizo Sopes, and Diablo Shrimp. Other dining options include: Hash House a Go Go, Nook Cafe, and Nook Express.

The Linq Hotel and Casino does not offer many entertainment options at the resort; especially by other Strip resort standards. There are a few options in the theater and nightclubs but you can always head out to The Promenade or one of the other nearby resorts for better entertainment options. At the Linq Theater you can see magician Mat Franco, a former winner of America's Got Talent. The show features humor mixed with amazing large scale magic tricks that are always evolving. For something completely different you can take in Frank Marino's Divas Las Vegas. The show features a large cast of impersonators of Cher, Rihanna, Katy Perry, Britney Spears, and more. Guests can also head out to The Promenade for shopping, live events, and a ride on the High Roller ferris wheel.

The Linq Hotel and Resort offers its guests 830 slot and video poker machines as well as 55 table games. The slots accept wagers of $.01 to $25 and the machines include classics and new machines. The table games include: Blackjack, Roulette, Craps, Big Six, Pai Gow Poker, and Let It Ride. The Linq also has a sports book for guests to place bets on hockey, horse racing, and everything in between. There is plenty of seating available for guests to sit and watch the sports on of the numerous big screen tvs.

Though the interior design of some of the rooms at The Linq Hotel and Casino can be hard on the eyes, they are very affordable for a strip hotel. The hotel also offers a great central location for guests with tickets to the bigger shows at the other nearby resorts.

Vegas Tip - What hotel is next to the Palazzo in Las Vegas? That will be the Palazzo's sister propety, the Venetian.

Lucky Dragon - W Sahara Avenue - close to the north end of the strip

Lucky Dragon Hotel and Casino will be opening December 3, 2016 and is located near The Las Vegas Strip. The Asian themed resort has 203 rooms and a gaming space of 27,500 sq ft. The resort will feature an authentic Asian lifestyle experience with its interior design and cuisine choices.

Lucky Dragon Hotel and Casino features beautifully designed rooms in a grand Asian style. The Double Room with two double beds is between 351-369 sq ft for $188 a night. The room includes: complimentary tea, flat screen tv, lounge chair, desk, and dining area. The 500 sq ft Deluxe Room offers more space with a king bed and great views of The Strip. The largest room available is the 612 sq ft Suite with a king bed. The room includes: a flat screen HDTV with cable, pillow menu, dining area, desk with office chair, and Sothys bath amenities. I would check with the resort when booking the room to see if there is a resort fee.

Lucky Dragon Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas.
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Lucky Dragon Hotel and Casino will have five restaurants available for its guests to enjoy when the resort opens. Dragon's Alley will serve popular street food from China, Taiwan, and other regions of Asia. Its menus will have dim sum, barbeque, boba tea, as well as fresh live seafood. Pearl Ocean will give its guests the opportunity to pick the live seafood of their choice in one room and it will be to eat in another. Phoenix will feature more trendy dishes such as Kurobuta pork, and deer tendon, and abalone as well as a carefully selected wine list. For those wishing to learn more about tea; Cha Garden would be a great option. The menu offers a wide selection of teas and has a beautifully designed tea garden lounge area. The final restaurant available; Bao Now, will serve more Americanized dishes such as noodles, simple dim sum, congee, and rice. If you would rather try a non Asian dish you can head to the nearby SLS Hotel and Casino for a greater variety of dining options.

Lucky Dragon Hotel and Casino does not have any entertainment options as of yet. If you would like to see a show or concert you will need to visit The Strip. Luckily the Lucky Dragon is not far from the Encore at Wynn Las Vegas. The Encore has some of the best productions in town such as Le Reve - The Dream. Featuring an aquatic theater; the show's performers dance underwater, perform amazing high dives, and much more. Another great show to see is Steve Wynn's Showstoppers. The show features many beloved Broadway numbers brought to life by 66 dancers, singers, and musicians. If you would rather try your hand at winning a prize rather than money you can play the Midway at Circus Circus. With games, arcades, amusement rides, and more you can experience a state fair atmosphere in the desert. These are just a few choices available to Lucky Dragon guests on The Strip.

The casino at Lucky Dragon Hotel and Casino is small but features an amazing interior with a pagoda shaped bar as well as a glass dragon sculpture hanging from the ceiling. The casino has 600 slot and video machines as well as 60 table games. The slots feature new and classic games that will satisfy most its guests. The table games will mainly focus on popular Asian games such as Pai Gow and Baccarat but will also include Western favorites like Blackjack. The Lucky Dragon will also have a VIP section for high rollers on a second level of the casino.

There is no way of knowing how good or bad Lucky Dragon Hotel and Casino will be until it is opened. Based on what it has to offer it looks like it will be an elegant choice for those who wish to stay off Strip. At the very least it would be worth booking just to be among the first wave of guests the casino will host.

Vegas Tip - What hotel does Justin Timberlake stay in Las Vegas? Justin, or 'T-man' as we like to call him, has stayed in numerous hotels to our recolection, including The Palms, MGM Grand, and The Venetian - he gets around, does T-man.

Luxor - southern end of LV Blvd.

The Luxor Hotel Las Vegas is situated on the famous ‘Las Vegas Strip’ at 3900 Las Vegas Blvd S Las Vegas NV. This hotel is part of MGM Resorts International. Opened in 1993, the hotel has been operational for about 23 years with a build cost of approximately $375,000,000.

At the Luxor, there are about 4,400 rooms and suites categorised into ‘Pyramid Deluxe Queen Room’, ‘Pyramid Deluxe King Room’, ‘Cleo Pyramid King Deluxe Room’, ‘Cleo Pyramid Queen Deluxe Room’, ‘Tower Deluxe Queen Room’, ‘Player Deluxe Room’, ‘Tower Deluxe King Room’, ‘Pyramid King Suite’, ‘Deluxe Tower Premier Suite’, ‘Tower Premier Suite’, and more.

The giant Sphinx outside the Luxor Hotel.
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The hotel serves a variety of cuisines at its restaurants such as Asian, American, Mexican, Steakhouse, Seafood, and Dessert / Coffee. Some of the restaurants at the Luxor Hotel include Public House, Rice and Company, Pyramid Cafe, More the Buffet, Backstage Deli, Luxor Food Court, Slice of Vegas, and more.

Those who want to enjoy nightlife at the Luxor can choose between the Lax Nightclub, Aurora Bar, Centra Bar and Lounge, Flight Bar, High Bar and Playbar. In fact, the High Bar, Playbar, Aurora and Centra Bar and Lounge are open 24 hours a day.

The hotel offers an ‘M life Rewards’ Program through which guests can earn credits when they spend on dining, hotel, entertainment, spa and gaming etc. There are 5 reward tiers including Sapphire, Pearl, Gold, Platinum and Noir.

The Luxor is also known for its casino and gaming experiences. The 120,000 square feet Casino offers 62 table games including Craps, Roulette, Blackjack, 3 Card Poker, etc. Customers can enjoy free cocktail service as they play. There are more than 1,100 video poker, slot machines and multi-game machines for those who like to try their luck.

The Luxor Poker Room is open every day and hosts a number of tournaments regularly. At the smoke-free Race and Sports Book betting arena, guests can watch some of the biggest horse races on the monitors and plasma TV’s.

There are plenty of meeting places at the Luxor for those who would like to host their official meetings and conventions. In addition, the Luxor also has a Business Center that offers state-of-the-art business services to guests.

At the Luxor Hotel, couples can tie the knot at any of the wedding venues available here. These include The Chapels at Luxor, Lax Nightclub & Velvet Room, Titanic, Centra, Pyramid & Sphinx, and Cabana & Patio.

The hotel also offers special Wedding packages as well as services of Wedding Coordinators who provide professional assistance to plan weddings at the Luxor. Other additional services include videography, reception planning, spa packages, etc.

Guests can rest and relax at the Luxor at its Nurture Spa which offers body treatments, signature facials and soothing massages. The pool area totals 19,000 square feet with four large sections. The poolside cabanas and daybeds are another attraction where guests can laze around.

Who owns the Artisan hotel in Las Vegas? The Artisan, a tiny hotel by Vegas standards, with just 64 rooms, is a hotel at the north end of the strip that is owned by The Siegel Group, who have taken a hotel that had a poor reputation and turned it into a really intimate hotel for those with a daring side.

Main Street Station - on the east side of Downtown, close to The California

Main Street Station Casino Brewery Hotel opened in 1978 in downtown Las Vegas. It has 406 rooms and a 28,500 sq ft gaming area. Though it is a small resort by the modern Las Vegas standards it offers a good stay without the higher price tag.

Main Street Station is known for its Victorian theme and museum pieces but the rooms fine examples of modern design. The Deluxe Room start as low as $38 a night with either a king bed or two queens. The room is 400 sq ft and includes: a refrigerator, flat screen tv, hair dryer, ironing board and access to wifi but you must pay a fee. The Deluxe Suites at Main Street can cost up to $150 a night depending on what site you book on. The suite is 642 sq ft and includes: a sitting area, wet bar, complimentary wifi, and flat screen tv. The Sam's Town shuttle offers free transport to The Las Vegas Strip from Main Street, you can ask about the schedule at the desk.

Main Street Station Hotel and Casino in Downtown Las Vegas.
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Main Street Station only has two restaurants in the resort but both are highly regarded and have received numerous rewards. Garden Court Buffet is massive with an elegant Victorian era interior and cuisines from around the world. The buffet features: Spaghetti, T-bone Steaks, Kalua Pork, Tilapia, Salmon, Prime Rib, and Pecan Pie. The buffet also has a pizza station where you can watch as the pizza is made and placed in the brick oven and emerging in all its glory. Triple 7 Restaurant and Microbrewery features six handcrafted beers and dishes in a laid back atmosphere. Menu items include: Mushroom Burgers, Korean Tacos, Philly Cheese Steak, Center Cut Pork Chops, Mahi Mahi, and Nachos Grande. There are also many dining options available to guests along Fremont Street.

As with most hotels downtown Main Street Station lacks in house entertainment options. If you have a passion for history or curiosities you can spend time viewing the resorts collection by grabbing a map at the desk and searching. Items of interest include: the bronze doors and facade from the Royal Bank of Kuwait, a portion of the Berlin Wall, Louisa May Alcott Pullman car, and stained glass from the Lillian Russell Mansion to name a few. Most guests choose to head outside to take in the entertainment available at the Fremont Street Experience. Attractions include: Viva Vision which offers a light show hourly on its massive screen, free concerts, zip lines, shopping , and street performers. You can also catch the shuttle to The Strip to catch a show at one of the mammoth resorts if you want to go all out.

The casino at Main Street Station is a small but impressively decorated space. There are 800 slot and poker machines as well as 25 table games available to play on. The slots include: Cats, Diamond Spinner, Family Feud, Pharaohs Fortune, and Whale Song Progressive. The table games offered are the standards: Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, Baccarat, and Pai Gow. The casino does not offer a sports book but there are plenty of casinos near by to serve those guests that enjoy betting on the horses.

Main Street Station is one of the smaller resorts in Las Vegas but offers a its guests a chance to step back in time with its antiques and Victorian design. With two of the best restaurants in downtown Vegas and a great location near the Fremont Street Experience it offers its guests a perfect stepping off point for their Vegas journey.

Vegas Tip - What hotels are close to MGM Grand? These are Hooters Casino Hotel, America's Best Value Inn, New York New York, Excalibur, Motel 6, and Tropicana.

Mandalay Bay - most southern strip Hotel & Casino

If you want to stay at one of the largest resorts in Las Vegas then you can't get much bigger than the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. Mandalay Bay opened on The Strip in 1999 and features 3,309 rooms, 135,000 sq ft of gaming space, a 2,000,000 sq ft convention center, 12,000 seat event center, and a tram connecting it with the Excalibur and Luxor. If this will likely be your only trip to Las Vegas it is well worth booking a room here, albeit in a location that's further than you may think to the center of the strip.

Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino.
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With so many rooms I could probably go on for numerous paragraphs so I will aim to give a sampling of what Mandalay Bay has to offer. The prices are hard to pin down because you look hard enough online you can find a great deal on a room. All rooms include have wifi available with a paid resort fee. The Resort King room is 550 sq ft, beautifully furnished, includes his and her closets, and some of the best views on The Strip. If you need a slightly larger room for multiple guests then the 1,450 sq ft Panoramic 2 Bedroom King would suit your needs. If you want one of the best views of The Strip then Vista Suite offers a 180 degree view. At 1,705 sq ft there is seating for 14 people if you need to make plans in the room before heading out with your party. The Media Suite is 2,170 sq ft and features a surround sound theater, Bose stereo system, multiple televisions, 949 sqft parlor, and room to host 35 people. This is just a small sample of the options available at Mandalay Bay.

If entertainment is what draws you to Mandalay Bay then you will have no shortage of events and shows to choose from. You can see over 2,000 animals at the Shark Reef Aquarium such as sharks, sea turtles, piranha, stingrays and many more. If you'd prefer to catch a show then you should grab tickets to Michael Jackson One. Featuring the music of the King of Pop, the show involves 63 performers doing acrobatics and aerial stunts as well as amazing choreographed dance numbers. If you want to see a concert or event then you can catch: Phish, Tim Allen, Ray Romano, David Spade, Amy Grant, Wayne Brady, and Carrie Underwood (whenever they are performing) to state a few. There is really something for everybody at the Mandalay Bay.

The dining options at Mandalay Bay are quite numerous and span the world's cuisines in its inspiration. One such restaurant is Fleur by Hubert Keller offering dishes from around the globe. With meals like Martie's Grilled Salmon Paillard, Roasted Organic Chicken Breast, Brownie Lollipops, and Classic Tiramisu diners can enjoy the taste of elegance. If you have a taste for Japanese then Kumi would be a great place to start since it fuses a Japanese menu with Korean American hints. Meals include: Spicy Miso, Whitefish Carpaccio, Kobe Tataki, Shishito Peppers, Japanese Eggplant, and Hokaido Seared Scallops. The list of restaurant available can be overwhelming but to mention a few more: Border Grill, Rick Moonen's RM Seafood, Aureole, Rivea, RX Boiler Room, and Stripsteak. If you plan on visiting Mandalay Bay then you owe it to yourself to check out their website for a full rundown of the restaurants and booking information.

If you manage to make it to the casino at the Mandalay Bay then you will be treated to one of the largest casino spaces in Las Vegas. If you want to play Blackjack, Roulette, Baccarat, or Craps you will have 120 tables to choose from. If the video poker or slots are more your taste then there is a staggering 2,000 plus machines waiting to turn your dollars into jackpots. Available machines include: Blazin' 7's, Wheel of Fortune, Megabucks, Monte Carlo, and Super Spin. If you'd like to place a bet on the horses or your favorite football team then the Race and Sport Book at Mandalay Bay is one of the most spectacular places to do so. Featuring big screens for viewing as wells as individual viewing areas you can enjoy the event you bet on unfold in luxury. Finally if you want to ante up at a poker table then Mandalay Bay offers one of the best poker rooms in Las Vegas. Offering cash games, daily tournaments, and various types of poker including Texas Hold'em, Crazy Pineapple (ftw), and Omaha there is no shortage of options for you or your guests to choose.

If it seems like I've missed something then you would be correct as it is impossible to easily narrow down all that Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino has for you to explore. With at least 30 places to eat, multiple shows and productions happening daily, thousands of rooms, and convention options, Mandalay Bay has all you could ask for in a vacation destination or conference location.

Vegas Tip - How tall is Mandalay Bay hotel? Mandalay Bay is a whopping 146.3 meters tall.

Mandarin Oriental, close to the center of the Las Vegas strip

Whether you are in Las Vegas on business or pleasure, you will find the Mandarin Oriental Hotel a good choice for a relaxed, comfortable and luxurious stay. The Mandarin Oriental Hotel is situated at 3752, Las Vegas Boulevard South and has much to offer to the discerning traveler.

Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Las Vegas.
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A part of the award winning and world renowned Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, the Mandarin Oriental Hotel combines the best of both worlds - a prime location in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, and a non-gaming, smoke-free setting that spells restfulness, tranquillity and undisturbed comfort.

Known as the only Forbes triple five-star luxury hotel ensconced along The Strip, the Mandarin Oriental stands out for its architectural detailing, LEED® certified sustainable design from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), and a service quality that attracts travelers from all over the world. The hotel has many prestigious awards to its credit.

With an eclectic choice of 335 contemporary guestrooms and 57 large spacious suites, spread across 47 stories of architectural excellence, the Mandarin Oriental stands tall, offering heart warming views of The Strip, the city and of course, the breathtaking mountains that surround this area.

The hotel offers a wide choice in rooms such as the Cityscape Room, Strip View Room, Mandarin Premier Room, Strip View Suite, Cityscape Suite, Penthouse Suite, etc. The rooms are designed with subtle Asian-inspired elements and a stylish décor that complements the room's uncompromising comfort and luxury. As the sun sets on Las Vegas, the Vegas Strip truly comes alive. So whether you are in the mood to step out and immerse yourself in the Vegas experience or prefer to stay in the warm comforts of your room watching the city lights, Mandarin Oriental will not disappoint.

> So plush is the Mandarin Oriental, that you feel not worthy of even passing by on the sidewalk.

There is no dearth of dining options at the Mandarin Oriental with a fine mix of fusion restaurants to suit varying tastes and preferences. These include the Twist, MOzen Bistro, Mandarin Bar located on the 23rd floor, Tea Lounge and the Pool Café. Each restaurant promises state-of-the-art service quality and an unforgettable dining experience that is bound to satiate your palette and bring you back for more.

Leisure time is a lot of fun at the hotel's Jacuzzi, Beauty Salon or the relaxing spa for those who are looking for some much-needed rest and relaxation after a tiring day. The 27,000 sq ft spa comprises of 16 treatment rooms, relaxation lounges, steam rooms, sauna and much more. The Chinese foot spa is especially popular as well as the picturesque pool deck.

For those who want to host business meetings and private events at the hotel can choose between the technically-equipped Business Center, and the Mandarin Boardroom and the Oriental Ballroom.

Vegas Tip - How early should I book a hotel in Las Vegas? It is almost always best to book your room early, normally around three months out. The cheapest rates are usually Tuesday though Thursday. If you will be staying at a hotel with a convention center or near one, check that a convention is not happening since rates are normally raised for those dates.

Marriott Grand Chateau - just off-strip, in between MGM Grand and Planet Hollywood

The 643 room Marriott's Grand Chateau opened in 2005 and is located just off the The Las Vegas Strip. Though it doesn't have its own casino, its location offers its guests plenty of options to choose from when they want to go gaming. It is closest to Planet Hollywood Hotel and Casino but guests can easily reach The Strip and head down to any of the larger resorts like the MGM for gaming or food.

If you stay at Marriott's Grand Chateau, a small but increasing rare perk available to guests is free wifi without having to pay a resort fee. It should also be noted that there are renovations being made at Marriott's Grand Chateau but are due to be completed in November 2016. The single bed 435 sqft guest rooms start out at $319 a night and includes a king bed and sofa bed. If you have a large group you are ordering rooms for there are connecting rooms available. If you would like a small 695 sq ft villa they start at $329 a night. These also include a king bed and sofa bed but also include a living area and dining area. The largest rooms available are the 2,095 sq ft 3 bedroom villas which are $636 a night. It features a kitchen area with dishwasher, washer and dryer, and 3 bathrooms. If you happen to have some money burning a hole in your wallet you can also purchase a timeshare at Marriott's Grand Chateau.

Marriott Grand Chateau, Las Vegas
 Marriott Grand Chateau, Las Vegas

Marriott's Grand Chateau does not offer many dining options so you will likely need to head out to The Strip for your dinner needs. If you just need a drink then one of the better bars in towns is located on the roof of the hotel along with a pool. Skybar 38 offers drinks, great views of The Strip, and poolside service. If you'd like a burger or some appetizers you can hit the Level 5 Pool Bar and Grill for those needs. The only other options are The Marketplace and Lobby Bar. If you prefer something more then you will need to hit The Strip to eat; Hamada of Japan is nearby and an excellent option. It offers Japanese dishes, Sushi Bar, Steaks, Tempura, and Sake. If you want a more traditional American meal with cool biker memorabilia then the Harley Davidson Cafe is less than a tenth of a mile away. Other nearby choices include: P. F. Chang's China Bistro, Michael Mina at Bellagio, Morton's the Steakhouse, and Eiffel Tower Restaurant.

If you are staying at Marriott's Grand Chateau and want to catch a show or gamble you will have to leave the hotel and go to one of the other resorts nearby. Some guests could see this as a hassle but with its location near The Strip they are close to all the major casinos and entertainment venues in town. It would be a good idea to view the options beforehand and order tickets for the bigger shows like Celine Dion before your trip so you are not left out in the cold at the box office. Guests also have plenty of gaming options as most of the resorts on The Strip contain the largest casinos in all of Las Vegas.

While the Marriott's Grand Chateau does not offer the same bells and whistles as most hotels in Las Vegas its location affords its guests great access to the strip. So if you would like a room without having to deal with the hassle of casino guests wandering around ,then Marriott's Grand Chateau would be an excellent choice for your trip.

Vegas Tip - What hotel replaced the Stardust Hotel in Las Vegas? It is currently being built as Resorts World Las Vegas and is expected to be complete in 2018 - but this is Vegas and anything can happen in the next half hour

MGM Grand - across from New York New York, east side of the strip

The newest incarnation of the MGM Grand Las Vegas originally opened in 1975 as the Marina Hotel and Casino before becoming the MGM in 1993. With an amazing 5,044 rooms it is the largest hotel in the United States. It also has 171,500 sq ft of gaming space and a 380,000 sq ft convention center. When it comes to resorts none come much bigger or spectacular than the MGM Grand.

Though the rooms at the MGM Grand Las Vegas are not cheap; they normally start at $220 a night, they are among the most luxurious and comfortable on The Strip. It is possible to find a good deal online for a room, but there is also a resort fee of $35.84 for wifi access, local calls. and fitness center access. The West Wing King is 350 sq ft and features sleek designs with a king bed and is one of the best "small" rooms in Las Vegas. For more space and luxury the Skyline Terrace Suite offers both in spades. The suite is 1,300 sq ft with an 800 sq ft terrace and features a vaulted ceiling, dining area, living area, and whirlpool spa tub. If you prefer privacy; and have money to spare, you can book one of the villas at the MGM which range from 2,400 sq ft to 12,000 sq ft. It is best to visit the MGM's website to fully take in the level extravagance the villas have to offer. These are just a handful of the options the MGM has for its guests; with over 5,000 rooms one will surely fit your needs.

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To say there are numerous dining options at MGM Grand Las Vegas is an understatement. There are dozens of great restaurants for guests to enjoy; the only real problem will be picking one to eat at. Hakkasan Restaurant pairs a Shanghai-Chinois chic interior with a modern take on traditional Cantonese cuisine. The menu includes: Black Truffle Roast Duck, Spicy Prawn With Lily Bulb and Almond, and Crab Meat With Sweet Corn Supreme Soup. Crush offers American cuisine with handpicked wines and beers to compliment the menu. Dishes include: Wild Mushroom Pizza, Ricotta Gnocchi, Filet Mignon Tartare, and Cream Puff Threesome. For a taste of Creole , Emeril's New Orleans Fish House showcases classic Louisiana comfort foods. Featured meals include: Tune Poke, Pecan Crusted Texas Redfish, Crab Stuffed Gulf Shrimp, and Fried Florida Frog Legs. More restaurants to consider are: Joel Robuchon, Michael Mina Pub 1842, Fiamma Trattoria and Bar, Morimoto Las Vegas, and MGM Grand Buffet. Of course this is just a small sample of the food options available at the MGM.

The MGM Grand Las Vegas offers some of the biggest entertainment choices on The Strip in every genre such as magic, productions, and concerts. For those that enjoy theatrics, KA by Cirque Du Soleil is one of the best shows in Las Vegas. The show follows the journey of twins seeking to fulfill their destiny all while featuring high flying acrobatics, pyrotechnics, and martial arts. If you prefer magic David Copperfield one of the top performers; ever, resides at the MGM. World renowned as one of the greatest illusionist of all time, he will amaze and entertain everyone in your party. Another popular show at the MGM is JabbaWockeez, an astonishing mix of dancing, special effects, and great music. The performance is perfect for all ages should you be vacationing with the whole family. There are also numerous concerts taking place at the MGM Grand, performers include: Toby Keith, Luke Bryan, Tim Mcgraw, and many more.

The casino at MGM Grand Las Vegas is one of the largest on The Strip with over 2,600 slot and video machines as well as 140 table games. The machines at MGM take bets from $.01 to $1,000 and feature many classic machines and new favorites. Some machines available include: The Flintstones, Friends, Gong Xi Fa Cai, and Ellen Degeneres. The resort also hosts frequent slot tournaments and events. The table games include: Craps, Blackjack, Roulette, Baccarat, Pai Gow Poker, Casino War, and more. The poker room at the MGM Grand is considered the best poker room on The Strip. The non-smoking room offers tableside massage service and tableside food or beverage delivery. The resort also provides daily poker tournaments with various guaranteed prize pools. The sports book has seating for 104 guests with numerous screens to watch sports from around the world. There are also skyboxes available if you would rather enjoy watching the events unfold with your friends.

The MGM Grand Las Vegas should be high on your list of resorts to stay at in Las Vegas if you don't mind the price. The price is well worth it though for what the resort has to offer, with the level of quality from its dining, entertainment, and casino. It is an example of the absolute best that the big Las Vegas resorts have to offer.

Vegas Tip - What hotel is Twin Peaks in Las Vegas? Twin Peaks is next to Planet Hollywood Hotel and Casino and is somewhere that you'll find plenty of guys while their girlfriends have gone to the Forum Shops!

Mirage - next to Treasure Island and across from Harrah's and Casino Royale

When The Mirage Resort and Casino opened in 1989 it ushered in the modern era for Las Vegas casinos. From its gold dust tinted windows to its iconic volcano and the many spectacular shows offered; the Mirage remains a place to see. With 3,044 rooms and a massive 100,000 sq ft gaming area it is easy to get lost in the many avenues of fun the Mirage has to offer.

The Mirage has rooms tailored to just about any budget; whether you are a casual gambler or whale the Mirage has something to fit your needs. The lower end rooms start at 394 sq ft and move up to over 1,200 sq ft for suites. But if you are in Las Vegas to throw a large amount of money on the tables then one of the villas would be the best bet for your money. From the small (2,650 sq ft) to the large (8,554 sq ft) all provide their guests with all the luxuries a high roller could desire. All villas include a person concierge, 24 hour butler, 24 hour chef, private pool, luxury transport from and to the airport, as well as private gated entrances. The only complaint to be made is that unless you can afford the villa you will have to seek out a paid shuttle or cab from the airport because the Mirage does not provide a free shuttle.

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The Mirage has been a mecca for entertainment from its very inception, featuring classic boxing matches, concerts, and was the long time home of Siegfried and Roy. Though the act was forced to retire their legacy lives on at the Mirage in the Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat that bears their name. You can see the numerous animals the pair raised as well as interact with dolphins. However if you are coming to the Mirage for the first time then you must take in the Beatles inspired Cirque du Soleil show Love. The Mirage spared no expense to host the show building an all new theater to better present the show so it plays on all the senses. Whether it is the use of the original master tapes or the amazing performances of the entertainers; ten years on and the show is still not to be missed. But there really is no shortage of entertainment for guests with acts like Terry Fator, Tim Allen, Boyz II Men, Aces of Comedy and Cher.

> The Mirage can be kitsch, can be camp, can be classy, can be opulent, can be startling and can be fun - I've never had a bad experience in the Mirage - it's a most welcoming place

As for eating, the Mirage offers so many options it would take multiple trips to try them all. With all the variety it might be surprising that a restaurant focused on American cuisine is so popular but STACK is near the top of many regulars' list. Focusing on classic steak and fish dishes as well as many other comfort foods you can grab something quickly before hitting a show or the casino. If you would like to savor something a little more elegant then you should book a table at Portofino Ristorante. With a charming Tuscan inspired setting it offers amazing takes on Italian classics and fusion dishes like the Crab Cake Arancini. Other restaurants include: Tom Colicchio's Heritage Steak, Pantry, Fin, The Still, Samba, Cravings, Japonais, but that is only a taste of what the Mirage has to offer.

With all the splendor the Mirage offers it is easy to forget about the casino; however if you make it to the floor you won't be disappointed. One of the biggest reasons to choose the Mirage over other casino is they still have a poker room. Though many casinos have shut their rooms down, the highly praised poker room at the Mirage lives on with numerous tables and daily poker tournaments. If you'd rather bet on sports instead then you can do it in style at the VIP seats in the casino's sports book. You are free to move about as you like without losing your seat as well as enjoy unlimited beer and cocktails. If you prefer the slots there are over 1,700 machines from at the Mirage ranging from a penny to $1,000. As no casino would be complete without table games and the Mirage has 131 tables waiting to see your chips. These include: Blackjack, Baccarat, Craps, Pai Gow Poker, Roulette, Let It Ride Poker, Three Card Poker, Crazy 4 Poker, and Ultimate Texas Hold'em.

As you can see there is much to take in at the Mirage but I couldn't possibly write about it all without going on for pages. The fact that it has managed to continue to be inventive after a quarter century in one of the toughest industries in the world should be telling enough to warrant a visit to the Mirage.

Vegas Tip - How old do you have to be to get a hotel room in Las Vegas? It mainly depends on the hotel as it is about a 50/50 split between 18-21 years old. If the hotel has a reputation for its party atmosphere you will likely need to be 21 due to the number of bars. It is best to check the casino's website (all Vegas casinos websites are listed at the bottom of this page) or call ahead to be sure.

New York New York Hotel and Casino, across from MGM Grand, Excalibur and where Las Vegas Blvd. meets Tropicana Ave.

Opened in 1997, New York New York Hotel and Casino offers a taste of the Big Apple out West. Boasting a skyline that includes the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, as well the Statue of Liberty; there should be little doubt you have arrived at your destination. The hotel currently has 2,024 rooms and over 84,000 sq ft of gaming.

Perhaps the most iconic feature at the resort is the appropriately named, The Roller Coaster. Reaching speeds of 67 mph and a height of 203 ft, the coaster gives guests a chance to escape to Coney Island. If you would prefer something more slow paced and delicious you can visit Hershey's Chocolate World. Here you can see an 800 lb chocolate Statue Of Liberty, a Jolly Rancher flavor wall, Hershey's Bake Shoppe, and even create your own wrapper.

As with most resorts in Las Vegas, New York New York Hotel and Casino also offers plenty of entertainment. Zumanity is a show created by Cirque du Soleil to appeal to adults and therefore no one under 18 is allowed in the theater. It features a cabaret feel with risque outfits and performances. If that isn't your thing you can always head to the T-Mobile Arena to catch events such as boxing, UFC, NCAA basketball, bull riding, or concerts. Some of the upcoming acts include: Carrie Underwood, Kanye West, George Strait, and Bon Jovi.

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Once you are hungry you will want to check out one of the many top quality restaurants. Perhaps the best is Gallagher's Steakhouse which offers aged steaks, amazing appetizers, and even better sides. Though the price tag can be high, if you are going to splurge this is the spot to do it. Anyway, there are always low cost buffets available if you end up on the wrong end of a hand of blackjack. If you are looking for a truly New York experience then you must grab a slice of pizza from the New York Pizzeria. Baked in the same manner as they do in the real New York City, just be sure to fold it over before you eat. Other restaurants include: Tom's Urban, Nine Fine Irishmen, Il Fornaio, America, Breakfast at the Big Apple, Broadway Burger Bar and Grill, Chin Chin Cafe and Sushi Bar, Gonzalez Y Gonzalez, and MGM Grand Buffet to name a few.

> I always take in a walk around New York New York on my Vegas visits. I'm not sure why, but it feels like it's the done thing. A part of the experience for me, even if it's not #1 on my list of hotels to stay at in Las Vegas.

Now for the most important part; the casino area itself. If you are coming to Las Vegas, more than likely you have come to gamble. While the lack of a poker room is the only real flaw to New York New York Hotel and Casino's gaming area, there is still tons of action to scratch that gambling itch. With over 67 gaming tables you should have no trouble finding a seat to try your hand at: Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, Mini Baccarat, Let It Ride, Big Six, Three Card Poker, Texas Holdem' Bonus, or Crazy 4 Poker. If you prefer the one armed bandit then there are over 1,500 slot machines for you to try and coerce the jackpots from. Some of these include classics and new machines such as: Wheel of Fortune, Megabucks, Jackpot Party, Blazing 7's, Top Dollar, Sex in the City, Monopoly, Goldfish, and Wizard of Oz to name a few. You can also place bets on numerous sporting events at New York New York's Race and Sports Book.

So if you would like to head to Las Vegas but want to also get a taste of New York City then New York New York Hotel and Casino is your best option without adding a trip to the East Coast. There are many icons of the Big Apple to take in as well as restaurants that rival any in the original city. You can also take in amazing shows and sporting events without the need to fight traffic or take the subway. And as always there is more than enough gaming available for your needs unless you are wanting to play in a poker tournament. However, it is Vegas so you shouldn't have to look too far.

Vegas Tip - What are some good hotels in Las Vegas? It would depend on what you are looking for. Do you like gaming, partying, luxury, etc? Probably the best hotel based on guest service and luxury would be the Mandarin Oriental. The best overall casino/hotel would be a toss up between Wynn, Encore, Cosmopolitan, Bellagio and The Venetian. For entertainment, it would be either Caesars Palace or Planet Hollywood.

Oasis at Gold Spike - in Downtown close to Fremont and Downtown Grand hotels

Oasis at Gold Spike originally opened in 1962 as a Travel Inn before it was renovated and reopened in 2010 as the Oasis. If you would like to stay at the Oasis be prepared to book well ahead of your trip as there are only 50 rooms available. It might be small but for its price and location it is worth the effort to book if you want to avoid the larger casinos and enjoy the Fremont Street Experience.

At Oasis at Gold Spike most of the rooms are the size of your standard hotel room, with the exception of the Real World Suite. Though wifi is included, oddly, the Oasis does not include alarm clocks or phones in their rooms. If you need either of these you can ask for them at the front desk and they will place them in the room - or just use your phone, duh! Starting at only $24 a night the Standard Queen actually has bunk beds, a flat screen tv, spa like shower, and specialized skin care products. If you want a queen bed then you can book the Premier Queen for $44; dogs are allowed in this room. For more room you can book the $79 a night Suite Queen with a 42" flat screen tv, seating area, and walk-in closets. If you are hosting a bachelor party or in town for a wedding you can host your guest in the Real World Suite for $1,500 a night. At 5,000 sq ft there should be more than enough room for your guests. There are 3 bedrooms with 7 beds, 3 rooftop patios, full-size fridge, full kitchen, and living room.

Oasis at Gold Spike Review, Downtown, Las Vegas.
Oasis at Gold Spike Hotel in Downtown Vegas.

Oasis at Gold Spike does not have any restaurants on-site so you will need to step over to the Gold Spike for your closest dining option. Fiddlestix features breakfast and classic cafe food items in a futuristic setting. The center of the room features a quartz table with built in iPads with wifi access. Menu items include: Alcoholic Milkshakes, Philly Cheesesteak Fries, Chicken Pesto Panini, Chicken Pineapple Flatbread Pizza, and Dirty Tots. This is just one of many restaurants in the area so just because the Oasis is food desert you will not go hungry.

For entertainment guests of the Oasis at Gold Spike can head over to the Gold Spike and bring out their inner child in its Backyard. The Backyard has over-sized games, a bar, a mini stage for live bands, and a tiny house. Games you can play include: Giant Beer Pong, Shuffle Board, Cornhole, Twister, Soccer Pool, and Giant Chess. If you would prefer more options you can head down Fremont Street and enjoy all the options it has to offer like Downtown Container Park. The Park has street performers, variety acts, movie nights, and live music performances. You will also want to visit Viva Vision for the hourly light shows and its street party atmosphere. If you would rather gamble then you will need to go to one of the many casinos in the area as well. With choices like Four Queens, Fremont, Golden Gate, Golden Nugget, and Binion's you will have plenty of choices to try to win big from.

While the Oasis at Gold Spike does not offer its guests much on-site, it does offer cheap rooms near the busy Fremont Street Experience. Most travelers spend the bulk of their time away from the rooms anyway so if you would rather save money to spend in casinos then the Oasis is a good call.

Vegas Tip - Who owns the Palazzo Hotel and Casino? That'll be the Las Vegas Sands Corporation

Orleans Hotel and Casino - on W Tropicana Avenue

Located just off the Las Vegas Strip, The Orleans Hotel and Casino opened its doors in 1996. The resort has 1,885 rooms and a gaming space of 135,000 sq ft that includes what is considered one of the best poker rooms in Las Vegas. It also has a 9,500 seat multipurpose arena that hosts sporting events as well as concerts.

Orleans Hotel and Casino review, Las Vegas.
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The rooms at The Orleans Hotel and Casino are very affordable and feature decor inspired by New Orleans. There is a resort fee of $17.91 that covers wifi, local calls, access to the fitness, and in room coffee maker. The resort also has a shuttle to The Strip and its sister property Gold Coast Hotel and Casino. The Deluxe Room is 450 sq ft and includes either a king bed or two queens and starts at $40 a night. The room offers only the basics and you will need to rent a refrigerator should you need one. The Premium Rooms are the same size as the Deluxe and around the same price; the only difference are the views available. I you want some luxury the best option is to book one of the Deluxe Suites. The Executive Suite is the smallest at 900 sq ft and includes multiple tvs, garden tub, and king bed. The largest is the Presidential Suite at 2,500 sq ft and includes: multiple tvs, jacuzzi tub, living area, and 24 hour room service. Though the rooms are not as nice as most in Las Vegas they are affordable and give guests great access to The Strip.

The Orleans Hotel and Casino has a surprisingly number of dining options when compared to other off Strip resorts. Prime Rib Loft features aged beef with special seasonings and slow roasted to perfection. The menu includes: Roast Corn Chowder, The Beefeater Cut, Roasted Salmon, Creole Tenderloin Tips, and Bananas Foster. For a taste of the Bayou; Big Al's Oyster Bar serves popular Creole/Cajun favorites. Dishes include: Jumbo Crawfish, Oysters Rockefeller, Jambalaya Pasta, Bouillabaisse, and Seafood Chowder. If you would rather enjoy a beer with classic pub foods then Bailiwick is an excellent choice. Its menu includes: Brisket Fries, Reuben Egg Rolls, Short Rib Chili, Fish and Chips, and Primavera. There is also a food court with many popular restaurants such as: Fuddruckers, Subway, Sbarro, Rocky Mountain Chocolate, and Java Vegas Coffee.

Unlike most off Strip resorts, The Orleans Hotel and Casino offers its guests a wide range of entertainment options such as concerts, comedy, and sporting events. The Orleans Showroom is a popular destination for performers off Strip. Upcoming shows include: REO Speedwagon, Steven Wright, Josh Turner, Leeann RImes, and Engelbert Humperdinck. The Orleans Theater offers sporting events, award shows, NCAA basketball, and much more. Events coming to the theater soon: WCK Muay Thai, Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular, Stellar Gospel Music Awards, and World Men's Curling Championship. The Orleans also familiar entertainment options you can get back home with its arcade, bowling alley, and 18 screen movie theater.

The Orleans Hotel and Casino has one of the largest casinos of any of the off Strip resorts. There are over 2,600 slot and video poker machines for guests to try and win big on. Machines available include: Bettie Page, Big Red Lantern, Double Strike Gold, and Dragons Dominion. If you would prefer to roll the dice there are 60 table games available. The games offered include: Craps, Blackjack, Roulette, Pai Gow, Baccarat, and Let It Ride. The biggest draw to the casino is its 35 table poker room which is open 24 hours a day. Offering daily tournaments; seasoned poker veterans and new players alike have a chance at winning big at the tables. The Orleans also has a massive 125 seat Race and Sports Book with multiple screens to view all the action as it unfolds. There is also a Keno Lounge where you can watch as the numbers are selected.

The Orleans Hotel and Casino might be an off Strip resort but it offers just as much bang as some Strip resorts. The rooms are not on the same level as most resorts in Las Vegas but the price and the offerings at the resort make up for that.

Vegas Tip - Which Las Vegas hotels are connected? Mandalay Bay, Luxor, and Excalibur are connected by tram. Palazzo and Venetian are connected. Bally's and Paris Las Vegas are connected. Mirage and TI are connected by tram. Wynn and Encore are also connected.

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Palace Station - on W Sahara Avenue, close to Lucky Dragon, Stratosphere and Circus Circus

Palace Station Hotel and Casino originally opened in 1976 as the simply named The Casino before becoming Palace Station in 1984. The resort has 1,028 rooms and a gaming space of 84,000 sq ft. Palace Station Hotel and Casino is located about two and a half miles off The Las Vegas Strip.

Palace Station Hotel and Casino review, Las Vegas.
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The rooms at Palace Station Hotel and Casino are among the lowest priced in Las Vegas but are clean and comfortable. The resort offers a complimentary shuttle to and from the airport as well as a free shuttle to The Strip. There is a resort fee o $14.99 that covers: wifi, local calls, fitness center access, and daily local newspapers. The Courtyard King starts at only $24 a night and is 290 sq ft. The room includes a king bed, flat screen tv with cable, and shower only. The Luxury Tower Queen is 360 sq ft and can be booked for $79 a night. The room includes: two queens, 42" flat screen tv,shower only, and offers great views of the city. The Petite Suite is 450 sq ft and goes for $119 a night. The room offers: a king bed, 42" flat screen tv, sitting area with armchair and ottoman, and combined shower with tub. The room may be low priced but are great for the price; I would recommend spending the extra $55 for a Luxury Tower room for the view.

Palace Station Hotel and Casino offers its guest several award winning dining options which is rather impressive for an off Strip resort. If you are in the mood for steak or seafood you can visit the award winning The Charcoal Room. Featuring all the best cuts of steak and great customer service, The Charcoal Room is a must try dining spot. The menu includes: Oysters on the Half Shell, King Cut Prime Rib, Lobster Tail, and Buttermilk Fried Chicken. For those wanting Mexican cuisine you can head to Cabo Cantina for a laid back dining atmosphere. The menu offers: Chimi Taquitas, Pollo Asada Tacos, Burrito De La Casa, Quesadilla, and Camarones Del Cabo. Whether you have been up playing late or just starting out the day and are not sure if you want breakfast or dinner then Grand Cafe is the perfect place to eat. Featuring breakfast, lunch, and dinner options 24 hours a day, Grand Cafe has something for every craving. The menu includes: Belgian Waffles, French Toast, Mediterranean Frittata, BBQ Bacon Burger, and Meatloaf. Other dining options include: Feast Buffet, Little Tony's The Oyster Bar, Subway, Starbucks, and Food Express.

The entertainment options at Palace Station Hotel and Casino are slim by Strip resorts standards but they do feature live music and comedy every night. Featuring mainly local musicians and comics, Palace Station is a great place to watch young talent grow. Jack's Irish Pub hosts the acts so you can enjoy a beer as you take in the show. Of course if you would rather take in a bigger show you can always catch the free shuttle to The Strip for Celine Dion or one of the many Cirque du Soleil shows.

The casino at Palace Station Hotel and Casino has over 1,600 slot and video poker machines as well as 43 table games. The slots and video poker machines at Palace Station have a reputation as some of the loosest in town. During my stays at Palace Station I can say that reputation is well deserved. The slots include some of the newest machines such as: Orange is the New Black, Game of Thrones, Walking Dead 2, and Jumbo Dollars. The table games include Blackjack, Roulette, and Craps; however the majority of the tables are for Baccarat and Pai Gow. The Race and Sports Book at Palace features 230 seats and over 44 screens to view the action.

Palace Station Hotel and Casino is an excellent resort to stay at if you would prefer to avoid the controlled chaos of The Strip. The rooms are not extravagant but they are comfortable and provide great views of the city. The casino is large but has an intimate feel and offers some of the most generous machines in Las Vegas.

Vegas Tip - What hotels in Las Vegas have shows? Many of the hotels in Las Vegas provide shows; for a full list see https://www.vegas.com/shows/

Palazzo - next to Venetian, across from Treasure Island, and close to the Wynn

One of the newest resorts on The Strip, The Palazzo opened in 2007 and has won numerous AAA Five Diamond Awards. There are 3,068 rooms at The Palazzo, all of them 720 sq ft suites or better. There is also 105,000 sq ft of gaming space at the casino and The Palazzo's location allows for great access to the 2,250,000 sq ft Sands Expo and Convention Center.

Palazzo Hotel and Casino review, Las Vegas Strip.
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The rooms at The Palazzo are among the most elegant in all of Las Vegas but are priced well below their value. There is a $35 resort fee to cover: wifi, access to the fitness facility, daily newspaper, local calls, and access to the PressReader app in the room. The 720 sq ft Luxury Suite starts at $159 a night with a king bed. The level of luxury for this standard room has to be seen to be believed. The room also includes: a sunken living room, 130 sq ft bathroom with Roman tub, and HDTV. For a touch more elegance you can book the 940 sq ft Fortuna Suite which offers great views of The Strip and Palazzo Pool. Features include: a sitting area, walk-in closets, and 20" LCD tv in the bathroom. If you have come to Las Vegas to really treat with private bath, two queen beds, marble floors, jetted tub, full size living room. and much more.

The dining options at The Palazzo are just as amazing as the rooms with many ranked among the best in Las Vegas. As such it would be in your best interest to view the restaurants on The Palazzo website and book ahead of your trip to avoid being turned away at the most popular spots. One you should definitely book ahead for is Wolfgang Puck's American steakhouse CUT. The menu includes: Colorado Lamb Chops, Maple Glazed Pork Belly, Steak Tartare, Bone Marrow Flan, and Sauteed Dover Sole. For a fusion of Brazilian and Japanese cuisines in one of the most beautifully designed restaurants in LasVegas head to SUSHISAMBA. Some of the amazing dishes include: Duck Breast, Moqueca Mista, Tuna Tataki, Mushroom Tobanyaki, and Tonkotsu Ramen. If those in your party can not decide on one type of restaurant to eat at then the Grand Lux Cafe would be an excellent choice. The Grand Lux is popular amongst Strip walker for its low prices and large selection to choose from. The menu includes: Eggplant Parmesan Fritters, Korean Siracha Burger, Chicken Royale, and Smothered Catfish. More dining options include: Canaletto, The Dorsey, Delmonico Steakhouse, Lagasse's Stadium, and Paris Baguette.

The Palazzo has several entertainment options for its guests from stage productions, to concerts, to a vibrant nightlife scene. If you have a fondness for cabaret then Baz- Star Crossed Love is sure to please. Featuring a celebration of Baz Luhrmann's films with musical numbers and reenactments of classic scenes. Upcoming events also include: John Cleese and Eric Idle, Human Nature Jukebox, Willie Nelson, Mr and Mrs Vietnam Continents Pageant, and Diana Ross. The Palazzo hosts the biggest food and wine event in Las Vegas; the annual Ultimo weekend. The weekend starts with limo or Rolls-Royce pickup from the airport then features hot air balloon rides, gourmet picnics, and a grand banquet created by some of the most celebrated chefs in the world. The bookings for this year are nearly sold out so it would be best to plan and attend the event next year if it interests you. If you prefer the nightlife; perhaps the best club in town is TAO Nightclub at the nearby Venetian. Featuring some of the best DJs in the world and attracting guests such as Jay Z, Jamie Foxx, Madonna, and Usher it is the perfect spot to leave your inhibitions at the door.

The casino at The Palazzo offers its guests 1,900 slot and video poker machines and 139 table games to play at. The slot play experience at The Palazzo is among the best on The Strip with daily slot tournaments as well as machines offering bonus boxes with prizes such as jewelry, spa packages, and phones. The table games available include the classics like Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, and Pai Gow as well as new games like Imperial Baccarat. To place a bet on the horses or a football game you can head the Race and Sports Book at the Venetian. The room has seating for 118 guests and numerous screens to watch events from around the world. While you are at the Venetian you can also go the their poker room and enter one their daily tournaments and try to finish in the money.

There is no denying that The Palazzo is one of the best resorts to stay at on The Strip. You would be hard pressed to find a better price for the extravagant room offered. The elegance does not stay with the room as The Palazzo treats its guests to one of the highest standards of service on every level.

Vegas Tip - Which Las Vegas hotel has the most rooms? MGM Grand Las Vegas has the most rooms with 5,044.

Palms Hotel and Casino - off-strip on W Flamingo Rd, across from Gold Coast and Rio

The Palms Casino Resort started with a single tower in 2001 but added two more towers; one in 2005 and the third in 2008 , to bring the room total to 702. The Ivory Tower was the first and contains rooms that boast being named the best in the country after a recent remodel. The second tower; The Fantasy Tower, includes themed suites such as the two story Sky Villa which many celebrities choose to stay in. So if you'd like to sleep where the famous have laid their head; and have $40,000 a night to spend, this is the tower for you. The final tower; Palms Place, focuses more on relaxation and features spas designed to fulfill that need.

Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Las Vegas.
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Perhaps to make up for its location off The Strip, the Palms Casino Resort places a real focus on luxury and making its guest feel like stars. If you are going to go big in Las Vegas why not choose the Celebrity Suite? Located in the Fantasy Tower, these rooms are 2000 sq ft with a master bedroom, living room, an optional second bedroom, 2.5 bathrooms, and one of the best views of The Strip. If the room itself isn't enough to make you feel like a high roller you can always choose a VIP package to enhance your Vegas experience. These include golf getaways, complimentary bottles of wine at check in, spa specials, or date night activities to name a few. The Palms Casino Resort staff is always available to help you and your guests enjoy the stay to the fullest.

When it comes to dining, one of the most popular restaurants at the Palms Casino Resort is Alize' which specializes in French cuisine. If you'd like to watch The Strip come alive as you eat Pan Seared Foie Gras or Veal Wellington paired with the perfect wine then Alize' is a can't miss. If you are craving Italian then Nove Italiano would be the best option to satisfy your taste buds. You can go with classics like Chicken Parmigiana or get wonderfully prepared salmon to go with any of their terrific cocktails. However if neither option tickles your fancy, then Palms Casino Resort has many more options for your culinary delights. These include: N9ne Steakhouse, 24 Seven Cafe, Bistro Buffet, Cafe 6, China House, and The Eatery which features many popular fast food restaurants like McDonald's and Panda Express.

> Staying at the Palms Hotel and Casino is the closest thing to spending an evening in Hollywood without being there

Though the Palms Casino Resort doesn't have the same level of entertainment as casinos on The Strip, it makes up for it with its numerous clubs and bars. It's most popular bar; Ghostbar, is on the 55th floor of the Ivory Tower and features excellent views, cocktails, and a balcony with a glass floor if you aren't afraid of heights. Other spots include: Rojo Lounge, Social, Moon Nightclub, Tonic, and Rain. The resorts main entertainment area is the Pearl Theater, home to concerts and live events. Upcoming events at the Pearl range from the Ultimate Fighter Finale, Il Divo, Weezer, Blink 182, and Frankie Valli.

> The Palms is known for being an excellent hotel to party at in Las Vegas.

While the Palms Casino Resort doesn't have an overly large number of hotel rooms the casino; at 95,000 sq ft, is massive. The table games include many of the standards: Blackjack, Roulette, Craps, and variations of the classic games. There are over 1,300 slot machines at the Palms and are reputed to be among the loosest in all of Vegas. There is also a race and sportsbook area with numerous screens to watch as your bets play out. The only thing lacking is a poker room which was closed in 2014 following the lead of other casinos.

Though the Palms Casino Resort is not big on shows and entertainment it is big on luxury and elegance. With spacious well designed rooms, excellent restaurants, VIP atmospheres, and a vibrant nightlife the Palms has everything to make you feel like a celebrity if just for a few days.

Vegas Tip - Who owns the Mirage hotel? MGM Resorts International owns the Mirage casino hotel.

Paris Hotel and Casino - center of the strip, near to Bally's, Planet Hollywood and across from the Bellagio fountains

Paris Las Vegas Hotel and Casino opened in 1999 and features one of the many icons along The Las Vegas Strip; a half scale replica of the Eiffel Tower. The resort has 2,916 rooms and 85,000 sq ft of gaming space. The resort also has scaled down versions of the Arc de Triomphe and La Fontaine des Mers.

The Paris Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Boulevard

The standard rooms at Paris Las Vegas Hotel and Casino are very affordable and feature European stylings with Versailles fixtures. They have also won the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award. There is a resort fee of $32 to cover wifi, local calls, and access to the fitness center. The Classic Room starts at $59 a night and is 390 sq ft with a king bed. The room includes: custom European furniture, marble bathroom, and flatscreen tv. There is a steep increase in the rate if you wish to book a suite but they are among the best in Las Vegas. The 700 sq ft Classic Suite starts at $559 a night and has a king bed. Features include: a living area with couch, whirlpool tub, and private dressing area. For a chance to feel like royalty you can book the Napoleon Suite for $4,000. The 3,400 sq ft suite is one of the most beautiful suites in Las Vegas, featuring designs that harken back to the era of the French Revolution. The room also includes: fabric covered walls, chandeliers, living room with baby grand piano, five bathrooms, bathtubs with drapes, and so much more.

With its French theme, guests of the Paris Las Vegas Hotel and Casino should not be surprised that the resort has some of the best restaurants in Las Vegas. Mon Ami Gabi is perhaps the best French restaurant in Las Vegas with authentic dishes and a wine list that is second to none. Popular dishes include: Baked Goat Cheese, Wild Escargots With Garlic Butter, Filet Mignon Merlot, and Bananas Foster Waffles. Another popular restaurant at Paris Las Vegas is HEXX Kitchen + Bar. The restaurant features bean to bar chocolate makers as well as patio dining that allows for great views of the Bellagio Fountains. The menu offers: Chicken and Waffles, Tagliatelle Scampi, Roasted Sea Bass, Bucatini Carbonara, and Candied Bacon. What would a French experience be without a crepe? La Creperie is inspired by the walk-up shops in Paris and offers numerous fillings for the classic French delicacy. Some of the choices are: Caramelized Pear, Blueberry Lemon, Chocolate Cherry, Tomato Mozzarella, Shrimp Scampi, and Ham With Cheese. Some of the other restaurants at Paris Las Vegas are: Gordon Ramsay Steak, Yong Kang Street, Burger Brasserie, and Le Village Buffet.

The entertainment options at Paris are small in comparison with other Strip resorts but with its location its guests can easily reach the bigger shows on The Strip. The biggest entertainment draw for the resort had been Jersey Boys; the Tony Award winning musical, before ending its run in September. If you love the sound of the piano, then Napoleon's Dueling Pianos would be an excellent choice to see. In one of the most elegant lounges you will see in Las Vegas, two pianists battle by trading quips and playing classic and modern tunes as well as requests. For a more sensual experience, 53X features provocative dancers and musical numbers aimed to get you hot under the collar. There are also opportunities for audience participation do be warned if you are shy. Finally if you like mind tricks, Anthony Cools takes hypnosis to an all new; and saucy, level.

The casino at Paris Las Vegas Hotel and Casino has over 2,200 slot machines and video poker machines as well as 100 table games. The slot machines include classic machines as well as the newest games and are also located along the streetscapes around the resort. The table games offered include: Craps, Pai Gow, Blackjack, Roulette, Let It Ride, Baccarat, and more. There are also high limit tables for high rollers at the Salon des Tables. The sports book at Paris Las Vegas features projection tvs as well as individual monitors to watch all the action.

Paris Las Vegas Hotel and Casino offers its guests one of the best atmospheres of any resort on The Strip. With some of the best dining and rooms on The Strip, it only lacks greater entertainment options.

Vegas Tip - What hotels allow dogs in Las Vegas? Surprisingly, most hotels in Las Vegas allow pets, though you will pay extra fees. Some of the most pet friendly hotels include Four Seasons, Trump International, Staybridge Suites, Vdara Hotel and Spa, The Cosmopolitan, and Delano Hotel. When booking rooms on a hotel's website it will often include a pet friendly room overview but you can also call to verify the hotel's policy.

Planet Hollywood - center of the strip across from Cosmopolitan and next to Paris

Planet Hollywood originally opened as the Tally Ho in 1963 but spent most of its existence as The Aladdin before becoming Planet Hollywood in 2007. The resort has 2,567 rooms and a gaming space of 100,000 sq ft. The resort is home to some of the biggest shows on The Strip with Britney Spears and Jennifer Lopez headlining.

Planet Hollywood Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas.
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Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino offers affordable rooms with unique movie memorabilia incorporated in the designs. There is a resort fee of $35.84 for phone calls, wifi, and fitness center access; but be warned there are numerous other fees such as a $20 early check-in fee so check with the hotel before booking to avoid surprises. The 430 sq ft Hip Room is $55 a night and includes a king bed, 42" tv, Armoire, and desk. If you prefer more space the Strip Suite is 850 sq ft and starts at $200 a night. The room features: 42" flat screen, seating area, oversized soaking tub, and king bed. If you want to enjoy your stay in a suite worthy of a celebrity the 2,600 sq ft PH Bay Suite is a good start. The room includes: seating for eight, living area, dining area, large kitchen, round-trip airport limo service, jetted whirlpool tub, and more. Compared to similar suites on The Strip its size it is a bargain at $2,500.

Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino offers its guests an interesting range of dining options including the most popular buffet in Las Vegas. Spice Market Buffet gives guests a chance to experience a global menu while also serving American favorites. The menu items includes: Steamed Pork Buns, Charro Beans, Lamb Kabobs, Jasmine Rice, Meat Lasagna, and BBQ Ribs just to name a few. Arguably the best restaurant at Planet Hollywood is Koi which features Japanese inspired dishes with a hint of California. The restaurant interior has the feel of a Hollywood lounge with touches of Asian decor. Dishes include: Grilled Japanese Eggplant, Wagyu Surf and Turf Rolls, Miso Bronzed Black Cod, and Lobster Tacos. Another popular restaurant at the resort is Gordon Ramsay BurGR, which features gourmet burgers designed by the celebrity chef. Popular items include: Truffle Burger, Sweet Potato Fries, Devil Dawg, and the Hell's Kitchen Burger. Some of the other dining options at Planet Hollywood are: Strip House, Pin-Up Pizza, YOLOS, Planet Dailies, and Pink's Hot Dogs.

By far the biggest draw to Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino is its great entertainment choices. If you plan on staying at the resort and wish to see a particular show it would be well advised to buy tickets for the show when you book your room to avoid sell outs. Voted the best show in Las Vegas; Britney: Piece of Me features the pop icon performing her songs in a way you could only expect in Las Vegas. Songs include: Oop!..I Did It Again, Toxic, Slave 4 U, and Baby One More Time. If Britney isn't your cup of tea but you still have the need to dance then perhaps Jennifer Lopez can help? Her show, All I Have, features all her hits including: On The Floor, Love Don't Cost a Thing, and more as well as electronic dance routines from Jlo and her dancers. If you grew up in the 70's or 80's then Lionel Richie: All The Hits is sure to take you back to those younger days. Featuring songs from his Commodores days as well as his solo career you, there is no doubt this trip down memory lane will get you dancing. There is still much more entertainment available at Planet Hollywood such as: Murray Celebrity Magician, Crazy Girls, Backstreet Boys: Larger Than Life, and Shotspeare.

The casino at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino offers its guests over 2,500 slot and video poker machines as well as over 70 table games. The slots feature new favorites and classics such as: Wheel of Fortune, Megabucks, and Monopoly. The table games include: Blackjack, Roulette, Craps, Let It Ride, Baccarat, and more. There is also a poker room at Planet Hollywood featuring daily tournaments with $1,500 in guaranteed prize money. The casino also has a high roller area and sportsbook to bet on whatever you desire.

Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino may not be on the same level as other Strip resorts in terms of rooms or casino decor; but it is one of THE places to be for entertainment. No other resort on The Strip houses so many headliners. However with its many hidden fees, I would suggest staying at another resort and buying tickets to its shows instead.

Vegas Tip - What hotel has the Eiffel tower in Las Vegas? Erm, Paris Las Vegas.

Platinum Hotel - close to Super 8, Westin and Tuscany Suites on E Flamingo Road

The Platinum Hotel and Spa opened in 2007 and is located about a block away from The Las Vegas Strip. There are 255 room; all suites, as well as a spa and 8,000 sq ft meeting space. Though there is no casino on site, two of the best casinos in Las Vegas; Caesar's Palace and the Bellagio, are nearby.

Platinum Hotel Las Vegas review.

The rooms offered by Platinum Hotel and Spa are far more upscale than many other off Strip hotels. The rooms will cost you more than those hotels though and there is also a resort fee of $20.16 that covers wifi, fitness center access, and local calls. The 910 sq ft Solitaire Suite starts at $200 a night and has either a king bed or two queen beds. The room includes a walkout balcony, full kitchen, sofa, flat screen tv, and dining area. The Princess Suite is 1,150 sq ft and starts at $220 a night. The room includes either a king bed or two queen beds, electric fireplace, and a washer and dryer. For $449 a night you can book the massive 2,165 sq ft Strip View Marquise Suite. It is one of the best deals for a room of its size in Las Vegas and has many perks. It includes: full kitchen, two master king bedrooms, wrap around balcony, and two bathrooms with whirlpool tubs.

Platinum Hotel and Spa has only one dining option at the hotel and it is only open from 6 am to 2 pm. Kil@wat offers cocktails and a basic menu featuring typical breakfast and lunch items. The menu includes: California Benedict, Buttermilk Pancakes, Nachos, Chicken Caesar Wrap, and Fried Chicken. For more options you will need to head out and there several great options within walking distance. If you would like Italian; Tuscany Gardens has won several awards including placing in the top five list of most romantic restaurants in Las Vegas. They serve Italian favorites and have an amazing wine list. The menu includes: Carpaccio Di Manzo, Butternut Squash Ravioli, Chicken Di Angelo, and Lobster Ravioli. For some of the best prime rib in Las Vegas you can try Lawry's The Prime Rib. The menu features common American steakhouse food but at a far better quality. Popular dishes are: Yorkshire Pudding, Beef Bowl Cut of Prime Rib, Atlantic Salmon, and Golden Fried Calamari. More nearby dining options are: Ellis Island BBQ, Metro Pizza, India Palace, Port of Subs, and Caffe Bottega.

Though there are no entertainment options at Platinum Hotel and Spa it does offer its guest a chance to relax at the WELL Spa. The spa offers several options ranging from a quick 25 minute treatment to a 50 minute treatment for a mother to be. There are several massage options including: Deep Tissue, Swedish, Aromatherapy, and Hot Stone. More ways to be pampered are Manicure, Pedicure, Facials, Wraps, and much more. I you would like to take in a show you will need to The Strip for one of the many options on The Strip.

There is no casino at Platinum Hotel and Spa so you will need to head to The Las Vegas Strip to fulfill your gambling wishes. The nearest casinos are Bally's, Caesar's Palace, The Flamingo, and The Bellagio. All of these offer great gaming option but if I would pick The Bellagio or Caesar's Palace first over the others.

Though the Platinum Hotel and Spa does not offer as many perks as other hotels in Las Vegas it would be a great pick for a bridal party. With the spa and lavish rooms your guests would have a great place to relax before the ceremony. Of course The Strip is just minutes away for the bachelorette party festivities.

Vegas Tip - Where is South Point Hotel in Las Vegas? South Point is off the strip at 9777 Las Vegas Blvd South.

Plaza Hotel - Downtown, on the east side of the Fremont Street Experience, close to Golden Gate

The Plaza Hotel and Casino opened in 1971 and is one of the biggest resorts in Downtown Las Vegas. The 1,037 room Plaza has 80,000 sq ft of gaming space which includes the only Bingo Room Downtown. The Plaza Hotel and Casino has also been seen in numerous films and television shows.

Plaza Hotel and Casino in Downtown Las Vegas.
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Plaza Hotel and Casino has many room options available for its guests starting at $29 a night for the smaller rooms. There is an $18 resort fee that is not included in the room price and covers: wifi, shuttle to the airport, parking at the hotel, fitness center access, and two bottles of water a day. The Deluxe Room is 325 sq ft with a queen bed, 32" tv, bath amenities, and in room safe. For more space you can book the 500 sq ft Mini Suite which includes: a 32" flat screen tv, loveseat, bar refrigerator, and Keurig coffee maker. If you need to step the luxury up further, then booking a One or Two Bedroom Suite would be a great choice. With between 650-1,000 sq ft of room either room also includes: a living room parlor, deluxe room amenities, and marble bathrooms. You can also book a Penthouse Suite if you would like to view the Vegas skyline from the top floor. The room is 945 sq ft with a loft design and includes: a marble bathroom with jacuzzi tub, 42" flat screen tv, and bar refrigerator. It should be noted that before you book it you will need to pay a damage deposit with your reservation.

Plaza Hotel and Casino has plenty of options available for their guests dining needs including one of the best steakhouses in Las Vegas. Oscar's Beef Booze Broads offers just what it name implies; aged steaks, great martinis, and "broads" ready to to be your dining companion and discuss whatever subject you wish. Menu items include: Surf and Turf, Spicy Flame Charred Spilotro Steak, Corn and Crab Bisque, and Mob Meatballs. If you would prefer breakfast or have a taste for diner food then Hash House a Go Go is the choice for you. With huge portions, creative menu items, and wild presentations the Hash House is a must try. Dishes offered include: Fried Green Tomatoes, Red Velvet Waffle, All Blue Crab Cakes, and Sage Fried Chicken and Waffles. Other dining options at Plaza Hotel and Casino include: Omaha Bar, Beer Garden, Pop Up Pizza, and a food court with McDonald's, Subway, Zaba's Mexican Kitchen, and Cafelatte.

Plaza Hotel and Casino has a few entertainment options for its guests such as the Scintas with their comedy and musical variety show. Specializing in impersonations you can hear Joe Cocker, Johnny Mathis, and Frank Sinatra on stage again. You can also go to the Omaha Lounge and take in various acts such as: Terry Wayne Project, Sin City, Three's Company, and Wonder Boogie while enjoying a cold drink.

Guests also have the option to go out and enjoy the nearby Fremont Street Experience with street performers, free concerts, and Viva Vision.

There are over 500 slot and video machines and 21 table games available at Plaza Hotel and Casino. There a classic coin operated slot machines on the floor as well as many more modern favorites such as: Britney Spears, Buffalo Gold, Cabinet of Curiosities, and Wheel of Fortune. If you would prefer to try the tables the Plaza offers: Craps, Crap-less Craps, Blackjack, Roulette, Baccarat, and more. One of the big draws to Plaza Hotel and Casino is its Bingo Room which is the only one available Downtown. Featuring various games including: $5,000 Bonanza Progressive, $5,000 Plaza Progressive Coverall, and $1,000 Big Three Progressive guests can get a little more action than their local Bingo Hall. The Plaza also features the largest Sports Book Downtown with 75 screens and luxurious seating.

Rivaling the size of some of the resorts on The Strip, the Plaza Hotel and Casino offers plenty of room options and one of the biggest casinos Downtown. It has excellent dining options, the only Bingo Room Downtown, entertainment, and access to the Fremont Street Experience. Though the resort fee is high, it covers many perks and with the low room prices it is worth paying for all that the Plaza has to offer.

Vegas Tip - When do the pools open in Las Vegas hotels? Pools normally open in late March or early April. Some resorts like the Bellagio, Cosmopolitan, Hard Rock, MGM Grand, and Palazzo offer pools year round.

Renaissance - very close to the Las Vegas Convention Center

Opened in 2004, the Renaissance Las Vegas Hotel is a luxury boutique hotel suited to business travelers, mainly. The 548 room hotel has 20,000 sq ft of space available for conventions, weddings, or business. The Renaissance is located about half a mile from The Las Vegas Strip and can be reached with the monorail located across the street.

Renaissance Hotel review, Las Vegas.
Marriott's excellent Renaissance Hotel, near the Las Vegas Convention Center.

The rooms at The Renaissance Las Vegas Hotel offer varying degrees of luxury, from above average to extravagant. There is not a resort fee but you will need to pay $12.95 a day for wifi and $16.95 per person for an optional breakfast. The 350 sq ft King Standard Room would best be described as above average rather than standard. Though it starts at $189 it is worth the cost for all the room has to offer. The room includes: a king bed, 42" LCD tv, full bathtub, and coffee maker. The $269 a night King Club is also 350 sq ft but offers views of The Strip. The room also includes: soundproofing, Club Lounge access, European closets, and down comforters. If you have the money to splurge then I would highly recommend booking the 1,165 sq ft VIP Suite. It will set you back $1,079 a night but the suite comes packed with perks. The room includes: three 42" tvs, jacuzzi, glass enclosed walk-in shower, Club Lounge access, and much more.

The Renaissance Las Vegas Hotel has only a few dining options available for guests but one is among the best new restaurants in Las Vegas. ENVY Steakhouse features great cuts of meat, fresh local ingredients, and over 1,500 bottles of wine. The restaurant offers a sleek, modern dining atmosphere. The menu includes: Spicy Tuna Tartare Tacos, Chilean Sea Bass, Bone-In Ribeye, Lobster Bisque, and Grilled Lamb Rack. If you would prefer a more laid back atmosphere you can try Grill 55. Grill 55 serves American cuisine and comfort foods as well as cocktails by a professional mixologist. The menu offers: Blackened Fish Tacos, Roasted Tomato Soup, Grilled Pesto Chicken, and Shrimp with Chorizo. The final choice at the Renaissance is Ego Cafe which offers mainly items to eat on the go. These include: Pastries, Parfaits, Gourmet Sandwiches, and Salads. For more dining choices there are several restaurants near the hotel and you can also take the monorail to The Strip for one of the many great restaurants available.

The Renaissance Las Vegas Hotel does not offer entertainment or a variety of dining options. If you are hoping to roll the dice or take in a show you will need to take the monorail, or cab to The Strip. The Renaissance is close to some of the best casinos on The Strip so guests will have their choice of slots, table games, sportsbooks, and poker rooms not too far away. The entertainment really doesn't get much better than the shows offered on The Strip so guests should have no problem finding a show they will enjoy. I would advise those wanting to see a big show such as Celine Dion to buy tickets when booking your room to avoid tickets being sold out.

If you are planning a business function or convention then it would be an ideal hotel to book. If you are mainly coming to Las Vegas for shows and gambling then you would be better off spending a similar amount of money to book a room at one of the larger resorts on the strip.

Vegas Tip - How can i get a free hotel room in Las Vegas? Signing up for a casino rewards program and newsletters are a good way to get comped/reduced rate rooms. The cards you receive keep track of what you have played, which most modern hotels track - and they will 'comp' food, show tickets, and eventually rooms. If you are on a casino's mailing list you can expect plenty of offers; some better than others but you can expect a few to offer complimentary nights if you stay a set amount of time.

Rio - off-strip, to the west, along Flamingo Road

The Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino opened in 1990 and was the first all suite resort in Las Vegas. The resort has 2,522 room as well as 120,000 sq ft of gaming space and a 160,000 sq ft convention space. One of the most prominent buildings in Las Vegas; the Rio is also host to the World Series of Poker.

> Rio is one of the better places to play poker in Las Vegas.

Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino offers its guests some of the best prices on rooms of any resort near The Strip. The quality of room received for the price paid is unmatched though there is a $32.48 resort fee that covers: wifi, local calls, and fitness center access. The 600 sq ft Deluxe Suite starts at only $34 a night. The room includes: floor to ceiling windows, sofa, king bed, and 32" tv. One of the best deals available is the 1,600 sq ft Masquerade Suite at only $230 a night. There are suites half its size for more money a night and offer far less than it does with: king bed, dining room, living room, and 180 degree views. If you are coming to Ls Vegas with plenty of money to spend then one of the Voodoo Collection suites would ideal for your stay. The suites start at $2,250 a night, can range from 2,400-3,000 sq ft and feature some of the most elegant interior designs in Las Vegas. Features include: private pool, private balcony, 24 hour butler service, whirlpool spa tub, and much more. For the high rollers there are also villas available with up to 13,950 sq ft of floor space. It is unlikely that you will find a better room for the price than the Rio.

Rio Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas.
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The dining options at Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino feature an interesting mix of cuisines including one of the few Indian restaurants off The Strip. Royal India Bistro features North Indian dishes cooked in an imported Tandoor clay oven. The menu includes: Tandoori Chicken, Goat Masala, Goa Curry, Barra Kabob, and Vindaloo. One of the best steakhouses off The Strip, Voodoo Steak offers great views of The Strip while dining on Creole inspired cuisine. Popular items include: Lobster Bisque, Australian Lamb Chops, Seared Chilean Sea Bass, Fried Brie Cheese, and Voodoo Menage a Trois. Whether you are just getting out of bed or have a taste for waffles at night, Hash House a Go Go can fill your need. One of the most popular restaurants in Las Vegas, it offers really large portions and a great atmosphere. The menu offers: Flapjacks, Andy's Sage Fried Chicken, HH Famous Meatloaf, Corned Beef, and BBBLT. Some of the other restaurants at the Rio include: Wine Cellar and Tasting Room, Smashburger, Guy Fieri's El Burro Burracho, and Pho Da Nang Vietnamese Kitchen.

The Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino offers a high level of entertainment in comparison to other off Strip resorts. There is no doubt that the most popular act at the Rio; and possibly Las Vegas, is Penn and Teller. Having appeared on numerous tv shows and longtime Las Vegas mainstays, Penn and Teller are by far the best comedy magic act in Las Vegas. The attempt the show their guests how certain tricks are done only to confound them more. Whether you stay at the Rio or not; Penn and Teller is a must see show and be sure to wait after for a meet and greet with the duo. If you need even more laughs, then The Eddie Griffin Experience is sure to have you rolling on the floor. A veteran of Def Comedy Jam, Eddie has appeared in numerous movies and tv shows. For those hosting bridal parties, Chippendales offers a sensual show for the bride to be and her crew. The erotic male troupe sings as well as dance and over on stage participation for ladies who wish to join them. There is also X Rock and a production of Rock of Ages for guests to enjoy at the Rio.

The Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino has over 1,200 slot and video poker machines as well as over 80 table games. You can enjoy the slots in the festive masquerade atmosphere of the casino floor with all the classic machines offering multiple denominations. The table games include new games like Stadium Baccarat and classics such as: Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, Let It Ride, and Pai Gow among others. One of the beacons of the poker world the Rio hosts the WSOP and features daily tournaments for new and professional poker players alike. The Rio also offers keno and a race and sports book.

Vegas Tip - What hotels have no resort fee in Las Vegas? Some of the best hotels in Las Vegas without a resort fee are The M Resort, Desert Rose Resort, Marriot Las Vegas, Wyndham Grand Desert Resort, California, Main Street Station, Fremont Hotel, and Four Queens. There are more but these are among the best that Las Vegas has to offer.

Rumor Boutique Hotel - on E Harmon Ave, close to Alexis Park and Hard Rock

Rumor Boutique Hotel opened in 2010 and is located a mile off The Las Vegas Strip near the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. The 149 room all suite boutique hotel is geared towards guests seeking romantic getaways and weddings. The hotel offers several packages for weddings, quinceaneras, and bachelor or bachelorette parties.

Rumor Boutique Hotel review, Las Vegas.
Rumor Boutique Hotel

The suites at Rumor Boutique Hotel are spacious and offer modern style that can be lacking in other off Strip hotels. Though the rooms start out at a great value, there are numerous fees such as a $2.95 energy surcharge, $16.74 resort fee that only covers parking, and a $9.99 surcharge for wifi access. If you plan on booking a room at Rumor, I recommend calling or emailing the hotel directly first to get an accurate total cost for your stay. Junior Suites start at $39; before fees, and include: a king bed, elevated soaking tub, rain shower, and flat screen tv. The Deluxe Suites feature two rooms and start at $53 a night; the room includes: couch with coffee table, lounge chair, elevated tub, and two queens. For a large room that is near the pool and cabana, you can book the Premium Oasis Suite for $81 a night. Features include: living room, flat screen tv, cable with free adult channel, and a king bed. The Mega Suites come in a variety of designs to fit different guests with choices like: Camouflage, Swinger, Gossip, and Diva. These start at $159 a night and include: a wet room with 5 person rain head shower, ultra lounge seating, floor to ceiling mirrors, and multiple couches.

If you want to eat at Rumor Boutique Hotel your choices are slim to say the least. Addiction Restaurant is the only restaurant at the hotel but offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner items. Menu items include: Fireball Whiskey French Toast, Steak and Eggs, Fish and Chips, Truffle Fries, and Wagyu Beef Sliders. There are many dining choices near the hotel should you desire something other than what Addiction has to offer. A popular nearby by restaurant is Imperial Tacos and Beer specializing in just that; tacos and beer. Items offered include: Chicken Tinga Tacos, Pork Al Pastor Tacos, Rajas Con Crema Tacos, Queso Fundido, and Bacon Wrapped Jalapenos. If you would rather get a great steak with a nice selection of wine, you can visit the nearby Del Frisco's. The menu offers: Tuna Tartare, Royal Ossetra Caviar, Escargot, Filet Medallions, and Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes. More nearby options are: SATAY Thai Bistro and Bar, Sushi Way, Yolie's Brazilian Steakhouse, and Bahama Breeze.

Rumor Boutique Hotel offers few entertainment and gambling options, only offering shows with mainly local talent in the lounge. Luckily you can head across the street to the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino to gamble, catch a concert, or comedy act. Upcoming shows include: Adam Devine, Rob Thomas, Epica, Keith Sweat, Gary Allan, and the Here Comes the Funny Tour with Adam Sandler, Norm Macdonald, Rob Schneider, and Tim Meadows. If you wish to gamble then the casino at the Hard Rock has it all; slots, table games, sportsbook, and poker. Though the Rumor Boutique Hotel is lacking in both entertainment and gaming, its location makes isn't too bad.

Though the Rumor Boutique Hotel is small compared to many hotels in Las Vegas it is a perfect choice for a romantic getaway, large event or wedding. There are many packages available to enhance your stay and make it more enjoyable. The Rumor may not be a one-stop resort like many in Las Vegas but it offers a great atmosphere to get away. Just be sure to call the hotel and sort out the fees so as not to be surprised when you checkout.

Vegas Tip - What is the best hotel in Las Vegas for couples? Some of the best couples hotels include Platinum Hotel and Spa, Mandarin Oriental, Aria, Wynn, and Venetian.

The Signature at MGM Grand - behind MGM (few minutes walk)

The Signature at MGM Grand opened in 2006 and is located within the MGM Grand complex. The hotel has 1,728 suites that offer guests a condo style experience away from the crowds in the main MGM resort area. Though Signature does not have a gaming area of its own, the MGM Grand offers 171,500 sq ft of gaming space.

The Signature at MGM Grand Condo-Hotel towers, Las Vegas.
The Signature at MGM Grand towers.

The rooms offered at Signature at MGM Grand are large and luxurious but very affordable. There is a resort fee of $35.84 and covers wifi, fitness center access, and local calls. The 550 sq ft Deluxe Suite starts at $179 a night and features many great amenities. The room includes: a king bed, 42” flat screen TV, kitchenette, whirlpool spa tub, sofa bed, and bathroom TV. For an additional $10 you can book the Deluxe Balcony Suite which is the same as the Deluxe but has a balcony with a view of The Strip. For more space and luxury, you can book the 950 sq ft One Bedroom Balcony Suite. At $259 a night room is a steal for all that it has to offer. The room includes: a king bed, balcony, sofa bed, full kitchen, dishware, cookware, and much more. You would be hard pressed to find a better deal on rooms of this quality and price at the heart of The Las Vegas Strip.

Guests of Signature at the MGM Grand are just a few hundred steps away from great dining options at The MGM Grand. If you would like a modern twist on traditional Italian cuisine then you should make reservations to dine at Fiamma Trattoria and Bar. With an award-winning wine list and opulent dining space that includes a fireplace, Fiamma is a treat on for the eyes and stomach. The menu includes: Pear and Blue Cheese, Mediterranean Sea Bass, Spaghetti Chitarra, and Fiamma Tiramisu. For those who like Mexican you can try Hecho en Vegas Mexican Grill and Cantina for Sonoran style dishes. The vibrant atmosphere offers a perfect complement to the spicy cuisine. The menu has: Pescado Tropical, Pork Carnitas, Garlic Lime Marinated Chicken, Serrano Braised Beef Tamale, and Pollo Con Mole. For a great Asian dining experience, The Grand Wok and Sushi Bar features Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Korean, and Vietnamese cuisine. The menu includes: Vietnamese Shrimp Pho, Orange Chicken, Spider Sushi Rolls, and Sashimi Seaweed Salad. These are just a small sampling of the many dining choices available.

For entertainment guests of the Signature at the MGM Grand must head over to the MGM Grand resort. The MGM Grand features some of the best entertainment options in Las Vegas. Guests can enjoy the magic of David Copperfield, the amazing stage performances by the Jabbawockeez, or the stunning stage production KA by Cirque du Soleil. There are also numerous concerts to see at the MGM Grand Arena. Upcoming performers include: Tim Mcgraw, Toby Keith, Luke Bryan, and more. There are also plenty of other options available for Signature guests along The Strip they can easily reach by the monorail.

Guests of the Signature at the MGM Grand have access to one of the best casino on The Strip at the MGM Grand resort. For slots players there are a wide selection of machines available including: The Flintstones, Friends, Ellen Degeneres, and Gong Xi Fa Cai. The resort offers a number of slot tournaments during the year. The resort also offers plenty of table games including: Pai Gow, Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, Baccarat, and more. There is also a sportsbook available as well as a poker room.

The Signature at the MGM Grand offers elegant rooms for an amazing price. With its location (sort of) on The Strip it gives its guests good access to the best dining, casinos, and entertainment that Las Vegas has to offer.

Vegas Tip - Who owns the SLS hotel in Las Vegas? Stockbridge Real Estate Group - cool name, eh?

Silver Sevens - on E Flamingo Road close to Tuscany Suites, Super 8, Hard Rock, Rumor Boutique Hotel and Alexis Park

Silver Sevens HotelSilver Sevens originally opened in 1981 as the Continental Hotel and Casino before becoming Silver Sevens in 2013. The hotel is about a mile from the Las Vegas Strip and has 370 rooms and a gaming space of 35,000 sq ft. The casino and hotel has recently undergone renovations and the result are nice, newly designed rooms.

The rooms at Silver Sevens or some of the lowest priced rooms close to The Strip. The price should not be a deterrent as the rooms; though basic, are relatively new. Silver Sevens has a complimentary shuttle to and from the airport as well as a shuttle to Planet Hollywood on The Strip. There is a resort fee of $16.99 that covers: wifi, access to fitness center, and access to a computer should you need it. The 330 sq ft Premium Room starts at only $24.99 a night and comes with either a king bed or two queens. The room also has: a 42” flat screen TV, desk with table, and refrigerator. The Tower Room overlooks the pool and courtyard and is the same size and cost as the Premium Room. The Patio Room features a private patio by the pool and is also the same size and price as the Premium Room. For the cost of some resorts, resort fee you get your choice at three great room options.

One of the big draws to Silver Sevens for locals is the great food for low prices. The restaurants at the hotel is Sevens Steakhouse. The steakhouse serves classic steak and seafood dishes as well as great drink options. The menu includes: Crab Cakes, Porterhouse, Wagyu Burger, Milanese Pork Loin, and Fettuccini Carbonara. For a classic example of the famed Las Vegas all you can eat buffets you read about try S7 Buffet. The menu features Mexican, Tuscan, Chinese, seafood, prime rib, and much, much more. For a casual dining experience in a beautiful dining area visit The Sterling Spoon Café. The restaurant over a little bit of something for everybody so it is a perfect place to eat when you can’t decide what you are hungry for. The menu includes: Huevos Rancheros, Buffalo Chicken Sandwich, Hot Turkey Sandwich, Baby Back Ribs, and Crispy Zucchini. For more options, guests can also head to The Las Vegas Strip for a wide range of choices.

Silver Sevens has only one entertainment option at the hotel; The Corona Cantina. The bar features live music and comedy from local acts such as Dr. Awkward. For more options, guests can head to The Strip for more choices. The shuttle from the Silver Sevens takes its guests to one of the best resorts in town for entertainment; Planet Hollywood. It is home to shows by: Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, Lionel Richie, and the Backstreet Boys. While these should be enough to satisfy your entertainment needs, there are still many more options on The Strip.

The casino at Silver Sevens is small by Vegas standards but offers plenty of action for its guests to enjoy. There are over 1,000 slot and video poker machines as well as 25 table games. The casino frequently holds slot tournaments and offers classic machines and new favorites. The table games at Silver Sevens offer some of the best odds in Las Vegas which helps draw in the local. Games include: Blackjack, Pai Gow Poker, Craps, Roulette, and more. There is also a 195 seat Bingo room at the casino with play starting every two hours. The casino also has a race and sports book available for guests who love the horses.

The rooms at Silver Sevens are excellent for a hotel of its size and practically a steal for the price. If you want a large room then you will need to look elsewhere, but for a basic room close-ish to the strip, you could do worse.

Vegas Tip - When was the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas built? Construction of Mandalay Bay began in 1996 and it opened in 1999.

Skylofts at MGM Grand

The Skylofts at MGM Grand opened in 2007 and are among the most luxurious rooms to stay at on The Strip. There are only 51 lofts available so be prepared to book well ahead of your stay to be sure to get one of these amazing rooms. Though there is no casino at the lofts guests have access to the nearby MGM Grand and its massive 171,500 sq ft gaming space.

All the lofts available at The Skylofts at MGM Grand are massive and elegant but will not come cheap. There is no resort fee and all the lofts include wifi. The 1,400 sq ft One Bedroom Skyloft is the smallest and starts at $898 a night. The two level loft includes: a master bedroom, master bathroom, multiple TVs, infinity tub, and much more. For $1,598 a month you can book the 3,000 sq ft Two Bedroom Skyloft with a bedroom with a king bed and a second room with two queen beds. The room also includes: a large dining area, expresso machine, immersion chamber shower, work desk, and many more perks. The biggest loft is the 6,000 sq ft Three Bedroom Skyloft which you will need to call the hotel in order to book. The room has: two king beds, two queen beds, three and a half bathrooms, gallery foyer, large couches, and much more. All the lofts also include amenities such as: game rooms, personal elevators, VIP entrance, in-loft massages, personal concierge, and private bar.

MGM Grand Skylofts 3 bedroom suite

Guests of The Skylofts at MGM Grand will need to head over to the MGM Grand for their closest dining options. With a wide variety of restaurants, guests biggest problem will be deciding which one to eat at. For great wine and beer choices paired with American cuisine then Crush is an excellent restaurant to try. The menu includes: Filet Mignon Tartare, California Sea Bass, Ricotta Gnocchi, Tempura Tofu, and Octopus Ceviche. For those wishing to enjoy one of the best French restaurants in Las Vegas then you should get reservations for Joel Robuchon. The restaurant features and Art Deco design with marble floors and a garden terrace. The menu offers: Le Homard, La Truffe, L'oursin, La Soupe Folichonne, and La Langoustine. If you would like to have a hand in making your meal, then try Pieology. You can either pick a pizza by a number or top the pizza as you wish before it is placed in a brick fire oven There are many more restaurants to choose from at the MGM Grand but guests can also venture away from the resort for even more options on The Strip.

For entertainment, the closest options for guests of The Skylofts at MGM Grand is the main MGM Grand resort. The options available feature magic, music, comedy, and lavish stage productions. For laughs you can visit Brad Garrett's Comedy Club where the former Everybody Loves Raymond actor performs frequently. Other comics scheduled to perform include: Dom Irrera, Drew Thomas, Kathleen Dunbar, Dave Landau, and Mark Eddie. This is just one of many choices that include: KA by Cirque du Soleil, David Copperfield, Jabbawokeez, as well as numerous concerts. Guests of The Skylofts at MGM Grand can also seek out more options on The Strip if you would rather see bigger shows like Celine Dion and Elton John.

Guests of The Skylofts at MGM Grand have access to one of the best casinos on The Strip at the MGM Grand. The casino offers over 1,700 slot and video machines as well as 163 table games for guests to choose from. The casino also has a race and sports book as well as a poker room.

If you have money to spare and want to enjoy your stay like a high roller, then Skylofts at MGM Grand are an excellent choice. With a great location within the MGM Grand resort; the lofts are large and elegant with great amenities. Guests also have great access to some of the best dining, entertainment, and gaming options in town.

Vegas Tip - What does SLS in the SLS Hotel stand for? Style, Luxury, and Service.

SLS Hotel - just north of Westgate Hotel and Casino on the strip

The SLS Hotel and Casino Las Vegas originally opened in 1952 as the famed Sahara before becoming the SLS in 2014. Located on The Las Vegas Strip, the resort has 1,720 rooms and 85,000 sq ft of gaming space. The resort offers beautifully designed rooms, award winning restaurants, and more.

The level of luxury in the rooms at SLS Hotel and Casino Las Vegas is far superior to most of the resorts on The Strip. You will have to pay for that luxury, but the cost is reasonable for the quality. There is also a resort fee of $30 to cover: local calls, fitness center access, and wifi. The 360 sq ft World Tower Rooms start at $199 a night and feature vibrant interior designs. The room includes: 55" HDTV, mirrored desk, minibar, and views of The Strip or nearby mountains. The One Bedroom Suites start at $332 and range in size from 545 sq ft to 955 sq ft. The room includes: multiple 55" HDTVs, large desk, seating area, dining area, and marble bathroom. For the best suite the SLS has to offer book the 1,267 sq ft LUX Designer Suite. The elegant room features: dining for six, whirlpool bathtub, chandeliers, seating area, and custom Phillipe Stark design.

SLS Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
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The SLS Hotel and Casino offers excellent dining options in some of the most luxuriously designed restaurants on The Strip. For traditional steak and seafood dining in an extravagant setting make reservations at Bazaar Meat by Jose Andres. The interior is reminiscent of a regal hunting lodge and offers an amazing menu. Choices include: Rainbow Trout Roe, Sea Urchin, Wild Boar Sausage, Beef With Oysters Tartare, and the Foieffle. If you have a taste for Mediterranean cuisine then Cleo offers an unforgettable dining experience. The menu offers: Kibbeh Nayyeh, Moussaka, Lamb Shawarma, Grilled Octopus, and Chicken Tagine. For a unique dinner experience visit Northside Cafe and Chinese Kitchen for a mix of comfort foods and Chinese cuisines. Dishes include: Grilled Cheese and Roasted Tomato Soup, Nuevos Rancheros, Szechuan Eggplant, and BBQ Pork Fried Rice. More of the fine choices at the SLS are: Katsuya, Umami Burger, The Perq, 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria, and Monkey Bar.

The SLS Hotel and Casino has one of the best nightlife reputations on The Strip with a pair of premier nightclubs. There are also numerous concerts and special events for guests to take in at The Foundry. Talent scheduled to appear at the SLS soon include: DJ Ikon, Method Man With Redman and Slick Rick, Jennifer Nettles, Frankie Ballard, and Justin Adams. If you need more options than the SLS has to offer, you can always head to one of the numerous resort options nearby for the bigger shows.

The casino at SLS Hotel and Casino has over 800 slot and video poker machines as well as 60 plus table games. The slots available start at $.01 to $100 denominations and features newer video reel machines and classic mechanical reel machines such as Wheel of Fortune and Megabucks. The table games include : Blackjack, Craps, Casino WAR, Fortune Pai Gow Poker, and Baccarat. The sports book at the SLS is smaller than most resorts on The Strip offer but has plenty of screens available to view the action. It also has Umami Burger integrated inside so you can eat a great burger or enjoy a cold beer.

If you want to stay in an elegant, modern room then the rooms at the SLS Hotel and Casino are among the most luxurious new rooms in Las Vegas. The resort also features great dining and is home to some of the best nightclubs in Vegas.

Vegas Tip - What hotel has the best gym in Las Vegas? By general consensus, its Aria Resort and Casino - but that depends who you talk to. It is pretty fabulous though.

Stratosphere - north end of the strip, near to Lucky Dragon and Circus Circus

Stratosphere Las Vegas opened in 1979 just north of The Las Vegas Strip and features an iconic Las Vegas landmark; the 1,149 feet tall Stratosphere Tower. The resort has 2,427 rooms and 80,000 sq ft of gaming space. Many travelers to Las Vegas flock to the tower for its thrills rides that include Big Shot and X-Scream.

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Most of the rooms at the Stratosphere Las Vegas are pretty basic by Las Vegas standards but offer comfort at an affordable price. There is a resort fee of $24.99 but covers more perks than most hotels. The fee includes: access to fitness center, wifi, admission to the Observation Tower, discounts on the thrill rides, and 50% off LA Comedy Club. The Standard Guestroom starts at $59 a night and includes either a king bed or two queens and work desk. The Star Suite is 775 sq ft and features a grander design then the standard rooms. The room includes: a king bed, marble entrance, Roman tub, sitting area, wet bar, and work area. The Stratosphere also offers Accessible Rooms specially designed for guests with wheelchairs. The includes: wheelchair level peepholes, wheelchair level, light switches, wheelchair level closets, bed shaker, and roll-in shower or tub.

The dining options at Stratosphere Las Vegas are among the best in Las Vegas and one features the best view in town. Top of the World is located 800 feet above Las Vegas in the Stratosphere Tower, revolving every 80 minutes. It could simple use its location as a draw, however the food and wine offered at Top of the World has won multiple awards. The menu includes: Lobster Thermidor, Blackened Scottish Salmon, Filet Mignon, Half Duck Confit, and Tagliatelle Primavera. If you have a taste for Italian, Fellini's Ristorante is Zagat rated and considered one of the most romantic restaurants in Las Vegas. Popular items include: Stuffed Portobello, Scallops Trattoria, Rigatoni with Spezzatino, and Veal Marsala. If you like themed restaurants the Roxy's Diner offers American diner staples in a 50's style diner. The menu includes: Crispy Butterfly Shrimp, Cadillac Tater Tots, Country Fried Steak, and Oven Roasted Meatloaf. More great dining options at the Stratosphere are: Mccall's Heartland Grill, 107 Skylounger, Nunzio'z Pizzeria, and Mookies.

The Stratosphere Las Vegas offers its guests several entertainment options with live music, comedy, and stage shows. For something sensual you can grab tickets to Pin Up which stars 2011 Playboy Playmate of the Year Claire Sinclair. The pin up drawings of the past come to life on stage with a live band, singers, dancers, and no shortage of lovely ladies. For fans of the late, great Michael Jackson you can see MJ Live. It features the music of Michael Jackson brought to life with well choreographed dance numbers that include hits like: Billie Jean, Bad, Beat It, and Smooth Criminal. If you are more in the mood for a laugh then LA Comedy Club features fresh comedic talent seven days a week. Upcoming performers include: K-Vonn Moeezi, Sam Comroe, Mark Eddie, Butch Bradley, and Jozalyn Sharp. If you are a thrill seeker the resorts has four thrill rides to get your blood pumping. SkyJump has you leap from 829 feet in the air to the pad below attached to a decelerator. The Big Shot catapults guests 160 feet into the air; you might think that's not so bad. The catch is the ride starts 921 feet up on the Tower and shoots you to a total height of 1,081 feet; still tempted?

The casino at Stratosphere has over 1,200 slot and video poker machines as well as 50+ table games. The slots include new and classic machines that include: Game of Thrones, Wheel of Fortune, Dragon Spin, and Lucky Big Wheel. The table games include: Craps, Crapless Craps, Blackjack, Pai Gow Poker, Roulette, and more. The resort also has a poker room with daily tournaments and high jackpots for four of a kind, straight flush, and royal flush.

Stratosphere Las Vegas offers its guests unique thrill rides; wheelchair accessible rooms, and one of the best dining spots in Las Vegas. The resort would be a perfect choice for a second honeymoon or bachelor party host site.

Vegas Tip - Where is the Orleans hotel in Las Vegas? The Orleans is situated just off The Strip at 4500 West Tropicana Avenue.

Super 8 - off-strip (east), near to Tuscany Suites, Platinum Hotel and directly behind Paris Hotel and Casino

Super 8 at Ellis Island Casino opened in 1989 and is a 288 room hotel located about a block off The Strip. Though it does not offer all the luxury of other hotels in Las Vegas, it does give guests a chance to get a cheap room at a great location.

As with the majority of hotels in Las Vegas, Super 8 at Ellis Island Casino charges a resort fee. Unlike the other hotels, the fee at Super 8 covers more perks than just internet; it also provides free parking, complimentary breakfast, and free shuttle service to and from the airport. There are two primary room options at Super 8 either one bed or two with prices ranging from $40-$170 depending on what site you book with. Both options are 252 sq ft the difference in beds is either one king bed or two queens. The rooms include access to the pool, tv with cable, air conditioning, ice machines, etc. Though the rooms aren't as extravagant as most of the other rooms in town you will likely spend most of your time out exploring so why pay more for a room you are rarely using?

Super 8 at Ellis Island Casino

Other than the complimentary breakfast and vending machines the Super 8 at Ellis Island Casino does not offer dining options. Luckily Ellis Island Casino and Brewery is located next to the Super 8 so a meal is not that far away. The Ellis Island Cafe offers your standard cafe fare such as: Chicken Fried Steak, Asian Stir Fry, Shrimp Scampi, Wild Alaskan Salmon, Prime Rib, and Homemade Cheesecake. If you have a taste for ribs then the aptly named BBQ has various stacks available in different sauce flavors as well as chicken. If you'd rather grab a slice of pizza and a beer then Metro Pizza can help there. Finally if you would prefer of something Mexican you can check out the recently opened Julio's Taco. These aren't the only options of course as there are many more great restaurants available at the resorts on the nearby Strip.

If you want entertainment then once again you will need to leave the Super 8 at Ellis Island Casino behind and head out onto The Strip. For concerts, musicals, comedy, dancing, and magic you can catch one of the hundreds of options the resorts on The Strip has to offer. There are also several types of other entertainment available that is close to the Super 8. If you enjoy museums you can check out: Marjorie Barrick Museum, Guinness World of Records Museum, as well as the Liberace Museum dedicated to a true Las Vegas icon. If you enjoy sports there are several options like: the Thomas and Mack Center, University of Nevada Las Vegas, the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and several golf courses nearby. If you are in town for a convention, chances are it is near the Super 8 these include: Sands Expo Convention Center, Las Vegas Convention Center, and Cashman Field Convention Center. When it comes to gambling you will need to either head over to Ellis Island Casino and Brewery or one on the many nearby resort casinos. Super 8 at Ellis Island Casino may not offer much other than a room but it is located at the heart of all the action.

Super 8 at Ellis Island Casino has only one real focus, providing reasonably priced rooms at a great location. You could go to any number of other hotels that include entertainment and dining options but will also have to pay for it. With the Super 8's location it is well worth booking a room to save some money that can be used elsewhere during your stay in Las Vegas.

Vegas Tip - What is the cheapest and best hotel in Las Vegas? The best cheap hotel would probably be Golden Gate Hotel and Casino in downtown Las Vegas. Great rooms are only around $30 a night with no resort fee. Guests also have great access to the Fremont Street Experience.

The D - close to Four Queens, Golden Nugget, Fremont and Binion's on the Fremont Street Experience, Downtown

The D Las Vegas Casino Hotel originally opened in 1980 as the Sundance Hotel before taking its current name in 2012. The D has 638 rooms with 42,000 sq ft of gaming space for its guests to enjoy. If you are a bitcoin user then The D would be a perfect resort for you as it was the first Las Vegas resort to accept bitcoin payments on everything and also has a bitcoin ATM - who says Downtown is 'old Vegas' eh?.

The D Hotel Review, Las Vegas.
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Rooms at The D Las Vegas Casino Hotel feature modern decor, comfortable beds, and free wifi access. The basic rooms come with either a king bed or twos queens and can range from $32-$100 a night depending on where you book it from. Rooms include a 32" HD tv, Bath and Body Works products, and Serta Mattresses. If you need more room to host your bridal party you can book a D Suite for $149-$279 a night. The suite features two rooms of luxury with three flat screen tvs, two refrigerators, living area, wet bar, and more. The prices are slightly higher than most resorts Downtown but well worth it for what The D Las Vegas Casino Hotel has to offer.

The D Las Vegas Casino Hotel has several excellent dining option for its guests to enjoy during their stay. American Coney Island is famous for Dearborn Sausage hot dogs served on warm buns with its special recipe Coney Island Chili Sauce. Other menu items include: Chicken Greek Salad With Pita, Chili Bowl Special, American Gyro, and Spinach Pie. If you find it hard to pick between Italian cuisine or steak, Andiamo Steakhouse offers both. Featuring some of the highest quality meats and award winning pastas you will likely choose to eat here every night you stay. Dishes offered include: Andiamo Grande Meatballs, Escargot Bourguignon, Char Grilled Lamb Chops, and Cold Water Scottish Salmon. If you start to feel tired but want to keep playing at the casino you can grab a cup of coffee or tea at the Coffee Stand at The D. Finally if you would like some pancakes or a gourmet burger you can visit D Grill to appease your hunger.

Though the shows offered at The D Las Vegas Casino Hotel are small compared to those on The Strip; they still give guests a chance to laugh before hitting the casino. Adam London's Laughternoon is a mix of magic, comedy, and ducks. Specializing in sleight of hand magic, Adam London will keep you engaged as he tries to blow your mind. If you like the thrill of being a part of the show then the murder mystery dinner show Marriage Can Be Murder is for you. You will be treated to a three course meal as you try to help solve the mystery. If you like your comedy R rated then you should catch a show at Jokesters Comedy Club. There is also the long running one man show Defending the Caveman with Las Vegas Entertainer of the Year, Kevin Burke. if you are staying in a Downtown resort then no stay would be complete without a walk along the Fremont Street Experience.

When you hit the casino floor at The D Las Vegas Casino Hotel you will notice a big difference from most of the dealers in town; The D has sexy dancing dealers. You will have 22 tables including Blackjack, Roulette, and Craps to play as you try to avoid being distracted by the lovely dealers. If you prefer the slots or video poker then there are over 1,000 machines available to play. You have the chance to play modern machines like Wheel of Fortune and Mega Bucks or head to the vintage machine area for coin slots and throwback machines like Sigma Derby; a simulated horse racing game. Guests also have the opportunity to try their hand at Keno in the Keno Lounge.

The D Las Vegas Casino Hotel offers its guest modern rooms, entertainment, dancing dealers, and great dining options. The D is probably the closest Downtown resort to come close to matching The Strip resorts all in one atmospheres. Though it is at a far smaller scale, The D Las Vegas Casino Hotel has everything you could need without leaving the resort.

Vegas Tip - How to get promo codes for Las Vegas hotels? The best sites for Las Vegas promo codes are https://www.vegashotelhunt.com/, https://www.vegas.com/promocodes/, http://www.travelvegas.com, and http://www.smartervegas.com.

Treasure Island - close to Mirage, Venetian and Palazzo, center-north of the strip

Treasure Island Hotel and Casino opened in 1993 on the famed Las Vegas Strip. The resort has 2,884 rooms and 95,000 sq ft of gaming space available. The park originally had a pirate theme; featuring daily pirate battles on a ship, before switching to the more contemporary theme it has today.

Treasure Island (TI) Hotel Review, Las Vegas.
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Treasure Island Hotel and Casino offers great rooms at an affordable rate considering its location on The Strip. There is a resort fee of $35.84 that covers: wifi, one 2 for 1 cocktail, access to the fitness center, and daily newspaper. Starting at $59 a night the Deluxe Room is 400 sq ft with either a king bed or two queens. The room also includes: floor to ceiling windows, 42" LCD tv, large soaking tub, and mirrored wardrobe. For only $129 a night you can book the spacious 930 sq ft Tower Suite. The suite includes: foyer with cabinets, lounge sofa, desk area, walk in closet, whirlpool tub, and two bathrooms. To live out a high roller fantasy you can book the Penthouse Suite for $2,000 a night. The penthouse is 1,800 sq ft and features: two bedroom areas, living area, plasma tv, dining table for eight, two and a half bathrooms, large whirlpool tub, and room to host 20 people.

Treasure Island Hotel and Casino offers its guests a wide variety of dining options to choose from at the resort. For a Spring Break experience everyday of the year you can try Senor Frog's Restaurant and Bar. With great foods, signature drinks, live music, DJs, karaoke, and shot girls, Senor Frog's treats it guests to an all day party. The menu includes: Nachos, Coconut Shrimp, Chicken Taco Salad, Philly Cheesesteak, and Arrachera Tacos. For a less chaotic environment you can head to Phil's Italian Steak House for steaks and Italian classics. Popular items are: Lobster and Corn Chowder, Veal Oscar, Lamb Tenderloin, Dry Aged T-Bone, and Potato Crusted Salmon. Fans of Urban Cowboy will enjoy Gilley's Saloon, Dance Hall, and BBQ for the food and to try their hand at besting the mechanical bull. The menu includes: Angry Ribs, Gilley Chili, Country Fried Steak, Pulled Pork Burrito, and Peach Cobbler. More dining options at Treasure Island are: Seafood Shack, The Buffet at TI, Pho Vietnamese, Pizzeria Francesco's, and Little Richie's.

The entertainment choices at Treasure Island Hotel and Casino are a unique mix of concerts, an amazing stage show, as well as a chance to explore the cinematic world of Marvel. One of the best shows available on The Strip is Mystere by Cirque de Soleil. The theme revolves a flower in the desert and features 75 acrobats, dancers, singers, and musicians. For fans of the Marvel films, Treasure Island gives its guests a one of a kind experience with Marvel's Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. Guest go through an interactive course that reveals the history of the Avengers and gives them a chance to become agents as well. There are exhibits of great movie props such as: the Hulkbuster suit, a Chitauri Warrior, Ant Man's helmet, and much more. There is also a steady stream of great comedians and music acts at Treasure Island. Upcoming performers include: Bill Engvall, Lo Cash, Lisa Lampanelli, and Jo Koy.

Treasure Island Hotel and Casino has over 2,185 slot and video poker machines as well as 50 table games. Treasure Island has a great mix of machines for slots players and also host frequent slot tournaments. The table games available feature classic games and their variants. The games include: Blackjack, Craps, Baccarat, Roulette, Big Six, Let It Ride, and more. The poker room at Treasure Island is one of the most inviting in Las Vegas, offering new players a great place to learn and grow. There are daily tournaments and the room has cocktail service, free wifi, and tvs for viewing sports. There is also a race and sports book with free wifi and an enormous 60' LED video wall.

Though the Treasure Island Hotel and Casino's days as a pirate themed resort are long past, it has continued its promise to entertain its guests. With great shows and the unique Marvel's Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N experience, guests should not feel urgent needs to leave the resort. The dining, entertainment, casino, and rooms make Treasure Island Hotel and Casino one of the best all in one resorts on The Strip in our opinion.

Vegas Tip - Which Las Vegas hotel has the best buffet? The Buffet at Bellagio is considered as perhaps the best by food quality and variety. One of the cheapest, but still offering quality food is Feast Buffet at Palace Station Hotel ans Casino. We love buffets at the Wynn and Cosmopolitan, too.

Tropicana Hotel and Casino - close to Hooters, Excalibur, New York New York and MGM Grand hotels/casinos on the Las Vegas Boulevard

The Tropicana Hotel and Casino is one of the oldest hotel and casinos in Las Vegas; opening its doors in 1957. With 1,467 rooms and a relatively small 50,000 sq ft gaming area it is among the smallest casinos on The Strip. What it lacks in size it makes up for in character and history, having been used to film many tv shows and used in films like The Godfather.

Tropicana Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
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The regular rooms at the Tropicana may not present guests with the same luxury other resorts on The Strip offer but that doesn't mean you have to slum. As a matter of fact, the rooms at the Tropicana were voted Best Hotel Room Value in Las Vegas. The cheapest rooms are up to 375 sq ft and include wifi while the suites jump up to 823 sq ft and finally the villas can get as big as 2,700 sq ft depending on the amenities you need. These are tiny compared to villas at other Strip hotels but so is the price tag; between $600-$1500 a night depending on when you stay. So if you plan on staying on The Strip when you visit Las Vegas but don't want to tie up most of your gambling/entertainment money on a room, then the Tropicana offers a budget friendly compromise without sacrificing comfort.

When it comes to entertainment the Tropicana is perhaps the best spot in Las Vegas to seek out laughs. Widely regarded as the best comedy club in the country, its Laugh Factory showcases new young talent as well as established comedians such as Richard Little and Andrew Dice Clay. Of course if you are in Vegas to see a little magic then the Tropicana's Band of Magicians is an act to see. Why see one magic act when you can catch four of the brightest young illusionist in the world on one stage? If you'd rather take a break from the gaming action you can grab a cocktail or beer at the Tropicana Lounge and take in one of the many free live shows.

The dining options at the Tropicana are somewhat limited when compared to other hotels on The Strip but the quality of each restaurant is superb. If you'd enjoy a steak with a choice selection of wine, then you need to book a table at the award winning Biscayne Steak Sea Wine. It has won numerous awards for its wine selection and offers popular dishes such as Lamb Eggplant Tacos, Grilled Colorado Lamb Chops, aged steaks, and for dessert Jack Daniel's Mousse. If you feel the need for some Italian why not pick the best Italian restaurant in town? Bacio Italiano Cuisine holds that title offering exceptional dishes that include: Ravioli di Carne, Calamari Fritti, Vitello alla Parmigiana, and Branzino. Other dining options include Beach Cafe and South Beach Food Court which is rumored to have the best pizza on The strip.

> If you're a lover of comedy, then the Tropicana is probably the best hotel to visit for laughs - but be warned, there can be some terrible comedians among the good ones.

As I mentioned earlier the gaming area at the Tropicana is small by modern standards but that doesn't mean you are missing out. Perhaps because of the size it has a more intimate feel and therefore offers a more enjoyable experience, no matter how your luck is playing out. With only 43 table games it can sometimes be hard to find a chair depending on the season but the Tropicana offers new games like High Card Flush, Mississippi Stud, and Bonus Spin Blackjack paired with the classics: Craps, Blackjack, Roulette, Double Ball Roulette, Mini Baccarat, Pai Gow Poker, and Ultimate Texas Hold'em. There are 819 slot machines available on the floor some featuring progressive jackpots such as Wheel of Fortune, Mega Bucks, Monopoly Luxury Diamonds. The sportsbook at the Tropicana features classic betting options as well as numerous side betting options. If you happen to be a high roller who doesn't care to be bothered by the everyday low dollar gambler the Tropicana provides a high limit area that is sure to please your needs.

Though the Tropicana is closing in on 60 years of gaming it has no means been left behind by the other larger resorts on The Strip. Through multiple renovations and a focus on building guest relations, the Tropicana continues to be a popular resort. While there are certainly resorts offering more spectacular entertainment, luxury, and excess, the Tropicana is one of the best choices to get the most out of your vacation dollars on The Strip.

Vegas Tip - What hotel is Drai's Las Vegas in? Drai's Beachclub and Nightclub is in The Cromwell Hotel and Casino - and it's whack as the cool kids say.

Trump Hotel - off the strip, to the west - parallel with Wynn and Encore resorts

Trump International Hotel Las Vegas opened in 2008 and is located just off The Strip near Fashion Show Mall. The hotel has 1,282 rooms as well as 300 condominium suites. Though the hotel does not have a casino, Encore and Wynn Las Vegas are located not too far away.

The rooms at Trump International Hotel Las Vegas are all elegantly designed and feature great views of the city. There is a resort fee of $29 that covers: wifi, shuttle to Wynn and Caesar’s Palace, shoe shine service, and local calls. For $101 a night you can book the 515 sq ft Superior Room. The room features: a king bed, European style kitchen, flat screen HDTV, and Italian marble tub. The 857 sq ft Deluxe One Bedroom Suite can be booked for $176 a night. The room includes: a king bed, large living area, two full bathrooms, private foyer, and dining area. For the high rollers; the 3,000 sq ft Three Bedroom Penthouse can be booked for $2,035 a night. The penthouse includes: powder room, full kitchen, dining area, two bedrooms, and jetted spa tub. For all its opulence, the rooms offered by the Trump International Hotel Las Vegas are relatively low priced for their size and location.

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Trump International Hotel Las Vegas has only two dining options at the hotel but guests are only a short distance away from more options. DJT features American cuisine with great wines and handcrafted cocktails. The menu includes: Grilled Black Angus Burger, Steak Frites, Capellini Pasta, and Crispy Mediterranean Calamari. For poolside dining. H2(EAU) offers extravagant cocktails and America comfort food. The menu offers: Smoked Salmon Plate, Waffle Fries, Crispy Chicken Sliders, and Carne Asada Tacos. For more dining choices, guests can head to the nearby Fashion Show Mall and try one of its many restaurants. These include: El Segundo Sol, Kona Grill, Philadelphia Steak & Hoagie, Godiva Chocolatier, Teavana, and many more. Guests can also take the shuttle to the Wynn or Caesars Palace for some of the best restaurant choices in Las Vegas.

Trump International Hotel Las Vegas does not have any entertainment at the hotel but is does have a spa. The spa has nine treatment rooms, daily wellness classes, a hair & nail salon, and health club. Treatments offered include: facials, massage, body treatments, and makeup services. Guests who would prefer to shop or take in a fashion show can head to the Fashion Show Mall. For shows, guests can take the shuttle to Caesars Palace and enjoy one of the biggest shows on The Strip; Celine Dion. The show features all her hits as well as cover songs and an amazing stage design. Other options at Caesars include: Elton John, Jerry Seinfeld, Rod Stewart, and Mariah Carey - as well as the abundant amount of headliners on the strip from Bruno Mars to The Backstreet Boys.

For gaming, the closest option for guests of Trump International Hotel Las Vegas is the nearby Wynn Resort. The resort offers over 2,600 slot and video poker machines as well as 260 table games for guests to play at. The resort also has a massive race and sports book and one of the best poker rooms in Las Vegas (now located at Encore). Of course, guests can also try their luck at the numerous other casinos available along The Strip.

Trump International Hotel Las Vegas offers luxury rooms at a semi-reasonable price. Though there is no casino or entertainment available for guests, they do not have to travel far to find great options.

Vegas Tip - How far is the Luxor hotel from the Las Vegas strip? The Luxor is on the strip but towards the southern end, meaning that it's a long walk to many great locations at the northern end.

Tuscany Suites - on E Flamingo Rd close to Westin, Platinum Hotel, Super 8 and Silver Sevens

Opened in 2001, Tuscany Suites and Casino is located off the Las Vegas strip on E Flamingo Road - directly behind Paris hotel if you're looking at Paris from the strip. The resort has 716 suites and a moderate gaming space of 60,000 sq ft. The suites offered by the resort are among the best priced for their size, off-strip.

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Tuscany Suites and Casino features spacious, clean rooms and a great pool for its guests to enjoy. The wifi is free but there is a resort fee of $26.88 that covers: pool access, fitness center access, in-room coffee, and valet service. Starting at just $30 a night you can book the 650 sq ft Executive Double Suite. The suite includes: two double beds, living room, sofa, dining area, and wet bar. If you prefer a king bed, then you can book the Executive King Suite for the same price and room features. The 1,325 sq ft Luxury Two Bedroom Suite is a steal at only $70 a night. The room includes: two bedrooms, two bathrooms, sitting area, dining area, kitchenette, and boardroom table. You will not find too many rooms of the Tuscany Suites' quality at such a low price.

Tuscany Suites and Casino offers its guests three dining options; it should come as no surprise the feature great Italian cuisine. Tuscany Gardens has won several awards and features Italian favorites in an elegant atmosphere. The menu includes: Carpaccio Di Manzo, Short Rib Pasta, Cioppino, Veal Osso Buco, and Filet of Sole. Whether you have breakfast on your mind or a juicy steak you can get both at Marilyn's Café. The menu has: Chili Cheese Fries, T-Bone & Eggs, Denver Omelet, Pot Roast Sandwich, and Turkey Pot Pie. For a wide range of beers and classic pub foods, Pub 365 offers guests plenty of choices. The menu includes: Poutine, Drunken Chicken, Gaucho Steak, Fried Pickles, and Veal Bratwurst. There are also many more choices within walking distance of the hotel. These include: Veranda Café, Metro Pizza, Ellis Island Café, Lawry's The Prime Rib, and Le Brasserie.

Though the entertainment options at Tuscany Suites and Casino may not be on the same level as what is available on The Strip it is more than most off Strip hotels offer. The Rat Pack Is Back! features a trio of impersonators of Sammy, Dean, Frank. The show treats guest to their classic hits and legendary stage chemistry. For a lounge act, reminiscent of Las Vegas' past, Laura Shaffer and the Noir Nightingale Trio offer a glimpse at the early days on The Strip. Other performers include: Sina Foley, Kelly Clinton, Rockie Brown, Kevin Davidson, and Windy Karigianes. If you would rather see bigger names, you can head to The Strip and Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino. Planet Hollywood is home to some of the biggest shows on The Strip. The headliners include: Britney Spears, Lionel Richie, Jennifer Lopez, Backstreet Boys, and many more.

The casino at Tuscany Suites and Casino is moderately sized compared to most casino in Las Vegas. The casino has over 800 slot and video poker machines and only 8 table games. The slots feature all the classics as well as new machines. They also have a reputation as being some of the loosest machines in Las Vegas. The table games include: Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, and Super Fun 21. The casino also has a small sports book available for guests to place wagers on their favorite teams. If you would like to play poker, keno and bingo you will need to make a trip to the strip.

Vegas Tip - Who owns the Plaza Hotel? The exotically named The Tamares Group owns this Downtown hotel.

Vdara Hotel and Spa - near to Cosmopolitan, Aria and The Shops at Crystals

Vdara Hotel and Spa opened in 2009 and is one of the more elegant hotel options on The Las Vegas Strip. The Vdara has 1,495 suites as well as a two story 18,000 sq ft spa, salon, and fitness center. Though the Vdara has no gaming space its location between Aria Resort & Casino and the Bellagio allows its guests easy access to gaming options.

The rooms at Vdara Hotel and Spa offer a high level of luxury and as such will cost you more then most hotels along The Strip. The smaller suites start at around $400 a night with 582 sq ft of comfort. It includes: a living area, kitchenette, large TV, spa style tub, and mini bar. If you need more space you can book a loft with 1,447 sq ft of space but it will cost significantly more but is worth it if you want to experience the high roller lifestyle or treat your friends to a once in a lifetime trip. The loft includes: luxury airport transportation, washer and dryer, stainless steel refrigerator, guest powder room, large dining area, guest check-ins, and a dedicated concierge line. If you need to stay for an extended period of time long term options of at least 30 days are available beginning at $3,650.

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For all the splendor the Vdara Hotel and Spa has for its guest, it is surprising there are so few places to eat. Once you have dined at the magnificent Vice Versa Patio and Lounge you will also wonder why the resort does not have more spots like it. Vice Versa Patio and Lounge is a beautifully designed lounge offering great breakfast and dinner dishes. These include: Chicken and Waffle Sliders, Truffle Fries, Grilled Mahi Tacos, Rock Shrimp Lettuce Wraps, Mediterranean Falafel, and Chocolate Lava Cake. The only other main restaurant is Market Cafe Vdara that serves American dishes in a more toned down atmosphere. Dishes available include: 3 Egg Omelets, Lobster Tempura Benedict, Lamb Burger, Turkey Panini, and Tiramisu Crepes. There is also Pool and Lounge Vdara and a Starbucks in the hotel. If you would prefer more options The Strip has many more choices to go to such as the restaurants in the nearby Aria.

Vdara Hotel and Spa does not provide entertainment for its guests in the hotel with its location an amazing show or concert is within walking distance. Before you head out you may want to pamper yourself or your friends to the award winning Espa at Vdara. Services available are: Facials, Body Treatments, Massages, Body Waxing, Salon Services, and Enrichments to name a few. If you prefer to be amped up rather than relaxed the Vdara offers The Ultimate Driving Experience.You will head to Dream Racing and be given instruction and classes on how to drive supercars leading up to taking the car of your choice out onto the track and burning rubber. If you prefer to catch an amazing magic act, concert, or musical production then you have numerous venues just outside the Vdara on The Strip to meet your needs. If you are in Las Vegas to gamble you will also need to search The Strip for a place to play. With the quality of the casinos available outside the Vdara more than makes up for not having its own gaming space.

If you wish to stay in luxurious room and don't mind paying for it then Vdara Hotel and Spa would make a great choice to start with. With amazing rooms, an award winning spa, and ideal location in the heart of The Strip; Vdara offers its guests the perfect home base for their Las Vegas location.

Vegas Tip - What hotel is Pure nightclub in Las Vegas? Pure nightclub was located within Caesars Palace, but has since been replaced by Omnia nightclub.

Venetian - center-north of the strip, across from Treasure Island

In a city filled with extravagant resort hotels, perhaps none are as extravagant as the Venetian Resort Hotel and Casino on The Las Vegas Strip. Reportedly one of the 4th largest hotels in the world, the Venetian has 4,049 rooms, 120,000 sq ft of gaming space, and a 2,250,000 sq ft convention center. Opening in 1999, the massive resort is inspired by Venice, Italy and features replicas of popular landmarks in the city such as the Lion of Venice, Piazza San Marco, and even the famed gondola rides on the canals.

The Venetian Resort Hotel and Casino offers arguably, some of the most luxurious rooms in Las Vegas. From its smallest suite to its largest penthouse the Venetian has spared no expense to give all its guests an amazing stay in Vegas. There is a resort fee of $35 that covers: wifi, local calls, access to the fitness center, and daily newspaper. A stay at the Venetian will not be cheap but it is well worth the extra cost for everything the Venetian has to offer. The "standard" room at the resort is the 650 sq ft Luxury Suite which starts at $319 a night. The room has: living space with sofa and 46" tv, bedroom with 46" tv , Roman Tub, and remote control curtains. If you need more room you can book the 1,400 sq ft Piazza Suite for $509 a night. The room includes: living area, dining area, jetted tub, double door entrance with marble foyer, and walk-in closet. For those looking to go all out while in Las Vegas the 2,900 sq ft Penthouse Suite would be an excellent choice to live out those high roller dreams. To say the room is luxurious is an understatement with : glass chandeliers, a fireplace, living room with piano, four tvs spread throughout the penthouse, dining area for eight, two bathrooms, and much more.

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The Venetian Resort Hotel and Casino offers its guests one of the largest selection of dining options in Las Vegas. With restaurants spanning just about every type of global cuisine, you can enjoy your comfort foods or try something more exotic for the first time. If you wish to tray an Italian restaurant to keep with the Venetians theme, be sure to reserve seats at Carnevino. Winner of numerous awards; Carnevino offers Italian cuisine with great wine selections. The menu includes: Lamb Chops Scottadita, Orecchiete, Tuna Crudo, Duck Eggs, and La Fiorentina. For those with a taste for French cuisine, Bouchon offers modern twists on classic French dishes. Dishes offered are: Petit Plateau, Caviar d'Esturgeon, Moules au Safran, Tartare de Saumon, and Confit de Canard. For seafood lovers, AquaKnox features fresh seafood from around the world. The menu includes: Albacore Tuna, New Bedford Scallops, Steamed Greenlip Mussels, Ora King Salmon, and Barramundi. Just a brief list of some of the other restaurants at the Venetian are: B&B Ristorante, Carlo's Bakery, Grand Lux Cafe at The Venetian, Mercato Della Pescheria, and Noodle Asia to name a few. It would be in your best interest to book reservations for some of the most popular restaurants when you book your room as some are hard to get a seat on the fly.

> Venetian is home to TAO nightclub, one of the best in Vegas.

The Venetian Resort Hotel and Casino offers its guest plenty of entertainment choices, from stage shows, to concerts, or comedy and more. For fans of Baz Luhrmann; BAZ - Star Crossed Love features popular moments from his films interpreted on the stage. Through singers, dancers, and a live band scenes from Moulin Rouge, Romeo + Juliet, and The Great Gatsby come to life. For a journey through the various eras of music you can get tickets to Human Nature Jukebox. From Doo-Wop to today's newest hits and everything in between the Australian group is something to behold. There are also numerous upcoming events and concerts at the resort. Upcoming events include: Willie Nelson, Diana Ross, Mr & Mrs Vietnam Continents Pageant, and Styx & Don Felder. This is just a small sample of the entertainment the Venetian has available for its guests.

The casino at Venetian Resort Hotel and Casino is massive and features nearly 2,500 slot and poker machines as well as 139 table games. The resort has daily slot tournaments. machines that accept wagers up to $5,000, and machines with bonus boxes that include physical prizes like jewelry. The table games include: Blackjack, Baccarat, Craps, Roulette, Pai Gow, and many games. The resort also offers free classes on how to play the table games if you are new to the game. The poker room at the Venetian is one of the best on the Strip and features daily tournaments and also host larger poker events throughout the year. The Venetian also has perhaps the best Race and Sportsbook in Las Vegas. With 118 personal betting stations of unmatched luxury, guests can place bets in style. There is also the massive 10x100 foot screen that can show 42 separate events at one time. If you are unable to book a room at the Venetian, you should still visit its casino for one of the most elegant gaming atmospheres in Las Vegas.

Vegas Tip - Which hotel has the best suites in Las Vegas? The Venetian is known for having the best suites for a great price. View the Bella Suite as an example; at 700 sq ft with a 130 sq ft bathroom it is among the most luxurious in Las Vegas and is relatively low priced at $179 a night. 

W Las Vegas - on the same property as SLS

W Las Vegas Hotel review on the stripW Las Vegas opened in 2016 and is one in a trend of hotels within a hotel, being a part of SLS Las Vegas. The hotel has 289 rooms and guests have access to the SLS’s 85,000 sq ft gaming area. There is also 45,000 sq ft of function space inside the hotel as well as 50,000 sq ft of function space outside.

The rooms at the W Las Vegas are a expensive for a new hotel but the rooms are well designed and worth the cost. There is a $32 a night resort fee which covers: wifi, pool access, parking, bottled water, and phone calls. Starting at $113 a night, the 322 sq ft Wonderful Room has a king bed, flat screen TV, and a peekaboo shower. For more room, you can book the 632 sq ft Marvelous Studio Suite for $256 a night. The room features: a king bed, family room, banquette, desk, and an oversized bathroom. The Mega Suite is 955 sq ft and can be booked for $303 a night. The room has: a king bed, sofa, bathroom with dual shower heads, and a great view of the city. The largest room available is the huge 2,382 sq ft Extreme Wow Suite which you will need to book through the hotel. The massive room features: a king bed, interior design by Lenny Kravitz, piano, multiple sofas, and much more.

Though there are no dining options in the W Las Vegas, guests can enjoy several options to choose from at SLS. For great steaks, guests can head to Bazaar Meat by Jose Andres. The menu includes: Rainbow Trout Roe, Beef with Oysters Tartare, Morcilla With Uni, and Cauliflower Steak. For a taste of Mediterranean, Cleo offers a unique interior with great dining options. The menu has: Kibbeh Nayyeh, Lamb Tagine, Moussakah, and Grilled Octopus. For some of the best burgers in Las Vegas, head to Umami Burger, Beer Garden, and Sportsbook. Having won many awards for its burgers; which have house ground beef, Umami burgers are unlike any in Las Vegas. The menu offers: Beef Barbacoa Loaded Nachos, Greenbird Burger, Manly Burger, and Sweet Potato Fries. Other restaurants available include: Katsuya, 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria, Northside Café & Chinese Kitchen, The Perq, and Monkey Bar.

As with the dining options, W Las Vegas does not have entertainment options of its own but guests can head to SLS yet again. The Sayers Club offers live music with upcoming performers such as: Justin Adams, Silversage, Cameron Dettman, and Liam Kyle Cahill. Offering a great venue for comedy and live music, The Foundry’s current lineup includes: Cheap Trick, Jon Lovitz with Dana Carvey. For one of the hottest nightclubs in town guests can head to Foxtail Nightclub. The club has an indoor/outdoor area that includes a pool for those hot Las Vegas nights. Some of its past performers include: Flo Rida, Redman, Ty Dolla $ign, and Yo Gotti. The W does have a spa available for its guests if they would rather relax before heading to the club. The Away Spa has ten treatment rooms and offers several treatments, massages, facials, and body wraps. If you would rather catch a show further along The Strip, you can ride the nearby monorail to the larger resort hotels.

Guests of the W Las Vegas can try their luck at the (guess where) SLS casino floor when they feel the urge. The casino has over 800 slot and video poker machines as well as 60 plus table games. The slots available start at $.01 to $100 denominations and features newer video reel machines and classic mechanical reel machines such as Wheel of Fortune and Megabucks. The table games include: Blackjack, Craps, Casino WAR, Fortune Pai Gow Poker, and Baccarat. The sports book is smaller than most resorts on The Strip but has plenty of screens available to view the action. It also has Umami Burger integrated inside so you can eat a great burger or enjoy a cold beer.

The W Las Vegas might be new but it seems poised to be one of the hottest new hotels on the strip despite the sluggish start that the SLS has seen. With great new rooms and easy access to dining, entertainment, and gaming options, only time will tell how popular the W will become.

Vegas Tip - Which hotel is considered to be center of the strip? By common consensus of our gang of Vegas experts degenerate gamblers, it's Harrah's.

Westin Las Vegas - on E Flamingo Rd near to Bally's, Platinum Hotel and Tuscany Suites

The Westin Las Vegas Hotel, Casino and Spa originally opened in 1977 as the Maxim Hotel before changing its name in 2003. Located a block from The Vegas Strip, the Westin has 826 rooms and a small 14,000 sq ft gaming area. The Westin Las Vegas Hotel, Casino and Spa offers a surprising amount of luxury for its size and an ideal starting point for your Las Vegas adventure.

The rooms at Westin Las Vegas Hotel, Casino and Spa offers guests very plush rooms without breaking the bank. The Traditional Guest Rooms are 350 sq ft and include: a 42" tv, Heavenly bed and bath which features dual shower heads, in-room Starbucks coffee, and wifi. The Executive One Bedroom Suite is 750 sq ft offers a living room with a plasma tv, a wet bar, and amazing views. The High Roller One or Two Bedroom Suites are between 1,100-1,500 sq ft and offers similar amenities to the Executive Suite. If you are willing to put in the effort, you can find great rates on all three types of rooms. If you are a member of Westin Las Vegas Hotel, Casino and Spa's reward program you can earn enough points to stay for free.

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Though the Westin Las Vegas Hotel, Casino and Spa only offers three dining options. all three will help to curb your hunger until you can head to The Strip and enjoy more specialized cuisines. The Starbucks Cafe obviously offers the beloved brand coffee 24 hours a day, but you can also grab a bite to eat. Options include: Pastries, Parfaits, Protein Boxes, and various breakfast items. The Lobby Bar offers standard bar fare such as: Burgers, Pizza, Appetizers, Beer, Cocktails, and Wine. The final choice is the SAVONA Bistro which offers both French and Italian inspired dishes. Meals include: Bucantini, Salmon, Roasted Carrot, Fish and Chips, Grass Fed Beef Burger, and Fish Market Tacos. However if you'd prefer more options The Strip is only a block away from the Westin so you have a limitless resource to exploit for your dining needs.

The Westin Las Vegas Hotel, Casino and Spa does not offer its own entertainment but it does have one of the best spas in town. At 10,000 sq ft there is plenty of room to relax by yourself or with a party in one of its many treatment rooms, saunas, or steam rooms. If you would enjoy a massage you can choose from many such as: Swedish, Deep Tissue, Stone Therapy, Craniosacral, and Reiki. The spa also has head and foot treatments, hydration wraps, hair care, skin care, facials, and more. After spending time in the spa you can head out onto The Strip to catch a show.

The casino at Westin Las Vegas Hotel, Casino and Spa is tiny compared to other resorts but offers an intimate environment for your basic gambling needs. With only 14,000 sq ft of space the casino only offers 6 table games and a little over 150 slots and video poker machines. The only table games available are Blackjack and Roulette which should make any first time gambler happy. As mentioned earlier, you can earn points that can be used to cover the cost of rooms. You can earn these on the slots and video poker machines with each dollar played adding to your point total. There is also an automated sports book available to place bets on the casino floor. If you find that the casino is too small for your style of play then you can always visit one of the monster casinos The Strip has to offer.

If you want a resort that is smaller and less chaotic than some of the other resorts Las Vegas has to offer, then the Westin Las Vegas Hotel, Casino, and Spa is the perfect choice. With small but elegant rooms, a large spa, and intimate casino, the Westin can service all your needs while avoiding the large crowds on The Strip.

Vegas Tip - What restaurants are near the Excalibur hotel? There a several restaurants in the resort itself but other nearby restaurants include: Chin Chin, Il Fornaio, Hakkasan Restaurant, Greenberg's Deli, and Gallagher's Steakhouse to name a few.

Westgate - off-strip to the north of Las Vegas Blvd, close to Las Vegas Convention Center

Located just off The Las Vegas Strip, Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino originally opened in 1969 as the International Hotel. After going through several name changes over the years it became the Westgate in 2014. It has 2,956 rooms and 305 suites as well as a gaming space of 95,000 sq ft for its guests to enjoy. Though it has deep ties with the Las Vegas of the past; having hosted Elvis Presley in his hey day, the many renovations over the years have kept the resort from becoming stagnant.

The rooms at Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino offer modern stylings and comfort as well as low rates. Premium rooms start at $40 a night but can be found for less if you look around on various sites. They are 400 sq ft with varying views of either The Strip, the mountains, or the nearby golf course. It comes with a mini fridge, tv, desk and chair, and wifi is included with the resort fee. If you need more room you can book a 900 sq ft villa that includes two 60" tvs and two person jetted tub. You can also book a room on the Signature Concierge Level to receive another level of service with your rooms. The largest room available at Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino is the 1,500 sq ft Luxury Suite. It includes whirpool baths, flat screen tvs, wet bar, and separate parlors. Unlike most resorts off The Strip, the Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino has numerous restaurants available for its guests. One of the most popular choices at Westgate is Benihana which serves a Japanese menu served by performing chefs. Menu items include: Spicy Hibachi Chicken, Yakisoba, Hibachi Chateaubriand, Caterpillar Roll, and Spider Roll. Fresco Italiano offers guests casual Italian dining with dishes that include: Tuscan Minestrone, Porcini Risotto, Bone-In Veal Chop Saltimbocca, and Chicken Rustico. Other restaurants at the Westgate include: Edge Steakhouse, Fortuna, Fresh Buffet, Pizza Hut Express, Rikki Tiki Sushi, Silk Road Asian Bistro, and Sid's Cafe to name a few.

Westgate Hotel, Las Vegas

Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino may not offer much entertainment at the resort but it offers more than most off Strip resorts. If you want to start your trip off with a laugh, Vinnie Favorito Unfiltered might be the show for you. Know for his improv skills and celebrity roasts, Vinnie Favorito offers his politically incorrect view of the world. If you would prefer a little Funk on your trip then catch Cameo at the Westgate Cabaret and dance to classics hits like Word Up. If you are still in shock over the recent passing of the great Prince then you could go see Purple Reign: The Prince Tribute Show. Filled with Prince's music and featuring an inspired performances by Jason Tenner, you can dance the grieve away. If you prefer something a little more titillating the final show Westgate has to offer is SEXXY. Jennifer Romas and crew perform vignettes that will make your heart race and free your inhibitions. If you still want more entertainment The Strip is only a block away with even more options.

Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino has a reputation for having the loosest slots in all of Las Vegas. So even if you choose another resort to stay at, you should spend a little time in the casino. With 916 slot and poker machines and 34 table games it is moderately sized by Strip standards but has machines that have consistently paid out 10 million plus dollar jackpots. Some of the slot machines include: Wheel of Fortune, Zuma, Bejeweled, Megabucks, Quick Hits, and Blazing 7's. If you prefer playing at the tables all the classic games are there: Blackjack, Craps, Baccarat, and Roulette, as well a High Limit Room if you are feeling adventurous. If you like placing bets then you can place them at what is considered the best Race and Sports Book in all of Las Vegas. It has over 350 seats, 60 viewing monitors, a gigantic 15'x20' screen, as well as a lounge to make your sports viewing more enjoyable. Westgate also offers casino events like watch parties for events like the Super Bowl and slot tournaments.

The Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino offers affordable, luxury rooms in a great location off The Strip. With more dining and entertainment options than most off Strip resorts and one of the best casinos in all of Las Vegas, Westgate is perhaps the best bargain resort in Las Vegas.

Vegas Tip - What is the best family hotel in Las Vegas? There are several great family hotels in Las Vegas; among the best are the Mirage, Excalibur and Circus Circus.

Wynn Hotel and Casino - north end of the strip, between Palazzo and Encore

When it was opened in 2005, the $2.7 billion Wynn resort was the largest privately funded construction project in the United States. It was conceived and developed by Steve Wynn, a major player in the massive construction development that occurred on the Las Vegas Strip during the 1990’s. If the word genius can be applied in the gambling industry, Steve Wynn is a genius at conceptualizing resort hotels that specialize in gambling while also offering many other special amenities that attract families with children from all over the world. In addition to its 111,000 sq. ft. casino, the Wynn resort contains 2,716 guest rooms, a 223,000 sq. ft. convention center, an 18-hole golf course, beautiful temperature controlled swimming pools and hot tubs, a full service spa, 76,000 sq. ft. of retail stores and many marvelous restaurants.

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Steve Wynn’s father operated a chain of bingo parlors in the eastern United States. Steve graduated from The Manlius School, a private boys school near Syracuse, N.Y., before he attended the University of Pennsylvania where he was a member of the Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity. But before Steve graduated his father died from heart problems and left $350,000 in gambling debts. Steve took charge of his family's business, often working at some of the bingo parlors himself, and within one year he had expanded the company. Next, he oversaw the construction and operation of Golden Nugget Atlantic City and based on the experience he gained there, he developed The Mirage, Treasure Island, and then Bellagio, which at its opening was the most expensive hotel in the world. As of 2016, Wynn is the most profitable resort in Las Vegas and Bellagio is its 2nd most profitable resort.

In addition to the revenue generated by Wynn’s state-of-the-art, 24 hr./day gambling casino, 67% of the resort’s $1.66 billion in annual revenue comes from non-gambling sources such as food and beverage sales (about $490 million) and rooms (more than $400 million). Wynn’s magnificently furnished guest rooms range in size from 640 sq. ft. units to 7,000 sq. ft. villas and they feature views of the Las Vegas Strip, the resort’s waterfall or the 18-hole golf course. Room amenities include European style bed linens, remote control lighting and large flat screen TV’s. Among Wynn’s most famous restaurants featuring fine dining is the Michelin starred Wing Lei that specializes in Szechuan, Cantonese and Shanghai Chinese cuisine. Costa di Mare serves Italian cuisine and more than 40 types of fresh fish that are flown in daily from Italy. The Forbes Travel Guide 4 star award-winning SW Steakhouse and Wynn’s Country Club Restaurant both offer traditional steak, prime rib and seafood combinations while the elegant 4 star award-winning Mizumi restaurant with its idyllic koi pond and shimmering 90-foot waterfall specializes in traditional Japanese cuisine.

Designed by the renowned Tom Fazio and Steve Wynn, the 18-hole, par-70 golf course at the Wynn Golf Club includes a gorgeous landscape with waterfalls, streams and a forest of trees. Other major attractions at Wynn include the Lake of Dreams with its famous nighttime multimedia water and light show consisting of more than 4,000 lights, astounding holographic images and puppetry. Another famous show named The Dream entertains people every night at Le Rêve where amazing feats of human aerial acrobatics, strength and ability are presented. The Dream was voted "Best Production Show" in Las Vegas for six consecutive years. For people who enjoy shopping, the Wynn Esplanade includes famous boutique stores such as Cartier, Louis Vuitton, Chanel and Christian Dior. And for people who love dancing, Wynn offers the Tryst nightclub with its spacious dance floor and secluded interior lagoon.

The Wynn resort has garnered more awards than any other hotel in Las Vegas and it’s the only hotel in the world that has been awarded 5-star ratings in every category by Forbes for two consecutive years. Wynn also earned AAA’s five diamonds, Mobil’s five stars, Michelin’s five stars, and Zagat Survey’s Top U.S. Hotel rating. The Condé Nast Traveller Gold List names Wynn as one of the "Top Hotels in the World".

Vegas Tip - How do I upgrade my hotel room in Las Vegas? There are several tricks that can get you a free upgrade such as booking a slightly higher priced room. It's sad to say, but Vegas hotels tend to view you as a dollar figure. The higher priced room you booked makes them think you have money to spend and will be more willing to bump you up a room than if you booked the cheapest room available. Your credit card may also make you eligible for upgrades with American Express is an example. Some people swear that tipping the clerk at check-in can help to get you a better room than you booked. Their advice is to place at least a $20 between your credit card and ID when checking-in and hand it to the clerk, then ask if a an upgrade is available. This works at some hotels better than others (they say) and some clerks will hand the money back if they are unable to help. Keep in mind that there is the risk they keep it, but it is Vegas so why not gamble?

A List of all Las Vegas Hotels and Casinos on this site

Hotel Phone Address Location
Alexis Park Hotel 800-582-2228 375 E Harmon Ave Off-Strip
Americas Best Value Inn Hotel 888-315-2378 167 E Tropicana Ave Off-Strip
Aria Hotel 866-359-7757 3730 Las Vegas Blvd Strip
Artisan Hotel 702-214-4000 1501 W. Sahara Ave Off-Strip
Bally's Hotel 800-818-0494 3645 Las Vegas Blvd Strip
Bellagio Hotel 888-987-6667 3600 Las Vegas Blvd Strip
Caesars Palace Hotel 800-634-6661 3570 Las Vegas Blvd Strip
California Hotel 800-634-6255 12 Ogden Ave Downtown
Casino Royale Hotel 702-737-3500 3411 S Las Vegas Blvd Strip
Circus Circus Hotel 800-444-2472 2880 Las Vegas Blvd Strip
Cosmopolitan Hotel 877-551-7778 3708 Las Vegas Boulevard Strip
Cromwell Hotel 866-245-5745 3595 Las Vegas Blvd Strip
Delano Hotel 877-632-7800 3950 Las Vegas Blvd Strip
Downtown Grand Hotel 702 953-4343 206 N 3rd St Downtown
El Cortez Hotel 800-634-6703 600 Fremont St Downtown
Encore at Wynn Hotel 888-320-7125 3131 Las Vegas Blvd Strip
Excalibur Hotel 800-937-7777 3850 Las Vegas Blvd Strip
Flamingo Hotel 702 733-3111 3555 Las Vegas Blvd Strip
Four Queens Hotel 800-634-6045 202 E Fremont St Las Vegas Downtown
Four Seasons Hotel 877-632-5000 3960 Las Vegas Blvd Strip
Fremont Hotel 800-634-6182 200 E Fremont St Downtown
Gold Coast Hotel 800-331-5334 4000 W Flamingo Rd Off-Strip
Golden Gate Hotel 800-426-1906 1 Fremont Street Downtown
Golden Nugget Hotel 800-634-3403 129 E Fremont St Downtown
Hard Rock Hotel 800-473-7025 4455 Paradise Rd Off-Strip
Harrah's Hotel 800-392-9002 3475 Las Vegas Blvd Strip
Hooters Hotel 866-584-0087 115 E Tropicana Ave Off-Strip
Lucky Dragon Hotel 702-889-8018 300 West Sahara Avenue Off-Strip
Luxor Hotel 800-288-1000 3900 Las Vegas Blvd Strip
Main Street Hotel 800-465-0711 200 N Main St Las Vegas Downtown
Mandalay Bay Hotel 877-632-7000 3950 Las Vegas Blvd Strip
Mandarin Oriental Hotel 888-881-9578 3752 Las Vegas Blvd Strip
Marriott's Grand Chateau Hotel 888-236-2427 75 E Harmon Ave Off-Strip
MGM Grand Hotel 800-929-1111 3799 Las Vegas Blvd Strip
Mirage Hotel 800-627-6667 3400 Las Vegas Blvd Strip
Monte Carlo Hotel 800-311-8999 3770 Las Vegas Blvd Strip
New York New York Hotel 800-693-0763 3790 Las Vegas Blvd Strip
Nobu Hotel 800-727-4923 3570 Las Vegas Blvd Strip
Oasis at Gold Spike Hotel 866-600-8600 400 E Ogden Ave Downtown
Orleans Hotel 800-818-0494 4500 W Tropicana Ave Off-Strip
Palace Station Hotel 800-634-3101 2411 W Sahara Ave Off-Strip
Palazzo Hotel 877-444-5777 3265 Las Vegas Blvd Strip
Palms Hotel 866-942-7770 4321 W Flamingo Rd Off-Strip
Paris Hotel 888-266-5687 3655 Las Vegas Blvd Strip
Planet Hollywood Hotel 866-919-7472 3667 Las Vegas Blvd Strip
Platinum Hotel 877-211-9211 211 E Flamingo Road Off-Strip
Plaza Hotel 800-818-0494 1 Main St Downtown
Renaissance Hotel 866-352-3434 3400 Paradise Road Off-Strip
Residence Inn Hotel 888-236-2427 3225 Paradise Rd Off-Strip
Rio Hotel 800-752-9746 3700 W Flamingo Rd Off-Strip
Royal Vacation Suites Hotel 800-634-6118 99 Convention Center Dr Off-Strip
Rumor Boutique Hotel 877-997-8667 455 E Harmon Ave Off-Strip
Signature at MGM Grand Hotel 702 797-6000 145 East Harmon Avenue Off-Strip
Silver Sevens Hotel 800-640-9771 4100 Paradise Road Off-Strip
Skylofts at MGM Hotel 877-646-5638 3799 Las Vegas Blvd Strip
SLS Hotel 702.761.7000 2535 Las Vegas Blvd Strip
Stratosphere Hotel 800-998-6937 2000 Las Vegas Blvd Strip
Super 8 Hotel 800-800-8000 4250 Koval Lane Off-Strip
The D Hotel 800-274-5825 301 Fremont Street Downtown
The Linq Hotel 800-818-0494 3535 Las Vegas Blvd Strip
The Westin Hotel 888-625-5144 160 East Flamingo Off-Strip
Treasure Island TI Hotel 800-944-7444 3300 Las Vegas Blvd Strip
Tropicana Hotel 800-818-0494 3801 Las Vegas Blvd Strip
Trump Hotel 866-939-8786 2000 Fashion Show Drive Off-Strip
Tuscany Hotel 800-818-0494 255 E Flamingo Rd Off-Strip
Vdara Hotel 866-745-7677 2600 W Harmon Avenue Off-Strip
Venetian Hotel 888-283-6423 3355 Las Vegas Blvd Strip
W Hotel 702-761-8700 2535 Las Vegas Blvd Strip
Westgate Hotel 888-732-7117 3000 Paradise Rd Off-Strip
Wynn Hotel 877-770-7077 3131 Las Vegas Blvd Strip

The information in all these great Las Vegas hotel and casino reviews was accurate when it was first written, but hotels can and do change features without notice - adding bronze statues of weird stuff, blowing things up, firing interior designers, creating new names for bars that are unpronounceable even when sober, so please confirm all rates and details directly with the hotels themselves before planning a trip - don't say we didn't say it! We have tried hard tho, honest and if you've had a little laugh along the way, then you'll be a great addition to the many tourists of Las Vegas in the coming months!

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