Awesome Accommodations: The 10 Best Hotels Near The Las Vegas Convention Center
By Heather Turk
Las Vegas Local Expert
While there's no shortage of hotels near the Las Vegas Convention Center, why stay in a plain ol' Marriott when some of the city's biggest and best hotels are located just steps away?
In fact, several of the city's most iconic resorts are located by the Las Vegas Convention Center, like the former stomping grounds of Elvis Presley, the LVH - Las Vegas Hotel & Casino. Then known as The International, LVH is where Presley performed to record-breaking audiences. Today, the resort is a favorite with conventioneers due to its location and size.
The Riviera is another classic Vegas resort that's close by—just adjacent to the convention center, in fact. Boasting the best room rates guests will find on the Strip, the vintage hotel underwent a renovation just a few years back. The Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower recently underwent a remodel, too, and boasts some of the coolest attractions in town.
Several of the Strip's most luxurious resorts are located near the Las Vegas Convention Center as well, like The Venetian and The Palazzo. The all-suite resorts' spacious accommodations and array of amenities make it hard for conventioneers to remember if they're in Las Vegas for work or pleasure. Wynn Las Vegas and its sister property Encore blur the line, too, with their many on-site attractions, including a golf course and the country's top nightclub.
Here's a look at 10 hotels that may be conveniently located by the Las Vegas Convention Center, but make it hard for guests to leave the property.
10 Riviera Hotel & Casino
Celebrating more than 55 years of non-stop entertainment, the Riviera Hotel & Casino is one of the most iconic casino and hotel destinations in Las Vegas. Located adjacent to the Las Vegas Convention Center, the resort features more than 2,000 hotel rooms and 140,000 square feet of convention space. It also boasts more than 100,000 square feet of casino space with all of the latest games along with award-winning entertainment and a variety of dining options. Guest rooms were remodeled a few years ago and start at a comfortable 430 square feet, with more spacious suite options available, too. Other amenities include a pool, barber shop, beauty salon and tattoo studio.
9 Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
This rockin' resort, located just down the street from the Las Vegas Convention Center, is the perfect place to let loose after a long day on the convention center floor. Known as Sin City's off-strip playground, the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino offers an energetic entertainment and gaming experience with the services and amenities associated with a boutique luxury resort hotel. Having completed a $750 million expansion in 2010, the property now features an 11-story Casino Tower with 640 guest rooms, a 17-story Paradise Tower with 490 rooms and suites and the all-suite HRH Tower with 359 suites, eight spa villas and seven penthouse suites. It also boasts 72,000 square feet of casino space featuring Peacock High-Limit gaming and Asian gaming amenities, 80,000 square feet of flexible meeting and convention space, more than $4 million in rare music memorabilia and one of the hottest music venues in town, The Joint.
8 The Mirage
Granted there's a volcano in front of it, but that's not the only reason The Mirage is one of the Strip's hottest resorts. The tropical-themed hotel offers convention goers an oasis of fun away from the convention center floor, complete with real live tigers and dolphins at Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat and some of the best shows on the Strip (Boyz II Men, "Terry Fator: The VOICE of Entertainment," "The Beatles LOVE" by Cirque du Soleil and the Aces of Comedy series). It also offers 3,044 guests rooms, including 281 suites, and more than 170,000 square feet of meeting and convention facilities.
7 Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower
One of the city's best values, the Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower is located near the Las Vegas Convention Center at the gateway to downtown Las Vegas. The iconic Strip property has undergone some changes in recent years, remodeling more than 900 Stratosphere Select guest rooms as well as elevators, lobbies and corridors. The casino has also been repainted and recarpeted, and Level 107 Lounge has been reimagined with stylish new furniture, carpeting and wall coverings. While the property has been given a much-needed makeover, it's still home to some of the coolest restaurants and attractions in town, including the revolving Top of the World restaurant, SkyJump Las Vegas and the thrill rides at the top of the Stratosphere Tower. It's also home to one of the Strip's best pools, located on the eighth floor of the resort and boasting breathtaking views of the city.
6 Renaissance Las Vegas Hotel
Located adjacent to the Las Vegas Convention Center, the Renaissance is truly in a class by itself as the largest non-gaming, smoke-free hotel in the area. Its luxurious guest rooms and spacious suites come well-appointed with slick contemporary decor, flat-panel LCD HD televisions, complimentary premium cable channels, a refrigerator, blackout drapes and a glass-enclosed, walk-in shower and separate full-size bath tub. The property also features a gorgeous outdoor pool and spa, its own health club and a 24-hour business center. When it's time to eat, the Renaissance offers several delectable dining options, including the savory ENVY Steakhouse, boasting some of the most succulent cuts of beef in town.
5 Encore at Wynn Las Vegas
Wynn Las Vegas' sister property, this luxurious Strip resort was truly an encore worth waiting for. Home to the country's top nightclub, XS, Encore seamlessly mixes business with pleasure. Featuring 2,034 rooms, including 15 two-bedroom apartments and 16 three-bedroom duplex apartments, and 60,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, Encore is conveniently located near Convention Center Drive, making it easily walkable for convention goers. Even if you're not staying at the resort, be sure to check out one of its fine restaurants, like Sinatra, Andrea's or Botero, and if the weather's nice, be sure to visit the 60,000-square-foot Encore Beach Club.
4 Wynn Las Vegas
Convention goers always feel like winners at this sophisticated Strip resort. Boasting a range of accommodations, including resort rooms, suites, villas and apartments, Wynn Las Vegas is home to an 18-hole golf course, 200,000 square feet of flexible meeting space and Nevada's only factory-authorized Ferrari Maserati dealership. Guests are sure to be entertained by the resort's hit show "Le Reve-The Dream," while foodies will love Wynn's collection of delectable restaurants, including Wing Lei, Lakeside, SW Steakhouse and La Cave Wine & Food Hideaway. When it's time to unwind after a long day on the convention center floor, be sure to check out Tryst, one of the Strip's hottest nightclubs.
3 The Palazzo
The Venetian's sister property, The Palazzo features more than 3,000 expansive suites specifically fashioned for convenience and comfort, with sizes ranging from approximately 700 square feet to 7,828 square feet. Rooms boast similar amenities as The Venetian, with 20-inch LCD HD TVs in the all-marble bathrooms, remote control Roman shades and curtains and Egyptian cotton bed linens. Shuttle service is also available from the resort to McCarran International Airport. Although The Venetian and The Palazzo are connected and therefore share many of the same amenities and attractions (Canyon Ranch SpaClub, the Grand Canal Shoppes), The Palazzo does boast a few delectable eateries of its own, including Morels French Steakhouse & Bistro and LAVO. It also houses the Strip's newest jaw-dropping production, "PANDA!"
2 The Venetian
A popular spot with convention goers, The Venetian is not only located just minutes from the Las Vegas Convention Center, but also offers 2.25 million square feet of its own convention space. The all-suite hotel features 4,027 spacious suites ranging in size from 650 square feet to 10,000 feet and boasts such luxurious in-room amenities as all-marble bathrooms with 17-inch LCD HD televisions, Roman tubs and separate glass-enclosed showers and safes large enough to hold a laptop computer. The Venetian is also home to some of the best shows on the Strip, like "Rock of Ages" and "Human Nature," as well as numerous mouthwatering restaurants, including Emeril Lagasse's Delmonico Steakhouse. Further blurring the line for conventioneers between work and vacation is the revitalizing Canyon Ranch SpaClub and the upscale Grand Canal Shoppes. When it's time to leave the resort, shuttle service is available to McCarran International Airport.
1 LVH - Las Vegas Hotel & Casino
Located next to the Las Vegas Convention Center, LVH is the perfect place for conventioneers to unwind after a long day on the convention floor. Plus, with 3,000 guest rooms and suites, it's great for companies that want all of their employees to stay at one place. In addition to an array of accommodations, from standard rooms to opulent suites, the property boasts the largest Benihana in North America, a pool deck on the third floor that features amazing Strip views and some of the hottest entertainment in town, including "Raiding the Rock Vault." It also has a designated monorail station, making getting to the Strip a breeze.
About Heather Turk
A graduate of the University of Southern California, Heather's byline has appeared everywhere from The Los Angeles Times to Playboy.com--with her review of The Truman Show making the front page of The Detroit News' movie section when she was just 16 years old. When she's not at her computer writing a story for one of the many outlets she freelances for (including Allegiant Air's in-flight magazine Sunseeker, the Los Angeles Times Las Vegas Guide and CBS Las Vegas), she can often be found at the movies, on the Strip checking out the latest restaurant/show/spa/hotel opening or at Disneyland.
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