The Las Vegas Strip's 10 Best Hotels - Always a Sure Bet

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By Terrisa Meeks, Las Vegas Local Expert

Hotels on the Las Vegas Strip can create an unforgettable experience for their guests. Rooms are designed with comfort and style in mind, featuring upscale amenities and conveniences. The best furnishings and attention to detail–inviting linens, plush towels, trendy toiletries–come together in well-designed, spacious rooms that often have wonderful views of the Strip or of the distant mountains.

On the grounds of most Strip hotels, you’ll find restaurants, shopping, spas, entertainment and generally a casino. The Las Vegas Strip is home to some of the world’s largest hotels, like the MGM Grand, which are so full of things to do that guests could conceivably never leave the grounds. Many larger hotels on the Strip offer exclusive areas or floors, often with a separate check-in and design, usually with a distinctive luxury boutique style (and price).

The best hotels on the Strip are constantly updating their rooms and amenities, and sometimes they're the result of a complete renovation, like The Cromwell. In its prior life, this small hotel was Bill’s Gambling Hall (and the Barbary Coast before that), and today it’s following the trend toward smaller, boutique-style hotels. Additionally, it has Giada De Laurentiis' only restaurant.

Whether you’d like to stay in a hotel designed to look like a bygone era, or in a place with a sleek, modern style, you’ll find a Vegas hotel that’s a sure bet for your tastes. For more ideas, take a look at our list of the ten best hotels on the Las Vegas Strip.

10. Mandalay Bay Resort And Casino
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Mandalay Bay transports its guests to the South Pacific, complete with a sandy beach at the pool. An assortment of acclaimed restaurants, a shopping mall, an amazing pool area, the family-friendly Shark Reef attraction and easy access to a tram system makes Mandalay Bay a popular place for families--although it is by no means a destination only for guests with kids. If you're looking for nightclubs or bars, Mandalay offers plenty of those as well. Many of the rooms have an impressive view that will inspire almost anyone to start snapping pictures. The large guest rooms and suites have pillow-topped beds, superior linens, plasma TVs, and spacious bathrooms. The hotel shares its space with the exclusive Delano and The Four Seasons, so guests may want to also check with these two separately run hotels for rooms.

9. The Cromwell
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The Cromwell's boutique, intimate atmosphere is intended to be reminiscent of Paris, in a very hip way. Hardwood floors, plush furnishings and thoughtful amenities like steam showers give the rooms an ambiance that's new to hotels on the Las Vegas Strip. The property was renovated from its previous incarnation as Bill's Gamblin' Hall, and the new design has totally transformed the property. In addition to the redesigned rooms, the Cromwell also has Giada De Laurentiis' first (and only) restaurant, which is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner; in-room dining is also available. Drai's, the combination pool club/nightclub and after hours club, is the only hold-over from the hotel's old identity, although it's also had a make-over. The nightclub is on the top floor, and guests who are light sleepers may want to avoid rooms directly below the club.

8. Encore at Wynn Las Vegas
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Encore's modern design begins with the stylish exterior and extends to the tastefully decorated suites. All rooms are suites featuring floor-to-ceiling windows with incredible views of Las Vegas. Encore and its sister property, Wynn, are known for their luxurious vibe, along with award-winning restaurants, shows, and spas. The suites range from roomy to the largest and most exclusive room at the resort, a three bedroom apartment that's almost 6000 square feet. Throughout all of Encore's suites, guests can rely on room amenities designed to be both functional and beautiful, from the linens to the convenient room controls next to the bed. Service standards are impeccable at this award-winning hotel, where quality is a central focus.

7. The Palazzo Resort Hotel & Casino
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While the Palazzo's elegant style takes inspiration from a prior age, the hotel's rooms have all the modern features you can think of. Spacious suites include a plush sitting area, a desk area, and large bathroom with a Roman tub. The suites feature upscale amenities throughout, from Egyptian cotton linens to the varieties of pillows. The combined areas of The Palazzo and its sister property, The Venetian, make the entire complex one of the largest hotels in the world. Guests have plentiful shopping options and an array of restaurants and clubs to choose from. One of Strip's larger convention centers is also located on the grounds.

6. MGM Grand Hotel & Casino
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One of the world's largest hotels, the MGM's size is impossible not to notice. It's so large that if you're going to a show or meeting someone for dinner, be sure to account for extra time to find your destination. More importantly, the hotel's large size translates into a wide array of rooms for guests to choose from. Comfortably standard rooms come with king or queen beds, and several styles of suites are available, including the ultra posh (and expensive) Skylofts. The MGM also has one of the best pool complexes on the Strip--guests can choose from adults-only areas and more family-friendly sections. The hotel's restaurants, shows and nightlife offer guests a non-stop variety of things to do, and it's conveniently located close to the airport and freeways.

5. ARIA Resort & Casino
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Aria's sleek, urban style makes it feel like it would fit into almost any city (minus the casino), which is a plus for some visitors. Unlike many other Strip hotels, natural light is present throughout the property, even in the casino. Aria's location in CityCenter puts it smack in the middle of a densely planned mixed-use property that includes non-gaming hotels, condominiums, abundant public art, and a collection of impressive restaurants. Aria's rooms are technology rich, and includes a tablet that controls lights and temperature, among other things. Look for a surplus of organic, natural, and recycled materials throughout the plush rooms. Several styles of rooms and suites are offered, from the standard guest rooms to the opulent 7,000 square-foot Sky Villas.

4. The Cosmopolitan Of Las Vegas
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The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas has gained plenty of attention since its opening in 2010. It's the Strip's newest hotel, and it has a sophisticated, hip style throughout, from the restaurants to the entertainment. One big bonus that's unique feature for Las Vegas: terraces in many of the rooms. Several types of guest rooms are available, many of them suite-style room with kitchenettes as well as that wonderful terrace to take in an incredible view of the Strip. The beautifully decorated, well-appointed rooms are modern with great design features. The City Studio, the hotel's smallest suite, features an oversized sitting area and artistic interior design throughout. The Cosmopolitan's location is ideal, situated right in the heart of the Strip, putting guests within walking distance of many well-known attractions.

3. The Venetian Resort Hotel & Casino
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The Venetian recreates the romantic setting of Old Venice, and its detailed styling, which comes complete with canals and gondolas, is fun for anyone. Seven styles of suites, including penthouse suites, are available. Look for small dining tables, sofa sleepers, wired and wireless Internet and big bathrooms (sometimes with televisions). The Penthouse is the hotel's largest suite at 2900 square feet, but even the standard suite is roomy and includes a sunken living room. The entire complex is a large property, and it's connected to its sister property, Palazzo. The Grand Canal Shoppes are entertaining, even if you don't shop. Guests can enjoy a first-class spa, shows, restaurants, and nightclubs.

2. Wynn Las Vegas
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Wynn Las Vegas took the idea of sophistication to a new level on the Las Vegas Strip. The large rooms and suites feature floor-to-ceiling windows, plentiful seating, pillow-top mattresses and plush bathrooms. The Panoramic Corner View rooms, which begin at the 28th floor, give an impressive view of Las Vegas. Wynn is home to top-notch restaurants, as you'd expect from this award-winning hotel. The Wynn was built on the site of the Desert Inn, a property that included a beautiful golf course. The golf course was redesigned (it's now the only one on the Strip) and many of the large, mature trees and plants were saved and used, adding to hotel's lovely, lush landscaping.

1. Bellagio
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When it was built, Bellagio quickly set new standards for luxury in Las Vegas hotels. Its signature dancing fountains have become a must-see attraction on the Strip. Inside Bellagio, you'll find a conservatory and a fine art gallery. Winning acclaim and numerous awards, Bellagio's first-class accommodations are complemented by equally impressive amenities: world-class restaurants, trendy nightclubs and big-name entertainment. Guests can choose from regular rooms, suites, and villas (fountain views are popular). Standard room features include flat screen HDTVs, plush pillow-top mattresses, plush linens and robes, soaking tubs, and organic carpeting. Technology options like an iHome docking station and WiFi are standard, as well as a laptop safe.