Be Pampered and Treated Like a High Roller at These Ten Luxury Vegas Hotels

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By Terrisa Meeks, Las Vegas Local Expert

While you're in Vegas, you can stay at a hotel that gives you a great deal on a functional room, or you can choose a property with rooms so plush that you may be tempted to stay in and order room service. If you're leaning toward the luxury accommodations, you'll find a wealth of multi-star hotels to choose from.

The newer luxury hotels on the Strip have abandoned the elaborate themes of bygone eras and adopted a sleek, modern look. The Wynn and Encore, Aria, Trump, and Four Seasons are dedicated to offering guests large rooms, superior room amenities, and first-class on-site restaurants and shops. If there's a theme here, you might call it "elegant and award winning."

Not all luxury hotels have decided that less is more in the design department. The Venetian and Palazzo bring a touch of Old World Italy to the Las Vegas Strip, and they've made sure to include the opulence of this former time. Suites, an award-winning spa, and an extensive collection of first-class shops and restaurants give guests the option to go first-class in everything they do in Vegas.

The hip and modern Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas puts a new spin on luxury, a just left-of-center kind of spin, with a three-story chandelier bar, modern art, and noted restaurants. The rooms are tasteful and well-appointed, and some include balconies. Nearby, the ultra-luxurious Mandarin Oriental offers guests a West meets Old Shanghai feeling. You won't find a casino here, but you will find a refined atmosphere that almost feels like you aren't in Vegas at all.

10. Bellagio
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The Bellagio's Italian ambiance was inspired by Lake Como, the photogenic area in Italy that frequently serves as a backdrop in movies. The Las Vegas Bellagio has likewise become an iconic symbol of the luxury Las Vegas hotel, making its fair share of appearances on film. While the fountains in front of the hotel wow guests with their synchronized dance, the rooms deliver a different kind of wow. First-class amenities include 40-inch flat screen HDTVs, a work station, media hub, iHome docking station, wireless Internet, quality linens and robes, and a cashmere pillow top mattress. A renovation was completed in 2012 to give all the rooms a face lift, including the addition of two new designs featuring updated color palettes.

9. ARIA Resort & Casino
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With a modern design full of windows, Aria departs from the former era of windowless Vegas hotels. Aria is also LEED certified, embracing a growing trend on the Strip toward greener accommodations. Guests enjoy custom-designed furnishings, 300 thread count linens, and plush robes. A remote allows complete control of the room's lights, temperature, TV, and draperies. Spacious Sky Suites come with all the comforts of home, except that the plush design may be even nicer than what you have at your own house. Aria is the only gaming property in the CityCenter complex, which includes Crystals, the high-end shopping mall that features exclusive retailers. Look for on-site restaurants of the finest caliber by chefs like Jean Georges, Michael Mina, and Julian Serrano.

8. The Cosmopolitan Of Las Vegas
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The newest property on the Las Vegas Strip offers a sleek, contemporary style. Aiming for a boutique feeling, the property has a relatively small footprint, but rises 52 stories above the Strip. Rooms feature a pleasing blue color palette, with completely modern furnishings and amenities. Standard guest rooms have two queen-size beds, a large bathroom, wireless Internet access, and flat screen TV. Larger rooms and suites have expanded offerings, including kitchenettes and terraces with incredible views of the Las Vegas Strip. A collection of restaurants like Scarpetta, by Scott Conant; China Poblano; and Holsteins give guests an array of first-class dining on site. Shops and strategically placed artwork are found throughout the property, and well-known artists frequently play at one of the hotel's venues. For the property's opening, Coldplay performed.

7. The Palazzo Resort Hotel & Casino
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The Palazzo is the Venetian's sister property, and the resulting complex of casinos, shops, and restaurants is large enough to almost get lost in. Rooms here reflect the property's emphasis on luxurious accommodations. Standard suites are larger here than in the Venetian, although they are outfitted similarly with superior amenities throughout the rooms. Several styles of suites are available, including a two-bedroom suite that's almost 2,000 square feet. It features a master bedroom with a king-size bed, and a second bedroom with two queen-size beds. Check the hotel's website for a list of special deals that combine deals on rooms with other services available at the hotel, like spa treatments.

6. The Venetian Resort Hotel & Casino
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The elaborate design of the Venetian is meant to capture the opulence of Old World Venice. The ceilings are full of recreations of classic works of art, a miniature St. Mark's square holds upscale shops, and a collection of first-class restaurants and nightclubs draws a steady stream of visitors. All the rooms at the Venetian are suites, and the theme of Old World elegance is evidence in the rooms' design. Egyptian cotton sheets, flat screen HDTV, dining room table that seats three, roomy areas for sitting, and wireless Internet access. The smallest suite is 650 square feet, but you can choose from several room styles, right up to a 2,900 square foot penthouse suite.

5. Trump International Hotel Las Vegas
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On the northern portion of the Strip, Trump International sits just off Las Vegas Boulevard. These upscale rooms are fully outfitted with kitchens featuring Wolf and Bosch appliances. You'll enjoy plush furnishings, superior linens and pillows, deep soaking tubs, flat screen HDTV, wireless internet (and onsite IT support), concierge service, and amazing views of Las Vegas. Several styles of rooms and suites are available. Onsite restaurant DJT gives guests a first-class option if they want to stay in, or if you truly don't want to leave the room, in-suite dining is offered 24-hours a day. Trump's spa offers guests a full selection of spa services, like massages and facials, hair and nail salon, and a health club.

4. Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas
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Tucked just off the Strip and located inside the upper floors of the Mandalay Bay, the Four Seasons gives guests a luxury experience unlike anything else in Las Vegas. Dedicated elevators whisk guests to the 35th through 39th floors of Mandalay Bay, where the Four Seasons is located. Floor-to-ceiling windows in the rooms offer unparalleled views. The large rooms include a writing desk, plasma screen TV with DVD player, marble bathroom with soaking tub, down pillows, and twice-daily housekeeping service. The Four Seasons is both family and pet friendly. Several styles of rooms and suites are offered. The Verandah restaurant, located on the grounds, gives guests an upscale, quiet option for any meal of the day. Nearby, guests can still enjoy the casino and amenities at Mandalay Bay.

3. Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas
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From the moment you pull up next to the bamboo in front of the Mandarin Oriental, you know you're not in the usual Vegas hotel. This non-gaming property is located at CityCenter, the only mixed-use urban development on the Strip in. The guest rooms were designed with elegance and functionality in mind. The beautiful result is a luxurious room that delivers first-class amenities. The room's entertainment, lighting, and temperature are controlled on one remote control. The bathrooms are enclosed with frosted glass panels and are stocked with luxury bath products. Wired and wireless Internet access is offered. The spa, tea room, and overall plush feeling at Mandarin Oriental convey a first-class experience all the way. For an eye-popping view, Twist and the Mandarin Bar give guests excellent options for dinner or drinks.

2. Encore at Wynn Las Vegas
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Built as an upscale, suites-only sister property to Wynn, Encore offers guests sophisticated, five-star ambiance. The entire property is suites only. Encore's standard suites are beautifully appointed in a bright but warm color scheme. The 745 square foot Resort Suite includes curtains and lighting operated with a remote, a king or two queen beds, workstation with high speed internet access, and fantastic views through the floor-to-ceiling windows. You'll find superior linens, bath products, plasma screen TVs, a soaking tub, and cordless phone. Outside the rooms, guests can enjoy the casino, several award-winning restaurants, and a shopping area that includes retailers like Cartier and Louis Vuitton.

1. Wynn Las Vegas
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This luxurious Las Vegas resort was created by Steve Wynn, the same hotelier who built the Mirage, Bellagio, and Treasure Island. Wynn reflects a totally new aesthetic of contemporary, clean design free of any overt themes. Rooms are spacious and outfitted with plenty of plush extras and technology. In the deluxe guest rooms, you'll have a view of either the Strip or the golf course. The roomy accommodations include a sofa, a desk with a fax and high-speed internet access. The bathroom has an over-sized tub perfect for soaking away whatever the day's stresses were. Upgraded rooms include the deluxe panoramic, panoramic corner, and tower suites.