What do you get when you combine a massive circus tent, a casino, and an indoor amusement park? That's the design of Circus-Circus, an older budget property on the Las Vegas Strip that's been family-friendly since its opening. Rooms are priced to be easy on the wallet, which is something families and budget-conscious travelers appreciate. Ask about sections of the hotel that have been recently renovated to get rooms with the most up-to-date amenities. Families, especially with younger children, will enjoy The Adventuredome, a modest-sized indoor theme park with roller coasters, mini golf, and host of rides. Inside the Circus Circus, a midway above the casino offers games and on-going circus acts.
The Green Valley Ranch Resort (commonly referred to as GVR) isn't actually in Las Vegas--it's in Henderson, and it's just a short drive east of the Strip. GVR comes with all the things you'd normally find at a Las Vegas resort: comfortable and well designed rooms, great pool, casino, restaurants, a spa and entertainment, but it's not as crowded or as busy as a place located on the Strip. Right next door to GVR, shoppers can stroll through The District, a mixed-use shopping plaza with retailers like West Elm and Charming Charlie, along with a large selection of restaurants. Lake Mead and Hoover Dam are only a short drive away, making it a good choice if you're planning excursions in that area.
Staying just off the Strip is a great way for families to be close to all the attractions in Vegas, but still have some un-Vegasy peace and quiet. Marriott's Grand Chateau gives guests that little bit of distance, a name they recognize and a family-friendly atmosphere. The hotel's roomy villas have kitchens, washers, and dryers. A small onsite market as well as nearby restaurants offer plenty of choices for food, always a welcome feature for travelers with children. Miracle Mile and Crystals Shopping Malls are nearby, and UNLV is just a couple of miles east of the hotel. Free WiFi and no resort fees at this non-gaming hotel.
A few blocks west of the Las Vegas Strip, you'll find a hotel that caters to both visitors and locals. The Orleans knows that people are looking for good deals and offers rooms, food, and entertainment at budget prices. Check their website first for great deals and packages. In addition to basic rooms at budget-friendly prices, you'll get to enjoy onsite amenities like bowling alleys, movie theaters, and child care. The expansive buffet gives you an all-you-can-eat option that won't break your budget. You'll be just a few blocks off the Strip, but a short cab ride will take you to Las Vegas Boulevard if you don't want to rent a car.
Technically, Mandalay Bay is one hotel, but the large, South Pacific-themed property is also an anchor for the Four Seasons and Delano, both of which connect seamlessly to Mandalay. Room quality, amenities and customer service are excellent throughout the hotel, which offers a variety of rooms and suites. Families will appreciate the spacious rooms and the abundance of restaurants and kid-friendly attractions, like the Shark Reef and one of the Strip's most popular pool areas (which comes complete with a lazy river). Rooms with views of the Strip will keep you busy snapping photos through the floor-to-ceiling windows--just remember to turn off your flash for a reflection-free shot of the glittering neon below.
Located away from the Strip in the western part of Las Vegas, the Red Rock Resort offers families an alternative to the busy Strip. This resort offers both a casino and nearby activities you can do with the kids, like hiking or biking in Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area or exploring nearby parks. The hotel also has movie theaters, a bowling alley and a pool. Standard rooms sleep four and suites are available. A surplus of nearby restaurants gives families plenty of options for pizza and burgers, and the Feast Buffet gives an on-site dining option that offers unlimited amounts of everything from sushi to dessert. The new Downtown Summerlin mixed-use complex is right next door, and offers a large shopping mall, a plush movie theater and several restaurants.
The Mirage might be best-known for its volcano, but it's also an upscale hotel in the heart of the Strip. At the hotel, families can check out Sigfried and Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat, the expansive (and photo-worthy) pool and, of course, the volcano. The Mirage is also home to Cirque du Soleil's LOVE, which showcases The Beatles' music. It's open to guests over five, although those under 18 must have an adult with them. A wealth of other attractions along the Strip are also just a short walk away. The Mirage offers a variety of room sizes and styles, including suites. Standard rooms can sleep up to four with two queen beds. Several restaurants are located here, and if you'd rather not go out, there's 24 hour room service.
The Venetian is an all-suites hotel featuring 4,027 spacious suites ranging in size from 650 square feet to 10,000 feet and boasting 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. Families will appreciate the spacious rooms and the onsite options for food and entertainment. The Venetian is home to several acclaimed restaurants, which range from informal to fine dining. The Grand Canal Shoppes and Madame Tussauds are fun for everyone in the family, and The Venetian's location on the Strip puts it within easy walking distance of a host of kid-friendly attractions and activities.
Some of the comforts of home are essential for a successful family vacation. A hotel room with amenities like a washer, dryer and kitchen make bringing the whole family much easier. The Platinum, a non-gaming, non-smoking property east of the Strip, was once an apartment building. Today the one- and two-bedroom suites offer accommodations with appealing options for parents with kids. A short distance off the Strip, this property also allows pets of 40 pounds or less (fee applies). WiFi is available throughout the hotel, and guests can enjoy a fitness center and spa. The largest suite is over 2,000 square feet and offers a balcony overlooking the Strip, but plenty of smaller suites are available.
The Four Seasons Hotel, which sits on the same property as Mandalay Bay, is an upscale hotel with roomy accommodations and plenty of amenities. Technically, it's on the Strip, but its private entrance is tucked away from Las Vegas Boulevard. The elegant property has a pleasant and calm "almost on the Strip" feeling. The Four Seasons doesn't have gaming, but Mandalay Bay's casino is only a short stroll away. Four Seasons guest enjoy access to all of Mandalay's amenities, including the popular pool area. Who can resist a lazy river, sandy beach, and wave pool? Numerous restaurants on the grounds give parents an abundance of dining choices. The Shark Reef Aquarium and a close proximity to kid-friendly hotels like Luxor and Excalibur (a shuttle runs between the three properties) makes the Four Seasons a first-class Las Vegas family hotel.