10 Best Hotels in Las Vegas | The independent


The good news: Sin City notoriously has a lot of hotel rooms, which keeps prices low – and they’re usually subsidized by casinos, which pushes them even lower. The bad news: Every hotel has a non-negotiable daily resort fee (usually including things like wifi and access to the gym), which can sometimes be painfully close to the cost of your room.

Back to the voucher. There is no peak season in Vegas, as such, although summer prices tend to be lower due to the scorching heat. On weekends, the city fills up, which means surprisingly low prices can be found between Sunday and Thursday. Big conferences also drive up prices, so always shop around for dates.

Vegas hotels were cheap (rather) but grim, but the past 10 years have seen them do a 180 and you’ll be hard pressed to find a bad room here.

Some of the best hotels in Las Vegas are:

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The luxurious bathroom at the Bellagio


Neighborhood: The Strip

Vegas wouldn’t be Vegas without the dancing fountains at the Bellagio. Inside, things are just as chic – there’s a large veranda in the marble and gold lobby, which houses spectacular seasonal exhibits, internal entertainment is provided by Cirque du Soleil (the show here, oh, is considered one of his best) and one of the restaurants here is called Picasso, because there are real Picasso on the wall. There’s also an art gallery with old masters right next to the classic pool flanked by statues.

Rooms live up to the rest, with a silvery blue palette, neat floral bathrooms, and great views. Strip View rooms have a side view of the fountains, but it’s worth upgrading to a Fountain View room, where you’re directly in front of the show.

Price: Doubles from $ 243 (£ 179) plus $ 45 (£ 33) service charge, room only

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The penthouse of the Nobu hotel

(Nobu Hotel)

Neighborhood: The Strip

One of the hotels in hotels that Vegas does very well is the Nobu Hotel at Caesars Palace, where the rooms are a cut above the generic ones at Caesars Palace. Nobu Matsuhisa worked with David Rockwell on Japanese-inspired design – think calligraphy samples behind the bed and towels hung from wooden ladders leaning against the black-tiled bathroom walls.

The hotel’s separate entrance – at the back of Caesars Casino – gives an air of exclusivity, as does in-room check-in. Everything about the rooms, from the art to the contents of the minibar, was chosen by Nobu himself, and 24-hour room service is provided by the world’s largest Nobu restaurant downstairs.

Price: Doubles from $ 187 (£ 138) plus $ 45 (£ 33) service charge, room only

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Sophisticated tastes are well catered for at Park MGM

(MGM Park)

What was once Monte-Carlo has grown into this massive development, comprising an Eataly shopping center and the T Mobile arena to the rear. There’s a boutique feel to the rooms, with their mismatched art behind the bed, pops of bottle green and burgundy on the walls, and tiled bathrooms – it’s confident, not overdone.

With Eataly’s food stalls, it’s a great bet if you don’t want to eat hard, and it’s in a decent location, on the south side of the CityCenter development and about a 15-minute walk from the Bellagio. Stay Well rooms include memory foam mattresses, air purifiers and window seats.

Price: Doubles starting at $ 94 (£ 69) plus $ 39 (£ 2) accommodation fee, room only

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Legendary North African-themed hotel on the Strip


Ideal for an economic experience: Sahara

Neighborhood: North Strip

Former Rat Pack frontrunner Sahara joined the Strip after a brief stint as “SLS” between 2014-2019. First opened in 1952, this is where mid-century stars like Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and Jerry Lewis were located. Renovations of more than 1,500 rooms continued at the cost of $ 100 million. The bedrooms are again on the Moroccan theme in the Blanca Tower with nods to North African motifs on the headboards. Meanwhile, rooms in the Marra Tower are light and airy with a few surprises, including a rock star cushion with a leather chair and bed, designed by Lenny Kravitz. The Tower of Alexandria, however, is what it takes, with a Versailles vibe and deliciously oversized rooms – chandeliers, white lounge chairs, and Marie-Antoinette-inspired wall hangings. Despite its location on the North Strip (you’ll need a cab to get to the action), the most extravagant rooms are decidedly Vegas.

Price: Doubles starting at $ 82 plus $ 38 resort fees, room only

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The sumptuous bathroom of the Cromwell

(The Cromwell)

Neighborhood: The Strip

What was once the divey Bill’s Gamblin ‘Hall was born in 2014 as The Cromwell Las Vegas, a relatively small hotel with “only” 188 rooms. It claims to be UK-themed, though the Italian-style damask walls and chandeliers aren’t quite as English as the Chesterfield sofas and backgammon-style coffee tables. This is proudly not your average casino hotel.

Drai’s, Bill’s famous night bar, has now doubled in size with a rooftop nightclub and basement night lounge, while Restaurant Giada is run by American TV chef Giada de Laurentiis.

Price: Doubles from $ 93 (£ 69) plus $ 37 (£ 27) service charge, room only

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Go big or come home to Paris


Neighborhood: The Strip

Book a Strip View room in Paris Las Vegas and you’ll look past the Eiffel Tower to the Bellagio Fountains. This is one of the most ridiculous casinos on the Strip, and so much the better – the toilets sing to you in French, the faux cobblestone public spaces look more The set than Las Vegas, and its tower juts out from the middle of the casino.

The rooms were renovated in 2019 with burgundy patterned curtains and contrasting rugs. Opt for a room with a view of the Eiffel Tower for the complete experience.

Price: Doubles from $ 105 (£ 77) plus $ 35 (£ 26) service charge, room only

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The plush hall of Red Rock

(Red Rock)

Twenty minutes from the Strip in the suburb of Summerlin, this hotel is where locals come to stay. The Red Rock – named after Red Rock Canyon, a National Conservation Area it overlooks – spans over 70 acres of land and the location means you’ll get more for your money – some of the most large Vegas rooms (which overlooks the Strip or the sandstone cliffs of Red Rock), an expansive pool, and an excellent spa.

The casino benefits from natural light – unheard of in Vegas – as well as onyx walls. If you’re less concerned with your Instagram feed and more concerned with value for money, this is a great choice.

Price: Doubles from $ 163 (£ 120), plus a $ 50 (£ 36) stay fee, room only

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Adopt kitsch at Flamingo


Bugsy Siegel single-handedly launched Vegas as we know it when he opened the Flamingo in 1946. Before that, the action was in downtown Las Vegas; but the action quickly moved to Flamingo in the desert and the Strip was born.

Today, it’s been eclipsed by its newer, more luxurious neighbors – which is why its rooms are some of the best in town. All have been updated over the past 10 years and have a fun, tropical vibe, with a bright pink palette and lots of candy stripes (get a Strip View Room for amazing views of the action). Another highlight is the 15-acre tropical pool, especially since there are real flamingos roaming around.

Price: Doubles from $ 83 (£ 61) plus $ 30 (£ 22) service charge, room only

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A luxury suite in Vdara


Best for reluctant Las Vegans: Vdara

District: CityCenter

If you want to be in Vegas without being overwhelmed by Vegas, this all-suite, no-gambling hotel is for you. It’s in the center of the action – in the chic development of MGM’s CityCenter – but is set back from the Strip.

Not just physically, either – the apartment-style suites are non-smoking, sizable, and filled with high-tech amenities, deep soaking tubs, and pillow-top mattresses. All offer stunning views of the Strip or the desert, and some have kitchenettes.

Price: Doubles from $ 166 (122) £ plus $ 45 (£ 33) service charge, room only

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The NoMad bar and restaurant


Neighborhood: The Strip

This hotel within the hotel is located inside the already sophisticated Park MGM. A brother of the super chic New York and Los Angeles NoMads, its rooms are designed by French architect-designer Jacques Garcia, with features such as in-room soaking tubs and chic French-style artwork.

The restaurant and bar are dark and sexy, with scarlet Chesterfield sofas under dim lighting, and there’s a Moroccan-inspired pool.

Price: Doubles from $ 197 (£ 145) plus $ 35 (£ 28.85 resort fee, room only

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