Top Las Vegas Resorts by Amenities
Las Vegas has more hotels and hotel rooms per capita than any other city in the world. Along the four-mile course of the Las Vegas Strip alone find nearly four dozen hotels, most with at least 3,000 rooms each. So if you are sifting through the canyon of inventory looking for the top ten Las Vegas resorts you might consider choosing the top resorts in Las Vegas according to what they do best.
We've named all the top Las Vegas resorts based on their best features or attractions -- now you can find the perfect hotel for exactly the Las Vegas vacation you want.
- Top Las Vegas Resorts for Beds. The Westin Casuarina offers the branded Westin Heavenly Bed in all rooms. Palms is known for its very comfortable oversized beds, great for basketball players. Many of the top resorts, including Wynn and Encore, offer their beds as items for purchase.
- Top Las Vegas Resorts for Pools.Pool scenes are de rigueur these days for resorts that want to live in the neon so competition is fierce for both pool designs and pool scenes. Caesars Palace's newly expanded Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis puts some six pools in the shadow of the Roman-themed tower complex presenting a meandering garden of statuary, marble and inviting aqua for possibly the prettiest layout in the city. Mandalay Bay, with its 11-acre pool scene that includes a wave beach and rock stage, a Eurobathing tier, a lazy river and assorted other pools might have the largest recreation spread. Four Seasons offers a quiet alternative to the rocking pool scene and the Palms and Hard Rock Hotel might be neck and neck for the rowdiest pool parties.
- Top Las Vegas Resorts for Buffets.Harrah's has it, hands down. Their "Seven Buffets in a Day" deal for $39.99 is the best bargain in town with the biggest variety and strongest quality one can find, if a lot of eating is the order of the day.
- Top Las Vegas Resorts for Fine Dining.CityCenter, through Aria, Vdara, Mandarin Oriental and Crystals, has the greatest concentration of top chefs in a single venue. Find Michelin star chefs Julian Serrano, Pierre Gagnaire, Michael Mina, Jean Georges Vongerichten, Wolfgang Puck and such acclaimed names as Masa Takayama, Shawn McClain and Jean-Philippe Maury within a dizzying campus of some of the most forward design on the planet.
- Top Las Vegas Resorts for Standard Rooms. The Venetian and Palazzo have some of the largest and most opulent rooms in Las Vegas. Standard rooms run more than 700 square feet, have a step-down full living room area, with desk and fax machine. Bathrooms are all marble with a deep soaking tup and separate vanity area. Décor is of the opulent variety – overstuffed, comfortable, thickly European.
- Top Las Vegas Resorts for Spas. Venetian and Palazzo has Canyon Ranch SpaClub connecting the two resorts with a 134,000 square foot facility, easily the largest spa in town and the largest hotel spa in the country. The spa menu reads like a paint chart at Home Depot – there are easily 120 treatment services to decipher. Before and after treatments head through the Aqauavana, a European-inspired "aquathermal" oasis of multisensory experiences, such as the Salt Grotto, the Wave Room, the Herbal Laconium and the Igloo.
- Top Las Vegas Resort for Views. The new Cosmopolitan Hotel Las Vegas presents some 2,995 rooms all with balconies and terraces over the neon. Comfy wicker chairs on these overhangs make the views that much sweeter. The Westgate Planet Hollywood Tower extends out over the Strip as a monolithic wedge of rooms (actually suites), most with floor to ceiling windows looking out over the lights. The Palms also presents its rooms in towers over the valley with floor-to-ceiling windows in front of the bed that surround the guest with a sense of height and flight.
- Top Las Vegas Resorts for Pets.Rumor. Las Vegas is not the greatest city for perambulations with Rover. But dogs do have a place at Rumor, a precious and new boutique property just east of the Strip near the Hard Rock Hotel (in the former St. Tropez hotel). The all-suite, non-gaming spot offers a campus of low-rise buildings surrounding a pool area and lumbering green lawn. Dogs (under 25 pounds) are welcomed with a special enclosed watering patch of their own, including requisite fire hydrant. And dogs stay free.
- Top Las Vegas Resorts for Non-Smokers. Las Vegas, long a city of cigarettes and booze, has finally caught on to the health craze. Several hotels heed the call from non-smokers for environments free of second-hand tobacco. The top spots for health-conscious travelers are Vdara (which even goes so far as to build in recycled, sustainable and chemical-free products into the infrastructure, operations and guest amenities), Platinum, Trump Las Vegas and Renaissance. The Westin Casuarina is the only otherwise smoke-free hotel with a casino – where smoking is permitted.
- Top Las Vegas Resorts for Families. While the city has emphasized its identity as an adult destination, many top hotels and resorts in Las Vegas still give a nod to bringing the kids. On the Strip, these include Circus Circus, which started this trend when it opened in 1968 with its Big Top theme. Excalibur still caters to kids as well with its Fantasy Faire midway and Tournament of Kings jousting dinner theater. Mandalay Bay has the best pool campus for families – an 11-acre water park containing a lazy river ride, beach area and wave pool. Possibly the best spot for families is just a bit outside of Las Vegas – at LoewsLake Las Vegas. The 20-minute ride into the rolling chaparral beyond Henderson brings a tranquil setting, lots of sprawl along a lake, children's pools, children's programs, even children's cabanas. An attached village of cafes, boutiques, galleries and entertainment at Lake Las Vegas (you won't find any casinos here) provides added balance in a stay that is as much about relaxation as it is about Las Vegas.
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