Part of the allure of visiting Las Vegas is staying in one of the hotels on the Las Vegas Strip. This four-mile section of Las Vegas Boulevard South is home to several mega-resorts that constantly battle it out for which is the biggest and the best. At least nine of them have more than 3,000 rooms, which comfortably puts them all in the running for the largest 15 hotels in the world.
Almost all the most famous resorts and casinos in Las Vegas are located on the Strip, so the majority of the city’s visitors end up staying somewhere on this famous stretch of road. These hotels tend to cost more than their off-strip cousins (though there are always hotel promotions and hotel deals in Las Vegas, so double check for discounts before you book), but the added excitement and ideal location is usually worth it, especially for first-time visitors.
Deciding Which Strip Hotel is Right for You
As you weigh your options regarding which hotel you should book, you’ll need to consider a few things. What is your price range? Are you on a budget? Are you in town for a special occasion, perhaps a honeymoon or bachelorette party? Do you need a family-friendly hotel? Do you have a rental car?
The beauty of choosing a hotel on the Las Vegas Strip is that the variety is so great that there really is something for everyone. Though the Strip is deceivingly long and you probably won’t want to traverse the whole thing on foot, a lot of it is walkable, and if you don’t want to walk, there is plenty of public transportation to get you around.
One of the best ways to choose a hotel on the Las Vegas Strip is to compare prices and narrow your choices down from there. Overall, the comfort and service should be at least adequate at all of the hotels, but it’s the value-added components and general location that may help you make your final decision. To give you an idea of what you can expect, here are a few hotels on each side of the financial spectrum:
Three of the Most Luxurious Hotels on the Strip
Wynn Las Vegas – This 5-star resort has more than 2,700 rooms. It opened in 2005 and is still one of the finest examples of luxury accommodation on the Strip. Suites are lavish, award-winning restaurants are plentiful and the property in general is finely appointed and welcoming. This is where the legendary Desert Inn one stood, but now this corner is home to what is arguably one of the finest hotels in Las Vegas.
The Venetian – Conveniently located on the Strip, The Venetian offers a some of the best shopping, dining and entertainment found in Sin City. It is known for its romantic atmosphere, sophisticated suites and diverse variety of nightlife as well.
Bellagio – With nearly 4,000 rooms, the Bellagio does an impressive job of offering luxury suites while still being able to accommodate so many guests and visitors. The resort’s casino is known for high limits and well-heeled gamblers, and some of the world’s top chefs are found here as well.
Three of the Best Value Hotels on the Strip
Tropicana Hotel and Casino – This 1,800-room hotel is one of the older ones on the Strip, but it’s still quite nice, especially considering how many renovations it has undergone over the years. It is conveniently located on the south end of the Strip and is known for its buffet and pool area.
Imperial Palace Hotel – This 2,600-room, Chinese-themed hotel might be ready for a renovation, but the facilities are still in good shape and the location is excellent. It often has very cheap rooms compared to its newer neighbors.
Circus Circus Las Vegas – This circus-themed and family-friendly hotel has nearly 3,800 rooms. The northern location is not the most ideal, but there’s plenty to keep you busy if you prefer not to leave the hotel at all. Circus Circus has always been one of the cheapest places to stay on the Strip, and it continues to have good prices along with quality rooms.
Other Hotels on the Las Vegas Strip
ARIA Hotel & Casino
Bally’s Las Vegas
Encore Las Vegas
Excalibur Hotel and Casino
Flamingo Las Vegas
Harrah’s Las Vegas
Luxor Hotel and Casino
Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino
MGM Grand Hotel & Casino
Mirage Resort and Casino
Monte Carlo Resort and Casino
New York New York Hotel & Casino
Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino
Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino
Riviera Hotel and Casino
Treasure Island Hotel and Casino
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