You’re on your way to Las Vegas and you need a place to stay. The resorts along The Strip cater to all types, but when you want the best hotels, you turn to Haute Living. Here’s a look at the top five hotels in Las Vegas. We promise they won’t disappoint.
1 Mandarin Oriental
One of the newest hotels in Vegas brings the modern elegance you expect from a Mandarin Oriental property. The resorts sits at the midway point of The Strip standing at 47 stories with 392 luxuriously appointed rooms and suites and 227 residences. You know you’re stepping out in elegant style when one of the Mercedes Benz S series picks you up at McCarran International Airport. The elevator is one of few with a velvet enrobed bench. Be sure to check out three-star Michelin Chef Pierre Gagnaire’s first restaurant in the United States, Twist by Pierre Gagnaire or the all-day MOzen Bistro with some of the best authentic Asian dishes and multi-national fare in the city.
2 The Four Seasons Hotel
At the southernmost edge of The Strip sits the Four Seasons Hotel, adjacent to Mandalay Bay with its rooms taking up the top floors of the southern tower. Zagat and Travel + Leisure magazine consistently find the hotels to be among the best. You can expect impeccable service and appointments at this luxurious spot. Be sure to check out Verandah, the restaurant with one of the best breakfasts and brunches in the city, and Charlie Palmer Steakhouse. If you want to spend the day at the pool and you’re not staying at the property, you can purchase the daycation package for access to the pool, spa treatments and more.
The Four Seasons Hotel is located at 3960 Las Vegas Blvd. S., 702.632.5000,
This new resort is one of the first Las Vegas hotels and the largest building in the world to achieve LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. The exterior of Aria at CityCenter features elegantly sweeping ripples of steel and glass and lavish natural elements indoors including lush foliage, wood and stone. Inside are 4,004 rooms including 568 suites. Each room recognizes you the first time you enter the room and “greets” you as you enter. Just say, “Good night,” and lights, TV and music turn off, curtains close and privacy notification is turned on. Look for some outstanding restaurants including Bar Masa and Shaboo from chef Masayoshi Takayama, Sage from chef Shawn McClain, chef Julian Serrano’s eponymous restaurant, American Fish from chef Michael Mina, Jean Georges Steakhouse by world-renowned chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Sirio Ristorante from Sirio Maccioni.
Aria at CityCenter is located at 3730 Las Vegas Blvd. S., 1.866.359.7757
It sure didn’t take long for Encore Las Vegas to hit the scene. Since opening in December 2008, it received the American Automobile Association's (AAA) Five Diamond award for 2010, and the Tower Suites at Encore received the Forbes Five Star award (formerly Mobil Five Star). Encore is the sister property of Wynn Las Vegas with its own array of restaurants, shopping and leisure activities. Each of the 2,034 suites have a residential feel to them. Look for five restaurants, 11 boutiques and pools inspired by the French Riviera. Tres chic.
Encore Las Vegas is located at 3131 Las Vegas Blvd. S., 702.770.8000
5 The Bellagio
While Steve Wynn’s Mirage opened the doors for luxury in Las Vegas, his Bellagio opened the floodgates for an exquisite experience beyond belief when it arrived on the scene in 1998 (Wynn since sold his share of the properties and now has Wynn Las Vegas and Encore Las Vegas). Nearly 4,000 rooms including 500-plus suites make up this property, known around the world for its 1,200 dancing fountains. The hotel has been a AAA Five Diamond Award winner eight consecutive years (2002–2009) and is the only hotel in the country for six consecutive years (2004-2009) with two AAA Five Diamond restaurants. Be sure to check out the Conservatory and Botanical Gardens with their stunning floral designs that change five times a year. Try dining choices such as Picasso, Le Cirque, Michael Mina, Yellowtail Japanese Restaurant, Prime, Todd English’s Olives and many others.
The Bellagio is located at 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. S., 702.693.7111