Las Vegas: Something for Everybody

Intro/Hotels on the Strip
By Alex Adad-Santos for PASSPORT Magazine

Las Vegas has been through more changes than Cher's costumes, and in its current state, it's home to the world's glitziest hotels, the tastiest new ventures by celebrity chefs, and entertainment that will thrill you 24/7. Who knows if you'll even see your hotel room during your stay, but someone's got to be resting their head in the 135,000 (and counting) Vegas guest rooms if every weekend finds hotels at nearly 95% occupancy.

Longtime gay-favorite, THEhotel (3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S. Tel: 702-632-7777) offers a separate, smoke-free tower with its own private entrance in the expansive Mandalay Bay. THEhotel stays away from kitsch décor and gives you a modern, suite-turned-haven swathed in greys and taupes, and accented by black marble. Each room begins at nearly 800 square-feet and facilitates lounging; watch your favorite flick on a TV suspended over your oversized tub or in your flat-screen-adorned living room.

In that same fashion, The Venezia Tower (355 Las Vegas Blvd. S. Tel: 702-414-1000) at the Venetian feels like a private resort. Here, you can find a spot to decompress in the private garden, or finish off that best-selling novel while luxuriating by a private pool. The enormous suites have spacious sunken living rooms, feature Bulgari products, provide bath butlers to ready your relaxation, and pillow menus ensure a good night's sleep. Spoil yourself and find a room on the top three floors—you'll feel like Clooney or Streisand, as the top-tier concierge makes every whim come true.

Meanwhile, the Mandalay Bay has pumped millions into modernizing its rooms with fresh artwork, tranquil earth tones, dark woods, and handsome furnishings. Anyone planning a boys' night out or girls' weekend should look into booking their 1500XB—a suite equipped with an extra bedroom. With around 1,500 square feet of space, lofty pillow-top beds, floor-to-ceiling windows, and an iHome dock to play your own tunes, you'll sink into relaxation and comfort.

At The Venetian , an homage to the historic Italian city of canals, the 700 square-foot rooms are double the size of what you usually find in this city and feature a dulce de leche color scheme, art deco motif, and canopied beds. The newly renovated rooms feature an ingenious amenity, a remote control to raise and lower the Roman shades; perfect for those sleepy, recovery Sundays.

If Lady Luck hasn't been kind enough to grant you a night in one of MGM Grand's SKYLOFTS, try and make reservations in its West Wing (3799 Las Vegas Boulevard S. Tel: 702-891-8521.

A cool combination of frosted glass and chrome, and walls peppered with flat-panel TVs, make this section of the massive entertainment compound feel like an intimate boutique hotel. The MGM Grand also houses Signature , whose lastest tower was completed earlier this year. A combination of residences and hotel rooms, the accommodations in this part of the MGM take a page out of Sex and the City. The rooms feel like faux Manhattan cribs; faux meaning sans the cramped spaces, sirens, and loud neighbors. Equipped with kitchens and kitchenettes, fireplaces, and fully-stocked (at your request) full-sized refrigerators, it's perfect for a honeymoon or an extended business trip.


Published: 13 Aug 2008 | Last Updated: 1 Apr 2011
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

Best Hotels in Las Vegas

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#1
Four Seasons Las Vegas
$179-$599
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#2
Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino
$100-$265
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#3
The Signature at MGM Grand
$220-$419
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#4
Encore at Wynn Las Vegas

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