Last Updated on May 16, 2021 by Ben
Founded in 1905, Las Vegas didn’t become a must-see destination until mobster Bugsy Siegel opened The Flamingo Hotel & Casino on the Strip in 1946. Other notable hotels with casinos followed, including iconic names like the Sahara, the Sands and The Tropicana. Sin City is now known for extravagant Las Vegas strip hotels and casinos with exciting entertainment and world-class dining. So when it comes time to stay at Las Vegas strip hotels, check out these properties, considered the best hotels on the Las Vegas Strip.
Wynn Las Vegas (3131 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 702-664-8392)
This luxury resort and casino, built on the site of the Desert Inn, was a Forbes Five Star Award winner in 2018. Lauded for rooms nearly twice as large as standard Vegas hotel rooms, the hotel also offers wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling windows that bring in lots of natural light. In addition, a TripAdvisor reviewer notes, “The guestrooms were impeccable, clean, spacious, and comfortable with first-class amenities. There is no better place to stay in Vegas.”
You can’t go to a top Las Vegas hotel without enjoying a meal, and Wynn doesn’t disappoint, with 12 restaurants on site. Wing Lei, the first Chinese restaurant in the United States to earn a Michelin star, was number 15 on Eater’s top 38 eateries, and is notable for the Peking duck. “Amazing service and the best Peking duck I’ve ever had,” writes a Yelp reviewer.
Bellagio Las Vegas (3600 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 702-693-7111)
Opened in October 1998, this Italian-themed all-suite hotel with 4,049 rooms on the site of the old Dunes Hotel and Casino, became an instant hit. A Google reviewer says, “The rooms are spacious, the food is amazing, the art is top notch and the conservatory is also beautiful.” The iconic Fountains of Bellagio are a big attraction, with a TripAdvisor reviewer calling them “a spectacular display and always fun to watch.”
Condé Nast Traveler counted the Bellagio’s Lago restaurants among the nine best breakfasts and brunches in Las Vegas. It overlooks the Bellagio Fountains, guaranteeing front-row seats while enjoying a three-course brunch.
Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas (3752 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 702-590-8888)
This hotel, previously the Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas, is the second AAA Five Diamond hotel and the second of two non-casino hotels in the CityCenter complex. “It’s a classy property with a rare dose of serenity on the otherwise frenzied Las Vegas Strip,” writes a TripAdvisor reviewer.
Guests love the Waldorf Astoria’s quiet, classy atmosphere and they don’t mind leaving the hotel to hit the slots, writes U.S. News & World Report Travel. “The spacious rooms are particularly popular, filled with features like flat-screen TVs, soaking tubs and separate showers, and the design aesthetic highlights sleek and subtle touches.”
But what it lacks in gambling, it makes up for with Skybar on the hotel’s 23rd floor. “Skybar is classy and elegant. And it has stunning views right up the entire strip,’ says a Yelp reviewer. And a Google reviewer writes “the curated cocktails are delicious and they will make any creation to suit your palate.”
Vdara Hotel & Spa at ARIA Las Vegas (2600 W. Harmon Ave.; 866-745-7767)
Located in the Las Vegas CityCenter, this 1,495-suite hotel is one of two in the complex without a casino. “Staying at Vdara is like staying at a tranquil spa, complete with beautiful rooms and bathrooms,” writes a TripAdvisor reviewer. Visitors praise the hotel for being non-smoking and a peaceful oasis from gambling.
The hotel was number eight on Fodors 2018 best-of-the-Strip list. “One of the downsides of being a smaller, boutique hotel is having limited dining options,” says Fodor’s. “But neutral, muted colors and sleek lines give every room a sophisticated, upscale feel. Every room offers spa-style bathrooms that include soaking tubs and separate walk-in showers.”