Las Vegas

7 Quintessential Vegas Stays with Slot Machines and the Bright Lights of the Strip

A trip to Vegas must include all the trimmings: champagne, slot machines, bright show lights and the most quintessential hotels of the Las Vegas strip.

Las Vegas is never less than completely over the top with a deliciously dark underbelly that gives the city a bit of grit. Why should your visit to the true city of lights, gambling and partying be any different? These throwback Vegas hotels have the cheese and sleaze down to a T ensuring your stay is as quintessentially Sin City as any trip there should be.

The Gangster Hotel


The El Cortez is vintage Las Vegas at its best. The longest continuously-running hotel and casino in Vegas was once owned by notorious gangster Bugsy Siegel and retains its historic exterior with modern upgrades to the interior has brought it to 21st-century comforts. Get your quarters ready for the slot machines and relax in their Miami styled Cabana Suites while planning your Vegas wedding at the Cortez.

El Cortez Hotel & Casino

Las Vegas
7.8 Good (9211 reviews)

The 61-pound Nugget

The Golden Nugget revs the old-Vegas glitz & glam ambiance as one of the swankiest places to gamble in town despite having lost the crown for world’s largest casino. Slide into the lagoon swimming pool and swim next to a three-story shark tank. The hotel houses the largest single golden nugget in the world weighing in at 61lb and 11oz. You’ll be right in the hustle and bustle of Fremont Street and many rooms sport fabulous views overlooking Freemont Street.

Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino Las Vegas

Las Vegas
7.8 Good (18595 reviews)

The Antiques Roadshow

The atmosphere at The Main Street Station is basically an antique roadshow: carved-oak fireplaces looted from Scottish castles, chandeliers from a Parisian Opera House, bronze doors that once welcomed visitors to the Kuwait National Bank, and the showstopper– the Berlin Wall urinals in the casino. While the casino revels in its Old World mishmash, the hotel rooms are elegantly appointed and modern to give your senses a rest while you catch up on sleep.

Hotel Main Street Station Casino Brewery

Las Vegas
8.2 Very good (2140 reviews)

The Local Haunt

Sam’s Town is where Las Vegas locals visit to let their hair down. A few miles from the lights of the Strip on the Boulder Highway, this Wild West hotel has an 18-screen movie theater and 24-hour bowling alley. The big draw is the surreal indoor park, Mystic Falls, the best people-watching light and water show in town. This is definitely a family-friendly hotel and free shuttles to the Strip and Downtown mean you can leave the car in the parking lot and focus on having a good time!

Sam's Town Hotel & Gambling Hall

Top rated
Las Vegas
9.0 Excellent (6047 reviews)

The Place to Forget


If their Facebook albums say anything, it’s that The Artisan is the place to have a good time in Vegas. While the exterior looks nothing out of the ordinary, it hides a Gothic lair full of statues, candlelight, marble, and reproductions of famous paintings hanging from dizzying angles. Keep in mind this hotel has a no-children policy, a topless-friendly pool, and all-night parties. Watch the sunrise from their patio—what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas after all.

The Lexi Las Vegas

Las Vegas
6.6(230 reviews)

The Air-Guitar Mansion

If you’ve come to Vegas to rock out, do it at The Hard Rock Hotel. The onsite concert space has played host to some of Rock ‘n’ Roll greats like Def Leppard, Mötley Crüe and Kiss. No one big playing while you visit? No problem. The rock memorabilia is reason enough to visit, as is the swim-up blackjack and the outrageous party atmosphere.

Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, Curio Collection by Hilton

Top rated
Las Vegas
8.5 Excellent (16599 reviews)

The Mystical Caribbean on the Strip

Treasure Island is friendly and unpretentious and smack in the middle of all the lights of Vegas. While the hotel has grown out of its Jolly Roger pirate theme slightly, the hotel and casino have solidified its landmark position on the Strip over time. If shows are what you’re after, grab tickets for Mystère — the longest running permanent Cirque du Soleil show in Las Vegas — which runs at TI.

Treasure Island - TI Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, a Radisson Hotel

Las Vegas
8.3 Very good (51127 reviews)

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