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8 Over-the-Top Decadent Las Vegas Luxury Hotels

Make the most out of Sin City with a stay at one of these eight luxury hotels in Las Vegas.

When dining in full view of an original Picasso at a Michelin-starred restaurant in the Bellagio, it seems appropriate to go all out with the wine pairing. My wallet might come to regret it, but this is Las Vegas—a destination that’s all about living in the moment and indulging. And who knows, I could win the cost of this extravagant multi-course meal back with just a few good hands at the tables. That is the magic (and the risk) of playing in Sin City.

Everything about Las Vegas is over-the-top: The shows, the restaurants, the clubs, and the luxury hotels. Opulence takes on new levels in this city where a rooftop suite can cost upwards of $35,000 per night. If you can’t afford such decadence, fear not: Las Vegas has tens of thousands of hotel rooms to choose from. And best of all, entry-level rooms at many five-star properties are less outrageously priced than you might expect.

VIP Service and Japanese Zen Luxury: Nobu Hotel at Caesars Palace

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At more than $35,000 per night, the price-tag at Nobu Villa on the top floor of the Nobu Hotel is a little steep. But the 10,300-square-foot space does come with some sweet extras, like in-room spa services and personalized meals cooked up by Nobu chefs in your kitchen.

If you can’t justify the splurge, you can still feel like a celebrity by booking a regular room or suite at chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s boutique hotel inside Caesars Palace. These come with their own set of perks, like on-site VIP service at house restaurant Nobu and the on-site Omnia nightclub. The hotel concierge can also hook you up with pretty much anything else you want in terms of a reservation at a restaurant or ticket for a show.

Nobu also provides a peaceful oasis away from the cacophony of the Strip. Covering 12 floors, it has just 200 rooms and suites. These are luxurious but demure with Japanese-inspired design and original artwork. The purple and gold color scheme and use of black lacquer and shiny bronze works well here, creating a look that is more ‘sexy zen’ than ‘kitschy chintz.’

Speaking of zen, pay a visit to Qua Bath & Spa, which is one of the most decadent spots to relax on the Strip. Book the Nagomi Ritual, which features a floral foot bath, aromatherapy massage and a facial that incorporates reflexology. Unique extras include an arctic ice room with fake falling snow and three Roman baths.

Highlights

Dozens of Dining Options

It’s just an elevator ride down to Caesars Palace where you’ll find award-winning restaurants by Guy Savoy, Gordon Ramsay, and Bobby Flay among others.

Concierge Level Service

From hard to secure dinner reservations to concert tickets, the concierge service treats guests like VIP. Just ask. They deliver.

Qua Bath & Spa

It hosts the world’s only arctic ice room complete with faux snow.

Nobu Hotel

Las Vegas, 1.5 miles to Adventuredome Theme Park
8.3 Very good (1246 reviews)
Excellent Location 9.1 / 10
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European Old World Elegance: Hotel Bellagio Las Vegas

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The Hotel Bellagio has been one of Las Vegas’ most decadent luxury properties for decades now. It’s set beyond a man-made lake where the resort’s famous choreographed dancing fountain shows takes place. The lake also acts as a buffer against the noise of the Strip, giving the Bellagio an almost tranquil vibe.

Inside, the sprawling casino resort is European elegant and thanks to its flawless service feels intimate despite having more than 4,000 rooms. It’s also known for its fantastic contemporary art collection—don’t miss the 2,000 plus glass flower strong sculpture by Dale Chihuly hanging from the ceiling at the check-in. There’s also an on-site nature conservatory filled with exotic flowers and trees from around the world.

You’ll be spoiled for choice when dining with 20 restaurants onsite. For starters, get a table at the Michelin-starred Picasso. Here you’ll dine on regional Spanish and French cuisine by chef Julian Serrano (try the quail) in full view of the artist’s original paintings and ceramics, which are part of the Bellagio’s collection. The wine cellar here is stocked with more than 1,500 bottles from Europe’s top vineyards.

Highlights

Bellagio Water Show

The Bellagio fountains put on a spectacular free show at least every half-hour between 3pm and midnight, Monday through Saturday, and 11am to 7pm on Sundays.

Dinner at Picasso

You’ll dine on haute Spanish and French fare in full view of original work by Pablo Picasso.

Show Time

For entertainment, the resort’s house theater hosts the Cirque du Soleil show O.

Hotel Bellagio Las Vegas

Top rated
Las Vegas, 1.8 miles to Adventuredome Theme Park
9.1 Excellent (66919 reviews)
Excellent Location 9.5 / 10
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An Extra Dose of Extravagance: Skylofts at MGM Grand

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All guests feel like VIPs at the mega ritzy SkyLOFTS on the top two floors of the MGM Grand Resort. A chauffeured limo picks you up at the airport and takes you to the resort where you’ll skip the check-in line and ride a private elevator directly to your suite.

The in-room check-in is just one of the many over-the-top perks that Sin City’s most extravagant (and pricy) five-star hotel offers. The one, two or three-bedroom NYC-style lofts here occupy two levels and feature in-your-face Strip views thanks to 24-foot-high, floor-to-ceiling windows. (They’re equipped with automatic blackout shades for sleepy time.) Other fun amenities include in-mirror TVs, video gaming consoles, and infinity-edged spa tubs in the luxe bathrooms.

Service at SkyLofts is personalized with a small army of staff assigned to each apartment. Expect your every need to be anticipated, from unpacking and repacking to securing impossible-to-get dinner reservations at top Vegas restaurants.

SkyLOFTS guests also enjoy all the amenities of the MGM Grand, which is especially known for its entertainment scene. From big name arena boxing matches to concerts by chart-topping artists, and no less than six Cirque du Soleil shows, the MGM offers a little bit of everything.

Highlights

Airport Limo Service

You’ll be chauffeured from the airport in a private limo.

Enviable Entertainment

The Grand Garden Arena at the MGM Grand hosts everything from championship fights to concerts by major recording artists.

Skylofts at MGM Grand

Las Vegas, 2.5 miles to Adventuredome Theme Park
9.3 Excellent (135 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.1 / 10
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Play Rock Star in the Sky Villa: Palms Casino Resort

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Go all out and rent the 9,000-square-foot, two-story Sky Villa at the Palms Casino Resort to really impress your friends. It goes for about $20,000 per night mid-week and around $35,000 per night on weekends. For this price, you get rock star service and amenities, like a cantilevered swimming pool enclosed in glass looking down on the Strip, a personal elevator right to your villa, a dry sauna, work-out room, in-room massages and butler services. You’ll also get six daily VIP all access passes to the Palms’ sizzling night club scene.

Beyond the Sky Villas, the five-star Palms in a high rise tower about a mile off the Strip offers a number of room and suite setups. The resort is a favorite with celebrities and the vibe throughout is party focused and the crowd here is young and trendy. The action happens at the multi-level KAOS day and nightclub, which just got a $690 million renovation. It features multiple pools where top-tier DJs throw wild parties by day. Come night, the club space has a 360-degree rotating DJ booth so both indoor and outdoor crowds can see.

Highlights

Off Strip Party Scene

If you don’t want to stay right on the Strip, the Palms is located about a mile away and is home to KAOS, a day and night club experience with pools and DJs.

Drift Spa

If you’ve partied too hard, work out some toxins in the co-ed sauna at Drift Spa followed by a relaxing massage.

Palms Casino Resort

Las Vegas, 2.2 miles to Adventuredome Theme Park
7.9 Good (17295 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 8.5 / 10
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Modern Italian Romance: The Palazzo at The Venetian

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The all-suites Palazzo is connected to its more famous (and ostentatious) neighbor, The Venetian by the Grand Canal Shoppes and Restaurant Row, where retail and dining options abound. A romantic Italian style prevails at both resorts, but the Palazzo is more elegant and refined than The Venetian. The interior is modern meets regal with no shortage of Renaissance-style marble statues, crystal chandeliers, artistic water features, and contemporary art like the red LOVE sculpture in the atrium.

At nearly twice the size of regular Vegas hotel rooms, the suites here are massive. They feature a split-level design with a sunken living room done up with velvet sofas and more modern art. The Roman tubs in the sleek bathrooms are perfect for soaking—just mix in some of the Agraria bath products they give you and you’ll be zoned out in no time.

Another way to relax is to book a treatment at the Canyon Ranch SpaClub. One of the world’s largest day spas, it offers a staggering 150 different treatments in rooms styled after different countries. The focus here is on Aquavana, which is a European-inspired aqua therapy created to relax your muscles, rid toxins from your body, and increase the oxygen content of your blood.

Highlights

Canyon Ranch SpaClub

The day spa is one of the world’s largest and has 150 treatments on offer.

The Palazzo at The Venetian Resort

Top rated
Las Vegas, 1 miles to Adventuredome Theme Park
9.1 Excellent (24159 reviews)
Excellent Location 9.4 / 10
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Sexy Strip Views and Jacuzzi Tubs: ARIA Resort & Casino

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Nearly all rooms at ARIA Resort & Casino offer unobstructed Strip views thanks to the five-star hotel’s curvilinear glass tower shape. The sexy resort is a favorite with a young and hip crowd and boasts lots of high tech amenities like a bedside button that opens or closes your curtains. There are also jetted tubs in the swanky bathrooms for serious relaxing. For a more decadent experience, book the Sky Suites or the even more extravagant Sky Villas. The later feature private saunas, billiard rooms, and full kitchens

There are 16 dining choices onsite including Sage by the James Beard Award-winning chef Shawn McClain. The contemporary American menu changes with the seasons and focuses on farm-to-table produce and sustainably sourced seafood. Try the chef’s tasting menu or the five-course vegan tasting menu. For relaxation, ARIA’s spa offers treatments like a Thai Poultice Massage that helps draw toxins out of your body. There’s also a Shio salt room and Ganbanyoku beds for spa guests to use before or after a treatment.

Highlights

ARIA Sky Villas

The most luxe abodes, the Sky Villas come with private saunas, billiard rooms, and 24-hour personal concierge service.

ARIA Spa

Book a massage or treatment at the house spa, ARIA.

Aria Resort & Casino

Top rated
Las Vegas, 2.2 miles to Adventuredome Theme Park
9.3 Excellent (68135 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.2 / 10
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Avant Garde Art: The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

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The Cosmopolitan, located about halfway down the Strip near the Bellagio, boasts a cutting edge art program that is constantly evolving. Expect everything from illuminated staircases to immersive sculptures and digital installations. It’s quite impressive and unlike anything else on the Strip.

Beyond the avant garde art, the Cosmopolitan has a hot party scene that attracts a trendy young crowd. For a day club experience with DJs and bottle service, check out the Marquee pool. If you’re hungry afterwards, there are 20 restaurants including a branch of David Chang’s popular Asian-inspired Momofuku onsite. Whatever you do, don’t skip a drink at the Chandelier Bar. The space covers three floors and feels like being inside an art installation thanks to some creative lighting.

When it’s time to chill, note that even the entry level rooms here are larger than average and have balconies with sweeping Vegas views. Modern art and photography hangs from the walls and iPads control everything from air-conditioning to curtains. Book a suite if you want to up your game. The Wraparound Terrace Suite has glass doors opening onto the namesake terrace for fabulous views. It also comes with some quirky features like a sub zero wine cooler should you wish to chill your bubbly.

Highlights

Chandelier Bar

Covering three floors, drinking here feels like being inside an art exhibit.

The Wicked Spoon

Onsite, it’s one of the best buffets in town with better than average all-you-can-eat fare.

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

Top rated
Las Vegas, 2 miles to Adventuredome Theme Park
9.2 Excellent (32844 reviews)
Excellent Location 9.5 / 10
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Family Friendly Vacay: Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas

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The Strip has never been particularly family focused—casino resorts and kids just don’t really mix well. But if you’re traveling with children and want to stay on the Strip, the Four Seasons Hotel is where to book. Occupying the Mandalay Bay Resort’s top four floors, but with a private entrance, it doesn’t have a casino and feels more removed from the chaos of Las Vegas Blvd outside. The outdoor swimming pool with cabana service is also family friendly, far from the club scene atmosphere you’ll find at many other Vegas pools. There are also children’s menus in the restaurants.

The rooms and suites are done up in elegant Art Deco style and come with either neon lights or mountain and desert views from floor-to-ceiling windows. To splash out, book the Presidential Strip View Suites on the 35th to 39th floors. These 2,225-square-foot rooms have panoramic Strip views from stunning floor-to-ceiling windows that wrap around two walls.

Highlights

Family Friendly

The Four Seasons is more kid friendly than most Strip resorts and does not have a casino on its four floors.

Presidential Strip View Suites

These feature stunning floor-to-ceiling windows that wrap around a corner for unobstructed Strip views.

Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas

Top rated
Las Vegas, 3.3 miles to Adventuredome Theme Park
9.6 Excellent (8290 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.6 / 10
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