Las Vegas: Best Nightlife and Top Hotels in Vegas

By , May 29th, 2013

The 5th city on the 80-day trivago WorldTrip is Las Vegas aka “Sin City“.  With its long strip of trendy nightclubs, grandeur hotels and casinos, neon signs, visitors to Las Vegas should prepare for an unforgettable night out on the town.  This is one unique city that everyone must visit at least once.  Las Vegas is an extreme contrast to the beautifully scenic and seemingly serene previous city, Panama City.  We selected this city as the midpoint in the trivago WorldTrip, thinking that our trivago WorldTrip winners would be ready for a break from all the sightseeing and outdoor activities!

It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the vast selection of debaucherous activities offered in Las Vegas. With new shows and venues constantly popping up on The Strip and attractive promoters on every corner luring you into this club and that one, what’s “hot” one minute could be “not” the next minute.  Therefore, trivago has scanned The Strip and hand-picked the hottest clubs, from longtime favorites to lesser-known gems.  Below are five truly unforgettable places to party—each on the cutting edge of design, service, and splendor. We’re certain a night at any of these awe-inspiring nightclubs will make your next trip to Sin City one for the books.  And don’t forget to dress to impress when you hit up any of these nightclubs.  Nothing says “Las Vegas Rookie” more than jeans and tennis shoes. 

1) LIGHT at Mandalay Bay 

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What do you get when you mix the world’s most innovative circus production group with one of the biggest nightlife entertainment budgets in the world? LIGHT, the first-ever Cirque du Soleil nightclub, which opened its doors on April 26, 2013. Using revolutionary video mapping, special effects, and jaw-dropping acrobatics, the creative masterminds behind the newest venue at Mandalay Bay claim to completely redefine the clubbing experience. Every one of the resident DJs signed onto the project (including dubstep king Skrillex) has been working with LIGHT for months to create a show completely unique to each artist’s particular sound and style. Owners are proud to claim that no two nights at LIGHT will be alike.

2) XS at Encore Wynn

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At $100 million, the priciest nightclub ever built to date, XS at the Encore Wynn certainly lives up to its name. No expense is spared in the effort to make guests feel like true royalty for a night. The 10-foot rotating golden chandelier mounted above the main dance floor compliments the gold-rimmed VIP booths (commonly frequented by celebrities) and the towering gold-plated molds of former cocktail waitresses, beckoning guests to one of the club’s colossal bars. XS is a mecca for electronic music lovers and consistently boasts residency to some of the biggest superstars in the business like David Guetta, Above and Beyond, and deadmau5. On Sundays during the summer, XS hosts one of the hottest pool parties on the strip in its 27,000-square-foot pool area.

3) The ACT at The Palazzo

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For those adventurous types out there seeking a bit wilder, perhaps a bit freakier nightlife experience than your typical Vegas club offers, a visit to The Act will surely not disappoint. The atmosphere of this theatrical venue exudes a raunchy fusion of Moulin Rouge, Cirque Du Soleil, and turn-of-the-century speakeasy. Dancers clad in towering wigs, animal masks, and leather little nothings acrobat their way amongst club-goers, offering revelers much more than just a place to drink and gyrate. Created by New York City theatre and nightlife innovator Simon Hammerstein, The ACT is a Vegas show in itself.

4) The Marquee at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

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Recently named the hottest club on the planet by GQ Magazine, this 60,000 square-foot, ultra-modern venue promises to deliver a Vegas clubbing experience of the grandest proportions. The Cosmopolitan’s Marquee regularly hosts some the biggest names in house music like Armin van Buuren, Benny Benassi, Kaskade, and many more—who spin with some of the best sound equipment in the world within a 40-foot LED DJ booth. Drinks can be pricey (where aren’t they in Vegas?) and lines can be long, but for those seeking a quintessential Vegas night out with the cool kids, the Marquee is hard to beat. If house music isn’t your thing, head to the hip-hop room below or the rooftop pool. The Marquee Dayclub is a popular option for spring breakers, and comes complete with luxurious cabanas, infinity pools, and an outrageously fun atmosphere. 

5) Hakkasan at MGM Grand

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Acclaimed worldwide for its modern Cantonese restaurants scattered across the globe, the Hakkasan Group is teaming up with Angel Management to unveil on April 18th, 2013 its five-level combined restaurant and nightclub in the heart of the MGM Grand. DJ talents Tiesto, deadmau5, and Calvin Harris have already signed on to residencies at this cutting edge concept club, whose opening is garnering worldwide attention.  So in 2013, head to the sultry Asian Hakkasan and be the first of your friends to report on this 80,000-square-foot party haven claiming to transport guests into an otherworldly sphere of seduction.

After a night of partying into early morning hours, you may decide you want a few hours of shuteye before you gear up for another night out.  Where can one catch a good night’s sleep in the city that never sleeps?  In Las Vegas, where there are an abundance of hotels, trivago has selected Treasure Island as the luxury accommodation for the WorldTrip winners.  The winner of AAA Four Diamond Hotel awards, Treasure Island offer its guests more than just a good night’s sleep.  It houses world-famous shows, savory restaurants (Mexican, Italian, Seafood, and Pho to name a few of the cuisines), clubs, lounges, Starbucks, and a wedding chapel, if your night takes you that way.  Best of all, Treasure Island is located on the newest it-corner of the world-famous Las Vegas Strip.

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No one in Vegas ever plans on spending too much time in his hotel, but Treasure Island‘s hip room decor may convince its guests to lounge around a bit. The hotel provides all the amenities that you would expect from a luxury 4-star, but the stylish furnishings are what you will notice first when you step inside the spacious guest rooms.

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Up for some in-house entertainment?  Try your hand at poker or blackjack in the exciting 90,000 sq ft. premium casino in Treasure Island, and make sure to check out the dazzling Mystère™, the original Cirque du Soleil® in Las Vegas.

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Ready to have a great time?  Head to Las Vegas, and you’ll be amongst 40 million other visitors looking to indulge a little.  And remember, What happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas!

Feature photo courtesy of Danill Vnoutchkov, Unsplash