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Aria Resort & Casino
3730 Las Vegas Boulevard. S.
Las Vegas , Nevada
89109
Tel: 866 359 7757 (toll free)
Tel: 702 590 7757
ariaresv@arialasvegas.com
arialasvegas.com

The current fixation of the Las Vegas convention crowd is the Aria Hotel, which debuted at MGM's massive CityCenter development in early 2010. The 4,004 guest rooms are tailored to an upscale business clientele, with a warm modern design in muted tones and techy perks: Setting the room to "wake up" by raising the temperature and lighting, opening the curtains, and turning on the music is pretty cool, and it helps make up for the compact size of the standard rooms. Although the hotel isn't the most exciting place to party on a Saturday night, the business folks have been packing Aria's restaurants and bars for good reason. One of the most impressive dining rooms on the Strip—a behemoth space with soaring ceilings and minimalist decor—showcases Masa Takayama's sushi at Bar Masa; we think American Fish, where the food is prepared without frill or ego and classic rock fills the dining room, to be chef Michael Mina's most mature restaurant concept; and Chicagoans will love to see their very own chef Shawn McClain serving seasonal American cuisine at Sage, his first out-of-town restaurant. Still, we found that Aria's attempt to lure whatever expense accounts still exist has led to something so sophisticated that it's simply no fun.—David Tyda

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Bellagio
3600 S. Las Vegas Boulevard
Las Vegas , Nevada
Tel: 888 987 6667
Tel: 702 693 7111
roomres@bellagioresort.com
www.bellagio.com

In a city that thrives on change, we have to wonder if Bellagio will ever go out of style. Built by Steve Wynn in 1998, the 3,933-room resort still stands as the pinnacle of luxury at the center of the Strip. It attracts new money, old money, wannabe money, and everyone in between. Room rates aren't cheap, but the service and amenities make it worth every penny. Couples who fight over bathroom privileges should book a suite: They have two separate bathrooms, one with a steam shower and the other with a Jacuzzi tub. First-time visitors, ask for a room facing the iconic dancing fountains out front; the view of these is actually better from lower floors. The resort also has two amazing restaurants, Picasso and Le Cirque. The property expanded in 2004 with a new tower geared toward the wellness set with expansive bathrooms, easy access to the newly modernized spa, and a casino-free walk to guest rooms from the lobby. For some reason, the line at the concierge desk is one of the longest in Vegas, so call hotel information from your room with any questions.

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Caesars Palace Hotel & Casino
3570 Las Vegas Boulevard S.
Las Vegas , Nevada
Tel: 800 634 6661 (toll-free)
Tel: 877 427 7243 (toll-free)
www.caesarspalace.com

Like Cher, who performs regularly in the hotel's major concert venue, Caesars Palace has been around forever—and seems forever new. The resort casino turned 40 in 2006 but has never stood still. Over the past few years, it has expanded the Forum Shops, opened the Roman bath–inspired Qua Spa, launched the celeb-studded Pure nightclub, and in 2008, debuted the Augustus Tower guest rooms—designed in a soothing mustard and white palette with clean lines, granite countertops, and modern amenities such as 42-inch flat-screen TVs. The new stuff makes nary a reference to Caesar, which is refreshing, because the rest of the hotel is covered in columns, toga-clad cocktail waitresses, and other Roman kitsch. The resort is huge, so pack your walking shoes. And be specific when booking: It has almost 3,400 rooms in all, so your options on style, location, and size are virtually endless. If you book in the warmer months, ask to be near the complex of pools, which is laid out like an aquamarine village and includes a pool with swim-up poker tables.—updated by David Tyda

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Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
3708 Las Vegas Boulevard S.
Las Vegas , Nevada
89109
Tel: 877 551 7778 (toll-free)
Tel: 702 698 7000
resortservices@cosmopolitanlasvegas.com
www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com

The 2,995-room Cosmopolitan, despite fulfilling the formula of any glitzy, behemoth Vegas casino-hotel, manages to feel both unique and intimate. The latter is due in part to the hotel's verticality, which spreads the public areas over three floors instead of one. Bars and gaming are concentrated on the ground floor; indie shops like L.A. import Beckley and London's edgy AllSaints Spitalfields reside on the second; and restaurants, including New York City cult sushi spot Blue Ribbon and a (faux) back alley pizzeria by Scott Conant, are at the very top. Still, this being Vegas, everything is done on a larger scale. The lobby is dominated by eight mirror- and LCD-wrapped columns showing video art. Deep in the casino is The Chandelier, a tri-level bar behind a curtain of two million crystals. And there are the multiple pools, which range from a Strip-side playground with billiards, foosball, and Ping-Pong tables to Marquee Dayclub, an adults-only lounge; at night Marquee transforms into a giant indoor-outdoor nightclub. Rooms average a giant 700 square feet and feel luxurious without being dull: There are Italian linens, of course, and soaking tubs, but also Phaidon art books and Piero Fornasetti's graphic wallpaper of Bond Girl-like ladies in the WC. Another bonus: Nearly all rooms have private terraces from which to ogle the neon excess below.

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Encore
3131 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas , Nevada
89109
Tel: 888 320 7125 (toll-free)
Tel: 702 770 7000
roomreservations@wynnlasvegas.com
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This resort next to sister property Wynn has design elements in public spaces that include Venetian-glass mosaic floors and pearl-inlayed marble from Asia. "Swanky and modern" quarters are "bright and open" with lacquered ebony, mirrored walls, white sycamore furniture, hounds-tooth patterned wall panels, and views of the skyline through floor-to-ceiling windows. Wazuzu celebrates the flavors of Asia; Botero, serving steaks and and chops, morphs into a club at night.

(2,034 rooms)

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Fantasy Tower Suites at the Palms
4321 W. Flamingo Road
Las Vegas , Nevada
Tel: 866 942 7770
Tel: 702 942 7777
info@palms.com
www.palmsfantasy.com

Two types of people stay here: Those who want to know how high rollers live, and actual high rollers. Located next to big brother property The Palms, about a mile off the Strip, the 53-story Fantasy Tower is mostly filled with regular rooms for the wannabe rollers (they're comfortable and similar to those at the Palms). The buzz comes from Hugh Hefner's Playboy Club on the top level and the 14 Fantasy Suites and Sky Villas—both seem to have been designed by an overimaginative 14-year-old boy. The 10,000-square-foot Hardwood Suite will give you an idea of the silliness: a split-level NBA-inspired pad with an actual half basketball court and three massive courtside Murphy beds for postgame activities. Classy it ain't, but it could be awfully fun. Slightly more demure are the Hot Pink Suite for bachelorettes and the Erotic Suite, with a stripper pole in the shower. Hef's own suite has a cantilevered Jacuzzi that sticks out over the building. None of this comes cheap—suites go for about $3,000 to $40,000 per night and can be viewed comprehensively on the hotel's website. If you're a mere mortal, the best you can hope for is sharing an elevator with a music celebrity—this is the only hotel in Vegas with a recording studio.

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Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas
3960 Las Vegas Boulevard, South
Las Vegas , Nevada
Tel: 702 632 5000
reservations.vgs@fourseasons.com
www.fourseasons.com/lasvegas

Though you might drive right by the entrance—it's tucked behind a wall of tropical foliage on the Strip—you can use the shimmering Mandalay Bay tower as your marker. The 424-room Four Seasons is located on the top five floors of Mandalay Bay, though guests won't hear a single slot machine clink during their stay (unless they want to—Mandalay's casino is literally behind a door in the lobby). The experience here has little to do with Vegas and everything to with the hushed, refined, and comfortable Four Seasons atmosphere, successfully replicated worldwide. Service is incredibly helpful (a team of concierges will tackle your request, such as hunting down a specific handbag), though the rooms could probably use some refreshing. There's a Charlie Palmer Steakhouse just off the lobby, and guests receive priority tee times at the on-Strip Bali Hai Golf Club next door. The spa is small, but heavy on desert-based treatments: Your massage might incorporate hot stones and cactus oil. While most hotels on the Strip work hard to attract party-minded singles, the Four Seasons is a great base for families: Parents can park their kids with the concierge, who takes them to Bellagio's fountain show, Mandalay's Shark Reef, or New York–New York's roller coaster. Rooms can be childproofed in advance for those with toddlers.

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Golden Nugget Hotel
129 E. Fremont Street
Las Vegas , Nevada
89101
Tel: 800 846 5336 (toll-free)
Tel: 702 385 7111
guestservices@goldennugget.com
www.goldennugget.com

The downtown Las Vegas core of casinos is largely a wasteland of small lowbrow properties left over from the earliest days of the city, which started here on Fremont Street. The only hotel-casino in the sector that comes close to rivaling the Strip in respectability is the Golden Nugget, with its clean (though stylistically outdated) guest rooms, its boisterous casino, and its Rush Tower. Located adjacent to the original property, the nearly 500-room Rush was built to entice the folks who normally avoid downtown with room designs and layouts similar to what you'll find on the Strip at rates in line with a downtown location. And it seems to be working: Occupancy has been holding steady since the tower's opening in 2009. Corner Junior Suites, which have a loungelike design in chocolate brown and beige tones that wouldn't be out of place in a loft or condo building, are the rooms to book. From some of them, you can fully view the Tank, an above-ground shark tank in the middle of the Nugget's pool area.—updated by David Tyda

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Green Valley Ranch
2300 Paseo Verde Parkway
Henderson , Nevada
Tel: 866 782 9487
Tel: 702 617 7777
Fax: 702 617 7778
www.greenvalleyranchresort.com

Putting a 490-room resort casino 20 minutes off the Strip might seem like risky business, but if you build it luxurious enough, they will come. The problem is, who are "they"? The place attracts an uncanny mix of characters: the 45-plus Architectural Digest crowd, who favor a more resortlike experience and dig the Italianate architecture, patterned fabrics, and Bubble Bath Concierge; and the 25-40 Wallpaper set, who sex up the eight-acre sandy pool playground by day and the DJ-spinning Whiskey Bar by night. Both demographics meet in the casino, which can be a bit awkward—is it a party or refined gaming? But then the moment passes and everybody goes back to losing their wages. Don't stay here if you plan on hitting the Strip every night: The cab fare pushes $20 each way (though there is a free shuttle service). Dining at Green Valley Ranch is meant for a quick fix, so we recommend walking over to always-open Kennedy Tavern in The District, a retail promenade adjacent to the resort (2235 Village Walk Dr.; 702-320-8100).

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Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
4455 Paradise Road
Las Vegas , Nevada
89169
Tel: 800 473 7625 (toll-free)
Tel: 702 693 5544
info@hrhvegas.com
www.hardrockhotel.com

The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino's peak on the bell curve of popularity has passed, but die-hard fans still pack the house almost nightly, even though this property is located a five-minute cab ride east of the Strip. (A major expansion that came online at the end of 2009 brought a small spike on the buzz-o-meter.) The circular bar in the middle of the casino floor is still one of the easiest places to make new friends, and many folks use it as a place to get warmed up before a big night out. Sundays are cause for the wildest revelry, when the notorious post-party-night party Rehab heats up by the guitar-shaped pool. This is the original "dayclub," and it still commands a mile-long line to get in that starts forming by 7 or 8 am. While the five new hotel rooms have a dark, sexy, rock 'n' roll feel, the original rooms, which are brighter and feel cheerily Art Deco, are still great and have distinctive French doors that open (instead of windows)—a novelty in the sea of sealed chambers that is liability-conscious Vegas.—updated by David Tyda

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JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort, Spa & Golf
221 N. Rampart Boulevard
Las Vegas , Nevada
Tel: 877 869 8777
Tel: 702 869 7777
info@jwlasvegasresort.com
www.jwlasvegasresort.com

When locals want to get away from their hectic life in the city, they go to the JW Marriott. Tucked deep behind winding roads and walls of palm trees, the lush 54-acre property moves at a slower pace than other hotels in town because its guests, many of them conventioneers, want a taste of Vegas without being submerged in it. The resort is located just a few minutes from Red Rock Canyon, where outdoor types get their fill of mountain climbing, bike riding, and hiking. Guests also get access to the members-only Tournament Player's Club Golf Course located practically next door. And for those who simply must visit the Strip casinos, the JW offers free shuttles throughout the day. The casino here is quiet in comparison, but at least you won't have to search for a seat at the blackjack table. Good middle ground.

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Luxor Las Vegas Resort & Casino
3900 Las Vegas Boulevard S.
Las Vegas , Nevada
89119
Tel: 888 777 0188 (toll-free)
Tel: 702 262 4000
www.luxor.com

The most intriguing feat of architecture on the Strip is this 30-story black pyramid with a burst of light pointing straight up (and visible from at least 50 miles away). Luxor has never fulfilled its potential as a top-notch property, but its aggressive restaurant and nightlife redo, which began in 2007, has put it back on the radar screens of higher-end visitors. Places like CatHouse and Lax can be accessed not only by the main entrance but via the walkway between Luxor and Mandalay Bay (just look for the other hotel's logo on signs). This is an especially economical choice for those attending conventions at the enormous Mandalay Bay Convention Center, thanks to a monorail that ferries guests to and fro. (It's also possible to walk without going outdoors.) Rooms are ordinary, but the angled windows in the pyramid have a cool effect, and riding the "inclinator" up to your floor is actually kind of fun. Show fanatics will love Criss Angel's Believe—a Cirque du Soleil homage to Harry Houdini done in a sort of Edward Scissorhands–meets–David Copperfield kind of way.—updated by David Tyda

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Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas
3752 Las Vegas Boulevard S.
Las Vegas , Nevada
89109
Tel: 702 590 8888
molas-reservations@mohg.com
www.mandarinoriental.com/lasvegas

It's ironic that the standout of the splashy new CityCenter is also the most understated thing in it. From the elegant bamboo and bonsai gardens at the entrance, to the key card access–only elevators, to the serene ambience (free of casino cacophony), the 392-room hotel is a study in calm sophistication—nary a fanny pack nor a bachelor party in sight. But don't be fooled by the Zen. This is a tightly run ship where guests' every desire is anticipated. Rooms are equipped with bedside touch-screen panels to control curtains, lighting, temperature, music, and TV. Bathrooms are sizable even in the smallest rooms (500 square feet), with luxe touches such as Frette robes, LCD-screen TVs inside the mirrors, and free-standing soaking tubs with screens to shelter shy bathers. Adam D. Tihany's Asian-esque decor cleverly incorporates modern hotel conveniences such as a technology kit and room service menus within tasseled traditional Chinese boxes. The one place where hyperbole rules is at the spa. Here, you don't have a massage but rather a journey; the place where you rinse off isn't a shower but an experience. Adjacent to the twenty-third-floor lobby is the glass-enclosed Mandarin Bar, where well-heeled guests look out on the Strip without getting their hands dirty.

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The Mirage
3400 Las Vegas Boulevard S.
Las Vegas , Nevada
Tel: 800 374 9000 (toll-free)
Tel: 702 791 7111
roomres@mirage.com
www.mirage.com

With its volcano, aquarium, and gold-tinted windows, the Mirage defined the "new Las Vegas" when it opened on the Strip in 1989. It's no longer the most innovative hotel in town, but the 3,044-room property continues to reinvent itself. Although some of the guest rooms remain untouched (read: dated), lively restaurants like New American steakhouse Stack and the Adam Tihany–designed Cravings buffet have reinvigorated the place. The massive, soul-shaking Jet nightclub attracts world-renowned DJs such as Paul Oakenfold and Pete Tong, and folks who leave the Beatles-scored Cirque du Soleil show Love spill out into the casino ready to gamble the night away. The Mirage casino is one of few where vacationing couples from Kansas can feel at home shooting craps next to local strippers—it's simply that comfortable. More good, clean fun can be found at America's Got Talent winner Terry Fator's show. Even locals accompany their visiting friends and family to crack up over his impersonations and ventriloquism with puppets (tickets start at about $60). The hotel's spa debuted a total overhaul in 2008, gaining square footage and a hip, updated design. E! channel celebrity stylist Kim Vo set up a salon here, so you might find yourself getting cut and colored next to one of his devotees, like Kate Hudson or Kim Cattrall.—updated by David Tyda

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New York-New York Hotel & Casino
3790 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas , Nevada
Tel: 888 696 9887
Tel: 888 693 6763 or 702 740 6969
guestservices@nyforme.com
www.nynyhotelcasino.com

Having started out as something of a cheesy ersatz Big Apple with its mock Brooklyn Bridge, Coney Island roller coaster, Statue of Liberty, and Manhattan skyline, the New York-New York has found its footing as a small (for Vegas, with 2,024 rooms) resort appealing to such hip niche markets as the gay traveler. Indeed, the hot Coyote Ugly nightclub and the ultra-risqué Cirque du Soleil production, Zumanity, have turned what seemed like a themed amusement park into a more grown-up, more eclectic casino-hotel. One downside, though: the rooms are small and have awkward angles, a function of the fact that too much resort is crammed into too small a parcel.

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Palazzo Las Vegas
3325 Las Vegas Boulevard S.
Las Vegas , Nevada
89109
Tel: 866 263 3001
reservations@palazzolasvegas.com
www.palazzolasvegas.com/

Why add another wing to your hotel when you can add another hotel altogether? That's exactly what Vegas power player Sheldon Adelson did with his 50-story Palazzo, a resort that looks and acts like his Venetian tower next door, only with a fresher face and a less kitschy motif. The 3,000-plus guest rooms have spacious, sunken living areas that offer plenty of bang for your buck, and improve upon their neighbor with updated amenities and a sophisticated color palette. Spring for a $100–$250 upgrade that gives you access to the Concierge Lounge—a space that occupies the entire 23rd floor and features a complimentary happy hour, several daily food presentations, and Wi-Fi-enabled nooks to escape the ching-ching-ching of the casino. You could almost say the casino at the Palazzo is "boutique" compared to other megaresorts—its sensible, pit-shaped layout makes it easy to navigate your way from the baccarat tables to restaurants like Stephen Hanson's Dos Caminos and Wolfgang Puck's Cut (where you can drop $160 on a Wagyu rib eye if you're feeling flush). A note of thanks to the Palazzo architects for breaking from the Vegas norm—the self-park garage is located within steps of all action, and nonsmoking corridors let you pad around the casino from A to B with nary a cough.

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The Palms Casino Resort
4321 W. Flamingo Road
Las Vegas , Nevada
Tel: 866 942 7770
Tel: 702 942 7777
info@palms.com
www.palms.com

To enjoy the Palms, you must be a fan of "the scene." If you're not, you will despise this property. Service is good, but it comes with a hipper-than-thou attitude—thanks to MTV. The Palms was coasting along until it hosted the 2002 season of The Real World, whereupon it was launched into the celebrity stratosphere. Celebs still pack the hotel's N9NE Steakhouse, Rain nightclub, and rooftop Ghostbar, despite the Fantasy Tower expansion next door. The 56-story, 420-room tower is off the Strip by about a mile, making it a "destination" site—meaning you gotta drive there, not walk. The rooms are, surprisingly, designed with a sense of calm and comfort, with wonderful beds and high-thread-count sheets that rival those of the pricier resorts. Ironically, the property is a daytime haven for local senior citizens, who clear out later. If you pay the $12 fee for Wi-Fi in the first-floor café, be aware that the Wi-Fi in rooms has a separate fee—so pick your favored surfing spot to avoid a double charge. Another tip: A second valet opens inside the parking garage on busy weekends and retrieves cars in half the time of the valet out front.

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Paris Las Vegas
3655 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas , Nevada
Tel: 702 946 7000
Tel: 877 796 2096
Fax: 702 946 4405
www.parislasvegas.com

With a fun French sensibility—a foot of the half-sized Eiffel Tower actually juts into the casino—and a center-Strip location that provides perfect views of the Bellagio fountains across the street, Paris is one of the more underrated hotels in town. But if it's not on the Vegas A-list, then it's a worthy B-list-topper for rooms that look like French apartments, and dining options such as Mon Ami Gabi, a faux Parisian street-side bistro where guests, over a croissant or steak frites, can watch humanity go by—as they would in the hotel's namesake city.

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Platinum Hotel
211 E. Flamingo Road
Las Vegas , Nevada
Tel: 877 211 9211
Tel: 702 365 5000
concierges@lvplatinum.com
www.lvplatinum.com

In Vegas, folks looking for a bargain often try out less expensive "nongaming" properties but find themselves either far from the Strip or bored silly. Cue the nongambling Platinum Hotel, which opened in 2006. It has much lower rates than the Strip resorts two blocks away, but has the usual goodies like spa, restaurant, bar, and pool. All 255 rooms are officially suites but still have a bit of a Hampton Inn feel to them, so lower your expectations (they're still nicer than the older Caesars rooms down the street). Many have balconies, and a Bose Wave radio helps minimize the traffic noise down below. Low lighting in the bathrooms isn't conducive to putting on makeup and rooms could use a full-length mirror, but the in-room Jacuzzi tub is big enough for a group, and the Strip-facing rooms on the upper floors have an impressive view that stretches from Mandalay to the Wynn. The 1,000-square-foot Princess suites, meanwhile, cater to a business crowd with full kitchens and four-person bars ideal for entertaining clients.

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Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa
11011 W. Charleston Boulevard
Las Vegas , Nevada
Tel: 702 797 7625
Tel: 866 767 7773
Fax: 702 797 7771
www.redrocklasvegas.com

The Station Casinos chain is popular with locals and with visitors who are here strictly to gamble—comps come quickly and the staff prides itself on remembering regulars. In 2006 the company opened a resort casino in the far reaches of West Las Vegas, about 30 minutes from the Strip and on the border of Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. But it's not just another card in the group's hand: It's a complete design departure, blending sleek minimalism with the kind of tropical overabundance you might find in Palm Springs. A large circular pool distracts gamblers from the open and airy casino, and many of the 800-plus guest rooms have knockout views of the nearby rock formations. While Station Casinos are typically known for their no-frills accommodations, they up the ante a bit here: iPod docking stations, Frette linens, soaking tubs, and modern, boutique-styled furniture are all standard. If you win big in the casino, blow it on Suite One 80, a $15,000-per-night pad with 180-degree views of the Vegas valley, or on the Cherry Suite—a spread that's designed to mimic the Cherry nightclub downstairs, with a ten-person shower surrounded by circular sofas...in the bedroom.

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The Signature at MGM Grand
145 East Harmon Avenue
Las Vegas , Nevada
Tel: 702 797 6020
Fax: 702 797 6150
www.signaturemgmgrand.com

Let's be honest: Many of the nicest hotels in Vegas want you out of the room and into the casino. That gap is where the Signature at MGM Grand defines itself. This nongaming hotel is comprised of three 40-story white-and-gold tinted-glass towers next door to the big green monster (the MGM). The first condo-hotel on the Strip, your guest room is actually someone's home, but you won't find dirty laundry in the hamper. When the owners are out of town, their rooms go into a rental pool, and with 576 suites per tower, there's seldom a shortage of space. Decor is usually of earth-toned fabrics, granite countertops, limestone bathrooms, and dark wood furniture. With kitchens or kitchenettes, HDTV flat-screens, and balconies (a rarity in Vegas hotels), it's a comfortable experience, especially if you opt for a two-bedroom/two-bath suite, which totals about 1,500 square feet (the one-bedrooms are also great). And if you crave that night of partying, MGM Grand is just a moving walkway away.

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SkyLofts at MGM Grand
3799 Las Vegas Boulevard, South
Las Vegas , Nevada
Tel: 877 646 5638
skylofts@mgmgrand.com
www.skyloftsmgmgrand.com

Ever wonder what it's like to live in a multimillion-dollar Tribeca loft? The spaces at MGM's SkyLofts feel as if they were converted from rough and industrial to modern and moneyed. The designer, Tony Chi, appealed to an international clientele by filling the 51 two-story lofts with a mix of modern furniture and artifacts, such as a bench culled from a pub in England. Guests are transferred to and from the airport in a Maybach limousine, then ride a private elevator to the lobby at the top of MGM Grand. The amenities are extravagant, too: a 24-hour butler who will put rose petals in your bath or program the room's iPod; a pillow menu; espresso machines; and custom business cards and stationery upon arrival. Some lofts have kitchens for those who want to upgrade from room service to chef service. Rack rates for three-bedrooms hover around $10,000, but these are most frequently occupied by comped high rollers. Before booking, ask yourself this: "Do I spend enough time in my room to justify countless menus and decisions? Will my demands to the concierge be outlandish enough?" If the answer is yes, then you will fall in love with this hotel.

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Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino
3950 Las Vegas Boulevard, South
Las Vegas , Nevada
Tel: 877 632 7800
Fax: 702 632 7234
www.thehotelatmandalaybay.com

THEhotel, located in a separate tower at the Mandalay Bay, was the first hotel expansion in Vegas that didn't provide a single thematic link to its mother ship when it opened in 2004. Cut from a totally different cloth, it was, in fact, the first Strip property without any theme at all. Well, if you don't consider modern design a theme—this place attracts the type who feels clean lines are as important as clean sheets. Every room is designed in a sexy palette that mixes dark chocolate, purple, and gray: very chic and shadowy. Book one of the 750-square-foot one-bedroom suites, and you'll be able to keep your luggage mess out of sight when entertaining friends in the living room (there are about 1,117 suites in all). Saying that you are staying at THEhotel earns a certain respect from other tourists and even locals. Still, when telling friends to meet you here, be prepared for their likely question: "Which hotel?"

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The Venetian
3355 Las Vegas Boulevard S.
Las Vegas , Nevada
Tel: 702 414 1000
Tel: 877 883 6423
comments@venetian.com
www.venetian.com

In many ways, the Italian-themed Venetian is the perfect Vegas resort. The hotel is filled with wild groups of twentysomethings ready to party, international travelers, Middle Americans on vacation, spa junkies, conventioneers, and just about every other demographic imaginable—all unified by a hugely tacky theme. Don't let the dizzying amount of meeting and exhibition space lead you to believe that the resort is filled with name tag–wearing pharmaceutical reps; the Venetian has also played host to Cigar Aficionado's Big Smoke, the Adult Video Awards, and attendees of the MAGIC fashion show. The resort's Canyon Ranch SpaClub is one of the largest and best spas in North America, and the 80-plus-store Grand Canal Shoppes is worthy of an afternoon. Every one of the 4,027 rooms is designated a suite, with a sunken living room and enormous Italian-marble bathroom. Even if you're not into the gondoliers and canals, you'll respect the attention to quality textiles and furnishings in rooms. Although the 2003-opened Venezia tower has "Concierge Suites" on upper levels (which means private check-in and access to a private lounge), rooms there are virtually the same as the originals. Midweek rates dip below $200 a night, one of the best bargains in town.

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Westin Casuarina Las Vegas Hotel, Casino & Spa
160 E. Flamingo Road
Las Vegas , Nevada
Tel: 702 836 5900
reservations@westinlv.com
www.westinlv.com

The Westin is one of the few Vegas casinos catering primarily to a business clientele (although leisure travelers are certainly welcome). In fact, after a few attempts at staging a decent show, the management decided to turn the theater into a meeting venue. The place offers excellent value, carrying on the solid Westin tradition of simple, tasteful rooms outfitted with those Heavenly Beds and Heavenly Baths that everyone raves about (there's even a Heavenly Crib and Heavenly Dog Bed, should you need them). The hotel sits just a block from Bellagio and Caesars Palace, and the Silver Peak Grill is one of the best coffee shops in town.

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Wynn Las Vegas
3131 Las Vegas Boulevard S.
Las Vegas , Nevada
Tel: 888 320 9966 (toll-free)
Tel: 702 770 7000
roomreservations@wynnlasvegas.com
www.wynnlasvegas.com

While most Strip resorts are big on flashy facades, the finishes at Wynn are the real thing, from hand-laid mosaic tile floors to natural stone walls. There are some 2,700 rooms, but the best are the Panoramic View ones on the 50th floor or higher, with floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall windows overlooking the Strip and miles of twinkling city lights. Rooms on the other side of the tower overlook the Tom Fazio–designed golf course. Some details fall flat: Rooms have no coffeemakers and your only other choice is to pay $12 for a large pot from room service; there's broadband Internet but no Wi-Fi; and the resort's "ultralounge," Blush, isn't actually as good as its other club, Tryst. But maybe we only make those complaints because the rest is all done so well. After all, the restaurants, such as Daniel Boulud and Alex, will keep you dining anew all week long; there's endless shopping at the Wynn Esplanade (Dior, Manolo, Cartier, and a Ferrari dealer); and there's even excellent golf right next door.

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