There’s a lot that Las Vegas does well. This city is one of the best places to visit for critically-acclaimed shows and concerts and it offers one of the largest selections of celebrity chef-owned and Michelin-starred restaurants on the planet. In recent decades, Las Vegas has also become known as a premiere destination for top-notch hospitality and luxury accommodations (the days of $5 buffets and minimal hotel amenities are long behind us). Today’s Vegas understands that the modern Vegas visitor isn’t just here to gawk at the pyramid-shaped casinos and fountain show – they’re here to be pampered and to indulge in a sophisticated level of escapism that they can’t readily find at home. Below are five hotels that have found the perfect blend of elegance, comfort and modish charm.
The Cosmopolitan Resort
Though The Cosmopolitan Resort is almost eight years old, it has held onto its reputation as one of the coolest and most artistically hip hotels on the Strip. With a lobby draped in chandelier crystals and airy rooms punctuated with purple chaises and a mix of modernity, vintage glam, and digital art, The Cosmo feels like a cross between a Beverly Hills cocktail bar and an art museum. Grab a handcrafted cocktail at the vintage, literary-themed speakeasy The Study and end the night at the pool deck to catch a concert and drink in the panoramic Strip views.
Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas
The Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas (formally the Mandarin Oriental) is a Forbes 5-star luxury hotel in the heart of Las Vegas. Whereas The Cosmopolitan flaunts its extravagance, the Waldorf Astoria aims for a gentler, more understated approach to luxury. Non-gaming, smoke-free, and with a focus on health and relaxation, the Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas feels like it’s operating on a different frequency than the other hotels on the Strip. It’s as though this quiet, 47-story hotel was plucked from a Northern European city, given a cabana-flanked pool and a 27,000-square-foot spa, and then deposited onto the edge of the spastic, neon’d Las Vegas Boulevard. Enjoy a bubble bath with a view in your suite’s soaking tub (all of the 389 guest rooms and suites come with soaking tubs that feature a floor-to-ceiling glass windows and views of the glittery Strip and velvety desert valley below) then enjoy a cup of tea or an Asian-themed cocktail at the trendy SkyBar, located on the hotel’s 23rd floor.
Skylofts at MGM Grand
Situated on the top of the MGM Grand, the Skylofts at MGM Grant offer contemporary two-story, one-to-three bedroom accommodations. Modeled after New York-style lofts, these modern, art deco-inspired digs have been hailed as “urban chic above the Strip.” The rooms offer up to 6,000-square-feet of space and personalized amenities that include a pillow menu, a butler and in-loft-massages. While the MGM offers a wide variety of entertainment options, from five-star French cuisine at Joël Robuchon to the city’s largest nightclub, Hakkasan, the Skylofts have everything you need for an enjoyable evening “at home” – including Strip views, a pool table, a bar and an entertainment space big enough to throw an impressive, Vegas-sized party.
Delano Las Vegas
Though the Delano Las Vegas doesn’t get as much attention as it’s bigger and grander sister property Mandalay Bay, that’s just how its guests prefer it. Delano is like Mandalay’s Bay’s quieter, unassuming twin sister; she gets to enjoy all the benefits of being connected to one of the city’s most popular resorts, such as the restaurants, shows and concert venues, but with out of all the noise and stimulation. At the end of the night, she returns home to her golden tower suite (all the rooms at the Delano are suites) to rest and rejuvenate in hushed luxury. The Delano’s Lobby Bar, the Franklin Lounge, is worth a peek, as its cozy interior – muted in dark blues and gentle, gold lighting – is cozy and classically cool. Added bonus: Because the Delano is a non-gaming resort, you’ll be able to enjoy your cocktail without the noisy ping of slot machines. Conde Nast Traveler ranks the Franklin Lounge as one of the best bars in Las Vegas.
Wynn Las Vegas
If you’re looking for a reason to stay at one of the Wynn properties, consider this: Both the Wynn Las Vegas and Encore hold more Forbes Travel Guide Five Star awards than any hotel in the world. What’s more: Conde Nast Traveler named Encore one of the top 100 hotels in the world – six years in a row. You can see why from the moment you step foot inside. An indoor garden spills into the lobby, dancing carousels sway from the ceiling, and a giant outdoor waterfall and a lightshow shimmers from the casino floor balcony. If that sounds like bit much, it is – but in the best way possible. The Wynn and Encore bring European cultured sophistication and colorful circus flair together to create a whimsical yet elegant deluxe resort. Watch Le Reve – The Dream (arguably the best show in Vegas, and certainly one of most popular) before enjoying a late dinner on the lake. The free nightly light show is spectacular, and completely worth the hype.