If the thought of a hotel front desk has never inspired awe within you, you’ve clearly never been to Las Vegas. Rectify that situation immediately by heading to Sin City and exploring each and every property on the Strip. Wandering through the ornate lobbies of Las Vegas Blvd. hotels is like visiting a series of museums – and the best part is that doing so won’t cost you a thing. If you’re lucky enough to see these lobbies because you’re actually checking in, even better. If not, you can still tour them when you visit Las Vegas.

Wondering which Las Vegas hotel lobbies are the prettiest? Here are the best ones to check out:

The lobby of the Bellagio is a work of art—literally. Look up at the glass flowers on the ceiling and you’ll see that you’re standing beneath Dale Chihuly’s “Fiori di Como.” The massive installation leads the way to the front desk, where a seasonally changing wonderland of flowers and whimsy decorates the background. The marble floors and close proximity to the resort’s own conservatory and botanical gardens creates a sense of magic that feels at home in the same property that made the Bellagio Fountains a thing. 

The appearance of the lobby at the Cosmopolitan changes throughout the day thanks to the rotating digital art displayed on eight 15-foot columns. One moment, you’ll see ornate vines snaking up the columns, the next you’ll see the appearance of phantom hands from inside. The mirrored ceiling and dark floor allow this digital art to command the space, giving the lobby a sexy, intriguing feel.

The Mirage
It may be in the desert, but there are a number of places to see aquatic life in Las Vegas. You’ve probably heard of the Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay and the famous shark tank at the Golden Nugget, but did you know that there’s a huge aquarium right in the lobby of The Mirage? Stop by and check out the 20,000-gallon saltwater tank, which is home to about 450 different kinds of fish. In the early hours of the morning, you can even see scuba divers navigating the waters in order to clean the coral. 

As one of the few non-gaming properties on the Strip, the Vdara’s lobby has a sleek, refined and distinctively quiet appeal. As you enter the lobby, check out the art installation outside. Called the “Big Edge,” Nancy Rubins’ design is made of about 200 kayaks. Inside the Vdara lobby, you’ll find an understated front desk flanked by one of the prettiest hotel lobby bars in the city. Vice Versa Patio & Lounge has an expansive, garden-inspired space. 

The lobby at the Venetian is the picture of Italian opulence. Step through the doors of the hotel and catch your breath as you marvel at the glossy marble floors, gold decor, fountains, and most impressively of all, the fresco paintings on the ceiling. The adjoining Palazzo hotel has an equally impressive lobby.