Note: All travel is subject to frequently changing governmental restrictions—please check federal, state and local advisories before scheduling trips. This article was updated September 28, 2020.
As Sin City welcomes visitors back, the smartest bet in Las Vegas isn’t the odds bet at the craps table (and it most certainly isn’t the insurance bet in blackjack!). No, it’s actually picking the right hotel for your Sin City vacation. From themed lodging to non-gaming resorts to Off-Strip gems, there are hundreds of accommodations to choose from and they’re not all alike. Wondering which is right for you? Here are 12 Vegas hotels to fit every personality type. Just be sure to call ahead to confirm which amenities and attraction are currently open.
The Millennial: LINQ
Cool factor is important…so is location…so is price…so is a whimsical guestroom that will look good on your social feeds. The LINQ embodies all this and more. Formerly called Imperial Palace, a 2014 renovation turned an aging sawdust casino into a hip hotel and crashpad smack in the middle of the Las Vegas Strip. The property features a ton of perks like the LINQ Promenade and a smorgasbord of eats and attractions (though check the hotel’s web site to see what’s currently open), including Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas, Haute Doggery, Sprinkles Cupcakes and the High Roller (the world’s tallest Ferris wheel). Among the other amusements are flip cup shenanigans at O’Sheas, the adults-only POOL @ The LINQ and enough bold colors splashed across the resort to guarantee a ton of likes on Instagram.
The Head-Turner: Caesars Palace
If you’re that person who wants heads to swivel when you step out of a limo, then Caesars Palace is for you. The hotel caters to showstoppers, giving you the chance to flaunt your good taste at the ritzy Forum Shops at Caesars, drop mega bucks for front row seats to see acts like Celine Dion or Elton John at the Coliseum or bask in the spotlight at intimate stage show Absinthe where you’ll likely be pulled on stage (once shows return post-COVID). Ladies might enjoy sunbathing at the Venus Pool European Pool Lounge, while brave fellas can strut their assets at Roman bathhouse Qua Spa. Plus, the mid-Strip location guarantees you’ll be seen by all.
The Family Guy: Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa
A Vegas vacation appealing to adults, little ones and the whole rest of the family, you ask. It can be done. Twenty minutes west of the Strip lies Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa, a sprawling playground fit for the entire crew. Teens, tweens and little ones alike can enjoy the 72-lane bowling alley, a 16-screen multiplex, an expansive pool and a supervised kids-specific play area called Kids Zone (check the resort’s web site to see what’s currently open). What’s in it for you? How about a massage, 24 hours of gaming action, including bingo (bring the grandparents!), and shopping Downtown Summerlin (behind the resort). As for family activities, stunning Red Rock Canyon National Park is right in the resort’s backyard—imagine the possibilities.
The Nature Lover: Park MGM
You love the outdoors and you love Vegas and, darn it, you’re determined to have your tree bark and eat it, too! Enter The Park Las Vegas, an outdoor space squished between New York-New York Hotel and Casino and the Monte Carlo, featuring desert foliage, 40-foot sculpture “Bliss Dance,” misters in summer and year around dining and entertainment. But the real dirt (get it?) is that since 2018, the Monte Carlo became the new Park MGM, a nature-themed hotel that flows right into The Park and inhabits the natural world via a lush plant-filled lobby (check out the tree roots on the ceiling!), French country-inspired restaurant Primrose (temporarily closed but check back soon), and earthy common areas and guest rooms.
The Luxury Traveler: Encore Tower Suites at the Wynn
What’s that sound you hear? Certainly not the clanging of the slot machines when you’re this high above the city. Perhaps it’s the sound of your body tucking into the Wynn Dream Bed with 507 thread-count linens and overstuffed pillows. The Tower Suites at Encore at the Wynn offer unparalleled luxury for a baller like you. Think bedroom, work area, living room and Italian marble bathroom, floor-to-ceiling Strip views, twice-daily house cleaning and nightly turndown service, touch-screen curtain, lighting, room service and privacy controls, complimentary coffee or tea and in-room continental breakfast. The pool is pretty nice, too—we mean the one shared exclusively by Tower Suites guests.
The Local: Downtown Grand
You’re a local. No, we don’t mean you live in Sin City, but you live close enough that you’re here all the time and you’re kind of over the touristy Strip. That’s why you’re all in at the refurbished Downtown Grand, a contemporary charmer in the heart of the city and just a stone’s throw from attractions like the Neon Museum, the Las Vegas Natural History Museum, Downtown Container Park and local hangouts like Oasis at Gold Spike, Donut Bar, Oak & Ivy, Atomic Liquors and so much more. Not that you’re going to ever leave your hotel. With better odds on the casino floor, spacious guestrooms and stellar Citrus Grand Pool Deck (the largest rooftop pool in downtown Vegas), why would you?
The Honeymooner: The Bellagio
You’re either recently married or you picked Las Vegas for a last-minute bae-cation. Either way, find the romance you seek at Mediterranean-inspired Strip icon the Bellagio. Those amazing fountains? The best way to experience them is by snagging a patio table at elegant Italian eatery Lago. A couple’s massage? No problem. Book the appropriately titled Love Rocks massage for you and your sweetie at the Bellagio Spa. A hand-in-hand walk? Stroll the elegant Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens (and don’t miss the nearby Chihuly sculptures). A sensual night of theater? You’ll have to wait until shows return but when they do, try “O” by Cirque du Soleil. Honestly, the possibilities for amore are limitless.
The Thrill Seeker: The Strat
Beyond the gaming action of the ground floor of the Strat (formerly known as the Stratosphere), you’ll find a ton of thrilling possibilities at this spindly resort and Strip legend known for its adrenaline-fueled hijinks that happen hundreds of feet above the city. Try SkyJump, an open-air leap that holds the Guinness World Record as Highest Commercial Decelerator Descent. There’s also a trio of thrill rides that toss, turn and spin you around—while the city glitters below you. Top of the World and 107 SkyLounge offer vertigo-inducing views and even the rooftop pool, located on the 25th floor of the resort, isn’t exactly for the acrophobic.
The Trendsetter: The Cosmopolitan
You need a hotel that matches your superb sense of style and at the Cosmopolitan, you’ve finally found it. Perhaps the most stylish resort in Vegas, it boasts bewitching Chandelier, the three-story centerpiece bar surrounded by opulent crystals; plus the coolest restaurants in town, including Rabbit.Rose.Lie. (where you nibble on dainty caviar tacos), Momufuku (the Vegas outpost from NYC super chef David Chang) and breakfast sammies at LA-based Eggslut. Then there’s showing off in your designer swimwear at laid-back Chelsea Pool or rowdy Pool Marquee day and night club (when it reopens) and evenings spent watching movies around the Boulevard Pool. For sure book a terrace room; you’re worth the splurge.
The Party Monster: MGM Grand
You basically coined the phrase “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” and once again your entire squad is descending upon Sin City for a weekend of nonstop tomfoolery. For starters, you’ll need a hotel that can accommodate the whole crew and MGM Grand has got 5,124 of them (it’s the single largest hotel in the US), so consider that box checked. By day, it’s all about Wet Republic, the outrageous pool party, though it remains closed for the time being. After hours, the Vegas party set would be all about drowning in sweaty EDM beats at Hakkasan Nightclub, though that’s temporarily closed due to the virus, as well. Regardless, this is Vegas so you’ll likely have some celebrating to recover from the next day and the only sensible way to do that is to grab an inner tube, hit up the lazy river and peace out.
The Total Romantic: Vdara
Early in your relationship, a trip to Vegas might’ve meant days and nights spent at Hard Rock’s Rehab pool party. But now you’re both older and wiser and seeking the softer side of Vegas. Enter Vdara Hotel & Spa, a non-gaming option tucked away next to ARIA and a safe distance from noisy Las Vegas Boulevard. The pool scene is perfectly relaxing (no loud music here), while spa ESPA offers every treatment needed to soothe your weary muscles. The Shops at City Center are within perfect reach and an early dinner at nearby Bardot Brasserie (followed by a show when they return) and nightcap in the lobby sounds like heaven, doesn’t it?
The Bargain Hunter: The Luxor
You eschew the frilly excesses of your high-rolling friends, instead investing all your hard-earned pennies in a robust financial portfolio. But that doesn’t mean you don’t like to have a good time. Enter the Luxor Hotel & Casino, a Strip classic whose affordable prices call to you like Sky Beam, the resort’s famous beam of light (which also happens to be the strongest in the world). At Luxor, you get a fab Strip location, a sprawling pool scene, clean and comfortable guestrooms and numerous—if unspectacular—dining options at a fraction of the price you’d pay elsewhere. What might you do will all the money saved? May we recommend an evening helicopter flight with champagne?
Travelocity compensates authors for their writings appearing on this site; such compensation may include travel and other costs.