For many a party animal, the Las Vegas hotel room is a necessary evil, a pricey glorified locker for stashing one's stilettos, false eyelashes, spare bottles of Ketel One, wet swimsuits, metallic bandage dresses, satchels of hard won blackjack money, and maybe a stolen tiger or two, while you're dancing/gambling/running for your life. As bandage dress holding pens go, here are the most luxurious ones to be had on the Strip.
Whether you're staying at the Bellagio or not, you must take a few minutes to stop and watch the famous fountains--they dance to music every 15 or 30 minutes, depending on the day/time. But if you really need to impress someone, reserve a Strip-facing king corner suite at this artpiece of a hotel. Put a bottle of champagne on ice, take a bubble bath for two in the enormous tub looking out over all of Las Vegas, and watch the famous Bellagio fountains erupt against the backdrop of Paris' Eiffel Tower together. You'll find it hard to leave the room, but at least venture down to the pool for a piña colada and a dip, and maybe to Olives restaurant for the spring pea mezzaluna.
Located atop the Mandalay Bay, this small luxury hotel is great for travelers who want all the Vegas glamour without the hustle of a big hotel or the smoke plumes of a casino. Pool is small but calm, and they spritz you with Evian and bring around frozen fruit and treats while you sunbathe. Can't beat that.
If you're unconcerned with being in the middle of the Strip action, hole up at this luxurious hotel complex and relax. Suites are roomy and posh and there's no casino on the ground floor (which means no plumes of smoke every time you exit the elevator), plus you've got Mandalay's 11-acre pool, new Daylight day club and Light nightclub, and there are more celebrity chef restaurants than you can shake a fork at (from Hubert Keller's Fleur to Michael Mina's Stripsteak).
Big, beautiful modern rooms with amazing views make staying at this hotel a no brainer, and the dreamy decor necessitates a thorough tour (do some shopping along the way). Definitely spend an evening at unforgettable XS nightclub. Carnivores will love SW Steakhouse.
Love the manicured indoor gardens and light bright casino area at this beautiful resort. Pool area is huge and fun, and we had one of the best dancing nights ever at Tryst nightclub. Buffet is gorgeous--go for lunch, it's more than worth $25.
Set back from the strip, the Aria is somewhat of an oasis from all the Vegas crazy. Biggest bonus of its of-the-beaten path location? You will always get a cab in a minute or less, which anyone who's every queued up at one of the bigger casinos at peak hour knows is no small thing. Liquid pool party is always a good time and there's an in-hotel club, which is convenient if you're staying at the Aria or Vdara and want to be able to limp home.
We loved our roomy kitchenette--we had a stove, refrigerator, microwave, full sink, and lots of counter space--perfect since we were on a green smoothie kick and had brought the Vitamix with us. (Weird, I know, but it helped balance the 8 vodka soda-nights). All the rooms are suites, and the layout is supremely comfortable. Our room was on a low floor and the view was boring, but it was peaceful and the bathtub was huge, so we were happy. If you need a change of pool scenery, hop over to Aria's Liquid--Vdara guests even get free champagne until 1pm daily.
One of my personal favorites, this hotel has everything--a very central Strip location, serious cocktails (Vesper Bar: get the Gin Fizz!), a bar draped in thousands of stringed crystals (Chandelier Bar), a hopping nightclub/dayclub pool party scene (Marquee), and until 4am, a secret pizza parlor (Secret Pizza). The sexy, modern rooms are just the icing on the cake.
If you want to experience what's arguably the poshest hotel in Las Vegas without actually spending hundreds of dollars a night to stay there, pop into the gorgeous 23rd floor Mandarin Bar for Jazz Sundays--there are live bands and drink specials weekly from 4-8pm.
The Venetian's posh sibling wins you over with a myriad of swanky little touches--plush pillow top beds, Roman tubs, flat screens in the huge bathrooms, lovely little sitting areas. And it's just a quick hop to the Canal shops. As for a high floor to maximize your view, and specify Strip or golf course.