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The Best Hotel Resorts In Las Vegas, 2021

If you’re looking for the best places to stay in Las Vegas don’t worry about it — we’ve already done all the hard work for you. We searched Yelp for the best hotels in Las Vegas and here’s our twelve favorites.

By The Smoking Chair Editors  |  2021

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Las Vegas (/lɒsˈvɡəs/; Spanish for “The Meadows”), often known simply as Vegas, is the 26th-most populous city in the United States, the most populous city in the state of Nevada, and the county seat of Clark County. The city anchors the Las Vegas Valley metropolitan area and is the largest city within the greater Mojave Desert. Las Vegas is an internationally renowned major resort city, known primarily for its gambling, shopping, fine dining, entertainment, and nightlife. The Las Vegas Valley as a whole serves as the leading financial, commercial, and cultural center for Nevada.

The city bills itself as The Entertainment Capital of the World, and is famous for its mega casino-hotels and associated activities. It is a top three destination in the United States for business conventions and a global leader in the hospitality industry, claiming more AAA Five Diamondhotels than any other city in the world. Today, Las Vegas annually ranks as one of the world’s most visited tourist destinations. The city’s tolerance for numerous forms of adult entertainment earned it the title of “Sin City“, and has made Las Vegas a popular setting for literature, films, television programs, and music videos.

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#1: Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas

3752 Las Vegas Blvd S

Hotels, Venues & Event Spaces

Just checked out from a 2 night staycation with some family that flew in and WOW! So I wasn’t in love with the room itself, we just got a standard city view room.  Room felt a little small, but the bathroom was fantastic.  The light controls in the room had the writing rubbed off so it was hard to tell which buttons controlled what, especially in the middle of the night.  Additionally, in the center of the windows was a floor length mirror that gave me a bit of vertigo – very weird design.  The elevator situation was a little strange too – you enter on the ground floor and take the elevator up to 23 to check in.  Then you have to go around the corner to the guest elevators and go back down to the guest room floors.  So if you want to leave the hotel you have to take two separate elevators around the corner from each other.  Moving on to all the things I LOVED!  The service at this hotel is seriously unlike anything I’ve had anywhere else.  From the guest services agents on the phone, the housekeeping runners, the HOUSEKEEPERS, and the engineers are all AMAZING.  We called because the toilet kept running and we didn’t want to waste water and the engineer was up like maybe 2 minutes later?
He fixed it right away!  There were no ice machines that we could locate, so the front desk had a bucket of ice sent up to our room and that also arrived a couple minutes later.  Housekeeping arranged my toiletries that I unpacked in straight lines on hand towels when I returned to my room and they folded my dirty clothes and organized them by outfit.  Whaaat! Never seen that before, but WOW!  Also all rooms have a valet closet which is great so if you order more towels or anything up to your room, they can be placed in the closet without staff needing to enter the room.  We ordered room service during our stay as the F&B options were pretty limited at the Waldorf, and the chicken noodle soup was fabulous as was the warm bread rolls.  I love that they do the full service room service on the table carts with the entire spread instead of the to go boxes many hotels use right now.  The pools and hottub was open until 8pm and we took advantage of the free robes to go down to the pool deck as we had some warmer evenings this week.  Overall, a great hotel to relax after long days out and I would absolutely stay again if the opportunity comes up.

— Review by Danielle M.

Las Vegas

#2: Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas

3960 S Las Vegas Blvd

Hotels

We wanted “calm and quiet” but still want to be on the strip.

My bf and I usually stay at the Venetian/ Palazzo but he decided to change things up.  The Four Seasons was definitely a change of pace.

Tucked away on 5 (or so) floors in the Mandalay Bay hotel, this hotel has its own entrance and no casino.  It’s also a non-smoking hotel.  Once you step foot in the resort-like hotel, your are welcomed by an air of peace and relaxation. Access to the hustle and bustle of the Mandalay Bay was only footsteps away but the distinction between the two hotels was evident.  The Four Seasons was a slower pace with no crowds and craziness typically associated with Vegas.  

Guests of the Four Seasons have full access to the Mandalay Bay amenities but the reverse is not the same… thank goodness.  We had wanted to use the Mandalay Bay’s pools and lazy river but it was packed so we headed to the pool at the Four Seasons hotel and had a relaxing afternoon with great poolside service away from the crowds.  

Our room was on the 37th floor.  The view of the strip and beyond was gorgeous..  The room was spacious, comfortable and clean.  

Service was outstanding from start to finish (including poolside, fitness center and restaurants).

The fitness center (located lobby level) was well equipped with numerous cardio machines, a few weight machines and free weights.  It was nice to be able to get in a full workout while away from home.

The hotel is definitely a hidden gem (both figuratively and literally) on the strip.  Admittedly,  we got lost a few times trying to navigate ourselves back to the hotel from the Mandalay Bay.  

*I posted a separate review of the Veranda restaurant.

— Review by Paula F.

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Las Vegas

#3: The Mansion

3799 Las Vegas Blvd S

Resorts, Hotels

As they say y’all… Vegas is literally the adult version of Disneyland and you can be anyone whom you want to be.

My parents had decided to move from the penthouses at The Wynn during their recent trip in June 18′ and extended their trip to stay at The MGM (They didn’t tell me initially it was The Mansion). I have to be honest, when they first told me they were checking out of the Wynn to go to the MGM, I was certain my mom and dad had more drinks than the Real Housewives on Wine Wednesday. Little did I know they weren’t simply staying at The MGM.

HELL NO

They were staying at The Mansion and I had no clue in my years of existence on this planet, this place existed within The MGM. That’s the whole point though. This place is like a freakin’ speakeasy property within the MGM.

When I arrived in Vegas, I had actually surprised my parents and took an uber to the standard MGM entrance. As I got to the front lobby and asked for my parents, I then knew they weren’t staying in any hotel room.

I was whisked away by security and escorted to the secret entrance within the hotel that is very secluded. NO marking, NO signage, NO key traits to let you know this place exists. As we walked passed the gold gates, I had to get re-verified and my parents then had to vouch for me at two different check points.

This place is things that you’d only see in movies like The Hangover. Over the top amenities, lush decor and furniture, and private gambling tables exclusive to those staying at The Mansion. These aren’t penny slots or $25 tables. HELL NO, these folks including my dad, are here to play apparently. (I get anxiety watching my dad play btw so I just go to the bar and drink, a lot, and look for the Monopoly Slot Machines lol)

The Mansion is all situated within a dome and there is also a fine dining restaurant there. The gardens are beautiful and if I ever get married this is where it’s happening. That’s how gorgeous it is.

As for the rooms, OMFG. The villa assigned to you has everything you need for a lavish Vegas stay.

Aside from the multiple living and dining rooms, you also have an in-house barber/makeup room, private in-door balcony, private pool, massage room, full bar, walk-in closets, and your assigned butler. YUP. I’m used to my parents having an assigned host during family trips to Vegas but the butler was definitely the next level of extra.

The rooms had a bit of a Versace 90s feel and I was living for it. Think over-the-top curtains, marble for days, statues, and live flowers for days. Pretty certain this Villa was equivalent to the size of 30 standard hotel rooms- minimum.

As a guest of The Mansion, I have to say the staff was super friendly and very detailed oriented. They pay attention to every little thing and it was much appreciated. My mom had mentioned wanting to see the Michael Jackson- Cirque Du Soleil Show and they surprised us with tickets to the sold out show the day of. They literally can make seats magically appear for some of the most coveted shows in town.

The bathroom amenities were supplied by BVLGARI and were scented for the GODS.

There is a private drive-in entrance for The Mansion for guests so you can literally walk into your villa.

I have to say though the craziest part of this experience was my parents having an assigned limited edition, 1 of 25 in the world, Bentley Bentayga during their stay. Let’s just say my ride to the airport was hilarious as my door was opened by the chauffer to let me out for the Southwest Terminals lol.

I’m definitely hopping on the coattails the next time my parents want to do a Vegas trip and state they’re staying at The Mansion…

— Review by Tomas R.

Las Vegas

#4: Encore

3131 Las Vegas Blvd S

Hotels, Casinos, Resorts

Excellent as Expected

The Encore is upscale Casino in Vegas –
If our looking to stay at a High End Hotel/Casino with Excellent Service this is the place.
The check is easy and you’ll find attendants throughout the Hotel to answer questions and guide you to what ever you’re looking for.
Basically everything  you would expect from a Steve Wynn Luxury Casino and Hotel.

A note about Steve Wynn – He moved to Vegas in the late 60’s – renovated the Golden Nugget downtown and built the Mirage and Bellagio (which he sold to MGM)

King Room:
The Rooms are good size, the layout is separated by a sleeping area and a sitting area – the separation is divided by an open wall (the rooms at the sister hotel “The Wynn” offers more of a boxed layout)
The rooms provide an Alexa and one TV that turns 360 degrees (for viewing in the bedroom area or sitting area)

The casino floor is not huge, but if you’re looking for more gambling options you can walk over to the Wynn ( which is connected though a shopping area & and offers a larger casino floor).
It’s a short walk (maybe 5 minutes)

The bar’s do not comp drinks for playing video poker machines, but the cost is around $10 per drink – so its not too bad.

The Spa:
Once you arrive the staff will ask for you to be seated in the waiting area outside the Spa.
A personal attendant will come to greet you and take you into the Spa.
As you enter inside you can sense the relaxing and tranquil aura – the attendant will take you around, showing you the facility attributes, ending at your locker (with robes and sandals).
The Spa provides a searing area in the main room offering Tea(s), Water, Coffee & Fruit.
Note: the lockers are easy to use, you create your own code and you can either wear your briefs or nothing at all.

Everything is discrete –

If you have an appointment – you will be taken into a large room where you will wait for your Masseuse.
Dimmed lighting, soft music where you can relax in a chase lounge and shred away all your stress.

Massage:
I went for the Desert Stone Message – 75 minute ( my Masseuse was Ree).
Her technique was deep tissue – and it was Amazing – Best Message I have ever received.

Overall, the Encore is Great, Loved the Professional Service and Attention.

Thank you Encore Staff.

— Review by Rick K.

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Las Vegas

#5: The Venetian Las Vegas

3355 South Las Vegas Boulevard

Hotels, Casinos, Resorts

A good time for updating about this well known luxurious hotel and casino. It certainly is out of the price range for a stay if you’re on a budget but the upside is that you’re still able to wander around inside. The Venetian gets pretty good reviews. Of course the price sucks, but you get a lot for staying here. You won’t even have to stay here to enjoy most things.

It still is one of the best hotels and casinos. Of course it’s pretty expensive. The rooms are very big compared to other places. Actual amenities get included like the coffee maker, microwave, and others. The rooms typically are around $200 for weekends. For the quality  actually a pretty good price, as you’re getting a lot from this unlike other hotels with fewer amenities. They of course charge a resort fee. Get your money’s worth by doing all the stuff you’re allowed. They have a big spa. Casino and hotel doesn’t have a bad stench like at other places because they have good air filtration. The Shoppes are fun to look around and some are even affordable so there’s fun shopping. Has a brewery and places to eat. They can get fancy but there’s some affordable ones too.

— Review by Steve A.

Las Vegas

#6: The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

3708 Las Vegas Blvd S

Hotels, Casinos

Very much enjoyed my stay here! I saved up for over a year to get the Wraparound Terrace Suite for the week of my wedding and it was absolutely worth it!! The views are amazing! The bathtub is to die for!! The robes, so cozy!

The only downside is we were directly above the Marquee Day/Night Club and Friday-Sunday nights it is LOUD, all night. Even 42 stories up we needed ear plugs.

My experience at the Sahra Salon was also fantastic. I got a pedicure done by Scott and my wedding hair done by Teena. Also Jennifer, the manager, was very communicative and helpful when we had a few last minute changes.

My favorite places to eat were EggSlut, Bang Bar, Milk Bar and the secret pizza joint on level 3. I also enjoyed drinks at the gorgeous Chandelier and Ghost Donkey.

I can’t wait to come back next year for my anniversary and take advantage of more of what the Cosmopolitan has to offer.

— Review by Heather W.

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Las Vegas

#7: M Resort Spa Casino

12300 Las Vegas Blvd S (Henderson, NV)

Hotels, Casinos, Health Retreats

This hotel is the place to be if you do not want to be on the strip. I felt like I was on a resort in another country or something. I spent my Friday night just walking around site seeing in the hotel. We also found some really good food at the Raiders Tavern, Saturday we hung out at the pool and took some photos and checked out of our room. I wish I would’ve had more time here to hang out. I can’t wait to come back. Thank you M Resorts for everything

— Review by Cassandra B.

Las Vegas

#8: Wynn Las Vegas

3131 Las Vegas Blvd S

Hotels

Took a trip to Vegas and stayed at the 5-star luxury hotel and casino and it really needs to be 100 stars. This place was amazing.

There are 3 areas to the Wynn: the Wynn Tower Suites, Encore and Encore Tower Suites. We had a room in each tower.

There are restaurants, stores for shopping, a coffee and pastry bar, a concert center in the hotel, where Justin Beiber was one night and Brad Paisley another and you couldn’t even hear it. There is one large casino area and another casino on the other side of the hotel.

The staff was awesome, and the housekeeping was amazing.

The entire hotel was spotless. The views were incredible. There are about 6 pools on the property and a golf course for Wynn guests.

If you want luxury this is the place to be and I can’t wait to go back!

— Review by Liz G.

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#9: The Palazzo Las Vegas

3325 South Las Vegas Boulevard

Hotels, Casinos, Resorts

Well Hello Las Vegas!  Celebrating a milestone birthday is a cause for treating yourself to a luxurious vacation and our stay at the Palazzo early October was wonderful.  Everything was a breeze from check-in to check-out.  Because we’re still in the midst of COVID, I thought there would be some misses with service but I felt nothing seemed lacking.

Our King Suite room was immaculate and spacious.  We had housekeeping every day which I didnt expect, again because of COVID. So it was a wonderful surprise coming back to a made-up room, spotless bathroom and enough towels for us.

We did spend some time in the casino, which didnt seem as crowded, but this was mid week, but crownd or not, it was still fun.  The placement of the hotel, it’s quite a walk to get outside to the Strip.  But between the Venetian shops and restaurants, the spa and pools, you really dont have to leave unless you want to explore on the Strip.

The pool areas were clean and although there were a lot of people out enjoying the sun, it didnt seem crowded at all.  The lifeguards did their job enforcing safety rules.  The waitstaff was friendly and service was prompt.

The only amenity we did not partake of was room service, the prices were a bit outrageous but that’s room service.  

I’d stay here again in a heartbeat.

— Review by Aimee M.

Las Vegas

#10: Marriott’s Grand Chateau

75 E Harmon Ave

Hotels

I enjoyed staying at Marriott’s Grand Chateau. I usually stay in one of the massive casino resorts when I visit the area so this was a big change. A nice change!! I loved the quiet after the hustle. It was wonderful slowing down and relaxing in a comfortable villa with a complete kitchen and living area. My room was impeccably clean and had excellent views of the strip.

The resort has a pool on the fifth floor and on the rooftop. Both have bar and the 5th floor has food options.

I’m addition to the pool areas I spent a late evening in the lobby bar & restaurant. The bartender was skilled and the atmosphere was fun.

— Review by Laura G.

Las Vegas

#11: Aria Sky Suites

3730 S Las Vegas Blvd

Hotels

I was really hesitant about our annual trip after seeing lots of negative reviews. I’m happy to say that we had a near perfect visit and found everything to be as good – if not better – than pre-covid days.

Our suite was in perfect working condition, no cosmetic or other issues that required housekeeping or engineering to fix.  The pool and staff were amazing and accommodating. Especially the food and beverage teams poolside were outstanding. Housekeeping did morning and evening service practically on a schedule with zero issues. The hallways and rooms were quiet and odor free (had read a lot of reviews about weed smells everywhere and we had none).  

The lounge was different, they weren’t even allowed to offer a fruit basket with individual pieces of fruit.  So the offerings each day were kind of repetitive and odd – especially the ‘breakfast’ items.  Fuji waters are now replaced with small Aria-branded water bottles.  So much plastic seems wasteful with tiny bottles.

This was our only trip – in probably 5 Sky Suite visits – were we didn’t receive a welcome amenity.  We’ve usually received a box of chocolates, crate of candies, or bottle of champagne or wine.  

We had a great visit and cannot wait to go back.

— Review by Joanna R.

Las Vegas

#12: The NoMad Hotel Las Vegas

3772 S Las Vegas Blvd

Hotels

For the sake of painting a transparent picture of my journey while staying here, I must express that this was a 5 star stay.

SERVICE: The Guest service people were fantastic with helping me get upgraded to the Grande suite which is what i truly hoped for in accommodations for that day.

SUITE: One thing I must do is give full credit to this hotel for the details that other hotels easily Miss. The Grande suite was excellent.  It had robes (not cheap mass produced sobel westex type robes but by Bellino fine linen) it had slippers it had a clothes steamer which other hotels do not have (aside from Circa). Instead of having an uncomfortable level of light there were dimmers on the light switches so you can select your own desired lighting level. The positioning of the shower handle so you don’t have to feel cold water hit you as you turn the shower on….the high-end Plumbing fixtures made by Lefroy Brooks on everything. The high-end blackout curtains that actually blacked out the room to the point where I overslept and had no idea it was light outside. These awesome details matter!

The suite itself was nicely appointed, had a home like feel. They covered the wiring behind the TV with a decorative folding screen. Suite had two bathrooms but what was really confusing is that there was only one toilet and it wasn’t in the master bathroom where the shower is (?!). Unlike many other hotels there are Q-tips, Emery boards and plenty of amenities in your bathrooms

It was truly a beautiful room and absolutely defined what I was looking for in a luxury stay

— Review by Dave W.

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