Las Vegas hotels truly step it up a notch with special touches. From Michelin-starred chefs to airport transfers in a Rolls-Royce Ghost limousine, you'll enjoy over-the-top glitz and true VIP treatment at these decadent Las Vegas hotels.
The first true luxury hotel in Las Vegas, this original hotel-within-a-hotel concept opened on the top floors of Mandalay Bay in in 1998, but just finished a $30 million renovation, including complete redo of all 424 guest rooms. The feel is more like other Four Seasons worldwide than Vegas glitz, with a separate porte cochere entrance and white glove service throughout. Rooms are elegant with high quality finishes and large deluxe bathrooms with separate soaking tubs and walk-in showers.
The most creative take on the hotel-within-hotel concept, the Laurel Collection is sort off a virtual hotel that still manages to earn 4 Forbes Stars. It couples a private valet entrance, check-in and concierge with selected better rooms within the large Augustus and Octavius towers. These guest rooms are larger and better appointed, but it lacks the self-contained feel of the other boutique properties.
This antique cluttered hotel in downtown Vegas is charmingly surreal. You'll find carved-oak fireplaces looted from Scottish castles, play blackjack under chandeliers from a Parisian Opera House and a Texan Coca-Cola building, then saunter through a pair of bronze doors that originally adorned the Kuwait National Bank. To top it all off, why not take a leak on a piece of world history? The men's urinals in the casino are built into a graffiti-covered portion of the Berlin Wall.
This wild-west themed hotel on Boulder Highway, a couple of miles from the strip, is full of Vegas locals and regulars letting their hair down. Visit the hotel's 18-Screen movie theatre, or its 24-hour Bowling Center, but definitely don't miss its surreal indoor "park" called Mystic Falls, which has a laser light and water show three times a night. Las Vegas local, and award-winning author, Alissa Nutting, believes this to be one of the best people-watching spots in town.
Designed as an 18th century Florentine mansion, it’s split into 29 hugely oversized “villas,” each unique and each with a full-time butler – no sharing required. Even the smallest one-bedroom villa has private dining room, bathroom with jetted tub and walk-in steam shower, original museum quality art, and no expense spared finishes like mohair blankets and alpaca drapes – over automated blackout curtains.
The El Cortez is vintage Las Vegas at its best. Once owned by mobster Bugsy Siegel, this intimate 1940s casino has retained all its gangster style while recent renovations have brought the hotel up to date. Don't expect porn-star pool parties and tequila fountains, but this is the only casino in Vegas where you play slot machines with real quarters, and one of the few casinos never to have changed its exterior facade.
There is simply nothing like the Mansion in Las Vegas - or anyplace else. The massive Florentine-style property is attached to the nation’s largest hotel, MGM Grand, yet completely hidden from outside view or access, with an unmarked gated entrance and private motor court. Because guests get unlimited chauffeured transport in Rolls Royce Phantoms, including the airport, not even taxis are allowed in. The Mansion contains 29 huge villas, an enclosed 125-foot atrium, and walled gardens with pool.
All lofts have 24-foot high windows spanning both levels and covered by automated blackout curtains. In fact everything is automated through high tech touch panels, and they add Bang & Olufsen home theaters, mini-offices, Jura robotic bristas, whirlpool infinity bathtubs and walk-in steam showers so big and with so many jets they called them “immersion chambers.”
Through the inconspicuous doors is a gothic underworld of gilded statues, candlelight and marble. Reproductions of Cezannes, Chagalls, Rembrandts, and Van Goghs tile the walls and ceilings at worrying angles, while tipsy locals wind their way around velvet-furniture carrying martinis and caipirinhas. With its opulently sinister decor, no-children policy, "European" style pool (code word for topless) and all night parties, this isn't a place for R&R.
The suites all include dining areas with wet bars, home entertainment centers, and whirlpool tubs. The hotel tower has its own gated driveway and private lobby with VIP check-in, concierge, fast valet and taxi access, plus a guest lobby lounge with complimentary refreshments and snacks. There is a secure connection into the heart of the Aria casino, with easy access to all the shops, dining, nightlife and shows. All Sky Suites guests receive included roundtrip airport transfers in limousines.
One of the most famous hotels in Vegas, the Mirage has 3,044 guest rooms, of which just 14 villas and lanais comprise a much less famous hotel, The Villas at The Mirage. In fact, it might well be the most secretive on this list, as it was only opened to the public within the past two years, previously reserved exclusively for invitation-only high rolling gamblers.
For old-Vegas ambience but with the scale and luxury associated with modern Vegas, this is your place. No longer the world's largest casino, as it was on opening in 1946, it's still the swankiest place to gamble downtown. The lagoon-like swimming pool circles a three-story shark tank, with a water slide running right through it, and the casino houses what is said to be the largest single golden nugget in the world, a boxing-glove shaped rock weighing 61lb and 11oz.