Best hotels in Las Vegas, USA | Budget accommodation ($)

The cheapest digs are usually found Downtown, and the Golden Nugget (129 East Fremont Street) is the best of the bunch. The rooms aren’t swish, but they’re by no means shabby. In the centre of the Las Vegas Boulevard ‘Strip’, Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall and Saloon (3595 Las Vegas Boulevard South) feels like it belongs with the hoedowning Downtown properties. But the surprisingly decent-if-motellish rooms are an absolute steal. Just off the Strip, the Desert Rose Hotel (5051 Duke Ellington Way) is a family-friendly timeshare operation, but spare rooms are sold to the public – they’re spacious and kitchen-equipped.

Best hotels in Las Vegas | Mid-range hotels ($$)

If you’re after a good all-round resort at a reasonable price but stand-out splashing, Mandalay Bay (3950 Las Vegas Boulevard, 632 7777) has the best pool in Vegas. The recent revamp at the Tropicana (3801 Las Vegas Boulevard South) has worked wonders too – and the bright, beachy vibe makes the rooms distinctive. Top value for money comes at the Signature at MGM Grand (145 East Harmon Avenue), however, where junior suites can be snapped up for around $150 a night. They’re stylish, and most have balconies to go with the jetted bathtubs, kitchenettes and in-bathroom TVs .

Best hotels in Las Vegas, USA | Luxury hotels ($$$ to $$$$$)

Vdara (2600 West Harmon Avenue, $$$) gets it right as a couply retreat in a prime central location. It’s still a giant hotel, but there’s a quieter air, the spa is impressive and the beds are extraordinarily comfortable. THEhotel at Mandalay Bay (3950 Las Vegas Boulevard South, $$$) has lovely suite-like standard rooms, plus the warm feel of a luxury city hotel rather than a mass-herd resort. If you’re prepared to stray a couple of blocks off-Strip, Platinum (211 East Flamingo Road, $$$) is a great bet. Full kitchens, spa baths, personable service (a rarity in Vegas) and a genuinely residential feel elevate it above the competition.

The MGM Skylofts (3799 Las Vegas Boulevard South, $$$$$) are really quite something. Just about everything can be controlled electronically, butlers are on hand to perform your every (legal and ethical) request, while the 2 bedroom suites have pool tables.

The Bellagio (3600 Las Vegas Boulevard South) has a genuine air of class and the floral displays in the public areas are astonishing. The $$$ to $$$$ standard rooms are great but true high rollers go for the $7,000-a-night two bedroom suites with butler service, cigar-tasting classes, yoga instruction and in-room waterfalls ($$$$$). Amongst the other big resorts, only Wynn (3121 Las Vegas Boulevard South, $$$$) really compares.

Las Vegas hotel prices

Price brackets are based, roughly, on the starting rates that can be found in low season – and are inclusive of taxes and resort fees.

$ = under US$75 a night

$$ = under US$150 a night

$$$ = under US$200 a night

$$$$ = under US$250 a night

$$$$$ = over US$400 a night.

The Las Vegas hotels above have been personally inspected – and recommended as being amongst the best in their price bracket – by travel journalist David Whitley. To look for other hotels in Las Vegas, try a Las Vegas Hotel Search with our booking partner, Ebookers.com.

Disclaimer: These hotels were inspected in May 2011. Things may have changed since then.

 

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