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Hotel Critics Pick: The Top Ten Hotels in Las Vegas
Las Vegas has hundreds of hotels, but only a handful of them really
stand out. The hotels presented here make up our top ten list. In
selecting the hotels for the list, we considered the opinions of other
critics, reporters, travel writers and read through hundreds of both
kindly and unkindly hotel reviews by members of the public. To all of
this we added our own experiences and evaluations. After a lot of
discussion and arguing, here is the Las Vegas hotel top ten list...
If there was one word
that would account for this hotel being on our Top 10
Best Hotels list it would be “stunning” The entire hotel
has an elegant Italian ambiance as would be found in the
city of Venice.
A massive painted ceiling, similar to the ones found in
Italian chapels, takes your breath away as you walk into
the lobby. “Stunning” goes on from there to include the
entire hotel and resort.
Imagine half a million square feet of stores and
restaurants built around historic style streets and
Venice like canals. And of course there are gondola
rides to enjoy the canals and their surroundings. In
fact, there are over 70 dining places and shops to
The stores, some just off the Grand Canal while others
are found by walking through the hotel’s St. Marks
Square carry both a high and a low end assortment of
merchandise. Everything from jewelry to t-shirts can be
found. There is a wonderful selection of Italian hand
blown glass. Street musicians and jugglers are there to
entertain as you casually stroll down a picturesque
street that looks exactly like it belongs in Venice.
at the Venetian is in keeping with its old world charm.
Diners can enjoy the feel of being outdoors (with the
comfort of being indoors) in St. Marks Square plaza
complete with a painted skyline. There are 10 high end
restaurants with an average price per meal between $30
to $50. The exception being Aqua Knox that serves
seafood is priced over $50. The menus of these
restaurants vary from Italian, French, Asian and
For more casual dining there are 11 other restaurants
with menus that include everything from spa healthy,
pizza, Mexican, Italian, Asian and global. The average
menu price per person is below $30.
Night Life and Entertainment
The nightclub scene parts company from the traditional
Venice like atmosphere and takes on a chic modern life
of its own. La Scena Lounge is a high energy nightclub
with live bands performing everything from Rock and Roll
to Disco. TAO is a high energy 10,000 sq ft club
featuring DJ’s. TAO beach is a very popular pool party
scene. TAO Lounge is an excellent gathering spot. V Bar
has won awards as the best hotel bar in Las Vegas.
When it comes to entertainment
the Venetian is right up
there with the best in Las Vegas. Their list includes
The Blue Man Group, Jersey Boys, and Phantom. Madame Tussauds features lifelike wax creations of celebrities.
After all the partying you can de-stress at Canyon Ranch
Spa Club with 69,000 square feet of rejuvenation.
Rooms The standard Venetian King Suite (all the hotel rooms
are suites) is 650 square feet, which is twice the size
of an average Las Vegas hotel room. Guests are treated
to a 130-square-foot marble bath with two sinks,
marble-surround tub, and separate marble shower. The
sunken living room has a dining table with chairs, a
27-inch television and a refreshment center. Full-size
sofa sleepers in the living room can be requested,
subject to availability at Check-In to accommodate extra
Venezia Tower and Palazzo Hotel The Venezia Tower is a newer addition to the
Venetian and offers a quieter experience with private
pool gardens and award winning restaurants.
Palazzo is a separate newer hotel with 3,000 suites
connected to Venetian and offers a similar experience
with cathedral ceiling and world-class dining. If you
have already stayed at Venetian, you may want to explore
these hotel options too for a different more understated
luxury hotel experience.
We cannot get the vision of the
1,200 fountains dancing and spraying water to music out
of our mind. But this is not the only reason it is on
just about everybody’s Top Ten List. The hotel was built
with beauty and luxury in mind. The smallest guest rooms
are over 500 square feet in size. For those so inclined
(owners of big fat wallets) 6,500 square foot villas
complete with 24 hour butler service are available.
Everything is done with an old world elegance. You can
easily see why the Bellagio is on the list.
A first class spa and salon is available for the guests.
Along with the typical spa facilities there is a top
notch workout room. The Bellagio also features a few ultra
The Bellagio is unique in that it has a Gallery of Fine
Arts the equal of many museums.
For those who love
nature more than pictures hanging on walls, the hotel
has a magnificent Botanical Garden along with acres of
Mediterranean type landscaping.
Nightlife and Entertainment
Cirque du Soleil's "O" features world-class acrobats,
synchronized swimmers, divers and characters who perform
in, on, and above water to create a breathtaking
experience. It plays twice each night. In addition, music and
dancing can be enjoyed nightly at the Fontana Bar. Other
bars and clubs are - The Bank (sophisticated), Caramel, Petrosian Bar (sophisticated), Pool Bar and the Baccarat
Bar where a piano player plays while you play baccarat.
Needless to say, the Casino at the Bellagio is a big
part of its nightlife.
The Bellagio has very interesting restaurant choices.
They have an Epicurean Epicenter where chefs and wine
experts give demonstrations and may actually cook you a
Fine dining is offered in any one of five restaurants.
Jasmine, which serves authentic Chinese dishes and has a spectacular view of the lake, Le
Cirque for French cuisine, Michael Mina's famous
namesake restaurant with its
continental menu, the award winning Picasso Restaurant,
and the Prime Steakhouse.
For more casual dining there is The Buffet (our pick for one of the
best buffets in Vegas), Cafe
Bellagio, and the Pool Cafe. Under the category of
contemporary dining there are some unique restaurants; Circo, Fix, Olive, and Noodles Sensi. Each has their own
rooms have warm and inviting décor with 626-square-feet
Spa Tower guest rooms, complete with panoramic views of
Las Vegas. Combining contemporary wood furnishings
and artwork with traditional fabrics and accessories, a
resplendent modern look is visible. Guests staying enjoy
double sink vanities, a marble shower with seamless
glass enclosure, luxurious duvets, a flat screen TV, and
a fully stocked mini bar.
The only vote against having Wynn
on the Top Ten List was from a travel writer who claimed
to be annoyed by the hotel because it was just “to damn
guest friendly”. In a strange way he might be right. The
hotel was built by Steve Wynn to be the best Las Vegas
could offer. Many people believe he succeeded.
As you approach Wynn its golden facade gives you a
hint of the architectural beauty within. Lagoons, water
falls, rooms with floor to ceiling windows,
magnificently appointed restaurants, a store that sell
Ferraris, an 18 hole golf course, a 3 acre lake, and the
list goes on and on. Individual guest rooms live up to
the overall elegant features of the hotel.
Shopping at Wynn is an adventure. It almost rivals
New York City for high end stores. Here is just a
partial list; Ferrari and Maserati, Dior, Graff, Louis
Vuitton, Oscar de la Renta, San Giorgio Shoes for Men,
Vertu and Cartier.
Primping, beautifying and the working out of guests
are all accomplished in top salon and spa facilities. An
18 hole golf course, which is a part of Wynn has
been the home to PGA tours. The casino rivals the rest
of the hotel.
Nightlife Wynn has a very thriving nightlife. Club Tryst is
one of the reasons. It is big, beautiful, and has a dance
floor that extends out to a 90 foot waterfall. Blush, which is another nightclub, has a ceiling of 300
lanterns melding to music giving it a wonderful
The Encore Beach Club at Wynn offers all sorts of options from
just sitting, gaming, to enjoying a cabana. Wynn has an
upscale club called Surrender. On weekends it has live
entertainment. XS is the name of a poolside club that
enables you to sit indoors or outside while enjoying its
nightlife. There are also two 24 hour resort bars.
A not to be missed feature of nightlife at Wynn is
the show Le Reve. It almost defies description with its
acrobatics and beautifully choreographed dream
You will find over 20 unique and varied restaurants at
the Wynn. They include fine dining such as Bartolota(Italian), Botero(steak & chops), SW
Steakhouse, and Winglei(Asian). Along with these and
other fine dining restaurants are ones that serve
typical American Fare such as Pizza Place and Zooza
Crackers(New(a New York style deli) Other restaurants
specialize in contemporary cuisine Their all you can eat
Buffet is not to be missed. It might very well be the
best in all of Las Vegas.
Rooms Wynn Suites are draped in
natural light from floor-to-ceiling windows and accented
by an array of contemporary furnishings and fabrics. The
basic resort resort rooms is 640 square-feet.
Additional, advanced technologies including remotely
controlled lighting, drapery and room service messaging
for guest convenience.
The beds at Wynn have become famous - so famous that they
are sold in the hotel store. They are called the Wynn
Dream Beds. Each bedding set is comprised of Egyptian
Cotton 310-thread count linens and guests rave about
them being the most comfortable bed they have ever slept
Encore Encore is a
newer addition hotel located next to and connected to
Wynn Las Vegas. Encore
has a very chic European feel, complete with a
European-style pool. It has all the luxury and amenities
you would expect from Wynn. If you have already stayed
at Wynn before, you should give Encore a try too.
A guest of Aria wrote in and said, “I hate
when my room is smarter than I am.” He was referring to
all the advanced technology that opens and closes
drapes, turns lights on and off, creates music to your
exact preference, controls the temperature, and does a
few other things that nobody has quite figured out.
The real beauty of Aria is its 56 stories of
architectural excellence. This includes a sense of light
and openness enhanced by floor to ceiling guest room
windows with magnificent views. Even the 3 story lobby
and the casino have been built with this same concept of
natural light and openness. Dining
You have the choice of 16 different restaurants at the
Aria. Here is a partial list of those under the category
of fine dining; Sage (refined American food), Sirio
Restorante (Italian food), American Fish (river and
great lakes), Jean George Steak House (traditional
American food) Julian Serrano (tapas) and Blossom
Under the heading of casual dining a few of your choices
are; Lemon Grass (Thai food), Skybox (typical American
food while watching TV sports), Breeze Cafe (healthy
food indoors or out) and Jean Philippe Patisserie
(pastries and deserts). In addition, Aria has one of the best all
you can eat Buffets. They even have one of the only
Indian tandoor ovens
in Las Vegas which adds to the tasty mix of buffet
The nightclubs at Aria are as revolutionary as the
hotel. Haze, their best known club has a sound and light
system that will challenge your sense of reality. The
Gold Boutique Night Club contains the spirit of Rock 'N'
Roll along with the soul of Elvis. Visit the Deuce Lounge
for high stakes gambling, drinking and lots of energy.
Other bars and lounges that are a part of Aria’s
night life are; Bar Moderno (live entertainment), View
Bar (it actually has a view), City Bar, Liquid (outdoor
pool side lounge) and the Pool Bar.
Greatly adding to the nightlife at Aria is the show
Zarkana by Cirque du Soleil. Zarkana is a stunning
modern day spectacular production. Inspiring music and
stunning costumes draw you in as some of the best
jugglers, acrobatic artists, gymnasts, and even a sand
artist set the stage for an evening of "oohs and ahhhs"
that will leave you wanting more and wondering how they
did it all.
When it comes to shopping, the most important thing that
can be said is that you are right next door to Crystals
There you will find one of the greatest collections of
high-end stores in the world.
You will also find some excellent shops at the hotel
too, such as Terrene fashion and
Aria Mens’ Shop. Radiance
carries jewelry. Papillon features fashion accessories.
Viva ELVIS is filled with Elvis memorabilia. If you want
to literally take your room home with you, Aria At Home
will you purchase their hotel beds and other items.
Spa and Salon
Hair, make-up, health, beauty, it is all there for the
asking at the well equipped Aria Spa and Salon.
at Aria Average 520 square feet with custom furnishings
and unparalleled amenities, such as floor to ceiling
windows with amazing views, their custom ARIA mattress
with triple-sheeted, 300 thread count linens, a 42" LCD
HD television that allows you to connect your laptop and
other video devices, integrated one-touch control of
room features, including dimmable lighting, room
temperature, television/video systems, music, wake-up
calls, draperies, and requests for services through a
single, remote control, high-speed wireless and wired
Internet connections, shower with bench adjacent to a
soaking tub, granite dual sink vanity, and a private
How many times have you watched the MGM lion roar across
the movie screen and you knew there would soon be images
of beauty and color appearing before your eyes? Here in
Las Vegas, a large bronze lion stands in front of the
MGM Grand Hotel, his silent roar inviting you to the
beauty and grandeur within.
Over five thousand rooms located in 4 towers, world
class restaurants, famous nightclubs, theaters for
entertainment, a water park, dozens of shops, football
fields of casino space and a lion zoo give
MGM the title
of a city within a city.
Along with beautiful grounds and multiple pools there is
a Water Park. One of its main features is a 1,000 foot
long river aptly named the Lazy River. Guests are also
treated to the Lion Zoo, which is a glass enclosed
structure from which you can watch the lions play, eat,
sleep and otherwise go about their business.
The casino area is larger than 3 football fields, so
finding a place at a table should not be difficult even
on their busiest nights. MGM has a multitude of stores
located in the Studio Walk. They range from low-end
(tourist trinkets) to high-end fine jewelry. Star Lane
Shops and Harley Davidson are just two of the many shops
to be found.
Nightlife and Entertainment
Nightlife at MGM Grand has many aspects to capture your
interest. There is Studio 54 with its music and
reputation, Tabu ultra lounge with its ultra modern
chic, the Wet Republic with its multiple pools and
lounge dancing, Rouge with its red leather Ferrari
atmosphere and the West Wing Bar with its friendly
relaxed ambience, Centrifuge and Zuri bar. On Friday and
Saturday nights, Mexican restaurant Diego turns up the
heat with Vida, a high energy Latin dance party.
MGM is the home of the Crazy Horse Theater which is an
exact replica of the one in Paris. Shows and
performances can almost always be seen. There is even a
special stage for Cirque Du Soleil that features KA,
which combines acrobatic performances, martial arts,
puppetry, multimedia, and pyrotechnics. Magician David
Copperfield mystifies audiences in his own venue and is
worth seeing. The hotel has a smaller Hollywood Theater
and various lounges with shows. In addition, top name
headliner artists and concerts plus world championship
boxing and MMA matches are scheduled on a regular basis.
Restaurants Restaurants include award winning steakhouse
Craftsteak, Pearl - a great Chinese restaurant, Fiamma -
authentic Italian, celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse's
signature fishhouse restaurant - Emeril's, Seablue
(seafood) and Nob Hill Tavern (American classics with a
twist), both by world-renowned chef Michael Mina, Joël
Robuchon's fine dining restaurant, and another place for
Tapas by him called L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon (Joël was
named France's Chef of the Century). Casual dining
includes an excellent all-you-can-eat Buffet, as well as
dozens of other eating places and a food court for that
Rooms Rooms at
MGM range from their
"basic" deluxe suite, to having your very on private
villa with butlers included at their secluded mansion
complex. Deluxe rooms are 446 square feet and feature
amenities such as pillow top mattresses, spacious
bathrooms with custom black and white marble, thick
cotton towels, roomy closets, safes, and wireless
high-speed Internet access.
Signature Suites and Skylofts MGM also offers what it calls
Signature Suites, which are actually three exclusive
all-suite towers providing guests with extra luxury and
personal service located just steps away from MGM Grand.
These suites are all within a non-gaming and non-smoking
Signature Suites include a private entrance and
continues inside with pillow-top beds, lavish bathrooms
featuring Jacuzzi tubs, upscale linens, kitchenette, and
gourmet in-suite dining around the clock. Available in
most suites are private balconies overlooking the Las
Vegas Strip and mountains.
For a more urban-chic experience,
Skylofts, located on
the top two floors of MGM Grand, offers modern two-story
loft designs and a personal 24-hour Butler. Lofts
feature soaring floor-to-ceiling windows, providing
dramatic views of the city.
When first arriving at
Caesars Palace you
may think that you’re on a gigantic Hollywood stage or
have been transported back to ancient Rome. In either
case, the view is spectacular. Even the people who serve
you are dressed in authentic Roman togas.
There are Roman style furnishings throughout the hotel
such as elaborate scenic frescoes, stone pillars, gold,
statues and crystal. The guest rooms are spacious
and luxurious, as befitting a palace belonging to Caesar.
The hotel has been around for a while. But it has reinvented and rebuilt itself many
times over. There is no doubt it belongs on our Top 10 List.
Restaurants at Caesars Palace go from the finest of
dining to the simplest of casual. Just off the main
lobby is Guy Savoy’s famous French restaurant. Wolfgang
Puck’s Spago and Bradley Ogden’s American Gourmet are
two other restaurants of note. For those who enjoy
Southwest food, there is Mesa Grill (celebrity chef
Bobby Flay's first restaurant). Hearty eaters
will certainly enjoy the decadent all you can
Bacchanal Buffet with over 500 items available from all around the world
(they spent $17M just to build it).
There is also a patisserie bistro for late night
deserts. Many more eating places, including those for
casual dining, can be found among the 160 Forum Shops.
Nightlife & Entertainment Nightlife at Caesars centers around the clubs and
casino. Foremost among the clubs is “Pure”. This is a
two story award winning nightclub with VIP rooms and a
dance floor complete with waterfalls. The Shadow Bar
which is also part of the hip night scene, features
provocative shadow entertainment on one of their walls.
Cleopatra’s Barge is an enormous floating lounge. The
Galleria Bar has live entertainment. Another nightclub
found at Caesars is the Sea Horse Bar. It is a frothy
mixture of interesting design and whimsy. If you are
into specially made margaritas or good beer try the club
called Numb Bar and Frozen Cocktails.
The casino at Caesars is over 129,000 square feet. It is
well known for the legendary high rollers that have
played there. Looking carefully you will see a small
hallway leading off the casino that has some of the
highest end shopping stores in the world.
Another source of nightlife is the fabulous
entertainment that often appears at the hotel. The
theater at which they perform is known as the Coliseum.
Celine Dion, Elton John and Rod Stewart are just a partial
list of celebrities who have played there.
Salon Spa and Daytime Fun
For those who wish to pamper themselves in the Roman
tradition or any other tradition, there is a 50,000 sq
Salon and Spa facility called QUA staffed by experts.
set aside 5 acres and created the Garden of the Gods.
Located within it are 8 pools, beautiful landscaping,
stone columns, hot tubs and spas. It is well used and
appreciated by the hotel guests.
Shopping Caesars has more shops than any other hotel in Las
Vegas. They have actually replicated the ancient streets
of Rome for these stores. Along with these streets are
fountains and works of sculpture. There is an
expansively painted sky going through a 24 hour day that
changes from morning sunrise to evening dusk. The
area with the stores is called the Forum Shops. Aside from the
Forum there are other sections set aside for shopping.
You will find over 160 places of business. Among these
are both formal and casual restaurants and both high and
low-end shops. Here is a sampling of just some of the stores;
Bernini Couture, Harry Winston, Kiehl’s, Kate Spade,
Pucci, Jucy, Celine, Guess, Banana Republic, Weitzman,
Versace, Ann Taylor, Boss and Diesel.
Rooms Caesars Palace rooms are cool
and stylishly modern. The basic Deluxe and Forum Rooms
surround you with modern convenience and luxury, with
two LCD TVs, professional desk space with leather
executive chair, and an oversized walk-in shower with
dual rain bath showerheads. Their newest, most luxurious
rooms can be found in the Palace and Augustus Towers
complete with Caesars-style marble bathrooms that
indulges you with brass fixtures, dual sinks, and an
oversized spa tub.
When you spend 3.9 Billion Dollars to build a 52 story
mega-hotel with 3,000 rooms, you’re bound to get on
somebody’s Top 10 List. The truth is,
is a beautiful luxurious hotel that deserves to be on
any top 10 list. Almost everything about it is larger
than life, well designed and will put a smile on your
A lot of attention has been paid to details, including
the guest rooms with large windows and sliding glass
doors leading to terraces with wonderful views. There is
even a lounge designed to make you think that you’re
inside a gigantic chandelier.
Fashion Shops, 3 pools, 5 lounges, 13 restaurants, an
incredible nightclub, a high-tech casino and 24 hour
room service, it is all here at
The Cosmopolitan was not built to be a shopping mall,
but is does have a small number of interesting shops.
These include Molly Brown's Swimwear, DNA2050-jeans,
Skins 6|2 Cosmetics, and Beckley-fashions. Other stores
are Monogram-gifts, Droog-very unique household items,
Stitched-men’s clothes, Allsaints Spitalfields-fashion,
Retrospecs-eyewear, CRSVR Sneaker Boutique, and
Vitals-magazines & cigarettes.
You will find a wonderful global mix of foods and
restaurants ranging from casual to formal. Always check
if reservations are needed. Here is a list of the
restaurants; Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar and Grill, China
Poblano-Chinese and Mexican, Comme CA-French brasserie,
D.O.C.G.-wine and pizza, Estiatorio Milos-Greek,
Holsteins-burgers and more, Jaleo-tapas, Overlook
Grill-crispy fish tacos, Scarpetta-Italian, STK-steakhouse,
The Henry-traditional, Va Bene Caffe-coffee bar, Wicked
Daytime at the Cosmopolitan
Aside from the usual spa and salon facilities, the hotel
features 3 separate and distinct swimming pools. The
first being an energetically oriented social type pool.
The second offering a quiet type retreat, and the third
(Marquee Dayclub) caters to adults 21 and over. The
Marquee Dayclub pool is a Las Vegas Strip pool that
features three-story Bungalow Lofts, bottle service and
a party deck on top. Guests can party all night at the
Marquee nightclub and rest up at this cool pool club.
Nightlife Nightlife at the
Cosmopolitan revolves around its
restaurants, lounges and famous nightclub. There are 5
lounges. The Chandelier is a 3-story club designed to
create the feeling that you are seated in a chandelier.
Vesper is a sophisticated, chic club that you would
expect in this hotel. Book and Stage are sports books
with entertainment. Bond is a mixture of LED art and
live entertainment. Queue Bar is a place to gamble and
The Marquee Night Club although not listed as the
seventh wonder of the world. certainly deserves honorable
mention. Its 50 foot ceilings and million dollar sound
stage must be seen, heard and felt to be really
The rooms at
Cosmopolitan are a big part of the chic
hotel experience. Their basic terrace studio is over 600
sq ft and offers a sliding door leading out to a
terrace. In addition, guest rooms have modern
kitchenettes with a refrigerator and microwave,
oversized luxurious bathrooms, and even washer/dryers.
The wall treatments and the furniture are all high-end
decorator. Modern touches include complete remote
control access in one place for both lighting and
True to its name, The Mirage is a vision
that came to life on the Nevada desert. Its beauty is a
successful mixture of the Island of Bali and what a
first class interior decorator thinks a tropical
paradise should look like.
Water falls, volcanoes, wild cats, dolphins, sharks,
tropical landscaping, gigantic salt water fish tanks,
spas, salons, shopping, secret gardens, casinos, pools,
lounges, nightclubs, restaurants and entertainment all
add up to a wonderful exotic hotel experience.
Dining The Mirage has its share of fine dining establishments; Japonais-Japanese Grill that also serves a pre-show dinner,
Stack-surf and turf with flair, Fin-contemporary
Chinese, Kokomo's-surf and turf plus, Onda Ristorante-classic
Samba Brazilian Steakhouse-Brazilian barbecue offering
Here are the restaurants with a casual atmosphere but serious
flavors; BLT Burger-hamburgers, BB King Blues Club-live
music and southern fried comfort food, California Pizza Kitchen-baked
pizza, Carnegie Delicatessen-NY Deli, Paradise
Cafe-traditional menu, Blizz-frozen yogurt and desserts,
Dolphin Snack Bar-Hot Dogs and drinks, The Roasted
Bean-coffee bistro, Cravings-All you can eat savory
Shopping The Mirage is located in close proximity to some of the
finest stores in the world. These are located in
Crystals and the neighboring hotels. There is an
interesting mix of shops at The Mirage that includes: Paradiso and Misura both specialize in woman’s fashions.
Mirage At Home sells their guest room furnishings to the
public. Dolphins Shop has items for children. Impulse
sells cigars, cigarettes, and wines. Optica specializes
in sunglasses. Spa Retail sells lotions and more
The Sugar Factory is great for lollipops and candy. King
Ink is a tattoo parlor. The Watch Boutique sells jewelry
as well as watches. The Art of Music, the Love Boutique
and the Terry Fator Shop sell entertainment souvenirs
Daytime at The Mirage
Much of what guests do during the day centers around the
spa, salon and pools. Spas and salons are often only as
good as their personnel. Fortunately,
The Mirage has
award winning people staffing these facilities.
There are three pools at this hotel.
The Mirage Pool is
a tropically landscaped, easily accessed fun pool to
use. The other pool known as Bare is an adult
alternative (topless allowed) in a secluded area that in the evening hours
becomes a nightclub. There is also a shallow children’s
pool. Children may not be left alone at this pool.
Nightlife and Entertainment at The Mirage
The main night club at The Mirage is Jet. It has
state of the art sound, light, laser and cryogenic
effects. The club has three separate rooms, with DJs
playing different styles of music in each one. Another
well know club is the Revolution Lounge. It is Beatles
inspired, contemporary, and a little on the psychedelic side.
Revolution is a
great place to spend an evening.
B.B. Kings Blues Club has its own lounge with live music
playing down and dirty blues. The Rhumbar Lounge,
featuring frozen daiquiris and well made cocktails is
part of the Mirage nightlife. The Japonais Lounge
serves drinks in a very aesthetically pleasing
environment. Onda Lounge is the place to be when you need a wine and
Kokomos gives you the opportunity to drink in a
tropical rainforest. This High-Limit Lounge is great for
taking a break from the casino and having a drink or a
snack. The lounge even has its own private buffet. The Sports
Bar which overlooks the large high tech sportsbook, is a very accessible place to get a cocktail.
If all else fails, put on or take off your bathing suit
as the case may be, and get a drink at the poolside bar
that services Bare - the adult alternative pool.
Entertainment is a major part of the nighttime scene at
Mirage. Love, which is their feature show, is a
combination of the timeless music of the Beatles and the
performances of a 60 member Cirque du Soleil troop. The
show is absolutely breathtaking and not to be missed.
Another do not miss show is Terry Fator. He is
one very funny ventriloquist, or maybe it's the dummy
that’s really funny. In either case you should see the
Rooms Mirage rooms feature feature simple lines with an
ergonomic design to give it a high-touch feel, providing
you with a comfortable space to make yourself at home.
Warm woods lining each room are accentuated with a
boldly modern color scheme and well appointed fabrics.
Guests are treated with a superior sleep comfort, Sealy
Posturepedic pillow-top beds, accompanied by 42" LCD
TVs, and iHome MP3 player docks to enjoy your own
favorite music playlists. A cordless phone is standard
for your convenience, along with many more amenities
that are reflective of today's lifestyle. Breathtaking
views of the tropical pool, majestic mountains or Las
Vegas Strip are available.
acres of beach, waves, music, dining,
Sixty beautiful acres of beach, waves,
music, dining, nightlife and winning the 4 diamond award
ten years in a row put this hotel on our Top 10 List.
There is an abundance of happy things to do at
Mandalay Bay. They range from watching their gigantic
1.6 million gallon aquarium to playing in the wave
generating swimming pool.
If shopping makes you happy then you are in for one very
enjoyable time. If dining gives you pleasure, you’re in
for a treat (no pun intended). If nightlife and
entertainment are you’re interests, then you will have a
great stay at Mandalay Bay.
There are actually two separate but physically connected
hotels at Mandalay Bay. One is the standard
hotel, and the other, a smaller boutique type more
cosmopolitan hotel called THEhotel. They share all the same great
facilities. In fact there is even a third hotel, The
Four Seasons operating the top floors in the standard
hotel. It may sound complicated, but trust me it’s all
The downside to all of this, and it is really not much
of a downside, is that the hotel is not located in the
heart of the Las Vegas Strip. It is about a 10 minute
drive away, but they have a free tram that runs often
between the hotel and
Excalibur, which is on the Strip and will give you
access to the Las Vegas monorail.
These are the fine dining, or signature restaurants at
Mandalay Bay; Mix-French, Fleur-contemporary global,
Aureole-American, China Grill-Asian, Shanghai Lilly-Cantonese, Red Square-Russian, Lupo-Italian,
Rick Moonen's RM
Seafood-contemporary seafood, Stripsteak-steakhouse,
Border Grill-Mexican, House of Blues Foundation
Mandalay Bay also has its share of casual dining
restaurants: Burger Bar-Hamburgers, House of Blues-Cajun
BBQ, Red White & Blue-American, , Noodle
Shop-Chinese, the Cafe-traditional, Mizuya-sushi,
Hussongs Cantina-Mexican, Ri Ra Irish Pub-good pub food.
For quick eating or grabbing something on the run;
Sports Book Grill-sandwiches, Raffels-traditional,
Bayside Buffet-diverse all you can eat buffet, Orchid
Lounge-pastries, Yogurt In-frozen yogurt,
Daytime Fun Mandalay Bay and its smaller boutique hotel,
THEhotel, each have
their own spa-salon facilities. For those who have the
energy, there is a 3000 sq-ft fitness
There are three swimming pools, each with their own
personality. One of the pools caters to adults only, and
has a private pavilion. Aside from the pools there is a
sandy beach that has a wave making pool. If all this
were not enough, there is a 3-4 foot deep pool plus the
Lazy River Ride that seems to please almost everybody.
Mandalay Bay has the best pool in Las Vegas.
A popular attraction at the hotel is Shark Reef, which
is North America's only predator-based aquarium and
exhibit. Visitors can immerse themselves with sharks and
other sea creatures from the deep.
At eyecandy, located in the casino floor, you will find an
amazing display of high-tech entertainment lighting, some of which you
can even control from your table. It has everything you could
ask for; music, drinks and dancing. Another hot spot is
the Foundation Room ultra lounge that offers spectacular
views above the 43rd floor.
Some of the other clubs and lounges are; Evening
Call-frozen and standard cocktails, Mix
Lounge-sophisticated music and drinks, THE
Lounge-comfortable chairs and drinks, House of
Blues-music, drinks, live entertainment, Fat
Tuesday-daiquiris, Irish Pub-drinks, Minus 5 Lounge-low
temperature with real ice and drinks.
Entertainment You can always find something going on, such as
headliner shows, UFC fights, concerts, and more at the
Mandalay Bay Events Center. A popular on-going show is
Michael Jackson the Immortal World Tour by Cirque du
Soleil, which offers a blend of visuals, dance, music
and fantasy that immerses audiences in the king of pop's
personal creative world.
Shopping at Mandalay Bay
Mandalay Bay has an actual shopping mall on its
property. The stores run from clothing and shoes, salon
and beauty, jewelry to specialty shops. Included in the
specialty shops are everything from eyewear to
With the exception of Bejeweled, a store that sells
Rolex watches and other jewelry, the shops at the
hotel are more or less what you would find in most
Rooms There are many room styles available with basic rooms
starting at 550 sq ft and going up to 3,000 sq ft for a
hospitality suite. Guests will enjoy floor to ceiling
windows, his and hers lighted closets, pillow-top
mattress, 42” High Definition Plasma TV, ipod compatible
alarm clock radio, desk area with wireless and hi-speed
internet access, mini-bar, in-room safe, and cordless
phone with dual phone lines. Bathroom amenities include
imported stone floors and surfaces with an LCD TV,
separate glass enclosed shower and bathtub, twin
vanities with make-up mirror and hair dryers.
Suites at The
located on floors 35 to 39 offer overstuffed chairs with
42-inch plasma screen televisions with DVD player, and
marble bathrooms with deep soaking tubs.
Guests choosing to stay at
THEhotel will enjoy
upscale and contemporary decor. The entry is cool, clean
tile. Rooms have a wet bar and 42" plasma TVs. The
elegantly-appointed bathroom features marble and
granite, and a separate tub and shower.
Putting the Circus Circus
on our Top 10 List caused more argument and debate than
any other hotel we have listed. The reason being, it is
certainly not the world’s best hotel, unless you are a
kid or a parent looking for family fun. Then it deserves
to be on the Top 10 List
The hotel is definitely unique. It has a little
something for everybody and is affordable. There are
live circus act including acrobats, trapeze artists,
jugglers and of course clowns. True to circus tradition
there is a midway with games of skill for all ages.
Almost everywhere you look there is something that will
put a smile on your face.
The Adventure Dome This
is the largest structure of its kind in the United
States. It houses all sorts of rides and attractions.
Some of them, such as a roller coaster will scare the
pants off you, and others like the SpongeBob Theater
will make you and your little ones laugh.
The Adventure Dome has a mixture of thrill rides with
well deserved names like Inverter, Slingshot, Canyon
Blaster, Chaos and Rim Runner. There are entertaining
shows for the small children, such as Dora and Diego’s
4d Adventure. The Adventure Dome also has junior rides
and family rides including a beautiful Carousel. Our
insider tip is to buy an all day pass to the rides and
save money, instead of purchasing individual tickets.
Much of the entertainment at
Circus Circus comes
from their beautifully costumed, star class aerialists
from around the world. The Rock and Rita club has live
musical performances. For those who enjoy karaoke, a
special stage is all yours every Friday and Saturday
Since Las Vegas is the gambling capital of the world,
the hotel casino is often the center of entertainment.
At Circus Circus the
casino is well equipped and offers free players club
memberships. Club membership will get you benefits in
dining and room upgrades.
You will find a shopping area with a few stores of
interest. The most notable include a designer fragrance
shop, an old time photography studio, and a ticket booth
called Tix4Tonight where you can buy Las Vegas hotel
show tickets at bargain prices.
Kids can often eat free at the
Circus Circus buffet
with an adult purchase, but check with the hotel first.
The large affordable buffet includes a salad bar,
carving station, all-you-can-eat fried shrimp and
desserts. The Rock and Rita bar serves great hamburgers.
THE Steak House is actually an award winning restaurant
with an excellent well deserved reputation. Other eating
places are the Blue Iguana Mexican Express, Pizzeria,
Westside Deli (open 24hrs), Barista-Bagels and more.
Recreational Vehicles Circus Circus has
parking facilities for RV’s. In fact it is a KOA
campground complete with pool, hot tub/sauna and
pavilion. Rooms Rooms are located in several buildings. However, all
the rooms are about the same. The Skyrise Tower is a
29-story tower that includes a casino and features the
property’s two pools. The West Tower is a 35-story,
1,000 room tower and includes the Hotel Lobby and
Shopping Promenade. The Promenade centrally connects the
Adventuredome Theme Park, Skyrise and Casino Towers. A
third more budget option is to stay in their Manor Motor
Lodge, which is a five three-story detached buildings
with self-parking located a half-block from
Circus Circus. You need
to walk a bit, but the rooms are more economical. Rooms
have new 27" TVs, headboards, armoire, furniture, and
free electronic in-room safe. Pay movies and wireless
Internet access is also available. Rooms also include an
alarm clock, iron/ironing board and hairdryer. Guests
may choose two queen beds or one king bed.
Kids can usually stay free with an adult. Roll-a-Way and
Cribs are available and are charged $15 extra each