Where you stay will have a lot to do with what you think of Vegas. Here’s our pick of hotels
Best Western + Casino Royale
This one has just 152 rooms, modest by Vegas standards, but its location—slap-bang in the middle of the Strip—is unbeatable. With its sensible tariffs, these are the most affordable ringside seats to the vibrant heart of Vegas. The dining can be best described as American Comfort-Diner, yet classy enough to earn three Diamonds on the AAA rating. The in-house Casino Royale is a slot-junkie/video gamer’s paradise, over 400 machines with $1 Michelbob Beer specials at the Casino Bar.
The name itself is the stuff of Vegas legend, harking back to noir movies and fun mobster years of yore. Today, despite the remarkably sensible prices, it is all elegance and class, especially the award-winning Laurel Collection of rooms and suites with their own private valet service and private access to the opulent swimming pool/oasis. Gordon Ramsay and Nobu are both here, depending on your appetite, and the in-house Cypress Street Marketplace evokes a sunny-day picnic in the Napa Valley.
Circus Circus Hotel & Casino
As the name suggest, this is all fun and games at the get-go, with a catchy motto: “Act your age somewhere else.” The 3,800 rooms are backed-up by a five-acre adventure dome for all kids from 5 to 50, where entire days can be spent. At the centre of this is the circus stage, where acrobats, tumblers, jugglers, clowns, aerialists, hula-hoopers and trapeze-monkeys start their day, every day, at 11am, for your jaw-dropping entertainment.
Aria Resort and Casino
Imagine a room that interacts with you: a window blind that goes up at exactly the time you want it to, lighting and music programmed to synch with your mood. That is the Aria Resort’s USP: an experience customised like none other. The suites are larger than large 3-BHK flats in Mumbai, the 15+ restaurants are all AAA Diamond rated. The three swimming pools are mini-lakes, and a world-class Cirque show, Zarkana, headlines every night: how much is too much? You decide.
The Vegas landscape would not be the same without the famous Bellagio water fountains that dance to opera, classical pieces and Broadway show tunes. Add to that the 6,500 sq m Spa; the stunning Cirque du Soleil show that takes place in a European Opera House-themed theatre; and 3,900 rooms that can’t wait to get sold out. With five fine-dining, six contemporary and four casual restaurants, you might never step out once you check in.