Many of the world’s largest hotels are located on a 4-mile strip in Las Vegas. Just walking through them can be entertaining.
We like to visit Las Vegas several times a year because it is an easy drive from our house. When choosing a hotel we try to mix it up and stay somewhere different each time.
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Where to Stay in Vegas
One might say don’t stay on the strip and you will save money. This is true, however, staying on the strip is part of the fun of visiting Vegas. We have visited enough times to say it is not worth the savings to us. If you’re going to Vegas to hang out on the strip, then stay on the strip.
Like most places it is much cheaper to stay in Vegas during the week, the rooms will be most expensive on Friday and Saturday nights.
Some of the best rates can be found during the hottest months of the year: June, July & August. As a bonus this is the best time to visit if you plan on using the pools.
Make reservations. Seems crazy that a place with so many hotel rooms need reservations, but hotels on the strip will often sell out. Vegas is a popular location for conventions, so to get the best rates avoid visiting during these times.
My favorite website to find deals on hotels in Vegas is SmarterVegas. They have many different coupon codes that can be used when reserving your room and has saved me a lot of money.
Las Vegas Strip Hotels
The Las Vegas strip runs south to north with hotels on both the west and east side of the streets. If it is your first visit to Vegas we would recommend staying in a hotel close to mid center of the strip just for the ease of transportation. In addition to gambling, the hotels offer attractions, shows, shopping, and plenty of places to eat.
Don’t let the 4-miles fool you, with traffic it can take an hour to get from one end to the other by car.
It is best to choose a hotel based on what you would like to see and do, so you are not wasting time with transportation. Learn more about transportation in Las Vegas here.
Hotels on Las Vegas Strip
Vegas hotels are listed below south to north starting from the west side of the strip.
- Mandalay Bay (west side of strip)
- Luxor (west side of strip)
- Excalibur (west side of strip)
- New York, New York (west side of strip)
- Park MGM (formerly Monte Carlo) (west side of strip)
- Aria (City Center) (west side of strip)
- The Cosmopolitan (west side of strip)
- Bellagio (west side of strip)
- Caesers Palace (the Forum Shops) (west side of strip)
- The Mirage (west side of strip)
- Treasure Island (west side of strip)
- Circus Circus (west side of strip)
- Stratosphere (west side of strip)
- Tropicana Hotel (east side of strip)
- MGM Grand (east side of strip)
- Planet Hollywood (east side of strip)
- Paris (east side of strip)
- The Cromwell (east side of strip)
- Horseshoe Las Vegas (east side of strip)
- Flamingo (east side of strip)
- LINQ (the Quad) (east side of strip)
- Harrahs (east side of strip)
- Casino Royale (east side of strip)
- Venetian/Palazzo (Grand Canal Shops) (east side of strip)
- The Wynn (east side of strip)
- SLS Las Vegas (east side of strip)
1. Mandalay Bay
Mandalay Bay hotel has a beautiful beach area at their pool
The largest Pyramid in the US. The Luxor is a really cool looking hotel. A giant sphinx sits outside guarding. The inside is cool because of the pyramid design. Inclinators’ (elevators) travel sideways at a 39-degree angle up 30 stories taking you to your hotel room.
The outside wall in your room is slanted and has good views. There is a museum in the hotel, an IMAX theater, as well as a night club. When you’re sober the incline architecture is cool, if you’re not well not so much.
- Activities at the Luxor hotel include: Discover King Tut’s Tomb, the Titanic Exhibit, and the Blue Man Group to name a few.
Excalibur is popular for families. The Tournament of the Kings show features jousting, invading armies, dragons, fire-wizards, and a banquet served in true medieval, pre-silverware fashion.
This is a fun activity especially if you’re taking the kids to Vegas. There are two shows a night -one at 6 and one at 8:30. The pool area has a water slide.
- The Tournament of Kings is the most popular activity at the Excalibur Hotel
4. New York, New York
New York New York hotel in Vegas is centrally located and a great spot to stay with the kids. The main attraction is the 200 foot roller coaster. This is a fun hotel to take the family to and they have pretty good pizza.
5. Park MGM Grand (formerly Monte Carlo)
Activities at Aria Hotel
7. The Cosmopolitan
8. The Bellagio
My favorite hotel in Vegas, Bellagio is romantic and upscale. The pool area is gorgeous and the check in/check out process was the best I’ve ever experienced in Vegas.
The Bellagio is hard to miss with the incredible water fountain display out front. It is also home to the Bellagio Gardens, the tallest chocolate fountain and impressive Chihuly light fixture in the lobby.
9. Caesars Palace Hotel
I love the architecture in Caesars Palace. Didn’t really care for the Atlantis show, seems like it would be more appealing to kids. There is a large aquarium near the Atlantis show kids would probably enjoy as well. We loved walking around the hotel and they had some nice places to eat and shop.
10. The Mirage
No trip to Las Vegas is complete without visiting the Mirage to see the volcanic eruption among other things. During the day you can view a serene waterfall. Every thirty minutes from 7:00 p.m. to midnight, flames shoot into the night sky spewing smoke and fire 100 feet above the waters below, transforming a tranquil waterfall into spectacular streams of molten lava. Really a fun sight to see.
One of my favorite features of the Mirage is the lush indoor rainforest housed under a 100-foot-high dome. Palm trees reach 60 feet above cascading waterfalls. There are lagoons, as well as a forest of rich tropical plants. Great place for photos. Another attraction are the pretty White Tigers of Siegfried & Roy’s and the dolphins.
- Activities at the Mirage Hotel
11. Treasure Island
12. Circus Circus
13. Stratosphere Hotel
The Stratosphere is on the northern end of the strip close to old downtown Las Vegas. The views from the top of the Stratosphere are quite impressive.
- Activities at Stratosphere
14. Tropicana Hotel
- Activities at Tropicana Hotel
15. MGM Grand Hotel
Easily found because of the giant carved lion that impressively guards the hotel entrance. At one time, you could see lions when visiting, but they are no longer there. MGM Grand has one of the best pool areas in Vegas.
With six different pools to choose from and live bands this is a great place to stay at in summer. The hotel is also on the monorail line, so it has easy access to other hotels and activities on the strip.
16. Planet Hollywood
Planet Hollywood is an interesting hotel. The only one I’ve seen with stripper poles in the middle of the casino areas. They also have some very cool light fixtures, so don’t forget to look up when you are walking through the lobby.
The rooms are Hollywood themed and not very big. However, Planet Hollywood is in a great location on the strip and has some of the best shopping.
17. Paris Hotel
f you’re in Vegas stop in to see the Paris Hotel. The inside is filled with replicated buildings. La Creperie inside Paris hotel has really good crepes, the berry dessert crepe and the ham was very good too. Go to the top of the Eiffel Tower, it is especially stunning at night.
Best Thing About This Hotel: The interior is fun to look at and the views from the Eiffel Tower are incredible.
18. The Cromwell
Activities at The Cromwell
19. Horseshoe Las Vegas Center Strip Hotel and Casino
Formerly Bally’s, the Horseshoe Las Vegas Center has over 700 rooms. In 2022 the casino was remodeled with an Atlantic City Beach theme.
20. Flamingo Hotel
The first luxury hotel on the Las Vegas strip, the Flamingo Hotel still has flocks of pink flamingos in their gardens. They also have a nice pool area.
21. LINQ – The Quad
23. Casino Royale
Next to the Golden Arches, Casino Royale is centrally located on the Vegas strip.
24. The Venetian
One of my favorite hotels. The Venetian is one of the more romantic hotels in Vegas. Walk along the cobblestone walkway to shop in The Grand Canal Stores. The ceiling gives the appearance that you are outside with beautiful blue skies and white clouds. The standard room is large compared to other hotels.If you are here take a relaxing ride in an authentic Italian gondola. The serenading gondoliers sing in Italian to you while you ride. Not only do you have to have a good voice to get this job-you have to be able to sing in multiple languages.
As you walk around the Venetian you’ll see Carnivale characters and street performers throughout. The Venetian living statues perform daily in St. Mark’s Square.
The standard room at this hotel is large and we would definitely stay here again.
25. The Wynn Hotel
The Wynn is a beautiful hotel. The interior is grand and luxurious and you can see they paid attention to all of the details. I also think their buffets are one of the best on the strip.
26. Sahara Las Vegas
No you didn’t imagine it, this hotel has undergone several name changes. Formerly the Sahara hotel, then renamed SLS Las Vegas hotel for five years this hotel is once again called Sahara Las Vegas. The remodel has a luxe contemporary feel to it. The hotel is at the end of the monorail line. We stayed here once and it was nice. We found it to be more relaxing atmosphere than some of the other hotels on the strip.
- Activities at SLS Las Vegas Hotel