If you’re visiting Las Vegas staying close to the action is part of the fun. There are so many cool hotels to choose from. This is the second part of our Where to Stay on the Las Vegas strip. The hotels on this page are on the east side of the strip listed from south to north.
Hotels on East Side of Strip South to North
- Tropicana Hotel
- MGM Grand
- Planet Hollywood
- The Cromwell
- LINQ (the Quad)
- Casino Royale
- Venetian/Palazzo (Grand Canal Shops)
- The Wynn
- SLS (formerly Sahara)
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 hotel to stay at in the summer. It is also on the monorail line, so it is easy access to other hotels on the strip.
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.
If 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.
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.
LINQ (the Quad)
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.
Things to See and Do at the Venetian
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.
The Venetian also offers:
Carnivale Characters and Street Performers throughout the hotel. Italian opera singers and costumed entertainers perform daily at The Grand Canal Shoppes. Generally they can be found to the right of the gondola rides in that open area.
The Venetian Living Statues perform daily in St. Mark’s Square. The standard room here is very large, I would definitely stay here again.
Attractions at the Venetian: Madame Tussands™ Wax Museum
Shows at the Venetian
You can see the popular Phantom of the Opera here at the Venetian. If possible sit close to the chandelier. This is a popular show in Vegas and if you love theater you will love the special “Vegas effects” in this show. Another very popular show, Blue Man Group, can be seen at this 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.
Sahara Las Vegas (SLS)
SLS is at the end of the monorail line. We stayed here once and it was nice. The room decor was contemporary with black and white. They have a nice gambling area. We found it to be more relaxing atmosphere than some of the other hotels on the strip.