Ah, the “suite“ life in Las Vegas: pampering spa treatments, luxurious hotel rooms, and fine dining. Make your dream desert getaway a reality with this practical advice on picking the best luxury hotel experience.
- consider the location
- consider your wish list
- consider the perks
- consider the size
- confirm the total cost of your stay
- limit yourself to the hotels on the Strip
- assume the hotel website always offers the best value
- miss out on activities around you
- ignore the reviews
- hesitate to ask
The famous Las Vegas Strip is almost four miles long. When choosing your luxury hotel think about what activities you have planned. Let’s say you are staying at Bellagio and want to see a show at Tropicana. Hop in your taxi and plan for a 20-minute trip. Do you like to check out other casinos or dine around town at one of the fabulous signature chef restaurants? Consider the time and cost to go from one place to another. The monorail is a great way to get up and down the strip while avoiding the bustling traffic on the famous strip below. Many of the resorts have their own transportation between an adjacent hotel. You can take a tram between the Aria and the Cosmopolitan, for example. Bridges tower over Las Vegas Boulevard to safely cross over to a hotel on the other side of the strip.
Do you dream of a luxurious suite with Jacuzzi bath and floor-to-ceiling windows? Do you want a view of the famous neon skyline? How about the Olympic-size pool dotted with cabanas? Choose your luxury hotel, not just by the room, but by the full luxury hotel experience. Top headliner shows, luxurious spa, multiple dining choices, or the hottest bar are just a few of the reasons to select a luxury hotel. Are you a vegan? You will love the dining choices at the Wynn hotel. Can’t resist a little Italian flavor from Mario Batali? The Venetian is just the place. Or if you prefer a luxury condo, non-casino type property check out the Trump towers. Vegas has something for everyone.
Hotels love a loyal guest and luxury Vegas hotels are no exception. The more you play the more they pay is a golden rule at many casino properties. Do you like to find the perfect machine or table and mark your spot for hours of gaming fun? Let the hotel know. The Palazzo loyalty program, for example, celebrates your lifestyles, achievements, desires, and dreams. What a way to celebrate! MGM resorts rewards program gives you the chance to earn back what you may have lost at the tables. The Four Seasons hotel is everything you would expect in ultimate luxury with full access to all the exciting activities offered at the adjoining Mandalay resort. Be sure to check out the perks of your favorite luxury hotel brand.
Most of the luxury resorts on the strip can feel like small cities.You could find everything you needed and not have to leave hotel until you shuttle back to the airport.The hotels often adjoin another property so you have even more space to explore. If you prefer a smaller property, there are great choices. The Mandarin Orient hotel has less than 400 rooms—a boutique hotel by Vegas standards. Many of the luxury hotels offer “hotels within a hotel “. You can enjoy VIP treatment within an intimate atmosphere with easy access to the full services of a luxury hotel.
The saying “If it sounds too good to be true it probably is”, is especially important to consider for your luxury Vegas getaway. Ask up front about hidden charges that can add to your total bill. Many hotels are now charging mandatory “resort fees”. These fees can add an additional $30 to your nightly room cost . There are also extra charges for more than two in a room or for a rollaway bed.
Las Vegas has much more to offer in luxury accommodations. A few blocks or a few miles from Las Vegas Blvd will give you many alternatives. The luxurious JW Marriott Resort and Spa has 50,000 acres of gardens. It is a luxurious oasis off the strip intentionally. The Golden Nugget is a great luxury choice if you like the atmosphere of downtown. Where else can you zip-line high above the street and end up almost at the front door of your hotel? The Palms Resort is a luxury property a block off the strip. You can even book a suite with your own bowling lane.
Vegas has been known in the past as the bargain getaway. The recent influx of luxury resorts, spas, and dining options have changed this city to one of the top destinations for the ultimate luxury getaway.There are great packages that combine airfare and hotel and even a top Vegas show, all for one great price. Check all your options before you book your package. Consider the value of free meals or a spa credit offer for example, when you are considering the total cost of your package. A travel agent can help you quickly determine which option is the best overall value for your luxury vacation.
Las Vegas has many great golf courses on and off the resort grounds. Some of the luxury properties offer discounted or complimentary green fees with your stay. As mentioned previously, downtown Las Vegas offers zip lines right outside your hotel door. If you stay at the Red Rock Canyon Resort you are at the entrance to the park. You can join a Hummer tour and search for gold just a few minutes from your luxurious accommodations.
Vegas seems to open another new luxury property every few months. The competition is fierce and the luxury unlimited. Check current reviews on the property you are thinking of staying at. How is the service? Are the rooms updated?
Is it your honeymoon? Are you getting married? Celebrating a special occasion? Let the hotel know. You may get a free upgrade just for the asking. The hotels are more willing to offer a discounted rate on an upgraded room if they are not full. Occasionally hotels do oversell their rooms. If you are “bumped” to another property make sure you are guaranteed a room that is considered an upgrade from the room you reserved.
Vegas is a great destination with unlimited possibilities for luxury hotels. Do a little research in advance, and decide what you want most out of your vacation. In Vegas, there are so many great choices to make your desert vacation dreams come true.