Most people who plan Las Vegas trips either go for “below budget” friendly or gangbusters luxury. If you’re reading this story, you’re definitely not creeping on the Circus Circus website. In fact, you want to book one of the top luxury resorts in Las Vegas to have the best trip ever.
I’ve traveled to Vegas a dozen times now, and I’ve stayed at the best of the best on the strip. I know there’s an overwhelming number of properties to consider when you’re booking, so I went ahead and weeded out the creme dela creme. Taking into account the level of luxury, dining, spa, rooms and service, these are the only five properties I’ll book again and again when visiting Sin City.
5 best luxury resorts to book in Las Vegas
Everyone loves Aria, and it raises the bar on swank casino resorts. It’s AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Five Stars, so you know you’re getting your money’s worth.
Aria also has mind-blowing suites like Sky Lofts and Sky Suites, which feature a massive living area, kitchen and killer views (see photo). When I stayed here, it was hard to leave since it was so blinged-out (it’s also pet friendly).
Another perk: Aria is not a trek to get from Point A to Point B. Most of the restaurants are on one level up the escalators (Herringbone, Jean Georges Steakhouse, etc). Jewel Nightclub is still hot (for now), the spa is sexy and the outdoor pool area is quite upscale.
Formerly Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas, Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas is in the same complex as Aria, both of which are in the heart of the strip. I’ve stayed here three times (when it was MOLV), and every time I feel like a VVVIP.
There are only 392 rooms, so the staff-to-guest ratio is ideal, and it’s a classy non-gaming resort on the strip. The Sky Lobby bar on the 23rd floor is glam (with amazing strip views), the rooms are stylish and elegant and the spa is among the best on the strip (I’ve been to all the top spas, and this one wins big).
The two-level sanctuary is drenched in sunlight from floor-to-ceiling windows (not dark and “basement-y” like other resort spas in Vegas), with whirlpool stations, steam, sauna, the works, all with gorgeous design. There’s also a very intimate, outdoor pool deck that’s not crowded.
Admittedly, Cosmopolitan of Vegas is a party resort, but it’s a luxury party resort. You’ll find the luxury in the amenities. All rooms have outdoor patios (huge perk for fresh air), stellar views of the strip (including aerial views of Bellagio fountain), some of the best restaurants in Vegas (Blue Ribbon, Momofuku, Eggslut, Jaleo), a bi-level, swank spa and amazing nightlife (I saw Lady Gaga perform here).
The resort caters to a young crowd, but a *rich* young crowd. Rooms are some of the highest priced in Vegas, and the resort is often close to full occupancy (yes, 2000 rooms!).
Cosmopolitan is my go to when I’m looking for a high-end party vibe.
Four Seasons Las Vegas actually feels like a resort without 2,000 people in it. It’s part of Mandalay Bay but it has its own front entrance and is completely removed from the casino (though extremely accessible).
The entrance to the pool oasis is by the elevators (you don’t have to walk a mile or go through two elevators to get here like other resorts), the pool is intimate (not a Vegas mess), there’s a Charlie Parker restaurant, the suites are done well and the service is point on.
When I stayed here, I didn’t feel like I was at a resort in Vegas. That’s the vibe you get. Personalized service, the bells and whistles of a true Four Seasons, and no crazy drunks rolling through the lobby at 2 pm.
Bellagio is great if you book a suite since the rooms are on the smaller side (and, to be honest, nothing really special about them). Considering how famous the resort is, Bellagio can be a total mess and extremely crowded, but if you can position yourself in one of the better towers, you’re golden. I like staying here when I’m in a suite.
The spa (with its own men/women’s sections) is amazing if you go off peak (when it’s not so crowded) and it’s the only spa with outdoor patios (that overlook the pool). There are three pools but you can pay extra for the pool section with better chairs and service.
Also: Le Cirque. Don’t leave without having a dining experience here. One of the best on the strip.