When you’re picking out a hotel for a trip to Vegas, does your must-have checklist look something like this?
▢ A privileged lifestyle experience.
▢ An exclusive level of personal service.
▢ An award-winning restaurant (or two, or three).
▢ An indulgent spa.
After taking a break for the holidays, we’re returning to our series that seeks out the best hotels for various types of travelers. And this week we’re focused on finding properties that epitomize luxury and comfort. The crème de la crème, if you will, of Las Vegas hotels.
There are lots to choose from. Indeed, many of the most extravagant resorts in the world are located right here in Sin City.
For those of you who love the good life, who expect the highest of standards, who demand impeccable cleanliness and who desire unique amenities…well, only a five-star property will do. With this in mind, we pared down the city’s hotels to a handful. And now let’s go back to the list above.
Check. Check. Check. Check.
Yep, they’re all excellent choices. So here are our five favorite luxury hotels in Las Vegas.
Nobu Hotel Caesars Palace
The people responsible for the first-ever Nobu Hotel at Caesars Palace reads like a who’s who list: Hollywood film producer Meir Teper, two-time Academy Award-winning actor Robert De Niro and, of course, celebrity chef Nobu Matsuhisa. From these three names alone, you know this Japanese-inspired boutique hotel has got to be something special. How special? Well, no matter what room you book, every guest at Nobu Hotel receives a welcome tea service (it’s delivered to your room on arrival) and enjoys exotic scented sleep oils. Without a doubt, the most lavish accommodations are in the sky-top Nobu Villa, which overlooks the Las Vegas Strip and features a Zen garden, an onsen tub (picture a hot tub-meets-mini pool for up to five people) and a robatayaki grill (it’s essentially a big barbecue where all the food is cooked on skewers). At Nobu Hotel, you’ll also find the largest Nobu restaurant and lounge in the world. Plus, through the in-room dining program, you can chow down on Chef Nobu’s famed cuisine 24 hours a day. Although Nobu Hotel doesn’t have its own spa, it is just steps away from one of the city’s most preeminent spas – Qua Baths & Spa (where there’s an in-house tea sommelier) – as well as many other world-class restaurants, bars, shops, shows and attractions in Caesars Palace.
Skylofts at MGM Grand
In a hunt for the most exclusive hotels in Vegas, the Skylofts are figuratively and literally elevated above the rest. Located on the 29th floor of MGM Grand, these loft-style suites come with one to three bedrooms. They’re not only beacons of style (thanks to the genius of interior designer Tony Chi), but they’re also tricked out with every kind of high-tech device you can imagine (like the Creston wireless universal remote control). But forget all of this because really it’s the way you’ll be treated at the Skylofts that makes staying here unforgettable. First of all, your “personal concierge” will contact you for pre-trip planning. When you arrive, you’ll be picked up at the airport in a Rolls-Royce Ghost limousine (based on availability) and then checked in privately to your loft while your “personal butler” serves you a welcome drink. As if that’s not enough people tending to your comfort, there’s a “dream butler” (who will ensure your head rests on the perfect pillow) and a “spa butler” (who will transform the infinity spa tub in your bathroom into a blissful retreat with various scents and color therapy). Last but not least, as a guest of the Skylofts, you’ll have a veritable “City of Entertainment” (that actually is MGM Grand’s nickname) just an elevator ride away. Want tickets to the Cirque du Soleil production “KÀ”? A little pampering at Grand Spa? Dinner at Joël Robuchon? Yes, yes and yes, please!
Trump International Hotel Las Vegas
Love him or hate him, you can trust that any resort owned and operated by real estate mogul Donald Trump knows how to deliver the good life. That’s certainly the case at the Trump International Hotel Las Vegas. If you want to be treated like a millionaire…or rather a billionaire…then stay here. Mere steps from the Las Vegas Strip, this 64-story resort towers above the city with a façade of shiny gold (what other color would you expect?). Naturally, all of the rooms are suites and they feature things like 500 thread count Bellini sheets, Italian marble bathrooms (with spa tubs and 14-inch TVs embedded in the mirrors) and European-style kitchens with Wolf, Bosch and Sub-Zero appliances. The main restaurant at Trump International Hotel Las Vegas is DJT (take a guess at whose initials those are). Its menu has gourmet-caliber offerings for breakfast, lunch and dinner (when you can savor entrées like the pomegranate-glazed guinea hen and roasted New Zealand lamb rack). The Spa at Trump also knows how to spoil you with everything from gemstone treatments and royal body therapies to the Las Vegas Oxygenating Facial (you’ll long for this because the dry air). When it comes time to check out of the Trump International Hotel Las Vegas, you’ll be feeling as well-off as Mr. Trump himself.
Consider yourself warned: If you spend your Vegas vacation at The Venetian, you’ll be ruined for all other hotels. This megaresort is a colossally cool creation on the Las Vegas Strip. Now it probably goes without saying, but we’ll say it anyway – The Venetian is inspired by the art and architectural beauty of Venice. There are faithful re-creations of Italy’s most romantic city everywhere. You’ll spot the Campanile Tower, St. Mark’s Square, the Rialto Bridge and Doge’s Palace. And just wait until you see the Michelangelo-style ceiling in the lobby…you might as well cross the Sistine Chapel off your bucket list because this is almost as awesome. All of the rooms at The Venetian are suites, with the smallest one (the Luxury Suite) measuring 650 square feet and featuring Italian marble floors, Roman tubs with separate showers, Egyptian cotton sheets and sunken living areas. We won’t even go into what the bigger suites offer…just imagine palatial amenities galore. And it would be impossible to choose one stand-out restaurant at The Venetian because there are more than 20 here including B & B Ristorante by Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich, Delmonico Steakhouse by Emeril Lagasse, db Brasserie by Daniel Boulud, Bouchon by Thomas Keller and the new Yardbird Southern Table & Bar by John Kunkel. For a mud mask, facial, body scrub and much more, Canyon Ranch SpaClub has you covered. Because of The Venetian’s lavishness, you’ll end up loving Italy so much that when it’s time to leave, you may end up kissing the cheeks of the front desk staff and shouting “Molto bene!”
Wynn Las Vegas
Wynn Las Vegas is counted among the finest hotels in the world. It was built and is managed by casino mogul Steve Wynn – hence the name. And this man knows everything about the world of hospitality, including how to provide one-of-a-kind experiences that are sure to exceed your expectations. Its 50-story bronze tower is filled with rooms that have floor-to-ceiling windows offering sweeping views of the Strip, Wynn Golf Course and the property’s enchanting Lake of Dreams. Each room also contains a Wynn Dream bed (yes, this is a thing – more specifically, it’s a custom-designed mattress with top-of-the-line linens that feels like a throne). To truly live it up, splurge on one of the suites. For instance, the Salon Suite has an entry foyer bordered by a private massage room as well as a huge living room with a granite wet bar. (Trust us, you’ll want to invite all of your friends over to see it.) Thanks to an impressive collection of restaurants helmed by distinguished chefs, Wynn Las Vegas is also a hotspot for food lovers. Among the tempting options are Lakeside and SW Steakhouse by David Walzog, Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare by Paul Bartolotta, Allegro by Enzo Febbrara, Wing Lei by Ming Yu and La Cave by Billy DeMarco. Then there’s The Spa at Wynn, where you’ll have the opportunity to get a custom massage or be pampered like a star with the Red Carpet Treatment. Perfect in every facet and from every angle (especially if you view the resort from a chaise lounge by the pool), Wynn Las Vegas is a truly a testament to luxury.