The best hotels we stayed at in Vegas in 2015

We all love Vegas hotels and lucky for us, they’re all just a drive away. From comfy beds to oversized bathrooms, our hotel rooms could easily have their own episodes on MTV “Cribs.” But we’re not only crazy about the rooms — the entire hotel properties are a stellar experience.

Read all about the Vegas Insiders’ favorites in 2015 and see for yourself.

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Buster ruled Delano Las Vegas that weekend. Photo by Jeannie Garcia.

Delano Las Vegas

I’m totally in ruff with Delano Las Vegas. We brought our shih-tzu Buster here to experience the hotel’s dog-friendly amenities. We enjoyed the stay from start to finish. The moment we walked into the hotel’s check-in lounge, the staff greeted our pup and gave him complimentary treats. They went crazy over him!

As soon as he jumped on the couch in our room, he looked like he owned the place. Buster could have very well owned the entire hotel — when I brought him downstairs with me to ask for the special doggie room service menu, he got even more cookies and VIP (very important puppy) treatment from everyone.

The room itself had snazzy features. We loved the floor-to-ceiling windows and the room’s simple but classy designs. We also loved how spacious the suite was; the living area and room were separate, so it gave Buster and our baby girl plenty of space to roam around. And speaking of spacious, the bathtub was huge. We got in our swim suits to give our baby a bath. Buster didn’t join in the fun, but he did drape his paws over the edge of the tub — too cute!

I also loved how one of the TV channels was dedicated to the Shark Reef aquarium downstairs inside Mandalay Bay. I probably got a kick out of it more than my baby and dog did, but it’s still a neat (not to mention relaxing) feature.

At The Delano it was easy to go everywhere we needed. The second you step out of the elevator, the valet, lobby and pet relief area are all steps away.

Jeannie Garcia, Vegas Insider

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SLS Lux room, photo by Miranda Boyd.

SLS Las Vegas

When Foxtail Pool Club was in full swing, I had the opportunity to stay at SLS. It wasn’t the first time I’d been at the property, but it was the first time I’d stayed in any of the rooms. And, as a local, I know those are some of the rooms I’d like to go back to.

I started off the day by throwing my overnight bag in the room then hitting up the pool. I had a VIP cabana so I hung out there most of the day, chitchatting with some other media people and taking pictures for a blog. This post isn’t really about Foxtail, I just wanted to slip in that it’s a great pool space and I had a great time – handsy straight guys notwithstanding.

When the day started to fade, I headed inside, went upstairs to change, then came back down for some food. I got takeout from Cleo and took it back to the room to share with a special friend who had joined me. Here’s where we need a little description.

The rooms at SLS are decorated like what I imagine Tim Burton’s walk-in closet looks like. The walls have deep tapestries, the walls and furniture are pale white and one wall has a long sofa stretched across its length. They have other room types, but that was what mine looked like. Backing up for a sec, the first time I entered the room I’d plopped on the bed and noticed the mirror on the ceiling and how it’s not lined up with the bed but rather set askew in a way that I like to believe is random in each room – that becomes important later in the story.

After eating some amazing falafel from Cleo, we settled in with some music. We’d planned on maybe hitting up Sayers Club, one of my favorite spots, but never made it out of the room. I plopped on the bed and repositioned myself until the mirror was right above me.

Miranda Boyd, Vegas Insider

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Cheers! I had to take a drink with my girl. SLS Lux suite, photo by Jeannie Garcia.

The Lux rooms at SLS really bring a different game to the table: I felt like I was in a time warp. There’s really no clear way to describe the décor…perhaps Victorian era meets late ’80s/early ’90s? Everyone will tell you something different, but the room clearly had a fancy, old-school vibe to it. We stayed in a Lux suite and the first thing we noticed was a lot of white. This included everything from the dining table and the sectional to the chandeliers and vanity. Plus, these black and white patterned drapes covered both living room walls and we’ve never seen anything like that.

The bedoom’s design was even more whimsical. I mean, how often do you see a lady printed on the wall? Our bathroom walls were painted in baby pink — a color I haven’t seen since my childhood. We adored the fancy champagne and wine glasses, which came in different sizes and designs. We enjoyed our drinks on the chaise, conveniently located right by the bedroom’s window.

My hubby and I had the chance to hit up the hotel’s Mediterranean restaurant, Cleo. I loved how they had a separate vegan section. The flash-fried Brussels sprouts, harissa bread and hummus and fried mushrooms are not to be missed.

If you get a chance, check out Ciel spa. The multi-jet shower had the best water pressure I’ve ever felt and the plush robes are teddy bear soft. I loved how the relaxation sections were private. Each had two arm chairs with accompanying ottomans and the option to curtain off the room for privacy.

It’s hard to sum up SLS in a paragraph. Long story short, just peep it.

Jeannie Garcia, Vegas Insider

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Party, sleep in, repeat. You can do that and then some in an HRH Tower suite. Photo courtesy of Vegas.com.

Hard Rock Hotel Tower

One of the best parts about living in Las Vegas is that a vacation (or staycation, if you please) is right outside of our front doors. For me, all it takes is a quick drive to the Strip and the next thing I know, I am in vacation heaven! I must admit that depending on the mood I am in, my hotel of choice varies, but a tried and true favorite suitable for just about any mood is the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.

I am absolutely a groupie for the HRH Tower. The suites in this renovated portion of the iconic hotel are so much fun with thought put into every element of the space. From the wall-mounted iPad that controls the room’s surround sound speaker system to the bathroom with massive, glass-walled showers and tubs big enough for an entire party, to rock ‘n roll-inspired art and themed décor, these suites provide you with all of the necessities to embody the high-class rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle.  In addition to the excellent in-room amenities, the surrounding area of the hotel also contributes to why I love this property so much. The Joint concert venue is home to some of the best concerts I’ve been to here in Vegas and the restaurant Culinary Dropout, which has a rustic chic vibe and hearty food that will prepare you for a night out and cure you the morning after. When all is said and done, my go-to hotel is assuredly the Hard Rock and you will find me resting my head in the HRH Towers.

Haley Caldwell, Vegas Insider

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With a bathroom this nice, we’ll all be motivated to get ready bright and early. Venetian does it right. Photo courtesy of Vegas.com.

The Venetian

I live in Vegas so I don’t have the chance to stay in hotel rooms too often, but I did have the opportunity to spend the night in a Bella Suite at the Venetian this year and it was awesome.

Most hotel rooms are pretty tiny but this one is a really comfortable 700 square feet. It feels more like home than a hotel. I love how there’s a step down separating the bedroom area from the living area and that you can control the curtains with a remote. The highlight is that it’s got a massive marble bathroom that’s probably bigger than most New York apartments. There’s a Roman tub, a TV, a cool vanity area and a separate shower.  You’ll totally wish your bathroom at home was like this.

Kristine McKenzie, Vegas Insider

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Is this really on the Las Vegas Strip? Yes, baby. Venetian at sunset, photo by Ashley Oñoz-Wright.

Gotta go with the Venetian. Not only does it have beautiful and giant rooms, it’s one of the most photogenic hotels on the Strip. Every nook and cranny of that property has been meticulously designed to give guests an authentic Italian feel.

One of my favorite things to do is eat and drink in St. Mark’s Square where the ambience is off the charts. Every evening from 6:30 p.m. to around 10 p.m., the Venetian Trio plays traditional Italian music in the square as part of the Streetmosphere. A Spanish guitar player, a violinist and a vocalist make up the group and they’re incredibly talented. Throw a couple bucks on the stage if you’ve got it. (Sorry Dean, there’s no big pizza pie in this amore, but you will probably hear “O Sole Mio.”) It’s the perfect soundtrack for the old yawn, stretch and reach around if you know what I’m saying. Grab yourself a couple scoops of Pistachio gelato and park yourself on one of the benches — it’s the perfect way to spend a relaxing evening.

Ashley Oñoz-Wright, Vegas Insider

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This Cromwell suite offers the perfect amount of retro appeal. We’re ready to host our dinner party now. Photo courtesy of Vegas.com.

The Cromwell

My hubby at I celebrated our anniversary at The Cromwell and we absolutely loved it. We made a note that it was our anniversary and they upgraded our room to a suite (and surprised us with a champagne toast). If you’re looking to stay here, this suite is definitely worth the splurge. The décor has a retro, Parisian-inspired vibe. I loved the trunk-style furnishings, dark woods and pops of teal. I fell in love with all the quirky wall art. My favorite is the cat wearing a top hat. To top it off, our room had an old-school wooden radio, complete with a radio dial. What a fabulous kick!

This spacious suite is big enough to be a condo. The living and dining area can fit a lot of people and there’s even a full-sized fridge — not the puny little ones we’re all used to seeing. I’d have to say the best part of the suite was the steam shower. It’s the biggest one I’ve ever seen. When we turned up the steam, we really felt like we were in a spa steam room, complete with the long bench. Oh, and the Las Vegas Strip views and super-soft bed weren’t too shabby, either.

Jeannie Garcia, Vegas Insider

Well, there you have it — our best hotel stays for 2015. But since we live in a town with so many other cool ones with awesome amenities, you’ll have to check all the Vegas hotels  for yourself.

Comments

Most folks take their Vegas jackpot winnings back home, but my dad decided to stay here instead. That’s how I left Seattle almost 20 years ago. I moved from greenery and rainy days to hot summers, palm trees and desert. As much as I love my hometown, I decided to stick around Vegas. This city just has so much to offer. You don’t even have to be a gambler, bar hopper or an all-night partier. I love Vegas for its awesome vegan-friendly spots, concerts, swanky hotel suites and spas so big, they’re like castles. The pool scene is not too shabby either, which is why I love taking stay-cations. Besides living it up -- Vegas style -- I’m hanging out with my handsome hubby, adorable baby girl, two cats and super-fluffy Shih-Tzu. I’m also a huge fan of '90s music, shows and movies. You can find me on Google+ and Twitter.