Tourists love Las Vegas mostly because of it being an escape from reality. The action is non-stop and that’s why most visitors to Vegas are burned out by the time they board their flight for home. Here is a look at the most popular hotels on the Las Vegas strip.
If you have never been to Vegas and look at a map of the strip, the hotels seem to be close together. At first glance, it seems that it would be a piece of cake to visit seven or eight hotels/casinos in one day. However, once you start walking, you soon discover that it seems to take forever to walk from one casino to another.
The hotel and casino properties are huge and you can be walking for a long time if you plan to visit seven or eight of them in one day.
MGM INTERNATIONAL LAS VEGAS PROPERTIES
MGM International owns numerous hotels on the strip, however many of them would not be considered five-star. Perhaps at one time, they were when they first opened, but not anymore.
They have 13 hotels to choose from.
- Skylofts at MGM Grand
- Mandalay Bay
- MGM Grand
- Monte Carlo
- Circus Circus
Most of the MGM properties are older and past their prime. The Mirage, Mandalay Bay, MGM Grand, Luxor, Excalibur and Circus Circus are three-star at best.
The Bellagio, Aria, and Vdara are rated as five-star hotels.
If you are looking for the very top of the line in Las Vegas look no further than the Skylofts at MGM Grand.
You won’t have to worry about transportation to the MGM Grand as you will be picked up at the airport and driven to the hotel. The amenities just go on and on.
Here is what you can expect if you book your Las Vegas stay at the MGM Skylofts.
- Duplex lofts available with a downstairs living room that start at 1,400 square feet.
- Huge showers with jetted soaking tub.
- Airport transfers in a Rolls-Royce
- Check-in from your room. No line to worry about.
- You will have a private skyloft entrance and a Skyloft reception area.
- Lounge on the 29th floor if you have an urge for a cocktail or appetizer.
- A private compact cardio room.
- Butler service
I should mention that rooms start at around $1200 a night and go up from there.
Apparently, return visitors are disappointed to see that water and soft drinks that were once free in the rooms now come at a cost in 2020. I believe its the principle of the thing that bothers return guests the most.
They feel if they are paying some of the highest room prices in Las Vegas it makes little sense to start charging for such common items that were once free.
THE VENETIAN AND PALAZZO
These two hotels are pretty much joined together and share many of the same amenities, like the pool area for instance. They are both five-star hotels and continually get rave reviews.
Depending on the time of year, you could be paying anywhere from $200 to $800 a night. Both of these hotels are very popular and visitors often return year after year.
THE WYNN AND ENCORE
The Wynn and Encore are the brainchild of Steve Wynn who once owned the Mirage before selling it to MGM. The Wynn opened on April 28, 2005. Encore opened on April 22, 2008.
It seems the biggest reason visitors are drawn to the Wynn and Encore seems to be their excellent customer service. As one visitor said, “the staff seems very happy to be working there.”
Often when you go into some hotel/casinos the staff look like they don’t like their job, visitors, or the casino they work for. In other words, they seem miserable and this impacts how visitors feel about their stay as the negativity can’t help but be passed on to hotel guests.
On November 21, 1980, the MGM Grand Las Vegas fell victim to a horrific fire that started in the casino restaurant before making its way up to the hotel. 87 employees and guests were killed.
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A couple of days before I was staying in Maxim’s across the street(Maxim’s is no longer there)and had dropped into the MGM Grand before flying back home. It’s was terrible news to hear of the fire.
The hotel was rebuilt in just 8 months and in 1986 was sold to Bally Manufacturing for $594 million. It was renamed Bally’s and the MGM Grand name was transferred to the Maina Hotel, which became known as the MGM Grand Las Vegas.
Hilton Hotels purchased Bally Entertainment in 1995 and built a sister property called Paris. Bally’s and Paris were actually integrated by a promenade. Hilton casino resorts were eventually spun off and became Caesar’s Entertainment, Inc. in 2003.
In June 2005 Caesar’s Entertainment Corporation acquired Caesar’s in June 2005.
After all the wheeling and dealing, Bally’s remains a very popular spot on the Las Vegas strip. The room costs are normally very affordable and the location is excellent. At the time of this writing, rooms were going for $65 USD per night. Paris hotel was priced $67 USD at the same time.
As you can see, its a very affordable option for those who cannot afford the higher prices of Bellagio, Venetian, Palazzo, Wynn, and Encore.
TREASURE ISLAND HOTEL AND CASINO
At one time, Treasure Island was part of MGM Mirage before being sold to Phil Ruffin on March 20, 2009. Ruffin was the former owner of the New Frontier Hotel and Casino,
In July 2019 it was announced that Treasure Island would become part of the Radisson Hotel Group.
The prices for rooms at Treasure Island are lower than Bellagio, Wynn, Encore, Venetian, and Palazzo. Usually, you will be looking at prices below $150 USD per night.
As far as star rating, Treasure Island would be about a 3.5-4 star hotel and casino. It has undergone many changes over the years and is still the favorite of many return Las Vegas visitors.
It follows then, that the resort fee for Treasure Island is a bit lower than the five-star hotels. The resort fee for Treasure Island increased from $37 to $39 in 2020.
THE HARD ROCK HOTEL AND CASINO
What a ride it was for the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
In September 1990 Aerosmith launched the opening of the city’s first Hard Rock Cafe. It was on the corner of Harmon Avenue and Paradise Road.
Talks began in June 1995 of building a Hard Rock Resort.
In March 1995 the Hard Rock debuted as the first branded hotel in the USA. There were many Hollywood stars who attended the debut. The list includes Pamela Anderson, Jim Belushi, Halle Berry, Nicholas Cage, Kelsey Grammer, Tommy Lee, and James Wood.
On February 3, 2020,. The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino will be closing its doors for good. If you want to get in on the big parties planned you should try to book a room now. It may already be too late.
The last great party will run from January 30, 2020, to February 3. It will be a celebration of Hard Rock’s final chapter in Las Vegas.
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