If you are visiting Las Vegas, picking a hotel to stay at is not an easy feat. With approximately 150, 000 rooms and over 30 hotels on the strip alone, there are many choices. While we were in Las Vegas we tried to visit as many of them as possible. Some offer nothing more than a glamorous gambling environment, but others are like little self contained worlds with loads of entertainment. While by no means an extensive list, here are some of our standout favourite hotel attractions.
Made to resemble Venice, Italy, the Venetian certainly hit the mark. Go for a gondola ride ($20/person) between 10 am – 11 pm; you can choose to take your romantic ride indoors or outdoors (weather permitting). For a cheaper option, head over to St. Mark’s Square and experience “Streetmosphere” with living statues, stilt walkers, and dancers. About 6 times a day you can also catch “Carnevale di Venezia,” a free 15 minute show featuring Italian songs and opera. Add a little gelato or a bowl of pasta and you will think you’ve been transported to Italy!
Caesar’s Palace might not have an atmosphere like the Venetian, but it does have two major attractions worth noting: the forum shops and a breathtaking pool. The forum shops are an impressive collection of over 250 stores and restaurants, making it the “highest grossing mall in the United States.” Even if you are not a big spender you will certainly appreciate the spiral elevator in the lobby- not something you see very often.
The Caesars Palace pool complex is called the Garden of the Gods and consists of eight Roman- style pools. Accented with Roman architecture, this pool is the nicest pool we’ve ever seen. It is enough to make you want to stay at Caesars for your entire stay.
Flamingo Las Vegas
Being the oldest hotel on the strip still in operation is a huge claim to fame. The Flamingo is worth a look just for that fact alone, but its free flamingo habitat is sure to put a smile on your face. Check out the variety of birds and wildlife in the habitat, including flamingos which walk around freely.
Lore has it that Siegel named the resort after his girlfriend Virginia Hill, who loved to gamble and whose nickname was “Flamingo,” a nickname Siegel gave her due to her long, skinny legs.
One of the most well known attractions in Las Vegas is the Bellagio fountains. This choreographed water dance is a sight to see, but walk inside and you can experience a lesser known attraction, the conservatory and botanical gardens. These beautiful flower and plant arrangements are changed five times a year and are open 24/7.
The Hard Rock hotel is known for having rocking parties and catering to the under 30 crowd, but don’t let that stop you from visiting their pool area. Their main pool is big, beautiful, and free for non hotel guests during the week (call before you visit in case their rules change). It’s a bit of a walk from the strip (just over 2 km), but I would argue it’s well worth it.