WSOP 2021: Best Hotels in Las Vegas
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Some of the most iconic hotels in the world dot the Las Vegas skyline. Poker players visiting the city can enjoy the opportunity to check out some of the best hotels in Las Vegas, with all of them offering plenty of Texas Hold'em games to attract poker players from all around the world.
Whether you’re in town for the World Series of Poker, or just want to experience the city’s plethora of poker rooms, be sure to spend some time at some of these iconic properties on the Las Vegas Strip.
Ever asked yourself "what are the best hotels in Las Vegas?" Here's PokerNews' overview of some of the best places to stay for a night in Sin City.
ARIA Resort and Casino
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One of the best hotels in Las Vegas is one Las Vegas poker players know very well: the ARIA Resort and Casino. The property hosts one of the city’s most popular poker rooms, as well as the PokerGO Studio.
The world-class poker amenities make up just a part of what’s available at ARIA. The tallest building found in the CityCenter complex, ARIA offers more than 4,000 rooms, including 568 Sky Suites.
The Sky Suites sit on the top two floors of the 61-story hotel at ARIA, with a private entrance and elevator lobby. The Sky Suites hold the distinction as one of only 46 resorts in the world to earn both AAA Five Diamond Status and the Forbes Five Star Award.
Built in 2009, the ARIA persists as one of the most modernised properties on the Las Vegas Strip and ticks off all the boxes you'd expect when it comes to best hotels in Las Vegas. All rooms at the hotel feature smart automation that adjusts curtains, shuts off idle lights and electronics, and regulates the temperature when you enter or exit your room.
The casino floor at ARIA encompasses 150,000 square feet of gaming space. The poker room offers a variety of games and limits, including Table 1, a high-stakes table formerly known as the 'Ivey Room' after poker legend Phil Ivey.
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Situated next door to CityCenter, the Bellagio has a reputation as one of the best hotels in Las Vegas. Its iconic fountains, made famous by films such as Ocean's 11, span more than 1,000 feet with water soaring as high as 460 feet.
Inside the AAA Five Diamond Resort & Casino you will find plenty to keep you occupied. The Cirque du Soleil show 'O' is based in the hotel's theatre, with the beautiful Conservatory & Botanical Gardens an attraction in their own right.
Since opening in 1998 on the former site of the Dunes Hotel & Casino, the Bellagio has remained one of the best hotels on the Las Vegas Strip. The hotel offers nearly 4,000 rooms, and the casino houses a poker room that sits at the epicenter of high-stakes cash games in Las Vegas.
Formerly known as Bobby's Room, the recently-renamed Legends Room is synonymous with high-stakes poker in the city. The venue also hosted the World Poker Tour Five Diamond World Poker Classic, with former Director of Tournament Operations Jack McClelland inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame.
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"Did Caesar live here?"
Caesars Palace, the iconic Las Vegas hotel, will forever by immortalized by that line from The Hangover. With a 20-foot statue of Augustus Caesar near the entrance, it is located right at the center of the Las Vegas Strip, and is one of its most recognisable properties. Needless to say, when you're looking for the best hotels in Las Vegas, Caesar's Palace sits right at the top.
Whether it's shopping at the Forum, or visiting the on-site theatre aptly called 'The Colosseum' there's something for everyone. Patrons can check out the adults-only variety show 'Absinthe' or visit the 4,500-square-foot poker room.
During the second half of 2021, Caesars Palace will be undergoing a multi-million-dollar renovation of its main entrance, with two redesigned gaming areas, a renovated table games area and a new lobby bar.
Opened in 1966, Caesars Palace stands the test of time as one of the best hotels in Las Vegas. Always an iconic hotel in the ever-evolving Las Vegas landscape, Caesars Palace remains a must-see property during visits to Las Vegas.
Resorts World Las Vegas
The newest Las Vegas hotel on the Las Vegas Strip, Resorts World cost a staggering $4.3 billion to build, and was opened in June 2021. While Resorts World is still brand new, it’s already garnering a reputation as one of the best hotels in Las Vegas.
The resort houses three Hilton hotels: Las Vegas Hilton, Conrad Las Vegas and Crockfords Las Vegas, with a a grand total of 3,500 rooms. There is also 117,000 square feet of gaming space and 100,000 square foot entertainment complex.
Situated across the street from Wynn/Encore, Resorts World already forges an unmistakable presence on the Strip. The casino offers cashless gaming, using RFID technology implanted in the chips and at the tables. The cashless technology encompasses the 30-table poker room as well.
Wynn Las Vegas
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Much like ARIA and Bellagio, Wynn Las Vegas takes a spot as one of the go-to venues for high-stakes poker players in Las Vegas. The Wynn, along with its sister property Encore, strikes an unmistakable profile on the north end of the Strip.
Wynn Las Vegas immediately ranked as one of the best hotels in Las Vegas after opening in 2005. Encore opened in 2008, and the Wynn/Encore combined offers 4,748 rooms and 110,000 square feet of gaming floor.
Wynn/Encore holds more Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Awards than any other resort in the world. Amenities at the world-class property include the Wynn Plaza shopping complex, Wynn Golf and Country Club, and multiple nightclubs and restaurants.
Wynn Las Vegas recently hosted one of the biggest live tournaments in poker history, with the $10,000 buy-in Wynn Millions awarding a $1.46 million payday to the winner.
The Venetian Resort
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Ever wanted to see the sites of Venice? The Venetian Resort offers the closest thing to that experience on the Strip, featuring canals, gondoliers, painted clouds, and architecture reminiscent of Northern Italy’s most famous city.
The Venetian opened in 1999, and in the past two decades has stood the test as one of the best hotels in Las Vegas. A sister property, the Palazzo, opened at the end of 2007.
The Venetian/Palazzo complex hosts more than 7,000 rooms and suites, making it the world’s second-largest hotel. The casino offers 120,000 square feet of gaming space, including a 32-table poker room.
Best Hotels in Las Vegas 2021 FAQ
What are the best hotels in Las Vegas?
ARIA, Bellagio, Wynn/Encore, Venetian/Palazzo, Caesars Palace, and Resorts World are some of the best hotels in Las Vegas. All of these properties offer world-class amenities, including live poker rooms.
Other top hotels in Las Vegas include the MGM Grand, The Cosmopolitan, Vdara, and Mandalay Bay.
What are the worst hotels in Las Vegas?
Visitors to Las Vegas should always perform due diligence before booking a hotel. In general, review sites like Yelp and Trip Advisor can give you a good idea of what you can expect from any hotel you’re considering.
In general, hotels situated in the heart of the Strip are your best bet when you’re stopping by Las Vegas. The area north of The Strat on Las Vegas Blvd., between the Strip and downtown Las Vegas, probably isn’t your best bet.
What is the biggest hotel in Las Vegas?
The Venetian/Palazzo, by both room count and overall square footage, is the biggest hotel in Las Vegas. The Dutch site CasinoNieuws conducted extensive research on the biggest hotels in Las Vegas, and Venetian/Palazzo clocks in at 7,092 rooms and nearly 320,000 square feet.
By square footage, the second-biggest hotel in Las Vegas is Wynn/Encore (194,000 square feet), followed by the MGM Grand (172,000 square feet). By room count, MGM Grand is the second-biggest hotel in the city, with 6,852 rooms. No other Las Vegas hotel hosts more than 5,000 rooms.
Are Las Vegas hotels expensive?
According to Statista.com, the average hotel room price in Las Vegas was $120 in 2020.
Which Las Vegas hotels have free parking?
Many Strip properties charge for parking. A few hotels still offer free parking, however, including The Strat, Sahara, Circus Circus, Resorts World, Wynn/Encore, Treasure Island, Venetian Palazzo, and the Tropicana.
Which Las Vegas hotel has the best spa?
Travellers have a huge choice of hotel spas in Las Vegas. We recommend the Vdara Hotel & Spa located at ARIA Las Vegas as one of the best spas in Las Vegas. Alternatives include The Spa at Wynn and Qua Baths & Spa at Caesars.
Which Las Vegas hotel has the best shows?
There's something for everyone in Las Vegas when it comes to shows. We recommend “O” by Cirque du Soleil that has been permanent residence at the Bellagio since October 1998. Be sure to also check out Absinthe at Caesars Palace
What Las Vegas hotel has no resort fee?
According to LasVegasJaunt.com, there are 15 hotels that do not charge resort fees: Casino Royale Best Western Plus, Desert Rose Resort, Four Queens, Lucky club, Marriott Las Vegas, Marriott Grand Chateau, La Quinta Inn & Suites, Residence Inn, Red Roof Inn, Royal Resort, Travelodge Center Strip, WorldMark Las Vegas Blvd, WorldMark Tropicana, Wyndham Desert Blue, Wyndham Grand Desert
Will Shillibier is based in the United Kingdom. He graduated from the University of Kent in 2017 with a B.A. in German, and then studied for a NCTJ Diploma in Sports Journalism at Sportsbeat in Manchester. He previously worked as a freelance live reporter, and video presenter for the World Poker Tour.
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