Walk or drive down Las Vegas Boulevard and you will encounter some of the most iconic casino resorts in the world. From the likes of Bellagio, Ceasars Palace and The Mirage to some of the lesser-known gems on this stretch of road known as the Strip, you should be able to find a hotel for your Sin City vacation.
The Strip is generally thought of as having three sections -- south, mid and north. The south features such casino hotels as Mandalay Bay, Luxor, New York-New York, MGM Grand and Aria. Mid-Strip contains Paris, Bellagio, Caesars Palace, The Mirage, Treasure Island and The Venetian. Wynn and Encore dominate the northern part of the Strip, with older properties like Riviera and Circus Circus at the edge of Las Vegas Boulevard.
Travel guides such as Fodor's consider Bellagio, Wynn, Encore, The Venetian and Palazzo to be the top choices for those who want to splurge. These resorts contain plush and spacious rooms, plenty of lavish restaurants and amenities, such as top evening shows and sprawling pool areas. Rates tended to run well over $100 a night for accommodations at these properties in late 2010.
Some casino resorts cater more to families than other properties. Circus Circus is noted for its child-friendly carnival games, circus acts and theme park. Luxor and Excalibur -- located next door to each other on the south end of the Strip -- feature motion rides, arcades and dinner shows appropriate for the younger set. All of these properties also offer affordable lodging compared to their big brother casino resorts.
If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of a casino resort, you can stay at any of a number of national chain hotels with locations on the Strip. Try Motel 6, beside Hooters, which is one of the closest hotels to the airport, or any of a number of facilities such as Holiday Inn, Travelodge and Best Western in the north Strip area. Most are a short walk from any casino, when you feel the need to pull the one-armed bandit. Most offer basic rooms and often have services such as a free continental breakfast.
- "Fodor's Las Vegas 2010"; Andrew Collins et al; 2009
- "Frommer's Las Vegas 2009"; Mary Herczog; 2009
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