Las Vegas – My favorite hotels

I love going to Vegas. Vegas is more than just gambling. There are many activities to keep one entertained. I love looking at all the hotels, and a hobby of mine is trying to stay at as many of them that I can.

Confused on where to stay in Vegas? Here are my recommendations.

Best luxury hotel:  Encore.  Some people prefer the Wynn.  I’ve stayed at both and hands down, I prefer the rooms at the Encore.  It’s an easy walk over the to the Wynn, and the Encore’s pools are great.  The Wynn is hands down my favorite casino.  I love the vibe, the slot machines, and the colorful floral displays.  I also love the Wynn’s location – easy access to shopping and the Venetian and the Palazzo.

A look at the Encore:

The Wynn

Best midrange hotel:  Vdara.   Non-smoking, non casino and centrally located.  The rooms at the Vdara are wonderful, especially ones with the panoramic views looking out over the Bellagio Fountains.   Don’t let the non-casino status scare you – it’s an easy walk to Bellagio and a tram ride away from The Park MGM.  I love gambling at the Wynn so I don’t often stay at Vdara because I like to be at the North End of the Strip, but the Vdara is a solid choice.

Cheaper digs rec:  Bally’sIt’s been redone in the past few years.  The location is in the center of the Strip, so it is very convenient.  Pool isn’t great, but the staff was friendly, and it’s connected to Paris Paris.  Rooms were also clean and ample size when I last stayed there.

Off-Strip favorite – Don’t do it.  Spend the extra money and stay on the Strip.

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