The best of Las Vegas
Best interior decor
Even if you are not a gambler, it is worth wandering through Las Vegas’ massive casino resorts just to look at the decor. Many of the properties have some sort of theme — Excalibur is known for its medieval theme and Luxor is reminiscent of ancient Egypt — but the one that most embodies its alter ego is the Paris Las Vegas, centrally located on the east side of the Strip. Street signs lead the way to Le Village Buffet, which features cuisine from five French regions, and La Creperie, which serves a large selection of sweet and savoury crepes; rich red fabrics outfit much of the furniture; and cobblestone pathways pave the way to the resort’s top attractions, including the Chateau Nightclub and Gardens, known for its outdoor terraces. For a bird’s-eye view of the Strip, travel to the Eiffel Tower’s observation deck, which stands 460ft above Las Vegas Boulevard.
Best haute cuisine
Squeezed between New York City and Los Angeles – both geographically and metaphorically --, Las Vegas has made a name for itself when it comes to dining. Although there are award-winning restaurant scattered up and down the Strip, a concentration of particularly good restaurants can be found at Caesars Palace, which has a Roman Empire theme complete with sprawling gardens and grand statues located throughout the property. Though there are some restaurants located in the casino areas, the vast majority can be found in the hotel’s Forum Shops. Even if you are not a shopper, the high ceilings and ornate decor are worth noticing on your way to dinner. Restaurant Guy Savoy, run by the celebrity chef of the same name, offers upscale French dining with dishes such as roasted veal chop with black truffle potato puree and roasted turbot in basil crust with fresh polenta, and Bobby Flay of Food Network fame shows off his skills at Mesa Grill, which features Mexican and Southwestern fare, such as mango and spice-crusted tuna steak and green chile cioppino (a seafood stew). If you want to dine at these popular restaurants, like many others in Las Vegas, make a reservation in advance, especially on weekends and holidays.
Best for families
Though Sin City has a gaming reputation, it has become a destination more suited to non-gamblers — and especially families — over the past couple of decades. Shows, shopping and other attractions are nearly as abundant as slot machines and poker tables, and, in fact, many people visit Las Vegas without ever spending time on the casino floor. For those travelling with young children, Circus Circus, located on the north end of the Strip, is the ideal casino resort. The property’s Adventuredome is the premier attraction, with an indoor amusement park featuring five acres of rides. A midway with more than 200 classic and new carnival games and free circus performances on the hour are also popular.
Best for luxury and nightlife
Though it has an extensive gaming area, the Bellagio, located mid-Strip on the west side of Las Vegas Boulevard, is also good for non-gamblers with its 16 famous fountains that shoot nearly 500ft into the air and dance to music every evening; an enclosed conservatory and botanical garden; and a fine arts gallery. The Bellagio is known for its opulence and superb customer service, and many people check in for a romantic weekend or luxurious getaway.
For those who want to party all night, there is no better place to sport the little black dress than Cosmopolitan, the newest resort in Las Vegas (located mid-Strip next to the Bellagio). The resort’s Marquee nightclub is known for its multi-million dollar sound stage and features popular DJs from around the world. Cosmopolitan also has several lounges and bars including the Chandelier, a three-story structure featuring unique lounge experiences enclosed within one of the largest chandeliers in the world.