Proudly known as the Entertainment Capital of the World, Las Vegas (aka Sin City) has developed a bit of a reputation for catering to the wilder things in life. The truth is, anything goes in Vegas, and on the main Strip, you’ll find entertainers ranging from Elvis impersonators to glamorous showgirls and more casinos than you can shake a stick at, as they say.
Vegas has every kind of gaming and card room imaginable, but it’s arguably the following luxurious casino resorts that are the most famous all over the world. The casino industry has changed dramatically since many of these beautiful gaming complexes were built. Nowadays, instead of having to fly to Sin City, casino enthusiasts can log on to online platforms and take advantage of special offers like free spins in the process. Digital casinos may well be the future of the industry, but as long as these empires still stand, nothing will quite top the experience of being able to play a game of roulette in such divine decadence.
Palms Casino Resort
Imagine, for a moment, that you had around $25,000 to spend on a hotel room for a night. Where in Vegas should you go? Well, how about spending the night in the same suite frequented by the NBA’s top MVP himself, LeBron James?
Like the other top casinos and hotels in Vegas, the Palms has everything a high roller needs, but the Hardwood Suite arguably sets it apart. Spanning two floors and encompassing a total of 10,000 square feet, the suite comprises of not one but two master bedrooms as well as a Jacuzzi, gaming room, 24-hour butler service and even an indoor basketball court.
Since it first opened in 1966, Caesars Palace has become both a landmark casino in the city and an integral part of American popular culture. An homage to excess and the finer things in life, Caesars is one of those casino and hotel resorts that’s also its own unique experience.
With an eclectic mix of art deco as well as Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome-inspired architecture, decor and design, Caesars may not have the elegance of other Vegas properties, but it’s, nevertheless, much loved for its kitsch aesthetic. Opulence is a standard here, especially in the high-end shopping mall The Forum Shops, which also happens to rake in more sales per year than Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. Caesars is also the place to come for a real entertainment extravaganza, as everyone from Ol’ Blue Eyes himself to Elton John, B.B. King, Mariah Carey and Dolly Parton have performed here, and its 24-hour poker room and thoroughly modern casino games will keep the big spenders happy.
The Wynn Hotel and Casino
One of the best casinos in the world, without a doubt, the Wynn is the showpiece of casino magnate Steve Wynn’s portfolio. At the time of its construction (2005), it was the most expensive resort ever built with a total cost of $2.7 billion.
The Wynn is well and truly a destination resort, popular with the jet setters and elite casino and poker players alike. Over the years, it’s continually won five-star award after five-star award, including Forbes, Michelin and Mobil awards in the hotel category as well as one Michelin star for the restaurant, Wing Lei. Everything in the Wynn is of the highest quality and caliber and with four hotels, two spas, a designer shopping mall, a theater, a golf course, nightclubs and extravagant gaming rooms, you don’t even need to leave its grounds. Interestingly, the Wynn was also the first casino in Vegas to give its high-rolling clientele extra piece of mind by installing anti-fraud RFID tags inside its chips.
Quite possibly the epitome of a glamorous Las Vegas casino, its illuminated fountains have provided the backdrop to some of the most iconic moments in popular culture. The Bellagio is not only the most elegant casino in Sin City, but it’s one of the most extravagant and luxurious in the world.
Built in 1990 on the site of the former Dunes, the beautiful town of Bellagio in Lake Como inspired the hotel and casino’s iconic design; hence its name. As well as those famous fountains, the Bellagio also houses a Conservatory & Botanical Gardens and even has its own fine art gallery. The splendor continues inside, with the awe-inspiring lobby ceiling covered in Dale Chihuly’s Fiori di Como being a standout. There is a total of 14 restaurants in the complex, along with over 4,000 hotel rooms and suites, and the casino’s legendary poker room is lovingly referred to as “The Office” by top professionals like Jennifer Harman and Daniel Negreanu.