29 May A Guide to Casinos on the Las Vegas Strip
It’s no secret that I’m in love with Las Vegas. I love everything about it, from the bright lights and the glittering shows, to the outrageous pool parties and the all-you-can-eat buffets. It’s like nowhere else on earth and every time I set foot on the Las Vegas strip, I feel like anything can happen.
In total I’ve been to Las Vegas four times and one of those was for a total of 10 days! Each time I visit I try to explore a new casino and it’s my goal to stay at every hotel on the Las Vegas strip.
If you’re planning a trip to Sin City it can be quite overwhelming trying to choose a hotel because there are so many. Some of the questions I found myself thinking were, “Should I stay on the north end of the strip or the south end of the strip?”, “Which hotel has the best pool?” and “Which is the best value for money?”
To help you decide, here’s a list of some of my favourite casinos on the Las Vegas Strip.
Wynn Las Vegas
The Wynn is by far the most glamorous hotel in Las Vegas but it’s also on the North end of the Strip so it’s a bit of a pain to get to. Still, I love the red carpets and the opulent decor, so if you want luxury, this is the place to come. I’ve eaten here at both Wazuzu and Botero, and I’ve gambled on the casino floor, although I didn’t have much luck and the minimums are quite high. The Encore Beach Club pool party is one of the best pool parties on the Strip and XS is also a good nightclub to visit.
The Venetian is definitely worth a visit just to see the mock-up version of the canals in Venice. If you can’t take a gondola ride in Venice, this is the next best thing. SushiSamba is great for sushi with a Brazilian twist and Tao is a good nightclub if you’re planning a night out on the strip.
If you want low table minimums and a casual place to gamble, Harrah’s is the place to go. I’ve won the most money on the roulette tables at Harrah’s and I also like hitting up their Oyster Bar for fresh oysters. The hotel itself looks a bit old and tired but it’s not stuffy and it’s a fun place to gamble.
Flamingo is my favourite place to gamble. The interior is very…pink…but this is one of the brighter and lighter casinos in Vegas. There are low minimums and I generally do pretty well at the tables here. I’ve stayed in the refurbished rooms and found them to be pretty modern and spacious, plus there are some cheaper food options. The pool is looking a bit old and tired, plus you have to get out early if you want to find a spot at the pool, but the party is always lively.
Caesars is one of the most famous hotels on the strip and attracts big headline acts like Celine Dion, Elton John and Rod Stewart. It’s a great hotel for Las Vegas shows but apart from that, I haven’t spent much time in Caesars. I love going to Serendipity 3 for breakfast though and ordering the waffles or hash browns. Serendipity is located outside of Caesars, so it is perfect for people watching and eating outside on a sunny day.
The Bellagio Buffet is my favourite buffet in Las Vegas so make sure you visit for breakfast. The fountains are also very famous and one of the best free things to do on the strip. When it comes to the casino, the Bellagio is a pretty classy affair, but I prefer the trendier vibe of the other hotels. For the best sushi in Vegas, make a reservation at Yellowtail for an unforgettable meal.
Cosmopolitan Las Vegas
The Cosmopolitan is one of the trendiest and most stylish hotels to stay at, plus the location is perfect- slap bang in the centre of the strip. The interior is very decadent, glittering with chandeliers, and the rooms are contemporary for the Strip. Make sure you have sushi at Blue Ribbon and grab a Vesper martini at Bond Bar in the lobby. Marquee is one of the best clubs on the Las Vegas Strip- both day and night. The Boulevard Pool has great views and is a nice place to relax during the day, although it can difficult to find loungers with it being fairly small.
I have a soft spot for Paris- let’s face it, what would the Strip be like without the fake Eiffel Tower?! I enjoy eating breakfast at Mon Ami Gabi because it’s one of the few places you can sit outside for a meal on the strip. Ideal for watching the world go by over a French pastry and a cup of coffee.
I don’t have much to say about Planet Hollywood- it’s OK, and very centrally located. But I do love Gordon Ramsay’s Burgr restaurant, which offers delicious burgers at an affordable price for the Strip.
Monte Carlo is another themed hotel, but nothing to write home about. It’s themed around Monte Carlo, but isn’t anywhere near as glamorous. I once almost lined up for HAZE nightclub but then thought better of it.
New York, New York
New York, New York is a fun hotel, although I find it to be a bit dark inside. It’s obviously themed to be like a mini version of the Big Apple and there New York-themes streets with various affordable food options. The highlight of this hotel is the rollercoaster, unless you’re afraid of rollercoasters. New York, New York is an affordable option but I would stay at the MGM Grand over this one any day.
The MGM Grand is my favourite hotel on the Strip. It’s massive and it’s very easy to get lost just trying to find the swimming pool, but that’s half the appeal. The casino floor is huge and there’s a food court with lots of cheaper food options as well as nice restaurants. Since this hotel is so big, it really has that “I’m in VEGAS!” vibe. What I love most about the MGM is their swimming pool- there are lots of different areas with plenty of sun loungers, along with a lazy river and the most amazing pool party ever- Wet Republic! See my video and pictures of Wet Republic to see how awesome it is. I’ve also written a review of the MGM Grand King hotel rooms so you can get idea of the room quality.
Mandalay Bay is at the very south end of the strip so I rarely ever get to this hotel. I’ve been to the Minus5 Ice Lounge here and a night time pool party at Daylight Beach Club, but the location is a bit frustrating.
I was really pleasantly surprised by the Tropicana! I got this as a deal on Priceline for the weekend and loved it. Run by Hilton, this hotel has had a bit of a refurb and I like it a lot. This would be a great option if you want to collect Hilton Honours points, but even if you don’t, this hotel has lots of positives. The rooms were decent, the Wi-Fi was good and the pool had a really nice atmosphere with very comfy loungers. The casino is really bright and I had a lot of luck on the roulette tables, plus the gym has a lovely floor to ceiling window overlooking the swimming pool. Wouldn’t hesitate to go back to this hotel!
Excalibur is really for families with kids and it’s usually the cheapest hotel on the Strip. If you’re on a budget you can stay here and then spend your time everywhere else. Children will love the fairytale castle theme, but that’s the only plus side it has. The rooms are tired, old and looking a little shabby.
Off Strip- Hard Rock
I really like the Hard Rock hotel. It’s situated to the east of the strip so I spent a fair bit of money on taxis- it’s a walkable distance but not something you would do at night. Hard Rock attracts a younger crowd and the pool is one of the best in Las Vegas with lots of different pools, plenty of loungers and even a beach! The restaurants are affordable and I loved the rooms, so all in all I would stay here again. I’ve not been to the Rehab Pool Party but I can imagine it gets pretty wild.
I’ve only listed the casinos that I have personally visited and gambled at. I will visit them all at some point for the purposes of this blog.