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Where to Stay in Las Vegas: Best Areas and Hotels, 2018

Written by Carri Wilbanks

Most tourists heading to Las Vegas for sightseeing and entertainment will want to stay at one of the hotels on Las Vegas Boulevard, otherwise known as the Strip, which is this vibrant city's main drag and where famed luxury resorts like the Bellagio, MGM Grand, Caesars Palace, and Paris Las Vegas are all located.

Although the Strip is the most popular area to sleep in Las Vegas, families and travelers on a budget should also look at the area just north of the Strip, known as Downtown. Here, you will find Fremont Street, which hosts a number of excellent budget and mid-range hotels and a more kid-friendly vibe - this area is Las Vegas' arts and cultural heart. There are more lodging options in the areas east and west of the Strip, which are more affordable and family friendly than staying on it.

Where to Stay for Luxury

Luxury Las Vegas hotel

Luxury Las Vegas hotel

The Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas is attached to the Mandalay Bay Resort and located right on the Strip. This luxury property boasts elegant rooms and suites with views of either the Strip or desert and mountains from floor-to-ceiling windows. There are also comfortable beds, draped in fine linens, and spacious marble bathrooms. Away from the rooms, you'll discover an Italian restaurant and an outdoor pool with cabana service. There is also a spa and gym on-site.

For the ultimate luxury experience, especially for couples, the Skylofts at MGM Grand are a fabulous splash-out sleep. Located at the top of the Grand Tower at the MGM, they offer modern design and awesome views along with super personalized service - you'll have a private elevator directly to your loft and a host of staff, including very attentive butlers, attending to your every need.

The Wynn Las Vegas is another popular luxury option that is right on the Strip. The rooms and suites are opulent, with floor-to-ceiling windows featuring great views and comfy beds with crisp, white linens and soft duvets atop pillow-top mattresses. The suites also come with extras like Jacuzzi tubs and separate massage rooms. On-site amenities include two spas, multiple gyms, swimming pools, hot tubs, and restaurants, as well as entertainment like live theater experiences at night.

Where to Stay: Mid-Range

Overview of Las Vegas

Overview of Las Vegas

Marriott's Grand Chateau is a great mid-range option, which is less than a mile from the Strip. It is a good pick for families as it offers rooms with kitchenettes and dining tables, along with sleeper sofas. They also offer one- to three-bedroom suites, which are quite spacious and come with separate living rooms and full kitchens. On-site amenities include a restaurant, grab-and-go market, a heated rooftop swimming pool, and a second pool on the 5th-floor, as well as a hot tub and gym. There is also free parking if you're traveling with a car.

Staybridge Suites Las Vegas is close to the fun on the Strip but far enough away to be relaxing - and accessing the Strip is easy thanks to a free hotel shuttle that runs to the MGM Grand. This good-value property offers modern rooms, which are clean and comfortable with space to move around. They also have suites with kitchenettes, washer/dryers, dishwashers, and microwaves. A breakfast buffet is included in the rate and there is also an outdoor swimming pool, hot tubs, a gym, and barbecue grills for guests to use.

Residence Inn Las Vegas Airport is another good option in the mid-range price bracket. Unlike many city airports, Las Vegas' McCarran International Airport is just eight miles from the Strip, and this hotel is halfway between the two, near the intersection of I-15 and I-215. The property offers colorful studio-style lodging, as well as one and two bedroom apartments. All come with contemporary furnishings, kitchens, and separate living areas with pull-out sofas. There is an included hot breakfast, free parking, plus an outdoor pool and a fitness center on-site.

Where to Stay on a Budget

Las Vegas welcome sign

Las Vegas welcome sign

La Quinta Inn & Suites Las Vegas Tropicana is a solid budget pick in a good location less than a mile from the Strip and just off I-15. It features contemporary rooms that are well kept and come with pillow-top mattresses and free Wi-Fi along with premium cable on flat-screen TVs. It is also a good choice for families, as kids under 18 stay free with an adult, and the suites here have pull-out couches. A continental breakfast is included, and parking is available should you be traveling with a car. There is also an indoor swimming pool, workout room, and a market on-site.

Just a block from Fremont Street in the central business district, the Main Street Station Hotel is another good budget pick. It offers clean and comfortable rooms and suites, which are spacious and tastefully decorated. The hotel features a unique antiques collection with a piece of the Berlin Wall among other oddities. Guests have access to a seasonal rooftop pool at a nearby hotel, and there are a few low-key dining options on-site. A free local shuttle service is also offered.

Where to Stay for Families

High Roller Ferris wheel

High Roller Ferris wheel

The Palazzo Resort Hotel is part of the Venetian Resort and is a swanky, all-suite sleeping pick with some of the largest rooms found on the Strip. The luxe property also features the world-class Canyon Ranch SpaClub should you need a break from the kids, and there are multiple on-site dining options, many with children's menus. A luxury shopping mall linking the Palazzo to the Venetian and no less than 10 swimming pools round out the amenities at the resort.

Another popular family pick that is also more affordable is the Courtyard by Marriott Las Vegas Convention Center, which is located across from the Las Vegas Convention Center and just 1.5 miles north of the end of the Strip. The rooms and suites are tastefully decorated and clean and comfortable. They offer top cable channels on flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi, and the suites have separate living rooms and pull-out sleeping couches. There is also an American grill restaurant and a heated outdoor swimming pool, hot tub, and workout room, as well as parking on-site.

Where to Stay for Couples

Romantic gondola ride

Romantic gondola ride

Couples looking for a romantic luxury retreat will love the opulent ARIA Sky Suites, accessed via a private elevator. A part of the larger Aria Resort, which is located just off the Strip, it is popular with guests looking for a private and discreet sleep. The one- or two-bedroom suites are opulent and modern with stunning views from floor-to-ceiling windows and a polished vibe throughout. Pickup from the airport is included in the rate, and there is also an outdoor swimming pool and ritzy private lounge for Sky Suite guests. You'll also have access to the main resort's slew of restaurants, as well as a gym and spa.

The Encore at Wynn Las Vegas is also a choice pick for couples. It is a posh luxury property fronting the Strip and part of the Wynn Resort complex. The all-suites Encore offers super glam digs with floor-to-ceiling windows and beyond comfy beds topped with silky linens and duvets, as well as marvelous bathrooms with deep soaking tubs and TVs. There are also lavishly appointed apartments with add-ons like Jacuzzi tubs and panoramic views across the Strip. On-site amenities include a number of restaurants, theater venues, swimming pools and hot tubs, a spa, workout-room, and even a golf course.

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