We all dream of winning the jackpot, and although few ever do, Las Vegas serves as a beacon of hope for all (plus, where else would we get to wear flashy clothes and get away with it?). Add in all-day pool parties, innovative restaurants, and concerts galore (did we say Britney?), and you will probably want to pick up some casino guides and plan your trip. Because yes, Las Vegas has some of the best casinos out there—and there are actually more than 100 in total, so you more than get to take your pick.
There’s something for everyone on (or slightly off) of the Strip, whether you’re interested in high-tech slot machines, a romantic getaway, or a family excursion you’ll all enjoy… or maybe you’re looking for a combination of several. Few other destinations have so many options to choose from, but the one downside is planning can get a bit—okay, very—overwhelming. To help you narrow down your choices, we’ve created Las Vegas casino guides for every personality. Scroll through and see what suits you.
FOR THE DÉCOR-OBSESSED: The Venetian
The gorgeous architecture in this stunning casino may fool you into thinking you’re in Italy. The good news is that you’re in Vegas and have 1200 slot machines to choose from. Plus, if you’re a fan of poker, The Venetian is the real deal. It plays host to the DeepStack Extravaganza tournament festivals, putting on five big events each year.
FOR VINTAGE LOVERS: El Cortez Hotel & Casino
If you’re looking for old-school Las Vegas, look no further than El Cortez Hotel & Casino (it’s the longest continuously running casino in town). At one point in time, famous gambler “Bugsy” Siegel was a partial owner. Settle down for a cocktail at the Parlour Bar, or try your luck with single or double-deck blackjack. Overall, the vibe is casual, and you’ll meet some interesting types… and isn’t that what Vegas is all about?
FOR ROMANTICS: MGM Grand
>Yes, the casinos are about gambling, but they’re also about luxurious stays. Check into the SkyLofts at MGM Grand, located a stunning 29 floors over the Strip. Each two-level suite boasts its own entrance, butler pantry, and even a billiard room. And when you want a couples soak in the infinity spa tub? Simply have a spa butler set up your relaxing color therapy bath for you.
FOR TECHIES: The Cosmopolitan
style="text-align: left;">If you’re into innovation, then The Cosmopolitan is where you need to stay… and play. As soon as you enter the lobby, you’ll be greeted by 408 LED high-def screens with works from international artists. It refreshes every half-hour, so when you enter and leave, you’ll be greeted with a new piece of art. And when you want to gamble, head to the High Limit Slot Lounge, where each machine has the most updated technology around. You can even bet on sports games or horse races with a special mobile device (if you dare, that is).
FOR SPORTS FANATICS: Red Rock Casino
>Tell any sports obsessive that there’s a 96-foot video wall playing all the games on the air, and you probably won’t see them for the rest of the day. Plus, there’s even a 206-seat race and sports book to bet on if visitors are so inclined. What we like is that this gorgeous resort in the western part of town offers a range of amenities including a 600-seat bingo hall, a high-limit room, and a smoke-free poker lounge. We’re not kidding—there’s literally something for everyone at Red Rock.
Opulence is the name of the game at the breathtaking Roman-style Caesars Palace. Which is why it’s literally no surprise that it quite possibly provides the best shopping experience out of all the Vegas casinos. More than 160 luxury stores are spread out at The Forum Shops, including Baccarat, Balenciaga, Cartier, Chanel, and Fendi. “The Shopping Wonder of the World” is also home to a 50,000-gallon aquarium and rows of stunning columns holding up a breathtaking arched ceiling.
FOR THE ADVENTURER: The Golden Nugget
If you like going slightly off the beaten path, then you’ll enjoy exploring Old Town Vegas on Fremont Street (yes, there are places to go other than the Strip!). The best way to describe it is four blocks’ worth of glitz, glamour, showgirls, and light shows. The Golden Nugget is situated right smack in the middle of it all and has just enough kitsch for it to be cool, like the waterslide that goes through a three-story shark tank.
FOR FUN-LOVING PARENTS: The Mirage
Whoever said kids won’t enjoy Las Vegas didn’t know where to go. The first thing you must see at The Mirage together? The Polynesian-themed hotel’s iconic man-made volcano erupts every night and will delight both you and your little ones. Next, venture to see the dolphins at Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat, or for kids a bit older, take them to a Cirque du Soleil performance that will leave them in awe.
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