Bigger is Better – Las Vegas’ Biggest Resort Hotels
Las Vegas is larger than life. The lights are brighter, the music is louder and the show goes on 24 hours a day. In the city that is home to many of the most spectacular resorts in the world, bigger really is better.
The Venetian and the Palazzo
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This Italianate renaissance marvel is one of the largest Las Vegas hotels. The property comprises the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino and its sister tower, the Palazzo. A glass and iron dome connects the two luxury hotels. Amenities include a 120,000 square foot casino floor, Venetian canals plied by motorized gondolas and a replica of St. Mark’s Campanile. Two luxury-goods shopping centres, the Grande Canal Shoppes and the Shoppes at the Palazzo as well as numerous restaurants and entertainment venues offer guests at these 5-Diamond hotels the ultimate in resort living.
The MGM Grand
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When it opened in 1993, the MGM Grand Las Vegas was the largest hotel in the world. The complex has undergone two major renovations during its history and now reflects the golden age of Hollywood with a classy, Art Deco motif. The sprawling resort includes 6,852 guest rooms, 19 restaurants, a lion habitat and a casino floor that at 171,500 square feet is the largest in Las Vegas. Home to many entertainment venues as well as major boxing events, The MGM Grand is connected to neighbouring casinos by elevated walkways and a monorail.
Wynn/Encore Las Vegas
Often considered one of the finest luxury resorts in the world, the flagship Wynn Hotel Las Vegas and the adjacent Encore have received many awards for quality, including the AAA 5-Diamond Award and the Michelin 5-Star Rating. The two hotels combined contain 4,750 rooms. Unlike developer Steve Wynn’s previous hotels, there is no eye-catching street-level attraction to draw visitors to the hotel. The obvious luxury speaks for itself. The Wynn and Encore property includes 111,000 square feet of gaming, designer shops, three of the hottest nightclubs in Las Vegas and the only golf course on the Strip.
Luxor Las Vegas
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This destination hotel is the most recognizable building in Las Vegas. A 365-foot tall, glass-fronted pyramid rising from the desert conjures the theme of ancient Egypt. A fixed spotlight at the pinnacle of the pyramid shines straight up into the night sky. An obelisk and a 110-foot tall replica of the Sphinx mark the entrance of the property. The hotel features one of the largest open air atriums in the world. High above the 111,000 square foot casino floor, the 4,400 guest rooms are reached via “inclinators” – elevators that travel diagonally along the sloping walls of the pyramid.
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The main tower of the Mandalay glitters like gold in the afternoon sun – the result of gold leafing used on the windows. The top three floors of the 44-story hotel are devoted to penthouse suites and a penthouse lounge. In 2003, a new 43-story all-suite tower called THEhotel at Mandalay Bay opened its doors. In addition to 130,000 square feet of gaming, the Mandalay Bay is home to the 11-acre Mandalay Beach, an outdoor paradise featuring three swimming pools, a wave pool, a lazy river and a sandy beach.
Written by John from the Las Vegas Travel Guide