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The life size sphinx that fronts the Luxor Resort and Casino. (Photo: Ross Barnett / lonely Planet Images)
The life size sphinx that fronts the Luxor Resort and Casino
Whether you're looking to splash out or keep to a budget, our Insider has the best unbiased Las Vegas hotel info out there.

Bellagio

The Rat Pack would be proud: constructed to be quieter than most casinos, it's actually possible to imagine a slightly more elegant time in Vegas. Home to The Bank Nightclub, Cirque du Soleil's O, and Picasso restaurant.
Bellagio website.

The Golden Nugget

Downtown without being rundown: it takes restraint to resist bulldozing over the old to make way for the new, and a delicate touch to keep the spirit and excitement of "Old Vegas" alive. Do The Tank's three-story water slide by day, Vic & Anthony's for dinner by night. Also: check out the newly renovated and reopened El Cortez Cabana Suites (The Golden Nugget website.

The Mirage

A clubber's paradise: much of a wild Las Vegas weekend's steam is lost in transition. Downtime spent waiting in cab lines to get from dinner to the club to the afterhours is a waste and a buzz kill. The Mirage keeps Bare Pool Lounge, Revolution Lounge and Jet Nightclub under one roof as well as Cirque du Soleil's Love and Stack restaurant.
The Mirage website.

MGM Grand

Location, location, location: at the mighty crossroads of Las Vegas Boulevard and Tropicana, MGM serves as a great jumping off point to much of the south Strip. Home to Studio 54, Wet Republic, and Tabu for the club-minded, and the five-star, five-diamond "Chef of the Century" Joël Robuchon's eponymous restaurant, the first and only in Vegas to receive three Michelin stars.
MGM Grand website.

The Artisan

Quirky and non-commercial: with only 64 rooms, The Artisan provides a bohemian hangout for aspiring Hunter S Thompsons and budding Ernest Hemingways. Black walls, art on the ceilings and a chic foreign feel plus a stellar bar and an LA-style pool with tall palms to keep reality at bay.
The Artisan website.

Red Rock Resort

At city's edge: looks right out on the awe-inspiring canyon of the same name, or, if you prefer, offers sweeping views of the entire twinkling Vegas valley. It has all the amenities of a Strip hotel and casino but with just a hint of distance between you and the pandemonium of the city.
Red Rock Resort website.

The Mount Charleston Lodge or Cabins

Actually get away from it all: for putting true distance between Vegas and yourself, Mt Charleston is 11-17 degrees Celsius colder than Vegas at all times, meaning sweet relief in the sweltering summer, with trails for hiking and biking, and in winter, skiing and sleigh rides. Choose from a modern but rustic-enough lodge or real timber cabins in the pines.
The Mount Charleston Lodge or Cabins website.

The Luxor

Theme-be-gone: now that much of the Luxor's too-cheesy-for-words theming has been removed, it is once again safe to enter. New to the iconic pyramid is Bodies: The Exhibition, LAX nightclub, Noir Bar, Criss Angel's Believe by Cirque du Soleil and T&T Tacos and Tequila. What's really important is that the sideways moving so-called "inclinators" remain.
The Luxor website.

The Aruba

Nostalgic overload: a blissfully cheap, tourists-only oddball joint with an awful pool and a great following in the rockabilly/swing dance world. Dance classes occur Fridays and Sundays in the Thunderbird Lounge as well as monthly parties with hippie drum circles and psychedelic body painting. The Pabst Blue Ribbon floweth freely.
The Aruba website.

Coming soon: Fontainebleau, City Centre, Echelon...and beyond!

The future of the Vegas Strip is as unpredictable as a toss of the dice (unless of course your dice are loaded). For casinos that don't even exist yet, you can keep up with their progress at Vegas Today and Tomorrow. Also note that rooms can often be reserved cheaper by booking online, and by signing up for e-mails promoting specials and deals.
Vegas Today and Tomorrow.

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