Las Vegas, the entertainment hub of the United States, is home to some of the most incredible casinos in the world. Take a stroll along the infamous Las Vegas Strip and you will be surrounded by bright lights and dramatic architecture.
Situated in the heart of the Nevada desert, Las Vegas is a hugely popular holiday destination and its thriving gambling scene attracts tourists from all over the world. But that’s not to say that there isn’t anything to do for the non-gamblers. With countless hotels, restaurants and other entertainment venues, you certainly will not find yourself lost for something exciting to do!
We have been fortunate enough to visit this magnificent city, and thought we would share some of the experiences we had when we were there. We’re going to talk you through the real crème de la crème of Las Vegas casinos.
Perhaps the most distinctive feature of the Las Vegas skyline is the Luxor, a colossal pyramid-shaped building with a giant Sphinx at the entrance. The 30-storey hotel is the second largest in the Strip, and is home to 87 table games and over 2,000 slot machines! This resort is a centrepiece within this bustling city thanks to the light beam which emanates from the peak, which is recognised as the brightest light beam in the world.
As well as the casino games, the resort’s visitors can also enjoy music concerts, nightclubs, restaurants, bars, pools and shopping. There is something on offer for absolutely everyone!
Using Venice, Italy as its inspiration, The Venetian is designed with some of the most breath-taking architecture you’ll see on the Strip. Guests of the hotel can marvel at the magnificent replicas of some of the Italian city’s most well-known monuments, such as the Piazza San Marco, Palazzo Ducale, Piazzetta di San Marco and the Lion of Venice Column.
The spectacular resort is home to the famous Asian-inspired TAO Nightclub, with eight private ‘sky boxes’, a beach and an infinity pool! Between the Venetian and the other buildings in the resort (The Palazzo Hotel and Casino Resort and the Sands Expo Convention Centre), there are over 8,000 suites and hotel rooms available!
The opening of the Bellagio in 1998 marked the beginning of the mega-resort era of Las Vegas casinos. Also inspired by an Italian region (near Lake Como), the Bellagio is particularly famed for its elegance.
Perhaps the most notable feature of this astonishing resort is the eight-acre lake between the building and the Strip, where you will see the stunning Fountains of Bellagio. At regular intervals throughout the day and night, the fountain show will commence, beautifully synchronised with music (watch the show backed with Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean here).
The poker room, or The Office as it is commonly known, is a popular haunt for many of the world’s poker pros, mainly due to the high stake limits. Blinds go as high as $4,000/$8,000 and pots have been known to reach $1,000,000!
Located right in between the Bellagio and the Mirage, you’ll find Caesars Palace. As you would have guessed, the resort follows an ancient Roman theme, and its 3,960 rooms are split between six towers: Augustus, Centurion, Roman, Palace, Octavius and Forum.
At night time, Caesars Palace really comes to life. As well as their world class casino, visitors can enjoy the selection of bars, restaurants, pools, the golf course and the many other luxuries on offer.