• Best Classic Vegas Hotel: Most of historic Las Vegas has been imploded (often spectacularly), but at Caesars Palace you can still get a taste of it as themed Roman decadence meets classic Sin City opulence.
  • Best Modern Vegas Hotel: The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas offers a blueprint for what the next generation of Las Vegas hotels will be like: as over-the-top visually as any theme hotel, but with a sexy, contemporary edge.
  • Best for a Romantic Getaway: No, it’s not the real Eiffel Tower, but the one at Paris Las Vegas is almost as charming as the rest of this ooo-la-la themed resort, providing you ample opportunity to re-create a romantic French retreat.
  • Best for Families: Las Vegas is not a family destination, but if you can’t leave the little ones with Grandma, your only choice for a major Vegas hotel is Circus Circus, where there are almost as many things for the wee ones to do as there are for adults.
  • Best for Business Travelers: Westgate Las Vegas’ location next to the Convention Center makes this a no-brainer from a geographical perspective, but the large rooms, classic casino, and raft of restaurants give it a decidedly Vegas spin.
  • Best Rooms on the Strip: There are fewer than 200 rooms at The Cromwell, and compared to more modern hotels, they can run on the smaller side. But cool design touches (art! real books!) and a prime location center Strip make up for what you lack in space.
  • Best Rooms Downtown: The Downtown Grand took the bones of the old Lady Luck hotel and turned it into a modern yet comfortable resort that ups the ante considerably for this neighborhood.
  • Best Rooms off the Strip: Red Rock Resort lives up to the resort part of its name as a true desert retreat, complete with gorgeous, modern rooms that you’ll never want to leave.
  • Best Bathrooms: This one is a toss-up for us, with the bigger-than-many-apartment-size retreats at The Venetian and the sumptuous luxury fixtures at Wynn Las Vegas both winning our, er, hearts.
  • Best Bang for Your Buck: Almost everything you can find at a Strip hotel (nice rooms, full casino, multiple restaurants, former Las Vegas mayor/martini aficionado Oscar Goodman!) can be gotten at the Plaza in Downtown Las Vegas for a fraction of the cost.
  • Best Non-Casino Hotel: They can’t get your money gambling, so they get it through high room rates, but to stay at the Mandarin Oriental is to immerse yourself in luxury.
  • Best Splurge: Rooms at Wynn/Encore Las Vegas will almost always be among the most expensive in town, but you’ll totally feel like you are getting your money’s worth, especially with the gorgeous spas, pools, casinos, and other amenities at your disposal.
  • Best Hotels for Spas: The Spa at Encore is a 70,000-square-foot oasis for the mind, body, and spirit, with gorgeous Moroccan-infused design and a full menu of pampering delights. Meanwhile, we only wish our own gym were as handsomely equipped as the one at the Canyon Ranch SpaClub in the Venetian, which also has a number of other high-priced treatments on which you can blow your blackjack winnings. 

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.