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How to Make the Most of Las Vegas’ Hotels

Published 31 May 2017

Lucy Tolley

Lucy Tolley

Vegas is totally crazy. There is no other way to describe it. It’s famous for its casino culture, marriage chapels and Elvis Presley impersonators.

There is so much to do and see, and even a stroll down the strip is a sensory overload with all the weird, wacky and wonderful people and attractions.

Whether you have three days or three weeks, Las Vegas certainly has enough to keep you occupied.

One of my favourite aspects of Vegas is its themed hotels. The hotels in Vegas are enormous and contain shopping malls, nightclubs, theatres, restaurants and other various unique and wonderful attractions. They can sometimes be a little overwhelming so below is my ultimate list of what they have to offer:

Venetian Las Vegas

The Venetian Las Vegas

This 5 star Italian themed hotel has a river running through it. Yes, an actual river. It meanders through the hotel and you can even take a gondola ride along it.

It begins in a replica of St Mark’s Square in which you can dine; the ceiling even looks like the blue sky. If you close your eyes you can almost imagine you’re in Italy.

Le Mirage Las Vegas

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The Mirage

Every evening the crowds gather to watch the heart-pounding attraction that is a volcano spewing fire into the Vegas air to a backing soundtrack. The smoke from the volcano spouts more than 100 feet into the air. Apparently it is perfumed with a pleasant Pina Coloda scent (to cover up the odour of natural gas). Make sure you get there in good time for a prime viewing position.

If you step into the lobby of The Mirage you will be greeted by an enormous aquarium housing approximately 450 fish. This aquarium is one of the most elaborate and technically advanced aquariums in the world and is home to many beautiful exotic sea creatures and spans 16 metres wide. You can enjoy its beauty even if you are not staying as a guest there.

Circus Circus Las Vegas

Circus Circus Las Vegas

The name of this hotel certainly matches up to its theme. The circus never leaves town in Vegas and there are regular mini shows where acrobats and jugglers perform every 30 minutes. Some of these acts are actually a little bit famous and have even appeared on America’s Got Talent.

Bellagio Las Vegas

The Bellagio

The Bellagio is one of the most famous of all the hotels in Las Vegas. It has appeared in many a film and attracts millions of tourists through its doors ever year.

The world-renowned Bellagio fountains provide a dramatic aquatic show at regular intervals throughout the day and night. The music, water and lights mesmerise its admirers and offer a show you won’t forget. They have been the backdrop to scenes in Ocean 11 and more recently Bruno Mars 24k Magic music video.

However the magic doesn’t stop there. Further into the entrance to the Bellagio are its conservatory and botanical gardens, a 1,300 square metre canvas that forms a floral wonderland with spectacular seasonal displays.

Flamingo Las Vegas

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Flamingo Las Vegas

In the hotel Flamingo’s garden are… you guessed it; flamingos! Chilean flamingos to be precise. They hang out inside the Flamingo’s Wildlife Habitat. Not only is it home to flamingos, you will also be able to spot swans, turtles and the sacred ibis. Stop by at 8.30am or 2pm to catch the daily pelican feeding.

Mandalay Bay Las Vegas

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Mandalay Bay

If you are a pool lover, you need to head up the strip to Mandalay Bay where Mandalay Bay Beach has been voted one of the best pools in the USA. Its 11 acres features a wave pool, a lazy river, a beach bar, beach cabanas and 2,700 tonnes of sand to get that totally tropical feeling, right in the middle of the Nevada desert!

Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Las Vegas

Hard Rock Hotel and Casino

Las Vegas’ Hard Rock Hotel hosts an iconic collection of rock memorabilia. Its ties to the music industry run deep and you can spend hours wandering though the resort checking out costumes, instruments and other artefacts once used by artists like Elvis and Madonna. In short, it’s an enormous music museum.

Stratosphere Las Vegas

Stratosphere Las Vegas

For thrill seekers who want more than slot machines and sunshine by the pool, head south down the strip to Stratosphere Las Vegas. This hotel and casino hosts the Guinness World Record-holding Sky Jump. This is a bungy-style activity where riders can free fall 261m at speeds of up to 40mph. If this isn’t enough, the Stratosphere has three other terrifying rides for all the thrill-seeking adrenaline junkies out there.

There certainly isn’t a shortage of things to do in Vegas and the best part is that most of the above attractions are totally free.


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