The 12 best Las Vegas luxury hotels on or near the Strip

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  • Las Vegas hotels offer luxury at affordable prices, with even five-star stays starting around $200.
  • Most Vegas hotels are now open with new COVID-19 policies in place.
  • We rounded up the best luxury hotels in Vegas, on or near the Las Vegas Strip.

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There’s plenty to gamble on in Las Vegas, but when it comes to selecting a hotel, especially in a pandemic, you may feel less willing to risk the odds.

Thankfully, many of the best hotels in Las Vegas have reopened with strict new measures in place to ensure the health and safety of their guests. Hopefully, these policies will help you sleep easier.

Though, five-star accommodations certainly won’t hurt. Las Vegas is one of the few cities in the US where a luxury hotel can come in around $200 per night, sometimes as low as $75 to $100, depending on when you visit. Of course, weekends and high seasons will bring increased prices, but with a little sleuthing you might just snag a great deal.

Browse all the best cheap Las Vegas hotels below, or jump directly to a specific area:

These are the best luxury hotels in Las Vegas, sorted by price from low to high.

Signature at MGM Grand

MGM Signature suite

Book Signature at MGM Grand

The Signature is an all-suite hotel set back from the MGM Grand’s main resort and casino but is still easily accessible to it by indoor walkways. There’s no casino on-site, which means the crowd is less rowdy, and the hotel feels peaceful. There are fewer amenities too, though all of the restaurants, entertainment, and wellness found at MGM Grand are just steps away. 

We once used the Chase Sapphire Reserve card to book here and scored extra perks such as free upgrade, late checkout, and complimentary food and beverage credit. Spacious suites are quiet and include spa baths, flat-screen TVs, separate sitting areas, balconies, and kitchenettes for an apartment-like experience. It’s a great fit for a family or someone in town for business on an extended stay.

COVID-19 status and policies available here.

NoMad Las Vegas

NoMad Las Vegas Pool

Book NoMad Las Vegas

Located on the upper four floors of the Park MGM Las Vegas, the NoMad Las Vegas is the third location from the luxury NoMad hotel group with properties in New York and Los Angeles.

It’s one of many hotel-within-a-hotel concepts that are popular in Las Vegas (and within this list) for a more intimate, boutique-quality that feels rare in this town of mega-resorts. Rooms are decadent and design-forward featuring hardwood floors, velvet furnishings, and standalone soaking bathtubs in the bedroom.

COVID-19 status and policies available here.

Aria Resort & Casino

Aria guest room

Book Aria Resort & Casino Las Vegas

Located on the Las Vegas Strip within the CityCenter complex, Aria is a glittering curvilinear property with a 150,000-square-foot casino, 16 restaurants, and more than 4,000 rooms. Opened just a decade ago, rooms feature fully tricked-out tech, including a one-touch room control system to adjust lighting, curtains, and more from the touch of a tablet.

Hakkasan Group’s Jewel nightclub is located here, as is a huge spa with 62 treatment rooms, and three pools, including the Liquid pool club for grown folks.

Plus, the location is central, close to the City Center, conference events, and all the Strip action.

COVID-19 status and policies available here.

The Venetian Resort Las Vegas

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Book The Venetian Las Vegas

This five-star Las Vegas Strip resort is one of the most instantly recognizable resorts on the Las Vegas Strip. Drawing inspiration from Italy, it’s best known for its indoor canals and gondola rides, modeled off its namesake city. However, vast interiors show off an array of architectural styles and swathes of Renaissance-era aesthetics, and the hotel is one of the most visually impressive in a city of decadent hotels.

There are 80 restaurants — including Thomas Keller’s Bouchon — a glittering casino, the Grand Canal Shoppes, and a pool deck that covers 1.2 acres, and every room is a suite, and huge, starting at 650 square feet.

The Venetian also connects to the Sands Expo & Convention Center, and guests are granted access to the Canyon Ranch Spa Club gym.

COVID-19 status and policies available here.

Read our full hotel review of The Venetian

Encore at Wynn Las Vegas

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Book the Encore at Wynn

Not to be confused with the Wynn itself, the Encore is the Wynn’s take on a boutique offering. It also comes with all the benefits of being housed within a parent property.

While guests of the Wynn can’t use Encore facilities, such as the pool, all those booked at Encore are allowed privileges at both. I’ve scored cheaper deals at Encore, though historically it’s sometimes more expensive than Wynn. If you like the glitz of the Wynn but think it feels too overwhelming, or prefer a more intimate approach, the Encore offers a solid alternative.

COVID-19 status and policies available here.

Nobu Hotel at Caesars Palace

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Book Nobu Hotel at Caesars Palace Las Vegas

Inside the blockbuster 85-acre, 3,960 room and suite resort Caesars Palace, the intimate Nobu Hotel is tucked away as a boutique hotel-within-a-hotel concept, created by the famed sushi chef of the same name. If Caesars is frenetic and bustling, Nobu Hotel is uber-Zen and quiet, with 182 stylish, Japanese-inspired rooms and suites. Staying here feels a bit like being a celebrity, with added VIP perks.

Rooms channel Japanese traditions with deep soaking tubs and come with free Wi-Fi, a 55-inch flat-screen TV, an iPod docking station, and Natura Bisse toiletries, as well as priority seating at Nobu Restaurant and Lounge. 

Nobu Hotel guests also have access to a private front desk and lounge, the Venus Pool at Caesars Palace, expedited line privilege at OMNIA nightclub, a complimentary Friday social hour, and a dedicated hotel concierge.

COVID-19 status and policies available here.

Bellagio Las Vegas

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Book Bellagio Las Vegas

The Bellagio draws a consistent crowd for its central Strip location, popular casino, designer fashion, and curated art, including the signature Dale Chihuly glass installation hanging from the lobby ceiling.

It’s also a huge draw to those craning for a front-row view of the dancing fountains, and there’s no better spot than a room overlooking the action. We’ve reviewed the balcony room facing the fountains and can confirm it’s one of the best rooms on the Strip. Plus, in what’s clearly a competitive field, they might have one of the best buffets in Las Vegas, though that’s subject to change in a post-pandemic world. 

COVID-19 status and policies available here.

Read our full hotel review of Bellagio Las Vegas

Wynn Las Vegas

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Book the Wynn Las Vegas

I once stayed at this luxury resort and casino and was blown away by the level of detail and thoughtfulness in each generously appointed guest room. The design is immaculate with a clean, modern palette and smart-enabled features that only add to an air of sophistication. 

Since then, the hotel’s reputation has only continued to grow as one of the best on the Strip with world-class resort amenities, dining, gambling, and entertainment. There’s a reason it’s consistently rated as one of the best places to stay in Vegas and if you can secure a good deal, this might be one of the best places to book.

COVID-19 status and policies available here.

Read our full hotel review of the Wynn Las Vegas

Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas

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The pool at the Waldorf in Las Vegas is revered for actually being relaxing, unlike many other party pool scenes.

Book the Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas

Travelers accustomed to the highest level of hospitality book this five-star property known for immaculate service and spacious rooms that start at 500 square feet with extravagant soaking tubs.

With no casino on-site, it’s another great option when you prefer a more blissful stay. If you come to Vegas for luxe spas, pools, and dining, this is a great bet.

COVID-19 status and policies available here.

The Palazzo at the Venetian

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Book The Palazzo at The Venetian

While The Venetian is perhaps more well-known, and cheaper, consider a stay at its sister property, The Palazzo.

Newer and more low-key but equally refined, even The Palazzo’s standard rooms are dubbed Luxury Suites and are not only more up-to-date than entry-level Venetian offerings but significantly larger. Spread out with ample living spaces, plush bedding, sleek bathrooms, and relish in the fact that your room is just steps from tons of the Strip’s best attractions, plus all that the Venetian has to offer.

COVID-19 status and policies available here.

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Autograph Collection

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Book The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Autograph Collection

The Cosmopolitan is trendy, hip, and sophisticated, and generally feels like you’re hanging out inside a chandelier (likely why they have a bar named after one). It’s a favorite among those visiting Las Vegas who want to join in on nightlife action over betting at tables, though the latter is readily available too. Plus, it’s one of the few hotels with balconies — request one facing Bellagio for a great view of the fountain show.

A member of the Autograph Collection of hotels, it’s also a great way for Marriott Bonvoy members to earn and redeem points. Book here if you’re looking to blur the lines between a glam getaway and a healthy dose of revelry.

COVID-19 status and policies available here.

Read our full hotel review of The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

The Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas

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Situated at the end of the Las Vegas Strip, some rooms have expansive desert views.

Book the Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas

The Four Seasons is a symbol of luxury and one that often comes with an accompanying high price tag. However, I’ve seen deals around $200 per night at this location hidden within Mandalay Bay, and it’s widely regarded as one of the nicest hotels in Vegas.

Rooms feel like a scintillating oasis of luxury, cocooned away from the frenetic pace of the Strip, though, it’s right there when you choose to seek it out. There’s a private, tranquil pool area for Four Seasons guests only, plus all the perks and indulgent attention to detail you’d expect from a Four Seasons.

COVID-19 status and policies available here.

More on our methodology for selecting hotels

In addition to the criteria noted above, our picks for the best luxury hotels in Las Vegas factored in the following:

Quality: Luxury means the best of the best and all hotels selected for Las Vegas have shown the deliver on a five-star experience from start to finish through excellent service, beautiful rooms, and high-quality on-site amenities and attractions.

Location: We considered hotels on or very close to the Las Vegas Strip.

Rooms: Every standard room in this list feels like you’ve upgraded to a suite or more indulgent offering.

Reviews: Our team of writers has personally stayed at every hotel on this list, and in some cases, reviewed them in-depth, too. 

Guest ratings: We also researched past reviews and ratings from others on trusted traveler sites such as Trip Advisor,, and others.

COVID-19 policies: We only selected hotels that prioritize the health and safety of guests with strict new COVID cleaning policies.

FAQ: Luxury Las Vegas hotels

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Where is Las Vegas?

Las Vegas is located in the southern tip of the state of Nevada, near the borders of both California and Arizona. 

When will I find the best deals on Las Vegas luxury hotels?

You’ll often find the cheapest hotel prices in Las Vegas midweek in summer, when scorching hot temperatures keep most travelers away, or in the winter, after New Year’s Day, when it’s still too cool to hit the pool. Once the temperatures turn milder, expect prices to rise.

Much of Las Vegas tourism also revolves around an annual convention calendar, which often drives up hotel prices. Holidays also see an influx of crowds.

Why are Las Vegas hotels cheap?

Because Vegas resorts make most of their profits on the casino floor, cheap room rates are intended to attract guests who will then spend their extra money on slots and tables.

As Las Vegas is located in a desert climate, you can expect hot, hot summers and cool winters. No matter when you visit, it’s likely to be chilly at night. Early winter and spring, however, offer the nicest, mildest weather when it will be the most comfortable to stroll the Las Vegas Strip or lounge at the pool.

Though, if you’re planning to spend most of your time indoors on the casino or convention floor, the weather likely won’t be a big factor when considering the time of year to visit.

Is Las Vegas open?

Las Vegas is open to visitors, though, the experience may look different than you thought.

To reopen, casinos were required to submit plans outlining social distancing and hygiene measures to the Nevada Gaming Control Board. Casino floors featured masked entertainers, handwashing stations, plexiglass barriers, and temperature checks. Crowded pool parties and jaw-dropping buffets are all on pause. 

Expect temperature checks, enforced social distancing, contactless check-in, thorough cleaning, and new rules around dining and leisure.The state of Nevada also requires face coverings or masks to be worn in public areas. Because the pandemic situation is constantly evolving, you may want to read up on hotel cancellation policies, too.

Is it safe to stay in hotels right now?

The CDC says fully vaccinated people can safely travel in the US. And, with added caution, experts we spoke to said it is safe to stay in a hotel

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MGM and Caesars rise as Morgan Stanley upgrades the casino operators on strong outlook for Las Vegas recovery

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Gambling in Las Vegas.

  • Shares of MGM and Caesars light up Monday after Morgan Stanley upgraded the companies to overweight from equal-weight ratings.
  • Morgan Stanley said pricing power for Las Vegas casinos is growing stronger.
  • Business activity should pick up even more through the summer if the government lifts certain COVID-19 restrictions.
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Shares of MGM Resorts and Caesars Entertainment climbed Monday as Morgan Stanley upgraded the companies to overweight ratings as it sees Wall Street ‘grossly underestimating’ the earnings potential for the companies from Las Vegas’ recovery from the pandemic.

Morgan Stanley said analysts visited Las Vegas last week and found that the market was at the “beginning” of a strong recovery period, wrote analyst Thomas Allen in a note raising the companies from equal-weight ratings.

The midweek period was busy. “While we thought it was because of Spring Break & March Madness, numerous market participants told us their bookings were stronger than current occupancy, booking windows were extending and continued to build.”

MGM shares were up 5% after popping up by as much as 7.4% to $42.63. Caesar’s stock added on as much as 5.2% when it reached $93.58 then later trimmed the gain to 3.8%.

Morgan Stanley said it upwardly revised some financial figures and that it foresees the most significant upside to EBITDA in the second quarter and third quarter of 2021. It said it’s now ahead of Wall Street’s EBITDA consensus estimate by 38% for the second quarter and by 36% for the third quarter.

Las Vegas is back to running at about 95% occupancy on the weekends and companies have been able to push weekend prices higher, the firm said. At the same time, companies are using price as a tool to bolster midweek traffic, sending occupancy rates up to between 50% and 60% compared with 30% in February.

Prices for rooms midweek are still down by up to 30% compared with 2019 levels, “but that discount seems to be improving to 10%-20% now for future bookings,” Allen said.

Casino operators expect material improvement in May through the summer as they anticipate the government easing COVID-19 restrictions that include capacity being held at 50% and social distancing of 6 feet, the firm added.

Las Vegas will keep a close eye on “The World of Concrete” conference to be held on June 7 through 10 “as the true litmus test of if the market can handle large scale conferences again,” said Allen. The calendar of events appears better for 2022 as some big events in the second half of 2021 have been converted to be held virtually.

“The big risk remains that fewer attendees will show up at future conferences,” said Morgan Stanley.

MGM shares were trading near $13 each a year ago and Caesar’s stock price has jumped from about $14 over the past 12 months.

Monday’s note also reiterated its overweight ratings on Boyd Gaming and Wynn Resorts.

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An associate of Tony Hsieh has filed further claims against his estate. It follows her previous lawsuits that were filed earlier in 2021.

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Tony Hsieh, former Zappos CEO.

  • The “right-hand person” of Zappos co-founder Hsieh has made more claims against his estate.
  • Jennifer Pham’s lawsuit follows previous claims made earlier in 2021.
  • The former chief executive of Zappos died after being injured in a house fire.

A friend and associate of Tony Hsieh on Wednesday filed creditor’s claims for millions of dollars against his estate, according to court records and reports. 

Hsieh, former chief executive at Zappos, died after being injured in a house fire in Connecticut in November. Investigators in January said the fire may have been caused by “carelessness or even an intentional act.” 

He sold Zappos to Amazon for $1.2 billion in 2009. 

Jennifer Pham in January and February filed multiple lawsuits against Hsieh’s family. In them, she said she was Hsieh’s “right-hand person.” She alleged in part that Hsieh’s family had breached a contract. 

The Las Vegas Review-Journal and KTNV Las Vegas reported that LLCs associated with Pham had filed creditor’s claims on Wednesday that listed more than $93 million owed by Hsieh’s estate.


Documents filed on Wednesday in Clark County District Court included $75 million in anticipated profit from a documentary streaming service launched by Pham and Hsieh, the reports said.

Local network KLAS TV reported Pham’s creditor’s claim was seeking 10% of the anticipated total, or $7.5 million.

Clark County District Court records viewed by Insider list a creditor’s claim against Hsieh’s estate from Mr. Taken LLC and Baby Monster LLC.

Baby Monster was registered in Nevada on July 13, 2020 with Pham as one of its managers, according to state records. Mr. Taken was registered on July 17, 2020, also with Pham listed as a manager. 

According to court records, Pham also filed a separate creditor’s claim listing several items, including a “2002 Yamaha G20A Golf Cart, 2010 Club Car Golf Cart and 2016 Apache Utility Trailer.”

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Southwest Airlines has added new service to 2 hot vacation destinations ahead of the potential summer travel boom

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Southwest Airline.

  • Southwest Airlines will begin offering new services to Florida and Montana.
  • This includes Florida’s Destin-Fort Walton Beach and Montana’s Bozeman Yellowstone airports.
  • Southwest has been drastically expanding its flight services since last year.
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Southwest Airlines will begin offering flights to Florida’s Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport and Montana’s Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport in May ahead of the potential summer travel boom.

Travel, especially by air, dropped significantly in 2020 as COVID-19 first began taking its hold on the US. But now, the travel and hospitality industry is hoping that pent-up demand and the continuing vaccine rollout will lead to a big spike in travel this summer. 

As a result, companies are gearing up for this potential boom, including Southwest Airlines. In the last year, Southwest has dramatically expanded its flight offerings with new services to locations like Palm Springs, California, Cozumel, Mexico, and Miami.

Now, the airline has added additional flights to two travel hotspots: Florida and Bozeman, Montana.

Bozeman, Montana – known as “Boz Angeles” – has become a hot destination, especially for wealthier travelers looking to trade city life for a break in nature. Bozeman also been named one of the fastest-growing cities in the US and offers close access to hotspots like Yellowstone National Park. 

This will be Southwest Airline’s first destination in Montana. Flights to Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport will take off from airports in Denver and Las Vegas starting at $40 beginning May 27.

On the opposite end of the climate spectrum, Florida has also emerged as a top travel destination during the COVID-19 pandemic due to its warm weather and more relaxed restrictions. Southwest already flies to 10 other airports in Florida but decided to expand its offerings in the state for “winter-weary families” looking to get away to warm destinations, Andrew Watterson, Southwest Airlines’ executive vice president and chief commercial officer, said in the press release.

Direct Southwest flights to Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport can be taken starting May 6 from these four airports: Dallas Love Field, Baltimore/Washington, Nashville, and Chicago Midway, the latter starting June 6. These flights will start at $70.

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The COVID-19 protocols at The Venetian Las Vegas allowed me to enjoy its stunning indoor canals and iconic architecture with peace of mind

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The Venetian Las Vegas hotel review
The famous gondola rides were still operating.

The Venetian Resort Las Vegas is one of the most instantly-recognizable resorts on the Las Vegas Strip. Drawing inspiration from Italy, it’s best known for its indoor canals and gondola rides, modeled off its namesake city. However, its vast interiors show off an array of architectural styles and swathes of Renaissance-era aesthetics, and the hotel is one of the most visually impressive in a city of decadent hotels. 

The massive complex it’s part of also includes sister property, The Palazzo, and together, they form the world’s second-largest hotel. The Venetian and Palazzo together have just over 7,000 rooms and suites. The resort also houses The Grand Canal Shoppes, four theaters, numerous nightclubs, a day club, dozens of restaurants, the Guggenheim Hermitage Museum, and convention facilities. 

Since The Venetian is a high-end, all-suite property, prices for entry-level rooms often tend to be slightly higher than many of its resort rivals. Typically, even low season prices tend to be in the region of $150 per night. However, due to the pandemic, rates have dropped recently at luxury hotels across the country, and The Venetian has seen a small dip in starting rates. 

I recently came across a standard room for $127 per night (before taxes and fees), offering strong value considering a Luxury King Suite is the entry-level accomodation. I had visited the hotel some years previously, so had a level of familiarity, but I was especially curious to see how the resort was operating given the new COVID-19 restrictions. 

The state of Nevada had imposed strict COVID protocols across all Vegas hotels and resorts, but each property has some room to interpret and implement these rules. I was keen to see how The Venetian would live up to the extensive policies outlined on its website, as well as how its procedures would stack up to other popular, high-end options like The Wynn, which I had also recently stayed at. 

I visited over a relatively busy holiday period and even dined out in one of the restaurants to get a feel for the safety levels. Overall, I had a very positive experience. Most of the amenities outside of the theaters were open and were operating with reassuring levels of COVID safety. Even at less than full steam, The Venetian has its opulent interior design to marvel at and was a comfortable, fun stay that I would definitely recommend. 

Keep reading to see why I was so impressed by the Venetian Las Vegas.

1 Hotel Reviews Banner first impression
A large water feature welcomed guests at the main entrance
A large water feature welcomed guests at the main entrance.

The visual spectacle that The Venetian aims to provide began as soon as I walked through the doors of the main entrance. Grandiose architecture loomed above me at every turn, with elaborate flourishes and painted ceiling murals as far as I could see. Gleaming marble floors were framed with works of classical art and a huge golden water feature included classical musicians playing opera arias around it. 

Security was checking the temperature of everyone coming into the complex, and the staff, who were all masked, were making sure that everyone was complying with the state’s COVID-19 protocols, including social distancing and mask-wearing. Safely inside, the front desk was a short walk through corridors that looked like a recreation of St. Mark’s Cathedral — though the designer shopfronts mixed in were a firm reminder I was in Vegas. 

I arrived around noon. While the official check-in time is 3 p.m., I correctly assumed that due to the presumably low, pandemic-era occupancy rate my room would be ready early. There was a short line, with just one or two groups being checked in before me, and I was attended to almost immediately.

The front desk staff, as you might expect from one of the largest hotels in the world, were a blur of polite efficiency. They were obviously used to checking in large volumes of incoming guests while trying to keep lines as short as possible. I had my keys in my hand with a primer on the openings and closures of the resort within minutes.

The stunning interiors evoke the famous sights of Venice
The stunning interiors evoke the famous sights of Venice.

The staff efficiently explained that, as with other big resort hotels, the theaters and live entertainment venues would be closed, with restaurants open for indoor dining at 25% capacity to leave room for social distancing. The casino floor had been modified with plastic screens (as had the front desk), and masks were required in all public spaces when guests were not eating or drinking. 

I was also handed a map of the resort complex, which turned out to be a real boon given the sheer size of The Venetian and its attached sister property. It was a short walk across the casino floor to the guest elevators. 

Before being allowed into the elevator banks, security was having all guests swipe their key at a remote keycard sensor. They ensured that all guests were wearing masks, and there was a PPE station with free hand sanitizer and spare surgical masks. Signage reminding people not to take the elevator with people not in their party was prevalent. 

The elevators were handily organized by floor groupings, which made things feel even safer. It also meant that the wait for an elevator, another potential bottleneck in these large Vegas resorts, was very short. The efficiency and diligence of the entire staff was impressive.

2 Hotel Reviews Banner The room
The bedroom space was elevated above the living area
The bedroom space was elevated above the living area.

I notice right away that my suite did not have a seal on the door like many hotel companies are doing right now, but it nonetheless felt and smelled very clean as I entered. My entry-level Luxury King Suite was located on the 32nd floor which gave me slightly better views than some of the rooms on lower floors.

The size of the suite was immediately impressive. At 650 square feet, its dimensions were as big, if not bigger, than many junior suites in other city center hotels. Another pleasing feature was the split-level design of the room. The bathroom and bedroom were on the level I entered on, while two steps led to a separate living room area below. This is quite a rarity in hotel room design, and it significantly elevated the look and feel of the room. 

The sunken living area of the suite elevated the space
The sunken living area of the suite elevated the space

There was a regal appeal to the room, thanks to its gold color palette with purple accents. It had a more traditional look than many Vegas hotels, though it still included appreciated modern design touches. Most of the furniture was dark wood and wrought ironwork separated the sleeping and living areas. 

Two armchairs, a sofa, and a desk made up the living room, along with a large, period-effect oil painting. The thick gold and purple curtains on decorative rods were classy, and the fact that they were electric and remote-controlled brought them up to date. The windows let in a good amount of natural daylight and featured nice views across the valley. 

Although the room came without any robes or slippers, it did have its own PPE in the form of complimentary hand sanitizer and a mask. 

The bed was a luxurious, oversized, pillow-topped King that made for an excellent night’s sleep. I did not hear any ambient noise either from outside or from the hotel itself, and the clamor of the casino below did not infiltrate, though I can’t say for sure what rooms on lower floors would be like. The bed was framed by a large, padded headboard and a footstool, along with bedside lights that came down from the ceiling. 

The room’s minibar was fully stocked with items that would be automatically charged to the room if moved. However, there was no fridge space for guest use, which could be unfortunate for those trying to save leftovers from in-room dining.

The dappled marble of the bathroom felt classy
The dappled marble of the bathroom was luxurious without being over done.

The bathroom was easily one of the most impressive of any entry-level room I have booked. A deep and decadent Roman-style bathtub was complemented by a glass-walled, walk-in shower. The twin sinks boasted dappled, black marble countertops with the resort’s branded products as toiletries.  

This was an incredibly comfortable, well-appointed suite, especially for an entry-level room, and even more so for the lower price I was able to snag. The design and aesthetic is more traditional than some of the newer Las Vegas hotels, but it’s hard to imagine it offending anyone’s tastes. Most of the fittings feel high end but are visually fairly neutral. 

Couples and solo travelers alike could easily live in this space for a few days without having to leave, and I felt the standard room type was more than sufficient for most traveler’s needs. However, for those who are seeking an upgrade, there are a few other suite types to consider.

If all you need is an extra bed, you can pay the same price as my Luxury King but opt for a Twin Queen room. To really take it up a notch, Premier Suites clock in at around 1,000 square feet and start around $229 per night currently. From there, suites go up incrementally in size and price all the way to the Penthouse and Presidential suites, which come in at $1,500 per night to start for floor-to-ceiling views of the city, multiple bedrooms, and serious perks like access to Prestige Club Lounge, a limo to and from the airport, and VIP concierge services.


Hotel Reviews Banner On site amenities
The gondolier station out on The Strip
The outdoor gondolier station out on The Strip.

The Venetian is one of the world’s largest hotels and has a wide range of amenities befitting its status, which makes the $45 daily resort feel more than worth it. Most of these were operational during my stay, although many had reduced capacities in adherence with new COVID-19 protocols. 

The resort’s interior design is almost an amenity in itself. Many tourists, whether they’re staying at the hotel or not, come to do a form of sightseeing to take in the impressive replicas of the Doge Palace façade, the Rialto Bridge, and the Campanile di San Marco tower. The Venetian’s famous indoor gondola rides seemed as popular as ever, with visitors lining up to cruise the facsimiles of the world’s best-known canals.

Plastic screens had been placed on the casino floor
Plastic screens had been placed throughout the casino floor.

The huge casino floor had been comprehensively fitted with plastic screens between seats and between gamblers and croupiers. Similarly, alternate seats at the slot machines were marked as out of use, in order to maintain social distancing. Guests were allowed to remove their masks to drink and smoke, something to bear in mind when considering spending time on the floor. 

Sadly none of the resort’s theaters were open and all live entertainment was suspended. The main swimming pool in The Venetian was also closed, but guests could use the heated pool in The Palazzo, which had plenty of room to spread out when I stopped by. The exercise rooms and spas were open, with limited capacity to maintain distancing and hygiene. 

Social distancing at Majordomo made for a comfrotable dining experience
Social distancing at Majordomo made for a comfortable dining experience.

All of the buffets in the city were closed, but all of the dining outlets in the resort were operating at some level. The food courts were open as usual all day, albeit with reduced seating. For restaurants, a reservation was required and seating was reduced to 25% capacity. 

I ate dinner at the wonderful Majordomo, which offers a contemporary Korean menu under the banner of celebrity chef David Chang. As well as great food, the service was impeccable, with masked servers observing the highest standards of hygiene. I was somewhat reticent to eat indoors, but my fears were more than allayed by the well-followed protocols. 

I also ate at the on-site Black Tap, famous for its excellent gastropub-style food and elaborate milkshakes. The Venetian also boasts signature restaurants such as Matteo’s (Italian), Mott 32 (Chinese), and Bouchon (French).

For those who wish to steer clear of dining out right now, room service was also available, though it was on the expensive side, with an American Breakfast of eggs, a protein, potatoes, and juice or coffee costing $35 before tip and fees.

The Shoppes at Grand Canal opened out into lovely squares
The Shoppes at Grand Canal opened out into lovely squares

Almost all of the retail units in The Grand Canal Shoppes were open, featuring storefronts ranging from designer names to small gift shops.  

Overall, The Venetian was doing a good job of maintaining health and safety standards across all its amenities while also letting guests relax in ways as close as possible to regular times. The reduced foot traffic helped with distancing and even in the busiest periods throughout the weekend, it didn’t feel crowded. There was plenty of PPE available to guests for free and ample signage to remind guests to distance.

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The resort is slightly north of the center of The Strip, but forms a natural center of its own as so many people flock to shop and marvel at the interiors. It’s easy to explore most of the Las Vegas Strip on foot from here.

Just across Las Vegas Boulevard is the Caesar’s Palace complex, and sights that are also walkable include the Eiffel Tower of the Paris resort and the Bellagio fountains, as well as the High Roller Observation Wheel at The Linq. 

If visitors want to take the monorail, it’s not too far to walk to the nearest stop at Harrah’s/The Linq, and downtown bus services stop just outside The Venetian.

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The Venetian receives a rating of 4.5 out of 5 on Trip Advisor and is ranked 32 out of 282 hotels in Las Vegas, with just under 31,000 reviews.

Guests love the size and standards of the suites, as well as the casino itself. Of course, the grand interiors of the hotel are a major draw too. The room rates are generally held to be very reasonable and many people mention the reassuring amount of cleaning that is visible throughout the resort right now. Comments such as this are typical: “The hotel was amazing and a pleasure to stay at. From the moment you step foot on the property everything is clean with beautiful architecture. The room is very spacious with comfortable bedding and a beautiful bathroom.”

However, some guests feel that the size of the resort is a little overwhelming and that can especially affect the timings of room service. Additionally, the popularity of this resort and the fact that it draws visitors who aren’t even staying at the hotel may make some travelers extra anxious during the pandemic. 

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6 Hotel Reviews Banner What you need to know

Who stays here: Many guests choose this as their first Vegas experience, as it includes everything you want in a typical Vegas hotel, including the spectacle of the decor, the large casino floor, and numerous on-site shops and restaurants.

We like: The re-creation of some of Italy’s most beautiful sights is seriously impressive and worth a visit alone. 

We love (don’t miss this feature!): The split-level suite design with sunken living spaces are unusual and really elevate the feel of entry-level accommodations.  

We think you should know: It is a large resort complex, so prepare to do a fair amount of walking.   

We’d do this differently next time: Swim in the heated pool at adjoining sister property, The Palazzo. 

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The Venetian has property-wide “Venetian Clean” COVID policies in place, which you can find here.

In summary:

  • The state of Nevada requires face coverings or masks to be worn, indoors and outdoors, at all times. These are required for all visitors, unless they are actively eating, drinking or smoking. This includes all public areas throughout the resort, such as hotel hallways, elevators and the casino floor. Complimentary masks are available at thermal scanning stations at every resort entrance.
  • Guests are not permitted to have their masks down while walking the resort or casino floor.
  • At this time, reservations are required to dine-in at all restaurants.
  • At restaurants and lounges, party size is limited to a maximum of four per table.
  • Seating throughout the resort, including casinos, bars, lounges, restaurants, and pools, has been arranged to allow for physical distancing and state-mandated capacity limits. Space is limited and availability is not guaranteed.
  • Thermal scanners are placed at every entrance to The Venetian Resort and Sands Expo, providing non-invasive temperature checks upon arrival.
  • Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have increased the frequency of routine cleaning in public spaces and heart-of-house back areas, and revised our cleaning protocols for guest suites, meeting or exceeding CDC guidelines. Throughout the resort, hundreds of individual sanitization stations that include hand sanitizer or sanitizing wipes have been installed.
  • We have also adjusted our air conditioning systems to operate at maximum ventilation and maximum exhaust to improve ambient air quality.

I felt very reassured by the public cleaning protocols that I saw around the resort, including high-touch surfaces being cleaned almost constantly. Entry points were staffed, thermal screening was in effect, and all guests were checked. Masks were worn everywhere and there were plenty of stations with complimentary sanitizer and masks available.

7 Hotel Reviews Banner Bottom Line

After experiencing it first-hand, I would thoroughly recommend staying at The Venetian. The all-suite set up of the resort meant that even my entry-level, split-level room was impressive, and the accommodations were as comfortable as any I’ve experienced in Las Vegas. Not to mention the grandeur of the iconic interiors, including the indoor canals, gondolas, and replicas of notable Venetian draws. The current starting room rate of $127 per night only adds to the appeal.

While not every amenity is currently open, most are operating at a level that still makes for an enjoyable stay with plenty to keep you busy. The resort implemented new COVID-19 protocols exceptionally well, with a strong visible cleaning presence, free PPE available to guests throughout the resort, masks required, enforced social distancing, and temperature screenings at all of the entrances.

I felt similarly reassured at the restaurants that I experienced, and they were following new guidelines very strictly, making for an indoor dining environment that was as safe as it could have been. Overall, I had good peace of mind and was able to relax and enjoy my stay.

Rates at The Venetian might be slightly higher than some of its nearby competitors, but given the room sizes and overall impeccable standards, it’s well worth the price.

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