There’s no city in the world quite like Las Vegas. The lights, the shows, the hotels, the gambling, the parties, and the adventure. Vegas has something for almost everyone.

If you’re lucky enough to be heading to Las Vegas soon, and you’d like some ideas about where to stay and what to do, then you’ve come to the right place. You’re going to need a great hotel, some fun filled activities, and some prime entertainment.  Let’s get to the details with some undercover reporting.

Best Hotels in Las Vegas?

First, we need to think of places to stay. The reason this comes first is because there are so many hotels and casinos in Vegas that you’ll be as overwhelmed and confused as I was when I first went to Las Vegas. That’s why I think its best to start with some recommendations to get an idea of what’s available. So, let me give you my personal list of the best hotels in Vegas.

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MGM Grand

MGM Grand is a pretty cool 4-star casino resort that’s situated on Las Vegas Boulevard. For anyone who’s into combining chic, modern, and a little bit of old school, the MGM Grand will be the perfect place. It has a pool, spa and is accessible to public transport.

Why the MGM Grand: It’s one of the few hotels there that are eco-certified, so for a nature freak like me, it’s like finding paradise. And it’s pretty affordable too!

Bellagio Hotel & Casino

The Bellagio needs no introduction; really, the reputation says it all. This 5-star hotel is also eco-certified and is one of the top-rated hotels in Vegas. It has pretty much everything; a good spa, great pool, posh dining, and of course, the infamous nightlife.

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Why the Bellagio: I mean, what’s there not to like? But the cherry on top for me was how stunning the views were, and the beds were so soft, I felt I was sleeping on marshmallows.

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Westgate Resort & Casino

The Westgate Las Vegas Resort was another stellar location that I recommend every time someone asks. The Westgate is a contemporary hotel that, in addition to the pools and bars and spas, has tennis courts too. It’s also one of the cheapest hotels that have great service!

Why the Westgate: For anyone who has a puppy or a furry or feline friend, you’ll be glad to know that the Westgate is pet-friendly. Finally, a place where I didn’t have to worry about leaving my paw-pal behind!

The Venetian Resort

The good thing about Vegas is that you’re getting a lot of diversity, and I’m a sucker for multicultural places, which is why the Venetian turned out to be one of my best hotels. It’s built with a Venetian-inspired outlook, it offers gondola rides, and it has a very luxurious setup.

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Why the Venetian Resort: This Italian-themed casino took me on a ride (quite literally on a gondola), and I truly couldn’t believe that such an amazing hotel could exist.

Of course, there are many more hotels to choose from, and if you’d like to see current deals, follow the links on our page. But I can tell you, from experience, that these options are always high on my list.

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Things to Do in Las Vegas

Now, we’re getting to the fun part: things to do. Honestly, there’s so much to see and do in Las Vegas that the cog-works in my brain are really working hard to come up with something great. But that’s the problem with Las Vegas; everything is great, so let me jump right into it and see if I can come up with a short list.

Hitting the Casinos

It would be the biggest sin not to hit the casinos at Vegas because that’s one of the things Vegas is most famous for, right? There were quite a few casinos that I went to and believe you me…I had a blast at each and every one of them! The first place I hit was, of course the hotel casinos because it’s closer to home, so hangovers would be easy to manage. The MGM Grand Hotel’s casino was an absolute thrill to be at; the slots were great, there was a good poker game going on, and if you get tired easily, the casino has some awesome table games to try your luck at. If you love stand-up comedies as I do, then you’ll also love MGM’s Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club starring some of the funniest stars I’ve ever seen. But I can’t really miss out on how great the Bellagio casino was because let’s face it, the Bellagio is among the top resorts, and it’d be foolish not to hit it. The Bellagio had a very dynamic slot action going on, so the moment I entered, I felt like I could conquer anything. The chaps at the poker games were also riled up, and it created a pretty exciting environment. If you make it seasonal, then don’t forget to take a look at Bellagio’s own Conservatory and Botanical Garden, its Gallery of Fine Art, and you didn’t think I was going to miss out on the popular Bellagio Fountains, right? Long story short, do go for the casinos at the resorts because they’re bound to be much more fun (and safer) than the rest.

Watching Sports

Another great thing about Las Vegas is how it tends to bring out the best in people and bring them together. Watching sports in Las Vegas may not sound as exciting as you imagine, but trust me on this one, whether you’re an ice hockey fan or root for the hoops, you’ll get your boxes ticked. There are some great sports events that take place in Las Vegas (and you can bet on them, too), so do check the calendar before you go. I personally enjoyed the immersive environment that the arenas and stadiums held, mostly the Allegiant Stadium, the T-Mobile Arena, and Cox Pavilion, which is more the reason to go.

Family-Friendly Attractions

Now, I do realize there are family trips that go to Las Vegas, and I wanted to see how family-friendly attractions held out, so I decided to check out some by myself. The New York-New York Las Vegas Hotel & Resort by MGM Resorts has Hershey’s Chocolate World, a personal favorite of mine. The place is great for families with kids because they sell over 800 candy bars! I absolutely loved that we could personalize our own candy bars, so of course, it was one of the best experiences of my life. But, if you don’t want the kids on a sugar rush, take them to Excalibur’s very own kid-friendly Fun Dungeon where kids can go crazy on arcades and games built especially for them. It also stars the world’s biggest Pacman (a childhood classic!), and it’s not solely for kids, so you can definitely play! 

I’m also a nature and animal lover, and I heard about this great dolphin habitat at the Mirage, which honestly deserves praise because I was able to take a glance at nature up close. The Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat has bottlenose dolphins, exotic tigers, leopards, and white lions, and it permits a meet and greet with the dolphins, so for those kids who are obsessed with the intelligent animals, it’s a great place! 

Fabulous Places to Eat in Las Vegas

On your forks, get set, go! Las Vegas has banging food, and I’m a foodie, which makes a place that serves good food all the more important for me. I know some incredibly good restaurants which serve heaven on a plate, and it only takes a little thought for my mouth to water up. The Edo Gastro Tapas & Wine on South Jones Boulevard might be known for its great tapas, but it’s one of the few places you can get vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free food, so if you’ve been eating selectively, know that you can go all out! If you’re into expensive and fancy food, then é by José Andrés at the Las Vegas Cosmopolitan might be a great place to start because they specialize in molecular gastronomy to create interesting but mouth-watering textures that will leave you hanging for every bite. And I found their eclectic menu quite appealing to the eyes as well!

Entertainment and Shows In Las Vegas

We’ve already covered a bit of entertainment, but there are some shows that are classic Las Vegas, and it wouldn’t be Las Vegas without them. The Smith Center for the Performing Arts hosts a 1920’s style Jazz club and is renowned for its amazing acoustics, while the Mystère by Cirque du Soleil takes place at a 15-minute drive from Las Vegas and has such amazing acrobats, you’ll be picking up your jaw by the end of the show. I also loved the Marriage Can Be Murder dinner theatre because the food was smoking, and the show had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. The comedy at L. A. Comedy Club’s Dragon Room was spot-on and left me in stitches by the end.

Honestly, Las Vegas has so much to offer that I still believe I haven’t done it justice. If you really want to get the full gist of it, just know that I haven’t had such a thrilling and exciting vacation as this and if you are going to Las Vegas, make sure it includes all the things I mentioned…and more!

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