Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino Rating: 5.0 Pearls
Their size alone would put the rooms at the Palazzo near the top of our list -- the fact that every square inch is filled with sumptuous finishings, thoughtful touches, and state-of-the-art electronics lands it at number one. Even standard rooms here measure 720 square feet. Each contains a bedroom and a sunken living room. The latter features L-shaped, crushed-velvet sofas that open up to full-size beds. Art Deco-inspired decor adds to the luxurious yet tasteful ambiance. The king-size, pillow-top beds are dressed in Egyptian cotton sheets and topped with wool throws. Rooms feature three -- yes, three -- flat-screen TVs: a 32-incher in the living room, a 42-incher in the bedroom, and a 20-incher in the bathroom. The bathrooms -- which, at 130 square feet, are larger than some entire New York City hotel rooms -- come with deep soaking tubs and twin sink basins, plenty of soft towels, and Agraria San Francisco bath products.
Venetian Resort Hotel Casino Rating: 5.0 Pearls
At approximately 650 square feet, the standard rooms at the Venetian are among the largest on the Strip. Each room contains a bedroom separated by an elegant railing from the sunken living room. Floor-to-ceiling windows, three flat-screen TVs, king-size pillow-top beds dressed in Egyptian cotton sheets, and huge L-shaped sofas in the living rooms combine to create a feel of opulence. The 130-square-foot bathroom has marble detailing, twin sinks, and a soaking tub.
Encore at Wynn Las Vegas Rating: 5.0 Pearls
The standard rooms at the Encore are far from standard. Each 700- to 745-square-foot Resort Suite includes a living room and bedroom divided by a half-wall, on top of which sits a huge, rotating flat-screen TV that can be viewed from either space. You could easily host a small party of friends in the bathroom alone. Deco-style lamps, hound's-tooth walls, blond wood credenzas, and mirrors that span the entire wall (including alongside the bed) evoke a sort of swinging bachelor pad circa 1945. The beds are nothing short of amazing.
The Signature At MGM Grand Rating: 4.5 Pearls
Rooms at the MGM Grand's all-suite luxury offshoot are among the most luxurious in Sin City. Junior Suites are about 500 square feet -- big enough to accommodate a small family, using the pullout couch -- and include a kitchenette along one wall. The bathroom features a small TV above the marble vanity and bath amenities by June Jacobs. The technology is top of the line as well: the flatscreen TV gets about 50 channels (some in HD), an iPod player is at your disposal, and all rooms have Wi-Fi.
Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas Rating: 5.0 Pearls
The Mandarin's rooms start at a spacious 500 square feet, but it's not their size that sets them apart -- the less expensive rooms at the neighboring Aria are just as big. Rather, it's the details that put the Mandarin's rooms in a class above: bath salts by the deep, freestanding tub; wine and champagne glasses in the cupboard; a ceramic hair straightener in the bathroom; a "technology kit" at the desk; a reading light on the bed -- the list goes on. The same attention to detail went into the lovely Asian-inspired decor, which is unique to the hotel (no two Mandarin Orientals look alike).
Delano Las Vegas Rating: 4.5 Pearls
A major shift from the dark public spaces, all of the 1,117 rooms are styled in whites with gray and gold accents; they’re bright with light pouring in from the floor-to-ceiling windows. They’re all suite-style, so expect a separate living area and an additional half bath in each room. Furnishings are chic and more feminine looking, aside from a comfy black leather chair. Plush white bedding and very firm pillows (that are being replaced) are standard. Standard rooms are 725 square feet, which makes them some of the largest in Vegas.
Wynn Las Vegas Rating: 5.0 Pearls
Starting at about 600 square feet, the standard Resort Rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows that offer amazing views of either the Strip or the 18-hole golf course behind the hotel. As at the Wynn's adjoining property, the Encore, the curtains can be operated by a switch near the bed -- that way there's less of a reason to rise from the sinfully comfortable king-size Wynn Dream Bed by Sealy.
Trump International Hotel & Tower Las Vegas Rating: 4.5 Pearls
The sophisticated, understated decor tastefully counterbalances the room's flashier features: Even the 515-square-foot standard Studio Suite has a marble shower, a Jacuzzi tub, and twoflat-screen TVs. The cradle-you-to-sleep bed has a Stearns and Foster mattress covered with pricey 500-thread-count Bellino sheets, a soft featherbed, a thick down comforter, and extra-large down pillows.
Bellagio Rating: 5.0 Pearls
The Bellagio's 510-square-foot standard King Rooms are wonderful in many ways, but the Italian marble bathrooms, with black granite countertops and deep soaking tubs, may be the highlight. Thick, oversize towels are everywhere -- around the shower, the tub, even folded into the sheet drawers. You could pile them up and happily go to sleep there -- if the real beds weren't so comfortable.