Best Hotels in Las Vegas

What makes a hotel qualify as one of the best in Las Vegas? At Oyster, we know that the "best hotel" is different for just about everyone. For some, the best hotel is the most luxurious, and for others, it's the one that offers the most for kids. We compiled lists of the best luxury hotels, best value hotels, best kid-friendly hotels, best business hotels, best party hotels, and the most amazing hotel rooms. Don't have time to read all that? Not to fear. We selected one hotel from each list that bests its competitors (if only slightly). Below, we present the best hotels in Las Vegas.

Encore at Wynn Las Vegas

Best Luxury Hotel

Encore at Wynn Las Vegas Rating: 5.0 Pearls
Categories: Luxury, Party

Opened in December 2008 by famed Vegas developer Steve Wynn, the 2,034-room Encore takes the whim and luxury of its sister, the Wynn hotel (opened in 2005) and improves it with even bigger rooms and a more attractive spa and fitness center. Guests can use Wynn's nearby 18-hole golf course, and the hotel has a classy, adults-only European Pool. But it's the Encore's rooms -- all of which are suites -- that make it a cut-above even the very best hotels in Vegas: beautiful lighting via floor-to-ceiling windows, electronic bedside drape control, a comfortable lounge area in even the base-level rooms, and a bathroom that's bigger than the entire room in some New York City hotels.

Trump International Hotel & Tower Las Vegas

Best Value Hotel

Transplant this ultraluxurious hotel to any other city in the U.S. and the rates would be three, four, or five times as much. True, it's located an unattractive ten-minute walk from any other hotel on the Strip. But this level of service, attention to detail, and luxury -- at these prices -- are an only-in-Las-Vegas experience.

Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino

Best Kid-Friendly Hotel

Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Categories: Kid-Friendly, Luxury, Party

Kids are sure to love the Shark Reef Aquarium, which in addition to sharks features endangered green sea turtles, piranha, rare golden crocodiles, moon jellies, sawfish, and giant rays. The huge pool complex includes a large wave pool and a lazy river. Abundant kid-friendly food options at the hotel's 20 restaurants.

Venetian Resort Hotel Casino

Best Business Hotel

Venetian Resort Hotel Casino Rating: 5.0 Pearls

With 1.9 million square feet of meetings and convention space at the Venetian/Palazzo Congress Center and attached Sands Expo, chances are good business travelers will find themselves at this top Vegas hotel. Lucky you. The beautifully appointed standard rooms start at 650 square feet, on the high end of Strip rooms. The sumptuous casino, big-name restaurants, and endless shopping will make your off-duty hours as productive as your working time. And the impressive selection of high-end restaurants, including Emeril Lagasse's Delmonicos Steakhouse, Mario Batali's B&B, and David Burke's, well, David Burke, offer lots of opportunities to use up your expense account with pleasure.

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Best Party Hotel

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Categories: Luxury, Party

Hard Rock is one of the most unapologetically hedonistic hotels in Las Vegas, which is a hard trophy to come by in this town. On Sunday, the Beach Club Pool hosts Rehab -- a pool party so raucous, they turned it into its own reality TV show. The hotel's nightclub, Body English, has drawn some notable A-listers (Paris Hilton among them). And true to its Hard Rock name, big-name bands regularly play the recently renovated Joint, a 4,000-seat venue attached to the hotel.

Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino

Best Hotel Rooms

Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino Rating: 5.0 Pearls
Categories: Luxury, Party, Romantic

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.

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