Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Hard Rock is one of the most unapologetically hedonistic hotels in Las Vegas, which is a hard trophy to come by in this town. The hotel's nightclub, Vanity, just opened on New Year's Eve 2010 and promises to have the same celebrity cachet as its predecessor, Body English. 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. (The hotel is perhaps most famous for its raucous pool party, Rehab, which will restart for the season in late April). A happening reputation, however, translates to higher rates -- around $280 in late March, nearly as much as the Encore, a five pearl property.
The Palms Casino Resort Rating: 4.0 Pearls
This off-the-Strip hotel is known for its crazy parties and celebrity stopovers. The three-tower 425-room resort has modern, but not plush, rooms and numerous popular clubs -- Rain, a quintessential nightclub complete with go-go dancers, and Moon, a nightclub with live DJs, multiple bars, and a retractable roof. For $40 guests can buy a pass to all of the hotel's clubs, but beware that entry lines can be time-consuming.
Hooters Casino Hotel Rating: 3.0 Pearls
The Hooters Casino Hotel is what you'd expect from the popular restaurant chain: a relaxed party scene and lowbrow fun at a reasonable price. It's no surprise that this hotel is home to a raging party scene; the youthful crowd makes the most of the low-stakes casino and casual nightspots. At Dixie's Dam Bar, female bartenders dance on the bar in teensy outfits, and sometimes even hang from the ceiling. But after a long night, Dixie's best asset might just be its 25-cent wings at 4 a.m.
Luxor Hotel & Casino Rating: 3.5 Pearls
The Luxor is one of the cheapest hotels on the Strip (rates in March run around $160 a night), but it's also a party destination in its own right -- so spring breakers don't have to head farther than downstairs for a night on the town. The hotel's Los Angeles megaclub LAX has 26,000 square feet spread over two floors, and with red leather, mirrors, and bottle service everywhere, you can be sure you'll be fist-bumping with the best of them. LAX is the main affair at Luxor, but there are eight other bars, including Flight and the sexier CatHouse.
Encore at Wynn Las Vegas Rating: 5.0 Pearls
Las Vegas is pretty much the only city in the world where you can find a five-pearl hotel in this price range. Spring breakers willing to splurge can party like rock stars at XS nightclub, which surrounds the Encore's sexy European Pool and Island Bar. A 10-foot rotating chandelier and nude mannequin torsos are part of the decor. Next door at the Encore's sister hotel, the Wynn boasts two of Vegas' best clubs, the 12,000-square-foot Tryst and the more relaxed Blush.
Flamingo Las Vegas Rating: 3.5 Pearls
For cash-strapped partiers who want to stay in the middle of the strip, the Flamingo delivers a kitschy, retro Vegas experience as a reasonable price. Its 1970s decor recalls the hotel's glory days, and the fabled tropical-themed pool is still one of Vegas' best, with water games, water slides, a waterfall and plant life. However, the hotel tends to draw more families and conventioneers than young singles -- so spring breakers might want to party elsewhere.
Venetian Resort Hotel Casino Rating: 5.0 Pearls
This razzle-dazzle version of Venice, complete with gondola rides, a replica of Saint Mark's Square, some 5,030 guest rooms and acres of casino, is one of the premier hotels in Vegas and a fun spring break pick. Its trendy, modern Tao nightclub is one of the hippest party scenes on the Strip, pulling in a young crowd that you can spot waiting for entry for an hour or so inside the hotel's mall.
MGM Grand Hotel & Casino Rating: 4.0 Pearls
MGM Grand is the second largest hotel in the world (and it only lost the first spot recently), so it stands to reason that this hotel would be a perfect place to unleash one's party animal side. Studio 54 is a 22,000-square-foot nightclub with four dance floors and go-go dancers that purports to be a wilder version of the New York City original. The six other bars and lounges include Tabu Ultra Lounge, Centrifuge, and Rouge.
Caesars Palace Hotel & Casino Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Caesars Palace has defined excess on the Strip since it opened in the 1960s, and the bachelor party pad of choice for the Hangover crew is a solid option for living out your spring break fantasy. It's home to the posh, two-story PURE nightclub, a 40,000-square-foot space with four DJs. But rooms are smaller and older than others on the Strip, and rates are slightly higher in March than at the Venetian.