Encore at Wynn Las Vegas Rating: 5.0 Pearls
The Encore, one of Vegas' top luxury hotels, is also one of the most welcoming to LGBT travelers. A special "pride concierge" (reachable at 702-770-LGBT) can provide information about Vegas' gay-friendly bars, entertainment, and nightlife. The hotel's website has an extensive gay-travel section, which posts information on special travel packages. Encore's sister hotel next door, the Wynn, shares the Encore's gay-friendly approach. It has hosted LGBT events in the Blush Boutique Nightclub, and same-sex ceremonies can be arranged in the hotel's wedding salons.
Luxor Hotel & Casino Rating: 3.5 Pearls
Luxor hosts a number of regular gay and lesbian events, including a weekly LGBT pool party, "Sunkissed Sunday" -- the "only LGBT pool party in Las Vegas," according to the hotel -- and a fashion show called Closet Sundays that's held at Luxor's CatHouse restaurant and lounge. The Luxor wedding chapel offers same-sex commitment ceremonies, and the hotel's LGBT web page advertises a "special pride offer" discount for guests arriving Sunday through Thursday.
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Out Traveler, in naming Mandalay Bay its favorite Vegas hotel, says that this famous Strip hotel "is so queer-friendly it's sometimes called Mandalay Gay." The giant property is home to great bars (Red Square was voted best bar in America by Playboy Magazine), an 11-acre pool complex, and a casino nominated for a 2009 Gay.com Travel Award. Mandalay Bay is part of the gay-friendly MGM Mirage hotel chain.
Caesars Palace Hotel & Casino Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Planet Hollywood Hotel and Casino Rating: 3.5 Pearls
Paris Las Vegas Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Another Harrah's property that markets itself to the gay community, the Paris provides information on restaurants, shops and nightlife at its LGBT-specific web page. The site -- featuring pictures of same-sex couples posed in front of the hotel's signature replica Eiffel Tower -- also lists special package deals (a recent one included tickets to Bette Midler's show).