The upper-middle-range Titanic Palace Hurghada is a family-friendly all-inclusive resort offering tons of amenities and a stellar beachfront setting along the Red Sea. The 593 rooms are well-equipped with minibars, flat-screen TVs, hairdryers, and furnished balconies or terraces, however, decor is dated and in need of a refresh. Family Rooms and swim-up Bungalows are available as well. Highlights here are the golden-sand beach lined with loungers and the sprawling pool complex housing an aqua park with waterslides. Other top features include daily activities, nightly entertainment in the amphitheater, sports and games facilities, and a spa with massage treatment rooms and Turkish bath. There are several restaurant and bar options, including Asian, Italian, and Mexican cuisines, but food on the whole receives disappointing reviews. Also on the downside, there are extra charges for some food and drinks. It’s worth comparing rates with the more luxurious Oberoi Beach Resort Sahl Hasheesh, which offers a more posh kid-friendly experience.
Located on Fremont Street in Downtown Las Vegas, the upper-middle-range, 2,419 Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino is an off-the-Strip alternative for travelers seeking a different side of Sin City. The property may be smaller than its peers on the Strip, but it still offers plenty of entertainment options, with its 45,000-square-foot casino, two pools (one with a waterslide through a shark tank and another for adults only), multiple bars and restaurants, and a small spa and fitness center. Top restaurant options include a steakhouse, sushi at Red Asian Cuisine, and Grotto Italian Ristorante, and an all-day buffet. Live entertainment and a nightclub are also available on-site. But guests should be forewarned: booking rooms is a crapshoot, as some smell of smoke, some are a bit dated, and some are subject to late-night noise. On the plus side, all come with flat-screen TVs, free basic Wi-Fi, and hairdryers. It’s worth considering Excalibur Hotel and Casino, which is along The Strip and offers a plethora of family-friendly features.
Harrah’s Lake Tahoe is an upper-middle-range casino hotel that’s been around since the ‘50s, conveniently located close to restaurants, a ski resort, and Lake Tahoe. It’s gone through renovations and remodels since, but many common spaces remain a bit dated here, like the carpeted fitness room. There’s plenty to keep travelers occupied here, including the large casino and nice indoor/outdoor pool. A spa offers a wide menu of treatments, plus there varied dining options, ranging from a buffet to an upscale restaurant specializing in steak and seafood. A nightclub, music venue, and cigar lounge offer late-night entertainment. The 512 rooms range from those with tasteful contemporary decor, to spaces that are traditional and outdated. However, they’re all spacious and come with two bathrooms, plus amenities like flat-screen TVs, Keurig coffeemakers, and mini-fridges, but Wi-Fi costs extra. It’s worth comparing rates with the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe, which has modern rooms and an outdoor heated pool.
The 451-room Cititel Penang is an upper-middle-range hotel situated in the popular downtown George Town neighborhood. Surrounded by restaurants and shops, and within walking distance of several top attractions, the convenient location is a highlight. Features are solid, consisting of a wellness center with a small indoor pool, fitness room, spa, sauna, and steam room, and there are three dining options to choose from: a well-liked buffet restaurant that’s open 24/7, Japanese eatery, and Chinese restaurant. Rooms are a bit small and dated, but they’re well equipped with flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, tea- and coffee-making facilities, and free Wi-Fi. Suites have separate living rooms with dining areas and wet bars. For something a bit more impressive, consider the nearby Eastern & Oriental Hotel, which is a historic property along the waterfront.
Located in Lower Manhattan, in the heart of the Financial District, this outpost of the Marriott-owned MOXY brand opened its doors in 2018. The upper-middle-range property is chock-full of hip, millennial-focused features that create a buzzy vibe. Cool common areas include a basketball court that doubles as an event space, a 24-hour fitness center, and a 5,000-square-foot co-working space-slash-lounge. The latter features a lively bar, arcade games, skee-ball, shuffleboard, and more bait to attract young travelers. The 298 rooms are compact, but clean, and efficiently use the space with foldaway furniture and tech-savvy features like flat-screen TVs and automated light control. Some units add floor-to-ceiling windows that display views of Downtown Manhattan and the Brooklyn Bridge. However, there’s no full restaurant or spa. For a more upscale experience, travelers may want to consider The Beekman, a Thompson Hotel, which offers more amenities for similar or lower rates.
Located an hour’s drive west of Montego Bay, the 537-room, upper-middle-range Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort & Spa is a family-friendly all-inclusive resort that feels a world away from anywhere. This somewhat secluded resort is massive, with an 86,000-square-foot pool complex offering an adults-only pool, water park, and whirlpools, a stellar spa (fee), 11 restaurants serving international buffets and a la carte Italian, Mexican, Asian, and Caribbean cuisines, late-night entertainment, and several bars with nearly 24-hour drinking opportunities. Junior Suites and Suites are spacious but outdated, though they come with furnished balconies or terraces, whirlpool tubs, free minibars, and free Wi-Fi. The large size won’t be for everyone, and the beach is rocky and man-made. The adjacent Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton Resort & Spa is a more modern, upscale alternative that shares many of the same facilities, but it’s quieter and better for adults. For an adults-only luxury alternative closer to Montego Bay, consider Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay.
The 516-room Iberostar Costa Dorada all-inclusive resort is a solid upper-middle-range property located right on a long, sandy beach that’s just a short drive from the center of Puerto Plata. Rooms are simple but well-maintained, featuring balconies, minibars, coffeemakers, and air-conditioning. Ringed with loungers, the pools are large and lively, while the spa offers a serene atmosphere and lots of great treatments. The entertainment program is packed with activities for all ages, including games and competitions for children 4 to 17 years old. Buffet and a la carte restaurants receive good reviews from past guests, but some complain that the buffet can lack variety. Couples wanting a child-free vacation may want to consider the adults-only and all-inclusive BlueBay Villas Doradas resort.
Lexis Port Dickson is an upper-middle-range beachfront resort situated about a 10-minute drive outside of Port Dickson’s center. The hotel’s attractive outdoor pool and adjacent kids’ pool are highlights, as is the array of activities offered here, from karaoke to horseback riding. There are also a game room stocked with arcade games, a movie room, a decently equipped fitness center, and a spa. The beach is a bit lackluster, and there’s only one dining option here, but it’s open all day and it serves international fare. The 264 rooms are divided between Premium Tower Seaview rooms in the main building, and those in chalets built over the water. Though a bit dated and showing some wear, all rooms are spacious and have balconies and large bathrooms equipped with both soaking tubs and separate walk-in showers. For something more upscale, consider the sister hotel, Grand Lexis Port Dickinson, where all rooms have private plunge pools.
The Building Hotel blends over 100 years of history with mostly modern interiors and features not often found in central Rome to create a bargain-hunter’s dream. This upper-middle-range property sits just to the north of Termini Station, putting it a bit far from Rome’s major sights. However, the Castro Pretorio Metro station is essentially around the corner. That’s especially nice, considering the amenities on offer. There’s an outdoor courtyard pool (a rarity in Rome), a lovely spa, fitness center, and even a piece of Rome’s ancient city wall on the property. Rooms are generically contemporary and can be a bit dark, but include Smart TVs, minibars, and individually controlled air-conditioning. The restaurant is popular with previous guests, and serves food all day (including a breakfast buffet). If you’d prefer a more central option, check out the more charming Relais Giulia, near the Tiber River and Prati, though you’ll get far less for your money there.
First opened in 1946, the 3,626-room Flamingo Las Vegas is one of the most iconic hotels on the Strip. In addition to all the Vegas basics — including multiple dining options, a huge casino, top-rated shows, and a number of wedding venues — this upper-middle-range hotel offers a few great features: a bustling party pool, a spa, on-site shops, and the popular Wildlife Habitat, complete with exotic birds, turtles, and fish. Rooms, however, are hit or miss — non-renovated units are somewhat dated and basic, while renovated rooms and suites have stylish contemporary decor and upgraded technologies. Rates are some of the lowest on the Strip, but those on a budget may want to bear in mind that a resort fee is added at checkout. Families may prefer the Mirage Hotel & Casino, which has nightly fire-and-water shows, and largely well-maintained rooms.