Las Vegas Strip 2

Las Vegas Strip – Lower

From 1988 to 2010, the Las Vegas Strip transformed into the mega-resort capital we recognize today. Today, When you enter Las Vegas from the airport or I-15 Freeway, you are greeted by an orgy of modern mega-resorts: Mandalay Bay, Luxor, Excalibur, New York, New York, MGM Grand, Planet Hollywood Resort, Monte Carlo, Bellagio and Paris Las Vegas. Tropicana (1957) and Bally’s (1973) are the only vintage casino resorts remaining on the lower Las Vegas Strip. The Lower Strip on Las Vegas Blvd, extends from Flamingo Road south to Mandalay Bay.

MGM Grand
DESCRIPTION: The first billion dollar resort on The Strip, MGM Grand rivals Mandalay Bay and Caesars Palace for hosting the biggest entertainment events in Las Vegas. Grand Garden Arena is the joint during championship boxing and UFC matches — that’s when the big money roles into Vegas. If you roll in with jet lag or get a hangover while here, you’ll be pleased to know that MGM has 42 Wellness Rooms that have 12 features to help you quickly recover. Today, celebrity DJ’s keep the music playing at the palatial Hakkasan Nightclub. Day or night, the party is also on at Wet Republic Ultra Pool, 54,500-square-foot venue comprised of saltwater pools, dipping pools, daybeds, banquets, bungalows and cabanas. The adult pool is a place to mix, mingle and dance. MGM Grand’s fine dining establishments include Craftsteak by Tom Colicchio, Joel Robuchan, L’Atelier, plus 4100 wine selections from 14 sommeliers determined to make your stay abnormally good. Specialty dining is provided by Diego Mexican Cuisine, Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House, Fiamma Italian Cuisine, Wolfgang Puck Cafe, Nob Hill Tavern by Michael Mina, Pearl Chinese Cuisine, Shibuya Japanese Cuisine; casual dining options include Rainforest Cafe, The Grand Wok, and MGM Grand Buffet. Though the Lion Habitat is gone, MGM has added fast food options Cabana Grill, Starbucks, Stage Deli, Studio Cafe, Nathan’s Hot Dogs and Project Pie Pizza. The shopping selection is surprisingly small by standards on the Strip, but the Sugar Factory, Optica and Watch Boutique are well worth visiting. CSI: The Experience is a charming attraction for those who like the TV series that started in Vegas – it will hold your attention for 40 minutes as you solve a murder mystery. Centrifuge Bar and Rouge lounge are good hang-outs for cocktails before deciding your evening. KÀ is the featured Cirque du Soleil show in its own astonishing performance space. It is inspired by the ancient Egyptian belief in the “Ka”, an invisible spiritual duplicate of the body that accompanies every human being throughout their life and into the next. At Hollywood Theater, every show by David Copperfield proves why he is simply the best magician of our time.
ROOMS: 5,044
STATUS: AAA 4 Diamond
ADDRESS: 3799 South Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV MAP
PARKING: free
TRANSIT: Las Vegas monorail station
PHONE: 800-851-1703
WEBSITE: http://www.mgmgrand.com

ARIA in CityCenter
DESCRIPTION: without a doubt, $11 billion CityCenter is the pinnacle of activity on the Strip and Aria is the straw that the stirs the drink; designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli, it is one of the few hotels in the world to debut with a AAA 5-Diamond rating; ARIA now features Zarkana, a Cirque du Soleil show seen in Madrid, Moscow and NYC; 16 restaurants by acclaimed chefs provide cuisine for every taste — Jean George Steakhouse is highly recommended; for brunch, The Buffet at Aria features authentic dishes from around the world; 10 chic bars and lounges, including Haze Night Nightclub, Gold Lounge and The Deuce Lounge — ask about their attractive Bachelor and Bachelorette packages; the two-level 80,000-square-foot spa & salon at Aria features 62 treatment rooms, a Shio Salt Room, Japanese Ganbanyoku Stone Beds, a Fire Lounge, co-ed balcony with an infinity pool, full-service salon, barber shop and advanced fitness center; the jaw-dropping 215,000-square-foot pool deck features three primary pools and Liquid, an adults-only pool; a pleasant surprise amongst the glittering architecture is the Fine Art Collection showcasing works by Maya Lin, Jenny Holzer, Nancy Rubins, Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, among others; the hotel tower, convention center and theater make ARIA the world’s largest LEED Gold certified building; attached to ARIA, Crystals is a 500,000-square-foot journey through couture, cuisine and entertainment; it features hanging gardens, a lush flower carpet and a three-story sculptural Tree House housing Mastro’s Ocean Club; retailers include Prada, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, TOM FORD, Miu Miu, Paul Smith, Kiton, Marni, ASSOULINE, H.Stern, Tourbillon, Porsche Design and de Grisogono; Dining concepts include Eva Longoria’s Beso, Mastro’s Ocean Club, Wolfgang Puck Pizzeria & Cucina, The Pods by Wolfgang Puck and Todd English P.U.B.
ROOMS: 4,004
STATUS: AAA 5 Diamond
ADDRESS: 3730 South Las Vegas Blvd  MAP
PARKING: free self parking and valet parking
TRANSIT: Bellagio-Aria-Monte Carlo Monorail

Vdara in CityCenter
DESCRIPTION: an internationally inspired all-suite hotel and spa designed for those who love the excitement of Las Vegas, but prefer an exclusive non-gaming, smoke-free environment; Vdara Health & Beauty is an 18,000-square-foot, two-level spa, salon and fitness facility that spotlights holistic health and well-being in an intimate environment; Bar Vdara is a sophisticated lobby lounge that will appeal to couples preferring a quieter setting than ARIA; other dining options include Market Cafe Vdara and Silk Road, the latter being a fantastic breakfast and lunch restaurant; the Pool & Lounge features 19 cabanas, one primary pool, semi-secluded plunge pools and a high-energy pool lounge will catch your eye; Vdara also received a LEED® Gold certification; Vdara is also home to one and two story condo-hotel units and penthouses; each room features state-of-the-art technology control panels, plasma HDTV, advanced entertainment system and wireless internet
ROOMS: 1495; including 250 corner-end units up to 1,650 square feet
STATUS: AAA 3-4 Diamond equivalent
ADDRESS: 2600 West Harmon Avenue, Las Vegas, NV MAP
PARKING: free valet & self parking
TRANSIT: Bellagio-Aria-Monte Carlo Monorail
WEBSITE: http://www.vdara.com

Mandarin Oriental in CityCenter
DESCRIPTION: a 47-story, non-gaming hotel and residences, delivering spectacular accommodations, superlative dining, an unparalleled spa, legendary service by a renowned hotel group and art by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, Jun Kaneko, Jack Goldstein and Masatoshi Izumi; the signature element is Mandarin Bar and Tea Lounge on the 23rd floor sky lobby for power-lunches; you can see a deft touch in the detail of all its rooms from $200 to above $2000/night; for dining options consider modern French cuisine at Twist by Pierre Gagnaire, contemporary Asian at Mozen Bistro, or cocktails and tapas at Mandarin Bar; The Spa at Mandarin Oriental is a two-level, 27,000-square-foot oasis with 17 treatment rooms inspired by 1930’s Shanghai glamor; the magnificent pool features 20 cabanas, two lap pools and the Pool Cafe; top floors are occupied by 225 luxury condominiums
ROOMS: 392 hotel rooms and luxurious suites
STATUS: AAA 3-4 Diamond equivalent
ADDRESS: 3752 South Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV MAP
PARKING: valet parking only
TRANSIT: Bellagio-Aria-Monte Carlo Monorail

The Cosmopolitan
DESCRIPTION: perhaps the signature element of this resort is the floor-to-ceiling windows of the 100,000-square-foot Boulevard Casino facing the Strip; upper floors of the 50-story East and West towers boast sweeping views of the Las Vegas Strip; hotel and condominium-style rooms range from 730 square feet to 5,400 square feet in addition to 10 three-story bungalow-style suites adjacent to the west pool deck. contemporary room décor in spacious living areas, hundreds of small unique touches, and many with expansive terraces with dazzling views of the Strip; each room features state-of-the-art technology control panels, plasma-screen televisions, entertainment system, wireless internet and a custom in-room bar; over-sized bathrooms that in some cases also offer Japanese soaking tubs, rain showers and marble floors; Sahra Spa & Hammam, inspired by a desert oasis is stunning in its beauty and service; Side Line Sports Bar combines the excitement of live video gaming and the thrill of large screen sports viewing in luxury; three unique pool experiences at The Pool District, the multi-level Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub and an ample restaurant collection and 14 retail boutiques round out the visitor experience tailored for hipsters; unfortunately, bartender service at the wonderful Chandelier Lounge sucks
ROOMS: 2,995
STATUS: AAA 3-4 Diamond equivalent
ADDRESS: 3708 Las Vegas Blvd  MAP
PARKING: valet parking
TRANSIT: none

Mandalay Bay
DESCRIPTION: A premiere Vegas experience for entertainment, dining, swimming pool, nightclubs, concerts and shopping; STRIPSTEAK stands out for its robust carnivore menu, Aureole features impeccable atmosphere and cuisine and you’ll love the wine angels retrieving your favorite bottle of vino; Crossroads at House of Blues has memorable brunches, Burger Bar makes you wonder how many different ways can you make a gourmet burger; Charlie Palmer Steak, Fleur by Hubert Keller, Lupo by Wolfgang Puck, RM Seafood, Ri Ra Irish Pub, Mizuya sushi lounge, Border Grill, Hussong’s Cantina, Raffles Cafe, Noodle Shop, Vernadah, Bayside Buffet, Sports Book & Grill, Sea Breeze Ice Cream, Slice of Vegas pizzeria and the quirky Red Square with its frozen vodka ice cream eliminate reason to think you’ll find better dining options elsewhere; entertainment options begin with UFC, boxing and concerts in the 12,000 seat events center, the massive pool hosts beach concerts, and House of Blues concerts are hosted in a more intimate setting; consider these bars and lounges: Evening Call, Eyecandy Sound Lounge, Mix Lounge, Orchid Lounge, Bikini Bar, Fat Tuesday, Minus 5 Ice Lounge, Red Square Bar, THElounge and members-only House of Blues Foundation Room; Shark Reef will have your kids spellbound as they walk through the Reef Tunnel; the lush tropical fauna and a 6-foot high wave pool, which reinforce the resort’s tropical theme, attracts plenty of hot bodies and celebrities; considering all the on-site benefits that compliment its large, nicely decorated suites so good that many guests never venture beyond the resort; 2013 will bring even more to love with LIGHT Nightclub designed by Cirque du Soleil opening in Spring 2013, the Michael Jackson Cirque du Soleil Show opening in May; later in 2013 The Delano Las Vegas, like famous one on South Beach, starts construction/conversion from on the property
ROOMS: 4,408
STATUS: AAA 4 Diamond
ADDRESS: 3950 South Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV MAP
PARKING: free
TRANSIT: Mandalay-Luxor-Excalibur Monorail
PHONE: 800-851-1703

Luxor
DESCRIPTION: Once you get past the historically inaccurate blue-eyed Sphinx, you enter of the world’s largest pyramid’s at 30-stories tall; the blackened glass does a good job reflecting light in the daytime and with the light at its pinnacle generates the brightest light on the planet; inside, a daunting look up reveals the world’s largest atrium; this Egyptian themed casino resort is an architectural and technological wonder in every sense; entertainment options begin with Chris Angel Believe, a mix of magic and Cirque du Soleil amazing, Carrot Top Comedy, Fantasy topless show, Menopause The Musical, Bodies The exhibition of what bodies look like under the skin and Titanic: The Artifact Exhibit, SCORE! interactive sports exhibit; theme restaurant options are TENDER steak & seafood, Rice & Company sushi, Public House, Tacos & Tequila, and MORE The Buffet at Luxor, Pyramid Breakfast Cafe; the 26,000 square feet LAX headlines nightlife at Luxor, complimented by Saville Row lounge, Centra bar & lounge, Play Bar, High Bar in the high limit area, Aurora bar, and the high energy cocktail bar, Flight; the weddings packages are elegant and fit any size party; don’t forget Nature Spa and Salon and scheduling your own in-room Bourdoir photo shoot; when making reservations, golfers should ask the concierge about packages with Bali Hai, Royal Links, and Desert Pines courses
ROOMS: 4,332
STATUS: AAA 3 Diamond
ADDRESS: 3900 South Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV MAP
PARKING: free
TRANSIT: Mandalay-Luxor-Excalibur Monorail
PHONE: 800-851-1703

Excalibur
DESCRIPTION: Located on the famous “four corners” intersection of Tropicana and Las Vegas Boulevard, Excalibur has a striking external presence and well executed medieval theme throughout; visitors can revel in the jousting and sport of the Tournament of Kings, see an Bee Gees tribute show or catch The Thunder from Down Under in Merlin’s Theater; two wedding chapels indicates that part of the business stays busy; dining options include The Steakhouse at Camelot, Buca di Peppo, Dicks Last Resort, Excalibur Buffet and Castle Walk Food Court; family attractions include Fun Dungeon arcade and believe it or not for Vegas, the pool; consistent with its theme, Fantasy Faire features strolling medieval costumed performers, carnival games, jugglers and magicians
ROOMS: 3,991
STATUS: AAA 3 Diamond
ADDRESS: 3850 South Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV MAP
PARKING: free
TRANSIT: Mandalay-Luxor-Excalibur Monorail
PHONE: 800-851-1703

Tropicana
DESCRIPTION: One of the early resorts on the Strip and then made-over as one of the first mega-resort on the Strip, the “Trop” has been continuously modernized; the ample size suites in its 22 story tower offer some of the best views of the southern end of the Strip and are great for hosting parties; dining options are lead by Bacio Italian cuisine, Biscayne Steak, Beach Cafe, Bagatelle Supper Club & Beach Club, and South Beach food Court; Roseanne Barr, Laugh Factory, Tropicana Lounge, and Mob Attraction Las Vegas is a a nice curio; Glow, a Mandara Spa and the pool are quite popular
ROOMS: 1,880
STATUS: AAA 2 Diamond
ADDRESS: 3801 South Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV MAP
PARKING: free
TRANSIT: MGM Grand Las Vegas Monorail Station
PHONE: 888-826-8767

New York-New York
DESCRIPTION: Fine detail in the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Chrysler Building icons plus the a roaring Manhattan Express rollercoaster immediately catch your eye outside; once inside, the casino interior modeled after Times Square and Central Park; a Coney Island-style arcade is attractive for teenagers; includes a memorial to the victims of 9-11 near the front of its Statue of Liberty; Big Apple Bar grooves nightly; restaurants include: America, Nathan’s Hot Dogs, Haagen-Dazs, Gallagher’s Steakhouse, Greenberg’s Deli, ESPN Zone and the Village Eateries; New Yorkers generally like the Dueling Pianos at the Bar at Times Square; single guy and some women like the party at Coyote Ugly nightclub; Ladies, there’s specialty shopping to be had at Houdini’s Magic Shop, I Love NY-NY Signature Shop, Park Avenue Collections, and The News Stand
ROOMS: 2,023
STATUS: AAA 3 Diamond
ADDRESS: 3790 South Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV MAP
PARKING: free
TRANSIT: none
PHONE: 800-851-1703

Monte Carlo
DESCRIPTION: Blue Man Group and Zumanity by Cirque du Soleil headline entertainment at this resort; with a photogenic fountain out front has an spa, fitness center, pool, tennis courts, wedding chapel, and Backstreet Arcade, featuring 60 current video games, this resort has much to please a wide range of interests; Street of Dreams contains upscale designer shops set within a tree-lined cobblestone avenue; restaurant & lounge options include Andre’s French Restaurant, The Pub, Diablos Cantina, Blackstone’s Steakhouse, Brand Lounge, d.vino wine bar, Dragon Noodle and 1 Nation Line every Friday and Saturday
ROOMS: 3,002
STATUS: AAA 4 Diamond
ADDRESS: 3770 South Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV MAP
PARKING: free
TRANSIT: Bellagio-Aria-Monte Carlo monorail

Bellagio
DESCRIPTION: A Beverly Hills-like feast of glamor, shops and prices whose centerpiece is a spectacular computer-controlled fountain with music and light show on a man-made lake; the fountains spout as high as 240 feet; the Gallery of Fine Art features Impressionist, Modern, Post-War and Contemporary paintings, fine prints, sculptures, and ceramics and traveling exhibitions; O, a refined and inspiring Cirque du Soleil show always seems to be sold out, so book early; the splendid Botanical Garden and Fine Arts Museum are a bit of nirvana – you can while away an hour just hanging out here; Bellagio expresses detail in all of its creature comforts, art, tile work, horticulture, and the way it permits natural light to flow into a portion of the building, a rarity for casinos; enchanting Fioro di Como glass flower sculpture on the lobby ceiling features 2,000 individually-blown and colored glass pieces; fresh flowers in the Conservatory change with holidays and seasons; restaurants include: Michael Mina, Yellowtail Japanese, The Fix, Circo Italian, Jasmine, Olives, Noodles asian cuisine, Petrossian Bar, Picasso, Prime Steakhouse, The Buffet, and Cafe Bellagio, a 24-hour cafe; nightlife options The Bank, Hyde, Baccarat Bar and Lilly Bar & Lounge uphold Bellagio’s upscale image quite well
ROOMS: 3,933
STATUS: AAA 5 Diamond
ADDRESS: 3600 South Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV MAP
PARKING: free
TRANSIT: Bellagio-Aria-Monte Carlo Monorail
PHONE: 800-851-1703

Planet Hollywood Resort
DESCRIPTION: Now a Harrah’s property, this Hollywood-theme resort is one of the hippest spots on the Strip; distinctive amenities begin with two pools and spas overlook the Strip – only resort who can make this claim to date; formal dining options include Koi (Japanese), Gordon Ramsay BurGR, P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, Strip House (steak), and Alfredo of Rome; casual dining options are led the Spice Market Buffet, Planet Dailies (a sports theme restaurant that ladies can also enjoy), Earl of Sandwich and Pink’s hot dogs; the lounges and bars also have a confident vibe, but each with its own character: EXTRA Lounge, Heart Bar, and The Living Room; a center for concerts is the 7,000-seat Theatre for the Performing Arts, which boasts the largest proscenium arch stage in the country; featured nightlife includes Gallery Nightclub, Pussycat Dolls Burlesque Saloon, SinCity Comedy; The Chapel offers a wide variety of wedding packages; Miracle Mile shops are sure to please most fashionistas and the just plain curious; a nice touch is The Pleasure Pool featuring 15 cabanas, misting and poolside bottle service and Pool Cafe
ROOMS: 2,567
STATUS: AAA 4 Diamond
ADDRESS: 3667 South Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV MAP
PARKING: free
TRANSIT: Paris Las Vegas Monorail Station
PHONE: 866-919-7472

Paris Las Vegas
DESCRIPTION: Anchored by large scale replicas of the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, The Hotel de Ville, The Louvre, façade of Paris Opera, façade and Alexander III Bridge overlooking the casino pay to homage to three of Paris’ great attractions; a vaulted blue interior ceiling with muted lighting and the Parisian restaurants and shops will put you in the mood to speak French; dining options begin with Eiffel Tower Restaurant sitting 100 feet above the Strip; other fine options include Café Belle Madeleine, La Creperie desserts, Le Provencal, Gordon Ramsay Steak, Mon Ami Gabi (bistro) and Cafe ile St. Louis (24 hours); for less formal delicious fare try Le Burger Brasserie, Café du Parc sandwiches & salad, JJ’s Boulangerie baker, the excellent Le Village Buffet (outstanding) and the startling Sugar Factory facing the Strip; entertainment options begin with Chateau Nightclub & Gardens (outdoor facing the Strip), Napoleon’s Dueling Piano Bar, Gustav’s Casino Bar, Le Cabaret in a garden, Le Central Lobby Bar, and Le Bar du Sport located beside Race & Sports Book each have 30+ vibe; guests enjoy Le Rendezvous Concierge Lounge is located on the 31st floor with views of the Strip; Le Boulevard features house boutiques, gift shops, a home and garden store, a gourmet food shop and newsstand, while Bally’s-Paris Promenade presents French jewelry and accessories from internationally renowned designers, an art gallery shop of French and French-inspired work; Mandara Spa and the Wedding Chapel at Paris … can it get any more romantic in Las Vegas?
ROOMS: 2,916
STATUS: AAA 4 Diamond
ADDRESS: 3655 South Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV MAP
PARKING: free
TRANSIT: Las Vegas Monorail Station
PHONE: 800-851-1703

Bally’s
DESCRIPTION: Its 1980s front exterior, looks like a bad hair day compared to its neighbors — makeover please. Nonetheless, Balls charms remain inside where it is a favorite of repeat patrons. Its entertainment charm is headlined the critically acclaimed and LAST topless showgirl revue in Las Vegas, Jubilee. It features stunning costumes, 85 lithe bodies, flawless choreography and unmatched tradition performed to a medley of Cole Porter songs. There are also modern shows with artists from this decade that every millennial will recognize. Get your groove on with a high quality lounge act at Indigo Lounge. Tony N’ Tina’s Wedding is dinner theatre with unpredictable endings. Dining options include Bally’s Las Vegas Steakhouse, Sbarro, Ichiban Sushi, Nosh Las Vegas Cafe SEA Thai Restaurant, The Sidewalk Cafe and Tequilla Bar & Grill. The large pool area is complimented with private cabanas, a spa, and Blue Pool Cafe. Bally’s features the largest tennis complex on the Strip; now if only the owners would overhaul the front of this perfectly located, casino resort
ROOMS: 2,814
STATUS: AAA 3 Diamond
ADDRESS: 3645 South Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV MAP
PARKING: free
TRANSIT: Las Vegas Monorail Station
PHONE: 888-742-9248

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