Las Vegas Strip

Las Vegas Strip – Upper

From 1988 to 2010, the Las Vegas Strip transformed into the mega-resort capital we recognize today. The Sahara, Stardust and Frontier casino resorts are gone. If not for the Flamingo, Riviera, Harrahs and Caesars Palace no old-timer would recognize the Upper Strip. The good news is that fantastic full-featured resorts having have replaced old casino resorts with world-class sidewalk attractions, better guest suites, fancy pools, upscale spas & shops, gourmet restaurants, theme pools and signature shows.

In the 3-mile long corridor known as The Strip on Las Vegas Blvd, the Upper Strip extends from Flamingo Road north to the Stratosphere.

Treasure Island
DESCRIPTION: Nightly traffic-stopping frigate battles with thrilling stunts and gorgeous Sirens of TI festoon this pirate-themed resort — don’t get too close to the canons which make real explosions or the pyrotechnics; also home to Mystere, the magnificent Cirque du Soleil show going strong for over a decade; dining options include Phil’s Italian Steak House, Seafood Shack, Gilley’s BBQ, Senor Frog’s Mexican cuisine, Kahunaville, Pizzeria Francescos, Little Richies Chicago Style Beef & Dogs, Pho Vietnamese, and The Buffet, one of the best buffet values on the Strip; bars and lounges include Kahunaville Party Bar, Margarita Bar, Senor Frog’s Bar and Breeze Bar; if you’re feeling lonely, try the pool area’s 25-person hot tub; Oleksandra Spa fitness round out this enduring world-class resort next to Fashion Show Mall; watch the pyrotechnic sea battle in Buccaneer Bay every night, weather permitting
ROOMS: 2,885
STATUS: AAA 4 Diamond
ADDRESS: 3300 South Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV MAP
PARKING: free
TRANSIT: Treasure Island-Mirage Monorail
PHONE: 800-851-1703
WEBSITE: http://www.treasureislandcasino.com

Mirage
DESCRIPTION: Built in 1989 and renovated since then, this Polynesian-theme resort with a landmark volcano sparked a building boom on the Strip; the 90-foot-high atrium filled with royal palms and orchids has to be experienced to be fully appreciated; show headliners are Boyz II Men, Terry Fator, and The Beattles Love by Cirque du Soleil; fine dining options are Japonais contemporary Japanese, STACK contemporary American, FIN contemporary Chinese, Onda Ristorante and Samba Brazilian Steakhouse;casual dining options include BLT Burger, California Pizza Kitchen, Carnegie Deli, Paradise Café, Roasted Bean, Paradise Cafe and Cravings Buffet – one of the best on the Strip; The Street of Shops offers Kardashian Khaos, The Watch Boutique, King Ink, Sugar Factory, The Art of Music, LOVE Boutique among its collection of designer boutiques; nightlife options are well represented by REVOLUTION Lounge, 1 OAK, Rhumbar, The High Limit Lounge, The Sports Bar, Dolphin Bar and the Bare Pool Lounge for those who like Euro bathing on day beds; the outdoor tropical pool environment is surrounded by waterfalls, lush foliage, private cabanas and a café with two pools and three saltwater spas; the showcase Spa at The Mirage has a robust set of upgraded treatment rooms and menu options; Watch Siegfried & Roy’s royal white tigers prance in an open-air environment featuring fountains and simulated mountain terrain
ROOMS: 3,044
RATES: $109-$699 rooms; Suites $275-$5000
STATUS: AAA 4 Diamond
ADDRESS: 3400 South Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV MAP
PARKING: free
TRANSIT: Mirage-Treasure Island Monorail
PHONE: 800-851-1703
WEBSITE: http://www.mirage.com

The Quad
DESCRIPTION: Formerly the Imperial Palace, its being transformed into a hip brand targeting 21-49 year olds; this dog-friendly hotel is still home to entertainment options are Frank Marino impersonating Joan Rivers, Jeff Civillico (physical comedy), The Dealertainers, Recycled Percussion (audience interaction) and Auto Collections, one the world’s largest classic car showrooms; considering its heritage, most lounges have a Japanese theme, but there’s also a Sports Bar and a Fat Tuesday; dining options include Embers steakhouse, Ginseng 3, Quesadilla, Betty’s Diner & Cyber Cafe, BurgerPlace and Emperor’s Buffet, a spa, fitness center and 2 wedding chapels round out the amenities; the $500 million LINQ retail, dining and entertainment district between The Quad and Flamingo opens in late 2013
ROOMS: 2,543
STATUS: AAA 2 Diamond
ADDRESS: 3535 South Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV MAP
PARKING: free
TRANSIT: Harrahs-Quad Las Vegas Monorail Station
PHONE: 702-731-3311

Harrah’s
DESCRIPTION: One of the older resorts on the Strips that emphasizes service in its 2,500 rooms and suites, 7 restaurants, a luxurious spa, Olympic-size outdoor swimming pool and state-of-the-art health club; rooms feature high-speed Internet, video games, double sound-proofed walls, blackout draperies and hotel floors for non-smoking guests; entertainment options are Mac King Comedy Magic Show, The Improv comedy show, Million Dollar Quartet, Defending the Caveman play, plus Karaoke lounge act; dining options include Ruth Chris Steakhouse, Ming’s Table, Harrah’s Cafe, Oyster Bar, and Kerry’s Gourmet Burgers; lap exercise swimmers will love the Olympic size pool
ROOMS: 2,576
STATUS: AAA 3 Diamond
ADDRESS: 3475 South Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV MAP
PARKING: free
TRANSIT: Harrahs-Quad Las Vegas Monorail Station
PHONE: 702-369-5000

Flamingo
DESCRIPTION: With its brilliant pink neon marquee on the Strip, the Flamingo screams “Las Vegas” more than any other icon; today George Wallace, Donnie & Marie Osmond, and Legends in Concert (tribute revue) headline in this historic resort, which established the Las Vegas Strip reputation for elegant casinos, celebrity patrons, extravagant shows, beautiful pools and showgirls — well portrayed in the movie Bugsy; the original Flamingo structure is long gone, but its spirit remains in a touching memorial to Bugsy Siegal located in the resort gardens; the lush Wildlife Habitat features African penguins, Chilean flamingos, Mandarin ducks and Koi fish ponds and under a dramatic waterfall; GO Pool for guests 21+ is a regular pool party when its warm, including 38 cabanas; dining options Carlos ‘n Charlie, Beach Club Bar & Grill, Center Cut Steakhouse, Hamada of Japan, Tropical Breeze Cafe, plus Paradise Garden Buffet; the Flamingo’s extra helping of nightlife options are led by Margaritaville, Bugsy’s Bar, Garden Bar, X Bar, Poker Bar, Sin City Bar and Southwest Corner Bar; a handful of gift, accessory and fitness boutiques round out the offerings
ROOMS: 3,565
STATUS: AAA 3 Diamond
ADDRESS: 3555 South Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV MAP
PARKING: free
TRANSIT: Flamingo Las Vegas Monorail Station
PHONE: 888-308-8899

Caesar’s Palace
DESCRIPTION: Since opening in 1966, this elegant resort has been in constant state of expansion and enhancement – every year there’s something new; it’s signature art piece is an exact replica of Michelangelo’s masterpiece, David; the massive resort features 3 pools, 2 spas, a spa and fitness center laced with Roman gardens, elegant casinos, world-class entertainment, two-story suites, and opulence that draws the high-rollers and Average Joe’s; Forum Shops and Appian Way shops feature some of the best shopping east of Beverly Hills; one of the most interesting quirks in the casino area are the playful Roman statue eyes that follow your movements; consider these dining options: Mesa Grill, Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill, Old Homestead Steakhouse, Rao’s Italian cuisine, Payard Pâtisserie & Bistro, Guy Savoy, Beijing Noodle No. 9, Chinois, Munchbar, Serendipity 3, Empress Court and Bacchanal Buffet; this entertainment juggernaut hosts shows by Celine Dion, Shania Twain, Rod Stewart and Jerry Seinfeld; Cleopatra’s Barge nightclub feature Matt Goss; Garden of the Gods Las Vegas Pools are the most breathtaking in Las Vegas — which means possibly the best in the world with decadent cabanas and palatial sunbathing spots; there’s nothing like Caesars when hosting a championship boxing match
ROOMS: 3,349
STATUS: AAA 4 Diamond
ADDRESS: 3570 South Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV MAP
PARKING: free
TRANSIT: none
PHONE: 800-851-1703

Encore
DESCRIPTION: With gardens more beautiful than The Wynn, you’ll want to cut a flower off for a souvenir; this is fantasy resort of carnal pleasures with dazzling red chandeliers above each gaming table and butterfly imprints on marble floors to provide a unifying motif; the exotic lounge opens to the fantasy European pool; Tiffany designed lighting fixtures compliment natural sunlight above the superb gallery of designer shops at the Encore; luxuriant nightclubs are XS Nightclub, Surrender, Tryst, Encore Beach Club; fine dining options are Sinatra Italian, SW Steakhouse, Andrea contemporary, Tableau, Botero steakhouse, Wazuzu Pan-Asian, Wing Lei Chinese, Mizumi Japanese, Lakeside Seafood, Country Club, and Bartolotta Italian; casual dining options include Allegro, Drugstore Cafe, Las Cave wine bar, Red 8, sugar & Ice, Terrace Pointe Cafe, Wazuzu, Zoozacrackers Deli and Society Cafe; though Beyonce performed here briefly in 2009, Garth Brooks entertains 4 nights a week at Encore Theater
ROOMS: 2,034 suites with floor to ceiling windows and dramatic views
STATUS: AAA 5 Diamond
ADDRESS: 3131 South Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV MAP
PARKING: free
TRANSIT: Harrahs Las Vegas Monorail Station
PHONE: 888-320-7123

Wynn Las Vegas
DESCRIPTION: Designed to excite the senses from 50 stories above the Strip to its stage floors – no wonder this landmark complex of hotel, casino and upscale shops challenges all luxury resorts on the Strip; the gifted theatrical visionary of many Cirque du Soleil shows, Dragone created La Reve which alters the theatrical experience with a new world of dreams; The Wynn is walking distance to both Las Vegas Convention Center and Sands Expo Center and across from Fashion Show Mall; 16 unique shops add an air of elegance and The Wynn shares restaurant, shop and nightlife options with Encore
ROOMS: 2,720
STATUS: AAA 5 Diamond
ADDRESS: 3131 South Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV MAP
PARKING: free
TRANSIT: Harrahs Las Vegas Monorail Station
PHONE: 888-320-7123

Palazzo
DESCRIPTION: Dining options include Carnevino Steakhouse, Cut modern steakhouse, Sushisamba Japanese, Peruvian, Table 10, LAVO Mediterrenean, Morels French steakhouse, Woo Pan-Asian, and Restaurant Charlie; entertainment includes a Tim McGraw & Faith Hill show, Smokey Robinson presents Human Nature The Motown Show; nightlife options are The Act nightclub, LAVO Nightclub, The Bourbon Room, Double Helix, Fusion Latin Mixology Bar, Lagasses Stadium, Zebra Lounge, and Laguna Champagne Bar; the Concierge Lounge on the 23rd floor, overlooking the Strip is guests-only; each suite has a sunken living room decorated with a modern European design, marble-appointed baths and high thread count cotton sheets and duvets topped with remote-control Roman shades
ROOMS: 3,025
STATUS: AAA 5 Diamond
ADDRESS: 3325 South Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV MAP
PARKING: free
TRANSIT: Harrahs Las Vegas Monorail Station
PHONE: 702-607-7777

Venetian
DESCRIPTION: This beloved resort featuring landmark replicas of the Campanile Bell Tower, Rialto Bridge, and St. Mark’s Square in Venice are faithfully replicated; canals filled with strolling costumed performers and singing bellman who fetch you a taxi demonstrate that its theme is well executed and rendered to the last detail; exquisite fresco covers the arched ceiling from registration to the casino; a romantic gondola ride up the winding canal under a muted blue sky puts you in the perfect mood for arrival at Grand Canal Shoppes; inside, award-winning restaurants like Tao Asian Bistro, AquaKnow seafood, B&B Ristorante Italian, Bouchon French, Canaletto Italian, Delmonico Steakhouse, Postrio Bar & Grill, Valentino Italian, Pinot Brasserie make merry with your taste buds; Madame Tussaud’s Celebrity Wax Museum is simply outstanding — particularly Johnny Depp; rooms are refined with Italian marble in the bathrooms; nightly entertainment includes Tim Allen, David Spade, Craig Ferguson, and Rock of Ages; Canyon Ranch SpaClub, Azure Pool and Tao Beach complete the luxuriant experience
ROOMS: 4,000 suites
STATUS: AAA 5 Diamond
ADDRESS: 3355 South Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV MAP
PARKING: free
TRANSIT: Harrahs Las Vegas Monorail Station
PHONE: 800-851-1703

Stratosphere
DESCRIPTION: One of the best values on the Strip is anchored by the 1,149-foot Stratosphere Tower; Stratosphere thrill rides are the world’s three tallest: the Big Shot, X-Scream, and the Insanity; try the 360 degree rotating Top of the World gourmet restaurant or get the big hook-up at the Chapel in the Clouds, over 100 stories above the Strip; additional dining options are Roxy’s Diner, McCall Heartland Grill, Fellinis Italian Ristorante, and the Buffet; as you would expect, Level 107 Lounge also delivers incredible aerial views of the Strip and of Downtown; headliners feature singer Frankie Moreno and Pin Up, a Playboy Playmate’s take on 1940-60s glamor; the Spa and Pool are modest by Strip standards, which makes them better than most elsewhere
ROOMS: 2,446
STATUS: AAA 2 Diamond
ADDRESS: 2000 South Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV MAP
PARKING: free
TRANSIT: none
PHONE: 
800-998-6937 or 702-380-7777

Riviera
DESCRIPTION: Open since 1955, Riviera features the critically acclaimed Crazy Girls topless revue, Andrew Dice Clay at Starlite Theatre, ILLUSIONS staring master illusionist Jan Rouen, Riviera Comedy Club and Le Bistro Sports Lounge; its room prices, except during big conventions, are reasonable, and its walking distance of Las Vegas Convention Center; dining options include R Steak & Seafood, Banana Leaf Cafe, Queen Victoria Pub, World’s Fare Buffet and a very large Food Court; notable amenities include a Pinball hall of fame and 3 Lions Tatoo Studio; in 1-2 years, the resort is scheduled for a multi-phase upgrade — lets hope its landmark marquee is preserved
ROOMS: 2,286
STATUS: AAA 3 Diamond
ADDRESS: 2901 South Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV MAP
PARKING: free
TRANSIT: Las Vegas Hilton Monorail Station
PHONE: 800-634-6753

Circus Circus
DESCRIPTION: One of only two family friendly resorts on the Strip. See free world-class circus acts performing every half-hour and clown shows in the AdventureDome — its the only 5-acre indoor theme park with arcade on The Strip. The Chuck Jones Experience inspires creativity for kids – he’s the guy who invited Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner. Dining options include The Steakhouse, Rock & Ritas BBQ, The Garden Grill, Blue Iguana Mexican X-Press, The Westside Deli, The Pizzeria, and the Circus Buffet. There’s also a full-service wedding chapel with packages to fit any budget. Various circus acts including trapeze, high wire, and stunt-cyclists make this a popular family spot.
ROOMS: 3,773
STATUS: AAA 2 Diamond
ADDRESS: 2880 South Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV MAP
PARKING: free
TRANSIT: none
PHONE: 702-731-6523

SLS Las Vegas
DESCRIPTION: Older visitors remember this location as the Sahara Resort. Since it opened in 1952, great performers like Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, Peter Lawford, Judy Garland, Marlene Dietrich, George Carlin, Shirley Bassey, Wayne Newton, Ann-Margret, The Mills Brothers, among others, played here. The Sahara hosted the annual Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon. Over the years, desert-themed renovations added an onion-dome minaret to set the resort’s Moroccan theme and a rollercoaster to attract younger guests. In its heyday, three large guest towers were filled to the brim. After years of financial problems, the Sahara closed in 2011. Eventually sold to new owners, who by 2014, completed a $744 million (includes purchase price for the land) makeover as the SLS Las Vegas casino resort. The casino remains, but the onion-dome minaret and rollercoaster are gone. The resort now has a hip vibe that features Hip-Hop, R&B, DJ and magician stars performing regularly at Foxtail Nightclub and Foxtail Pool Club. Resort ultra-lounges include the Sayers Club, Center Bar and Monkey Bar. If you would like a pool with more privacy, rent a cabana in Lux Pool. Ladies will enjoy the fab spa. Gift shopping is available in the resort, but sone should also take advantage of the separately-owned “world’s largest gift shop across Sahara Avenue.
ROOMS: 1600
STATUS: AAA
ADDRESS: 2535 South Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV MAP
PARKING: free
TRANSIT: Las Vegas Monorail Station
PHONE: 702-761-7757

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