Las Vegas Upper Strip
Since the 1940s, the Las Vegas Upper Strip transformed into the mega-resort capital we recognize today. Resorts World and a reborn Sahara anchor things. If not for Harrah’s, Flamingo and Caesars Palace, no old-timer would recognize Las Vegas Upper Strip today.
The upgraded and modernized Harrah’s emphasizes service in its 2,500 rooms and suites, seven restaurants, 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: Mac King Comedy Magic Show, The Improv comedy show, Million Dollar Quartet, Defending the Caveman play, plus Karaoke. For dining, visit 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.
ADDRESS: 3475 South Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV MAP
TRANSIT: Harrahs-Linq Monorail Station
TI is still 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 need to rejuvenate sore bones, try the pool area’s 25-person hot tub. Oleksandra Spa fitness round out this enduring world-class resort next to Mirage.
ADDRESS: 3300 South Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV MAP
TRANSIT: Treasure Island-Mirage Monorail
Built in 1989 and since renovated, this Polynesian-themed resort with a landmark volcano sparked a building boom on the Strip. You have to see the 90-foot atrium filled with royal palms and orchids to fully appreciated it. Fine dining options include Japonais contemporary Japanese, STACK contemporary American, FIN contemporary Chinese, Onda Ristorante and Samba Brazilian Steakhouse. For casual dining, visit 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 of designer boutiques include Kardashian Khaos, The Watch Boutique, King Ink, among others. Nightlife options: 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.
ADDRESS: 3400 South Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV MAP
TRANSIT: Mirage-Treasure Island Monorail
DESCRIPTION: Formerly the Imperial Palace, The Linq was transformed into a hip brand targeting 21-39 year olds. This pet-friendly hotel is still home to a wide array of shows and the world’s largest classic car showrooms. 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, Burger Place and Emperor’s Buffet, a spa, fitness center and 2 wedding chapels round out the amenities. For an adrenaline rush, check out VR boutiques and parallel Ziplines operating 12 stories up from 11am to 1am daily. If you’re not afraid of heights, the Giant Ferris Wheel will give you incredible views of the Strip and Las Vegas airport too.
ADDRESS: 3535 South Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV MAP
TRANSIT: Harrahs-Quad Las Vegas Monorail Station
DESCRIPTION: With its brilliant pink neon marquee on the Strip, the Flamingo screams “Las Vegas” more than any other icon. Today, Donnie & Marie Osmond headline in this historic resort, which established the Las Vegas Strip reputation for elegant casinos, celebrity patrons, extravagant shows, beautiful pools and showgirls 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. The 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.
ADDRESS: 3555 South Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV MAP
TRANSIT: Flamingo Las Vegas Monorail Station
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 Mariah Carey, Journey, 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. Its where Uncork’d Las Vegas hosts some of the greatest chefs in the world. There’s nothing like Caesars when hosting a championship boxing or UFC match.
ADDRESS: 3570 South Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV MAP
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. A changing roster of A List artists perform at Encore Theater. Shaquille O’Neal has occasionally DJ’d at the Beach Club.
ROOMS: 2,034 suites with floor to ceiling windows and dramatic views
ADDRESS: 3131 South Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV MAP
Wynn Las Vegas
DESCRIPTION: Designed to excite the senses from 50 stories above the Strip, down to its stage floors. 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 behind the Palazzo. 16 unique shops add an air of elegance and The Wynn shares restaurant, shop and nightlife options with Encore.
ADDRESS: 3131 South Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV MAP
Palazzo at the Venetian
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
ADDRESS: 3325 South Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV MAP
TRANSIT: Harrahs Las Vegas Monorail Station
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; rooms are refined with Italian marble in the bathrooms.
ADDRESS: 3355 South Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV MAP
TRANSIT: Harrahs Las Vegas Monorail Station
Hilton Hotels, Conrad Hilton Hotel and Crockfords Rooms & Suites provide three resort options at this mega-resort. In a unique twist, this technologically advanced resort has robotic puppies to welcome guests. The Theatre at Resorts World Las Vegas will introduce the next wave of superstar engagements, including Celine Dion, Katy Perry and Carrie Underwood. The new generation venue is exclusively programed and operated by AEG Presents. The Theatre will include two private lounges, special access bars and VIP opportunities. The entire experience is wrapped within our cascade of entertainment, starting with Dawg House Saloon & Sports Book. Zouk Nightclub is destined to be a hotspot.
ADDRESS: 3000 South Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV MAP
DESCRIPTION: One of only two family-friendly resorts on the Strip. See free circus acts performing every half-hour and clown shows in the AdventureDome — its the only 5-acre indoor theme park with a full-scale 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.
ADDRESS: 2880 South Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV MAP
Sahara Las Vegas
DESCRIPTION: Older visitors remember this location as the Sahara Resort opened in 1952. The Sahara used to 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. The Sahara closed in 2011 and sold to new owners, by 2014 who completed a $744 million 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 some visitors should also take advantage of the separately-owned “world’s largest gift shop across Sahara Avenue.
ADDRESS: 2535 South Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV MAP
TRANSIT: Las Vegas Monorail Station
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
ADDRESS: 2000 South Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV MAP
PHONE: 800-998-6937 or 702-380-7777