If you’re visiting Las Vegas for the first time or for the umpteenth time, you’ll probably want to stay on the Strip.
There are some exceptions, of course, and Downtown Vegas has its charms, but this post aims to explain your options on the Strip for you.
Here’s a complete but concise guide to the 28 hotels on the Las Vegas Strip:
Managed by Caesars Entertainment, Bally’s is on a site that was once occupied by the Three Coins Motel. This iconic hotel (sister property to Paris Las Vegas) has been a staple of the strip for decades and boasts thousands of rooms.
The Bellagio—known for its amazing fountains that put on one heck of a show just about every night—is owned by MGM Resorts and occupies the site that once housed the iconic Dunes hotel and casino. This italian-inspired hotel is all about opulence—they hold nothing back and offer one of the most elegant experiences on the strip.
3- Best Western Plus Casino Royale
While we’ll be the first to admit that it’s not the greatest name in the world for a casino, the Best Western Plus Casino Royale still pretty much goes by its old name, “The Casino Royale.”
Though the property used to be a neighbor to the venerable Sands Hotel Casino, the Casino Royale has long been known for offering 100 times odds on craps (though now you mostly have to wait for the weekend to get this benefit).
4- Caesars Palace
All hail Caesar! Caesars Palace sits between the Bellagio and the Mirage and is often thought of as one of Vegas’ greatest landmarks.
Based on the iconography and designs of the Holy Roman Empire, this august edifice is filled with columns, statues, and all things roman. Known as one of Sinatra’s homes away from home (he signed a 3-year contract here), Caesars is always worth a visit.
5- Circus Circus
Vegas is a Circus, and nothing says it more than Circus Circus. This silly and fun hotel and casino has free circus acts going on throughout the day and is always a source of fun.
CityCenter is actually a massive urban complex (it’s the largest privately funded construction project in U.S. history) that houses a number of hotels, including Aria, Waldorf Astoria, and Vdara.
7- The Cromwell
Located on the site of the Empey’s Desert Villa, this hotel was renovated (at a cost of close to $200 million) back in 2013.
One of the newer resorts on the strip, the Cosmopolitan (often just called The Cosmo) was rated “The Best Hotel in the World” back in 2013 and regularly receives commendations for being one of the best hotels ever.
Part of the Wynn complex, Encore Las Vegas has won the AAA Five Diamond Award year after year after year and is consistently rated one of the best hotels in the world. It also happens to be the world’s seventh largest hotel.
Draw swords! The Excalibur is easy to spot by every newcomer to Vegas (it’s hard to miss, what with having a medieval castle in the middle). The inside is exactly what you’d expect—you’ll feel transported back to the time of King Arthur, and you can even watch a jousting tournament while eating from traditional pewter plates (no silverware allowed!).
The fabulous Flamingo is one of the cornerstones of the strip. Though owned and operated by Caesars Entertainment, this massive casino was the first of the so-called “luxury hotels” on the strip. Built in the 1940s (purportedly with some notorious gangsters of the era involved in the funding), the Flamingo has changed hands numerous times throughout the years, but the feel of luxury and opulence has stayed true to the original vision.
Harrah’s is one of the more well-known brands in Vegas, boasting a huge number of slot machines (over 1200) and 2 rooms for each slot machine. Originally the Holiday Casino with a riverboat theme, the casino has a much more elegant feel these days.
13- The LINQ
Formerly the Flamingo Capri, this massive 2,000+ room hotel was originally located right next to the iconic Flamingo hotel. A $200+ million renovation in 2014 has returned The LINQ to its former glory.
It’s not egypt, but it’s the next best thing! The Luxor is easy to spot (not a lot of giant black pyramids in Vegas) and has the well-known Luxor Sky Beam, a light so bright it can be seen hundreds of miles away.
15- Mandalay Bay
Actually made up of two different casinos (Delano and Four Seasons), Mandalay Bay is well known for its Mandalay Beach, which includes numerous heated pools, waterfalls, a wave pool, and a lazy river.
16- The Mirage
The Mirage is best known for its incredible volcano, a free attraction out front that erupts nightly at 8, 9, and 10pm. This 3000+ room hotel has a distinctive Polynesian theme and a beautiful atrium where you can find a wide variety of water attractions and gorgeous plants from around the world.
17- MGM Grand
Blowing everyone else on the strip out of the water, the MGM Grand lives up to its name, with a whopping 6,852 rooms!
The distinctive lion at the entrance is well known from its appearance in art and entertainment for years. As you might expect, the MGM Grand has the largest gaming floor in all of Las Vegas.
18- New York-New York
If you’ve always wanted to see New York in a day, this is about as close as you’re going to get. New York-New York has an actual recreation of the Brooklyn Bridge and does its best to recreate the skyline of 1940s New York. You’ll even find a replica of the Statue of Liberty!
19- The Palazzo
The Palazzo, part of the Venetian, is the tallest building in Nevada and mimics the Venetian in its italian ambiance and theme. This $1.8 billion hotel and casino is filled to the brim with class and elegance, and is actually the largest LEED certified building in the United States.
It’s hard to miss Paris when you fly into Vegas—it’s the only hotel with a replica of the Eiffel Tower (it’s only half the size of the original). Paris boasts Vegas’ first rooftop bar and grill, and it is a doozy—over 10,000 square feet of deck overlooking the rest of the strip.
21- Park MGM
Formerly the well-known Monte Carlo Resort and Casino, Park MGM isn’t quite the MGM Grand, but it still managed to snag Britney Spears for her residency.
22- Planet Hollywood
In what used to be the Aladdin hotel and casino, Planet Hollywood features an incredible concert hall in Zappos Theatre, was home to another of Britney Spears’ residency shows, and boasts 2,000+ rooms.
One of the few original icons left on the strip from the 1950s (though the building has been renovated extensively since then), Sahara has an incredible, storied, and sometimes-shifty history that has brought it all the way through to the modern day. From Tony Bennett and Johnny Carson to George Carlin and Dean Martin, this place has seen them all.
They call it Stratosphere for a reason—Stratosphere Tower is the tallest freestanding observation tower in the country. The hotel itself boasts over 2,000 rooms and can be found at the end of the strip.
25- Treasure Island
Tired of knights and modern cities? They take a trip down to Treasure Island matey! In addition to all the nautical themed sights and sounds, you’ll also find the only Cirque du Soleil show that’s not affiliated with MGM.
The Tropicana is another staple of Las Vegas history and was built in 1955. Today you’ll find entertainment and amenities galore, including the world-famous Laugh Factory comedy club.
27- The Venetian
As the name suggests, The Venetian is based on Venice, Italy and is right next to The Palazzo. Inside, you’ll find architecture and design reminiscent of Renaissance Italy.
Wynn is a $2.7 billion behemoth is named after the famous developer Steve Wynn and is considered one of the finest hotels in the entire world.
Inside you’ll find plenty of award-winning shows and incredible attractions, including a 3-acre lake.
That’s all of them! The strip is well-known as the place to go in Vegas, but the name doesn’t indicate just how many options you really have. The reality is that you can probably find a resort on the strip to suit just about any fancy you can dream up.
Have you stayed at more than a few of these iconic hotels and casinos? Tell us which one is your favorite and why in the comments!