The VegasGuy.com (now accessible at BestUSCasinos.org/Vegas) team is happy to present our 1st annual Achievement Awards to recognize business excellence in Las Vegas across three distinct categories including Hotels, Restaurants and Casino Gambling, with 5 distinct awards presented for each of the aforementioned categories above.
The awards were researched and selected over the past 6 months by the Vegas Guy team and reflect our opinion(s) on the best of the best selections for 2016 in Las Vegas.
As the first time we’ve published these awards, we decided to keep the category scope relatively small this year but will look to expand our awards into new categories from next year onwards. Without further adieu, here are the 2016 winners of the VegasGuy.com Achievement Awards – Congratulations to everyone that made the cut for 2016!
Hotel Achievement Awards 2016
This years winner for best atmosphere is The Cosmopolitan hotel which continues to deliver a superior hotel and design product that creates a young, hip and energetic atmosphere. From the stunning chandelier in the hotels lobby to the intricate design nuances within the property, The Cosmo tops our list for creating the best atmosphere in Las Vegas for 2016.
BEST VALUE FOR MONEY
For anyone looking to experience the best of the Las Vegas Strip but not spend a fortune on accommodations, we’ve selected Planet Hollywood as this years winner for best value for money. With room rates starting from $79/night, this is one of the top properties visitors can stay at that ensures they are still in the middle of all the action at a great price point.
If you are looking for the best place to take a dip in Vegas, look no further than Caesars Palace who definitely tops the list of best pool in Vegas. Caesars offers guests 8 different pools spanning almost the entire length of the property with lots of options from small private swimming areas to massive centre pools surrounded by beautiful sculptures.
While many suites are reserved exclusively for high rollers, the One Bedroom Lanai Suite at The Mirage is our favourite luxury room for 2016. While it’s availability varies, it is possible to direct book this room on their site and it starts at approximately $1,250 per night which is actually quite reasonably in comparison with comparable rooms at other hotels on the strip.
Our best overall hotel pick for 2016 is The Wynn & Encore which consistently delivers year after year both in terms of superior product and excellent service. While this is one of the priciest options in Las Vegas, we believe the cost is well worth it to experience the wonderful decor, superb restaurants and well trained staff on offer at Wynn and Encore.
Dining Achievement Awards 2016
BEST ON-STRIP RESTAURANT
When it comes to fine dining on the strip, our selection this year is Le Cirque inside the Bellagio which offers quintessential French cuisine in an upscale atmosphere overlooking the Bellagio fountains. The restaurant is consistently ranked amongst the best in the country and is one of the favourites of foodie visitors looking for the best in gastronomy.
BEST OFF-STRIP RESTAURANT
Our choice for best restaurant off the strip in 2016 is 35 Steaks + Martinis which can be found inside the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. While the restaurant is best known for its’ offering of delicious aged steaks, it also has quite an extensive seafood menu featuring scrumptious dishes like Diver Scallops, Charred Octopus and a selection of seafood platters.
MOST INNOVATIVE DISH
Vegas is a city that inspires culinary greatness due to the immense competition that proprietors face in the market, and our top pick for the most innovative dish of 2016 is most definitely the Bacon Candle featured on the Naked City Pizza (and soon Tavern) menu. The dish takes a unique and delicious approach to the standard “bread and olive oil” service.
BEST NEW RESTAURANT
At the forefront of the “farm to table” concept is our choice for best new restaurant in 2016, Harvest by Roy Ellamar located inside the Bellagio Hotel. Open since late December 2015, Harvest has quickly ascended to the top of the list for many culinary aficionados in the city and is recognized for its commitment to showcasing regional American farm products.
Our pick or best chef of 2016 is Wilfried Bergerhausen who commands the kitchen at Le Cirque inside the Bellagio Hotel. As one of the youngest executive chefs in the city to lead such a prestigious restaurant, Bergerhausen delivers world class dining through 15+ years of experience gained first in his native France, before moving to the US to pursue his career.
Casino Gambling Achievement Awards 2016
BEST COMP PROGRAM
The casino comp wars is in full swing as properties across Las Vegas compete to attract and retain customers. Our choice for the best comp program of 2016 goes to Identity Club, the rewards program for The Cosmopolitan hotel casino. Identity Club has changed many of its program award structures this year to make it the best value program for casino players.
BEST HIGH LIMIT ROOM
For gamblers looking for the highest limits and most luxurious gaming salons, we recommend The Mansion at MGM Grand as our winner for 2016. Tucked away in a private enclave the Mansion offers a private casino gaming experience with unparalleled ambience and service. Qualified guests can also stay in any number of private villas in the Mansion.
BEST SLOTS CASINO
Our 2016 winner for best slots casino is the Aria Casino which has consistently beat their competitors in featuring the latest and greatest slot machines on their casino floor. With thousands of machines to choose from ranging from $0.01 up to $5,000 per spin, The Aria slot selection is the absolute best in Vegas with frequent new additions to the floor.
BEST TABLE GAMES CASINO
For table game enthusiasts, we’ve chosen The Wynn Casino as the #1 spot to play table games in Las Vegas. The Wynn casino has hundreds of tables covering every table gun under the sun and is especially great for players looking to play higher limit Baccarat. The Wynn dealers are also extremely well trained and offer a great table game experience.
BEST OVERALL CASINO
Our best overall casino for 2016 is The Aria Casino which offers a massive selection of games, a great casino floor layout and a real “players” atmosphere. The Aria casino floor is regularly selected as a favourite by frequent gamblers who love the variation of slots and table games available to players as well as the various gaming areas for different limits.