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Las Vegas is known for its high-end glitz and glamour — a characteristic that runs deep throughout its luxury properties such as its Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotels. The captivating city and its chic resorts serve as home to five of these award winners. Located at the exclusive CityCenter complex, Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas is a peaceful retreat boasting Asian-inspired décor, magnificent Strip views from its 23rd floor check-in area, a Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star restaurant by French cuisinier Pierre Gagnaire and a Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star spa. This triple-threat is an accolade no other Las Vegas hotel has been able to capture. Then, there’s the newly rated ARIA Sky Suites. Roam around in a spacious one-, two- or three- bedroom suite outfitted with contemporary furnishings, floor-to-ceiling windows and state-of-the-art technology. The property also includes its swank Sky Villas, which serve as the ultimate retreat for guests with its private sauna, formal dining room, workout facility and more. Situated atop MGM Grand rests the ultra-luxe Skylofts. This haven includes a butler, entertainment system, personal office, breathtaking Strip vistas and an Infinity tub for some relaxation. Not to mention the hotel includes Joël Robuchon, a ritzy Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star restaurant. On the other end of the busy Las Vegas Strip is business magnate Steve Wynn’s first-class Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star properties Wynn Tower Suites and Encore Tower Suites. Indulge in the lap of luxury at both resorts where everything from sizable rooms, marble floors, classic accouterments, views of the Tom Fazio-designed Wynn Golf Course and pools provide only a few of the hotel’s highlights. But the city is filled with many focal points. Be sure to check out the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star properties, too. They include Bellagio, M Resort Spa Casino, The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino, Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino, ARIA Resort & Casino, Wynn Las Vegas, Encore Las Vegas, Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas, The Signature at MGM Grand Las Vegas, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Vdara Hotel & Spa, and The Laurel Collection by Caesars Palace.
A few months ago, I stayed in The Cosmopolitan's two bedroom wrap-around terrace suite. I planned a fun weekend for three of my girlfriends and could not think of a better place to host us. The suite had it all — kitchen, washer and dryer, sizeable bathrooms, comfy beds with a beautiful view of the Strip and more. What I also enjoyed about staying here was the fact that we did not have to leave the property. One night, we headed downstairs to STK for dinner (I had a filet with bernaise sauce, sweet corn pudding and a strawberry martini with a graham cracker crust rim — delish!). Later that evening, the girls went to Marquee Nightclub for some dancing. On another day, we hit the Sahra Spa for everything from massages and facials complemented by chocolate-covered strawberries and champagne. The Cosmo has it all. If you want a spiked milkshake, stop by Holsteins. If you want a slice of pizza, head to Secret Pizza — if you can find it! Booking a suite here was a one-stop-shop for all things chic and exciting. My group of thirtysomethings had a fantastic time!
I like Encore at Wynn Las Vegas. Encore's rooms are beautiful. I think The Cosmopolitan is very cool. Those are the two I'd stay in. The rooms at Encore — there's nothing better. I've been to a lot of hotels, and there's nothing like the Encore. These things are really nice. I'm not biased because I worked there, the rooms are just stunning. The Cosmopolitan draws a young crowd, a lot of people watching which is fun.