Las Vegas is the most famous party destination in the west, perhaps even the entire United States. The popular phrase “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” rings true, especially for the downtown architecture of the city’s most notorious hotels. Vegas is home to some of the most distinct resorts in the country. There are few places in the world where you’ll discover outlandish architectural designs congregated together.
Let’s take a look at the most fascinating hotel attractions in this thrilling city of Nevada.
Ever heard of singing water? On weekend nights, Friday and Saturday after 8pm, the Bellagio Hotel hosts their trademark water show. The heights and patterns of their aquatic display matches the music notes of a random pop culture song. Crowds gather around the large pool to witness the marvelous feature, usually occurring ever 30 minutes.
New York New York
The New York-New York Hotel is designed as a replica of the New York City skyline accompanied by the Statue of Liberty. A roller coaster, speeding in front of the hotel, provides a fun attraction for amusement park aficionados. At night the hotel illuminates the Vegas skyline and commands visibility from miles away. The Empire State Building replica stands 45 stories tall—quite an impressive feat for a resort. Outside, the lower floor replicates the Soldiers & Sailors Monument, Grand Central Station Terminal, Ellis Island Immigrant Receiving Station, United Nations Building Assembly Hall, Former U.S. Customs House, IRT Power Station, and The Haughwout Retail Store.
The Excalibur Hotel opened in 1990 and at the time was the largest hotel in the world.
A drawbridge and moat welcomes guests to this medieval-era-replicating resort. Inside you can find a wedding chapel that provides a medieval marriage ceremony. Medieval architecture and decor (candle chandeliers, turreted towers and stone towers) largely makes up the interior walls of the hotel resort. Coming from the McCarran Airport, it’s one of the first noticeable unique hotels on the Strip.
Paris Las Vegas
Experience the thrill of strolling along a Parisian urban strip and witnessing the world-famous Eiffel Tower at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel. The French landmark replica is the most notorious attraction at this resort. Visitors can ascend 46 stories up and view the skyline of Las Vegas from the top observation deck, which provides a 360-degree cityscape feeling. It’s also possible to watch the Bellagio water show from above. The Vegas monument attracts couples who utilize the location for marriage proposals and weddings.
The Venetian & Palazzo
Both hotels, The Venetian and Palazzo, sit on the gounds of the previous Las Vegas Sands Hotel. The Venetian is famous for offering Gondola rides in a man-made canal which connects with the Palazzo’s The Shoppes luxury shopping experience. Over 60 international boutiques and a 85,000 square-feet Barney’s New York line the Palazzo shopping plaza. You can also find a tall statue of the Popeye and a merry-go-round along with beautifully decorated ceilings.
The Luxor is the second largest hotel in Las Vegas and the 8th largest in the world. It’s designed with an Egyptian theme, featuring a tall black pyramid that beams a light into the Las Vegas skyline (visible 10 miles into space) and a recreation of the Sphinx perched in front of it surrounded by palm trees. Two twin towers were added in 1998 to accommodate more guests. There used to be a boat riding service on the river that ran in the hotel but it was discontinued when MGM Grand gained ownership of the resort.
The Wynn Las Vegas Hotel stands like a golden tower shining in the sky. Next to the building is an impressive man-made waterfall. Steve Wynn, the owner of the resort, supposedly paid $42 million for the original painting of Picasso’s Le Rêve that hangs on a wall. The elevator doors are made of Indian marble inlaid. There are two-story villas people can stay in that has its own garden, massage room, media room, exercise room and beauty salon. The floors are made of handpicked onyx and handwoven carpets. The hotel even has an 18-hole golf course.
Caesars Palace is one of the oldest hotels on the Las Vegas Strip. The resort first opened in 1966 and attracted fame with its Roman-style architecture. Its infamous fountains have attracted daredevil celebrities such as Evel Knievel and Gary Wells, both whom were unsuccessful in making a jump across the fountains; Robby Knievel successfully made the leap, 20 years after his father’s attempt. The chain spent $100,000 to import statues of Medici Venus, Canova Venus, Venus de Milo, David, Heve, and Bacchus from Italy. Tiles quarried from Carrara, Italy were used to line the pool. The chandeliers in the Grand Promenade represent the largest in the world, at a cost of $125,000—measuring 99 by 66 feet and containing more than 100,000 crystals.
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas started construction under a myriad of financiers and owners before becoming owned by Hilton and integrated with Marriott International’s Autograph Collection of independent hotels. Inside the resort, reality is suspended. You can visit a bar that’s located within a chandelier. Luxurious crystal glass designs line the interior decor of the resort lobby. The resort stands 603 feet, tall enough to view the surrounding mountains of Vegas and stare at the entire cityscape of the Strip.
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