Las Vegas is as famous for gambling as it is for its bold and monumental themed hotels, such as a historical setting, an ancient civilization, or a famous city. Although these hotels are particularly eye-catching and can sometimes be a bit kitsch, you cannot visit Las Vegas without walking through at least one of these mammoth hotels. This article is therefore dedicated to this type of hotel, which, more than any other, make up the bizarre skyline of the Las Vegas Strip, the most famous street in the city.
- Best Themed Hotels in Las Vegas
- Luxor: Egyptian sphinxes and pyramids
- Excalibur Castle: the Best Fantasy Hotel in Vegas!
- New York New York: Visiting Manhattan in Las Vegas
- MGM Grand: The Hollywood-themed hotel
- Paris: a French Themed Hotel on the Strip!
- Caesars Palace: an Ancient Roman Themed Hotel in Nevada!
- Mirage: Welcome to Polynesia
- Mandalay Bay: The luxury of Southeast Asia
- Other Famous Las Vegas Themed Hotels
Best Themed Hotels in Las Vegas
Themed hotels are an attempt by Las Vegas’ millionaire businessmen to bring their visitors back to the atmosphere of times gone by or to faraway places. Here is a selection of the best-themed hotels in Las Vegas. Which of these would you like to immerse yourself in?
Luxor: Egyptian sphinxes and pyramids
The hotel is built inside a large pyramid, complete with sphinxes and buildings that make you feel like you have gone back in time to Ancient Egypt. It is one of the largest hotels in the United States, with over 4,000 rooms inside the pyramid.
Inside the gigantic atrium, you will find statues, buildings, memorials, shops, and restaurants of various kinds. When the sun goes down, a huge vertical beam of light that is visible from every corner of the Las Vegas Strip radiates into the sky from the tip of this futuristic structure.
Excalibur Castle: the Best Fantasy Hotel in Vegas!
The Excalibur is a fantasy castle inspired by King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, surmounted by multicolored Gothic spires that may remind you of the castle in Disneyland. The accommodations are located on the 28 floors of the 2 buildings, which contain almost 4,000 rooms.
The hotel has many attractions, and there are several that are designed for children and families. The Monorail connects the Excalibur to nearby hotels (Mandalay Bay and Luxor). Usually, the prices for the rooms are affordable.
New York New York: Visiting Manhattan in Las Vegas
Did you know that there is a replica of the Manhattan skyline in the Nevada desert? Yeah, that’s right, and from a distance, the skyscrapers of the New York New York stand out on the Strip, along with a scaled version of the Brooklyn Bridge (300 feet long) and of the Statue of Liberty (150 feet high).
Among the twelve reconstructed skyscrapers on the facade of the hotel (the Empire State Building is unmistakable) there is a roller coaster (skyscraper roller coaster), which, if you have the guts, you can ride. The hotel is especially appealing to a younger crowd and also has a number of luxurious amenities.
MGM Grand: The Hollywood-themed hotel
This is the hotel that takes its inspiration from the Metro Goldwyn Mayer lion (you know, the one that roars just before the movies start) and boasts the largest number of rooms (over 5,000). It opened in 1993 and has proclaimed itself to be “The City of Entertainment”.
The hotel actually resembles a bustling city where thousands of guests and visitors are constantly on the streets. In the MGM Grand, covered in emerald green glass and guarded by a large lion statue (the largest bronze statue in the United States), there is an impressive number of attractions, including a water park and real lions inside.
Paris: a French Themed Hotel on the Strip!
Here you experience the recreation of the romantic atmosphere of Paris with the high Eiffel Tower standing out in front of the entrance and the city districts inside. The property has 2,916 rooms and is connected to an associated hotel, the Bally, by a short internal passage. Inside there is a spa and a sort of shopping mall reconstructed in the style of Parisian streets of the 1920s with shop windows and restaurants.
Even if you don’t spend the night here, you might want to dine in one of the most characteristic restaurants in town located at the top of the Eiffel Tower. Not only is it famous for its location, but it’s also one of the most popular restaurants on the Strip.
Caesars Palace: an Ancient Roman Themed Hotel in Nevada!
In this case, it is the opulence of Ancient Rome that is brought back to life at this imposing hotel that opened back in 1966. The hotel is divided into five buildings, each with its own name: Augustus, Centurion, Forum, Palace, and Roman. Next to Caesars Palace, you can see a reconstruction of the Colosseum. It is a theater built in the early 2000s for a series of performances by Céline Dion. Over the years it has been home to concerts by other great singers such as Cher and Elton John.
Wandering around the hotel you will easily spot historical figures in costume and get lost among the many amenities, which include a large spa offering all kinds of treatments, a nice lounge bar on the terrace overlooking the hotel, a full-service business center that rents mobile phones and provides internet access, elegant gardens, and swimming pools and a replica of Michelangelo’s David (maybe they got confused about the historical time period…).
Mirage: Welcome to Polynesia
At the Mirage, you will find a tropical landscape the will remind you of Polynesia through its art and culture, and other elements, such as palm trees, a swimming pool that mimics a tropical coastline, and a volcano over 50 feet high, from which a constant waterfall of water gushes out.
Every night, every 15 minutes, you can watch the simulation of the volcanic eruption with lava and flames (out of all of the free attractions in Las Vegas, it was the first to be built). You can also admire white tigers that are kept at the hotel.
Near the reception desk, there is a huge aquarium with over 1,000 sea creatures from all over the planet (including sharks!).
Mandalay Bay: The luxury of Southeast Asia
Mandalay is not only a city in Burma, but also one of the most incredible hotels in Las Vegas. The design of the hotel harkens to Southeast Asia. The furniture and decor in the rooms are luxurious and oriental.
Mandalay Bay is also one of the most entertaining hotels on the Strip. In addition to casinos and restaurants, there is a blues music theatre, a concert venue, and a disco. But what makes it unique is the Shark Reef Aquarium, an aquarium that includes a walking corridor in which you are surrounded by sharks.
Other Famous Las Vegas Themed Hotels
When talking about the best themed hotels in Las Vegas, I must also mention the Bellagio, an important and luxurious hotel inspired by the famous town on Lake Como, the Venetian, where you will find replicas of St. Mark’s Basilica, the Bridge of Sighs, and a canal with singing gondoliers like in Venice, and the Waldorf Astoria if you’re looking for a place to relax surrounded by luxury.
You can find all the information in the article dedicated to luxury hotels in Las Vegas. Don’t forget also that most of the hotels have a lot of restaurants inside, as well as deluxe buffets, which can be good places to dine in Las Vegas.