Las Vegas Hotels

These are all the Las Vegas hotels we can think of after three cocktails. All photos by the incomparably modest Scott Roeben.

The Strip

  • Aria
Aria’s digital marquee is 250 feet tall and 65 feet wide. Although, when it’s wearing horizontal stripes, it looks much thinner.
  • Bally’s
Bally’s was originally MGM Grand.
  • Bellagio
The lobby of Bellagio has more than 2,000 hand-blown flowers by artist Dale Chihuly.
  • Caesars Palace
In 1967, daredevil Evel Knievel attempted to jump the fountains at Caesars Palace on a motorcycle. It was an epic fail.
  • Casino Royale
The actual name is Best Western Plus Casino Royale, but nobody calls it that.
  • Circus Circus
Circus Circus has the only RV park on The Strip.
  • Cosmopolitan
The Cosmo opened in 2010 and has nearly 3,000 rooms.
  • The Cromwell
The Cromwell was formerly Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall & Saloon, and before that, Barbary Coast.
  • Delano Las Vegas
Delano used to be The Hotel.
  • Encore
When gambling began at Encore, the song playing in the casino was “Luck Be a Lady Tonight.”
  • Excalibur
When it opened in 1990, Excalibur was the largest hotel in the world.
  • Flamingo
Two words: Bugsy Siegel. That didn’t end well.
  • Four Seasons
The Four Seasons has its own entrance, but its rooms occupy the top five floors of Mandalay Bay.
  • Harrah’s Las Vegas
Harrah’s Las Vegas was originally called the Holiday Casino.
  • Linq Hotel & Casino
Linq Hotel was formerly The Quad, before that it was Imperial Palace. Originally, it was the Flamingo Capri. Identity crisis!
  • Luxor
The Luxor’s pyramid is 30 stories tall.
  • Mandalay Bay
Mandalay Bay sits on the site once occupied by the Hacienda.
  • MGM Grand
MGM Grand is the second largest hotel in the world. The largest hotel in the world is the Izmailovo Hotel, in Moscow.
  • Mirage
The windows of The Mirage are gold, from actual gold dust used in the tinting process.
  • New York-New York
The roller coaster at New York-New York reaches speeds of nearly 70 miles per hour.
  • Palazzo
The Palazzo is the sister hotel of The Venetian. You can tell it’s a sister because it’s always borrowing The Venetian’s sweaters.
  • Paris
The Paris boasts a half scale Eiffel Tower replica and a two-thirds scale Arc de Triomphe.
  • Park MGM
Park MGM used to be Monte Carlo. Back when Las Vegas made sense.
  • Planet Hollywood
Planet Hollywood was previously The Aladdin.
  • Resorts World
Resorts World is the most expensive casino resort ever built in Las Vegas.


  • The Stratosphere
The Stratosphere is always happy to see you.
  • Treasure Island
In 2003, Treasure Island decided to move toward more adult amenities. The hotel’s free pirate battle, “Buckaneer Bay,” was replaced with “Sirens’ Cove,” featuring the scantily-clad Sirens of TI.
  • Tropicana
In “Diamonds Are Forever,” James Bond stayed at the Trop.
  • Venetian
The Venetian stands on the site of the former Sands hotel.
  • Wynn
The Wynn holds the distinction of being the first high-rise to have its windows cleaned by an automatic washing system.

Just Off The Strip

  • Gold Coast
The Gold Coast was the first hotel in Las Vegas to have a movie theater. It’s a mile west of The Strip.
  • M Resort
M Resort is about 15 minutes south of The Strip, and it smells incredible.
  • The Orleans
The Orleans hosted the final concert performance of comedian George Carlin, in 2008.
  • Oyo
It used to be Hooters. Please keep up.
  • Palace Station
Palace Station was first called, simply, The Casino.
  • Palms
The Palms was the location of “The Real World: Las Vegas.” Hence the city’s disinfectant shortage in 2002.
  • Rio
The Rio’s wine cellar has more than 50,000 bottles.
  • Silver Sevens
Until recently, Silver Sevens was Terrible’s. It’s a better name.
  • Virgin Hotels Las Vegas
Virgin was Hard Rock. Hard Rock is coming to The Strip (a rebrand of Mirage). Keep up!
  • Westgate Las Vegas
Westgate used to be LVH, Las Vegas Hilton and The International.
  • Wild Wild West
The Wild Wild West was originally called the King 8 Hotel.


  • Binion’s
Binion’s was the first casino in Las Vegas to install carpeting.
  • California
A large percentage of the California’s customers are from Hawaii.
    • Circa Las Vegas
Circa opened Oct. 28, 2020. This is Circa’s sportsbook. ‘Nuff said.
  • The D
Before it was The D, it was Fitzgerald’s.
  • Downtown Grand
Downtown Grand was formerly the Lady Luck.
  • El Cortez
El Cortez has been in operation since 1941. You can have food delivered to your slot machine.
  • Four Queens
Four Queens was named after one of its builder’s daughters: Faith, Hope, Benita, and Michele.
  • Fremont
When it was built in 1956, the Fremont was the tallest building in the state of Nevada.
  • Golden Gate
The Golden Gate opened in 1906.
  • Golden Nugget
The Golden Nugget was once featured in a Fox reality series, “The Casino.”
  • Main Street Station
Ask about the piece of the Berlin Wall in the men’s restroom. No, seriously.
  • The Plaza
The Plaza was originally named Union Plaza.

And, no, hotels without casinos don’t count. Why? You have much to learn about Las Vegas, grasshopper.


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