Anyone who has enjoyed a Las Vegas holiday before will know what a memorable and totally unique experience a break in the ‘Entertainment Capital of the World’ can be. With globally-famous casinos and other landmarks wherever you turn, each day spent in Vegas offers something new and exciting.
Two things ‘Sin City’ is known for is its flamboyancy and sense of humour, and both these traits are on full display in many of Las Vegas’s most popular casino-hotels. Here, we will tell you more about six unusual resorts which, as well as their unbelievable facilities, are best-known for the unique themes that are on display both inside and outside the premises.
New York-New York Hotel & Casino
The clue to this hotel’s theme is in its name! The New York-New York Hotel & Casino is often referred to as the ‘greatest city in Las Vegas’, and that pretty much sums up the amazing experience you’ll enjoy during your stay at the world’s second Biggest Apple.
If you don’t have time to visit NYC when you’re in America, this really is the next best thing. Iconic landmarks like the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building and Grand Central Station have all been rebuilt on a slightly smaller scale at New York-New York, and the effect is overwhelming; it’s no exaggeration to say that guests may sometimes forget they’re even in Vegas!
Along with a leading casino and resident show by the legendary Cirque du Soleil troupe, one of the hotel’s biggest attractions is its roller coaster, which winds its way around the outside of New York-New York, reaching ridiculous speeds and including multiple drops and loops.
Caesars Palace Las Vegas
Now regarded as a historic landmark itself, the modern wonder that is Caesars Palace is closely modelled on the architecture, ornamentation and clothing that abounded during the era of the Roman Empire – or, at least, how these were all portrayed in 1960s Hollywood films!
‘The Palace’ is one of the longest-standing resorts of its kind in Las Vegas and is still among the most popular with visitors today. You and your family really could spend your whole holiday at Caesars without ever getting bored; from the 4,000+ capacity Colosseum theatre that has played host to the likes of Celine Dion and Elton John to the Forum Shops mall that rakes in more revenue relative to its size than any other retail space in the U.S., everything about this place is in a league of its own.
And let’s not forget the casino: with 30 gaming tables and 250 slot machines to choose from, as well as countless waiting staff dressed in traditional Roman tunics and sandals, this is yet another aspect of Caesars that will create many lasting memories!
Luxor Las Vegas
Benefiting from a complete renovation in 2008-09, the Luxor Las Vegas is now one of the most cutting-edge casino resorts in the city. Despite its very modern facilities, though, the Luxor’s theme is proudly rooted in the past; the uniquely pyramid-shaped main building is the most striking example of the casino’s Ancient Egyptian-styled appearance, while the famous Sky Beam that shines from its peak is officially the strongest beam of light in the world, sometimes being visible to aircraft flying 275 miles away!
Of all the hotels on our list, the Luxor is probably now the one that is least closely associated with its original theme, as the recent renovation removed much of the eye-catching but outdated Egyptian décor. This, however, has certainly not detracted from the destination’s appeal or quality, with the $300 million spent on setting up a host of sophisticated new restaurants, clubs and lounges creating arguably Vegas’s most relaxing space.
Excalibur Hotel & Casino
Vegas is known for not taking itself too seriously, and this attitude is taken to the extreme at the fabulous Excalibur Hotel and Casino. This extravagantly (some may say garishly) presented resort is based on the legend of King Arthur and other features of the Medieval period; it may not be 100% historically accurate, but we can still guarantee that anyone who loves having fun will enjoy a brilliant time here!
As well as the memorable dining experience available at the on-site Dick’s Last Resort restaurant (where patrons pay to be treated abysmally by grumpy waiters), surely the most fun you can have at Excalibur – unless you’re a dedicated casino enthusiast – is at the amazing Tournament of Kings dinner show. With pyrotechnics, jousting and medieval-themed excitement galore, residents of Excalibur and non-staying guests alike simply must take advantage of their opportunity to watch this wonderful, family-themed show whilst savouring a hearty three-course meal.
Those who have stayed at New York-New York might well think it is the most authentic ‘city within a city’ in Las Vegas; guests at the Venetian, though, may disagree! The ancient Italian city of Venice is a world away from the bright lights and non-stop fun of Vegas, but this hugely popular casino resort still does a fantastic job of faithfully recreating such landmarks as the Doge's Palace, St Mark’s Square and the Rialto Bridge – and you can even take a gondola ride on the canal.
If you’re staying in the hotel but fancy a night away from Venice and are in the mood to party, you are in for a treat. Found within the Venetian, the magnificent TAO nightclub is a paradise for hedonists, offering attendees everything from an infinity edge pool full of koi carp to private cabanas stocked with an Xbox 360 and minibar!
Flamingo Las Vegas
Much of the appeal of the Flamingo Las Vegas lies in its heritage, with this iconic casino-hotel only the third of its kind to open on the Strip, way back in 1946 – and it is by far the oldest still in operation today.
Unusually for such a long-established resort, the Art Deco theme that is redolent of the kind of classic architecture you’d usually find in Miami has remained a central part of the Flamingo’s appearance ever since it opened all those years ago.
Although the casino, the hotel rooms and every other facet of the complex have obviously undergone countless changes in the intervening decades (for one thing, it’s no longer owned by a notorious mobster!), the concept that underpins everything about the Flamingo has always stayed the same. Expect to see plenty of gaudy pink décor, extravagant live shows and, of course, a large wildlife habitat that is home to many real flamingos.