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De­tails like triple-sheeted beds and thought­ful tech­nol­ogy make Aria a draw, and nat­u­ral light from floor-to­ceil­ing win­dows soft­ens the sleek lines. The restau­rants span the globe: Span­ish from Ju­lian Ser­rano, con­tem­po­rary Amer­i­can at Shawn Mcclain’s Sage, with re­cent ad­di­tions in­clud­ing Car­bone, Bar­dot Brasserie, and Her­ring­bone. IN­SIDER TIP: Aria’s Sky Suites, with their sep­a­rate in­door and out­door en­trances to the ho­tel and casino—and a new pool for suite guests only—let you stay close to all the ac­tion, the in­cred­i­ble Ci­ty­cen­ter art col­lec­tion, and the 80,000-square-foot spa, but still feel like you’re in a bou­tique ho­tel. 702-590-7111; aria.com


With its blue-chip art, its sea­son­ally ro­tat­ing botan­i­cal dis­plays in the mas­sive con­ser­va­tory, its danc­ing foun­tains, and the Miche­lin two-star res­tau­rant Pi­casso, Bel­la­gio pi­o­neered so­phis­ti­ca­tion on the Strip. Re­cent up­grades to the Lake Como-themed re­sort in­clude the trans­for­ma­tion of the dated res­tau­rant Circo into Ju­lian Ser­rano’s Lago. Re­quest a room with a lake view, en­joy a mas­sage in a pool­side ca­bana, and sam­ple lib­er­ally from mas­ter pâtissier Jean-philippe’s choco­late and pas­try shop (or just ogle its choco­late foun­tain, the largest in the world). 702-693-7111; bel­la­gio.com


One of the old­est ho­tels on the Strip con­tin­ues to evolve with the re­cent de­buts of its re­vamped Julius Tower and its Om­nia Night­club. Cae­sars is like a self-con­tained city, with many trend­set­ting restau­rants, a mas­sive buf­fet (Bac­cha­nal), the Gar­den of the Gods pool area, and the ad­join­ing Fo­rum Shops (but pre­pare to walk, since the nearly 4,000-room ho­tel spans five tow­ers). IN­SIDER TIP: The best rooms are in the Au­gus­tus and Oc­tavius tow­ers; from Au­gus­tus’s south side, you’ll get the best views of Bel­la­gio’s foun­tains. 866-227-5938; cae­sars.com


The Cos­mopoli­tan mul­ti­plies Ve­gas luxe to the nth power: a 100,000square-foot casino, three pools, 32 spa treat­ment rooms and suites, a Turk­ish-style ham­mam, and restau­rants that in­clude out­posts of Scar­petta, Estiatorio Mi­los, and Beauty & Es­sex. Its edgy art col­lec­tion (ex­tend­ing from the top floor to the park­ing garage), wild New Year’s Eve per­for­mances, and out­door concerts un­der the Boule­vard Pool’s mas­sive mar­quee (go for the boozy ice-skat­ing in win­ter) have se­cured Cosmo’s spot as the fa­vorite of Ve­gas’s hippest

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