Vegas hotels rank high on ‘Travel + Leisure’ best hotels list
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Wed, Aug 11, 2010 (4:06 p.m.)
Stay, Las Vegans. Stay here. Among the many reasons for locals to make their next vacation a staycation — economic aid, locals’ discounts, the Bellagio fountains are cool no matter how long you’ve lived here — add to the list our impressive rankings in Travel + Leisure’s 2010 World’s Best Awards.
The annual roundup of luxurious lodgings, cities, islands, airlines and more gave shout outs to five Vegas hotels in the U.S. and Canada Large City Hotels category. The Palazzo ranked highest locally, coming in at 18, a whopping 30 slots higher than its 2009 position. Wynn (20), Bellagio (31), the Four Seasons (36) and Encore (40) rounded out the Vegas accolades. First place on the 2010 list went to Trump International Hotel & Tower in Chicago, which scored 94.32 points, while the top spot on T+L’s prestigious top 100 hotels in the world list went to a property 8,000 miles from the Las Vegas Strip — Oberoi Vanyavilas in Ranthambhore, India where doubles start at $875.
The new kid on the Vegas Strip also got a mention in the annual 20 to Watch category. Aria Resort & Casino at City Center came in at No. 4 for its art collection, LEED Gold certification, 14 restaurants and prime Strip positioning. Just another reason to stay in Las Vegas.
With top accommodations, first-rate entertainment, high-end shopping and a slew of acclaimed chefs, the Palazzo has positioned itself as one of the most luxurious resorts on the Strip.
More than 3,000 all-suite rooms start at 740 square feet and are decorated in a modern, yet classic, Italian style. Each room features a sleeping area, with a king or two queens, and a sunken living room area with floor to ceiling windows.
A cathedral ceiling tops the Palazzo casino, while a second 80-foot dome brings natural light to the property's lobby. The 105,000 square foot casino features more than 2,000 slots and 80 table games but lacks the stale smell of cigarettes, as the property is LEED certified with smoking off limits in most of the Palazzo — including 50 percent of the casino floor.
Dining at the Palazzo is among the best of the Strip, starting with Wolfgang Puck's CUT. Chef Simon To serves up authentic Chinese cuisine at Zine, while Sushisamba combines Brazilian and Peruvian flavors with Japanese techniques. At LAVO, club-goers can dine on Mediterranean dishes before heading upstairs to the bath house-inspired nightclub.