Nevada’s resort hotels have much to offer beyond the gaming floor. From the themed properties of Las Vegas to the classic retreats of Reno and Lake Tahoe, visitors can find the perfect spot to relax, dine and be entertained.
With more neon and lights than any other city, Las Vegas is home to themed resorts that conjure nearly every imaginable fantasy. Visitors can walk the famed Las Vegas Strip and experience ancient Egypt, Paris, Rome, Venice, New York, Monte Carlo and a variety of tropical paradises.
A must-see is Mandalay Bay, which brings the beach to Las Vegas with its 11-acre tropical lagoon and swim-up shark tank. The Venetian brings the elegance and beauty of Italy to Nevada with a recreation of the Sistine Chapel in the lobby and a gondola on the Grand Canal through St. Mark’s Square. Just a short walk away is the Bellagio, with its eight-acre lake featuring more than 1,000 “dancing” fountains and an indoor garden that transforms with the seasons. At Caesars Palace, marble statues, fountains and manicured gardens set the standard of elegance in the hotel.
Paris Las Vegas immerses visitors in a complete Parisian experience. A replica of the Eiffel Tower looms over the Strip and houses a gourmet restaurant 11 stories above the street as well as a glass elevator to an observation deck for a panoramic view of the city. The tower is half the size of the real Eiffel Tower in Paris.
Visitors also can get a breathtaking view of Las Vegas from the High Roller observation wheel, at 550 feet the world’s tallest Ferris wheel; and from the Stratosphere, whose tower stretches upward at 1,149 feet, making it the largest freestanding observation tower in the United States. For thrill-seekers, the Stratosphere tower boasts extreme thrill rides that dangle visitors over the side of the tower or shoots them skyward to a height of 1,081 feet.
Nearby New York-New York is another city captured in a resort and combines the most famous sites of the Big Apple with Las Vegas-style thrills and excitement. The hotel mimics the New York skyline with 12 skyscrapers and has the Big Apple roller coaster that twists and turns around the hotel’s towers. The Luxor Las Vegas is perhaps one of the most recognizable resorts with its Egyptian pyramid and replica of the Great Sphinx of Giza.
Also on the Strip: Wynn Las Vegas, which set a new standard for style and sophistication when it opened in 2005. The Wynn features the Strip’s only 18-hole golf course and an art museum with paintings by Picasso, Monet, Rembrandt and van Gogh.
Visitors to the northern end of the state, drawn to the outdoor recreation and special events, rely on the resort hotels in Reno and Lake Tahoe for luxury accommodations, great entertainment, fine dining and general relaxation.
Downtown Reno is always lively, with five resorts within walking distance of the Truckee River and the Reno Events Center bringing in big-name entertainment, boxing and sporting events.
Circus Circus is geared to families, with a children’s arcade and circus acts performed daily. The hotel is linked to the Eldorado and Silver Legacy, so visitors can dine and shop in three hotels without ever stepping outside. The Eldorado offers 10 award-winning restaurants as well as popular bars and lounges to keep the party going. Silver Legacy boasts a 120-foot-high silver-mining machine under the resort’s giant dome. About a block away is Harrah’s Reno, which houses a top-rated steak house and Ichiban, a Japanese restaurant where chefs prepare meals tableside. The Siena Hotel Resort features dining beside the Truckee River, which flows through the downtown.
Just south of downtown, on Virginia Street, are the Atlantis and Peppermill resorts. The paradise-themed Atlantis has indoor waterfalls and tropical gardens, and a skyway oyster bar spanning Virginia Street. Across the way is the Peppermill, which began as a small coffee shop and has grown to include 1,630 rooms and 785 suites, a dozen restaurants, themed bars and a salon and spa.
East of downtown is the Grand Sierra Resort, which set a new standard in 2007 when it added world-famous Nikki Beach to its property and opened restaurants with celebrity chef Charlie Palmer: Charlie Palmer Steak and Briscola, an Italian restaurant. In nearby Sparks, the Nugget features two 29-story towers that offer spectacular views of the surrounding snow-capped Sierra Nevada range.
The Sierra Nevada cradles Lake Tahoe, the pristine mountain lake dotted with hotels resorts along its rim.
The north shore is home to the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe, which offers the Stillwater Spa and the Lone Eagle Grille.
Lake Tahoe’s south shore has several resorts within walking distance of each other. The contemporary MontBleu features the south shore’s largest spa and five restaurants. Harrah’s Lake Tahoe is an 18-story resort with a family fun center and swimming pool and is connected to Harveys across the street by an underground corridor. Harveys, south shore’s original resort, has several restaurants, including the Hard Rock Café and the Cabo Wabo Cantina owned by rocker Sammy Hagar.