Las Vegas is known for its wide array of opulent hotels with grand-scale themes fit for a theme park. With new attractions and renovations constantly being debuted, it can be hard to keep track of what's special both on and off the Strip. So we've broken down 9 of the hottest hotels in Vegas today, some new and some perennial favorites that are serving up a fresh take on what made them famous in the first place. Check them out below:
Delano Las Vegas
The South Beach-inspired Delano (pictured above) offers a decidedly different take on Las Vegas. Mixing posh sophistication with contemporary flair, the all-suites hotel is known for superior style and personalized service. Attached to the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino, the 43-story resort just opened a swank beach club with 16 cabanas, a whimsical chess board and masseurs who come to you, embodying the spirit of effortless luxury.
Formerly the famous Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall & Saloon, the just-opened Cromwell is Las Vegas’ first stand-alone boutique hotel on the Strip. Exuding Parisian style, the hotel features Giada De Laurentiis’ first restaurant, GIADA, and rooftop deck where Drai’s Beachclub and Nightclub take residency. Drai's After Hours also marks its return at The Cromwell.
SLS Las Vegas
At the north end of the Strip you’ll find the elegant and whimsical SLS Las Vegas Hotel & Casino. Guests can check out the hotel’s two pools, Foxtail Pool Club located on the ground level, and the rooftop pool at Beach LiFE. Both pools are connected to nightclubs that offer high octane entertainment. Those looking to relax can visit Ciel Spa, shops curated by Fred Siegel, or indulge at restaurants like Katsuya by Starck and Bazaar Meat by José Andrés.
Located in the heart of the four-block district known as Downtown3rd, aka dt³, The Downtown Grand brings its guests within striking distance of the hip bar scene in the Fremont East neighborhood. Sporting stylish industrial decor, the hotel features dining options like the chic S+O bistro and The Ninth Island, a shave ice and daiquiri bar straight from Hawaii, plus a pool deck with fire pit and cabanas.
Bellagio - Now Fully Remodeled
By now you know the name Bellagio and have heard of — if not seen — the famous water ballet its fountains perform each day. What you may not know is that the AAA five diamond resort has also just completed a 4 year $165 million remodel of its 3,933 rooms and suites. With freshly updated rooms influenced by modern fashion, this resort inspired by the villages of Europe is more elevated and memorable than ever.
The LINQ offers visitors an open-air retail, dining and entertainment district, anchored by the world’s tallest observation wheel, known as the High Roller. Adjacent is the recently remodeled LINQ Hotel. A modern and socially connected place to stay, the LINQ offers wireless internet throughout, a touchscreen concierge, and several restaurants including Guy Fieri's Vegas Kitchen & Bar. A brand new pool deck, fitness center, salon, sports book and wedding chapel round out this hotel’s modern and sleek amenities.
Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino
The Westgate is classic Las Vegas with a modern twist. Conveniently located close to the Las Vegas Monorail, the Westgate is sure to keep you connected. Originally the International Hotel, the Westgate was the site of Elvis’ famed Vegas residency. The hotel now houses a special exhibition in the King’s honor and live Elvis-themed shows. If the King doesn’t do it for you, check out the Prince tribute, “Purple Reign.”
The Venetian Las Vegas
The Las Vegas mega-resort modeled on the Floating City has just undergone a renovation of its many rooms and suites. Known for having the "world's largest standard guest room”, the Venetian's guest rooms now also feature contemporary and bright decor. The hotel's renovation includes a new outdoor courtyard while staples such as the grand canals, gondolas, top notch shopping, and pools resembling the fountains of Italian palazzos are as resplendent as ever.
Just a short drive from the strip you'll find the Green Valley Ranch Resort and Spa, an 8 acre property with close proximity to 4 championship golf courses and shopping galore. Blending the feel of a boutique hotel with a family friendly atmosphere, this resort is perfect for those looking to escape Vegas’ more bustling tourist spots. The newly unveiled Geneva Suites offer unparalleled luxury, with 2,200 square feet of opulent sophistication in each room.
An anti-gay bill that would have taken the state of Alabama out of the business of issuing marriage licenses died in a House committee today after passing the Senate earlier this week, AL.com reports:
Taking away probate judges' power to issue marriage licenses may not ensure they will accept a marriage contract for a gay couple either, he said.
"The core of the issue is going to remain the same," England said. "It is still going to be chaos. I think chaos should evolve from the Supreme Court decision" and not a bill changing the entire marriage law going forward.
Committee member Rep. Mike Ball, R-Madison, said the bill's "a very creative idea, but something as serious as marriage.... I think this needs more thought."
Most committee members agreed the bill needed more thought and could have larger implications such as hiccups for married couples receiving military benefits.
England was the primary sponsor of a LGBT non-discrimination bill that also died in committee last month.
Liberty Counsel's Mat Staver and Matt Barber Are Convinced 'Satanic' Gay Marriage Will Literally Bring About 'God's Wrath' - AUDIO
Religious conservatives are quaking in their boots with the looming legalization of gay marriage domestically and abroad, with Liberty Counsel's Mat Staver and Matt Barber saying the push for gay marriage is "satanic" and will bring god's wrath upon the U.S. reports Right Wing Watch.
Said Staver on the Faith and Freedom radio program:
"When you put two men together within the same-sex agenda, it is not about the institution of marriage; it is about having the protection, the legal status, it's about using that as a hammer to crush anyone who believes in objective reality, marriage reality, that it is the union of a man and a woman, anyone who believes in human sexuality between a man and a woman and that there are certain limits to moral boundaries that we shouldn't cross and that certain limits are on human sexuality. They literally want to ultimately destroy the institution [of marriage]. This is literally a satanic attack, in my view, and there's no question about it."
Barber concurred with Staver's religious fear mongering dogma, saying "the whole idea of marriage equality is nothing more than a push to gain the official government sanction on evil."
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Mike Huckabee's touted endorsement by the Duggar family has been scrubbed from his presidential campaign website, Talking Points Memo reports:
The Duggar endorsements enjoyed top billing on the campaign site's "I Like Mike" sidebar on May 22, the day Huckabee issued a full-throated defense of the family following the publication of a 2006 police report that showed the Duggar's eldest son, Josh, was investigated for molesting five underage girls when he was a teenager. Parents Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar said that four of the victims were Josh's sisters, while the fifth was a babysitter, during an interview with Fox News' Megyn Kelly that aired Wednesday night.
Wrote Huckabee in the wake of the Duggar molestation scandal:
Janet and I want to affirm our support for the Duggar family. Josh’s actions when he was an underage teen are as he described them himself, 'inexcusable,' but that doesn’t mean 'unforgivable.' He and his family dealt with it and were honest and open about it with the victims and the authorities. No purpose whatsoever is served by those who are now trying to discredit Josh or his family by sensationalizing the story. Good people make mistakes and do regrettable and even disgusting things. The reason that the law protects disclosure of many actions on the part of a minor is that the society has traditionally understood something that today’s blood-thirsty media does not understand—that being a minor means that one's judgement is not mature. No one needs to defend Josh’s actions as a teenager, but the fact that he confessed his sins to those he harmed, sought help, and has gone forward to live a responsible and circumspect life as an adult is testament to his family’s authenticity and humility.
Earlier this week, we reported Huckabee told a crowd at the National Religious Broadcasters Convention that he wished he could have pretended to be transgender in high school so he could have "showered with the girls."
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