We Found the Best Hotels in Las Vegas That Have Actually Good Design
Not a neon light to be found.
Published Nov 22, 2022 1:07 AM
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From dreamy decor to top-notch amenities, our Wish You Were Here series is your first-class ticket to the most design-driven getaways around the world. Whether you’re looking to steal away for a few days or just steal a few ideas for back home (we encourage both, for the record), check out where we’re checking in.
We get it: Great design might not be the first thing you think of when you think of Las Vegas, but the city has come a long way since cheesy pleather, chandeliers the size of an apartment, and lacquered everything. Nowadays, visiting Sin City as a mature grown-up (as opposed to the three-to-a-room bachelorette parties of your youth) can mean you’ll stay in a space with well-considered marble and sophisticated curvy sofas. From rooms with Carrara marble to epic old-world vibes, here’s where you’ll win big when it comes to hotels. You might even have a few people DMing you, asking, “That’s Vegas?”
“Sexy ’70s party vibe” is how interior designer Kara Smith of KES Studios describes what she was going for in the Aria’s most luxe rooms, which take up the top floors of one tower of the hotel. In one of the two-bedroom suites, a curved velvet sofa snakes through the living room; bathrooms are filled with a night-sky marble (that took Smith nine months to source); and epic paintings are displayed that will make you seriously reconsider the term hotel art. Similarly, the more modestly priced Sky Suites, designed by Rottet Studios, have wallpaper murals, giant soaking tubs, and mid-century furniture that you wish would fit in the overhead bin for your journey home. (We tried; they can’t.)
Similar to its sister property in Los Angeles, the Nomad Vegas, brought to life via French architect Jacques Garcia, is all about grand old-world details plus a little desert influence. Rooms feature mahogany writing desks, velvet window seats, and tufted leather furniture—and in the bathroom, creamy white Carrara marble. To keep the luxe vibe going, you’ll want to have dinner downstairs in the Nomad Library, where 25,000 of David Rockefeller’s personal books cover the walls from floor to heaven-high ceiling.
Not everything in Vegas is over the top, and this quiet (well, according to Sin City standards) stay is proof. Rooms in the Canyon or Opal Towers are the ones you want; they have light wood furniture, low-to-the-ground vintage-leaning sofas, blob-shaped coffee tables, and Sputnik chandeliers, making them the perfect place to recharge after a night—or three—out on the town.
It’s a classic for a reason. From the minute you walk through the lobby of handblown Dale Chihuly glass flowers, you know you’re not in [insert your hometown here] anymore. While the hotel has been around since 1998, the newly renovated rooms are the ones to book—they’re designed in on-trend earth tones inspired by Lake Como sunsets and feature made-for-Bellagio Stearns & Foster mattresses where you can sleep off whatever happened the night before.
Where to Eat in Las Vegas
Mayfair Supper Club. Eating dinner is just one part of the adventure that comes with booking a reservation at this swanky restaurant/nightclub/fever dream. Things start out mildly as a cabaret singer croons along to live music—but as the night goes on, things take a turn for the wild as dancers twirl from the ceiling and the center stage descends and becomes a dance floor. Don’t think; just book it.
Spago. Hungover brunch never tasted so good, and once you’ve lost yourself in Wolfgang Puck’s bacon and egg pizza, you’ll take in one of the best views of Bellagio’s hourly fountain show.
Carbone. Even if you’ve been to the New York City location, this one’s Ken Fulk–designed interior has private velvet-curtained banquettes for you to live out your Hello, Dolly! fantasies (just us?) and a Murano glass chandelier originally commissioned for a 1960s Ferrari showroom.
Amalfi by Bobby Flay. Giant displays of fresh fish act as decor at this coastal Italian-inspired spot, where you’ll take in the view from a striped chair while you sip a spritz.