The Bellagio fountains still burst with choreographed jets of water. The Taco Bell Cantina consistently serves one of the best dining (and wedding venues) deals on the Strip. Most poolside parties, Cirque du Soleil shows, and clubs are open and crowded.
While many things to do in Las Vegas that you know and love are back and haven’t changed, other things have changed, especially when it comes to where you stay. Here are the biggest hotel changes in Vegas in recent times:
Resorts World inaugurates the first new hotel on the Strip
While it’s not uncommon for hotels on the Strip to undergo serious overhauls, Resorts World is the first entirely new resort on the Strip in over a decade.
It opened this summer on the former Stardust hotel site and integrates three of Hilton’s hotel brands into one. Choose to stay at:
- The Las Vegas Hilton: It is the largest of the three hotels, with 1,774 rooms.
- Conrad Las Vegas: Hilton’s luxury lifestyle brand, where you can expect sophisticated amenities like artwork and Michelin-starred restaurants. It is slightly smaller than the Las Vegas Hilton, with 1,496 rooms.
- Crockford: As part of LXR Hotels & Resorts, Hilton’s collection of independent luxury properties, visitors have an intimate and lavish experience. Stay in one of the 236 rooms and you’ll walk through an exclusive entrance, have access to the resort’s VIP pool, and have your own dedicated concierge.
The Resorts World property includes dozens of restaurants and a 5.5-acre complex of seven pools, making it the largest pool deck in Las Vegas. There’s even an 1,800-square-foot infinity pool with a view of the Strip.
Resorts World is part of the Hilton Honors program, so you can earn points and enjoy all the benefits of Hilton Elite status. You can also use your free night certificate or redeem points for your stay.
Virgin replaces Hard Rock as part of Curio Collection by Hilton
In addition to other Hilton options in Vegas, Virgin Hotels Las Vegas opened in March as part of the Curio Collection. It replaces the old Hard Rock Hotel located about a mile from the Strip.
The hotel was designed with outdoor entertainment at the forefront, including a five-acre water complex with an event lawn, a 4,500-seat theater for live music and a dozen of restaurants.
Virgin is one of the few destination hotels in Vegas with no resort fees.
Park MGM offers a smoke-free casino
Park MGM and its sister hotel, NoMad (an intimate luxury hotel within a hotel in Park MGM), offers the first smoke-free resort that still includes a casino on the Strip.
Both hotels can be booked with Hyatt Points through a partnership between Hyatt and MGM Resorts International. Due to this relationship, travelers can redeem World of Hyatt points for free nights at participating M life Rewards destinations, including Park MGM. The Hyatt and MGM loyalty partnership also means you can match Hyatt Elite status with MGM’s loyalty program, M life Rewards, and vice versa.
Located on the former site of the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino, the Park MGM reopened in September 2020.
Circa Resort & Casino opens downtown
If you prefer downtown Las Vegas to the Strip, consider the Circa Resort & Casino, which opened in December 2020. Marking the region’s first resort since 1980, the hotel is home to the longest outdoor bar of Fremont Street Experience, plus a tiered casino and sportsbook.
There’s also a giant multi-level aquatic amphitheater consisting of multiple pools in front of a massive high-resolution screen designed for nightlife by the poolside surveillance.
Harrah’s undergoes $ 200 million renovation
A $ 200 million investment has given Harrah’s Las Vegas a facelift. The hotel renovated 2,542 rooms, renovated the casino floor and added two new LED marquees. The renovations were completed this summer.
Harrah’s Las Vegas is owned by Caesars, which offers reciprocal status matches with Wyndham Rewards. Caesars has long dominated the Strip with 10 properties, including Caesars Palace, Paris Las Vegas, and Planet Hollywood.
Rio will join Hyatt
While we don’t know when exactly it’s going to happen, we do know it is: Rio Las Vegas is about to undergo a renovation that will become not one, but several Hyatt-branded hotels. This makes one more destination in Vegas for World of Hyatt members to earn and redeem points.
The more than 2,510-room Rio Las Vegas will see a massive redevelopment of its existing gaming, retail, spa and fitness areas; catering establishments; and pool terrace. One of the towers will become a 1,501-room Hyatt Regency hotel, while the other towers will be branded or affiliated with different Hyatt brands, which has yet to be announced.
If you are planning a trip to Las Vegas
Several new hotels have recently appeared in Vegas, and many of them offer the option to relax your elite hotel status or even stay for free through travel points or free night certificates from of credit cards.
If you’re ready to mix your stay-at-home routine with a new experience, consider a Vegas getaway. With the number of new hotels, even the most frequent visitors to Las Vegas could find a whole new experience for themselves.
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This article was originally published on NerdWallet.