Obscene amounts of money. Bizarre and exotic entertainment. Nightlife that takes “wild” to a whole new level. Some things in Sin City never change…but some do. In the nearly 90 years since the first casinos opened, there have been plenty of additions to the world-famous Las Vegas Strip. Sinatra-era classics like the Tropicana, the Sands, and the MGM Grand have stood the test of time, but there are some new kids on the block that redefine decadence and dissolution. On your next trip to the desert, check out these hot new casinos in Las Vegas:
SLS Las Vegas
The first new resort-casino on The Strip since 2010, the SLS Las Vegas debuted with a flash and a bang in August 2014. The re-branded and renovated Sahara Hotel is located on the northern end of the Las Vegas Strip and attracted capacity crowds for its grand opening. Along with more than 1,600 hotel rooms and a massive casino floor, the SLS Las Vegas is a foodie’s dream hotel. There are nine different restaurants onsite, each offering something a little unusual. At Bazaar Meat, all of your carnivorous cravings will be satisfied with things like lamb carpaccio and whole suckling pigs. And at 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria, customised pizzas are cooked within 60 seconds at, you guessed it, 800°F (about 426°C) in wood-burning ovens. SLS also offers an incredible nightclub, LiFE, that’s housed in a 6,000-square-metre theatre with aerialist performing from its 18-metre ceilings while the world’s top DJs spin on stage.
The D Las Vegas
Downtown Las Vegas is known to locals as the real heart of authentic Sin City. Places like the Fitzgerald Hotel, built in the 1970s and wildly popular until the 1990s, were enormous hits and important parts of the city’s heritage. Although the Fitzgerald Hotel is no longer operational, the historic building was reopened as the D Las Vegas in 2012. Just steps from the nightlife and excitement of downtown’s Fremont Street, the D Las Vegas is a classic casino and hotel that focuses on what the city is best known for: gambling. Instead of the glitzy, glamorous, and entirely electronic slot machines found in most casinos, the D Las Vegas boasts vintage machines that still use levels rather than buttons. If you want to combine poker with some of Las Vegas’ other attractions, try the dancing dealers. These sexy dealers dance right at the tables, distracting even the most determined card players.
Aria Hotel & Casino
The Aria Hotel and Casino is a sparkling jewel on The Strip now that the $8 billion development project is completed. The mega-resort and casino includes an uber-modern convention centre, as well as first-class restaurants and shops. Completely LEED-certified and eco-friendly, the Aria is modern, glamorous, and sleek. It also offers the LIQUID Pool Lounge for adults-only daytime play, a Therapy Pool inside its luxury spa, and hot tubs large enough to fit an entire bachelorette party.
Technically, the Nobu Hotel doesn’t have its own casino, but it is located in one of the biggest casinos in Las Vegas: Caesars Palace. Opened in 2013 and offering a limited selection of just 81 rooms, the Nobu Hotel offers luxury eastern accommodations to its guests. If you love sushi, book a table at Nobu Restaurant, the largest outside of the Land of the Rising Sun. Furthermore, all guests staying overnight in the hotel get guaranteed reservations and VIP access to the spa, Pure Nightclub, the Caesars Palace fitness centre, as well as easy access to the slots.
Does that sequin dress or custom-tailored suit need some air? Head to the desert and check out the hottest new places in Sin City. The odds are good that you’ll strike it big with one of these new Las Vegas casinos.
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