The Best Las Vegas Airport Hotels | LAS

The Las Vegas airport hotel scene isn’t like that in most other cities — there aren’t a cluster of hotels around the airport catering to business travelers and offering free shuttles to the terminal. In fact, there’s only hotel fitting that description: the Doubletree Club. Fortunately, the mega-resorts of the Las Vegas strip are only a 10 to 20 minute taxi ride from Vegas’s McCarran Airport.

Overall Best (Non-Casino) Las Vegas Airport Hotel

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lasdouble The Best Las Vegas Airport Hotels | LASThe Doubletree has everything you’d expect from a good airport hotel—free wireless, gym, pool, well-appointed rooms with large comfortable beds, and a complimentary airport shuttle. In Vegas, the airport shuttle takes on special significance because so few hotels offer them and the shuttle option allows you to avoid the typically long Vegas airport taxi queues. (On more than one occasion the Airport Hotel Guru has waited over 45 minutes to get a taxi from McCarran.) As with all Doubletrees, guest at their Las Vegas property get a warm chocolate chip cookie upon check in. (What can we say? The Airport Hotel Guru is a sucker for the little touches). If you are looking to escape the gambling scene, the Doubletree might be the best hotel without slot machines in the whole of Nevada. If you want to taste of gaming glitz but don’t want to sleep around it, the Doubletree also runs a complimentary shuttle service to the Vegas Strip.

Money saving note: Because the Doubletree doesn’t earn revenues from gambling their rates tend to be relatively higher during the week when the Vegas resorts discount their prices to attract gamers. The reverse happens on the weekend.

Overall Best (Gambling) Las Vegas Airport Hotel:

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The Mandalay Bay and its creatively-capitalized THEhotel sister property make up the first big resort on southern end of famed Las Vegas Strip, the end closest to the airport. Coming from the airport by taxi the Mandalay Bay’s proximity will only save you a few minutes compared to other South Strip hotels like the Luxor or Tropicana. By shared airport shuttle, however, the time saved staying here can be substantial since Mandalay Bay guests are usually the first the shuttle drops off from the airport and the last to be picked up.

By happy coincidence, the most convenient resort to McCarran Airport is also one of Las Vegas’s best. Mandalay Bay is lightly-themed with few touches that betray its Burmese namesake. Where the Mandalay Bay excels is largess. The casino is huge, the public areas are grand (we love the walk-through shark aquarium) and the rooms are plush. The property has four beautiful swimming pools, including the wave pool and the European style (read, topless) Moorea Beach Club. Mandalay Bay also has one of the best selection of dinning and entertainment establishments of any Vegas resort. Fleur del Lys (arguably the city’s best restaurant) is here as is the House Of Blues (arguably the city’s best music venue).

THEhotel, attached to Mandalay Bay, has a more sophisticated feel than its larger sibling. All accommodations here are multi-room suites and include a wet bar, giant bathtub and multiple large flatscreen televisions. Truly spectacular. Guests at THEhotel can make use of all the Mandalay bay swimming pools and other amenities. A THEhotel room can be as little as $20 more than one in Mandalay Bay. So, lose a little less at blackjack and treat yourself to some of the best hotel rooms in Vegas.


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Closest Accommodations to the Las Vegas Airport

Knights Inn Las Vegas

The hotel technically closest to the airport is also the cheapest. Neither of those qualities is enough to get us to recommend the Knights Inn Las Vegas. The best thing to be said about it is that the offer a complimentary 24-hour shuttle between the hotel and the airport (as well as a shuttle shuttle to The Strip). Otherwise, this dingy place has little to recommend it.

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Knights Inn Las Vegas
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The Best of the Las Vegas Strip

Though Mandalay Bay is the mega-resort closest to the airport there are several others in the central and southern Strip . Our take on the superlatives among them:

Best Standard Rooms:

  1. THEhotel
  2. The Venetian
  3. Wynn Las Vegas
  4. Bellagio

Most convenient resort to the Las Vegas Convention Center: Las Vegas Hilton

Best Value Rooms:

  1. Flamingo Las Vegas
  2. tie: Orleans and Imperial Palace – both have great Strip locations
  3. Suncoast – across from the Hard Rock

Best comp club: Total Rewards (used at Harrah’s, Paris, Flamingo, Imperial Palace, Rio and Bally’s).

Best places to stay with the whole family: Circus Circus, Mandalay Bay, New York-New York

Best Swimming Pools:

  1. Mandalay Bay
  2. Hard Rock
  3. Flamingo
  4. The Mirage

Pools offering European (topless) bathing: Moorea Beach Club at Mandalay Bay, Caesar’s PalaceFlamingo Las VegasThe Mirage

Pools with swim-up blackjack: Tropicana, Hard Rock, Atrium Suites

Best pool party experience: Rehab @ The Hard Rock – Sundays noon until sunset

Best spa: Canyon Ranch Spa at The Venetian, Qua at Caesar’s Palace, MGM Grand Spa, Mandalay Bay

Best Selection of Restaurants:

  1. MGM Grand
  2. Bellagio
  3. Mandalay Bay

Best Buffet: Bellagio, Wynn Las Vegas, Paris, Rio

Best Casino:

  1. Caesar’s Palace
  2. New York-New York
  3. Paris Las Vegas

Best poker room: Wynn Las Vegas, Monte Carlo, Bellagio, Caesar’s Palace

Best sports book: Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas Hilton, New York-New York (and the attached ESPN Zone)

Best gambling deal on the Strip: Casino Royale (for the best slot and table game pay-outs), Imperial Palace (for their sports book)

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Airport Info

McCarran International Airport

Plan on spending more time at McCarran airport than you’d like. The baggage claim service can be slow and the wait for a taxi can be long. On your return flight, the line to get through airport security can be unfriendly to your hangover—several times we’ve waited more than an hour to be processed. First class passengers get breezed through, so your trip to Vegas is a good one to use those frequent flyer miles for an upgrade. McCarran airport does not have wi-fi. But it does have slot machines.


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Priority Pass Lounges: The Best Las Vegas Airport Hotels | LAS Two lounges in Terminal 1: The Continental Presidents Club (proceed past Gate D-33 and take elevator to the 3rd level, open 5am to half-past-midnight) and The U.S. Airways Club (turn right before security check towards Gates A and B, open 5am to midnight). Priority Pass members have access to these lounges regardless of what airline they fly or what class they fly in.

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Best Las Vegas Travel Guidebooks

Kindle 2 eBook Reader Best Las Vegas Guidebooks for the Kindle: The excellent Las Vegas Frommer’s Guide and the Little Black Book of Las Vegas are excellent Kindle downloads—the former is more a general guide, the latter more restaurant and nightlife oriented. There are also several inexpensive specialty guides which will make you extra happy you own a Kindle) including the Las Vegas Honeymoon guide ($2.80) and the Experience Las Vegas guide (for only $1.60!). .

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The Kindle is an electronic e-book reading device with a screen that mimics the look of the printed page. The device is as thin as a magazine, lighter than a paperback, holds at least 1,500 books (!). Highly suggested for frequent travelers.

The Unofficial Guide to Las Vegas Best Las Vegas Paper Guidebooks: For a general guide (especially if you’ve never been to Vegas before) the best choice is the The Unofficial Guide to Las Vegas. However, there are many specialty guidebooks that might work better for your particular trip. For advice on exploring the hip and glamorous side of Las Vegas check out The Little Black Book of Las Vegas. For restaurant reviews buy the Zagat Guide (or subscribe online). If you feel you know Vegas well but it has been a year or two since your last visit the frequently updated Time Out: Las Vegas is the perfect guidebook. Finally Streetwise laminated map will help you find your way around.
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airportdrunk 10.19.08 at 3:38 pm

I totally agree with your strip reviews, Mandalay Bay and Venetian are my favorite hotels for their “affordable luxury” as well. I usually end up booking the Venetian more often because of it’s central location.

The Burger Bar at Mandalay Bay though is one of my favorite places to eat.

Las Vegas Local 09.28.10 at 9:58 pm

Mandalay Bay is a pretty nice hotel. The Luxor is also a good place to stay and if you are a budget the Flamingo Hilton has some pretty good deals if you catch a break. The pool at the Hard Rock is pretty nice and during the summer they have local bands play poolside.

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