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Four Seasons Las Vegas
The Four Seasons hotel has everything one would expect from a hotel with average room rates of $350 per night.  Service staff is attentive, but not overwhelming, and catering to special requests are considered a joy. The locale of the hotel makes it convenient enough to be near the Las Vegas action, but secluded so as to obtain the privacy even the most discriminating hotel guest desires. The rooms are spacious and luxurious and offer some of the best views of Las Vegas. Sheet counts are among the highest to ensure a very comfortable night’s sleep.  When the town is slow, most hotels in Las Vegas lower room rates, but the Four Seasons rarely sees a rate change as they have earned the highest Mobile and AAA awards.

Ever since MGM bought this and other Steve Wynn properties the changes were evident from the guests who stay, down to how warm the casino restrooms allow the water to flow. The Bellagio is still a great property with more amenities than most mid-size metropolitan cities, but the public restroom water flows lukewarm, service staff is not nearly as attentive as they used to be, and room rates are still quite expensive.  The 4 and 5 star restaurants are still achieving greatness, the entertainment is a bit worn, and the shopping is among the best in town.  Hotel rooms are larger than most with lavish appointments.

MGM Grand
As one might expect at a hotel in Las Vegas with over 5000 rooms, not all rooms are created equal. There are standard rooms with just the basics that are very reasonable, and there are plenty of upgrades from a larger room with a view to lavish apartments reserved only for the whales.  The options in between can become confusing, but training at the MGM is among the best in town, so service staff will be able to properly educate one on the differences in each hotel room. Service is quite attentive considering there are 5000 rooms to cover, and many of the high roller suites come with on call butlers.  There are a plethora of dining options, although the average price for a meal has increased a great deal due to the exodus of low priced and economical eateries.  Nightlife offerings are quite varied from the standard casino bar to the new exclusive ultra lounge.  Fat Tuesday located in the basement though is the best place to score a lip-smacking libation before a night of debauchery in Las Vegas.

Green Valley Ranch Resort, Las Vegas:
This 4-star hotel and resort is part of the Station Casinos empire.  This hotel is attempting to be a 5-star lodging facility with all the amenities to boot.  The hotel offers a quasi-authentic Irish Pub, Fatburger, and some very authentic and traditional Chinese cuisine. Nightlife is as abundant as the number of slot machines, which Stations is originally known as proliferating on the casino floors.  Green Valley Ranch is located just off the I-215 in a Henderson neighborhood, so locals are abound.  And, although the hotel is easy access to freeways and close to the airport, one had better rent a car or arrange limousine transportation as getting a cab is like waiting for rain in Las Vegas. Hotel room prices at Green Valley Ranch are as ambitious as their intentions in becoming a 5-star resort, which is expected, as their hotel manager is a migrant from the Four Seasons.

The Aladdin Hotel & Casino, located center Strip, will be undergoing changes over the next year as the new owners take over.  The casino is small compared to most of the other hotels on the Las Vegas Strip, but the amenities of the hotel are quite expansive.  There are plenty of restaurants between PF Chang’s on the casino floor, to Commander’s Palace in the Desert Passage Mall that perimeters the casino.  There is often very upbeat, live entertainment towering over the casino on the second floor, and the basement houses the popular buffet.  Those in the know, realize that the Aladdin buffet is one of the best bangs for the buck when it comes to buffet dining.  There are many hotel room options at the Aladdin, and since standard rooms usually start at a $120 per night, upgrading to a nice suite, or a room with a view doesn’t usually cost that much more.

Caesars Palace
After undergoing renovations and a completely new set of hotel towers, Caesars Palace once again, defines itself as still being able to stay in the Las Vegas luxury hotel marketplace.  Caesars has also added some new dining and nightlife options to keep things fresh, and the Forum Shops continues to draw in millions of shoppers every year.

Paris Las Vegas went to great depths to carry out the Paris theme with a scaled replica of the Eiffel Tower, casino staff that are encouraged to greet guests with “Bon Jour”, and other more subtle design elements. The standard hotel rooms at Paris Las Vegas are rather small, and one must make sure and not forget those easily forgettable toiletries, as Paris Las Vegas will not provide any to you.  The restaurants are top notch with the likes of Eiffel Tower Restaurant and Les Artistes Steakhouse.  Also, Le Café, which is the coffee shop, is most notable for its generous portion of lox.