The Newest Las Vegas Hotels You Need to Know About in 2021

The first new hotel on the Strip in more than a decade recently opened, along with renovations at others.
Sally FrenchJul 21, 2021

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The Fountains of Bellagio still erupt with choreographed blasts of water. The Taco Bell Cantina still serves one of the best meal deals (and wedding venues) on the Strip. Most of the pool parties, Cirque du Soleil shows and clubs are open and bumping.

Though many of the activities in Las Vegas that you know and love are back and haven’t changed, other things have changed — particularly when it comes to where you stay. Here are the biggest Vegas hotel changes of late:

While it’s not uncommon for Strip hotels to undergo serious overhauls, Resorts World is the first completely new resort on the Strip in over a decade.

It opened this summer at the former Stardust hotel site, and it integrates three of Hilton’s hotel brands into one. Choose to stay at:

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 a 1,800-square-foot infinity pool with views of the Strip.

Adding to more Hilton options in Vegas, Virgin Hotels Las Vegas opened in March as part of the Curio Collection. It replaces the former Hard Rock Hotel located about a mile off the Strip.

The hotel was designed with outdoor entertainment at its forefront, including a five-acre pool complex with an event lawn, a 4,500-person capacity theater for live music and a dozen dining outposts.

Virgin is one of the few destination .

Park MGM and its sister hotel, NoMad (an intimate, luxury hotel-within-a-hotel at Park MGM), offers the first smoke-free resort that still includes a casino on the Strip.

Located at the former Monte Carlo Resort and Casino site, the Park MGM reopened in September 2020.

If you prefer Downtown Las Vegas to the Strip, consider the Circa Resort & Casino, which opened in December 2020. Marking the area’s first ground-up resort development since 1980, the hotel is home to the longest outdoor bar on Fremont Street Experience, plus a multilevel casino and sportsbook.

There’s also a giant, multitiered aquatic amphitheater of several pools set in front of a massive, high-resolution screen designed for poolside watch parties.

A $200 million investment meant Harrah’s Las Vegas got quite a face-lift. The hotel overhauled 2,542 guest rooms, remodeled the casino floor and added two new LED marquees. Renovations were completed this summer.

The more than 2,510-room Rio Las Vegas will see a massive redevelopment of its existing gaming, retail, spa and fitness areas; dining establishments; and pool deck. 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, still to be announced.

Several new hotels have popped up in Vegas recently, and many of them provide opportunities to or even stay for free by way of or free night certificates from credit cards.

If you’re ready to mix up your stay-at-home routine with a new experience, consider a . Given the number of new hotels, even the most frequent Las Vegas visitors might find it an entirely new experience themselves.

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