Worth the Splurge: Mandarin Oriental - Las Vegas, Nevada
With Asian-inspired touches, this calming, contemporary 392-room hotel offers welcome respite from the Vegas frenzy — but its mid-Strip address at CityCenter still places you in the heart of the action. For a spectacular vista, book a private pre- or postwedding party at the 23rd-floor Mandarin Bar (holds 150); for a smaller fete, reserve the Edge, a section at the bar's perimeter (holds 30). Either way, sip Mandarin Martinis while gazing at the bright lights below. Hold the main soiree in the third-floor ballroom (seats up to 350 with a dance floor), where the city's signature neon, viewed through floor-to-ceiling windows or from the outdoor terrace, makes a fabulous backdrop. To prep for the big day, soak in the spa's relaxing vitality tub (yes, this, too, overlooks the hustle and bustle), and settle into a cityscape room whose panorama stretches to the surrounding mountains. Still haven't had enough? See the sights from a different vantage point — the hotel can help arrange a helicopter tour for observing the city from above.