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Top 10 Newest Hotels on the Las Vegas Strip

Las Vegas doesn’t sit still for too long. As soon as a hotel begins to feel old, it’s quickly replaced, whether by a dramatic implosion or slick renovation. Over the years, the Hacienda was replaced by Mandalay Bay, the Sands was replaced by The Venetian, and the Aladdin was replaced by Planet Hollywood. Those are just three examples of the ever-changing Las Vegas landscape.

So which resorts are the newest? And which ones are aiming to be the hot destinations of the future? Read on to learn about the newest hotels on the Las Vegas Strip.

New Hotels Being Built

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2022The Drew

  • Location 2777 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
  • Number of Rooms 4,000
  • Casino Size TBA
  • Check-In Time TBA
  • Check-Out Time TBA
  • Promo Coupon Code N/A
Plan Your Stay
  • Top Drew Nightclub: TBA
  • Top Drew Shows: TBA
  • Top Drew Pool Party: TBA
  • Top Drew Restaurants: TBA

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The Drew is hoping to be one day be the biggest and most lavish resort in Las Vegas. Today, it’s the biggest eyesore on the Strip. The shell of the property was constructed years ago when it was set to open as the Fontainebleu in 2008. However, the economic downtown and recession changed all that. The hotel never opened and remains a blemish on the Strip skyline. At 735 feet, it’s the tallest building in Vegas if you don’t count the Strat.

The unfinished resort is now in the hands of the Witkoff Group, who is planning to finally open it as The Drew in partnership with Marriott. Little progress has been made so far and the opening date has been pushed back until at least 2020. Smoke damage from a fire is rumored to be a major factor in the setbacks. The Drew is so big, it can only fail or succeed on a grand scale. When it finally opens, it will be the most talked about Strip hotel in years. Otherwise, the only answer is a good old fashioned Vegas implosion.

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2020Virgin

  • Location 4455 Paradise Rd
  • Number of Rooms 1,500
  • Casino Size 30,000 sq ft
  • Check-In Time 3:00 pm
  • Check-Out Time 11:00 am
  • In-Room Internet Access Yes
  • Promo Coupon Code N/A
Plan Your Stay
  • Top Virgin Nightclub: TBA
  • Top Virgin Concert Venue: The Joint
  • Best Virgin Bars: TBA
  • Top Virgin Pool Party: TBA
  • Best Virgin Restaurants: TBA

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Richard Branson and partners have taken ownership of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino with plans to turn it into a Virgin Hotel. Plans have been delayed and renovations aren’t set to begin until February 2020 with a grand opening planned for the following November. The property is just a few blocks east of the Strip, will shed its rock n’ roll party theme but Branson says he wants to keep the lobby’s famous collection of music memorabilia. The Joint will also remain in place. The 4,000-seat concert venue is one of the best places to see a show in Vegas. However, both the rooms and pool deck are guaranteed a makeover. Restaurants like MB Steak and attractions like Magic Mike Live remain question marks. Expect a new nightclub or lounge of some sort.

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2020Resorts World

  • Location 3000 S. Las Vegas Blvd
  • Number of Rooms 3,400
  • Casino Size 150,000 sq ft
  • Check-In Time TBA
  • Check-Out Time TBA
  • In-Room Internet Access TBA
  • Promo Coupon Code N/A
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  • Top Resorts World Nightclub: TBA
  • Top Resorts World Show: TBA
  • Best Resorts World Bars: TBA
  • Top Resorts World Pool Party: TBA
  • Best Resorts World Restaurants: TBA

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The former site of the Stardust is finally seeing progress on the development of Resorts World. The Asian-themed hotel and casino has undergone so many delays and redesigns, it’s hard to know what it will finally look like when finished. The $4 billion project by Genting of Malaysia will heavily target Asian tourists.  It consists of two 59-story towers and will include some type of garden attraction. Resorts World recently faced legal challenges by Wynn Resorts, claiming the new structures are too similar in design to the company’s own hotel towers on the other side of Las Vegas Boulevard. When Resorts World finally opens in 2020, it will be the first ground-up resort on the Strip in a decade.

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2019Sahara

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  • Location 2535 S. Las Vegas Blvd
  • Number of Rooms 1,720
  • Casino Size 85,000 sq ft
  • Check-In Time 3:00 pm
  • Check-Out Time 11:00 am
  • In-Room Internet Access Yes
  • Promo Coupon Code N/A
Plan Your Stay
  • Best Nearby Nightclubs: XS at the Wynn, 1OAK at the Mirage
  • Best Nearby Show: Le Rêve at Wynn, Celestia at the Strat
  • Top Sahara Bar: The Beer Garden at Umami Burger
  • Top Sahara Pool” Foxtail
  • Best Sahara Restaurants: Bazaar Meat by José Andrés, Uno Mas

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This north Strip property is having something of an identity crisis. It was the Sahara for years until it was sold and rebranded as the SLS in 2014. It’s been sold again and now the property is undergoing yet another renovation while reverting back to the Sahara name.

It’s all good news, however. The rooms have already been revamped and now make much better use of what can often be limited space. The casino was given a modern upgrade and the property’s three pool decks will also see improvements. Say goodbye to Foxtail and expect new lounges and nightlife concepts to emerge. The restaurant lineup will also change dramatically. Some of the concepts are caught in the middle of ongoing legal issues, but all things being equal, it would be a shame to see Bazaar Meat by Jose Andres disappear. A casual Mexican spot Uno Mas was recently introduced.

 

Top 10 Newest Hotels On The Las Vegas Strip

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1Waldorf Astoria

Opened: 2018

  • Rating
  • Location 3752 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
  • Number of Rooms 392
  • Casino Size N/A
  • Check-In Time 3pm
  • Check-Out Time 11am
  • In-Room Internet Access Yes
  • Promo Coupon Code
Plan Your Stay
  • Top Nearby Nightclub: Jewel
  • Best Nearby Show Venues: The Park Theater, The Chelsea
  • Best Waldorf Astoria Bar: Sky Bar
  • Top Nearby Pool Party: Liquid Pool Lounge
  • Best Waldorf Astoria Restaurants: Twist by Pierre Gagnaire, Tea Lounge

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The property long known as the Mandarin Oriental is now rebranded as the Waldorf Astoria. Not much has changed, but the rooms are being redesigned to minimize the Asian theme. The resort is one of the most luxurious on the Strip and the best option for those who want to avoid the chaos of a noisy casino. Most of the action is on the 23rd-floor Sky Lobby, where you’ll find the check-in counters, tea lounge, Sky Bar and Twist by Pierre Gagnaire, one of the best restaurants for French fusion on the Strip. The views are incredible and everything on site is upscale, from the pool deck and fitness center to the stylish collection of suites. There’s even a Moet & Chandon vending machine for Champagne. You may like the property so much, you can buy one of the 225 units in the separate condo tower.

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2Park MGM

Renovated: 2018

  • Rating
  • Location 3770 Las Vegas Blvd
  • Number of Rooms 2,992
  • Casino Size 90,000 sq ft
  • Check-In Time 3 pm
  • Check-Out Time 11 am
  • In-Room Internet Access Yes
  • Promo Coupon Code N/A
Plan Your Stay
  • Top Park MGM Shows: Lady Gaga at Park Theater, Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena
  • Best Park MGM Bar: Juniper
  • Best Park MGM Restaurants: Primrose, Bavette’s Steakhouse, Eataly
  • Top Park MGM Nightclub: On the Record

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The Monte Carlo, originally built in 1996, spent about two years slowly transforming into the Park MGM. No implosion. The 550-million renovation made the resort feel brand new, replacing sterile whites with warm pastels and rustic touches, including a tree-root ceiling fixture that hangs over the check-in lobby.

The 2,600 rooms were all given a much-needed makeover with quirky, modern decor. They’re still on the small side for the Strip, but that keeps prices reasonable. More compelling suites can be found on the floors dedicated to MoMad Las Vegas, a New York-inspired hotel-within-a-hotel concept that includes its own dedicated lobby, bar, restaurant and pool.

The sweeping renovations can be felt throughout the entire casino, lobby and pool deck. The restaurants are fantastic. Enjoy prime cuts of beef at Bavette’s Steakhouse or a playful fine-dining twist on Asian street food with Roy Choi’s Best Friend. Park MGM is also home to the first Eataly in Las Vegas. The retail and dining hybrid includes grab-and-go food stations and two sit-down restaurants.

Ultimately, Park MGM will be defined as an entertainment destination. It’s next door to the T-Mobile Arena and houses the 5,000-seat Park Theater, home to high-profile residencies by Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, Cher and Aerosmith. On the Record is a different kind of nightclub, combining a lounge with karaoke rooms, a speakeasy-style bar and a retro theme.

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3The LINQ

Renovated: 2014

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  • Location 3535 S. Las Vegas Blvd
  • Number of Rooms 2,640
  • Casino Size 32,890 sq ft
  • Check-In Time 4:00 pm
  • Check-Out Time 11:00 am
  • In-Room Internet Access Yes
  • Promo Coupon Code N/A
Plan Your Stay
  • Best Nearby Nightclubs: Drai’s, Omnia
  • Best Nearby Shows: Matt FrancoAbsinthe
  • Best LINQ Bar: AmeriCAN, 
  • Top LINQ Pool Party: Influence
  • Best LINQ Restaurants: Hash House A Go Go, Chayo, Yardhouse

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This Caesars Entertainment property has been known by a number of identities over the years, from Flamingo Capri and Imperial Palace to The Quad. The resort seems to have finally found its groove as The LINQ, a name inspired by its outdoor promenade of shops, restaurants and attractions like the High Roller observation wheel and Fly LINQ zipline.

Though the rooms still fill the footprints of Vegas vacations past, the redesign ushers in a colorful, hip boutique vibe that buries its old look and feel for good. The biggest surprise is the 21+ pool deck, which features lily pads and daybeds flanked with bold colors that will awaken even the worst hangovers. The Influence pool party is free and open to non-hotel guests. Poolside cabana suites bring the boutique interior to the outside, impressing with cobalt blue and lime exterior walls.

The LINQ doesn’t rest on its laurels. Small changes continue to develop. The latest example is an update to the casino floor that includes The Book, a modern refresh of the sportsbook with living room-style VIP areas and automated self-serve beer taps.

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4Delano

Opened: 2014

  • Rating
  • Location 3940 S. Las Vegas Blvd
  • Number of Rooms 1,117
  • Casino Size N/A
  • Check-In Time 3:00 pm
  • Check-Out Time 11:00 am
  • In-Room Internet Access Yes
  • Promo Coupon Code N/A
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Delano is a smoke-free, gaming-free resort for the sophisticated traveler. The tower, formerly known as THEhotel, is part of the Mandalay Bay complex on the south end of the Strip. The lobby has a chic lounge feel and the rooms follow an all-suites format. Even basic accommodations include a bedroom, master bath, powder room and private living area. Even your pets can feel like royalty in dog-friendly suites. Rates start at $119 in the off-peak season.

Escape the heat of Vegas at the private Delano pool deck or crank up the heat at Mandalay Bay Beach or Moorea Beach Club, a tops-optional European-style pool for adults only. When the sun goes down, head to the top floor with spectacular Strip views from both Rivea restaurant and SkyFall cocktail lounge. If you still have the urge to gamble, visit the adjoining Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino to play tables or slots.

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5The Cromwell

Renovated: 2014

  • Rating
  • Location 3595 S. Las Vegas Blvd
  • Number of Rooms 188
  • Casino Size 40,010 sq ft
  • Check-In Time 3:00 pm
  • Check-Out Time 12:00 pm
  • In-Room Internet Access Yes
  • Promo Coupon Code N/A
Plan Your Stay
  • Top Cromwell Nightclub: Drai’s
  • Best Nearby Show: Absinthe
  • Best Cromwell Bar: Bound
  • Top Cromwell Pool Party: Drai’s Dayclub
  • Best Cromwell Restaurant: Giada

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It’s hard to find a resort that better represents the Vegas shift from old neon to fresh modern design. Previously known as Bill’s Gambling Hall & Saloon and the Barbary Coast, the Cromwell is sleek and contemporary with touches of retro decor. The boutique hotel has less than 200 rooms, but each one is full of character with hardwood floors, vintage lamps and wallpaper that pay homage to the glamour of Hollywood’s golden age.

The hotel also features Giada, the first-ever restaurant by celebrity chef Giada de Laurentiis. It serves a Californian take on Italian classics with  large windows that open wide to the Strip with great views of the Bellagio fountains.

The main party spot is Drai’s, a luxury rooftop nightclub and dayclub. The 65,000-square-foot venue is heavy on rap, hip-hop and R&B residencies and no matter when you go, the views are incredible. Head to the basement for Drai’s After Hours, a more intimate club in which the party goes well into the early morning hours.