Eight child-friendly hotels in Las Vegas
Las Vegas might be known as an adult playground, but there’s plenty to keep younger visitors entertained, too. The downside? Check your child into one of these fun-filled hotels and you’ll struggle to drag them away
New York-New York Hotel & Casino
Home to a 150ft replica of the Statue of Liberty and a 300ft-long model of the Brooklyn Bridge, New York-New York is one of Las Vegas’s most recognisable hotels, and it’s packed with child-friendly attractions, including Hershey’s Chocolate World (find it next to the super-sized Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup). It’s also famous for The Big Apple, a rollercoaster wrapped around its exterior. The ride recently received a hi-tech makeover, so there’s the option to don a virtual reality headset and take on the role of a scientist in hot pursuit of an alien who’s escaped from a research facility in the Nevada desert.
Luxor Hotel & Casino
What could beat bedding down inside a giant pyramid? Luxor is hard to miss, thanks to its sheer size and the light sabre-like beam emerging from its highest point after dark. It’s also where you’ll find the famous Blue Man Group shows, along with child-friendly restaurants such as Blizz, with its frozen yoghurt and rainbow-hued toppings. For budding historians, there’s Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition. Marvel at various items recovered from the wreck, including ship’s whistles and an unopened Champagne bottle. And don’t forget to stop by the hotel’s HyperX Arena, where highlights include a 50ft LED video wall and PC and console gaming stations.
Excalibur Hotel & Casino
Clap eyes on this castle-themed hotel and suddenly Hogwarts looks rather boring. The fortress concept continues inside, where there’s an arcade game-filled Fun Dungeon, an Ultimate 4D Experience cinema and the brilliant Tournament of Kings dinner show, which takes place in a spectacular 900-seat arena. Expect pyrotechnics, chivalrous knights and tales of valour, all while you feast on a three-course meal.
Planet Hollywood Las Vegas
In a city where flamingos can be found in swimming pools and manmade volcanoes spew glowing lava on a nightly basis, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that kids (of all ages) can now hang ten in Sin City. A recent addition is the FlowRider – a hi-tech, free-standing wave (and the only one of its kind in Las Vegas). The hotel also has one of the city’s best shopping malls for younger visitors. Head to the Miracle Mile (so-called because you’ll find more than a mile’s-worth of shops) for its hi-tech, synchronised fountains and V – The Ultimate Variety Show.
Circus Circus Hotel & Casino
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls: say hello to what might just be Las Vegas’s most family-friendly hotel. To start with, there’s the Adventuredome, a fun-filled indoor theme park packed with rollercoasters, fairground rides, laser tag courses and bumper cars. The hotel is also home to the world’s largest indoor circus, where free shows take place every hour from 11.30am. Some favourites in the line-up include Argentinean trapeze act The Flying Poemas and juggling twins Yongjian and Yong Zhang.
Wannabe superheroes will love Treasure Island’s Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N., an interactive attraction where they’ll find out about the superheroes by accessing top secret intelligence files, before learning how to become a Marvel agent. For princesses and drag queens in-training, there’s the Oleksandra Spa and Salon, where your little darlings will be able to sign up for glitter-splattered princess parties, manicures and pedicures. We also love Mystère – a family-friendly Cirque du Soleil show featuring 75 performers, including dancers, singers, musicians and acrobats.
Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas
Kids rule the roost at the non-gaming Four Seasons Las Vegas, where they’ll get a welcome gift and their very own toiletries. Four Seasons guests also get use of the nearby Mandalay Bay’s pool complex but, for something a little less strenuous, there’s a well-stocked DVD library and a huge stash of board games. Cots, pushchairs and playpens are available on request, and babysitters can be arranged at just two hours’ notice. Our favourite perk for younger guests? The child-size robes in the spa.
Flamingo Hotel & Casino
Check your kids into Flamingo and they’ll be forgiven for thinking they’ve been transported to a tropical rainforest. The four-acre Flamingo Wildlife Habitat isn’t just home to our favourite skinny-legged feathered friends, but also to 50 other species, including pelicans, native hummingbirds, turtles and albino catfish. Head here to wander through the lush foliage and snap selfies by the waterfall. We also love the hotel’s family-friendly Beach Club Pool, with its wide range of waterslides and cafés.