Sign in to comment!

Menu
Home

Travel

Top 10 casino hotels worldwide

TajSlotArea.jpg

The slot area at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, N.J. (Trump Entertainment Resorts)

Let's admit it. At some point in life we all want to know if Lady Luck is on our side. And what better place to roll the dice and find out than a luxury casino resort or hotel? Naturally, we've included old favorites such as Las Vegas and Monte Carlo, but you'll also find a few surprises here, including one in Egypt and another in South Africa where guests can enjoy a water park and night safaris. The odds are sure to be in your favor when you stay at any one of these Top 10 Casino Hotels.

ARGENTINA

Mendoza
Park Hyatt Mendoza

An elegantly restored, nineteenth-century Spanish colonial façade greets guests at this luxurious property, overlooking the Plaza de la Independencia. Although the city of Mendoza is known for its nearby vineyards and Andes' ski resorts (which can be seen from some of the guest rooms), this hotel gives visitors plenty of good reasons to stay in town. Its two-level Regency Casino Mendoza unites elegant European ambience with personal service to create an atmosphere that lures in glamorous gamblers from around the world. The variety of table games includes all the usual suspects, as well as punto y banca, a local variation of baccarat. For more information, visit www.mendoza.park.hyatt.com

CHINA

Macau
The Venetian Macao

Modeled after its sister property in Las Vegas, The Venetian Macao is just one of the many impressive casino hotels that are giving Macau world-class status as a gambling mecca. This massive place is all about bigger-is-better. Its 3,000 suites each have a minimum of 750 square feet of space, and if you can drag yourself away from your lavish split-level accommodation, take time (and lots of it) to explore the casino. The resort's gaming space is the largest in the world at 534,000 square feet, with approximately 500 gaming tables and 2,000 slot machines. Though you can spend 24/7 placing bets, the hotel has more to offer, including a shopping mall, health and wellness center and entertainment that includes headliners from Asia and around the world. For more information, visit www.venetianmacao.com 

EGYPT

Cairo
Cairo Marriott Hotel & Omar Khayyam Casino

An Egyptian casino named after an eleventh-century Persian poet ... why not? Omar Khayyam is famous for immortalizing life's pleasures: "A jug of wine, a loaf of bread and thou." Enhance these essentials with an exclusive gaming establishment reminiscent of an old-fashioned men's club and day trips to the Pyramids of Giza, and you have Cairo's most well-rounded luxury holiday. Anchored by a guest palace built in 1869, this Marriott gracefully blends old and new, melding its historic building with two modern towers to offer 1,087 guest rooms and suites, fifteen restaurants and six acres of palace gardens, all on an island in the middle of the Nile. For more information, visit www.marriott.com 

MONACO

Monte Carlo
Hotel de Paris
Famous for its jet-set lifestyle and magnificent casinos, Monte Carlo is ideal for a high rolling holiday. As for the lodging of choice, none can compare to Hotel de Paris, connected to the Place du Casino by a mere flight of stairs. Despite how popular this opulent hotel has become since it first opened in 1864, it still retains an air of discretion. As for its indulgences, you're invited to explore them all, beginning with the premier wine list offered at Le Bar Américain. After a decadent meal at Le Louis XV — Alain Ducasse, we suggest you dress up (ditch the shorts and flip-flops) and head for Place du Casino's legendary Casino de Monte-Carlo, a Belle Époque landmark that served as a setting in the first James Bond novel, Casino Royale. For more information, read our complete review of Hotel de Paris 

PUERTO RICO

San Juan
The Ritz-Carlton, San Juan

Beautiful beaches and blackjack — welcome to the pleasures of The Ritz-Carlton, San Juan. Located on eight lush acres surrounded by the warm waters of the Atlantic Ocean, this property pairs sophisticated décor with a casual setting and more than just the expected high-end spa, picturesque pool and fine dining. The hotel's casino brings gaming to your front door, with roulette, blackjack, mini baccarat and let-it-ride games. And with more than 340 slot machines, fans of the one-armed bandit can keep busy round the clock. Best of all, the atmosphere is pure Ritz-Carlton: classy and elegant, with hints of Puerto Rico's early colonial style. When not romancing Lady Luck, you can head out to explore the island's varied attractions, including El Morro Fortress, El Yunque Rainforest and the Bacardi Rum distillery. For more information, read our complete hotel review of The Ritz-Carlton, San Juan

SOUTH AFRICA

Sun City
Sun City Resort

A premier South African gambling destination, the extravagant Sun City resort features two casino areas with slots, poker, blackjack, roulette, The Salon Prive for high-stakes games and a gaming school with free lessons on technique and table etiquette. But you don't need to place a bet in order to take advantage of everything this property has to offer. At The Valley of Waves water park, you can test your mettle at the Temple of Courage water chute, and at the Outdoor Adventure Centre, activities such as quad bikes, archery and tribal dancing await. Two excellent golf courses include one from Gary Player, and the highlight of the four luxury hotels is the fantastical Palace of the Lost City. Best of all, you can savor a setting adjacent to Pilanesberg National Park with night safaris and game drives in search of lions, elephants and more. For more information, visit www.sun-city-south-africa.com 

SPAIN

Ibiza Town
Ibiza Gran Hotel

Best known for its jet-set tourism and exuberant nightlife, Ibiza is the perfect spot for a casino. Classy and understated (words not often used to describe gambling joints), Casino de Ibiza is a stylish venue that suits its Ibiza Gran Hotel setting. Gaming tables, slot machines and Texas hold 'em tournaments provide plenty of action after days spent lounging with fellow pretty people in the hotel's pools. Further relaxation includes unwinding in your decorator suite or indulging at the full-service spa. Adorned with a collection of modern Spanish art, the hotel offers the added appeal of a great location, overlooking Old Town and the Mediterranean Sea. For more information, visit www.ibizagranhotel.com 

USA

Atlantic City
Trump Taj Mahal

At this 51-story casino hotel, the extravagant world of Trump-orchestrated excess begins with larger-than-life stone elephants and 70-plus minarets. Grandeur is the defining design element, from the Austrian crystal chandelier in the center of the lobby to the Atlantic Ocean views from many of the 2,010 guest rooms. One of the largest casino hotels in the world, it offers every opportunity to double your money and your fun. Whether you ante up in the exclusive high limit gaming salon, place a bet in the smoke-free poker room or simply toss a few coins into the slots, you'll relish the action at this impressive property. When you're not striking it rich, you can relax with a spa treatment, gourmet meal or shopping spree in one of the hotel's exclusive boutiques. For more information, visit www.trumptaj.com 

Las Vegas
The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino

Connected to its sister property The Venetian by the Grand Canal Shoppes arcade, The Palazzo is a lavish destination that manages to offer a boutique-like atmosphere. This all-suite hotel's European-inspired casino features everything a gambler's heart could desire, including a race and sports book, high limit salon and 112,000-square-foot poker room showcasing hand-painted frescoed ceilings. As for the suites, they define pampering, with their sunken living rooms, marble-appointed bathrooms and palatial décor. Although The Palazzo shares facilities such as Canyon Ranch SpaClub with The Venetian, it also houses top venues of its own, the most notable being Mario Batali's Carnevino, Wolfgang Puck's CUT and Emeril Lagasse's Table 10. Needless to say, of the many hotel-casino choices you have when visiting Las Vegas, this one is a sure bet. For more information, read our complete hotel review of The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino 

New Orleans
Harrah's New Orleans

Right in the center of revitalized New Orleans, this casino hotel offers stylish accommodations with spectacular views of the Mississippi River and downtown skyline. But it's the 115,000-square-foot casino that's the real draw here. Not only does it have 24-hour gambling (card games, slots, roulette, baccarat, craps), it has a theme: Mardi Gras. So prepare yourself for round-the-clock revelry, whether you're at the tables or out on Bourbon Street, which is just a short stroll away. Additional entertainment includes the nearby Superdome and on-site Masquerade nightclub, featuring an ice bar and soaring media tower. For more information, visit www.harrahsneworleans.com 

MORE ON GAYOT.com

More Top Casino Hotels 

Top 10 Sexy Las Vegas Hotels 

Top 10 Value Las Vegas Hotels