Family-Friendly Vegas Hotels and Las Vegas with Kids?

There’s a reason for that question mark in the headline. When I was asked to explore the topic of family-friendly Las Vegas hotels, I wondered to myself: is there such a thing as a family-friendly hotel in Vegas? Despite the lure of warm, desert sunshine, I haven’t taken my kids to Las Vegas and I’m not sure I’m ready to recommend it as a destination for families. But when I turned to my network of extraordinary family travel bloggers, what I discovered surprised me.

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There are many seasoned family travelers who have taken their kids to Las Vegas; there are many places to stay and ways to experience Las Vegas with kids in tow. Here are a few favorite hotels in Vegas recommended by some terrific family travel bloggers:

Bring on the bright lights: On the Strip options

Want to be in the center of the action? Here are a few family-friendly, “on-strip” options:

Sharlene Armstrong Earnshaw, Trekaroo Recommends: The Signature MGM 

Steps from the MGM Grand is a unique Vegas experience, the Signature MGM Grand (rates from$136). This all-suite resort is 100 percent non-smoking and non-gaming, making it the perfect retreat from the normal Vegas Strip hotels. Guests also have access to all of the amenities of the MGM Grand, including the lazy river and pool. Sharlene also says the spacious suites with full kitchens are perfect for family travel.

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Anne Patrone, 500 Places with Kids recommends: The Four Seasons at Mandalay Bay

Located on floors 35 – 39 of the main hotel tower of Mandalay Bay, the Four Seasons Las Vegas (rates from $199) has its own entrance. It’s true luxury, above the hustle and bustle of the strip, and right in the heart of Mandalay Bay. Guests enjoy access to the legendary Mandalay Bay Pool and convenient access to the Shark Reef Aquarium on the property.

Michelle Duffy, WanderMom recommends: The Bellagio

The Bellagio (rates from $149) is stunning and the little ones are sure to be captivated by the 1,200 dancing fountains on a lake of more than 8.5 acres of water – all coordinated to music. If you’re comfortable being in the center of the action, the Bellagio offers several features families will love, including: spacious, luxurious rooms, a gelateria, chocolate fountain, Kids Arcade and a larger-than-life Bellagio’s Conservatory and Botanical Garden.

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Off the beaten path: Off the Strip options 

Staying “off-strip” was a common recommendation from family travel bloggers. The bright lights and questionable happenings on the Strip can leave some parents hesitant to stay in the center of the action. Steve Pratt with More Kids than Suitcases had this great advice: “Off-strip is definitely better, especially as the kids get older. The questions have gone from ‘Why is everything so shiny?’ to ‘Is she legally allowed to wear that in public?’

Sarah Vernetti, Wandering Off Recommends: JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort  

The gorgeous Mediterranean-style JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort (rates from $127) has its own 11,000-square-foot outdoor tropical pool, cascading waterfalls and gorgeous rooms.

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Mary Penafiel Solio, The World is a Book Recommends: The Red Rock Casino Resort and Spa

The Red Rock Casino Resort and Spa (rates from $130) features an indoor bowling alley and all of the amenities of an on-strip Vegas hotel. But it’s the hip, stylish rooms that caught my attention and may in fact lure us to give Vegas with kids a try.

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Ana Martinez, Rider by My Side Recommends The Orleans Hotel and Casino

The indoor bowling alley, kids club and very affordable rates make the Orleans Hotel and Casino (rates from $29) a recommended property for families.

Wondering what to do with the kids once you get there? Sarah Vernetti, who pens the blog Wandering Off and recently moved to Las Vegas with her daughter, has this great list of kid-friendly activities in Las Vegas.

Got any tips about how to make Vegas work for families? Leave them in the comments!

About | Family Travel Expert

Anne Taylor Hartzell is a travel expert, storyteller, and founder of HipTravelMama.com, a blog dedicated to smart luxury travel for families. Anne is obsessed with hip hotels and features stylish and luxury properties in her weekly Hip Hotel Postcards. Anne is an online travel veteran with more than 15 years managing PR and social media for tech and travel companies including Farecast, Bing, and Decide.com. She has appeared as a travel expert on The TODAY Show, KING5 News, CNN.com, CondeNastTraveler.com and is a frequent speaker on social media, branding and travel. Follow Anne’s feed on Facebook (www.facebook.com/hiptravelmama) and inspirational travel boards on Pinterest (www.pinterest.com/hiptravelmama).