Hotels in the Middle of the Las Vegas Strip (Mid-Strip Hotels)


When visiting Las Vegas, you want to pick a hotel that’s close to all of the major attractions. By staying in the center of the Strip, you’ll be in the heart of the action. These are the hotels in the middle of the Las Vegas Strip.

  • Caesars Palace
  • Bellagio
  • Cosmopolitan
  • Vdara
  • Aria
  • Waldorf Astoria
  • Planet Hollywood
  • Elara
  • Paris
  • Bally’s
  • Cromwell
  • Flamingo
  • LINQ
  • Harrah’s

All of these mid-Strip hotels have great locations, however, they all have vastly different amenities and price points. In this article, I’ll cover the basics of each of the hotels in the center of the Las Vegas Strip.

Picture of hotels in the middle of the Las Vegas Strip.

Hotels in the Center of the Las Vegas Strip

Caesars Palace

Caesars Palace is an iconic hotel located between the Mirage and the Bellagio. The property is a food and entertainment hub attracting thousands of visitors every day. One of the more popular on-site restaurants is Gordon Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen.

Caesars has everything from a nightclub to an entire shopping mall (called The Forum Shops). There’s also a long lineup of concerts and shows hosted at the Caesars Colosseum. Everyone should go see Caesars’ Absinthe show if given the chance. It’s an excellent adults-only comedy, circus and burlesque show.  

  • Price: Medium-High ($200-$250/night)
  • Rating: 4-Star Resort
Fountains in front of Caesars Palace

Cosmopolitan Las Vegas

The Cosmopolitan is another classic hotel located in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip. If you’re looking for a posh, contemporary-style hotel with awesome amenities, this is it. The rooms at the Cosmopolitan are some of the best in Las Vegas, most of which have a walk-out balcony.

You’ll find a number of popular restaurants at the Cosmo. I like to grab breakfast at either Eggslut or District: Donuts. Sliders. Brew. Both restaurants have fantastic food. The Cosmopolitan is also home to Marquee Nightclub, which throws some of the best parties in Las Vegas.

  • Price: Medium-High ($150-$250/night)
  • Rating: 5-Star Resort

Bellagio Hotel & Casino

The Bellagio is the most famous hotel in Las Vegas. It’s also one of the most luxurious, offering exceptional service to all guests. The Bellagio’s casino is widely considered to be the best in Las Vegas, especially for poker.

As you enter the property, you’ll be welcomed by the Bellagio Fountains and the Botanical Gardens in the lobby. This resort is also known for its excellent food and shows. I highly recommend you go see “O” by Cirque du Soleil at the Bellagio. It’s one of the best-reviewed shows on the Las Vegas Strip.

  • Price: High ($250-$300/night)
  • Rating: 5-Star Resort
Bellagio Hotel & Casino Las Vegas

Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel & Casino

The Flamingo is the longest-standing hotel on the Strip. It’s located directly across the street from Caesars Palace in the center of the Las Vegas Strip. Besides the casino, the main attractions here are the live Flamingo Wildlife Habitat and the Go Pool Dayclub. The Flamingo also has a decent magic show and a burlesque show.

As one of the oldest hotels on the Strip, the rooms at the Flamingo are a bit dated. However, it’s still one of the best deals in Las Vegas considering that you can often get a room for under $50/ night during the week.

  • Price: Low ($50-$150/night)
  • Rating: 3-Star Resort
Entrance to Flamingo Las Vegas

LINQ Hotel & Experience

The LINQ is located directly next door to the Flamingo. The rooms at the LINQ are roughly the same price as the Flamingo, however they’re much more modern. The property also seems to have much more energy and attract a younger crowd.

The LINQ is home to the LINQ Promenade, where you’ll find the High Roller Observation Wheel, the Fly LINQ Zipline, and a number of restaurants and bars. I’ve stayed at the LINQ a couple of times and have come to the conclusion that it’s the best budget hotel in Las Vegas.

  • Price: Low ($50-$150/night)
  • Rating: 4-Star Resort

Vdara Hotel & Spa

Vdara is tucked away between the Cosmopolitan and the Aria. While still on the Las Vegas Strip, Vdara is pushed back a bit off of Las Vegas Boulevard, so it doesn’t get as crazy as the nearby hotels. It’s also one of the few hotels on the Strip that doesn’t have a casino.

Vdara is an excellent hotel if you’re looking for something that’s quiet and peaceful. It doesn’t have any shows or nightclubs, but it’s within a 5-minute walk of both the Cosmopolitan and Aria, where you’ll find plenty of excitement. The Vdara’s signature amenity is its award-winning spa.

  • Price: Medium-High ($125-$250/night)
  • Rating: 3-Star Resort
Vdara pool in Las Vegas

Aria Resort & Casino

The Aria is located right next to the Vdara. And similar to its sister hotel, the Aria also has an award-winning spa. While it isn’t as well-known as the Cosmopolitan, the Aria is an entertainment powerhouse. This resort has one of the largest casino floors in Las Vegas, plus it’s home to the popular Jewel Nightclub.

Not only that, but the Aria has arguably the best restaurant lineup on the Las Vegas Strip. I highly recommend you eat at Jean Georges Steakhouse, Javier’s, Catch or Carbone, even if you’re not staying at the Aria. The only thing that the Aria doesn’t have is an on-site show. However, it’s only minutes away from the T-Mobile Arena, where you can see live sporting events and concerts.

  • Price: Medium-High ($200-$250/night)
  • Rating: 5-Star Resort
Aria Las Vegas

Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas

Right next to the Aria, you’ll find the Waldorf Astoria. This non-gaming resort is very similar to Vdara, although it’s a bit more upscale. If you’re a shopaholic, you’ll be glad to hear that the Waldorf Astoria is situated next to an upscale shopping mall, The Shops at Chrystal’s. The rooms here are upscale as well, overlooking many of the other hotels on the Las Vegas Strip.

There isn’t much entertainment at the Waldorf Astoria since it’s all about luxury and comfort. Fortunately, it’s attached to the Aria, making it easy to access a casino if you’re feeling lucky. The one unique amenity the Waldorf Astoria does have is its Skybar, which provides a breathtaking view of the central part of the Strip.

  • Price: High ($250-$500/night)
  • Rating: 5-Star Resort
Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas

Planet Hollywood Las Vegas Resort & Casino

Planet Hollywood is another one of the inexpensive Las Vegas hotels on the Strip. It’s located directly across the street from the Cosmopolitan. This budget hotel has an excellent location and a good mix of amenities. There are some good shows at Planet Hollywood as well, including live concerts and magic shows.

One of the biggest draws to Planet Hollywood is the adjacent Miracle Mile Shops, where you can find the largest concentration of inexpensive restaurants in Las Vegas. The resort also has a decent-sized casino and a cool surfing machine in their pool area.

  • Price: Low ($75-$150/night)
  • Rating: 4-Star Resort

Hilton Grand Vacations Club Elara Center Strip Las Vegas

The main entrance to Elara is technically located half a block off of the Strip, but it’s attached to Planet Hollywood, so I consider it a Strip hotel. Elara is a non-gaming hotel with an excellent view high above the Strip.

It doesn’t have a casino or shows, but it does have large spacious rooms. It’s a great hotel for families because many of the rooms have a full kitchen and an extra pullout sofa bed. The pool complex is also top-notch.

  • Price: Medium-High ($150-$400/night)
  • Rating: 4-Star Resort
Elara by Hilton Grand Vacations Las Vegas

Paris Las Vegas

Paris Las Vegas is a French-style Las Vegas hotel, with a giant Eiffel Tower replica out front. This hotel puts an emphasis on food, with several celebrity chefs running restaurants here including, Gordon Ramsay, Bobby Flay and Guy Savoy. I recommend you dine in the Eiffel Tower Restaurant, which overlooks the Bellagio Fountains.

Paris also has a nightclub under the Eiffel Tower called Chateau. Considering the amenities, this is an excellent mid-tier hotel. It’s located in the center of the Las Vegas Strip right next to the big-name casinos but doesn’t break the bank.

  • Price: Medium ($75-$200/night)
  • Rating: 3-Star Resort
Paris Las Vegas

Bally’s Las Vegas Hotel & Casino

Bally’s is a mid-Strip hotel located across the street from the Bellagio and Caesars Palace. This is another great hotel to stay at if you’re on a budget since you can frequently book rooms for under $50/night during the week. There are several unique amenities here including, a mini-golf course and a tennis complex.

The best part about Bally’s is the shows and exhibits. One of the most popular shows is called Potted Potter, where they condense all 7 Harry Potter books into a 70-minute comedy show. The show is hilarious and a must-see. They also have an exhibit called Real Bodies, where they have real human bodies on display (also a must-see).

  • Price: Low ($50-$150/night)
  • Rating: 3-Star Resort
Bally’s Las Vegas

Harrah’s Las Vegas

If you want to stay near the center of the Las Vegas Strip but want to be close to the Venetian, you should book a room at Harrah’s. The rates here are very reasonable, and the rooms are modern. It’s also one of the Las Vegas Monorail stops, giving you quick and easy access to the entire Strip.

Harrah’s has a couple of solid musicals, comedy clubs and burlesque shows. It also has a few really good restaurants, including Ruth’s Chris Steak House and Oyster Bar. Both are delicious are offer superb service.

  • Price: Low ($50-$150/night)
  • Rating: 3-Star Resort
Harrah’s Las Vegas

Cromwell Las Vegas Hotel & Casino

The Cromwell is an adults-only resort located across the street from Caesars Palace. It’s one of the smallest hotels on the Strip, with only 188 rooms. The Cromwell’s main draw is its vogue nightclub, Drai’s. The club features live hip hop performances on an almost nightly basis. Drai’s Afterhours is also one of the most popular after parties in the city.

In addition to nightlife, the Cromwell has a really good Italian restaurant called Giada, run by award-winning celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis. Although small, the Cromwell is a solid mid to high-tier hotel with a great location.

  • Price: Medium-High ($150-$250/night)
  • Rating: 4-Star Resort
Cromwell Las Vegas

Map of Las Vegas Hotels in the Middle of the Strip

What is considered to be a “mid-Strip hotel” is open to interpretation. However, the general consensus is that everything between Harrah’s and the Waldorf Astoria is considered to be located in the center of the Strip.

The Mirage and Venetian are located on the border of what is considered mid-Strip and north-Strip. Some people consider these two hotels to be in the center of the Strip, but it’s really just up to interpretation. It can go either way.

(This map is interactive, so you can zoom in to get a closer look.)

What is the Most Central Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip?

The Las Vegas Strip runs from the Strat at the north end to Mandalay Bay on the south end. Geographically speaking, the Mirage, Treasure Island, Venetian and Palazzo are located in the center of the Strip. However, there are fewer hotels in that area, so they aren’t typically referred to as being mid-Strip.

The hotels located between Harrah’s and the Waldorf Astoria, are generally considered to be the center of the Strip. This is the busiest part of the Strip with the largest density of hotels and casinos. If you had to pick one, Caesars Palace is the most centrally located.

What Part of the Las Vegas Strip is the Best?

The central part of the Las Vegas Strip is generally considered the most desirable. Staying at a hotel in the middle of the Strip ensures that you’ll be within walking distance of most of the major attractions. There are many hotels in Las Vegas in the middle of the Strip, leaving you plenty of options at every price point.

However, depending on your preferences, you may favor the northern part of the Strip. The Wynn, Encore, Venetian and Palazzo are all located in the northern part of the Strip and are among the best hotels in Las Vegas.

For someone visiting for the first time, hotels in the middle of the Strip in Las Vegas are going to be your best bet. There’s more to do and a higher density of casinos in the center of the Strip.

How Long is the Las Vegas Strip?

The Las Vegas Strip is over 4 miles long and takes over an hour to walk end to end. Walking the entire length of the Strip is not practical for everyday travel. If you need to get from one end of the Strip to the other, it’s best to take a cab or Uber.

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