Vegas hotels rank high on ‘Travel + Leisure’ best hotels list

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Stay, Las Vegans. Stay here. Among the many reasons for locals to make their next vacation a staycation — economic aid, locals’ discounts, the Bellagio fountains are cool no matter how long you’ve lived here — add to the list our impressive rankings in Travel + Leisure’s 2010 World’s Best Awards.

The annual roundup of luxurious lodgings, cities, islands, airlines and more gave shout outs to five Vegas hotels in the U.S. and Canada Large City Hotels category. The Palazzo ranked highest locally, coming in at 18, a whopping 30 slots higher than its 2009 position. Wynn (20), Bellagio (31), the Four Seasons (36) and Encore (40) rounded out the Vegas accolades. First place on the 2010 list went to Trump International Hotel & Tower in Chicago, which scored 94.32 points, while the top spot on T+L’s prestigious top 100 hotels in the world list went to a property 8,000 miles from the Las Vegas Strip — Oberoi Vanyavilas in Ranthambhore, India where doubles start at $875.

The new kid on the Vegas Strip also got a mention in the annual 20 to Watch category. Aria Resort & Casino at City Center came in at No. 4 for its art collection, LEED Gold certification, 14 restaurants and prime Strip positioning. Just another reason to stay in Las Vegas.

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