No one is exactly sure when and where gambling originated from. However, the first recorded account of gambling comes from China in 2300 B.C, and it’s been present in every society since.
Every ancient civilization from Egypt to Greece to Rome had some form of gambling. The French are credited with inventing playing cards in 1387. While in 1638 the first known European gambling house, the Ridotto, opened in Venice, Italy.
In America, saloons were early gambling houses, and were found in Chicago, New Orleans, St. Louis and San Francisco. By 1931, the state of Nevada legalized gambling throughout the state. New Jersey didn’t allow gambling in Atlantic City until 1978.
Today, there are casinos found in every part of the world, which bring in millions of dollars annually. But, to keep customers in one place to spend their money, their are countless casino hotels.
With so many choices, it’s hard to find the best casino hotels if you’re planning a vacation to one of these areas. Thankfully, we’re here to help. Here are the top ten casino hotels worldwide, in no particular order.
Ibiza Gran Hotel (Ibiza Town, Spain)
Located in the beautiful, coastal Ibiza Town, the Ibiza Gran Hotel is a five-star hotel that has earned rave reviews. Besides having a view of the Mediterranean, the hotel is also home to a five-star restaurant which serves Mediterranean and international cuisine. There’s also the Casino de Ibiza, which is one of the best-known leisure areas for night-life and features everything from American Roulette, Black Jack, Caribbean Poker, Punto Banco and slot machines.
Cairo Marriott Hotel & Omar Khayyam Casino (Cairo, Egypt)
The Marriott and it’s twin towers in the downtown Zamalek area of Cairo has become a landmark of it’s own. Besides a view of the Nile and short walk to attractions like the Pyramids of Giza, Khan el Khalili, Egyptian Museum of Antiquities and Cairo Opera House, this five-star hotel also has over fifteen great restaurants, the largest pool in Cairo, and of course, the renowned Omar Khayyam Casino.
Hotel de Paris (Monte Carlo, Monaco)
Located on the French Rivera, Monaco and it’s weather and Grand Prix have made it a favorite destination for travelers. Located in the heart of the Monte Carlo’s famous Place du Casino you can stay at the luxurious Hotel de Paris. The palace features everything from three outstanding restaurants, a legendary wine cellar, a hair salon and luxury boutiques. With all this luxury, we forgot to mention the hotel is only steps away from one of the world’s most famous casinos, the Casino de Monte-Carlo.
The Venetian Macao (Macau, China)
Macau, China is situated on the western side of the Pearl River Delta across from Hong-Kong and has a booming casino industry. However, the Las Vegas owned Venetian Macao is the best hotel and casino resort in Macau. The sixth-largest building in the world by area and the largest casino in the world features not only splendid rooms and fine dining, but also a canal and a 15,000 seat indoor arena. There are also four themed gaming areas (Golden Fish, Imperial House, Red Dragon and Phoenix) that consists of over 3,400 slot machines and 800 gambling tables.
Jupiters Hotel & Casino Gold Coast (Broadbeach, Australia)
Found on Australia’s Gold Coast in Queensland, the Jupiters Hotel & Casino has been in operation for the last 25 years. Besides hosting the “ultimate destination for entertainment, ” there are also seven restaurants that specialize in everything from local cuisine to Italian and Chinese. There are also bars, spas and being located on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Oh yeah, there’s also the casino, which features more than 70 table games and over 1,300 gaming machines.
Park Hyatt Mendoza (Mendoza, Argentina)
This luxury hotel, casino and spa is located in the northern-central part of the province on the eastern side of the Andes. It’s also home of the wonderful Mendoza wine. Besides the typical fine dining, there is also the Kaua Club and Spa and The Regency Casino Mendoza, which consists of 22 gaming tables playing punto and banca, roulette, blackjack, craps, Texas Hold’em poker and Caribbean stud poker and 656 slot machines. Did we mention that the hotel is also only a fifteen-minute walk from the main Mendoza vineyards?
The Ritz-Carlton (San Juan, Puerto Rico)
Placed on eight acres of pristine beachfront property in Isla Verde, the Ritz-Carlton in San Juan is perfect for those seeking a Caribbean getaway. For diners, there’s BLT Steakhouse, Il Mulino New York, Mares and the Ocean Bar & Grill. The hotel also has spas, a tennis court, a pool and beach access. Finally, there is the 24-hour casino that features casino games such as Blackjack, Roulette, Three Card Poker, Texas Hold’em Poker, Mini Baccarat and Let It Ride and some 340 slot machines.
Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa (Atlantic City, NJ)
There was a time when Donald Trump was king of Atlantic City. Then, the Las Vegas inspired Borgata opened in 2003. If it hadn’t, we probably would have suggested the Trump Taj Mahal, but things change. For food lovers, there are six fine dining establishments, including ones from Booby Flay and Wolgang Puck, and there are also six casual eating locations. There are two entertainment venues, the 2,400 seat Borgata Event Center and the 1,000 seat Music Box, and five nightclubs. Gamers have been enjoying the 4,000 slot machines, 200 table games and tournaments that the Borgata has to offer. And, we didn’t even get to the spa, specialty shops, salon and barbershop.
Harrah’s (New Orleans, LA)
Harrah’s may not be known for luxury, but all their locations try and give customers a memorable visit. The Harrah’s New Orleans is near the foot of Canal Street and is only a block away from the Mississippi. For starters, there are the restaurants, which includes one of the best steakhouses around Besh Steakhouse, but there’s also Manning’s Eat-and-Cheer, a buffet and of course Cajun. For activities, there is Masquerade Nightlife and The Theatre, as well as, over 115,000 square feet of gaming 24 hours a day.
MGM Grand Hotel & Casino (Las Vegas, NV)
There were a lot of casino hotels to consider in Vegas, but we had to go with the iconic MGM Grand. Besides being the third largest hotel in the world, and largest hotel resort complex in the United States, the property includes five outdoor pools, rivers, and waterfalls that cover over 6 acres. There is also a convention center, the MGM Grand Garden Arena, CBS Television City, a lion habitat, the Grand Spa and is home to Cirque du Soleil’s production Kà. It also contains nineteen restaurants, numerous nightclubs and specialty shops and the largest casino in Clark County.
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