The 10 Biggest Hotels Around the World


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The 10 Biggest Hotels Around the World

Las Vegas is home to 17 of the 20 largest hotels in the United States, with the MGM Grand recently gaining the crown for the world's largest hotel, with a mind-boggling 5,044 rooms. But the Grand may not hold that title much longer, as there's no end in sight in race to build bigger hotels.
In Dubai, a Vegas-like strip is being planned (sans the casinos, of course) with a 6,500-room hotel in that plan, with a total of 29,000 rooms.
In the meantime, try these 10 of the world's most ginormous hotels; they're a perfect place to get lost in a crowd.

The 10 Biggest Hotels Around the World

Location: Genting Highlands Resort, Malaysia
Rooms: 6,118
Details: A mega-hotel, mega-mall, tropical rainforest and theme park all in one, the First World Hotel is the largest of a six-hotel resort. There are more than 80 shops, 90 restaurants, a Cineplex, casino and a 50-room Karaoke bar, not to mention two theme parks (one indoor, one outdoor) which offer fun in the form of skydiving simulators and a mammoth snow park. The hotel sits atop a mountain and is accessible by the world's fastest cable car, which moves about 20 feet per second.

The 10 Biggest Hotels Around the World

Location: Las Vegas
Rooms: 5,044
Details: Everything's big at the MGM Grand, from the 45-foot tall lion guarding the entrance of the hotel -- the largest bronze statue in the United States -- to the six acre pool complex which offers a thousand-foot long river pool as just one feature. There are six bars and lounges (including an incarnation of the 70s fave Studio 54), more than 20 restaurants and two wedding chapels. 751 of the more than 5,000 rooms are suites, some with marble baths, Roman spa-type showers and even balconies.

The 10 Biggest Hotels Around the World

Location: Las Vegas
Rooms: 4,408
Details: Give in to your inner pharaoh at the pyramid-shaped Luxor, where the Egyptian theme continues in the hotel's atrium, complete with a replica of King Tut's tomb. An IMAX Motionride theatre offers motion simulator rides, while Carrot Top is the headline entertainment with what's surely going to be the funkiest magic show around. Oh, and did we mention the very adult entertainment called Fantasy, where dancers perform risque dances to today's hits? Yes, you do have to be 18 to watch.

The 10 Biggest Hotels Around the World

Location: Pattaya, Thailand
Rooms: 4,239
Details: Surf's up at this Thai resort, featuring 40 acres of coastline that's perfect for surfing and windsailing. Other water sports, a jogging track, tennis, squash and volleyball courts are available for the sports-minded, while a library awaits those who aren't so sporty or just need a break. A five-acre pool complex rivals the beach for swimming, and full service shopping, including a pharmacy, means there's no need to leave the property for a midnight snack.

The 10 Biggest Hotels Around the World

Location: Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort and Spa, Honolulu (Oahu)
Rooms: 3,386
Details: A palatial paradise on Waikiki beach, the Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort has the largest pool in all of Waikiki at 10,000 square feet. An outdoor wildlife habitat, submarine rides, a Polynesian revue and fireworks show compete for attention with a variety of water sports. And then, there's the beach, surrounded by lush tropical foliage and waterfalls.

The 10 Biggest Hotels Around the World

Location: Las Vegas
Rooms: 3,066
Details: The recently-opened posh Palazzo has the feel of a palatial Italian villa. Suites range in size from 650 to 1100 square feet, all with sunken living rooms, marble baths and flat screen televisions; remote-controlled Roman shades, personal fax/printer/copiers and high-speed wireless are all part of the package.

The 10 Biggest Hotels Around the World

Location: Macao, China
Rooms: 3,000
Details: The Chinese version of the luxury Vegas darling on the Cotai Strip (similar to the Vegas Strip) opened with 3,000 suites. That's enough space to hold 90 jumbo jets. Cirque du Soleil has taken up residence in one of the theatres, while sporting events ranging from tennis matches to NBA exhibition games are played in the hotel's arena. There's an indoor canal with gondola rides, almost a million square feet of world-class shopping, and a spa.

The 10 Biggest Hotels Around the World

Location: Las Vegas
Rooms: 2,916
Details: Paris Las Vegas is a tasty treat with 295 suites featuring opulent baths and custom European furnishings, a half-scale replica of the Eiffel Tower, and shopping to ooh-la-la over. Ooh-la-la is also the name of the showgirl revue sans tops (topless, if your French is a bit rusty) and a house hypnotist round out the entertainment.

The 10 Biggest Hotels Around the World

Location: Nashville, Tennessee
Rooms: 2,881
Details: At Gaylord's Opryland Hotel a full-scale replica of an Antebellum mansion comes to life as a steakhouse, nine acres of indoor gardens and a river complete with boat rides. Entertainment is pure country, in the form of the adjacent Grand Ole Opry. Each section of the hotel offers its own shops and restaurants, with premium outlet shopping on property.

The 10 Biggest Hotels Around the World

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