the venetian is a luxury hotel located at the center of the las vegas strip on the former site of the legendary sands hotel. opened in may of 1999, the venetian captures the romance and beauty of venice's canal and combines it with the world's largest … see full wiki
Pros: Everything about it is GORGEOUS: casino, restaurants, lobby
Cons: Expensive... And really not up to the standard one would think.
The Bottom Line: I'm sure it's nice for the tourists, but you can get a better bang for your buck elsewhere.
When a good friend of mine came to visit, of course he wanted to go to Las Vegas. As I have mentioned in many reviews about Vegas, I live less than 4 hours away. Therefore, whenever anyone visits, we ALWAYS end up in Vegas at one point or another.
So, when Trygve wanted to go to Vegas, I wasn't surprised. I was, however, surprised that he told me to pick the hotel.
Usually, I choose The Mirage or Bally's or Paris, but Tryg wanted something different. Because of Ocean's 11, his favorite movie, we looked into staying at Bellaggio. Well, for $169 for a standard room, we certainly could have. However, neither one of us had $169 to spend for ONE NIGHT at a bloody hotel.
Then, Tryg told me to visit I4Vegas.com, a site that gives you excellent deals on hotels in Las Vegas. I was absolutely STUNNED to see that rooms at The Venetian were $99. We would only have to get one room, as all of the rooms at The Venetian are suites. So, we jumped on it.
Booking the hotel room was simple. We did it online, after investigating www.venetian.com to make sure that the room was going to be all right for us. After all, my husband wasn't joining us and didn't want me and Trygve sharing the same room. (By the way, Tryg and I go back over 8 years.) The site is awesome... It gives you a terrific virtual tour of all of the rooms as well as details of what is available at The Venetian. They also have contests ALL the time... I just entered one called "The Suite Life" which gives you 2 free nights, $250 to spend at The Venetian and some other things to the winners.
Driving to The Venetian is simple. It's right off of Las Vegas Boulevard. It's a mammoth structure and parking is clearly marked. After we parked, we headed toward the elevator and took it to the casino/hotel level. As soon as we exited the elevator, we saw an old Krispy Kreme truck. There was a greeter there as well, handing out small bottles of water - FOR FREE. This is a complimentary service that The Venetian provides to ALL visitors on hot days.
If you enter by way of the truck, you will pass the Guggenheim Museum, which is located inside The Venetian. There's an escalator, which brings you down to the casino. Of course, you must walk through the vast casino to get to the hotel lobby for registration.
The casino is absolutely amazing. "Plush" is the word that comes to mind... Deep red carpets, gold trim, marble pillars, cherry wood. You get the idea. And it is impeccably clean. The dealers and hosts are terrific, and call everyone "sir" or "madam" or "miss." It makes you feel really important. I love it.
The lobby is absolutely STUNNING. There are paintings on the ceilings, a la MichaelAngelo. Below them hang mammoth chandeliers above a beautiful floor. There are also sculptures and fountains scattered about. Very Venice, I would imagine. The counters are high and everything is very well organized.
We checked in quickly and were directed to our suite. Again, we had to walk all the way through the casino and to another set of elevators. In the elevator, we were whisked to our floor and found our room. The reaction? It was nice. A king-sized bed for Tryg as well as a television and dresser. A pull-out couch in a lower "room" (separated by a railing and 2 steps) as well as another television. The bathroom was nice, too. A separate shower and bath, as well as a water closet. There was also a big dressing area with a large vanity and mirror. Not bad, but I've definitely stayed in more impressive hotels. (ie- The Mirage)
We dropped our things and headed down to the casino. Since The Venetian is a little north of centrally located on the Strip, it's virtually accessible to the major attractions by foot. We walked to Bellaggio, Caesar's, Aladdin and any other casino/resort that was nearby. They're not right on top of each other, so it makes for a pretty good walk. Leaving The Venetian is the biggest pain because it is set so far back from the street.
Inside The Venetian, below the casino, lies a maze of shops along the man-made "river" where the gondolas drift by. The gondola drivers (??) actually since as they leave and approach the landing area, which is a pretty big tourist thing. There are also people that study the art of mannequins... They don't move unless you give them some money. It's pretty neat and definitely a discipline. the restaurants down there are very good as well-- I highly recommend the deli in the food court. I had a pastrami sandwich with coleslaw and felt like I was eating at a kosher deli in New York. Fabulous.
We played in the casino and didn't lose our shirts. My friend atually sis quite well there, and promises to return when he comes back for a visit. It was pleasant. They have a nice array of slots, table games and a pretty good sportsbook.
Overall, nothing stood out at me. It just isn't a 5 star hotel, the way that people rave about it. When we told them that our room had flooded because of the bathroom, they didn't move us-- Just sent someone to mop it up. They also neglected to tell us that there would be heavy construction right next to our room. When we woke up at 7am to the sound of jackhammers, we called and complained. We were then moved and offered a second night, complimentary of course. Needless to say, we accepted and started our fun all over again.