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The Venetian

Las Vegas Casino & Resort

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The Best Theme Hotel in Vegas

  • Mar 28, 2010
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It’s a shame, but I’ve only ever been to Vegas for work. That being said I’ve had the opportunity to stay at a variety of hotels there and I can say that I’ve been thoroughly impressed with quite a few.  My stay at the Venetian however, tops the charts as one of the better hotels on the strip.
As a Venice-themed hotel, everything is ornate and luxurious. In the more expensive Vegas hotels, you’ll find the rooms are invariably large (usually with space for two queen beds, and a separate office and sitting area) and the Venetian is no exception. The rooms are spacious, with large beautiful bathrooms (usually complete with TV’s in the both the toilet room and shower area). The room decoration is decadent, playing off elaborate Italian detailing and rich colors of gold, red and green. The lobby is enormous (when I’ve been there it’s been done-up for the Chinese New Year complete with fake tigers, red lanterns and bamboo).

The element that is most convenient about the Venetian is the location. The hotel is connected to hundreds of high-end shops and restaurants (including Wolfgang Pucks Postrio and Mario Batali’s Enoteca). These other attractions are housed in the façade of Venice’s San Marco Plaza. There is a real canal that runs through the walkways, complete with a gondola ride and singing actors. With my adoration of Italy, as far as themes go, this is one of the better (if you can handle a slight element of cheese).  

The Venetian also plays host to the restaurant Tao (great for Asian fusion food and nightlife), Jersey Boys (the theatrical) and is a short walk to the Palazzo. Down the street you’ll find the Wynn, a wonderful hotel for grabbing a cocktail and sitting on their outdoor patio. Though The Venetian is not in the middle of the strip, its placement is perfect for the types of venues I’d prefer to visit.
And last but not least – The Venetian casino is one of the better.  It has a larger selection of games and most are new.  A few of my favorite include: Deal or No Deal (see the full review), Indiana Jones, and Monopoly. Tables are a bit higher per hand, but not as steep as the Wynn (which gives newbie gamblers a chance to play without breaking the bank).
Allow the bellboy to bring your suitcases up to the room for you! Remember this is a huge hotel. After a day of travel, you don’t want to be dragging your heavy luggage down their endless hallways.
The Venetian hosts a variety of eating options including a fast food court inside the casino area as well as casual/fine dining restaurants near the shops. Talk with the concierge about restaurant reservations as soon as you get there. I found restaurants (especially when there are large conventions in town) book up fast. It’s often easier to get a reservation through the concierge that calling the restaurant directly.
If you plan on gambling you should head directly to the Grazie desk and sign up for a Grazie card. The Grazie membership is a customer loyalty program. Use the card anytime you pay for anything in Venetian or the Palazzo (including gambling). Accrue enough points and you could get free items, a gambling voucher, a free airport shuttle, etc.

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December 22, 2010
Oh, it sounds so wonderful! Thank your for your review.
December 23, 2010
It's a lot of fun. Thanks for reading!
November 05, 2010
Wow, you really make me want to visit Vegas just to stay at the Venetian! Well done.
November 07, 2010
Thanks! It's well worth the trip and such a fun experience. I hope you get to try it out sometime!
April 20, 2010
This canal thing is awesome. I really have to stay at Venetian next time! Thanks for the helpful review
April 22, 2010
Glad you enjoyed it. And yes, the canal is pretty cool. Hopefully you can check it out next time you're there!
April 04, 2010
I've stayed here before and enjoyed it as well. The Venetian has a lot to offer from the rooms to the mixture of restaurants and shops in close proximity. It has a great ambiance. Nice review!
March 29, 2010
I've never actually stayed at the Venetian, but I've attended conventions and conferences there before. Gorgeous and so much to see. I'm going to have to stay there one of these days to experience those decadent rooms that you speak of! Thanks for sharing these tips :)
March 29, 2010
I didn't stay at the one in Vegas but instead at Venetian Macao. I love the suit concept of the rooms and its lavish bathroom. It's a nice hotel indeed. Entertainment is great too! I wonder if Palazzo is as good. Have you stayed there too?
March 29, 2010
Yes, the Palazzo is really nice, all new (within the last couple of years). Good idea, Sharrie - a Palazzo review is coming! :)
March 28, 2010
oohh....very nice! hey, Hotels in Asia is included in your community, Bethany?
March 28, 2010
Thanks:) Yes, any hotel, any where in the world with something unique to offer (cool room, interesting lobby, funky theme, room with a view...). Have you some cool Asian hotel experiences?? I'd love to read them!!
March 28, 2010
I do. Let's see if I can get my creative juices flowing again.
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The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino is an American luxury hotel and casino resort located on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada, on the site of the old Sands Hotel. The Venetian is owned and operated by the Las Vegas Sands Corporation.

The Venetian has 4,049 suites and a 120,000 sq ft (11,000 m2) casino. It is located on the east side of the Strip, between Harrah's and the The Palazzo.
Combined with the adjacent Sands Expo Convention Center and The Palazzo Hotel and Casino Resort, The Venetian is a part of the largest five-star hotel and resort complex in the world --- featuring 8,108 hotel rooms and suites.
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Price: $$$$
Star Rating: 5_STAR
Hotel Amenities: Hot Tub, Parking, Pool, Restaurant
Room Amenities: Climate Control, Plasma/LCD TV
Services: Business Center, Fitness Center, Room Service
Address: 3355 S Las Vegas Blvd. Las Vegas NV
Phone: (702) 414-1000
Website: www.venetian.com
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