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This page from my master list of all Las Vegas articles I wrote while developing Vanabode as the best travel vehicle for cheap easy long term road trips.

Venetian Las Vegas Hotel and Casino

The Venetian in Las Vegas is huge with over 3,000 suites in the original tower and over 1,000 Venezia tower suites. The rich stay here from countries all over the world. Young glamorous Hollywood groups of party centric revelers race to the Tao nightclub for top notch nightlife. The architecture, the paintings, the look and feel of everything from the bathroom fixtures to the restaurants, the shows and casino floor are all first class, upscale, beautiful and worth seeing whether you stay here or not.

If you want your check-in to go quickly stay in the Venezia Towers. You have your own private entrance and check-in is on the concierge level. You can be relaxing in your suite in a matter of minutes. The concierge can set everything up for you from dinner reservations to getting show tickets to making recommendations on clubs and shopping and rearranging your travel plans. The concierge lounge offers shoe shine services, a DVD library, complimentary breakfast, afternoon teas and evening cocktails.

Every room is a suite. They are very clean with a European style décor. No matter how messy you leave your room, the maid service is very efficient and timely. The Venetian is such a romantic hotel. Not only are the suites large and very luxurious, you can romance your girl in a gondola on the canal, take her shopping in the upscale mall and wine and dine her in the finest restaurants like the famed Bouchon or B&B Ristorante.

venetian gondola boat ride through the middle and outside the casino makes for great fun

Venetian gondola boat ride through the middle and outside the casino makes for great fun.

If you happen to get your room comped, you're able to go to the VIP lounge for complimentary sandwiches, fruits, cheeses and drinks. That's service. But you'll have to make your Venetian Las Vegas Hotel reservation first to get all the perks.

Due to the expansiveness of the hotel, the Venetian is not recommended as a place for kids. They will get cranky and tired of walking. A hotel more suited to kids is Circus Circus. It's smaller and has free, daily entertainment just for the kids. From the hotel, you can easily walk across the Strip to the Mirage or "Treasure Island" and the Fashion Show Mall. The Wynn Hotel Las Vegas is just a few minutes walk north of the Venetian. But there is so much to do in this resort, you really don't need to go anywhere else.

Tao is one of the best clubs on the Strip. It doubles as a restaurant and nightclub. The VIP lounge is also very impressive. Here's a tip: If you want to get around the long lines at the club, just show them your Venetian room key. When you go to the restaurant, order the sea bass, it's to die for. If you want to hang out with the hip crowd, check out Tao beach, available with cabanas and DJs.

Styled after the city of Venice Venetian has an Italian class that puts you THERE: as close as you'll ever come to visiting the real Venice. Bring your camera because the photo opps abound, you will need at least 2 hours just to take in the outside facade, a meal, and some pictures. Add as many hours as you can stand to shop one of the finest upscale shopping areas in Vegas - the Grand Canal Shoppes with over half a million square feet of upscale retail. Unique in that you can ride in a gondolas piloted by a singing artisan as you site see yourself and friends into romance.

Typical hotel rooms don't exist here having been replaced by at least 700 square feet of suite instead. Big bathrooms, completely modern and gorgeously plush amenities abound, though I do like the linens and bed toppers at Red Rock better. For true luxury and pampering stay in the Venezia Tower. You have your own check-in and your own entrance. Skip the large crowds checking in. Some of the suites have their own terrace overlooking private pools, hot tubs and gardens. It's the ultimate in privacy and relaxation here on the strip for many.Overall the Venetian in Vegas is without direct parallel anywhere in the United States. It stand alone. It is dreamy and wonderful and worth visiting more than once. I highly recommend it for those not on a strict budget.

Venetian Hotel picture

A lovely picture we took at night of the Venetian Hotel. The gondolas are floating in the canal at the front of the hotel. You can also take gondola rides inside of the Grand Canal Shoppes.

Overall the Venetian in Vegas is without direct parallel anywhere in the United States. It stand alone. It is dreamy and wonderful and worth visiting more than once. I highly recommend it for those not on a strict budget.

Overview: Stunning, beautiful strip property well managed and glamorous
Location: Central Las Vegas Strip
Restaurants: my favorite is the Grand Lux Café which is a hipper even grander version of the massive menu touting Cheesecake Factory. It is easy to have a great meal here with any size group affordably. Both Wolfgang Puck and Emeril set up 5 star restaurants here, the buffet is delicious but pricey, plus at least 20 other choices for food first class
Nightclubs, Lounges: Tao is gigantic, with huge sound and a long waiting list on weekend nights and special events of which there are many
Casino: 130,000 square feet, including Blackjack, Craps, Keno, Let It Ride, Baccarat, Pai Gow Poker, Poker, Roulette, more than 2,600 slot machines, and clean popular upscale feeling poker room, race & sports book has seating for 92 people with 30 TV's
Entertainment: Phantom The Las Vegas Spectacular show is a huge glamorous performance, and the long running Blue Man Group show is popular with the rowdier crowd
Extras: Madame Tussauds wax museum, Guggenheim Hermitage Museum
Pools: acres of pool complex with 4 pools and 4 hot tubs between the two resorts. When I was there they kept the Venezia pool heated right through the cold season which was spectacular. Only a few Vegas hotels do that.
Health Club or Spa: the Canyon Ranch is gigantic as far as spas go and worth spending an entire day in if you can afford it, the 20,000+ square foot fitness center gym has a big rock climbing wall and tons of first class equipment, salon is upscale, expensive and staffed with real talent
Shopping: nearly 100 upscale shops, restaurants, and exclusive retail venues to choose from in a quiet, cool atmosphere.
Wedding chapel: numerous packages.
Childcare facilities: None
Pets allowed: No
Parking garage: massive 10 story free indoor parking garage plus extremely limited outdoor parking for oversized vehicles in an adjacent lot. Use valet in this case it is almost stupid not to.
Shuttle service to the airport: back and forth to the airport by a private company, better to take a cab unless you are real short on cash.
Shuttle service to Strip: Venetian is ON the strip, no shuttle needed
Hotel amenities: Typical plus walk right to the Sands Expo Center using a custom underground tunnel, concierge, valet parking, salon, currency exchange, laundry, luggage handling, electronic check-out, onsite car rental
Miscellaneous: Check-in time is 3 pm and Check-out time is 11 am. The minimum age to reserve a room is 21 years and there is a maximum number of guests per room of four. Must provide a credit card for incidentals. For a relaxing, luxurious and entertaining experience you won't forget in Vegas try the Venetian (but remember when you want to have MOST of what they offer on a budget go Vanabode.

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