The last large themed casino to be built on the Strip, this Italian-themed all-suites hotel complex was built in the 1990s as a romantic gift to the owner’s wife. The Venetian is authentically Italian and now, with its new Palazzo tower, has 7,000 suites--and claims to have more convention space than San Francisco and Los Angeles combined! And, as is true everywhere, there are suites and then there are SUITES. In suites here, plenty of marble is used throughout, and the more exclusive suites have high ceilings and a private steam room, sauna, and oversize whirlpool tub. Some also have a screening room, pool table, walk-in closet, exercise room, and/or grand piano—for which arrangements can be made for someone to come up and play it. Dropped guest names include George Clooney, Ben Affleck, and George W (he stayed in the Presidential Suite when he was in office). Butler service is available, as is a private penthouse gaming club. Ordinary suites begin at $149and are spectacular, too, and each features a sunken living room.
Once “The Phantom of the Opera” musical ran here for about 10 years in a showroom modeled after the Paris Opera House. But times have changed. Now the draw is live music, and The Judds just opened in that same venue. Public facilities here include Canyon Ranch--the world’s largest day spa--and an array of big-name restaurants.
|casino entry hall at B&B Ristorante in The Venetian in Las Vegas
|guest suite at B&B Ristorante in The Venetian in Las Vegas
|guest suite bathroom at B&B Ristorante in The Venetian in Las Vegas
|gondolas at The Venetian in Las Vegas
|house-cured salami at B&B Ristorante in The Venetian in Las Vegas
|house-cured pickles at B&B Ristorante in The Venetian in Las Vegas
roasted kabocha squash with burrata and pumpkin-seed pesto at B&B Ristorante in The Venetian in Las Vegas
|interior of Tao Nightclub in Las Vegas, Nevada
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