“We have one stop sign in our whole town… no traffic lights either” said the woman from prairie lined Minnesota sitting in front of me in the shuttle to our respective strip hotels. It was their first time to Vegas and already the traffic situation was blowing their minds. We dropped them at the gaudy Flamingo, enroute to me getting my mind blown at the feted Venetian Hotel and Resort.
For the 2nd largest hotel in the world, the Venetian resort complex is a very well oiled machine, with more than 7,000 rooms, each the size of at least 650sq ft, the complex regularly houses close to 12,000 guests. There is so much going on visually with the palatial size, ornate furnishings of frescos, chandeliers and marble statues and ,oh the casino- very hard to miss that, that one hardly notices anyone else.
Check in took only a few minutes and I was enroute to my suite. Each Venetian suite is double the size of most other rooms on the strip. They are huge! With a king size bed, marble furnishings and a desk, three couches and stairs leading to the living area and two huge large screen tvs; it’s the Venetian apartment I’ve always dreamt of. Modern and elegant and warm. The bathrooms include a marble bath and separate shower, a washroom off to the side and two vanitys. A pat on the back goes to the makeup vanity with a seat and mood lighting for applying one’s makeup.
The Venetian hotel houses some amazing attractions such being serenaded on the old world gondolas rides along the Grand Canal and Madame Tussauds wax museum, where you can grope Brad Pitt for a small fee. The luxury Grand Canal shops between the Palazzo and the Venetian are also well worth having a fossick around. I tried on a $650,000 pear shaped pink diamond ring at Bellusso jewellers, “Mmm I’m in the market for something larger…” and gastronomy options are copious with Café Presse, Thomas Keller’s Bouchon and Wolfgang Puck’s Cut as the cream of the crop.
The pool situation is also something to write home about; set amongst Italian renaissance inspired gardens,the Venetian pool deck houses 10 distinct pools perfect for cabana relaxing with a cocktail or sporting a onesie and doing laps. To the right of the pool deck is the Canyon Ranch Spaclub. A club it certainly is, with 150 services available and the only private Bridal Suite in Vegas. They also provide in-suite treatments for hotel guests. For sure on my next visit’s “to do” list.
- So lux and palatial, the sheer size of the suites is the biggest draw-card for a luxury Vegas stay.
- Strolling through the Grand Canal shops with their pretty pastel coloured Venetian alcoves and marble accoutrements listening to an Italian serenade literally transports you to the Venezian canals.
- The breadth of foodie experiences available from the Bouchon bakery to Cut by Wolfgang Puck makes the Venetian an ought-to for gastronomy fans.
- Tao is one of the most popular and exclusive nightclubs on the strip and regularly hosts celebrity DJ’s.
- Rock-climbing the 40-foot rock wall at the Canyon Ranch Spa club.
Not so much’s:
- Finding one’s way home through the labyrinth of poky machines and the cloud of nicotine can get taxing, then again that’s Vegas baby.
- The in-suite internet continually drops in and out.
- The bathroom amenities look incredibly cheap and nasty. The brand is Paiza, a Chinese beauty brand I assume is popular on the mainland and caters to the Venetian’s biggest market however, really detracted from the overall aesthetic.
- There isn’t a kettle or any tea or coffee stocked in the suite. Does that make me sound really old?
Ed Note: 2 nights stay paid by American Express Travel & Lifestyle Services.