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For Those Who Prefer Culturedness and Elegance In Vegas

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An April 2003 trip to Las Vegas by PDJ

The Venetian Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada More Photos
Quote: If elegance is a necessity rather than a desirable commodity, look no further than the Venetian. I have looked at all the major theme hotels in Las Vegas in search of the ideal hotel, first on the internet and then by visiting in person. Clearly, the Venetian was the winner.

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The Venetian Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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The Venetian alludes to the most romantic city in Italy with all of its prominent landmarks— the Grand Canal, the Doge’s Palace, St. Mark’s Square, and more. Most were replicated with such accuracy in both form and scale that if you take photos of them and tell your friends that you had been in Venice, only experts might be able to discern the difference. The interior of the hotel is equally impressive. Stately marble and stone columns support lofty ceilings with hand-painted replicas of Venetian art. Although none of the art is from the Vatican City, you may think you are walking into the Sistine Chapel decorated by Michaelangelo. Even if you couldn't care less about whose paintings wer...Read More

Venetian Resort Hotel Casino

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Hotel | "The Venetian Hotel Resort & Casino"

Venetian Resort Hotel Casino Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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The Venetian boasts that all of their rooms are suites and larger than an average hotel room in Las Vegas. Even in smaller suites, iron railings divide bedrooms from living rooms which are sunk by a couple steps, creating a sense of separation. Moreover, spaciousness creates the ambiance of an apartment or a condominium. SUITE OPTIONS AND DESCRIPTIONS Luxury Suite – 650 Sq. ft. with a king size bed Bella Suite – 750 sq. ft. with two queen beds Rialto Suite – 1100 sq. ft. with two queen beds and sitting area in the bedroom Piazza Suite – 1456 sq. ft. with two queen beds, formal dining area, and an extra restroom. Suites as large as 5000 sq. ft. are also available fo...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 7, 2003

Venetian Resort Hotel Casino
3355 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 414-1000

Canaletto

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Restaurant

Canaletto Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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Canaletto is not the finest but the most romantic place to dine in The Venetian. It occupies the most prominent location in The St. Mark's Square, which has the ambience of being outside with simulated sky that changes with the time of the day. Although it is spacious inside, I found the "outside" seating particularly pleasant. At lunch time, you could be enjoying Italian songs sung by a group of opera singers, and at dinner time, you could be serenaded by a trio of strings. The restaurant is distinctly Italian, serving the authentic Northern Italian cuisine. Chef Luigi Bomparola is known as a master of the rotisserie and grill, but I found his seafood dish, which was almost like a soup, quite d...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 12, 2003

Canaletto
Venetian Hotel Casino - 3355 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 733-0070

Venetian Resort Hotel Casino

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Attraction | "Touring Landmarks of Venice in Vegas"

Venetian Resort Hotel Casino Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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It would be pitiful for visitors to come to the Venetian and merely acknowledge that they are at a hotel that looks like Venice. Take some time to know what landmarks of Venice have been replicated and why they are famous, and you will appreciate the Venetian much more. It is said that the hotel planners photographed and scaled the actual landmarks in a painstaking effort to replicate them with accuracy. I checked it out and it is true, with exception of St. Mark’s Square and the Grand Canal, which could not be replicated exactly due to its large area. It is also said that the planners replicated all the major landmarks except St. Mark’s Church for a good reason—well, just imagine a casi...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 7, 2003

Venetian Resort Hotel Casino
3355 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109

Venetian Resort Hotel Casino

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Attraction | "Splendid Art In the Venetian Hotel"

Venetian Resort Hotel Casino Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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When you come to visit or stay in the Venetian, make sure you enter through the main hotel entrance where some gondoliers with black and white stripe shirts with red satin belt greet and open doors for guests. You are about to witness one of the most impressive sights—an interior built with marble floor and columns, and its ceilings decorated with fresco paintings of famous Venetian Renaissance artists, the splendor of which is only surpassed by those of cathedrals like the St. Mark’s Church and palaces like the Versailles. The first thing you will notice is a sphere of golden rings held by mermaids and lions in a fountain. This is a large replica of an apparatus known as Armillary Sphere...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 7, 2003

Venetian Resort Hotel Casino
3355 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109

Italian Music & Performances

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Attraction | "Italian Music & Performances"

Italian Music & Performances Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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In St. Mark's Square of The Venetian Hotel, musical and other performances begin as early as 10am and last until 10pm. The local artists perform various acts and musical pieces with classical elegance that is rare in Las Vegas. Artisti del Arte: Opera singers in Renaissance Italian costumes sing Italian favorites such as "O Sole Mio" and "Santa Lucia" every forty-five minutes or so beginning 11:30am. A Juggler's act precedes the presentation. The Venetian Living Statues: A statue of a lady stands under a spotlight in the middle of the square. One would think the statue is of white marble until it suddenly jerks its arm. Children seem to like this show the best. The show begins a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 11, 2003

Italian Music & Performances
St. Mark's Square (The Venetian Hotel)
Las Vegas, Nevada

The Venetian Gondola Rides

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Attraction | "Gondola Ride In The Venetian"

The Venetian Gondola Rides Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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I know of few places where tourists can experience a gondola ride outside of Venice, Italy; one is Newport Beach, California, and the other, The Venetian of Las Vegas. In Newport Beach, California, guests can share a bottle of champagne while riding a gondola. In The Venetian, they enjoy Italian songs sung by gondoliers. The Venetian of Las Vegas offers two canal routes: one inside that runs through St. Mark's Square and shopping center and the other one that runs along palaces outside the casino. Both offer nearly authentic experiences of riding a gondola through the canals of Venice, Italy. I say nearly authentic because in The Venetian, the canal water lacks floating garbage and distinct smel...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 12, 2003

The Venetian Gondola Rides
Grand Canal at The Venetian
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(877) 883-6423

Canyon Ranch SpaCLub and the Venetian Swimming Pool

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Attraction | "The Swimming Pool and Spa of The Venetian"

Canyon Ranch SpaCLub and the Venetian Swimming Pool Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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The Venetian has an extravagant, five-acre, rooftop pool deck with an Olympic-size swimming pool supplemented by a smaller pool, which is still large by comparison. What distinguishes the swimming pool in The Venetian is the exquisite surroundings of the pool designed like an affluent Venetian garden. (Sorry, it isn’t the gorgeous bodies in swimsuits.) Against the magnificient backdrop of The Venetian tower, the entrance to the pool area opens up to a plaza-like patio followed by a fountain with lions spouting water from their mouths. Along the patio and the main pool are booths guests can rent, probably for a price, furnished with lounge chairs and tables for private use. I imagine the pool do...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 12, 2003

Canyon Ranch SpaCLub and the Venetian Swimming Pool
3355 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 414-3600