Las Vegas Journals

The Venetian Hotel

A January 2005 trip to Las Vegas by lgarcia45

Quote: The Venetian Hotel is the only "all-suite" mega-hotel/resort on the Strip. I entered this gargantuan building Monday afternoon and never saw the light of day until Thursday afternoon.

The Venetian Hotel

Overview

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When I found out that our big yearly meeting was to be held at The Venetian, I was thinking that this would be great! I was wrong on a couple of counts. First, a persistent foul-up with my room key (it had to be remade four times) was annoying. The key only worked once, when I checked in. After the second remake, I asked the staff to accompany me to the room to make sure the key worked. They refused, and lo and behold, the darn thing still didn't work. I was pretty mad, especially since I had little time between meetings and was schlepping heavy bags, so I used the hotel phone to demand someone assist me. To their credit, the Venetian did comp me worth of dining at the Grand Lux Cafe, but it was stil...Read More

Grand Lux Cafe

Restaurant

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I used my $50 comp at the Grand Lux. The Grand Lux is operated by the Cheesecake Factory chain, and the menu/price/service is similar. The menu is large and diverse. I had a great burger, and my friend had the shrimp parmesan. They also serve steaks, Asian entrées, and Mexican foods. The Grand Lux has a full bar, and I opted for one of their specialty drinks, a rum/coconut/Midor concoction. My friend had an apple martini, which she pronounced as "great." We didn't have enough room in our tummies for dessert, which as you imagine, was heavy on cheesecake choices. With three alcoholic beverages, our tab, including tip, ran $66. The restaurant is open late and also serves breakfast.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 5, 2005

Grand Lux Cafe
3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 414-3888

Zeffirino Ristorante

Restaurant | "Zefferino"

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Zefferino's is located in the Grand Canal Shops next to Ann Taylor. We were dining as a group of ten. Before heading upstairs to our table, we enjoyed the downstairs bar. I had one of their posted specialty drinks. I asked for something sweet and the bartender obliged. I liked my drink. My friend tried Z's apple martini and pronounced the one at the Grand Lux to be better. My dinner was lobster in rossito with saffron. It was presented beautifully, with the sectioned lobster sitting on top in all its red glory. This was only the second time I've had lobster, and although it was good, I'm still not sure what the fuss is about lobster. My dessert was a raspberry mousse creation. It was served beautif...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 5, 2005

Zeffirino Ristorante
3355 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
+1 702 414 3500

Siegfried and Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat

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Attraction | "White Tigers/Siegfried/Roy's Secret Garden"

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Just across from The Venetian is the Mirage. As you enter via a people-mover, you can stop and enjoy looking at the beautiful white tigers for free. At the time of my visit, there was only one tiger on display. I understand the cats are rotated out every few hours. The tiger is glassed in and a short program on the cats is presented in a continuous loop. Towards the back of the Mirage is the Secret Garden. I had some doubts about the value of a visit but decided what the heck. Unfortunately, the part of the Garden that displays the cats (tiger, lion, and leopard) and elephant was closed. The reason given was that it was getting dark early, and under those situations, the cats can see you but you ca...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 5, 2005

Siegfried and Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat
Mirage Hotel, 3400 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 791-7188