on June 24, 2013
Bellagio hotel.One of the best if not the best hotels in Las Vegas but it comes with a price of course. It really is a five star establishment and although it does not have the biggest rooms in Las Vegas it certainly is the main focus of anyone's trip to the strip mainly due to the fantastic fountains in front of the hotel. I would be very surprised if anyone who paid a visit to Las Vegas did not end up either in front of the hotel watching the superb choreographed water fountain show set to music or go into the hotel to have a look at the wonderful displays in the conservatory.The Bellagio opened its doors to the public in October 1998 after costing in excess of $1.6 Billion dollars. The opening ceremony alone cost $88 million dollars. The hotel is based on the town of Bellagio on Lake Como in Italy. The Italian theme goes throughout the hotel from the lakeside restaurants to the lobby ceiling that is covered with hand blown glass flowers. The conservatory is absolutely beautiful at any time of the year and special displays of flowers are put on for the different seasons throughout the year.The Casino floor covers 116,000 feet with over 2300 slot machines and is surrounded by various game tables including roulette, poker, black jack, Baccarat, craps and Pai Gow tables. Surrounding the perimeter of the casino are a variety of restaurants many are fine dining establishments. The casino is quite comfortable and looks very plush and is one of the nicest casinos in Las Vegas.Dining.There are so many dining opportunities at the Bellagio from quick stop gaps selling ice-creams and cakes to fine dining. What is very popular is the Buffet at the Bellagio and many people come here to experience the delights of the buffet whether for lunch or dinner it is quite a treat. They do call it a gourmet buffet but to be honest I have not noticed much difference between the lunch time menu and the evening menu. To be honest I did not really rate the buffet that good. One of the nicest places I have dined in has been at Le Cirque restaurant which is a five diamond 1 Michelin starred French restaurant. The food and ambiance of this restaurant is absolutely superb however it comes at a price. This is fine dining as it should be with fine foods and fine wines all served in a timely and appropriate manner. This is only for a serious treat as it is very very expensive.The fountains.This is the piece de resistance of the Bellagio and most people when visiting Las Vegas will visit the fountains at some point during their stay. If they do not then they are very foolish and have missed an awesome sight. The lake in front of the hotel is full of water covering an area of 8 Acres. It is vast and from 3pm every half an hour up to 8PM there is a choreographed fountain display. After 8PM the fountain show is every 15 minutes up to Midnight. This is dependent on wind conditions because if there is a slight wind then sometimes the fountain show is cancelled. It is well worth waiting for and the surrounding lakeside walkway in front of the hotel and the pathway leading up to the hotel is usually very crowded with people waiting for the show to begin.The show begins with a slight rippling of the water then suddenly to the sound and rhythm of the music the water fountains jump into a beautifully timed and delightful performance some pieces of music are quite short but other pieces will last quite a long time. The water jets are lit up at night and it looks absolutely brilliant either at ground level or from higher up. The best vantage point of watching the display is from the top of the Eiffel tower opposite the Bellagio or in one of the expensive lakeside restaurants.There are four kinds of water nozzles used for the display including oarsmen which swirl around. Shooters that shoot water upwards super shooters that send water to a height of 240 feet and finally extreme shooters which blast the water to 460 feet high. The sounds of the shooters sound like guns going off. It is one of the best shows in Las Vegas and the best thing of all it is free to watch. The water comes from a well that was originally sunk to water a golf course. The water does evaporate in the extreme heat of the Nevada sun but they actually use less water for the water display than they ever did when it was used to water the golf course. This is my favourite sight and attraction in Las Vegas.The conservatory and botanical gardens. These are a feast for the eye and well worth a visit. The displays are changed throughout the year to match the seasons.The Bellagio Gallery of fine art.This displays various works of art from famous artists and some are on loan from different museums and art galleries around the world and also from Private art collections. The current exhibition is by Monet. This is well worth a visit if you have the time and an interest in fine art.The Bellagio is one of my favourite hotels in Las Vegas and it is usually crowded with people visiting the conservatory and to wander around the casino. It really is a five star hotel with five star staff and facilities. The Bellagio currently employs over 8000 staff in different roles in the hotel and it is like a city within a city. I would go as far as saying it is probably the best hotel in Las Vegas.
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