If you ever want to make it to Italy and to the gondolas of Venice, you don’t have to go across the ocean. Las Vegas has created a pretty decent replica of the country at The Venetian. Complete with white terraces and arched pathways, The Venetian is breathtaking to behold in person. The waters of the Venetian channels are clear and aquamarine, inviting people to take pictures and to admire the detail given to the design. You will see portions of St. Mark’s Square as well as Doge’s Palace in the exterior.
As you walk in, the theme of Venice continues, with elaborate tiled floors and employees dressed like Venetian police and workers. You can enter the hotel lobby from the outside, so there’s no need to get lost in the maze of casinos and betting tables. And because the casino is actually very confusing, this additional feature is appreciated.
The guest rooms are all suites, with sunken areas for a couch and a fold out bed. The design is still true to Italy, which makes you feel like you’re in Europe more than Nevada. The soaking tubs and glass showers make you feel like royalty, but it’s the space that really surprises most people. And with more suites and hotel rooms being built at the current time, it seems that The Venetian is simply going to continue the trend of luxury living for all of its guests.
You can wander the Grand Canal Shoppes in The Venetian, noting that high end designers have brought their boutiques to Vegas. You might also get a glimpse of the gondoliers as they start their shift with a march and a song. Or you can listen to them serenade their passengers or just those walking along the pristine canals.
Of course, you can’t miss Bouchon, Pinot Brasserie, Valentino, Delmonico Steakhouse or Canaletto for fine dining. And there’s even a Guggenheim Hermitage Museum, if you want to take a tour.
Rooms start at $169 a night, though children under 13 can stay in their parent’s room for free.