This theme hotel re-creates Italy's most romantic city with meticulous reproductions of Venetian landmarks. Some of the Strip's largest and plushest accommodations are found at this gilded resort that's a hit with foodies, shoppers, and high rollers alike. It's all about glitz and "wow" effect here, which makes it a popular property if you're celebrating a special occasion or looking for an over-the-top Vegas experience. Each 650-square-foot suite offers a sunken living room with a coffee table and convertible sofa, walk-in closets, a separate shower and tub, two flat-screen TVs, a multimedia hub, and remote-controlled curtains. The even posher Venezia Tower has a garden, private entrance, fountains, and gargantuan suites.
The atmosphere: From the Strip you enter through the Doge's Palace, set on a walkway over a large lagoon. Inside, Renaissance characters roam the public areas, singing opera, performing mime, jesting, even kissing hands.
scenery: Walking from the hotel lobby into the casino is one of the great experiences in Las Vegas: overhead, reproductions of famous frescoes adorn the ceiling; underfoot, the geometric design of the flat marble floor provides an Escher-like optical illusion of climbing stairs.
The gondolas: On a lake in front of the casino visitors can take gondola rides and look out on the Strip.
The Canyon Ranch SpaClub features a three-story climbing wall that guests can use for free. It's also open late on most weeknights.
The $25 resort fee includes access for two to the fitness facility, unlimited calls, a two-for-one drink coupon to any casino bar, and in-suite Internet access.
Room service will bring you food from any restaurant on the property, for a price.