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The Venetian

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At a Glance

    Pros

  • exquisite artwork
  • modern amenities
  • those remote-controlled curtains

    Cons

  • sprawling property
  • unpredictable service

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The Venetian Review

This theme hotel re-creates Italy's most romantic city with meticulous reproductions of Venetian landmarks—including the Grand Canal. 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 a quintessential over-the-top Vegas experience. Each 700-plus-square-feet suite offers a sunken living room with a coffee table and convertible sofa, walk-in closets, a separate shower and tub, three telephones (including one in the bathroom), two flat-screen TVs, and remote-controlled curtains. The even posher Venezia Tower has a garden, private entrance, fountains, and gargantuan suites.

HIGHLIGHTS

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.

The scenery: Walking from the hotel lobby into the casino is one of the great experiences in Las Vegas: overhead, reproductions of famous frescoes—highlighted by 24-karat-gold frames—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. Inside, climb aboard with a gondolier who'll sing opera as he paddles you through canals that line the Grand Canal Shoppes.

Shopping and Entertainment: The Grand Canal Shoppes include boutiques such as BCBG Max Azria and Kenneth Cole, as well as popular stores like Banana Republic and Rockport. A nice range of hip restaurants and bars includes Tao, which is a restaurant until about 11 p.m., and then it becomes one of the chicest nightclubs in the Pacific Time Zone. For entertainment, the best options are Rock of Ages and Human Nature.

The figures: Ogle celebrities all you want at Madame Tussauds.

Amenities

The Canyon Ranch Spa Club offers the same lavish treatments as the spa resort's main campuses in Arizona and Massachusetts, and features a three-story climbing wall that guests can use for free. It's also open late on most weeknights, meaning you can spend more time at the tables before that workout.

The combination copier/scanner/fax/printer in every suite is perfect for business travelers who hope to get work done during their stay.

One of the best-kept secrets of Venetian's room-service: They'll bring you food from any restaurant on property, for a price.

    Hotel Details

  • 4,027 suites.
Updated: 04-01-2013

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    The Venetian Resort Casino Review

    My wife and I stayed in a suite at the Venetian on Feb.4-9 2011. The room was very nice, with the exception of a worn out couch. Our biggest beef was with the bathroom, the bathroom is big with a tub and shower and double sink. The toilet is in a small closet by itself and that is where the problem was. The stench in the toilet room was unbearable, a smell I can only describe as the smell of rotting flesh, such as a dead rat or mouse, and it was coming from a small vent just below the ceiling. I phoned the front desk and complained about the smell and was told they would send someone up later to look at it.?We left the room for the day and came back that night. I checked the toilet room, the door was left open and the smell was still present but not as bad, I suspect they just sprayed some air freshener and left the door open.?I closed the toilet door before going to bed and when I had to use the toilet in the morning, I almost puked from the stink. It was even worse now. I took matters into my own hands and purchased duct tape and industrial air freshener from Walgreens. I sprayed down the vent and then taped it shut......no more stink!?The last day in the room my wife took a bath and I turned on the shower which is in its own cubicle. My wife stepped out of the tub and pulled the drain open, while I was running the shower. At that moment waste water and black chunks came up through the shower drain, into the shower. We had to close the tub drain to get the water to drain out of the shower, disgusting!?I complained to the lady at the desk upon checkout, she apologized but said all she could do was remove the resort fee from our bill. The problems with our bathroom coupled with hookers roaming the casino and rude casino and food court workers made for a ruined holiday!

    by tundraman1959, 2/21/11

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