The Venetian in Las Vegas U-Z

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The Venetian

3355 Las Vegas Boulevard South,
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109-8941,
United States

Phone: (702) 414-1000

3355 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, Nevada 89109-8941, United States

About the Casino

First, let's cover the basics... and there are a lot of them. The exterior of this Venice, Italy themed resort has replicas of St. Mark's Square, the Clock Tower, the Bridge of Sighs, and of course a canal with gondolas. It's a pretty faithful reproduction and looks great, especially at night with the charming street lamps ablaze. There are several main entrances - one from the street takes you directly into the casino, another on the second level (accessed by walkways and moving sidewalks) provides access to the Grand Canal Shoppes, and off of the main drive you are taken into the lobby.

My vote has always been to use that main lobby entrance for the full effect. A huge, soaring rotunda greets you, decorated with stunning murals that were hand-painted by artists from all over the world. Ornate marble columns with intricately carved, gold leaf tops encircle the large gold fountain that fronts the lobby/main desk area. Although it has a nice design, with green marble counters, detailed crystal chandeliers, and a large mural of Venice, I still feel that the front desk area is too small for a hotel of this size. Expect long lines.

Off of the rotunda is an area called the Grand Colonnade, a three-story marble hallway that leads to the casino. Several stories high with more intricate paintings and sculptures, the Colonnade features a unique marble floor that appears three-dimensional if you look at it right.

The Colonnade leads you to the casino, a 120,000 square foot monster that seems much smaller than it really is. I’ve never been wild about this casino in the past despite a couple of significant wins in the past. These days it is almost unihabitable in my opinion. The casino floor is jammed with machines creating a jumbled, chaotic, overwhelming mess. I wanted to run for the doors.

The rooms are gorgeous, with an enormous marble bath with a separate tub and shower, make-up table, framed mirrors, and water closet just inside the front door; next is the “sleeping chamber” with one or two beds plus a giant flat-panel television; finally, a sunk living room features a big sectional sofa, a table and chairs, a writing desk, and another big TV.

See full review of The Venetian courtesy of Rick Garman's

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