In April, some friends and I spent five nights at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas. This was my fourth trip to Las Vegas and my second stay at the Venetian, so I thought it would be helpful to give my review of the Venetian experience.
The Venetian sits toward the north end of the Las Vegas strip, next to the Wynn, and across from Treasure Island. This was a child-free birthday trip for us, so we wanted a place that offered enough relaxing luxury, but also not feel stuffy. The Venetian markets itself as an upper end luxury hotel, and fit the bill perfectly. The front entrance of the hotel is an impressively accurate rendition of St. Marks’s Square in Venice, Italy. Inside, the theme continues, with beautiful and elaborate colonnades and marble work.
The rooms are very large, with either 2 queen or 1 king-sized bed, and a sunken living room area. The rooms are nicely appointed and everything was clean and in good repair. We hadn’t planned to spend much time in our rooms, but the time we did spend was comfortable and relaxing. The only complaint we had with the room was the mini-bar and refrigerator situation. The mini-bar area is full of overpriced food and drinks, which sit on sensors, so you can’t even move them out of your way without being charged.
The casino itself is large, modern, and offers a huge variety of games. Since gambling wasn’t our main focus, we typically went elsewhere to find tables with lower minimum bets. If you’ve seen one higher end Vegas casino, you’ve seen them all, but the times we stayed in, the waitresses were pretty quick with complimentary drinks as long as were playing.
Shopping and Eating
The attached Grand Canal Shops includes lots of high-end stores such as Barney’s, Coach, and Fendi, as well as plenty of restaurants, from casual to exclusive. The canals integrated into the mall give it a unique ambience. We tried several of the restaurants. We were very pleased with breakfast at Bouchon, and dinner at Emeril’s Delmonico Steakhouse.
Concierge service was extremely good. During our stay, we had them move our group’s rooms closer together. This move happened on a weekday, and we were able to get strip views for no extra charge. The concierge was also able to get us reservations at the crowded Delmonico Steak House on short notice.
The women in our group spent a morning at the on site Canyon Ranch Spa Club, which has a reputation as one of the nicer spas in Vegas. Like a lot aspects of the Venetian, it was pricey but very nice, and the women were very satisfied.
One big change in Vegas in the last few years is the emphasis on the daytime pool scene. The Venetian has several very nice pools and hot tubs that are free for hotel guests. During the weekdays, we had no problem finding poolside chairs wherever we wanted. But on the weekend, the chairs filled up quickly, and stayed full most of the day. Additionally, on the weekend, the TAO beach club opens up, with a $50 cover charge, expensive drinks, a tiny pool and a loud DJ. We didn’t see the appeal, but there was a huge line of people waiting in line to pay the cover. We sat outside by the main pool and heard the DJ for free.
During this trip, we mainly spent our nights at shows, but we did make one trip to the TAO Nightclub, since we got free admission for staying at the hotel. The club was nicely appointed, and extremely crowded, with bouncers frequently clearing paths for VIPs. We didn’t particularly love the experience, but it is well-known club frequented by celebrities, so it was worth seeing.
Overall, we had a great experience at the Venetian. It offered enough luxury to feel like an enjoyable splurge, but was also laid back enough to relax. During our trip we explored a lot of the other comparable hotels, and in the end I would not hesitate to go back to the Venetian.