In March of this year my husband and I went to Las Vegas and stayed at The Venetian. This was our first visit to the Strip in probably about 10 years when we stayed at MGM Grand. Things have definitely changed over the years.
The Venetian was exquisite from the lobby to the attached Canal Shoppes. It seemed that when they built The Venetian they must have gotten a great deal on marble because it was everywhere including this fabulous walkway that looks much like an M.C. Escher drawing. But when we got home our son, the Art major and recent visitor to Italy let us know that he believes it to be inspired by the floor in a gallery in Italy, something that he bragged of seeing in person.
Not only was the floor magnificent but the entire hallway was fabulous and if you could allow yourself a little imagination and block out the sound of the casino you could imagine yourself in the opulence and history of an Italian museum. Look at the detail and the frescoes on the ceiling.
The hotel was set up where you had to walk a short way to the elevators, but the good news was that unlike many casinos in Vegas you did not have to roll your luggage through the casino. You walked instead on a walkway that went around the casino floor itself.
Our room was a Luxury Suite. The hotel is nothing but suites and includes a sunken living room. Our room had a king bed with a huge bathroom including a soaking tub, separate shower, double sink vanity, separate make-up vanity, and stool room. Our only complaint about the bathroom was that the stool room was very small and if you wished to shut the door while doing your business, you had to straddle the toilet to shut it.
The bedroom portion included nightstands on both sides of the bed, a large dresser, and large flat screen TV. The sunken living room included a sofa, an entertainment center with a mini-fridge (do not touch or move anything or you’ll pay) and another flat screen television. There was also additional seating with a loveseat and a table with two chairs.
We were impressed with the room and the comfortable bed. But on a side note, if you can’t make it to Vegas any time soon, you can stay in a room almost identical to the one described and pictured above at the Ameristar Casino in St. Charles, MO.
Comeback soon and I’ll describe some of the places we chose to eat while in Vegas and a few things we found to make our trip a little more pleasant.