Living The Suite Life at Las Vegas' Venetian and Palazzo
Photo via Flickr/Boris Dzhingarov
Las Vegas is a sprawling, glittering multi-faceted bacchanalia with a little something for every taste; this much is obvious. From one end of the strip to the other you can’t take two steps without encountering something completely different, outrageously opulent and unapologetically over the top.
But ask anyone who’s ever tried to walk from one of the strip to the other, and they’ll tell you that’s a terrible, terrible idea. Instead, why not park yourself inside one hotel offering two distinct experiences and a little bit of all the best of Las Vegas? We’re talking about The Venetian and The Palazzo, where you can sample everything Vegas without setting foot outside.
This seemingly endless complex of shops, restaurants and luxurious suites lets you play like a high roller, dine like a king and party like a rock star. Here’s what you need to know.
The first thing you’ll want to know, obviously, is what the casinos at each offer.
Each offers a dizzying array of electronic slots of every stripe. And when we say dizzying we mean that quite literally – it can be very easy to get lost in the sea of electronic flash and excitement on either floor. Plus, between the two you’ll find more than 139 table games for that unbeatable experience of matching your hand against another player.
But beyond slots and table games, each property’s casino has found something to distinguish it. At the Venetian, you’ll find one of the biggest poker rooms on the strip, plus the sensory overload of the legendary Race & Sports Book. Over at Palazzo, you’ll find that old-school Vegas sophistication mixed with a bit of modern glamor at LAVO Casino Club, offering VIP bottle service in a superbly orchestrated atmosphere.
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These properties delight in offering a little bit of everything, and that philosophy finds delicious illustration at both the Venetian and Palazzo. The Venetian’s famed restaurant row runs you through a gauntlet of temptations including AquaKnox, Valentino and the famed craft beer mecca of Public House. Across both properties, you’ll find a quartet of restaurants run by Mario Batali’s B&B Restaurant Group. For a quick bite and a cold beer, B&B Burger and Beer in the Venetian is your place (it’s right in the name after all).
If there’s a better backdrop to a frosty pint than singing gondoliers, we haven’t found it. Or for something a little more upscale, all we can tell you about the dry aged steaks at Carnevino in the Palazzo is that they are life-changing. Look at it this way – we can personally attest to the fact that Keanu Reeves ate here. This is where multi-millionaires get their steaks, and you should too.
PHOTO: Put Carnevino's steaks on your bucket list. Photo via Flickr/Vox Solid Communications
The saying both properties embrace is that “every key opens a suite,” and that is true at its most basic. But what that doesn’t cover is how aggressively extravagant these suites are, with split-level spaciousness creating individual areas within a sprawling footprint of luxury. The décor carries the motif of Roman Empire elegance magnificently, while the beds are roomy, heavenly soft and ensconced in blissfully soft linens. Bathrooms are a wonderland of marble and brass, with heated floors and deep soaking tubs for a spa-like atmosphere right in your room.
The Wow Factor
But every hotel in Vegas offers gaming, food and a room. What these properties offer is the entire Vegas experience under one roof (OK, technically two).
Even the pools speak to this dedication to creating your Vegas. You want to people watch and maybe swap a few phone numbers? The Mixer pool is on at the Venetian, social butterfly. Brought the family along? The Palazzo’s Carnivale pool is a kid-friendly splashfest. Hoping for some place more intimate to unwind? The elongated hot tubs at the Venezia pool deck, flanked by Roman inspired statues and lush greenery, are an oasis of serenity.
PHOTO: See and be seen at the Venetian's main pool. (Photo via Flickr/Tony Hisgett)
In fact, you definitely owe it to yourself to pencil in a soak at the Venezia pool deck – it’s one of the properties’ least-hyped but most relaxing attractions.
That’s not to knock the hyped attractions. The gondoliers plying their craft through the canals of the Grande Canal Shoppes, their voices echoing through arched ceilings you’d swear were real sky, create something you’re not going to find anywhere else. And the shopping that surrounds them would be destination shopping on their own.
PHOTO: One of the famed singing gondoliers. (Photo via Flickr/rickpilot)
So Where To Book?
Really the ultimate question about the Venetian and the Palazzo would be which one to book. The Palazzo is the newer of the two, but the suites in both have seen recent renovations. The subtle differences in the experience between the two (Palazzo’s casino is a little quieter for those whose blackjack game gets thrown by chatter, for example) are offset by the fact that you can move freely between the two as a guest at either.
So our best advice would be to try them both. There’s too much to see here in one trip anyway.
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