Hotel Snapshot – Venetian Resort and Casino, Las Vegas
Rooms: We have previously reviewed other properties on The Venetian “compound,” including Palazzo and the hotel-within-a-hotel Venezia. However, this was our first stay at the Venetian proper. Each room is a mini-suite, a Vegas trend that was largely started by the Venetian. The sitting area includes a full sectional, dining table and desk. It’s a kitchen short of being an apartment. Despite a recent renovation, the room showed some signs of wear. When you take into account the crushing amount of traffic that these rooms must see, this is to be expected.
Public Areas: The Venetian is known around the world for its public areas – canals, grand halls and casinos – all decorated with frescos and dripping with filigree. It is all very impressive, if not a bit much. The multiple pools provide several different “moods,” ranging from tranquil to full on, bass-thumping party.
Service: We have always been pleased with the service at Venetian properties, but our experience this time verged on “clinical.” While still good, the personal touch that we have come to expect was missing.
Amenities: This is where the Venetian stands as king of the strip. The on-site Canyon Ranch Spa is one of the reasons we keep coming back to Vegas. Use of the two huge fitness areas is included in your resort fee (as are other amenities like Internet). The 20.00 add-on to use the spa’s wet areas seems like a paltry amount when you see how nice these areas are.
Other Points of Interest:
CHANGE IS IN THE AIR: We attended a small party commemorating Intercontinental’s recent purchase of the iconic property. It will be interesting to see what changes – if any – ensue.
WHAT TIME IS IT?: The Venetian casino seems to be one of the busiest on the strip. No matter what time of day or night, it is packed with gamers. We used to be turned off by the crowds but have really come to appreciate the vibe.
Please see this accompanying blog post for more information on our visit to Las vegas.