At the North end of the Strip lie the Venetian and its sister property, the Palazzo. As is the norm for Vegas both are gigantic and beautiful, actually making the combined property the largest hotel and casino in the world. This is doubly impressive considering that the rooms are all suites and double the size of the average Vegas hotel room.
As you pass the front of the property you see a mock Italian main square complete with clock tower and pool full of gondolas. These gondolas are more than decoration. You are able to ride in them complete with a beautifully singing driver, rower, guide, or however you wish to call them.
As you pull into valet you are greeted with more beauty, class, and excellent service. Leaving your car and luggage you are whisked inside where a lovely foyer opens in front of you. A sunlight garden with statue commands the center of this area. You proceed past this to the reception. Here a bank of employees are busy checking guests in. After being well taken care of you proceed towards the elevators. This is a short walk by Vegas standards through a massive hallway that opens up on the casino. Dazed by the bright flashing lights from the slot machines you continue straight through to another hallway and the elevators. Showing a security guard dressed in Italian style your room key you proceed to your elevator and up to your room.
All has been classy and beautiful so far and this continues as you roam the hallways on your floor looking for your room. Finding your room you open the door and are greeted with a huge space ending in a massive window overlooking the Strip. Inspecting everything you begin by staring out the window and enjoying your commanding view of this desert city. The Mirage casino hotel looks back at you from across the road. At night you are able to watch their free show from your room. You take in your work desk with printer, couch for about 100 people, big screen television and huge and comfortable bed. You carefully eyeball the mini-bar while holding your breath as the prices are outrageous and charged by touching them as they sit on sensors. God save you if you move one of the items. Extremely satisfied you move to the bathroom where a large bathtub, beautiful shower with unbelievable pressure, and even a make-up table greet you. The toilet is in a separate room. Some items show age but all is well.
Well, you didn’t come to Vegas to sit in your roam so lets roam around this city of a property. Your first stop should be the casino. Here you have a wide array of slot machines and table games. Take a seat at a machine, order a drink from the beautiful cocktail waitresses(who are employed as models and not employees so they can be fired if they get pregnant, old, or ugly), and enjoy some lights and sounds. When this bores you move over to a table game. Here the dealers are not as friendly as in Reno but Vegas is quite an impersonal place, so no worries. When you get tired of throwing your money away you have a decision to make. Try one of the pricey restaurants, the cheaper food court, get drunk, go dancing, see a show, hang out by the pool, or browse the shops. You will get to all of these so only the order matters.
The restaurants are spread all over the property so you should consult a map for which cuisine you feel like or ask any of the helpful staff. Many of them are located in the connecting hallway to the Palazzo. Here there is also located a large foyer which is decorated to current events. Christmas, Easter, Fourth of July, an more. After enjoying their decorations you ride the escalator up one floor to the shops and gondola. Here is a shopping mall with an Italian town facade flanking a canal where the gondolas roam and sweet songs echo. Enjoy a ride and the window shopping. Get an ice cream in the center and sit under a painted sky.
After a full day of walking you head out to the pool to relax. Or more correctly to the ten pools that are available. Roaming through them all and finding one to your satisfaction you camp out for a few hours and relax. Enjoy the drink service, quality chairs and towels, and clean water. If you feel like partying don’t worry, there is a pool for that.
Come night you make your way to one of the bars for a few drinks and quality conversation. Perhaps you will watch one of the shows on offer in the many theaters or just maybe you feel like going clubbing. Do as you wish as both the TAO club and the shows are some of the best in Vegas. Have no fears of enjoying yourself and staying up to sunrise, as you have that incredible room to pass out in when you need to recuperate.
All in all the Venetian and Palazzo are probably the best places to stay in Las Vegas if you can swing it, and judging by the riff-raff roaming the floors, you can.