Bellagio

3600 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States, 89109

Price from: £82

The lake at night

By Julia Buckley, your Las Vegas expert

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#19 of 41
expert-rated hotels in Las Vegas
Expert overall rating:4.5 out of 5
Location:
5
5.0
Bedrooms:
4
4.0
Eating/drinking:
4.8
4.8
Public areas:
4.7
4.7
Leisure facilities:
4.4
4.4
Service:
4.8
4.8
Value for money:
4.1
4.1
Recommended for:
Couples, Culture vultures, Mature travellers, Romance

Expert review of Bellagio

Fancy a taste of Ocean's 11? The Bellagio is one of the swankiest hotels on the Strip.

The Bellagio is another of those iconic Vegas hotels. If you haven't stayed there, you'll have watched the spectacular fountains, which dance to music from Frank Sinatra to Celine Dion. Although, at 12 years and counting, it's one of the oldest luxury hotels, the casino has lost none of its opulence - I can't walk through the lobby without thinking I can smell money. And with Strip-facing rooms overlooking both the fountains and the Eiffel Tower across the road at Paris, the views are about as romantic as Vegas gets.

Location: 

A prime location in the centre of the Strip, next door to Caesars (just walk past the designer shops to get there).

Bedrooms: 

Bellagio is a bit like Caesars in that, although the expensive rooms are, obviously, glorious, the entry level rooms are looking tired with plain decor (for me, they're a bit too beige, in every sense of the word). Then again, if you snag a room overlooking the fountains, you're unlikely to care what colour your carpet is. Just be aware that you're paying for the Bellagio experience, not for a top notch room.

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Public areas: 

In a word? Sumptuous. From the lobby (all marble and gold) through the casino which oozes money and the spectacular conservatory, which changes its floral decor with every season, it's a joy to walk through. Even if you can't afford to stay, eat or shop here, it's well worth a wander - trust me.

Eating and drinking: 

You'll need deep pockets to enjoy yourself. Picasso - a fine dining restaurant with original Picassos on the walls - has a tasting menu for US$130, and Prime is a deliciously old school steakhouse. Bellagio is also home to one of my favourite buffets - the Sunday brunch at Jasmine, a Chinese restaurant backing onto the fountains. At $55 a head, it's pricey, but for atmosphere you can't beat it, and the food - a mixture of Chinese, a carvery, seafood and puddings - is spectacular.

Leisure facilities: 

There's a posh spa, the pool is flanked with classical statues and cypress trees, and one of the highest rated shows in town, Cirque du Soleil's O, is in residence here. There's even an art gallery - right now it's showing works by Renoir, Picasso, Degas and more (until January 2011).

Service: 

Impeccable, from what I've experienced, although a little bit formal. The concierge staff are particularly helpful, but service is slow at valet.

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Who stays there: 

Mainly couples, mainly over 30, plus groups of young people wanting to splash out (it often offers good package deals).

Price advice: 

No resort fee.

Pros: 
Iconic
Fantastic location
Opulent casino
Cons: 
Rooms aren't such good value
Expensive

More information on Bellagio:

Price from:
£82
Type:
Hotel
Address:
3600 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States, 89109
Amenities:
Business Centre, Room Service, High-Speed Internet, Fitness Centre, Restaurant, Parking, Swimming Pool
Neighbourhood:
Centre Strip

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Community comments (3)

Hmmmm interesting...this only had a rating of 3.5 when I felt compelled to add my previous comment (in September 2010). I couldn't possibly see how the Bellagio could be rated this low. Maybe the expert agreed and therefore increased the rating?

We spent a week in the Bellagio and loved it. It was centrally placed for the Strip. Service was excellent except there were long queues for the Concierge. It had a relaxed and peaceful atmosphere despite the crowds. The room was spacious, very comfortable and tastefully decorated although I would have preferred shower gel instead of a bar of soap in the bathroom. We couldn't afford the restaurants except the buffet which was always crowded but quick moving,the food here was good with plenty of variety. Across the road was the Miracle Mile with enough shops and cafes to satisfy our needs. Apart from the long trek from our room, along the lake to reach the street, the whole atmosphere was pleasing. Nearer to our room in the tower was the monorail. Very handy and frequent for visiting other hotels nearby. The theatre where we saw Cirque du Soleil was spacious and even the cheapest seats which was all we could get for the night we wanted had an excellent view with plenty of room. A pity we can't transport this hotel to a location nearer us!!! Staying here is a holiday in itself - plenty to look at even if you simply stroll around the strip and come back to rest in this luxurious hotel.

In my experience - and I can't afford an upgraded room at Bellagio - the rooms are far from tired. Think tons of space, beautifully decorated room with a huge, comfortable bed, spacious marble bathroom (with enormous bath, cavernous, powerful shower and double basins), and if you are lucky, a great big picture window overlooking the fountains (although you might overlook the car park as well, but this doesn't detract from the view - just look over it!).
I'd certainly say you get what you pay for, particularly when you bear in mind that Bellagio is not hugely more expensive than the other top-end Las Vegas hotels.