A prime location in the centre of the Strip, next door to Caesars (just walk past the designer shops to get there).
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.
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.
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).
Impeccable, from what I've experienced, although a little bit formal. The concierge staff are particularly helpful, but service is slow at valet.
Who stays there
Mainly couples, mainly over 30, plus groups of young people wanting to splash out (it often offers good package deals).
No resort fee.
- Culture vultures
- Mature travellers
Pros & Cons
- Opulent casino
- Fantastic location
- Rooms aren't such good value