Just north of the central part of the Strip - an easy 10-minute walk from Caesars Palace and next door but one to the posh Wynn.
All bedrooms are open-plan suites, and they're uniformly good. In fact, they're identical to [node:121938] rooms, only they look a little more worn. Each has a king-size bed with a mini canopy as its headboard, a sunken living room with a sofa curling round two sides, a business station complete with copier and fax machine by the desk, and marble everywhere in the bathroom. They're all a good size, too.
One word: lavish. Think baroque - just like a fake Venice. Personally I find it over the top, but that's exactly what I love about it. There are statues, painted ceilings and marble all over the place and the casino is so big I still get lost in it.
Then, of course, there's the Grand Canal and its attendant "Shoppes". No matter how many photos you've seen of the fake daylight and Venetian palazzos, you'll still find it mind-blowing. The attention to detail is insane. I can spend hours wandering round here, which is a good thing, because I've never once navigated it without getting lost. Luckily staff (in the shape of carabinieri) are at hand to point you in the right direction.
Eating and drinking
There are excellent options if you've got the money, with ten fine dining restaurants alone. The most trendy is Asian bistro Tao, which doubles as one of Vegas' hottest nightclubs. The Grand Lux Cafe is good for a reasonably priced meal, and there's a food court on the casino floor (with free WiFi) for snacks.
The Venetian shares Canyon Ranch spa with the Palazzo. and along with Qua at Caesars, it's one of my favourite spas. The main pool's pretty big, and Tao Beach - a tiny, private pool that pulls in top DJs and celebrity hosts - is one of the trendiest pool parties in town. Entertainment-wise, the Venetian is home to the lavish Phantom of the Opera production (the musical squeezed into 95 minutes) - I'm not a big fan of the show, but the opera house-style theatre is extraordinary, and various US comedians do regular stints.
Fairly formal for Vegas but good nonetheless.
Who stays there
High rollers, plenty of Europeans (oddly) and Americans who want to get a taste of full on Vegas glamour.
A daily resort fee of $17.
- Mature travellers
Pros & Cons
- All suites
- Excellent shopping and dining
- Vegas landmark
- Almost too big
- Rooms are newer at Palazzo