Established In: 1999
Former Names: None
Owner: Las Vegas Sands
Number of Rooms: 4,049
Location: Las Vegas Boulevard across from Treasure Island
Situated on the site of the old Sands Resort and Casino, The Venetian is a true luxury from top to bottom, making it a highlight for guests and visitors alike. The convention center attached to the property makes the Venetian a great spot for business travelers, but those on vacation will love everything that the Venetian has to offer as well. With a second tower dedicated to all-suites (see The Palazzo page), this is one of the largest hotel properties in the world.
A brief history of The Venetian
In 1996, Sheldon Adelson announced the plans to build the largest resort in Las Vegas, but the question would be where? It was finally revealed that he and his partners were going to buy the Sands Hotel and Casino, and it was demolished, leaving a huge space for the Venetian to be built. The first tower was built and ready to open in 1999.
Since then, the hotel has seen significant expansion, including new towers, a full all-suite hotel, and the renovation of the Sands Expo Convention Hall. All of this has led to the hotel being the perfect combination of business and pleasure. In 2010, the hotel struck a deal with Intercontinental Hotels to bring it in the fold, meaning that anyone staying at IHG hotels could be earning points they could redeem for stays at the Venetian.
Gaming at The Venetian
The casino floor at Venetian is massive, but because of the layout and everything placed in the middle of the gaming floor, you may not realize that there are 1,200 slot machines and over 150 table games on the sprawling 120,000 square foot floor. On top of all that action, The Venetian Poker Room is one of the best in Las Vegas. With dozens of tables available for cash gameplay, the Venetian has also struck golf with its tournament series, which feature millions of dollars of guaranteed tournaments throughout the year. Finally, there is one of the largest sportsbooks in the entire city right off the casino floor, with giant screens showing all the major and minor sporting events for you to place a bet on at the ticket window.
Top 3 Suites at The Venetian
AS we said earlier, there is an entire tower devoted to suites at this property, so to fully give it the credit it deserves, we have another page dedicated to Palazzo. The Venetian has a full array of specialty suites for you to use as well if you are feeling like splurging on your accommodations or if you are planning to use the room for business use as well.
Sitting atop the Venezia Tower, this incredible 2,900 square foot room comes with everything you need to entertain or to just sit back and relax. A large common area features a living and dining area, as well as a fully stocked wet bar for making the perfect late-night cocktail. The private bedroom gives you a sensational view of the Strip as you unwind for the night or awake ready to tackle the next day in Vegas!
If you want to feel like you are running the whole place, then the Presidential Suite is what you want to be booking. Your visit starts with a limousine ride from the airport to the hotel, where you are whisked to your personal concierge. You will be escorted to the 5,200 square foot room, which features elegant décor and two private bedrooms to go along with the huge sitting area. You also gain access to the Prestige Lounge, where you can enjoy top quality food and drinks before you head down to the casino floor.
If you thought you would feel like you were running the joint with the Presidential Suite, then you will feel like you own the billion-dollar resort with a stay in the 8,000 square foot Chairman Suite. 24-hour concierge service, 3 or 4 bedrooms, and one of the most detailed designs of any room in Las Vegas are all part of the package with this suite. You will need to be a pretty high roller to gain access to this suite, though – not just anyone can book it.
Top 3 Dining Options at The Venetian
The Venetian has so many amazing dining options that you may never want to leave the building. Rather than go on about all of them, we have chosen a few to showcase for this review:
MajorDomo Meat and Fish
The sister restaurant of that of the same name in Los Angeles, Majordomo is the masterpiece of celebrity chef David Chang. You’ll want to feast on the raw bar and the sumptuous appetizers, but you are warned to leave room for the mains, which are highlighted by the dry-aged Prime Rib. Served off a rolling cart at your table; this item will leave you astonished by its flavor.
This Thomas Keller restaurant is a delight on the eyes and the palate. Located near the pool, this French-inspired spot is famous for having one of the best brunches in all of Las Vegas. Make your booking early, though – this place can get very crowded, and you wouldn’t want to be left watching others enjoying a spectacular meal here.
A steakhouse brought to you by celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck; this is a perfect sport for a business meal or a romantic dinner. The steaks here are amazing (what would you expect), but what really makes this place special is the array of sauces that complement the flavor of the meat. You’ll want to order more than one, so you can see what each does to each bite of a perfect steak.
The One Thing You Can’t Miss at The Venetian
This hotel has so much to offer from an entertainment standpoint that you don’t have to leave the property to see world-class performers every night. However, the one thing you have to see at Venetian is the Grand Canal Shops. Giving you a feeling of walking the streets of Venice, full of street performers, and a blue sky painted on the ceiling, you can wander through the shops or slip into a restaurant for a drink or a bite to eat. The centerpiece of the location is definitely the full canal running through it, complete with working gondolas! Book your trip and listen to the songs these entertaining drivers sing you on your short journey, and you will be transported to Italy’s Water City.