- One of world's largest hotels
- Impressive facilities, extravagant attractions
- Gondola rides, theatres, Madame Tussauds
- Shopping centre with luxury brands
The desert city of Las Vegas is America’s gambling capital and a tourist hotspot known for its extensive collection of huge, elaborately-themed casino resorts, many of which are among the largest and most luxurious in the world. The Venetian is one of the most iconic examples of such a property and boasts a mind-blowing variety of facilities and attractions right in the heart of the city. The impressive, large-scale design is inspired by the beautiful Italian city of Venice and includes life-size replicas of many of the city’s top attractions.
The Venetian is actually part of a combined hotel complex and, along with its counterpart The Palazzo, they form the world’s second largest hotel. For accommodation, there are no fewer than 4,049 suites in the main 36-storey tower. Each suite comes with a separate living area and bedroom, along with an en-suite bathroom fashioned from Italian marble. Suites are very well appointed, lavishly decorated and handsomely furnished throughout. There are plenty of in-room amenities to make use of and some of the rooms are almost twice the size of other Vegas hotel rooms. The Venetian is centrally located along the strip and thus the suites afford stunning views of some of the city’s many other casino resorts including Treasure Island, The Palazzo, The Mirage and Harrah’s.
A casino resort on a massive scale, The Venetian offers a wealth of on-site facilities and attractions to suit just about everybody. There are four theatres staging a wide range of shows from big-name stars and entertainment acts throughout the year, as well as several bars and the Asian-themed Tao Nightclub. There are nearly three dozen eateries ranging from a British gastropub and a traditional Italian pizzeria, to a high-end steakhouse and a casual seafood restaurant. The Grand Canal Shoppes is the hotel’s own premier shopping destination, with more than 160 stores from many top brands. Perhaps the resort’s most unique attraction is the Gondola Rides. This experience offers the chance to ride in an authentic gondola steered by a professional gondolier along the ‘Grand Canal’ past the hotel’s many shops, restaurants and attractions.
There’s also Madame Tussauds, featuring lifelike waxworks of popular celebrities and well-known historical characters, and the minus5º Ice Experience, a year-round winter wonderland carved out of ice. Of course, the Venetian has its own casino, which is one of the largest and most extravagant in Las Vegas. It offers a rewarding loyalty programme, complimentary lessons for beginners and an extensive collection of slot machines and gaming tables. For relaxation, there are several swimming pools, as well as the Canyon Ranch Spa + Fitness centre. Encompassing some 134,000 square feet, it’s one of the largest day spas in the world and offers over 150 services.
Children are welcome and connecting suites can be requested, along with cribs and additional rollaway beds, although note these are subject to availability. Although there is no on-site childcare, the hotel can provide a list of independent childcare companies in the city.
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
Driver-guide: Very punctual, except for pick up for airport when he was delayed by >30 mins due to road closures. Vehicle very clean and well maintained- plenty of water and supplies of clothing for religious sites, tissues, postcards etc. Very good at understanding what level of conversation we wanted. Happy to stop for paracetamol, supermarket etc. Took us to signal box at railway since we were early (which was very interesting)
The Walawwa: Lovely place to arrive at and get a bit of rest. Great pool, lovely rooms and food etc. Peaceful oasis so close to town.
Wilpattu Camp: Wonderful food- really enjoyed trying lots of new things in excellent surroundings.Felt like the place had not been visited much recently (which I don’t think it had due to the terrorist attacks) so our safari guide had been brought up from another park and did not know the park too well- it worked out well though and we saw all the animals we hoped to see so no complaints on that front. We did feel that we should have been told about extra things we could have done- when we commented on the great food on final day we were told that they could have done a cookery demo for us, but it was too late at that point. It worked well for us but clients should probably know that they are likely to have multiple wildlife in their tents (eg frogs)- didn’t bother us at all, but others it might do. We were given a questionnaire to fill in at the end whilst all the staff were standing around, which wasn’t ideal as you felt a bit of pressure! Felt really well looked after here!
Water Gardens Sigiriya: Beautiful suites with plunge pools- quiet and peaceful with lovely big swimming pool. Food good
Jungle Beach: Beautiful location on beach. Rooms good. Food a bit limited I would have liked a bit more variety ideally.
Camellia House: Lovely location- beautiful views. Food OK but service below average- our food orders were wrong a couple of times and even pre-ordered food was delayed. Tea factory tour was only an hour and that was the main reason to be here. It was interesting but quite brief seeing it was the main attraction according to our itinerary. Also, we were taken there in a minibus which didn’t have seatbelts on all seats and was quite smelly- not up to the standard of the usual transportation. Rooms were described as having panoramic views- one did have amazing views but the other one definitely didn’t.
Galle Face: Lovely old hotel- but it did have some problems (leaking ceiling and ‘smuts’ coming out of air conditioning.) Weather very bad (spectacular storms). It was a shame the street food tour couldn’t take place but totally understandable given the weather, however we enjoyed our dinner here and free drinks/canopes!). Good choice at breakfast.
Pippa R reviewing Sri Lanka Highlights - Classic on 30 September 2019
Once again you organised a really good holiday for us.
If there was one criticism it was that there were too many flights. I don’t know whether you could do Bangkok first, Chiang Mai, then fly down South?
Your drivers and Guides - all really good. The variety of transport on the tours in Bangkok and Chiang Mai; we all loved.
Tamarind Village - Our room was a bit of a squeeze, with the 3 of us and 3 big suitcases.
Lisu Lodge- I enjoyed our time here. Going forward I would suggest only 1 night or they need to have some more activities. I liked how we ate on the floor, the food was really good. Staff very friendly. We liked the cycling, tea plantation, trekking and white water rafting.
Riva Surya- good location.
Elephant Hills- we loved looking after the elephants, the lake was also a really good experience. The guides were informative and looked after us well. The resort locations and tents were perfect.
Santiburi - amazing; we upgraded to a beach bungalow which was fantastic. The hotel is in a stunning location, the facilities and the service was impeccable. Sam has some private Thai boxing lessons, which he loved. We had cookery lessons and used the paddle boards. A perfect end to quite a busy holiday.
Natasha L reviewing Thailand Family Adventure on 24 September 2019