Bellagio, Las Vegas
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The Bellagio Hotel, Shops, and Cascino are just outright elegant. This is a Tuscan-style of architecture, and from the moment I entered the lobby with its two thousand glass blossoms [by Dale Chihuly], I knew this was a very special hotel. Having visited Bellagio, Italy, I knew I was in for a sensual treat.
The Via Bellagio Shops are quaint and mingle under the ceiling of glass and wrought iron. The restaurants include Yellowtail Sushi Restaurant, Picasso, a French Mediterranean, Le Cirque, an outpost of a famous New York restaurant, and Jasmine, which is Cantonese.
There is The Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art exhibits, a 9 1/2 acre Mediterranean garden oasis, five heated pools, four spa tubs, rental cabanas with ceiling fans, a misting system, refrigerator, sink, dining set, television, and telephone! I can only say "WOW"!
There are almost 4,000 guest rooms done in a Mediterranean decor. There is MARBLE everywhere. Bellagio is a "high-end_ hotel that offers luxury and elegance.
Fondest memory: While we were there, it was Year of the Rabbit which was being celebrated in the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens. It has a 45-foot tall Chinese Junk Boat topped with a 12-foot rabbit that represents the fourth sign of the Chinese Zodiac. [See Photo #4] This rabbit's fur is made from plants and sits in a forest of bamboo trees among 8 baby rabbits.
Photo #5 is the God of Prosperity who holds court here. There is also a scene with 7 replica Terracotta Warriors that are embellished with walnuts and ground carrot seeds! It is just amazing.
The wonderful thing about "Vegas" are all the things you can see or do for little or no money. For instance the BELLAGIO has the Bellagio Conservatory which is an elaborate display of horticulture and art, with more than 7,500 plants, trees and flowers to view. Open 24 hours and it's FREE. Bellagio also has its "Fountains". Serpentine streams of water are projected from 1,000 synchronized fountains that reach haights of 245 feet. Monday to Friday shows every half-hour between 3 & 8 p.m., shows every 15 minutes between 8:00 p.m. & midnight.Sat. & Sun. same schedule, but shows begin at noon and it's FREE.
FLAMINGO HILTON - Wildlife Habitat. Chilean flamingos and other exotic creatures take up residence on the original Flamingo hotel site. Open 24 hours and it's FREE.
FREEMONT STREET EXPERIENCE - Spectacular light and sound shows on the world's largest LED screen, covering six blocks of downtown Las Vegas. Shows begin nightly at dusk and continue on the hour until midnight. Fremont Street & Las Vegas Blvd. FREE.
IMPERIAL PALACE - The Auto Collection. It is the world's largest classic car showroom with $100million worth of inventory on display, including antique, muscle, famous and historically significant vehicles. Daily 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. $6.95 Entrance fee.
MGM GRAND - Lion Habitat -Behind 35 foot tall glass walls, the eight African lions eat, sleep and play above and around you. Daily 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. FREE
THE MIRAGE - Volcano - Flames shoot into the night sky some 100 feet above the waters below. Located in front of the Mirage along the "Strip". Nightly at the top of each hour from dusk to midnight. FREE
CIRCUS CIRCUSFeatures the world's largest permanent circus tent with ongoing circus acts. FREE
Finally - walking along the "Strip" in the evening is simply awesome, with Vegas lit up in all its glory. You've never seen so much glitter in all your life and - it's FREE
Favorite thing: The Conservatory at Bellagio is just off of the Main lobby, check in desk. They change this display for every season. The display never fails to amaze and take your breath away. This spring display includes a small butterfly house, and arches overhead that are actually fountains that you're walking under.
Favorite thing: Inside MGM is a Lion Habitat. The lions are in residence throughout each day and are rotated so that they do not become stressed. They actually reside on a ranch a few miles away. The viewing area is pretty unique and you can actually walk under them sometimes. Lions are in residence from 11am to 10 pm daily. The times of viewings are posted. This is a free exhibit and something all the kids I saw really enjoyed.
Favorite thing: This is a water ballet in front of the Bellagio hotel's Pond. Every half hour starts in the pond for 5 min.(in the Strip; Las Vegas Blvd. where all the big hotels are located). It is an absolutely must see. Wonderful!
If you want to splurge, get a suite. The junior suite is good for a romantic getaway. The main room is large with two big windows. The bathroom/powder room has more than the comforts of home with a whirlpool tub and large closet.
The views were nice, too.
Favorite thing: Any trip to Vegas needs to be highlighted by a trip to the Bellagio Hotel and Casino. The ceiling in the lobby is an original Chihuly. Some tourists say it was inspired by the sea, but the artist himself said that Steve Wynn's commission called for "a whole new armature type and about a thousand new “flowers.” So don't forget to stop by and "smell" the flowers when you're in Vegas.
A picture of the interior of the Bellagio conservatory. The Conservatory is located towards the rear of the hotel and directly behind the lobby. The conservatory has several impressive flower sculptures, which are changed every season. The hotel has 150 gardening and greenhouse staff, which should give you an idea of the scale of the sculptures and the planning and design that goes into them.
Fondest memory: The Conservatory is really just a quick detour, a walk through to view the sculptures and the fountain. But its a sight worth seeing. Numerous weddings are performed at the Bellagio and often brides and grooms are posing for pictures in front of the fountain or displays.
Favorite thing: During summertime in Vegas, most tourists spend their afternoons either in the casino, or lounging by the pool sleeping off the excesses of the previous night. Each hotel on the Strip has its own pool area. This is a shot of the two crowded Bellagio pools on an afternoon in early June.
For those of you who haven't spent enough money, most of the hotels have their own spa facilities and offer a number of treatments and packages. The Bellagio spa is currently under renovation, but is operating on the 4th floor of the hotel. Its a great experience and a good way to take care of your sun dried skin. Plus, what would a trip to Vegas be without going over the top and indulging?
Fondest memory: It wasn't my afternoon at the spa but that comes in at a close second.
Your jaw will drop repeatedly when viewing the incredible "O" by Cirque du Soleil at Bellagio.
It's an expensive ticket, but it's definitely something to save up for.
Fondest memory: The acrobats were my favorite part, and my husband loved anything to do with the giant water tank!
Favorite thing: Visit the gardens at The Bellagio. It's nice to be surrounded by beautiful flowers in a town full of tacky things. I have been amazed at how dim the lighting is in most of the hotel/casinos. The Bellagio is a light-filled exception.
One evening you just have to see the dancing waters in front of the Bellagio. See them by night for the best effect. They dance to italian opera music, brings a tear to the eye. And its free !!
Fondest memory: Just enjoy the glitz, glamour and pazzazz of the place. Disneyland for adults. Each hotel is a different theme park.
See the fountains at Bellagio. I read somewhere that this display should be featured on the US postage stamp. Try to catch the fountains at night and stick around the area for an hour to see a few of the many varieties. The opera versions are especially nice. The fountains are still good during the day, but evening is the way to go. We viewed them from the driveway of the casino, the walkway from Bally's and the sidewalk out front. Can't say which is best though.
Fondest memory: This was my fourth trip to Vegas and the first time I ventured outside of the casino world. My girlfriend and I rented a convertible (away from the airport to save and additional 10% sales tax) and drove through Boulder City to Hoover Dam and then up along Lake Mead to the Valley of Fire. The next morning we took the half hour drive out of the city to Red Rock. For proximity and scenery, Red Rock simply can not be beat. It was cool and early in the morning so nobody was around. I wonder what it's like when it gets crowded.
on the newer front, the fountains at bellagio are a must see especially when luciano is singing. i was one of the first people to see the fountains in operation(got pix by chance of them making the final connections then a few minutes later voila!)
another must see is the view from atop the stratosphere tower. absolutely stunning.
Fondest memory: my fondest memory of vegas is when my dad and i left vegas on my first trip ever to lv, back in 1988.
dad and i had a few problems in transit;flights delayed, then leaving without us, canceled hotel rooms etc. it all worked out wel though. getting bacdk to the fondest memory, as we were ascending into the midnight sky on our way back home, i was sitting in my window seat on the plane and i got to watch the strip pass by and the whole valley as well. i'll never forget the old dunes sign and its luxurious blue neon trail ascending peaking then descending, as we were climbing higher and higher into the sky vegas disappeared and i knew id be back.