Venetian Hotel - Casino, Las Vegas

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    The Rock, Dwayne Johnson's wax

    by joiwatani Written Sep 22, 2011

    You don't have to pay $16.00 to take a picture of the Rock. This wax of Dwayne Johnson is on display outside the gate of the Venetian Hotel. There are two waxes of two actors in front of the hotel's wax museuym and this Dwayne's wax is one of them.

    You can check an example of the Madame Taussud's Wax Museum.

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    Visit the Madame Taussud Museum

    by joiwatani Updated Sep 3, 2011

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    With George Clooney
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    For $16, my sister and I had bonding taking pictures of those life-size images of those famous actors and actresses, singers, sportsmen, etc.

    I enjoyed mostly the interaction part where I dressed up like a bride and got married to George Clooney and played basketball with Shaq!

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    Roam in Venice ;-)

    by abi_maha Updated Jun 5, 2011

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    The Ventian is in my opinion the best replica of it's original in all of Vegas! The bell tower from the venetian city center is remarkably similar to the original. SO is the palazzo and the venetian waters with it's quaint gondola rides.

    Even as you stroll inside The Grand Canal Shops, do gaze up at the ceiling which looks remarkably like the natural blue sky! We loved one photo gallery inside! It was called Photomagic and sure the photos looked magical! You will also be pleasantly surprised by the guy who looks like a statue. :-) And definitely plan an italian meal within here, plenty of dainty restaurants in there!

    There are 2 gondola rides here at the Venetian, the indoor one and the outdor one. We did the outdoor one later in the evening, primarily since we felt if the guy broke into a song indoors it was mighty embarassing with all the onlookers! :-)) 30$ pp well spent it was.

    The Casino itself is H-U-G-E!! One of the largest and cleanest in Vegas! Infact for Casino first timers like us we were busy staring at the poker area and wondering if it was a restaurant??!!! :))) When we realixed we had a good laugh!

    The Madame Tussauds looked like any other of their Wax Museums. We didn't venture inside since we didn't care to pose next to celebrity look alikes at a cost. just took some freebie pics outside itself!

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  • Venetian Hotel - AVOID

    by inthe949 Written May 10, 2011

    Got very sick after eating room service. Tried to tell them - they were very rude. Later they claimed I never talked to them. I don't feel I was dealt with honestly. Service poor all the way around. I will never go back to The Venetian.

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    Venetian Resort and Casino

    by deecat Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Canal & Gondolas at the Venetian
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    The Venetian Resort and Casino has managed to take us back to the 16th Century with its architecture and art. The grounds of this resort are modeled after Venice, Italy with the canals, gondolas, and gondeliers. Although I did not stay at the Venetian, but instead had visited Venice, I was quite aware of how authentic the frescos, the strolling performers, and the architecture were.

    For instance, my Photo #5 shows the ceiling, a replica of the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. This exquisite fresco covers the arched ceiling leading from registration to the casino.

    There is a terrific shopping area called Grand Canal Shoppes which has a canal winding through it with gondolas, many five-star restaurants, and a version of Madame Tussauds wax museum.

    The hotel boasts the Canyon Ranch SpaClub [the largest in Vegas]. Recently, at the Venezia Tower, they have luxury rooms that are 700-square feet with 9.5 foot ceilings and huge bathrooms.

    At this resort, there are pools that resemble the fountains of Italian palazzos.

    Since I have no real experience of staying here, I checked out customer comments, and they were not really good. They complained of poor service and that the hotel's food had really dropped in excellence. In addition, they hated how huge and non-personal it seemed to be. Hopefully, the staff and owners have also read these complaints and will take them to heart because this is such a gorgeous place, it would be so sad to have it anything but excellent.

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    Gondola Ride along the Grand Canal

    by Fun4you Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Venetian hotel was developed to be reminiscent of the best of Italy. The Grand Canal flows throughout the property of the hotel and is an excellent and romantic way to tour the expansive grounds of The Venetian. Your singing gondolier takes you on a tour from the outside of the hotel under bridges, past cafes and shopps down the Grand Canal, reminiscent of the passion and romance of Venice.

    Ride Hours:
    Sunday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-11:00 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-Midnight
    The outdoor ride operates on a weather permitting basis.

    Indoor Ride:
    Adults - $15.00
    Private 2-passenger gondola - $60.00

    Outdoor Ride:
    Adults - $12.50
    Private 2-passenger gondola - $50.00

    Reservations must be made in person, same day only. Ticket sales open daily at 9 a.m. for the indoor ride and 10 a.m. for the outdoor ride.

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    Guggenheim Hermitage Museum

    by Fun4you Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Guggenheim Hermitage Museum is a venue for the presentation of exhibitions based on the collections of the Guggenheim and Hermitage museums. Exhibitions are rotating and change approximately twice a year.

    The Guggenheim Hermitage museum features original art by masters such as Rubens, Picasso, van Gogh, Monet, and many others.

    Open daily 9:30am - 8:30pm

    Current exhibit:
    Rubens and his Age
    February 6, 2006 - July 31, 2006

    Past exhibits include:
    Russia! The Majesty of the Tsars: Treasure from the Kremlin Museum
    September 1, 2005 - January 15, 2006

    Quest for Immortality: Treasures of Ancient Egypt
    March 7–July 31, 2005

    The Pursuit of Pleasure
    July 16, 2004–January 16, 2005

    A Century of Painting: From Renoir to Rothko
    November 7, 2003–May 2, 2004

    American Pop Icons
    May 15–November 2, 2003

    Art Through the Ages: Masterpieces of Painting from Titian to Picasso
    August 30, 2002–March 2, 2003

    Masterpieces and Master Collectors:
    Impressionist and Early Modern Paintings from the Hermitage and Guggenheim Museums
    September 16, 2001–March 17, 2002

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    The Venetian Resort and Casino

    by madamx Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The ceiling in the Venetian entrance way

    The Venetian, like The Bellagio, is one of those must-see hotels, just to drink in the beautiful architecture and the overall atmosphere of elegance. On our return visit (2006) we noticed even the air is perfumed as you enter the hotel!

    You are taken back in time to the artistic, architectural and commercial centre of the 16th century. They spare no expense with detail, as even the washrooms in the lobby are done up in grand style. The grounds are modelled after, well, as the name says, Venice, complete with canals with gondeliers and their boats. Great concept, but I just don't see the attraction of sitting in a boat while people are staring at you as you go past.

    However, it really is something else. It also has a branch of the Guggenheim inside as well.

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    All the Canals, None of the Pigeons

    by soccergrrl Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Venice?  or Vegas?

    The Venetian is an eye-dazzling, indoor architectural marvel in a city full of them. When you say "over the top" -- this is it. You can ride in a gondola, stroll the canal, or shop and dine all indoors but surrounded by a replica of Venice. And the vaulted, column-lined hallway from the front desk is gilded and painted as if this were a true palace.

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    The Grand Canal

    by nicolaitan Updated Oct 23, 2010

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    The highlight of the Canal Shoppes at the Venetian Hotel is the recreation of the Grand Canal, a quarter mile winding waterway between the Italianate architecture and the enclosed stores. For $16 pp, one gets a ride in an authentic looking gondola complete with gondolier in traditional garb, and, at the turnaround, complete with singing. A wedding gondola in white and gold is also available. The waterway passes below walkway level beneath traditional bridges and overlooked by Venetian style architecture and the shoppes as well as the painted sky on the ceiling. The whole trip takes about 14 minutes and is one of the most popular attractions on the strip.

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    The Grand Canal Shoppes

    by nicolaitan Written Oct 23, 2010

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    The Bridge of Sighs
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    A 500000 sq ft shopping mall attached to the Venetian Hotel and Casino is patterned after Venice, complete with Grand Canal, Bridge of Sighs, and all the other famous sites. Opened in 1999 and expanded in 2007, it receives over 20 million visitors per year drawn by 65 upscale shops ranging from Mikimoto pearls to Movado. Famous restaurants include Mario Batali and Wolfgang Puck outlets and a New York City pan-Asian favorite of ours, Tao.

    The main entrance from Las Vegas Boulevard is over a nice replica of the Rialto Bridge. The old world setting is enhanced by winding cobblestoned walkways, the ubiquitous trompel'oeil blue ceilings with clouds, and Venetian style facades. The central square modelled after St. Mark's featuring street performers with musicians, actors, and singers. At the center, living statues attract a lot of interest especially since benches are provided. Also at the center of the square, exorbitantly expensive but absolutely delicious gelatos. Many of the most famous restaurant offerings spill out on to the square as well.

    This was one of our favorite malls, a little smaller than most and surprisingly authentic looking, with a somewhat eclectic collection of stores

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    Gondola Ride @ The Venetian

    by Court94403 Written Jan 6, 2010

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    Try a romantic ride down The Grand Canal while your gondolier sing to you. It not real Venice but hey, it's Vegas.

    Rides begin at 10 am to 10:45 pm Sun-Thurs and until 11:45 pm Fri to Sat
    Price per person $16.00
    For two or fewer persons you will have to share a ride with others.
    You can request a 2-passenger gondola ride for $64.00.

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    throwing in the Sistine Chapel for good measure

    by richiecdisc Updated Sep 2, 2009

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    here you might afford the gondola ride
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    What magical world tour could be complete without a stop in Venezia. Everyone wants to go to Italy but who can afford to do that and pay for a gondola ride? Here, you just have to pay for the latter. Forget that the ride is in a man-made, pool-like canal. Hey, it's clear, it's clean and it doesn't smell like it does in the real thing. Plus, all these gondola drivers can really sing. Ok, maybe not like opera singers but admit it, when you envision being in a gondola, don't you imagine the drivers singing? Hell, they threw in the Sistine Chapel ceiling for good measure. That's like getting two Italian cities for the price of one. Whataya mean, the Sistine Chapel's not in Venice? Italian food is the number one restaurant food in America so this place was a no brainer the Vegas brain trust could bank on. Grab a gelato with all the money you saved on the plane fare.

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    Venice in Vegas!

    by clueless83 Written Mar 9, 2009

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    If you've always fancied a ride on a gondola, no need to fly to Italy. The Venetian has not one, but two, areas for taking a romantic ride on the water. There's an indoor canal and an outdoor canal. We did the outdoor one because I think it was cheaper.

    You need to prebook your tickets at the booth and they give you a time to come back. We paid around $12.50 (I think that was per person so its not cheap). We shared our gondola with a nice couple from Kentucky and our Italian-American gondolier sang to us and told us about the Venetian hotel and how it replicates the real Venice. The ride was very short but our gondolier was lovely so we gave her a tip. We also bought a photo of ourselves on the gondola as these photos were real unlike most of the others in Vegas where you are just standing against a background (the pictures we bought are better than the one I've added to this tip - I couldn't be bothered to scan them).

    Nice and romantic. The Venetian is beautiful.

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    Benvenuto in Italia!

    by Jefie Updated Dec 16, 2008

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    St. Mark's Campanile at the Venitian
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    The Venitian seems to be many people's favorite hotel and casino in Las Vegas, and I can understand why. A lot of effort (and money) was obviously put into the reproduction of all the major landmarks of the famous Italian city. The Venitian resort opened in 1999, and its outdoor attractions feature a replica of St. Mark's Campanile, a replica of the Rialto Bridge, and an artificial "Grand Canal" on which you can ride a gondola - but at $16 per person, we didn't think the 30 min ride was worth it. Instead, we decided to walk along the canal that goes through the hotel's large indoor shopping mall while listening to the singing gondoliers. When we reached the indoor Piazza, we were pleasantly surprised to catch an operetta featuring several fantastic singers.

    The newest addition to the resort is the Palazzo Hotel & Casino, which actually is an extension of the Venitian. Both hotels are connected through the Grand Canal Shoppes, and together they total over 7,000 rooms, which makes it the largest resort in Las Vegas. The Venitian's Palazzo officially opened in 2008 and offers visitors a "European luxury experience". There is no denying that the Venitian is an incredibly photogenic hotel and it's worth stopping by during the day and then later at night to get the best shots possible. I can now only hope I get to see the real Venice one of these days!

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