Palazzo by Venetian, Las Vegas
By Laura van Hoff
Location: Las Vegas, on the Strip
The Vibe: Venice meets Disneyland meets Las Vegas + great food.
What's Juicy: The replica of Venice including canals stocked with singing Gondoliers, the spacious all-suite room offerings, Canyon Ranch Spa and the multitude of excellent dining options.
The Palazzo by Venetian and The Venetian Resort Hotel & Casino are sister hotels connected by a super fun replica of Venice, complete with canals, singing gondoliers, canal-side restaurants, roaming entertainment and budget-busting shopping. The most alluring part of the canal scene is the changing sky, which really makes you feel as if you are outdoors under an Italian sky. If you've spent any time in Las Vegas, in meeting rooms or casinos, you know how much you end up craving being outside. Even though it's not really outside, it's a way cool close second. The all-suite hotel duo offers 7000+ suites, 30+ dining venues, a sublime Canyon Ranch Spa, an expansive outdoor multi-pool area and top notch entertainment including the popular Blue Man Group, comedy and the usual high-profile headliners.
Perfect Juicy Choice for Las Vegas
All-Suite Luxury Rooms
The rooms in and of themselves make this property a first choice in Las Vegas because of their size. At 700 square feet for a standard room, these standard suites are nearly twice the size of the average Las Vegas hotel room.
The bathrooms are large and luxurious, with a separate soaking tub and flat screen TV. The L-shaped sofa in the sunken living room is a comfy place to recharge, and a dining table in the room for 4 people make it easy to work or order in if you need a sensory break. A comfortable work desk with plenty of outlets makes it a good work nest.
The Venetian Pool Deck offers 3 pools, a hot tub, a poolside bar and Riva cafe, as well as four comfy day beds strewn around the watery scene for same day rentals, outdoor showers and poolside drink service. TAO Beach is the uber-hip pool club which sits above the TAO restaurant and nightclub.
Luxury pool cabanas can accommodate up to eight people are available for daily rental ($300-$400/day). They are stocked with two chaise lounges, a couch, chair with ottoman, refrigerator stocked with 25 assorted beverages, 32" LCD flat screen TV with gaming console, VHS/DVD player, WiFi, ceiling fan, air conditioning, cooling mist system option, and cabana host.
Canyon Ranch Spa
The Canyon Ranch spa offers a range of over the top amenities but my favorite was the Aquavana Thermal Suite. The "experience" includes a crystal steam room, experiential rain showers with birdsong and lights, Finnish sauna, herbal laconium, HydroSpa, igloo and thermal heated loungers. The Canyon Ranch Spa Cafe offers healthy snacks and a full lunch and dinner menu. It's peaceful, secluded and best of all QUIET.
When you're ready for a break, the spa and cafe facilities here simply can't be beat. Located just off the pool deck and off one set of suite elevators, the spa is easy to incorporate into taking time off to hang out at the pool, recharge and access your suite easily. There are also classes including Yoga, Balletone, Pilates, a Rockwall Boot Camp, Fit Strip and more. The class facilities are beautiful and classes are offered about every hour 7 days a week.
The Best of Venice Without the Long Flight
The full on replica of Venice replete with canals, bridges, singing gondoliers and gondola rides, canal-side dining and a gorgeous, realistic sky which feels like its moving as you walk along under it's ever changing hues. Shopping-bling galore and roaming entertainers complete the scene.
There are several excellent dining options beneath the ever-changing sky, including Postrio and Bouchon with outdoor tables in St. Mark's Square. These are great tables to enjoy the roaming entertainment and real-life statue people. It's as close as you can get to Venice without a long flight. It's fun to explore (and, just like Venice, to get hopelessly lost) wandering the pathways, bridges and canal-side shopping.
30+ Dining Options
There are are endless dining venues to choose from. You'd really never have to leave the property to be well satisfied. Here is just a small sampling of what's on offer within the Venetian walls.
The charming Mexican venue Taqueria Canonita lies along the edge of the canal with "outdoor" seating under the Italian "sky". If you are a tequila fan, don't miss the excellent offerings of unusual varieties which pair perfectly with the food. It's really fun to sit "outside" while the gondoliers go singing by, sipping tequila and diving into flavor packed Mexican food. The guacamole is perfection and the salsas rock.
SushiSamba offers an interesting blend of Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian food and music. Choose from plenty of unique, bite-size sharable small plates and playful, fruity libations. Dark and hip, this venue is a great place to tuck into for lunch or dinner with a group or just for two. Although the menu is geared towards seafood, There are plenty of non-fishy choices for vegetarians. I love that there are so many small plate choices so you can try lots of different flavors.
TAO sets a sexy, inviting stage when you enter, with a circular, Zen like tunnel lined with flower filled tubs and candles for a spa like feel. The Sushi focused Asian menu offers a creative, contemporary take on traditional favorites although it offers much more than just excellent Sushi, with a terrific array of vegetarian dishes. The shishito Peppers with yuzu alone are worth coming back for again and again. I love that the sushi rolls can be made entirely vegetarian with soy wrappers.
If sports is your thing (or you are with someone who cares more than you do) this is the place to be. With 100 HD TVs and one giant 9 foot by 16 foot screen, you can see (and bet on) pretty much any game happening. The cushioned stadium-style seating is a lot of fun although there are also regular tables and a hopping outdoor patio just off the Strip. There are also billiard tables and "luxury boxes" which are a lot of fun. The menu offers everything you love at a stadium but done better and delivered to your seat.
There is also a Postrio Bar & Grill and Bouchon restaurant in St. Mark's Square, with "outdoor" seating perfect for people watching and enjoying the live entertainment. In the midst of the casino action is the stylish Double Helix Wine & Whiskey bar, a good meeting place to get launched for whatever is next. With 30+ dining venues to choose from, there is definitely something for everyone here.
If you are going to choose just one property to park it in for a trip to Las Vegas, I'd aim for the very Juicy Palazzo/Venetian in a heartbeat. The winning combination of the sexy charm of the Venice scene, the sublime Canyon Ranch Spa, an excellent outdoor pool area with poolside food service, the large, luxurious standard rooms, top notch entertainment and the tons of great food options make this an easy first choice as a place to stay and play in Las Vegas.