I’m bringing it back stateside for this installment of my series on the best casino resorts in the world. I’m taking us to Las Vegas, NV.
I love Vegas. It’s the first place I ever gambled in a casino. It was, for a long time, the gold standard for casino gambling.
This is my gambling hometown. And when I’m in my gambling hometown, I stay and play at the Palazzo and Venetian complex.
History of the Palazzo/Venetian Property
I keep talking about both the Palazzo and the Venetian together because, as far as I’m concerned, they are one and the same. The Palazzo wouldn’t have shopping without the Venetian. The Venetian wouldn’t have the exclusive posh hotel suites without its little sister, The Palazzo.
The Venetian was the brainchild of Sheldon Adelson, the CEO of the Sands Corporation. He said he was going to build the largest casino resort in the world, and it would be situated on the former Sands Casino property on the Vegas Strip.
This would be the beginning of the end for Old Vegas. The Venetian would be built in the image of Venice, Italy, mirroring the architecture and famous visuals.
The Venetian opened a year after the Bellagio, on May 3rd, 1999 — a spectacular presentation involving serenading gondoliers, white doves, and trumpets. It was a lot, but that’s what I like about this property.
The Venetian had bigger plans in its future, a more exclusive, even more over the top tower of suites called the Palazzo.
The Palazzo Hotel and Casino opened (officially) on January 17, 2008. It was located just West of the Venetian on 11.4 acres of highly sought-after land.
The Palazzo was now the largest building in the United States. The property is 6,948,980 square feet, pushing the Pentagon out of the top spot. The Pentagon was the former largest building in the US.
The two stunning properties are connected by a beautiful walkway featuring common décor guests expect from this group.
Mr. Adelson had achieved his dream, the ultimate posh casino and resort right on the iconic Las Vegas Strip.
Venetian and Palazzo Casinos
The sister resorts each have their own casino floors. Each has the usual slots and games Americans expect in their gambling in Vegas. This is where the property takes it to the next level.
The Venetian has a casino floor comprised of 120,000 square feet. There are over 1,250 slot machines and 139 table games and a high roller salon. The poker room is host to world poker championships.
The CG Sportsbook at the Venetian hosts 138 private gaming stations. The impressive 100 x 10 screen can show over 40 sporting events at one time.
That’s not all.
Let’s talk about Palazzo’s casino.
The Palazzo’s casino floor is even more impressive than the Venetian. Clocking in at 100,000 square feet, the Palazzo casino floor might be the most luxurious on the Strip.
The Palazzo is home to over 800 real money slot machines that range from a penny up to $5,000.00.
The high limit poker room should be renamed the no limit poker room. The casino doesn’t have an official limit. It merely a conversation with the management to see how high you can go that day.
I am going to diverge from combining the 2 properties when talking about their amenities. They deserve their own descriptions.
The Venetian has over 4,000 rooms and 3,000 suites. The total room count is around 7,000. The unique thing about the hotel rooms in the Venetian is that the basic rooms are really suites. They have a living area, a dining area, and a full-size bathroom. On top of that, they also have a standard king bed in every room.
The base room (really suite) is 650 square feet. That is bigger than the apartment my husband and I lived in when we had our first child.
The first time I stayed here, I had to ask myself why I hadn’t done it sooner. The rooms are impeccable, and most have stunning views of the property or the Strip. I felt like I was in a movie. You will too.
The bathrooms even have TVs in the water closet.
Every girl’s dream come true, right?
Much like its older sister, the Palazzo only has king suites for their base room. The hotel tower has almost 4,000 rooms and 350 concierge-level suites.
The base king suite is almost two times the average Las Vegas hotel room at 750 square feet. Much like the Venetian, there are expansive living areas, elegant bathrooms with natural stone finishes, and killer views.
The concierge-level suites start at 1,856 square feet. To put that in comparison, the average American family of 4 lives in 1,700 square feet.
All the Food
The Venetian/ Palazzo casino resort offers 18 sit down restaurants, five bars and lounges, and 8 fast causal options for their guests.
The Venetian is home to Delmonico’s Steakhouse, an Emeril Lagasse establishment that is, in my mind, the symbol of high roller excellence.
Who doesn’t want to eat and start with a $130.00 seafood tower and end with a Waygu dry-aged rib eye, all prepared by a restaurant staff that reports to American culinary royalty?
This is just one example of the decadence that is available at these two sister casinos.
The Palazzo offers a spin on the traditional American steakhouse with Majordōmo Meat & Fish. This culinary gem is brought to you by David Chang. He’s done a couple of things, like a hit show on Netflix, Ugly Delicious.
He mixes Asian influences with American seafood and meat offerings. I had the grilled striped bass that tasted like it was caught that day and prepared by Mr. Chang’s Korean grandmother.
The two properties play off each other’s culinary offerings in a way that keeps every guest’s palate more than satisfied.
I could go on for another 300 paragraphs, but there is so much more than just food to this mega-complex.
Pro-tip: leave a massive food budget when visiting the Venetian/ Palazzo properties. It’s not cheap, but I would hate for you to miss out on what could possibly be a meal of your lifetime. You’re welcome.
The entertainment options include almost endless nightlife and entertainment between the two properties. The Grand Canal Shoppes are featuring high-end retailers and even a rare bookstore.
The Venetian and Palazzo have six event arenas that usually have famous musical and comedy acts coming through on their national and international tours.
If you are looking for a night out, you can always reserve table service at Tao in the Venetian. Tao is the most famous nightclub in all of Vegas.
There are plenty of things to keep everyone entertained because that’s what these two properties do best, entertain humans. And they do it well,
I didn’t even get to talk about the pools. The pools are outstanding.
Include them as your home base on your next vacation to Vegas. They are bucket list accommodations for any serious Vegas fan.
Check out the first two casinos on our list of the best casino resorts in the world: