The Venetian Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas has lots of features to remind you of Venice. The hotel frontage includes the architecture of the Doge’s palace and there are waterways with gondolas standing in the shadow of a reconstructed St Mark’s Campanile and crossed by a fake Rialto Bridge. The theme continues inside with a version of the Grand Canal (pictured below) and lots of Italian shops and restaurants.
We spent quite a bit of time inside the Venetian in the shopping and eating area where there is also a mini St Mark’s Square (pictured below). The casino is on the ground level, and the shops and restaurants are on the next level up, starting from the main staircase and running to the rear of the hotel complex. Whilst there are plenty of shops, it’s the indoor gondolas that attract the attention which glide up and down the Venetian’s version of the Grand Canal. We ate at one of the restaurants overlooking the canal and the gondolas were always busy with tourists and even wedding parties. Both indoor and outdoor rides cost $21 per person (2016 prices) and operate Sunday to Thursday from 10am to 11pm and on Fridays and Saturdays from 10am to midnight.
The Venetian is also home to the Las Vegas site of Madame Tussauds. Tickets are cheapest when bought online in advance. You can check out latest prices here:
Madame Tussauds Las Vegas
LOCATION & CONTACT
Address: The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA.
Tel: +01 702 414 1000