The Venetian and Palazzo Resorts

The Venetian and Palazzo Resorts are currently my favorite on the Las Vegas strip! This self-contained resort is my favorite for gambling, shopping, dining, spa, pools, and sleeping accommodations.  This visit, I tried a bit of everything.

We arrived on a non-sports event evening and immediately found a quiet table at Lagasee’s Stadium for Po’Boys and BBQ Pork sandwiches.  Delicious comfort/bar food in massive portions.  Any evening with some sort of sport event this place is jam-packed and expensive due to set spending requirements for the privilege of sitting at a table.  So we were lucky to have the place (mostly) to ourselves.

Palazzo Suite Living Room
Palazzo Suite Living Room

The rest of our group arrived for Girls’ weekend in Vegas and we checked into our adjoining suites.  Connected through the bottom few floors, the Palazzo and Venetian hotel suites are almost identical.  Palazzo Suite2They each have the slightly sunken living room area and the same bathroom layout.  We just happen to be on the Palazzo side of the resort.

Our first evening, we walked across the pedestrian bridge to Treasure Island and only stayed a few hours.  The air filters are not as efficient as some of the more upscale resorts and the smoker smell was starting to give me a headache.  It was the only time we left the Venetian/Palazzo property the entire visit.

View of the pools from our room
View of the pools from our room

The Venetain and Palazzo share everything, Grazie loyaltly program, restaurant row, and the pools – where we spent our days.  There are various options for pool depth, view, and nearby cabanas (daily rental).  Palazzo Pool3 Palazzo Pool2 Palazzo Pool1

 

venetian GCAfter the pool there is plenty of entertainment at the Grand Canal Shoppes, where the water filled streets of Venice are recreated complete with Gondolas.  There are plenty of casual and not-so casual dining options with canal views and even more “above ground” choices without leaving the property.

OpenTable is my favorite way to check availability, reviews, menus, and reserve a table.  For a table of 5 of a Friday night, OpenTable suggested Morels french steakhouse & Morels Taste1bistro.  We were seated looking at an enormous wine wall and cheese bar.  With so many scrumptious options, I went Morelsstraight for the 4 course tasting menu.  Crab appetizer, salad, steak dinner, and dessert  – plenty to share.  As expected, the steak was cooked to perfection and served in a tangy Morels Steaksauce.  My dinner finished with a proper french cream filled pastry and side of hot chocolate sauce.  However, my friend hit the dessert jackpot with the pistachio souffle!  WOW.

Table 10Table 10 offers a choose-your-own style tasting menu, of 2 or 3 options for each course.  Rather than picking one of the typical salad options, I could not resist the summer sweet pea soup with creme fraiche.  It was rich, frothy, and light all at the same time, and my favorite course of the evening.  The bar was packed during happy hour, then cleared out for an hour sweet spot before the dinner crowd started to arrive.  The kitchen view bar seating looks like a great option for solo dining.

There are new restaurants in the Venetian/Palazzo corridor opening this fall, in addition to the established dining options, it is a great excuse to try something new.  Which I think is the other motto for Las Vegas.

We rounded out our sleeping, shopping, spa retreat, pool lounging, and eating vacation with a bit of gambling. It was a fantastic little break for quality time with the girls!

14 thoughts on “The Venetian and Palazzo Resorts”

  1. I’ve not been to Vegas, and I don’t really have a huge draw to visit there, but these looks like really amazing places to stay. I’m with you and the smoke smell would have made me leave early too! Thanks for sharing a review. Cheers!

  2. Mhmmm po’boys! I honestly love Vegas in that walking down the Strip is basically a mini-trip around the world. I stayed at Luxor when I was younger and have some family working at the Paris Hotel. I gotta say though, you cannot beat those canal replicas!

  3. The Venetian and Palazzo are gorg resort hotels in Vegas. It’s always fun to have a mini Venice in the states. If you go back, I highly recommend The Wynn Hotel as they have a beautiful pool without the party scene where one can relax in the lap of luxury. 🙂

  4. Not been to Vegas, but have visited the resorts with the same name and similar ambience in Macau, when we were in Hong Kong last year. I understand that Macau is almost a replica of the casinos and resorts of Vegas.

  5. I’m one of those people who would never step foot into a spa and don’t gamble, so Vegas was never high on my list. It’s one of those spots that’s hard to avoid, though.

    I was shocked at how much fun I had! All the resorts were so different and had so many different things to offer. I had a great time wandering around, people watching, hanging out with my friends, and eating all the food. The spectacle was all the entertainment I needed.

  6. I completely agree! The Venetian and Palazzo are pretty freaking incredible and probably my favorite on the strip as well. I actually have never stayed at their hotels yet, we are actually planning on doing a Vegas trip with our friends after the new year and we will have to check out their rooms/rates for that time! I love their penny slots!!! Hahaha – it’s me and the grannies playing the slots one penny at a time in the Venetian!

  7. I love Vegas! I have stayed at so many hotels here, but the Venetian was all class for sure. We really enjoyed it. My go-to is TI these days, so if you are looking for another experience I recommend it. But in Vegas, you really can’t go wrong. It’s one of my favourite places on Earth!

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