"I'll be baack!"
We know...you're wondering what do the "Terminator" movies and an Italian-themed luxury resort in Vegas have to do with each other? OK, not a lot. But that famous line, which is uttered in some form in all of the franchise's films, happens to be the same one said by guests (without Arnold Schwarzenegger's gruff Austrian accent) upon leaving The Venetian.
So consider yourself warned: If you spend your Vegas vacation here, you'll be spoiled for all other hotels. You'll want to come back to The Venetian -- time and time again. It's just that great.
Located a tad north of the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, directly across from The Mirage, this megaresort is a colossally cool creation in modern day Vegas. Opened in 1999, it's situated where the Sands Hotel of Rat Pack lore once stood.
Now this is obvious so it probably goes without saying, but we'll say it anyway -- The Venetian is inspired by the art and architectural beauty of Venice. There are faithfully re-created landmarks from Italy's most romantic city everywhere. You'll spot the Campanile Tower, St. Mark's Square, the Rialto Bridge and Doge's Palace. Arched bridges, piazzas and cobblestone pathways are incorporated throughout the property. And just wait until you see the Renaissance-style ceiling in the lobby...you might as well cross Venice off your bucket list because this is almost as awesome.
The Venetian, which sits next to The Palazzo (its sister resort), consists of two towers -- the 36-story Venetian Tower and the 12-story Venezia Tower. Both of them are filled with suites (and only suites...so get ready to be unbelievably comfortable). The smallest one measures about 650 square feet and features Italian marble floors, Roman tubs with separate showers, Egyptian cotton sheets, a sunken living area and other palatial amenities.
Unfortunately, many things will entice you to leave your suite at The Venetian (otherwise, you would never come out). You can take in Broadway-caliber entertainment like the smash hit "Rock of Ages." The hotel is also home to "Smokey Robinson Presents Human Nature: The Motown Show," featuring four talented vocalists from Australia who sing Motown tunes. Plus, a variety of headliners and comedians -- like the ladies of the "Lipshtick" comedy series -- regularly appear here.
The Venetian brings a cornucopia of dining choices to you as well. Indulge in culinary creations (most of which you won't be able pronounce) at its celebrity chef-helmed restaurants. There's the fresh seafood of AquaKnox by Tom Moloney, the Italian delights of B & B Ristorante by Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich, the meaty fare of Delmonico Steakhouse by Emeril Lagasse, the contemporary French dishes of db Brasserie by Daniel Boulud and the bistro classics of Bouchon by Thomas Keller (who also operates the Bouchon Bakery at two locations in the resort).
Buddy Valastro, the star of the reality show "Cake Boss," offers family favorites, like Sunday Gravy and Steak Pizzaiola, in his first-ever restaurant Buddy V's. Adjacent to it is Carlo's Bakery, where you can get cannolis, Buddy's lobster tail pastries and, of course, his famous cakes.
Feast on more casual offerings at the patio-style Trattoria Reggiano, Wolfgang Puck's Postrio and the Old Mexico-themed Taqueria Cañonita. B&B Burger & Beer, another venue by Batali and Bastianich, features hamburgers with super delicious shakes. Select from breakfast items, seafood, chicken, salads, sandwiches and more than 20 fabulous desserts at the Grand Lux Café. Or try the Public House, where brews and spirits of all kinds are paired with a gourmet pub menu.
Yardbird Southern Table & Bar is the latest eatery to open at The Venetian. It serves delicious fried chicken and other beloved Southern staples. Yardbird also has a truly unique cocktail menu -- thanks to a special ice room where mixologists harvest hand-cut, flavored blocks, sculpt them into crazy shapes and then put them in the drinks. (You won't believe the cube...or rather sphere...that comes in the Yardbird Old Fashioned!)
Speaking of drinking, nightlife options abound at The Venetian. There's The Bourbon Room, inspired by the legendary Sunset Strip club in the musical "Rock of Ages." Partiers can get shots of bourbon while dancing to feel-good tunes from the '80s. V Bar is a chic, intimate spot where you can sip on a martini while relaxing in a double-sided leather chaise lounge. For a more pulsating scene, head to TAO Nightclub, which boasts gorgeous go-go dancers, some of the world's leading DJs and a 40-foot-long outdoor terrace with stunning views of the Strip. Last but not least is the rollicking Rockhouse, which boasts tire swings for the bartenders, birdcages for dancing girls and a mechanical bull.
For a nightlife experience during the day, check out TAO Beach, where you can sunbathe on beautiful Asian-inspired daybeds or in lavish cabanas. If you'd prefer to catch some rays without being immersed in the pool party scene, The Venetian also has a sprawling pool deck with access to seven outdoor swimming pools, four hot tubs and 41 cabanas. And Canyon Ranch SpaClub is a quiet oasis where you can be pampered from a menu of rejuvenating treatments that includes massages, mud masks, aromatherapy experiences, facials, body scrubs and more.
Many other things will compete for your attention at The Venetian too. Test your luck on the opulent casino floor, in the elegant 59-table poker room or at the race and sports book operated by CG Technology. You can stroll inside and outside along canals teeming with authentic gondolas steered by singing gondoliers. Madame Tussauds Las Vegas, a worldwide attraction featuring celebrity wax figures, is situated at the front of the resort. And the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian | The Palazzo is a collection of approximately 160 high-end shops (including Barneys) that flaunts the hottest names in the fashion world.
On a side note, The Venetian ideal if you're a business traveler because it's connected to the Sands Expo and Convention Center. And, in addition to all the things that already make this resort remarkable, it's eco-friendly. So, if you want to ease your conscience by sleeping in a place that takes sustainability seriously, The Venetian -- with solar panels, a reclaimed water system and many other green initiatives -- is it.
Stay at the Venetian and you'll get a suite, more amenities under one roof than you can fathom and a great location on the Strip (should you ever leave the premises). You'll have an all-around amazing time in Vegas at The Venetian. And we know -- because like an old record, everyone who stays here says it -- you'll be back!