The Venetian Las Vegas – Hotel Review, January 2021
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The Venetian Resort Las Vegas is one of the most instantly-recognizable resorts on the Las Vegas Strip. Drawing inspiration from Italy, it’s best known for its indoor canals and gondola rides, modeled off its namesake city. However, its vast interiors show off an array of architectural styles and swathes of Renaissance-era aesthetics, and the hotel is one of the most visually impressive in a city of decadent hotels.
The massive complex it’s part of also includes sister property, The Palazzo, and together, they form the world’s second-largest hotel. The Venetian and Palazzo together have just over 7,000 rooms and suites. The resort also houses The Grand Canal Shoppes, four theaters, numerous nightclubs, a day club, dozens of restaurants, the Guggenheim Hermitage Museum, and convention facilities.
Since The Venetian is a high-end, all-suite property, prices for entry-level rooms often tend to be slightly higher than many of its resort rivals. Typically, even low season prices tend to be in the region of $150 per night. However, due to the pandemic, rates have dropped recently at luxury hotels across the country, and The Venetian has seen a small dip in starting rates.
I recently came across a standard room for $127 per night (before taxes and fees), offering strong value considering a Luxury King Suite is the entry-level accomodation. I had visited the hotel some years previously, so had a level of familiarity, but I was especially curious to see how the resort was operating given the new COVID-19 restrictions.
The state of Nevada had imposed strict COVID protocols across all Vegas hotels and resorts, but each property has some room to interpret and implement these rules. I was keen to see how The Venetian would live up to the extensive policies outlined on its website, as well as how its procedures would stack up to other popular, high-end options like The Wynn, which I had also recently stayed at.
I visited over a relatively busy holiday period and even dined out in one of the restaurants to get a feel for the safety levels. Overall, I had a very positive experience. Most of the amenities outside of the theaters were open and were operating with reassuring levels of COVID safety. Even at less than full steam, The Venetian has its opulent interior design to marvel at and was a comfortable, fun stay that I would definitely recommend.