The Venetian Las Vegas Hotel is a luxury hotel plus casino resort located in Paradise, Nevada, on the Las Vegas Strip, specifically on the old Sands Hotel site. It is surrounded by neighboring nightlife and casinos, making it feel like epicenter.
Designed by KlingStubbins, this hotel tower has 36 stories, and it rises 145 meters. Las Vegas Sands owns and operates the Venetian. Also, the Venetian serves as the corporate headquarters seat for its parent company. The Grand Canal Shoppe connects the Venetian and The Palazzo, its sister property, and guests can walk to most places. They can also choose to take any of the handy buses outside.
The Venetian Las Vegas History
Sheldon Adelson revealed plans of creating on the property the largest ever resort on the Strip in April 1996. The project would be located on the previous Sands property. To make way for the Las Vegas Venetian Hotel, the Sand Hotel was imploded on Nov. 26, 1996, 8 years after it was acquired by the Interface Group owners (Jordan Shapiro, Irwin Chafetz, Ted Cutler, Richard Katzeff, and Adelson). On April 14, 1997, groundbreaking for the hotel started.
On May 3, 1999, the resort opened with a flutter of white doves, singing gondoliers and sounding trumpets, with the Italian film actress and singer Sophia Loren joining Sheldon G. Adelson, who is The Venetian Las Vegas Owner and Chairman, in the dedication of the first motorized gondola. The cost of building it was $1.5 billion, making it among the most expensive resorts existing of its kind during that time. The luxurious 1,013-room Venezia Tower opened on June 27, 2003. An announcement was made in 2010 that it’ll be affiliated with a British multinational hospitality company called InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG).
The Cantor Race and Sportsbook opened in October 2011; it was the only sportsbook in Las Vegas that was open 24/7. The Venetian opened Carnevale on June 11, 2012. Carnevale is a summer-long festival anchored by a nightly three-dimensional projection show viewed on the clock tower. The popular Blue Man Group stage theatre show closed in September 2012 and relocated to Park MGM (formerly Monte Carlo Resort and Casino), after being at the Las Vegas Venetian for 6 years.
The Venetian Las Vegas Design
The sheer concentration of impressive iconic replicas is striking: The hotel has used Venice as its design inspiration; it features architectural replicas of several Venetian landmarks. They include the Campanile di San Marco tower, the Rialto Bridge, the Doge Palace façade, and that is before reaching the homage to the most famous work of Sistine Chapel seen in in the lobby. Also, light cascades around the large open spaces that are created by elaborate vaulted ceilings plus off the polished marble walls and floors, all framed by gorgeous opera-singing gondoliers, classical guitarists: it is really a mesmerizing scene.
The Venetian Facilities and Service
Given the glorious aesthetics, when guests are waiting in the lobby for check-in, they will feel like it is a museum tour. The staff offers the highest standards of hospitality. The Grand Canal itself is the most notable facility on-site, and visitors can glide on the authentic gondolas against a background of Venetian street scenes plus under bridges, which is serenaded by the operatics of the pilot.
Guests will find The Venetian Las Vegas Pool Deck to be a dream come true, with palms and sun-kissed columns framing the most classic of whirlpool tubs and swimming pools. The dining and retail choices housed in the 500,000 sq. ft Grand Canal Shoppes (an upscale shopping mall) stretch from the populist to the high-end. Also, the complex houses the elegant Canyon Ranch Spa Club. The design architects for the project were WAT&G and The Stubbins Associates. Dougall Associates and Wilson Associates provided the interior design for the casino.