Venezia Luxury Suite at The Venetian - The VegasTripping Review 2007
Over the desert and down the strip to Grandmother's House We Go
When I think about the Venetian Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, the first things that comes to mind are gondola rides, sky painted ceilings, opera and the smell of chlorine.
The next wave of thoughts are a bit less sensory and more emotional: The Sands - A Place In the Sun. Ol' Blue Eyes, ol' Red Eyes and ol' Brown Eye... Frank, Dean, Sammy and their Sands-based travails with the rest of the Rat Pack. It doesn't take much for me to bust into a near word-for-word recitation of the entire "Rat Pack Live At The Sands" recording. By entire, I mean the songs, the schtick, the whole shebang. Don't get me started, please.
The final thought I have is the last time I visited the Sands before they blew the place up. I recall standing in my room at The Mirage, staring endlessly at The Sands' pulsing neon sign that alternately advertised "Frankie Valli - Live In Concert" and a $7.77 twin lobster tail special. Being a huge fan of the seafood, I had to head over there and score this lucky lobster special. What a mistake. The service? Bad. The vibe? Creepy. The food? Borderline gross. What they were calling 'lobster' tail was nothing more than an overcooked jumbo shrimp. Whenever I hear people talking about how they pine for the 'old Vegas,' I think about those tough, rubbery blobster tails. No thanks.
The closing and implosion of the Sands was a momentous occasion in Las Vegas. The era of old Vegas had officially ended, replaced by a theme wonderland where one could stroll through Paris and New York City in the same afternoon. Its these times wherein the Venetian, the $1.5 billion dollar mega-resort that opened in 1999, was born. The Venezia Tower - constructed over the top of a pre-existing parking garage - opened in 2003. A future addition to The Venetian complex, The Palazzo is currently racing towards completion on the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Sands Avenue.
We booked our Venetian reservation through online travel broker Travelocity. We had no intentions of staying at the Venetian, but the Travelocity rate for Venezia Luxury Suite - about $200/night - was too good of a deal to pass up. The same room booked through Venetian.com (if the website wasn't a broken mess for us Mac users - tsk tsk tsk) is normally $700 bucks for a weekend night. We arrived at the Venetian around 9pm, check in was a breeze and the desk staff was friendly but somewhat clinical in their interaction.
After completing all the standard registration tasks, the desk attendant gave us directions to the room: down the hall, around the corner, onto an elevator, around a corner, onto another elevator, down a hall, turn left then down another hall. What was that again? Down the hall, get on the elevator, make a right down the hall, get on another elevator, go down the hall, make a left and go down another hallway. Wha wha WHAT? Two elevators, three hallways, two vestibules, two lobbies and one security check to get to our room. I guess this is what happens when you build a tower on top of a parking garage.
Note: there is a video walkthrough of the Venezia Luxury Suite on the last page of this review