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Yes, we have stayed at The Venetian -- and with our 4 children in tow! I take offense to anyone trying to tell us (particularly a travel agent) where we can and cannot take our children. Our children are very well traveled -- they have been all over the globe. We get 2 suites for our family and all behave nicely right down to our littlest who is 6. And Yes - it would be nice if all fine hotels catered to families as well as non-families (as all of the best resort hotels do now). Lastly - there are a ton of fabulous things for families to do in Vegas now -- have you not noticed??
Los Angeles, CA, USA - Friday, January 31, 2003 at 13:22:37 (PST)
Took my father (in his eighties) to Las Vegas on a splurge. First time for both of us. The Venetian was a remarkable place to stay and a real bargain at the price ($180 night). I have lived in Italy for years at a time and spent as much as a month at at visit in Venice. I expected to be grossly offended by the kitchy ersatz Italy but not at all! The fakery was actually charming (if occasionally over-whelming). The "suites" (which are really a single room with a sunken sitting area) were far larger than anything I had seen in Italian 4 stars. The staff was cordial and accomodating, and I had none of the problems with the storied lines at the charge desk. Our "Bella Suite" was not billed as having a "view," but in fact it did have one of the desert, which was splendid at night. You had to be sitting to get the full effect (looking down was the ugly roof of a building and a construction zone). Food in the restaurants was good even by San Francisco Bay Area standards. Delmonico's was simply divine. Oysters there the best I have ever had. This, even if dinner for two regularly out-priced the room. I had none of the problems others report with rude or hurried staff. Nor did our room have any of the wear and tear others report. I would have happily paid more for everything. All in all, kicky!
Now for the negative. I have no problem with paying big money for food and lodging and, for what you get, the Venetian is first rate. But I personally cannot see flushing away money at the tables at the rate of $25 a pop. In the long run you always lose, thanks to the house edge. Only the craps tables had a decent, $5, mininum. Whatever happened to $5, or even $10, backjack? Disgusting. Shameful. Add to it that the Venetian tables were understaffed and the personel rude (except in the high roller pen). In short, stay at the Venetian but gamble at the MONTE CARLO -- the ambiance is just as good as at the V. and they have five dollar tables. The Venetian should put in a shuttle. Or, on second thought, open up some low limit tables and rake in the money from those who now go elsewhere in disgust.
VA, USA - Monday, January 27, 2003 at 11:16:29 (PST)
I have stayed at the Venetian 5 times now in the past 2 years and have never been dissapointed. I love the theme and the atmosphere. Some stays were better than others based on casino action and staff attitude but they were never rude or unattentive. I think guests need to consider THEIR frame of mind during their stay. It's easy to have a grumpy time in Vegas if you concentrate on street traffic, foot traffic and crowds of people. It's also easy to have a wonderful time if you spend enough days there to take it easy, see a few other resorts, eat at a few other locations and tune-out all the other people that are there to see the strip as well. I've always found myself wanting to go back to the venetian and just stay there to eat, play and wander around. I've never understood bringing minors or children to Las Vegas. The only way this works is if you have someone with you that will stay and attend the kids within "kid places and activities". What's the point? Have the people attending your children take them to Disneyland. I was a kid once too and I remember what a drag it was going to a place where you were not allowed past the lobby while Mom & Dad had to take turns running in to play a few coins. Alcohol all over the place including sidewalks and XXX handouts? You want to bring your kids? OK....It's up to you. I think Vegas is an outstanding adult playground and accomplishes it's mission just fine for it's guest's that are 21 and over. The Venetian has an unmatched atmosphere on the strip when you are staying there as a guest. Conveniently located on the strip to allow you to walk accross the street to vist some of the other really nice resorts like Treasure Island and the Mirage.
Bov Eby <email@example.com>
Sebastopol, CA, USA - Sunday, November 17, 2002 at 14:27:52 (PST)
I have done alot of traveling, and I will be the first to admit that this is one of the finest hotels I have ever stayed in! It basically has a world inside itself! Absolutely beautiful!! The rooms are top notch, and the service is outstanding. Not much surprises me anymore, but when we ordered room service at breakfast,the waiter set everything on the table, and then brought out a TOASTER, and proceeded to toast and buttered our bread at the table,... so our toast wouldn't get cold on the way up... THAT kind of service surprised me! The whole stay was excellent! The location is great, as the Venetian is directly in the middle of the strip. No long walks to other places, and shows. The slots were paying off, and everyone was having a great time. The rooms offer great views of the strip. I recommend this place VERY highly, especially if you have an anniverary, birthday, or wedding. It is one place that you will always remember... FOR ALL THE RIGHT REASONS!!
USA - Tuesday, July 23, 2002 at 18:58:44 (PDT)
On a scale of 1 - 10 with 10 being the highest possible rating, I give the Venetian a 10+. First of all, I want to point out that this hotel is NOT, and, I repeat NOT aimed towards the "middle America" market. It is targeted to those of us who appreciate better quality hotels. Keep in mind this is Las Vegas, they're ALL tacky, but, on the Vegas scale this is one of the best and I rate it as equally nice, if not nicer than Bellagio. If you want a LV hotel with a little class, then the Venetian is right for you!
Chris and Nancy from NJ
The Garden State, USA - Wednesday, May 15, 2002 at 09:05:09 (PDT)
The waitress people who got you drinks while you gamble were so rude. Just because someone wouldn't tip them real good. They copped an attitude. Some of those casino waitress girls were so mean. How dare they treat people like that. They had just too much attitude in a very rude way. I wasn't the only one who thought this. The waitresses were the rudest I have ever seen. Shame on those girls! I'll go somewhere else for now on like Treasure Island. They were much better.
Tammy Tyner <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Los Angeles, CA, USA - Friday, April 26, 2002 at 19:56:59 (PDT)
This was a very nice place to visit. The people in the gondolas, in the grand canal seemed to be having a very very nice time in there. I think everyone should ride one of these, it is definitely money well spent. This is a place people dont exactly go to gamble i would say. yes of course people gamble there, but its not ALL about the gambling. And the shops.... one word... WOW! these shops are for like you hardcore shoppers, the people who spend like $400 on a dress or something. The shops are fancy, designer shops not meant for people like me who shop at Wal-Mart or Target. I think this was the hotel with the little british guard dude standing outside of the shop. Its really funny seeing people trying to make him laugh (which i might add is like impossible). But enough of that, the place is very well kept and a great way to escape walking out on the 110 degree strip during summer.
Steve Benoit <Hefferstud@hotmail.com>
Moreno Valley, CA, USA - Saturday, April 06, 2002 at 15:35:22 (PST)
We thoroughly enjoyed our third stay at the Venetian. The casino play, especially Craps was a wonderful experiance. "Bravo" was a fantastic show. Charo is to be commended on her incredible talent. The breakfast buffet was superb, shopping the best, and the suite out of this world. I would like to have a way to play the beautiful classical music, as in the elevators, in the room. Perhaps it could be programmed into one of the Venetian TV channels. We will definately come back as often as possible.
Katy & Larry Roedl <email@example.com>
Lake Mills, WI, USA - Tuesday, February 26, 2002 at 18:18:28 (PST)
3 phones in 1 hotel room...now that should say something. It's a great hotel with wonderful service! My husband and I spent our honeymoon there. Ever since we stayed at the Venitian its just not the same sleeping in a different hotel.
ca, USA - Saturday, February 02, 2002 at 21:03:54 (PST)
My wife and I and 18 family and friends just returned from a long 4 day weekend at the Venetian. We were married in the hotel on Friday. The hotel is incredible. We have stayed at many of the other mega resorts in Las Vegas and the Venetian is by far the best. The wedding was held at St. Mark's square on the second level over the Gondola waterway- we couldn't have chosen a more perfect location. It's not a matter of whether we'll return or not, we want to go back as soon as we can!
Eric Bowers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Houston, tx, USA - Tuesday, January 29, 2002 at 14:34:56 (PST)
Plus side - they have sufficient staff on at check in time to make the line go relatively fast.
Minus side - was out all day and returned to room at 5:00 and it still had not been cleaned. It was a hastle waiting for the staff and at the same time having to wait to get ready for dinner with time specific reservations; beautiful rooms, but they are starting to show wear and tear - ours needed carpet; service poor in casino - not enough staff, with long lines at the change booths. I found myself going to other casinos to gamble.
For the price ($125), it was good value, but would never pay what they can sometimes ask for a room!
Los Angeles, CA, USA - Tuesday, January 08, 2002 at 16:15:26 (PST)
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