Las Vegas Series: The Venetian
“The Venetian” Resort Hotel&Casino is a Venice-themed hotel and casino located on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada, on the site of the old “Sands” Hotel. It is owned and operated by the Las Vegas Sands Corporation and has 4049 suites and a 120000 square foot casino. It is located on the east side of the Strip, between Harrah’s and the Wynn Las Vegas. Together with the Palazzo with 3025 rooms, “The Venetian” resort, with 7074 hotel rooms and suites, will become the largest hotel complex in the world.
The Venetian Casino is a massive casino, covering 120000 square feet of space. There are a wide variety of different table and slot machines. With over 2500 slots, you will be able to find a machine to play on regardless of how large the crowds are.
The Canal lines the Grand Canal Shopping complex, a 500000 square foot shopping experience is one of the largest in Las Vegas, with the Canal stretching across its length.
The hotel also hosts the “Madame Tussauds” Las Vegas wax museum. You can see statutes on your way out of the exit near the “Sephora” and down the escalators; one of the statues is of Whoopi Goldberg. The Venetian also has the Tao Nightclub, a 10000 square foot high-energy nightclub located within the Tao “Asian Temple” Entertainment Complex.
One of the most memorable aspects of visiting the Venetian is taking a gondola ride on the Canal that snakes through the Venetian Hotel and Casino. The Canal lines the Grand Canal Shopping complex, a 500,000 square foot shopping experience is one of the largest in Las Vegas, with the Canal stretching across its length.
Hours of operation: Indoor gondola: Sunday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. – midnight. Outdoor gondola: 12 p.m. – 11 p.m. (operates seasonally, weather permitting). The last boat leaves the dock 15 minutes prior to closing each night. Tickets for the indoor gondola ride go on sale at 9 a.m.
Cost: $16 per person. Children 2 years old and younger are free. A private, two-passenger gondola ride is available for $64. Prices apply for both indoor and outdoor gondola rides. Reservations may be made at the “Emporio D’Gondola” located inside the Grand Canal Shoppes.