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The Venetian Resort Las Vegas is one of the most instantly recognizable resorts on the Las Vegas Strip. Inspired by Italy, it is best known for its inland canals and gondola rides, inspired by its namesake city. However, its expansive interiors showcase an array of architectural styles and facets of Renaissance aesthetics, and the hotel is one of the most visually impressive in a city of decadent hotels.
The huge complex of which it is a part also includes a sister property, The Palazzo, and together they form the second largest hotel in the world. The Venetian and the Palazzo together have just over 7,000 rooms and suites. The resort is also home to The Grand Canal Shoppes, four theaters, numerous nightclubs, a day club, dozens of restaurants and convention halls.
Since The Venetian is an upscale all-suite property, entry-level room prices often tend to be slightly higher than many of its resort rivals. Typically, even low season prices tend to be in the range of $ 150 per night. However, due to the pandemic, rates have recently come down at luxury hotels across the country, and The Venetian has seen starting rates drop slightly.
I recently stumbled upon a Standard Room for $ 127 per night (before taxes and fees), offering great value considering that a Deluxe King Suite is the entry-level accommodation. I had visited the hotel a few years ago, so I had a certain level of familiarity, but I was especially curious to see how the resort performed given the new COVID-19 restrictions.
The state of Nevada had imposed strict COVID protocols at all hotels and resorts in Vegas, but each property has a certain amount of leeway in interpreting and enforcing those rules. I couldn’t wait to see how The Venetian would live up to the detailed policies outlined on its website, as well as how its procedures compare to other popular high-end options like The Wynn, where I had also recently stayed.
I visited during a relatively busy holiday period and even had dinner at one of the restaurants to get a feel for the security levels. Overall, I have had a very positive experience. Most of the equipment outside the theaters was open and operating with reassuring COVID security levels. Even unless at full throttle, the Venetian has its opulent interior design to marvel at and was a comfortable, fun stay that I would definitely recommend.