The "Venetian" is a high end luxury resort and the largest resort in the country to recieve the AAA's Five Diamond award as well as the Forbes Travel Guide Four Star awards. The hotel has more than 4,000 all suite rooms which resemble mini apartments with the standard room being about 650 square feet all the way up to the luxurious Chapman Suite. The property recreates famous Venice, Italy landmarks from the square and clock tower out front to the gondolas that head from the sqaure through the narrow streets of the high end mall. Yes you can take a gondola ride through a mall only in Las Vegas, yes strange but in this town seems normal. In the center of the mall is a square with a faux ceiling where you can see free street performer shows and often see people posing as statues. The casino itself is huge but not the most exciting and kind of resembles a huge box the slot card Club Gratzie used to pretty good although it seems harder to get comps now but is free and worth signing up for to get on the mailing list for discount rooms as well as other discounts. The resort is connected to its sister property the "Plazzo" by a beautiful atrium.
If you plan on see the Las Vegas production of ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ time is running out as the show is due to close September 5th after a five year run at the Venetian. The huge production show with its big cast is making way for a new musical show ‘Rock of Ages’ rehearsals for which are due to start November 5th with a December 18th opening being talked about. The turnaround for the new show seems short but I’m sure as soon as the curtain comes down for the last time on Phantom work will begin on getting ready for the new show. If you are a fan of ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ there is still a little time to catch a performance at the Venetian but I’m sure final show tickets are going fast.
The long rumored Faith Hill and Tim Mc Graw residency in Las Vegas is finally going to happen after a deal has been inked with the "Venetian." Pre sale tickets for what should be a popular residency are now on sale with tickets for everyone else available starting August 13th with the first show of the residency which is being called 'Soul 2 Soul' on December 7th. At the moment the residency is Friday or Saturday nights 1 to 3 times a month through April 2013 but im sure more dates could be added if demand is brisk.
The “Venetian” and “Palazzo” seem to be in a festive mood after the “Christmas” events at the “Venetian” which included skating on the Strip the properties are going all out for Chinese New Year. The events include a ceremonial dragon dance at 1pm on January 23rd which is an important part of Chinese culture and symbolizes good luck and prosperity for the upcoming year. The dance will start at the “Venetian” porte cochere and then make its way through the “Palazzo” which may even make the gamblers in the casino look up at least for a moment. The dancers and musicians will be dressed in colorful elaborate costumes while playing authentic music so lots of drums most likely. The “Plazzo” atrium if you haven’t visited is a great beautiful space and during the Chinese New Year’s celebration up until February 5th will have a 128 foot fire breathing dragon suspended above the people. On the ground of the atrium is a 8,000 pound dragon amidst the fountain which will breathe fire from January 23rd through February 5th at 1 and 5pm my guess is they won’t allow you to make smore’s but well sounds cool anyways.
It has been announced that the Las Vegas production of Phantom of the Opera is scheduled to close September 2nd of this year. The fact that the show is closing isn't really that big of a surprise considering the current state of the economy. Broadway style show productions are expensive to stage and right now people are cutting back on the number of shows they see as well as looking for half price tickets; so its closure isnt realy a surprise but more surprising is that with the departure of Jersey Boys and the Blue Man Group as well as this closure the "Venetian" will be left without a big show for the moment.
Right now until January 8th you can skate right on the strip on a synthetic ice rink right in front of the "Venetian" casino adjacent to the outdoor gondola attraction. The hours of operation are 11am daily until the last session at 10:45pm every night with each skate session of 30 minutes. The price is $14.95 per skater which includes ice skate rental although you can also pay only $9.95 if you are a Grazie club member or Las Vegas local. Children 7-12 skate when accompanied by a Grazie club member or adult with a Nevada ID with a maximum of three kids. If you are a visitor and want to get the lower price sign up for the Grazie slot club inside the "Venetian" its free and saving money is always good. Before entering the skate area all guests are required to sign a liability waiver after which they will be issued a wrist band. Guests must arrive fifth teen minutes prior to the skate session for skate fitting and guest are allowed to use their own skates although a skate sharpening may be required for an additional fee.
If you are a fan of the "Venetian" resort in Las Vegas the owners Las Vegas Sands have released a video trailer of their location in Macao so now you can compare the two of them.
This holiday season at the “Venetian” they are having a series of events under the “’Winter In Venice TM’ title which includes such things as ice skating out front on the strip as well as colorful characters walking around the property. Seasonal fare such eggnog cupcakes, warm apple cider and hot chocolate is also available which would be nice to have while watching the nightly light show at the “Venetian.” In the past there was a lack of holiday events in town and it’s nice to see the “Venetian” and the “Palazzo” get in to the holiday mood.
Saturday December 3rd Rock ‘n” Roll Las Vegas Stiletto Dash
Saturday December 10th Carnival Of Cuisine
Thursday December 22nd Menorah Lighting Ceremony At The “Venetian”
For more information check with the “Venetian” and the “Palazzo” the holiday events run November 21st to January 8th
American Idol winner and Grammy nominated singer Jordin Sparks makes an appearance today out front of the "Venetian" on the strip as they kick off their 'Winter In Venice' holiday theme. The event is from 6:00 to 8:30pm and heralds the start of things such as ice skating out front of the "Venetian" as well holiday singers and a nightly light show. I'm sure this event will draw big crowds so if you are interested in getting a good spot get there early and we will have more coverage of the "Venetian's," 'Winter In Venice' theme soon including information on ice skating on the strip.
This week after Oprah Winfrey ends her television show a wax figure of her will be added Thursday to Madame Tussaud's at the Venetian hotel. The new Oprah wax figure will be added to the "Spirit Of America" section where greats such as JFK, Martin Luther King and Marilyn Monroe are. Madame Tussauds is located out front of the "Venetian" right on the Las Vegas Strip if you want to check out the "Oprah Winfrey wax figure in person.