This time last year we were all set for a holiday of a life time, touring the States in a RV. Before taking to the open road and two weeks of camping US style, we treated ourselves to three nights at the Hotel Bellagio in Las Vegas.
This was our first trip to Las Vegas so it was wonderfully exciting as our taxi drove us up the famous strip to the hotel. We arrived at night when the Strip is at its most spectacular with all the neon lights and signs. The Strip is over 4 miles long and strictly speaking is in Paradise rather then Las Vegas. The Bellagio is ideally placed in the middle of the Strip.
The first thing to say about the Bellagio is that it is huge. It has on over 3000 roomson 36 floors and employs over 8000 staff. All Las Vegas hotels on the strip have a theme and the Bellagio takes its name from the Italian resort of Bellagio on Lake Como. The reception area is impressive with over 2000 Venetian glass flowers hanging from the ceiling.
We walked through the casino area to get to the lift lobby to take us up to our rooms. The gaming area is huge - row upon row of slot machines and tables. Apparently the Bellagio is home to some pretty serious poker players with pots worth over a mind blowing million dollars.
We had decided to really push the boat up and have lakeside rooms (a Queen suite) to overlook the fountains for which Bellagio is famous. The room was wonderful and beautifully decorated. It had a large bedroom area with a small sitting space and the marble bathroom was to die for. The sheer and full curtains were remote controlled and the bed lined felt crisp and luxurious. Pure indulgence and a taste of the high life. It didn't come cheap however! We booked through Trailfinders who get a 20% discount on Bellagio rooms. We paid about £175 per night - but the hotel does have 5 stars.
The dancing fountains really are very impressive. They are set in a large 8 acre lake at the front of the hotel and are choregraphed to a wide range of music. In the afternoons the shows are every 30 minutes and after 8pm every 15 minutes when the fountains are lit. Some of the jets shoot uo as high as 460 feet. If the winds are too high, then the shows don't always run but we were lucky enough to see them in action every day. The music is piped into the rooms via the tv. You could just tune into a particular channel to enjoy the shows which ranged from classical to more popular tunes and show songs.
It would be have been quite possible to spend the whole four days in the hotel itself with its up market shopping mall, multiple swimming pools, gardens, and even is own art gallery. The Bellagio is also home to the cirque du soleil water show, playfully called O. Naturally it has a range of restaurants and bars. While most of the restaurants are on the pricey side we found a couple of good coffee shops which were great for breakfast.
As amazing as the Bellagio is we were eager to explore the rest of the Strip. There is so much to do and see. We visited the other hotels - we took a gondola ride at the Venetian but decided against the roller coaster at New York New York. We we did the Titanic exhibition at the Luxor and saw the Fall of Atlantis show at Caesars Palace. Rod Stewart was doing his stint at Caesars and we thoroughly enjoyed seeing the old croner strut his stuff . Everything is in walking distance but it is hot so we were pleased to discover the monorail which links many of the hotels and is a great way to get around. We really only scratched the surface and that's without even thinking of playing the tables of slot machines.
I was surprised at my reaction to Las Vegas - I had a idea what it would be like; the Bellagio itself has featured in lots of films, most famously Oceans Eleven. But it was everything I imagined with knobs on. In fact some puritanical feelings stirred deep within my psyche and I wasn't at all sure that I approved of all the opulence and excess. Perhaps more worryingly was that by the time we were ready to embark on the next stage of our adventure, this over the top city was beginning to seem normal.
I feel I've crossed Las Vegas off my list but if I were to return, the only place to stay would be the Bellagio. I reckon this five star hotel is also worthy of a five dooyoo rating.
We stayed at the 6 Star Bellagio in a "Deluxe" Suite for 4 nights In April 2009.
At first arrival, the Taxi dropped us at the North Entrance to the Bellagio which resulted in a 10 minute walk through the Hotel just to get to the Lobby area to check in. The Hotel is enormous- there are a series of travellator walkways outside the hotel just to take you near the road outside! And the Bellagio Fountains are a sight you just HAVE to see.
We could have easily stayed inside the hotel for the entire holiday- there are number of bars from glitzy wine bars to a nightclub, classy restaurants often owned by named chefs- sometimes you need a reservation for a table, at others you will have to queue. There is an Art Gallery (there was an Andy Warhol exhibition on), a few shops, an ice cream parlour and a master chocolatier deli featuring a world famous chocolate sculpture fountain. There are also a few newsagent type shops for newspapers and sweets but they are pricey. Drinks are pricey, the casino is pricey ($25 minimum bet on most tables and $100 on others etc, for blackjack which will be over in one or two hands).
There is a lot to do in the hotel and there are several pools if the weather is decent. There are approximately 6 elevators- some go to different floors and there are telephones with notepads and pens beside them on all floors in the corridors which I thought was a nice touch.
The hotel is air conditioned and the rooms are individually air conditioned so you have control of the temperature. Our room had two queen sized beds and a huge marble bathroom with walk in shower. The TV was in a cupboard and rolled out and there was a safe, a wardrobe which lighted from inside when you opened the door and an ironing board. The curtains and netting at the windows was operated by a switch from next to the bed.
The only drawback was there was a large box next to the TV with bottled water, confectionery, crisps, an internet cable, chocolate poker chips, hotel branded goods which we soon realised was an extention of the mini bar. If we moved anything in the box, it is likely we would be charged for it. There is a fully stocked mini bar in the room too- which we didn't even go near!
A maid came into the room to turn down the beds, turn the TV on and close the curtains in the early evening (to our surprise) then again the clean the room in the morning. The hotel did provide free shampoo, conditioner, mouthwash, soap and a mini vanity kit (one cotton wool ball, one mini emery board, one cotton bud) in the bathroom. The maid would clean the bathroom daily and place all our toilettries onto a small towel which again, was a level of service you will probably only see in a 6 star hotel.
Overall our time in the Bellagio was breathtaking. When we checked in we overheard a guy settling a $9,000 room service bill and saying he had only been there for 2 days- hence we were VERY careful not to go near the mini bar! If you can afford it, it wouldnt be a concern, but for those of us who visit the Bellagio as a once in a lifetime occasion/ event we have to be aware its a 6 star hotel.
Its the small things which make it a 6* hotel without doubt- the boutiques and calibre of the restaurants and the master chocolatier, the maids tidying our toilettries and turning the bedding down, the remote control curtains and being handed towels as you approach the pool area. You are left with the impression if you need anything, all you need to do is click your fingers and someone will magically appear.
We visted this hotel in May last year. we were celebrating our 20th Wedding anniversary and as a part of a week's trip to the west Coast we decided to stay a few days in Vegas. We really wanted to push to boat out and so decided to stay at the Bellagio in one of their suites overlooking the lake.
We found that as we were staying mid week it was only a few pounds extra to stay in the suite compared to a normal room - as the standard rooms are in demand during the week for conventions etc.
As we had booked independently we could see the comparative prices. We arrived at about six o'clock after a connecting flight from Los Angeles so we were pretty tired.
The queues weren't too bad too bad to check but we still had to wait 10-15 mins. We weren't disappointed with the room which was amazing and the views of the lake were outstanding. The TV has a special channel so that you can listen to the music that is playing for the fountains.
I was disappointed with the concierge staff who were not that keen to calll us cabs, and the maid service managed to take my nightdress away when they changed the sheets - I was compensated eventually but I kept being advised that they were looking for it.
The hotel is stunning - if you want to eat in the hotel restaurants make sure that you book well in advance. The service in the restaurants is good.
It is also really busy as people just mill around looking at the hotel features
Having stayed in this awesome hotel 4 times over the last 4 years, I can't wait to encourage more people to go and see what luxury is all about! I even got married there! That's how much I love this place. From the moment you arrived in Vegas, you'll be immediately drawn towards the friendliness, professional and organisation of this little town. Even though I have been travelling extensively and stay in many 5 star hotels, Bellagio is certainly above and beyond 5 star as each year when we return, we found the place are always well kept. I have stayed in both the new wing and the main building as we choose the fountain veiw room for the stay of our wedding. Both are fantastic and identical, apart from the view which is breathtaking for the fountain view room, although the fountain show goes on every half an hour, the sound proof is excellent and you didn't even notice and the TV channel actually plays the music that is the show is playing at the same time!
Light nightclub is an intimate place and completely opposite to what the name says as it's almost pitch black! Great crowds and resonable price for drinks too.
The best thing I would recommend anyone that is travelling in Vegas to do if not stay in this place will be at least to go and enjoy the buffet breakfast which is out of this world! The variety, quality and service you get for just $15 is unbelivable!
Bellagio also offer various wedding package of course, range from basic to over $40,000! So, sky is the limit when in Vegas. We choosen the moderate package and have it in their little chapel, comes with bouquet, champagne, photographer and room upgrade, the wedding organiser is yet again very professional and it was a breeze even though we arrange everything in the UK.
After visiting all the other 5-6 star hotel on the Strip, Bellagio will still be the only one I would go back to even though there are newer ones like Wynn and Venetian around. It is simply the luxurious decor, the reasonable prices, the shows and gurantee great service that makes me fall in love with this place.
Here come the highrollers!
My husband, my brother in law and my cousin in law decided to spring for a suite at the Bellagio for a family wedding this past August. Yes, I know, Vegas is a wee bit warm in the summer.
The Bellagio is pricey but the majority of the family was staying there and not wanting to be left out, we figured we might as well live it up. We were already paying a high airfare to go out there, why not do it right? From the moment we entered we knew it would be worth it. The Lobby was simply breathtaking.
Rooms: Our suite was simply beautiful with floor to ceiling windows and views in multiple directions. We had three baths, which was lovely since i was the only girl with three guys. One was a half bath off the living room, the second was a full bath with a fabulous steam shower and the third was also a full bath with a large Jacuzzi tub overlooking the strip. (very pretty and romantic at night) Our suite also included a pull out couch, a dining table, two tvs, a wet bar and a king size bed. I will take the time to note that my husband and I shared the bed and the boys got rollaways and though neither of these guys is petite, they said their beds were quite comfortable. We paid around $500 dollars a night which when split up, wasn't too bad. My in-laws stayed in a regular room which was of standard size with the acceptation of the bathroom which I thought well equipped and quite roomy with a separate tub and shower.
Housekeeping: I want to take a brief moment to commend the housekeeping staff. Even our comforter was changed half way through the stay, something I had never before experienced. There were always plenty of fresh towels and the room spotless when we returned.
Perks: Just moments after checking in, we received a bouquet of fresh flowers. I think they assumed we were high rollers, haha. I really would recommend getting a suite as you get concierge service which includes an array of free alcohol, breakfast, coffee, chocolate strawberries that are to die for...as well as VIP access to clubs, the buffet (we skipped a two hour line) as well as taxi lines, which can be atrocious.
Dining: I will only comment on the places I experienced. There are so many places to eat at the bellagio and around vegas. Firstly, do not miss the bellagio dinner buffet. They had everything from sushi to roast and all the food, amazingly, was hot and fresh and wonderful. We also had dinner at Noodles and though we waited a bit for our meal, it was worth the wait. Finally, be sure and check out the pastry/icecream shop by the chocolate fountain. The crepes especially are outstanding.
Casino: We are not huge gamblers on the whole so i cannot comment intelligently about the casino in general. I can, however, comment on the poker room. I played texas hold'em for about four hours on $100 and my money was well spent as I enjoyed every minute. The only negative things i can say is that though I was served my complimentary drinks, my brother in law was forgotten twice. It was also a little cramped, squeezing everyone possible into the table.
I would highly recommend the Bellagio. Make sure you see the famous fountain show out front at least once and if your credit cards can take it, try to get a room with a view of the fountains. I heard they are spectacular.
For me only the Bellagio would do once we had decided to visit Las Vegas as part of our honeymoon last month. The hotel featured in the Oceans 11 film which I loved and I was particularly looking forward to seeing the famous water fountain show.
The hotel is located roughly half way along the main Strip area, has an Italian theme and is beautiful to look at from the outside. It is set back from the street and the front of the building gently curves around Lake Como. Providing it is not too windy, from 3pm in the afternoon the fountain show runs every fifteen minutes making for excellent photo opportunities and selling lots of postcards.
Booking and prices
Kuoni made our booking a few months in advance of our trip, we had to wait a few days for confirmation whilst they requested the room so this was probably not the most efficient booking process. During our trip, we made a last minute decision to spend 4 nights in Las Vegas rather than the two we booked but unfortunately with only a couple of days notice it was not possible to get in for the extra nights.
Kuoni were booking a number of flights and hotels for us and did not provide a detailed breakdown of the costs, however our check-in card at Bellagio revealed our rate for a deluxe room (which is the lowest category) to be US$260 ( about £145 today) a night. This rate is typically what I have seen offered on websites like expedia and octopus or slightly lower. If you want a lake view then expect to pay about $60 (approx £33) more per night and a suite would easily double or triple the nightly rate depending upon what class of suite.
Although we were moving from a hotel not that far away we arrived by taxi as we had lots of luggage. Our taxi was greeted by one of the many bellboys on duty outside helping both the arriving and departing guests, they took charge of the luggage, gave us receipts and told us to call the number on the receipt once we were in our room and wanted our luggage delivered. So far so good.
We then walked into bedlam. The hotel has over 2,500 rooms and was at capacity. Additionally in Las Vegas people visit other hotels and Bellagio is a popular one, adding to noise, crowds and general chaos in reception. We arrived at 10.30am and at first it appeared that all the desks were dealing with check outs but we noticed that some check in desks were open as well. In total there were about 20 desks but each had a line of at least half a dozen people and we knew we were in for a long wait. It took about 45 minutes to get to a desk and then followed the most time consuming check in ever. I cannot even remember what they were doing but I have checked into a lot of hotels and it has never taken this long or involved so much paperwork. And unfortunately we werent done yet. We were too early for our room so this was just doing the paperwork and we had to return later to get our room key. A couple of hours later and we duly joined the invited guests queue as instructed and here we spent a mere twenty minutes waiting in line to pick up our room key.
With this number of guests and a constant stream at reception, I expected it would take ages to get our luggage. In fact we called and it was delivered to us within a few minutes.
We were more than happy with our room, which was modern and elegant. It contained an extremely comfortable king size bed, desk, two armchairs, coffee table and large wardrobe. I was impressed that in a hotel this size there was a nightly turn down service. The bathroom was in a beautiful cream coloured marble and contained a very deep bath as well as a two-person shower and was well-stocked.
Las Vegas is a noisy, glitzy, cheesy playground. The thing I liked most about this room was that at the end of the day we closed the door on that, found ourselves in a stylish space and never heard a peep from the outside.
Firstly of course there is the large casino floor, the Bellagio has tables for normal people, high limit tables for others, poker rooms, plenty of slot machines and a very large and comfortable sports bar area. Waitress service and free drinks are provided everywhere but it is normal to tip about $1 per drink. We never went long without a waitress asking us if we would like a drink, even though we are not gambling sorts and frequented the 2c slot machines most often or the sports bar to watch football on big TV screens. My opinion is that when you have seen one casino floor you have seen them all and the Bellagios casino did not particularly stand out from all the others apart from it was better at providing drinks. Not necessarily a good thing for some I expect.
There are numerous restaurants offering both fine and casual dining and many of them overlook the lake making for perfect views. On our first day we went to Olives for lunch, this is a casual dining Italian restaurant although I thought it was pretty smart. We were very pleased to get a table on the patio outside at about 2.45pm meaning the fountain show was about to start. Unfortunately 3pm came and went with no show because it was too windy to switch the fountains on. Nevertheless we enjoyed a delicious meal of pasta and a glass of wine.
Although the Bellagio has an Italian theme, it offers restaurants of various cuisines and in the evening we decided to try the fine dining Chinese restaurant, Jasmine. We had to wait about ten minutes for a table which was a much shorter wait than at some of the other restaurants, best to book a table for dinner at this hotel. We liked the feel of this restaurant, it was nicely decorated, the tables were comfortably spaced out and the food was good too. I was not very impressed with having my main course delivered before they had cleared away our starters though I must admit. It was a memorable evening though because the restaurant overlooks the lake and after we finished our main courses we had an unobstructed night time view of the fountain show, the accompanying music is played in the restaurant which I think you really need to enjoy the show fully. The prices in the restaurants are probably not the cheapest to be found, however they are not prohibitive and are unlikely to shock anybody used to paying UK prices especially with the strong £ v $ right now. We happily took all our meals in the Bellagio.
Bellagio is one of the hotels with a Cirque de Soliel show, this one is called O because of a water theme. I booked tickets a couple of days in advance over the phone and got seats in the royal circle about eight rows back in the middle. They werent cheap though at $150 each for a 90 minute show, but I am very glad we went and dont resent the cost. The theatre was as big as any I have been to in London, but with roomier seats and a bit more leg room. There are two shows a night and if you havent pre-booked there is a booking office outside but in the evenings there would be long queues here so I recommend booking it.
Like most hotels, the Bellagio has plenty of shops most of which are of designer labels. We didnt really spend our time looking round the shops.
We loved our trip to Las Vegas, it is not just about gambling and we are certain to return at some point in the next few years. I am also fairly certain that when we do return we will book the Bellagio again and indeed my only hesitation is over the check in which really was a nightmare and i am a very impatient queuer. Once that is out of the way though, the Bellagio offers everything I would want out of a Las Vegas hotel.
We recently stayed at Bellagio for 3 nights as part of a fly drive holiday. Bellagio has a reputation as one of the more exclusive hotels in Las Vegas, but how a hotel with over 3000 rooms can describe itself as exclusive I don't know. It is relatively new,about 2 to 3 years old - apparently it cost around $900 million to build! The theme (all Vegas hotels have to have one) is of an Italian Lakeside village, and is reasonably convincing. If you arrive by car, let the valets do the parking for you. It only costs a couple of dollars in tips when you collect the car, and saves long walks from the self park areas. Get you luggage taken as well - it's quite a long way to the lifts. The reception area is huge. You are hit by a smell of fresh flowers when you enter - there is a large conservatory not far from reception, stocked with masses of flowering plants, A huge glass sculture of flowers dominates the ceiling and is quite spectacular. We were allocated rooms at the front of the hotel overlooking the lake. Try and get one of these if you can - as high up as possible - you get a good view of the Strip. About every half hour in the evening there is a fountain display in the lake which is done to music. Your TV has a channel to pick up the music - unforgettable! The rooms are spacious but not enormous. The bathroom is larger than average - very swanky with real marble and with a separate (very powerful!) power shower. Bathrobes are provided. There are plenty of lifts, and one thing that impressed me was that we never had to wait longer than 15 seconds for one to arrive. Bellagio advertises itself as an adults only hotel. However that only applies to visitors, and I didn't see any signs that it was very rigorously applied. That said, there isn't an awful lot here that would appeal to children. There is a large pool area open to residents only, and a smallish video games area. The casino area is very similar
to all the other casinos. Most games had tables with a $10 lower limit, but this seemed to change to $25 at busy times. Plenty of slots at 25c upwards. Food is relatively expensive. The buffet seemed very popular for dinner - we never got in as there was a 2hour+ wait when we decided to eat at 7pm. The time to go is apparently 5pm.Cost is about $20. We did get in however for breakfast which was excellent value at $9. There is a reasonable cafe which we ate in, with pastas, sandwiches etc, and a burger bar, but the other restaurants stray into dizzy heights of imaginative pricing. The Picasso Restaurant (which of course has real Picasso's on the wall) has menus of $80 -$90 a head, plus $40 each for their wine selection! Perhaps if you'd had a good evening in the casino?!... There is an arcade of shops, all of the designer type, Gucci etc. All pricey. Conclusions This hotel is not cheap by Vegas standards. We paid about £100 per room per night through our tour operator. However, on the same nights, we would have paid more at Caesar's Palace, or Aladdin. I guess it very much depends on demand. It is not a hotel to take children to, and it is a little quieter than some. However, it isn't overwhelming and no-one would feel out of place here. We would certainly stay here again, and make sure of a room with a view. Apart from the buffet, I guess most people would look elsewhere for more reasonable restaurants. Worth considering if you've been to Vegas before, and are looking for something a bit upmarket.