Ever since it opened on October 15, 1998 Bellagio Resort & Casino has set the standard for luxurious accommodations. With jaw dropping fountains, outlandish Chihuly decorated lobby ceiling, and a Mediterranean courtyard setting with five pools, this is the place to stay. Holding the coveted five diamond rating from AAA, Bellagio Resort & Casino will impress you.
Upon entering, everywhere you look there are decorations, flowers, fountains, and furnishings of high quality. The reception area has Italian marble flooring checkered with a botanical mosaic border. Behind reception is an alcove decorated in seasonal themes throughout the year. More than a dozen reception stations help keep the check-in wait to a minimum. The concierge desk is next to reception and is open 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. to help with most any questions and concerns you might have.
Just under 4,000 guest rooms, including 512 suites await your selection. With over twenty-five types of rooms and suites, it could be difficult to choose your room. Prices start at around 175 USD + resort fees of 39 USD per day for a Run of the House room. This entry level room features views to the west of the mountains, a 40 inch flat screen TV, automatic drapery controls at your bedside, luxurious linens, robes, exclusive Bellagio Cashmere Super pillow-top mattress, lighted make-up mirror, stocked mini-bar, Italian marble soaking tub, and glass-enclosed shower.
Move up to a Strip View room for around 30 USD more and you get not only a view of the famous Las Vegas Strip, but a bigger room with 510 sq ft / 47.3 sq m If you desire a view of The Fountains, consider a Fountain View King room for around 224 USD and enjoy the spectacular Fountains from the comfort of your room.
How big do you want to go
Suite choices start with the Salone Suite with a whopping 853 sq ft / 97.25 sq m or a larger Fountain View Suite with 1,020 sq ft / 94.7 sq m of luxurious space. Several other suite choices are available with the Presidential Suite being the highest. This palatial palace provides 4,075 sq ft / 378.6 sq m, a sunken full-bar with seating for six, Italian marble couples bath, two master bedrooms, private bathrooms, and a conference room. The cost for this is around 5,000 USD depending on the season.
All guests enjoy access to the pool area where five outdoor pools, four whirlpools, and 51 private cabanas beckon you to enjoy the sunshine. The Conservatory & Botanical Gardens dazzles with themes that change five times per year and on Lunar New Year. Bright floral displays, animated and still sculptures capture your attention as you walk through this imaginative garden. The Conservatory is open 24 hours a day and is complimentary to guests and outside visitors as well.
A food paradise
If gaming is on your mind Bellagio has over 100,000 sq ft / 9,290 sq m of slot machines, race and sports book room and a poker room. For a heart stopping show, buy tickets to “O” by Cirque du Soleil onsite. Shows run Wednesday through Sunday for this water themed show. Tickets for “O” start at 99 USD plus tax. Probably the most famous feature of Bellagio is the lake and fountains. This water show is choreographed to music and draws a crowd. The shows run every 30 minutes Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. After 7 p.m. the fountain shows run every fifteen minutes until midnight. On Saturday the show starts at 11 a.m. and on Sunday at noon.
The restaurant choices at Bellagio are show stoppers also. This is the only hotel in the US to have two five diamond rated restaurants, Le Cirque and Picasso. The other restaurants will impress you with unique decorations, and menus that are sure to please. For one of the best deals going, try lunch at Lago and order from the Prix Fix menu. For a mere 28 USD, you can savor a delicious first course, second course, and chef’s choice dessert. On a recent trip, my wife and I had lunch at Lago and were impressed that the Prix Fixe dessert wasn’t the same that most restaurants would provide.
The Buffet at Bellagio is considered one of the best in Las Vegas. For around 50 USD you get a fine food extravaganza that changes with the seasons. On Friday, the price goes up for extra seafood entrees like crab legs and other high end fish dishes. For breakfast, you can eat at the buffet or try Jean Philippe Pâtisserie. Jean Philippe is an award winning pastry chef from France and makes some of the best baked goods around. They also serve made to order omelets and crepes for breakfast and lunch. The world’s largest chocolate fountain graces the corner of the shop. Watch this fountain pouring over two tons of white, milk, and dark chocolate through a series of crystal ledges and over 500 feet (154.4 m) of stainless steel piping. The chocolate rises 27 vertical feet (8.2 m) from the floor to ceiling mesmerizing onlookers as it flows downward.
An easy choice
Other features worth noting are the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art, Spa Bellagio, a 6,000 sq ft / 557.4 sq m fitness center, luxury retailers, night clubs, bars, and a private golf course off-site for MGM Resorts International guests. When you add it all up the Bellagio has what it takes to make this one of the very best hotels to stay in Las Vegas.