The weather if finally cooling down in Las Vegas which makes it a great time to visit – although, if you’re trying to make plans for New Years’ Eve, you might be out of luck. One of my favorite hotels in Las Vegas is toward the north end of the famous Strip, the Italian-themed, all-suites, Palazzo.
The multi-level lobby is your first hint that, despite the clanging slot machines nearby, this is a true luxury property. The lobby is resplendent in marble, glass, and Italian art, providing the backdrop to a speedy check-in. The Palazzo seems to have mastered the art of the check-in line, and I have never had an inordinately long wait. Enjoy the bliss of the lobby, because after check-in you have to face the worst part of your stay – a walk through the loud, clanging, smoky casino to get to the elevator bank. I think that all Vegas hotels use this tactic, so there must be a psychological reason, but I’ve never felt the need to lay down a bet immediately after checking in.
While it’s easy to think that you’ll never be in the room so why bother with a suite, but once you’re spoiled by the space and amenities of a suite, you’ll look at things differently. All suites have a separate sleeping area, sunken living room, desk and workspace, and a large Italian marble bathroom. If you like to sprawl and enjoy room without tripping over one another, or must get some work done in your room, you’ll find plenty of room that makes spending time there enjoyable. Suites have three televisions, two large ones (in the living room and bedroom) and a smaller one in the dressing rooms. It’s almost as comfy as being at home.
The hotel also has club level suites, called Prestige at the Palazzo, Prestige level suites are slightly large in size and come with additional luxury amenities in the club lounge. These include private check-in, continental breakfast, afternoon coffee and tea, non-alcoholic beverages, hot and cold appetizers, evening cocktail reception with complimentary drinks, and reserved poolside loungers. If you’re staying over a weekend, those amenities are enhanced with longer service hours and upgraded offerings. Prestige also has its own concierge service that can book dinner, show tickets, and limo service.
Las Vegas weather can be brutally hot, so if you want to grab some pool time, the majority of the year you’ll need to do that early in the morning or after the sun goes down. But don’t make the mistake that I did and tell you traveling companion to meet you by the pool – there are 10 pools spread out over five acres of property between the Palazzo and its sister property, the Venetian. Guests have access to both, so you’re going to need to be a little more specific about which pool you’re going to. Each of the pools has their own personality, some are private and quiet, some are family friendly, and others have the vibe of a nightclub. Surrounding the pools are chairs, cabanas and daybeds available for rent, and impressive fountains and landscaping. Poolside food and beverage service is available, but I’ve always found service frustratingly slow. Not all pools are open year round, so if a pool experience is high on your list, check before making your reservation.
If you’re looking for shopping, you’ll find plenty of high-end choices between the Palazzo and the Venetian and you can you seamlessly between the two properties. You’ll also find plenty of delicious dining choices here, again leaning toward the upscale side of things, and the infamous indoor gondola ride which mimics the experience of Venice.
The casino area of the resort is large and rivals any on the strip. Entertainment choices run from house shows to headline touring acts. Tickets for headline shows should be purchased in advance, or you risk being shut out or faced with premium VIP seats and prices. If you get a last-minute urge, though, tickets are available onsite or through the club concierge.
Location: The Palazzo is located at 3325 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas. It’s right next door to its sister property, The Venetian – well, as right next door as anything can be when it comes to the mega-properties on the Las Vegas Strip.
Rates: Like most hotels in Las Vegas, rates are all over the board, depending on the time of year, which major conferences or events are in town, and mid-week to weekend stays. I’ve found rates starting at $169 per night for a weekend stay. Be sure to check for any ongoing promotions which may include resort credit, upgrade room, dining credit, or other amenities that can result in increased value. You can also check Expedia or Travelocity for possible discounted rates.
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