A luxury icon on the Strip

3421 Rooms / 512 Suites

The opening of Bellagio in 1989 marked a new era in Las Vegas. Moving away from kitschy trends, hotels and casinos were shifting toward more opulent and luxurious themes as casino mogul Steve Wynn ushered in a whole new vision for his hotel on the Strip. It was one of the first hotels to take the guest experience into account, offering more ambitious restaurants and amenities that welcomed you to indulge in a high life that didn’t just include gaming. What we expect as Las Vegas visitors today — the high level of service, the decadence, the elegance — is a direct result of Bellagio’s influence. 

Modeled after an Italian villa, Bellagio has continued to reinvent itself over the past two decades, including a $70 million remodel of the main tower’s 2,568 guest rooms completed in 2012. The 100,000 square feet of casino floor features 2,400 slot machines, race and sports book and a poker room, but if you want to spend time outside luxuriating, take your pick from one of five pools in a Mediterranean courtyard setting.
Anchoring the center of the Strip, Bellagio has no intention of going anywhere. Its loud explosions from the choreographed fountains, like a shot across the bow, will always remind visitors of where it stands.

The Rooms

Bellagio boasts nearly 4,000 guest rooms, and starting at 510 square feet, are some of the most spacious on the Strip. The recently renovated rooms are a nod to the hotel’s most famous attractions: Some were inspired by the natural feel of the conservatory, done in hues of green tea and plum, while on the more modern tip, indigo and platinum reflect the Fountains of Bellagio. Plush king beds serve as the centerpiece for the rooms, while amenities such as 40-inch flat screen TVs, custom photography and an Italian marble bath remind you that you’re supposed to be living in style.

When you upgrade to one of Bellagio’s 512 suites, it’s not just a bump of square footage to at least 850 for the one-bedroom. The 1,020-square-foot Bellagio suite features a separate living room and bedroom, his-and-hers baths — one with a steam shower, one with a whirlpool tub, and a guest bathroom in the foyer. Larger suites only get more and more luxurious, with the addition of wet bars and other amenities. The Presidential and Chairman’s suites afford you your own solarium, indoor garden and fireplace and 24-hour butler service.

The Attractions

The casino floor isn’t the only thing drawing visitors to the Bellagio. The eight-acre man-made lake in front, Lake Bellagio, looks placid at times, but at least every half hour or so becomes one of the most dazzling water features on the Strip. The 1,200 fountains are a technological feat, using four types of high-pressure jets, some of which can shoot water as high as almost 500 feet in the air, set to songs such as “Luck Be A Lady,” “Viva Las Vegas” and “My Heart Will Go On.”

You could bypass the casino floor entirely if you’re headed straight in to see Bellagio’s conservatory and botanical gardens. Under the glass atrium, 14,000 square feet of spectacular indoor gardens house tens of thousands of different plants and flowers each season. For Chinese New Year, for example, which is one of five seasonal theme changes of the gardens every year, some 22,000 flowers in red and gold were on display, along with an assortment of vignettes honoring the holiday. When summer comes around, the gardens get patriotic, including 83,000 fresh-cut hydrangeas, bougainvilleas and other flowers to evoke the season. Though the temperatures outside may sneak well into the 110s, it stays a cool 69 degrees in the gardens. Want to know more about the displays? From 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. daily, property horticulturalists “Mr. and Mrs. Green Thumb” are on hand to answer any of your conservatory-related questions.

See another water attraction within the hotel, this time with acrobats. Cirque du Soleil’s O features 85 athletes, synchronized swimmers and divers from around the world, performing breathtaking feats in, on and above the 1.5 million gallon pool of water.

The Restaurants

The year Bellagio opened also marked the beginning of the transformation of the Las Vegas dining scene. Not only was its buffet one of the first to make the all-you-can-eat dining experience an elegant one, but the casino hotel set the bar for the rise of fine dining and haute cuisine. This collection of restaurants was the first local home to renowned, gourmet chefs such as James Beard Award winner Julian Serrano of Picasso and Jean-Georges Vongerichten of Prime Steakhouse, as well as legendary restaurateur Sirio Maccioni and his family’s iconic Le Cirque.

For more contemporary bites, Fix has long been a see-and-be-seen spot for American cuisine, while its sister restaurant across the way, Yellowtail, is known as one of the best modern Japanese eateries on the Strip. Chef Serrano’s second Bellagio restaurant, Lago, pays homage to small-plates Mediterranean cuisine. Serrano devoted much of the menu to light bites that you can share, focusing on crudos, or raw seafood dishes that are minimally treated and seasoned.

Bellagio also keeps not one but two master sommeliers, Robert Smith of Picasso and Jason Smith, who serves as wine director for the property. So if you have trouble choosing  from the 90,000 bottles, 4,000 selections or 250 wines by the glass all on this one property, either of them (or the 16 other sommeliers in the hotel) can help you decide.

The Spa and Salon

Feeling good and looking good is not a difficult order at Bellagio, especially if you book some time in its 55,000-square-foot, Four-Star spa. All your immediate cares can be massaged away in one of 56 treatment rooms in the Zen space, where you can indulge in ashiatsu or Thai massage, hydrotherapy and Vichy showers. Align your chi, balance your yin and yang or feel your chakras through the assortment of internationally flavored services from far-flung locales such as Egypt, Bali and Indonesia.

Whether you want to look spectacular for your night on the town or on your wedding day, the salon’s licensed aestheticians are there to beautify you in every way possible. More than just manis and pedis, Bellagio’s salon offers barber services such as hot-towel/straight-razor shaves as well as facials for men, and bridal and makeup application for those ladies who want to look and feel their best.

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