The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino Review

Venetian Resort Hotel Casino

What is the Venetian? Some people might call it the most luxurious casino on the Strip. Others will tell you it’s an experience larger than life. But, one user review of the Venetian Las Vegas beautifully summarizes the unforgettable experience: “The Venetian isn’t a big hotel. It is a small city.”

These two sentences paint a perfect picture of Vegas’ most renowned hotel. Along with the Palazzo, the two properties ‘under the same roof’ number over 7,000 suites. As you might imagine, this gives the Venetian Resort Las Vegas the prestigious title of the largest hotel in the United States.

Together, the two hotels cover a mind-blowing 2.3 Million square feet of meeting space and 1 Million square feet of retail space. The property encompasses a 66,000 square feet casino floor and a plethora of fine dining options and shops.

Of course, we mustn’t forget the iconic gondola rides. Together with the distinct Venetian Gothic architectural style, the canals and the rides truly bring the spirit of what most people consider the most beautiful city in the world.

In other words, there are so many things to see and do at the Venetian, that you can explore the property for days on end, and still discover new and exciting sights and activities. The professional, friendly, and attentive staff is a cherry on top of the already wonderful cake that is the Venetian.

If you’re planning a trip to Sin City and your budget isn’t a huge concern, you can’t go wrong with this Italian-themed resort. Even among the large selection of surreal Las Vegas hotels, the Venetian stands out as a ‘beacon of excellence.’

The Hotel

The Venetian Resort boasts an offer of 4,000 out-of-this-world suites that will captivate you with both lush décor and unparalleled comfort. The rooms at both the Venetian and the Palazzo are nearly twice the size compared to all the other properties on the Las Vegas Strip.

There’s a wide range of accommodations, from Renaissance to Bella suites. The rooms all feature a king-sized bed, a large soaking tub, and standard amenities like a minibar, free Wi-Fi, and more.

There are a total of 11 different luxury suites to choose from at the Venetian Tower, all with their own unique charm and appeal. They start from $169 Monday through Friday and $249 on weekends. Also, the rooms offering an awe-inspiring view of the Strip will cost you an additional $40 per night. Another thing to take into consideration is the daily resort fee of $25.

If you really want to pamper yourself or celebrate a special occasion, choose between one of the top-tier suites the Venetian Resort offers: Rialto, Prima, Piazza, and Bella. These suits are even more spacious, with unique layouts and special attention paid to even the smallest details.

Moreover, there are special suites reserved for high rollers. However, guests can only stay here if they receive an official invitation from the resort.

That said, the sheer size of the property can be a minor inconvenience for some guests. You’ll likely have to spend 15+ minutes in line during both check-in and check-out.

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What’s more, The Venetian is a “smoking” hotel. The suites are free from the smell, but there are quite a few designated areas where people can and do smoke. So, if you’re bothered by the tobacco smell, this is something to consider.

The Venetian Casino Floor

The Venetian first opened its doors on May 3rd, 1999, under the guidance of Las Vegas Sands. From day one, it was apparent that the company wanted to provide its guests with a comprehensive experience. And we all know a trip to Vegas wouldn’t be complete without indulging in a few casino games.

When Las Vegas Sands says they want to cater to your every gambling need, they don’t joke around. The casino at The Venetian covers over 66,000 square feet of gaming space. As you might expect, that’s plenty of room to house over a thousand slot machines. Moreover, there are a total of 170 table and poker games avid gamblers can participate in.

However, not everything is dandy when it comes to The Venetian’s casino floor. Let’s take a look at all the game genres available. Our goal is to paint a clearer picture, so you can determine whether you should play here or at one of the nearby casinos on the Strip.

Slots & Video Poker

Between The Venetian and The Palazzo, there are over 1,900 slot and video poker machines scattered across the two spacious, elegant casino floors. The expansive collection features everything from 3-reel classics (popular fruities) to contemporary 3D slots and 6-reel titles.

What this means is that there’s definitely a machine for every type of player. Big or small bets, slow or fast-paced games, straightforward gameplay or insane bonus rounds — take your pick. If a slot exists, chances are you’ll find it at The Venetian.

Naturally, Las Vegas Sands keeps up with the industry and regularly adds new & exciting slot titles to their ever-expanding collection. Additionally, the resort features a High-Limit Slot Saloon that provides an adrenaline-pumping experience away from the buzz of the two casinos. If you’ve come to Sin City with the “go big or go home” mindset, you’ll be pleased to find out that you can bet as much as $5,000 per spin in the Saloon.

Conversely, when it comes to video poker, there’s less reason for excitement. There are quite a few machines, but the problem isn’t in the selection. The main issue lies in the fact that the best paying video poker variant still has a house edge of 1.55%, with perfect play on five coins.

The nearby poker room houses a few Texas Hold’em machines. However, the issue with these is that they do not accept player cards.

Grazie Comps Program

Another pertinent issue with video poker games at The Venetian is that they reward nearly 20 times fewer comps than penny slots. So, not only does the payout suck, but you’ll also feel like you’re penalized for playing video poker at the two casino floors.

This is due to a rather strange way in which the Grazie players club distributes the comp points. Rather than taking the coin-in or wager amount as a basis to calculate the points, you’ll get points based on the percentage of the house edge of individual games.

In other words, you’ll get the same amount of coins for a $0.25 spin at a slot machine as you would with a $5 hand at any video poker variant. This begs the question of why would anyone choose to play video poker at The Venetian. The only logical answer is because they’re unaware of the RTPs and the way in which the casinos distribute the comps.

That said, the Grazie reward program isn’t all bad. In fact, you can earn considerable points while partaking in activities you would enjoy regardless. Anything from a dinner at one of the iconic restaurants to car rentals will award you with a certain number of points. You can always check how much you’ve accrued, as well as see the available offers and promotions when you log in online.

There are a total of three tiers, with the loyalty benefits ranging from discounts up to 50% and late checkout to $100 food & beverage vouchers and guaranteed suite availability. So, the program is fantastic and there are quite a few perks you can enjoy. Just remember not to play video poker and you’ll be all good.

Table Games

The situation with the table games is infinitely better. As we mentioned, there are 170 different live tables, offering a variety of both popular and exotic table games.

If your main game is Blackjack, you’ll have a blast at The Venetian’s casino floor. Namely, there are three dozen shoe Blackjack tables available at the casino, with maximum bets going up to $2,000. The games start at as little as $10 during the day, and go up to a $15 minimum in later hours.

Additionally, there are five Double Deck Blackjack variants, with a $50 minimum, or $100 during busy nights. These tables might be better suited for high rollers, given that the maximum bet per round at these tables is $5,000.

Next, both Craps and Roulette are well-represented, with five and seven tables, respectively. The odds on craps are 3-4-5, with the bets ranging from $10 to $5,000. Among the roulette tables, there is only one with a single zero. The other six are American variants with the double zero included. The spread on these roulette tables is from $10 to $500.

Other table games available at The Venetian include Baccarat (six tables), Pai Gow Poker, Casino War, Double Draw Poker, and a couple of other exotic variants you’ll seldom find at smaller casinos.

High Limit Room

There’s a high limit room for table game lovers at the casino, as well. This area houses four different games: Double Deck and Six-Deck Blackjack variants, Baccarat and Roulette with a single zero we previously mentioned.

As you would expect, you can double-down after splitting with a minimum bet of $200 on Double Deck Blackjack. The other variant calls for a $100 minimum bet, with options to both double or surrender after the split. Every Blackjack table in the high-limit area pays 3 to 2 on a natural. Moreover, the dealer will always stay on a 17. Although the official maximum bet is $10,000, the hotel will likely accommodate you if you wish to raise the stakes even further.

The minimum bet on roulette is $100. Baccarat, has a $200 to $20,000 bet spread in the high limit table games room.

Video Table Games

A rarity among land casinos, and a welcome addition to The Venetian’s collection are the video version of the popular table games. With a $5 minimum bet, these table game variants are much more well-suited for casual players. They’re a perfect choice for anyone looking to experience the thrill of gambling in Vegas without putting too much money on the line.

The games in question are Roulette Revolution, Shoot to Win Craps, and Dealers Angel’s Blackjack and Baccarat. We highly recommend video Blackjack, due to the game’s generosity. Namely, it pays 3-2 on all blackjacks and offers the ‘surrender’ option. As with the pit tables, the dealer will always stand on a 17.

Sands Poker Room

The Sands Poker Room is definitely the highlight of The Venetian’s gambling assemblage. It is the Sin City’s prime poker room, with a myriad of different games available 24 hours a day. What’s more, on top of the already impressive selection of poker games, The Venetian is always open to hosting any mixed game if enough players express interest.

Here, you’ll find anything from No Limit Hold’em to Omaha Hi-Lo. And, as we said, if none of the games match your preference, you can gather a group of players and request from the resort to provide you with a dealer. It’s not uncommon for The Venetian to go out of their way to meet the needs of their guests. So, you’ll undoubtedly have a pleasant poker experience at the Sands Poker Room.

Apart from the standard games, the poker room features two daily tournaments, available throughout the entire week. The specific buy-ins and rules differ from day to day, but you can always inquire about the details at the front desk. For reference, the buy-ins range from $100 to $200, with guaranteed prizes going up to $10,000.

The Sands Poker Room is also home to the prestigious Deep Stack Extravaganza tournament series. Depending on the round of play, the buy-ins range from $300 to $1,000 during the finals.

Another thing worth noting is that the property also encompasses one of the nicest sportsbooks in Vegas. It’s in the ownership of Cantor Gaming, and provides comfortable stadium seating. So, if you’re leaning more towards putting your money on sports events, you won’t be disappointed. Furthermore, you can quickly deposit and withdraw from your mobile account at this venue.


Aside from gambling, Vegas is known throughout the world for its exhilarating nightlife. So, your trip to Sin City wouldn’t be complete without a visit to one of the iconic places that provide a full sensory indulgence.

The Cocktail Collective

The Aquatic Club Venetian Resort Hotel

From masterfully mixed cocktails that will resonate with your soul and lingering conversations to enticing performances and open-ended nights, the ‘Cocktail Collective’ will help you understand the true meaning of the proverb “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.”

The Collective is made up of three distinct destinations. Each of them offers a unique setting for the beginning of your Sin City adventure. The Dorsey is the place to be if you’re a cocktail lover and want to relax in a daring ambience.

Rosina, on the other hand, puts the emphasis on style and quality. Both the classic, timeless decor and the signature Vegas cocktail add to the overall feeling, while you’re enjoying thought-provoking performances just inches away from the stage. The most seductive of the three, Rosina is the perfect starting point of an unforgettable experience only Sin City can provide.

Last, but certainly not least, Electra puts a unique twist on the traditional Vegas nightlife. This cocktail club boldly incorporates elements of steampunk and stunning artwork into its decor, giving it an almost ethereal vibe. If you’re in the mood for a different kind of experience, highlighted by avant-garde cocktails, surreal decor, and magnetic energy that’ll make you get up on your feet — then Electra is definitely the place to be.

If neither of the three sounds like your cup of tea, there’s always the award-winning Tao Club. More along the lines of traditional nightlife clubs, this 10,000 square foot club is often home to some of the wildest parties you’ll ever experience. A live DJ or a music icon, an electric atmosphere, and a breathtaking view of the Strip — what more could one ask for?

The Aquatic Club & The Venetian Pool Deck

Are you’re looking for a daytime alternative to the alluring Sin City nightlife? Then the Aquatic Club is bound to pique your interest. This day club adds an interesting twist to the traditional Vegas experience. The club allows the guests to enjoy a range of mischievous music and engage in various adventures with each visit.

The Aquatic Club is purposefully different from the standard Vegas day club or adult-pool experience. It brings you the best of both worlds, while simultaneously going above and beyond to provide so much more. For instance, you can savor the dishes from the nearby world-renowned Wolfgang Puck. Or, you can sip a retro drink and even join a game of floating ping pong in the back pool.

For those of you looking for a more tame, relaxed enjoyment by the water, the pool decks at The Venetian and The Palazzo are a perfect choice. Both amenities encompass several pools, all with different settings and vibes. Whether you want to relax and unwind, work on your tan, or splash away with the kids in the family pool — the pool decks deliver.

Gondola Rides

When one thinks of The Venetian, the image of the authentic gondola rides is often one of the first ones that come to mind. The graceful ride down the Grand Canal is something no one staying at The Venetian should miss out on.

As you glide underneath the bridges and pass by the lovely coffee shops and eateries, lean back and enjoy this unforgettable moment of utter peace and relaxation. Take in the beauty of Venice-themed scenery, as the singing gondolier takes you on a once-in-a-lifetime romantic journey.

If you become captivated by the gondolier’s skills, you can ‘step in their shoes’ for a few hours. The Gondolier University program is a recent addition to The Venetian’s repertoire. It allows you to attempt to learn the ‘ins and outs’ of the technique. The program is limited to 9 participants daily, and offers a photo and a certificate that will eternalize this unique, fun-filled experience.

Wine & Dine Options

As you would expect from a small town that is The Venetian Resort, there are too many fine dining options, bars, and lounges to even number. From the signature Venetian-style pizza at the Sixth+Mill Pizzeria to Oriental specialties at the TAO Asian Bistro, there are countless equally wonderful dining options within walking distance from your suite.

Some of the other signature restaurants you’ll come across during your stay at The Venetian include the envoy of Chinese cuisine — Mott 32, the marvelous Factory Kitchen, elegant Bouchon, and the refined Wolfgang Puck’s American steakhouse.  

Be on the lookout for the Majordōmo Meat & Fish. This restaurant by the famous chef David Chang expected to open sometime soon. The name stands for an individual who takes arrangements and takes charge for another. In our opinion, it perfectly conveys the type of experience the restaurant aims to provide.

Customer Service

The fact that there are over 18,000 ‘Excellent’ reviews of the resort on TripAdvisor alone, speaks volumes about The Venetian. However, that’s to be expected of a hotel on the Strip. The location alone is enough for most people to be captivated by The Venetian.

Add to that the beautiful renaissance scenery, and a plethora of activities, events, and venues — all within less than half a mile from your suite, and it’s easy to see why the vast majority of people loves their stay here.

Moreover, each guest is treated like a VIP at The Venetian. The entire resort’s staff, including the Palazzo side of the property, is courteous, welcoming, genuinely nice, and extremely professional.

Every staff member will go out of their way to accommodate your every need. They’ll ensure your Sin City vacation is a memorable one, whether it’s your first or twentieth time on the Strip.

Things to be Aware of

 Video Poker Venetian Resort

We’ve only had words of praise for The Venetian thus far, save the Video Poker matter. However, we have to mention the few drawbacks regarding the resort, as well. Although nothing too alarming, there are several minor inconveniences that might slightly lessen the otherwise overwhelmingly positive experience.

Namely, a couple of things become quite apparent as soon as you step foot inside your suite. First, each suite features a minibar by default. We must highlight the fact that it isn’t optional, because you’ll likely have to actively avoid it. The food and beverage sit atop a seemingly overly sensitive pressure sensor. Apparently, it reacts if you so much as pass beside the minibar. Naturally, you will be charged on the spot.

Additionally, there are no coffee dispensers in the rooms. So, unless you come prepared, you’d have to wade through the endless maze that is The Venetian. After a good 10 minutes, you might eventually get your morning coffee. Still, the resort will let you bring in everything you need. So, shop beforehand and save yourself the trip and a good chunk of money. Otherwise, paying for additional services will quickly drain you of your budget.

Also, keep in mind the $25 daily resort fee. Albeit not something to look forward to, it’s a standard for most Vegas hotels. Furthermore, if you don’t utilize any of the services this fee encompasses, there is a good possibility it will be waived.


The Venetian is much more than just a wonderful destination at the heart of the Las Vegas Strip. Comparable to a small city in size, the resort is home to a seemingly infinite number of must-visit venues. There are also dozens of thrilling shows and attractions to attend. Moreover, the resort is constantly abuzz with the distinct Sin City lifestyle.

And it’s not just the breathtaking scenery, icon restaurants, enchanting nightclubs, and a state-of-the-art casino that make it stand out in the sea of other hotels in Vegas.

What makes staying at The Venetian a truly magical experience are the people and the lighthearted atmosphere surrounding it. From the lovely hotel staff to the singing gondoliers, you’ll feel as if everyone is giving it all they have to ensure that you remember this experience for life.

At this point, it should be apparent that we absolutely adore The Venetian and the comprehensive experience surrounding it. We’ll definitely visit again, and by the looks of it — become regulars. Who knows, we might just catch you there.

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