We’ve been to Las Vegas numerous times now and stayed at many different hotels but one that we never seemed to get around to staying at is the Bellagio Hotel. Whenever we walked passed it, we would stare longingly and say, “We’ve gotta stay here next time”. Fortunately we got to do just that on our latest trip.
We got a good deal on expedia.com.au that included a return airfare to Las Vegas with Qantas and 4 nights at the Bellagio Hotel for $1800. The Bellagio is one of the top luxury hotels in Las Vegas so this was a very good deal especially considering we were flying with Qantas which is one of the more expensive airlines to travel with, but well worth it for a long flight.
The Bellagio has a distinctive shape that nicely frames the fountain that sits in the front of the hotel.
It’s in a perfect location, right in the centre of all the action. You really can’t get any better. It sits on an intersection on The Strip (aka Las Vegas Boulevard) right next door to the new Cosmopolitan Hotel and Casino and across the road from Paris, Planet Hollywood, the Miracle Mile, Ballys and Caesars Palace. Now that neighbourhood makes it a pretty special place to be.
One thing we did find odd although we have experienced it previously at Caesars Palace, is the queuing system. In most hotels you all line up in one queue and when an operator is free the next person goes to the counter. With the Bellagio however, there is a separate queue for each operator; now this can be a little annoying when the queue next to you moves really quickly and yours doesn’t. Not what you expect to experience in a luxury hotel…you really want everything to run smoothly so I personally think they should rethink this queuing model.
Other than that, we found the checking-in process to run smoothly and once we received our room card keys we headed off for the 2 mile hike to our room. Yes I’m joking but only just a little. If you’ve never stayed at a Las Vegas casino hotel then be prepared for along trek to your room, usually through the Casino.
When we got to our room, we weren’t disappointed. It looked just how a luxury hotel room should look.
We immediately went to the window to check out the view and were surprised to see that we had a view of The Strip overlooking the Bellagio fountain. We hadn’t asked for it so it was a nice surprise.
We had booked a twin room (room 6038) which had two very comfortable queen beds. In fact the mattress was what I imagine sleeping on a cloud would be like. There were Plenty of pillows of various densities. A couple of work desks, plenty of cupboard space and an area with lounge chairs – nice for sitting and taking in the view of the fountains and the strip.
The sheer curtains and the drapes are controlled by a switch near the bed.
As with most Las Vegas hotels there are no coffee or tea making facilities, but there is a well stocked mini bar.
A yummy selection of nuts, candies and of course bottles of water that are available for purchase.
The safe is conveniently placed in the bedside table and it is big enough to take both our ipads and laptop. Bonus. So often hotels have tiny little safes that only hold the passports and paperwork.
The alarm clock radio also has a port for your iPod or iPhone.
Tasteful art works are scattered throughout the room. All in all the room is inviting and comfortable.
We love it.
The entrance has a nice large mirror so you can check yourself out before heading to the strip.
As I said at the beginning,the beds are just so comfortable. Absolutely awesome to sink into after a day of sightseeing. I woke up every day feeling truly refreshed and ready for another full on day. The room has a lovely ambience, it’s restful and elegant.
The bathroom has both a bath and a shower. I do like a hotel room with a bath, there is nothing more relaxing after a days sightseeing than to relax in a nice hot bubble bath. There is also a set of scales, not what one really wants to use when in holiday mode. But a nice addition for those who like to keep an eye on their weight while they indulge in all the beautiful food on offer.
Even the bathroom has a warm, comforting feel. You can see the seperate shower reflected in the mirror.
TV Cabinet and Wardrobe
In the he TV cabinet you will find the mini bar and all the other goodies for purchase are in full view.
The ice bucket and glasses are provided and the ice machine is just down the hall.
At the end of the wardrobe is an area with a couple of comfortable armchairs that are ideal to relax in after a day on the Strip.
The wardrobe holds all the usual items, plus there are a couple of snuggly robes as well.
The Computer/Writing Desk
The computer desk has the plugs in the side so I don’t have to scramble around under the desk to find them – Bonus. Usually we have to move half the furniture around to find the plug outlets.
Our view over the Bellagio fountain to the Paris Hotel and Casino.
The Bellagio Fountains
As you are probably aware the Bellagio Hotel is famous for its spectacular fountain with its amazing water, music and light display which is held regularly throughout the day and night. It’s amazing to watch and one of the most well known water displays is the one featuring Sarah Brightman and Andrea Bocelli.
Claire Kahn, one of the design team entrusted with keeping the fountain show’s repetoire fresh and appealing says that “choreographing a song on the founts is ‘capturing the spirit (of the song) rather than being literal.”
I think the finished results of all their hard work certainly shows with the delighted response of the audiences each time the fountain plays.
Monday – Friday
3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. show every 1/2 hour
7:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. show every 15 minutes
Saturdays, Sunday* and Holidays
12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. show every 1/2 hour
7:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. show every 15 minutes
*On Sundays the Fountain show begins at 11 a.m. and runs every 15 minutes for the Fountains Brunch at Jasmine.
If you have a room with a fountain view then be aware that although you will be able to see the fountain performance, you won’t be able to hear the accompanying music as the rooms are beautifully sound proofed. But do make sure you head outside to enjoy the musical renditions.
Our opinion of the Bellagio – We love it.
Will we stay there again – We most certainly will.