AAA Five-Diamond Luxury Resort in the Heart of the Las Vegas Strip
It’s worth it to take a gondola ride at the Venetian, not only for the singing gondolier, but to get a full idea of just how far the resort goes to re-create the majesty of Venice. The gondolas themselves float down a replica of the Grand Canal, which takes you under stone bridges and past high-end shopping boutiques. There’s even a replica of St. Mark’s Square, where you can stop for a coffee at an outdoor café. The hotel itself resembles an opulent Mediterranean estate, and inside there are gilded archways, marble floors, and Italian frescoes that glint down from soaring ceilings. And you don’t need to leave the resort if you want fine dining or entertainment.<p>
**On-Site Casino with Upscale Poker Room** If you’re not planning on an early bedtime, stop by the on-site [casino](http://gr.pn/158rYOk), which is equipped with a lavish 14,000-square-foot poker room. Here you can play Texas Hold ‘Em, Stud, or Omaha at 59 tables. There are also plenty of slots, a race and sports book, and more than 139 table games. High rollers can head to the high-limit salon to try their hand at table games including Baccarat.
**Canyon Ranch SpaClub** [_Frommer’s_](http://gr.pn/ZaHocP) called the Venetian’s [on-site spa](http://gr.pn/YTC2Xo) “unbelievably lavish” and “the finest hotel spa in town.” Relax in a European-style steam bath, scale the 40-foot rock-climbing wall, or pamper yourself with a massage, facial, or body treatment. To receive 5% off at the SpaClub, sign up for the [Grazie Resort Loyalty Program](http://gr.pn/10WlZH7), which earns you rewards points and free perks and discounts during your stay, such as complimentary airport shuttle pickup and drop-off, late check-out, and more.
**Rock and Motown Concerts and Dance Club** An Australian pop quartet known as Human Nature brings down the house with the sounds of Motown in their self-titled concert, a resident show at the [Venetian Theatre](http://gr.pn/XSkBYg). It’s one of many big-ticket events the venue hosts on the regular. Another popular show: “Rock of Ages,” which celebrates ‘80s hairbands and classic rock ballads. [TAO](http://gr.pn/XrTDr3) is the center of the resort’s nightlife. International DJs spin tracks amid the nightclub’s famous bathtub models, who soak in tubs of rose petals.
**Award-Winning Restaurants with Celebrity Chefs** Celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse helms [Delmonico Steakhouse](http://gr.pn/ZAtcK5) one of more than 20 onsite [restaurants](http://gr.pn/11o0ml9). Lagasse’s restaurant has earned slew of awards for its New Orleans–style cuisine, including Best Restaurant of the Year from _Esquire_ magazine. Specialty dishes include dry-aged rib eye, barbecue shrimp, and chateaubriand carved tableside. Elsewhere, [The Grill at Valentino](http://gr.pn/Z4dqIj) offers casual Italian cuisine from James Beard Award–winning chef Luciano Pellegrini.
**Outdoor Pools with Luxury Cabanas** [TAO Beach](http://gr.pn/11o0Mb0) is the place to see and be seen at the Venetian; celebs including Jay-Z, Heidi Klum, and LeBron James have partied at this pool. You can rent a luxury cabana—complete with air-conditioning, flat-screen TVs, and custom mini bars—or lounge on a day bed here. On Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, TAO Beach serves as an extension of the eponymous open-air nightclub, where revelers lounge beside two 14-foot fire columns. Elsewhere in the resort, the [Azure pool area](http://bit.ly/NLouXm) resembles a lush Mediterranean garden, with three neoclassical pools and one hot tub.
**Elegant Suites with Italian Marble and Upscale Furnishings** The Venetian features 36 stories of luxury accommodations. Both the [Luxury](http://gr.pn/ZaMeXw) and [Bella](http://gr.pn/13UJXrT) suites come with a Roman tub, a separate living room, and a dining table that seats three. You’ll pass through double doors and an Italian marble foyer before entering the [Rialto Suite](http://gr.pn/YVoMBp), named after Venice’s famed Rialto Bridge, which crosses the Grand Canal. The [Piazza Suite](http://gr.pn/YVoR8b) has a complete wet bar, three flat-screen TVs, and a jetted tub.
####Las Vegas: The Strip Past and Present Mentioning Las Vegas usually conjures up images of spinning roulette wheels and stone-faced poker players. If that’s what you’re looking for, you’ll want to make a beeline for the casinos lining the neon-lit Strip. But for lower-stakes gambling in a throwback Vegas atmosphere, head downtown to Fremont Street. Vintage signs and showgirls crowned with headdresses recall the days of Sinatra and Martin, but this Glitter Gulch burns much brighter today than it did in the Rat Pack era: beginning at dusk, a canopy of more than 12 million LED lights erupts in a psychedelic light and music show every hour. Educational attractions have never been Sin City's strong suit, but the [Mob Museum](http://themobmuseum.org) boasts a winning formula: bank robberies, prostitution, and money laundering. Exhibits profile legendary Mafiosi from Capone to Gotti, and mob artifacts include the bloodstained, bullet-pocked brick wall from the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. Within the former federal courthouse, you can fire a Tommy gun simulator, participate in a police lineup, or enter witness protection for the rest of your life. _Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions._