If I asked you about gambling, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Undoubtedly, Las Vegas Casinos will be the first! The spot is well earned with it’s constant growth of new luxurious casinos, hotels and condos, in addition to the billions of dollars spent in restoration and renovations of some of the original and world renowned casinos that were there when it all began. Not to mention the millions of dollars that go into maintaining this Adult Playground, Capital of the World. Without question, Las Vegas is home to some of the most breathtaking pieces of real-estate all over the world.
Take for instance some of the award winning Five Diamond resorts: The Venetian, The Palazzo, Wynn Hotel and Bellagio Hotel. All have they’re unique theme in decor and ambiance, and are individually known for their particular Vegas Shows, restaurants, Bars, Clubs and Lounges. All are equal as state of the art of gaming facilities with games including blackjack, poker, craps, baccarat, roulette, keno and wide variety of slot machines. Given the attributes of each of these Casinos all attract their own clientele consisting of high rollers, Las Vegas locals and Vegas connoisseurs who will argue their view on which IS the “Best” hotel in Las Vegas.
One of these Award Winning Casinos mentioned, created by the Las Vegas Sands is The Venetian. This artistic establishment boasts a heavy and breathtaking recreation of true Italy- Venice. Embracing every detail of this romantic city, The Venetian’s recreation is done flawlessly capturing everything from the Sistine Chapel, remarkable frescos, gourmet Italian food from restaurants and eateries that place you on “the streets of Venice”, a replica of the Rialto Bridge, complete with gondolas passing through the “Grand Canals” with the finishing touch of what appear to be Authentic Gondoliers serenading as they row.
Another remarkable casino by the Las Vegas Sands next door to the Venetian is the prestigious Palazzo Casino. Suited with a European theme, this five-diamond Resort boast some of the most luxurious amenities, the very best in entertainment having shows such as Jersey Boys and The Blue Man Group, and offers some of the best cuisine by world-renowned Chefs Wolfgang Puck and Emeril Lagasse. For those who enjoy shopping in Las Vegas you are sure to be impressed by The Shoppes at The Palazzo. It is home to the most luxurious designers including Christian Louboutin, Diane von Furstenberg, Catherine Malandrino, and many, many more. The Palazzo is also home of a three-story, 85,000 square foot Barney’s New York which is known for it’s high-end shopping and fine dining on multilevel oasis of fashion.
Now we travel over to sister casinos; Wynn Hotel and Encore. Each hotel is beautiful and unique in it’s sophisticated decor. The Wynn is well know for it’s 140 foot mountain of landscape and beautiful greenery surrounding the hotel complete with an 18 hole golf coarse. It’s easy to forget you are in the middle of the desert, let alone the Las Vegas Strip with this sanctuary The Wynn Corporation has created. The inside decor is a mixture of modern Asian and European themes, complimented with cascading ivory pillars and luxurious chandeliers hung throughout. Boasting over 22 restaurants and bars at the Wynn, you’re sure to find something to quench your thirst or please you pallet.
Encore is the full-scale sister casino and resort standing independently beside the Wynn Hotel, connected through the high-end shopping area of Esplanade at Encore. The Wynn Corporation created this remarkable Las Vegas casino and resort to be a bit more subdue than the Wynn Hotel. Encompassing more of a refined, youthful elegance with more playful and fanciful designs, coupled with Asian influences. Initially envisioned as an expansion of the Wynn, these Five-Diamond Award Winning sister casinos and resorts blend impeccably; sharing resources and amenities. Here you can dine at Encore’s intimate signature restaurants on gourmet quizine prepared by some of the best Chef’s on the Strip.
Moving onto one of the staples of the Las Vegas Strip, let alone the second largest hotel in the world: MGM Grand Las Vegas. Located on the busy intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard and Tropicana, this monstrous hotel and casino claimed it’s place as the second largest hotel in the world in 1993. Opening with a Wizard of Oz theme which included the casino’s trademark “Emerald City” color of the exterior of the building. In 1998 the 45 foot bronze statue of Leo was added to the entrance. In 2000, the hotel underwent an extensive renovation with the goal to appeal to a more mature clientele by removing nearly all remnants of it’s initial Wizard of Oz theme. Revamping as “The City of Entertainment” with an eclectic and artistic theme of old Hollywood and Paris. Now a days, MGM Grand is referred to as “Maximum Vegas” due to the wide range of activities offered to their guests. Guest have their choice of dining at over a dozen prestigious restaurants, taking in a show of Cirque du Soleil KA and/ or the MGM Grand’s Crazy Horse Paris, visiting the Lion’s Habitat, or going to Studio Walk where they can participate in the CSI: Experience. Home to the Garden Arena, MGM proudly boasts the venue where performances are held from well known musicians and artists from all around the world, championship boxing events and other special events. MGM Grand is also know for their luxury suites at The Signature. Geared to the more sophisticated and families in Las Vegas, these higher priced private towers provide a non-gaming and non-smoking experience.
Another oldie, but goody in Vegas that has also undergone a massive renovation is The Tropicana Hotel. With a South Beach style theme, a $165 million dollar renovation to the property began in August 2009 and is expected to be completed in Spring 2011. This renovation isn’t limited to the building and decor, but also to the gaming and attractions it offers. Tropicana Hotel is now home to the Brad Garret’s Comedy Club, which showcases a line-up of the well known comedians. Some of these headliners include Brad Garrett himself, Kevin Nealon, Dom Irrera, Bob Zany, Rondell Sheridan, and Rocky La Porte. Now also available at the Trop is the all new state-of-the-art Race and Sports Book. Operated by Cantor Gaming, this features some of the most technologically advanced wagering Las Vegas has to offer. Soon to be available is The Las Vegas Mob Experience, this is an interactive experience of entertainment using technology to re-create the rise and fall of organized crime in Las Vegas. Featuring apparitions of famed gangsters, the Las Vegas Mob Experience promises a personalized and theatrical setting full of intrigue, mystery and suspense! The last part of the renovation to be completed is the highly anticipated Nikki Beach Las Vegas. Nikki Beach is one of the most well known beach clubs all around the world and is sure to become the very best nightclub in Las Vegas. Offering new heights of luxury and modern décor to it’s elite clientele, this multi-million dollar pool renovation planned to be completed by May 2011 will include an outdoor cafe & bar, swim-up blackjack, sand volleyball courts and a private island in the center of the pool. With 15,000-square-foot Club Nikki will feature an ultra-lounge and beach area. The beach club will also include an outdoor concert area where some of the hottest musicians from around the world will preform and entertain for you.