THE BACKGROUND: The Palazzo forms one half of what is probably the Las Vegas’ Strip’s best-known hotel double act; it adjoins The Venetian, with the two hotels linked by an internal walkway.
WHERE IS IT? The hotel is conveniently located mid-way along The Strip. McCarran Airport is a 20-minute taxi ride away ($20). Regular shuttle buses are also available.
THE CHECK-IN: Many Las Vegas hotels are large, with the reception area set back a long way from the taxi drop-off point. There were eight different desks, all with two check-in staff. Despite a longish line, I was checked in and given the essential hotel map – this is a sprawling property! – within 10 minutes. I then wheeled my case through the casino area, and past a couple of restaurants, to the elevators for the guest suites.
THE ROOM: There are seven suite categories and my entry level 'Luxury' suite on the 21st floor covered an impressive 720 sq ft. With a split level it had a king-size bed and a 42-inch flat-screen TV, and a 'sunken' dining/living area with another TV, sofa table and chairs, work area with fax machine and printer. Other features included dark woods, and remote control Roman shades and curtains and Japanese blinds. A large bathroom had a double-sink vanity, marble-appointed bath, power shower, enclosed toilet, another LCD TV and plush robes and slippers.
THE RESTAURANT: Where to start! Including in-room dining, there are 17 choices – around 40 if you include the options at The Venetian. Best known is the fine-dining steakhouse, CUT, with celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck, and the innovative Sushisamba, serving a fusion of Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian food.
THE FACILITIES: The Palazzo Pool Deck, with its choice of seven pools – all outside – overlooks the Las Vegas Strip. The pool deck also features four hot tubs, 41 cabanas and a cocktail bar. The Canyon Ranch SpaClub offers a range of (desert-inspired) treatments, along with fitness classes and a nutritionist. One-day passes, which get you into the fitness classes and fitness centre, cost $40. The Shoppes at The Palazzo, with more than 50 international boutique outlets, is one of the city's leading retail centres.
THE NIGHTLIFE: TResident shows at The Palazzo/The Venetian include Jersey Boys, Phantom – The Las Vegas Spectacular and Blue Man Group. Tickets start around $80. The Tao nightclub is currently one of the 'hippest' in Vegas.
THE COST: Rates start at $149 ($199 at weekends.) A variety of theatre packages, with accommodation and show tickets are available from around $225pppn.
THE DETAILS: 3355 Las Vegas Boulevard South Las Vegas, NV 89109
Recommend a stay at The Palazzo for clients looking to enjoy oversized rooms and close proximity to some of the best shows, restaurants and shops in Las Vegas.
Editor, Selling Long Haul