A small group of friends recently stayed at Bellagio for a short vacation. I spent a lot of time at the casino-resort for the first time since it opened. Even though it’s only 20 years old, it feels as if Bellagio has been around forever. It is still one of the most classic (and classy) resorts in Las Vegas.
The Bellagio is as popular as ever. The attractions, casino, and restaurants are always crowded. Like…always. At times it’s nearly impossible to navigate the property without bumping into people. Let’s take a look at this classic Las Vegas casino resort.
Bellagio Casino And Hotel
The grand opening of the Bellagio was October 15, 1998. More than 20 years later, the Bellagio is still one of the most popular casino-resorts on the Vegas Strip. The packed casino floor has more than 100,000 square feet of gaming space. The casino features 2,400 slot machines, a variety of table games, a race & sports book and one of the most popular poker rooms in Las Vegas.
The AAA Five Diamond rated hotel has 3,933 guest rooms, including 512 suites. The Spa Tower opened December 23, 2004. In March of 2015, MGM Resorts International completed a major renovation of the hotel rooms. Bellagio features five outdoor pools, four whirlpools, and 51 private cabanas in a Mediterranean courtyard setting.
The calling card for the Bellagio for many are the two free amenities for everyone. The Fountains Of Bellagio are one of the most iconic attractions in Las Vegas. The waters dance every 15 or 30 minutes depending on the day and time you visit. There are currently 26 songs on the playlist for the fountain show. Eight more songs are added for Christmas.
The Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is jam-packed all year ‘round. The 14,000-square-foot floral playground is one of the most popular free attractions in Las Vegas. The beautiful indoor garden is a showcase of the distinctive sights and colors of spring, summer, fall, and winter. Bellagio also creates a special display for Chinese New Year.
The Bellagio has a collection of some of the best restaurants in Las Vegas. During the three-night vacation, we had at least four meals at the Bellagio. Here are the dining highlights from this trip.
Lago by Julian Serrano – This is an Italian restaurant designed for guests to share food. The majority of the menu features small shareable plates of food. Our group of five people shared somewhere between 12 and 15 dishes. The food seemed like it would never stop and we didn’t mind. The meal was an experience, unlike most Italian meals any of us have enjoyed.
Spago – Wolfgang Puck’s restaurant moved to Bellagio from Caesars Palace earlier this year. The bright restaurant with views of the fountains makes for a perfect lunch. The simple grilled chicken sandwich is pricey but one of the best I’ve had.
Prime – Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s steakhouse is one of the best in Las Vegas. The design of the room is classic and comfortable. The steaks are delicious and every side is better than the previous.
There are even more great restaurants at Bellagio. The only thing missing from this visit was a traditional casino coffee shop to grab a less formal meal. This void should be filled when Sadelle’s opens.
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Marc Meltzer covers Las Vegas, gaming and men’s lifestyle for various outlets. Check out his blog at Edge Vegas.