Venetian Las Vegas
The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino is a Venetian-themed resort, hotel and casino located on the Las Vegas Strip, on the site of the old Sands Hotel. The Venetian is owned and operated by the Las Vegas Sands Corporation.
The Venetian has connections to other hotels through walkways and escalators, and is a beautiful place to walk in the evening, Neon Nights! You can seen the Venice landscape, the Mirage Volcano and the TI hotel.
The resort officially opened on May 3, 1999. Built at a cost of $1.5 billion, it was one of the most expensive resorts of its kind ever built at the time it opened.
In November 26, 1996, The Sands Hotel was imploded to make way for The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino.
In October 7, 2001, the Guggenheim Hermitage Museum opened within the resort, featuring its first collection: Masterpieces and Master Collectors: Impressionist and Early Modern Paintings.
On June 27, 2003, The Venezia at the Venetian opened as an additional tower, adding 1,013 suites and a new wedding chapel.
The Venetian has an extensive indoor retail mall called "The Grand Canal Shoppes", which covers 500,000 square feet. In addition to the lake in front of the casino, canals on the second floor of building, and in the shopping mall, are used to provide gondola rides. The hotel also hosts the Las Vegas Madame Tussauds wax museum.
In 2008 the Venetian was undertaking new construction, however, in 2010, the upper storey of that wing was still in the steel beam stage and the lower level had been occupied by something that was sorely needed in this portion of the Strip -- A Walgreen's.
The Venetian hosts 17 acclaimed restaurants, including Bouchon, which is the vision of Time Magazine's “America's Best Chef”, Thomas Keller. There is also a food court in the Grand Canal Shoppes
Other attractions are the Blue Man Group, an explosive show in the brand-new 1760-seat Blue Man Theatre, and the Tao Nightclub.