I squealed like a little girl when I stepped inside my suite at the Palazzo. I immediately decided I would live here for the rest of my life. Okay, so they kicked me out a few days later when my reservation ran out, but it was a nice dream while it lasted. For the sweet price of $119/night (thanks to a Grazi players club deal I received), it was probably the nicest hotel room–make that suite–I’ve ever stayed in.
The furnishings were of high quality and there was enough space in there to set up a running track around the perimeter. Okay, I exaggerate. But I’m not exaggerating when I say it was larger than the apartment I lived in for 9 years before I bought my condo. Think of anything you could possibly want in a hotel room, and I’m sure it was there (except a kitchen; no kitchen). Minibar? Check. Internet and WiFi? Check. A power strip (handy for recharging multiple electronic items)? Check. Floor to ceiling window with remote control shade and drape openers? Check. Flat panel TV? Not one, but three (1 in the bedroom, 1 in the living room, and 1 in the bathroom). FAX MACHINE? Wow. Check. The list goes on. I’m getting homesick just writing about it.
The bed was comfy, with big, fluffy pillows, and the large L-shaped sofa was just as comfortable The living room is down a set of stairs and would have been a great place to throw a little gathering, if you had your posse in town. The bathroom was spacious, with the toilet in its own little WC, separate shower and tub, two sinks, the aforementioned TV, and a vanity. Never let it be said I didn’t get my money’s worth for $119. I stayed in a single room the size of a jail cell in New York City, with shared bath, and it cost me $159. So you can imagine how giddy I was with this room. Excuse me: Suite.
But a hotel isn’t all about the room. How did the rest of the property measure up? It was a mixed bag, but pretty darn well overall. The pool cafe, Solaro, was overpriced and offered little variety. Very disappointing for a Wolfgang Puck property. I wasn’t impressed. But the pool area itself was fantastic–very mellow in the morning when I was there, good for reading, which was exactly what I was looking for. The pools and the landscaping are truly beautiful.
The only other Palazzo restaurant I ate at was the Grand Lux Cafe, which I’ve already reviewed. But of course, the Palazzo is connected to the Venetian, and I did dine over there as well, at Postrio. In all the years I’ve been coming to Las Vegas, I’d never dined in St. Mark’s Square before. I thought it was time, and it was definitely a pleasant experience (more on this in a future review). There is certainly no lack of restaurant choices (especially fine dining choices) at the Venetian/Palazzo complex. The public areas have always been among my favorite in Las Vegas, from the canal and gondolas in the Canal Shoppes, to St. Mark’s Square, the ceiling fresco in the entrance of the Venetian, the Rialto Bridge. . .I could go on. But I feel like I’m gushing too much.
I spent one evening listening to a band in the La Scena Lounge at the Venetian (which I highly recommend); they were very good, and the place was packed. I had to wait awhile before a seat opened up at the bar. I did not see any shows here this time out, though I have in the past seen Phantom and Blue Man Group, both of which are great shows. I loved that the elevators at the Palazzo played music from the shows here–especially Phantom, which is so appropriate to the theme of the hotel.
- I really enjoy gambling at the Palazzo. They have all the best and latest video slot machines I love. I got a chance to play the Hangover slots for the first time. It was definitely fun, but alas, my ten year losing streak in Vegas held out.
- For your security, the hotel checks room keys at the elevators all day, every day.
Were there any negatives about the Palazzo? Sure:
- The safe was broken when I checked in, so I had to have engineering come fix it. It stayed fixed for less than a day. After that, I gave up on it and just locked my valuables in my suitcase.
- You realize just how far north this hotel is when you have to walk back here from mid-Strip. I wish I could pick it up and move it a bit further south.
- I stopped to listen to the dueling pianos at Salute Lounge one evening. They haven’t improved since the last time I saw them.
Overall, this hotel is a fabulous place to stay. It isn’t always as cheap as the deal I got, of course, but it helps if you sign up for their players club; God knows I haven’t gambled that much there, but even I got a good rate. I hope those deals keep coming, because I would be very happy to stay here again.
Got any questions about the Palazzo that I didn’t answer here? Feel free to post them in the comments section below. I’ll answer whatever I can.