During our last stay in Las Vegas, we made several hotels. After spending two nights at the Venetian, we booked a room for 3 days at the Bellagio with a beautiful view of the famous fountains. The experience is so magical.
I tell you more about the Bellagio, the room and the fountains, with some pictures from Amélie’s camera!
The Bellagio, a luxury hotel in Las Vegas
With the Caesar Palace, the Bellagio is the most famous Las Vegas hotel. When you see TV shows or movies taking place in the city of sin (“Sin City” is a nickname sometimes given to Las Vegas), there is almost always a close-up of the Bellagio.
This hotel is in the middle of the Strip, the main street of the Las Vegas casinos. It belongs to the MGM group. On its site, there was once a hotel called “Dunes”. Aging, Dunes was demolished in 1993 and the Bellagio opened its doors in 1998.
It has nearly 4000 rooms and 500 suites. Room rates depend on several criteria: type of room, time of the week and year…
To give you an idea, with Amélie, we paid around $350/night for a King room with a view on the fountain in October. Four years later, at the same period, the price for the same room was $500.
This view is an asset that weighs on the price of the room. The price is reduced by almost 20% if you chose the same room without a fountain view.
Activities to do during a stay at Bellagio
Casino games at the Bellagio
I’ve seen morte than twenty casino floors in Las Vegas and Bellagio is the one I prefer. The atmosphere is calm, relaxed. Amelie and I haven’t played there, but a few years ago I had some great blackjack games.
The Bellagio is famous for its high stakes poker room. Formerly called Bobby’s Room, it is now called the Legends Room. High stakes games are played here. Of course, you can’t get in unless you have the money to participate. However, you may run into some of the biggest poker stars playing there.
If you like poker and don’t have the budget for the big games, the Bellagio is still a very nice place. There are about 40 tables offering Hold’em, Omaha, Stud and Mixed Games. Blinds start at $1/3.
I also remember running into a French soccer player at another table game. This is not surprising since the Bellagio attracts a lot of celebrities and since they have more freedom in Vegas than anywhere else, they don’t hesitate to show off and play for big money in the casino.
Entertainment at the Bellagio
The Bellagio’s most famous show is the O produced by Cirque du Soleil. There are other shows every year, but also art exhibitions and a beautiful botanical garden.
An outdoor pool and jacuzzis are open from 9a.m. to 6p.m. It is possible to rent small private cabanas next to the pool and deckchairs. However, you have to pay extra. And not small ones!
For a chair next to the pool, count $50. For a cabin, the price is between $300 and $600 per day. This price is even higher if you rent these spaces at the adult pool level.
In addition to the pool, the Bellagio has a SPA and a nice fitness center.
For entertainment and shopping, you will enjoy the Bellagio’s shopping mall. Among the boutiques, you will find Alexander McQueen, Chanel, Dior, Fendi, Gucci, Hermès, Louis Vuitton, Prada… Another proof that the countries of fashion are France and Italy!
Dining at the Bellagio
To eat, more than twenty restaurants await you. For a small price, the Bellagio buffet is a very good choice. On the other hand, if you want an exceptional gourmet meal and have a few $100 bills to get out of your wallet, go to Lago by Julian Serrano instead.
There is also a good French restaurant called Le Cirque. The prices there are high.
Our room at Bellagio: the King Room with Fountain View
The King room is a “standard” room at the Bellagio. While the Venetian standard room is 720 square feet, the Bellagio’s King Room is 510 square feet. That’s a real difference. But the two options are a huge hotel room! You find this kind of size for a standard room only in Las Vegas!
The room is nice, without being exceptional. I prefer the style of the Venetian. You have a king-size bed, an armchair, a small desk… My favorite part is the bathroom with a big bathtub that fills up in a few minutes.
So the room itself is not extraordinary and yet anyone visiting Las Vegas for the first time should book it. Why? For the view!
The view of the Bellagio Fountains
The Bellagio fountains are a sight to behold. This is the room’s number one asset. The difference with the Venetian is compensated by the Bellagio’s fountains. Seeing them on TV or even from the ground in Las Vegas is always a pleasant moment. I didn’t think a view of the fountains from the room would make it so magical.
You can turn on your TV and go to the hotel channel dedicated to the fountains. Then, during the fountain show, it simultaneously played the music. The dance of the water jets is visual poetry.
Depending on the day of the week, the shows of fountains begin between noon to 3p.m. and end at midnight. The shows take place every 15 or 30 minutes (depending on the time of day).
Even during the day, the view is not bad, isn’t it? But the best times are when it’s dark. The water and the light combine. It’s hard to do more romantic than that.
When the fountains are not working, the view is still beautiful. You can see in front of you the Eiffel Tower of the Paris hotel and a big part of the strip.
The Bellagio is a luxury resort that fully deserves its notoriety. If you go there, I advise you not to be stingy and take an extra for the fountains view. As evidenced by the ratings given by customers, you won’t regret it.