Bellagio

The Audrey Hepburn of the Strip, Bellagio oozes sophistication and grandeur while remaining down to earth and far from pretentious.
By: Randi Kest

The Audrey Hepburn of the Strip, Bellagio oozes sophistication and grandeur while remaining down to earth and far from pretentious. Since its opening in 1998, Bellagio's Tuscan architecture has brought an airy Italian flavor to Las Vegas while the lush greenery, surrounding gardens and robust floral arrangements have exposed the resort's elegance. This $1.6-billion resort has it all: exquisite guest rooms, 6 pools, 4 spas, 2 wedding chapels and a salon. Oh, and there's plenty of gambling room, too. But unlike many of the other resorts on the Strip, the casino is set back from the entrance. And in its place, there's a conservatory and botanical garden. This is to ensure that each guest spends at least part of his or her day surrounded by nature's beauty. That is the essence of Bellagio and part of the reason it received the 2002 AAA Five Diamond award. So if it's the Vegas experience you crave, but without all the frivolity, check into Bellagio, where your stay is bound to be grand.

Main Attraction: The magnificent fountain display is choreographed to music and lights and stretches over more than 8 acres.
Ideal For: Bellagio will impress even the pickiest of travelers while welcoming the not-so-well-traveled just as openly.
Dining Options: Bring your bib because there are a heap of dining establishments here. Reserve a spot at Aqua for some divine seafood or try Le Cirque for a little French flair. You can also choose from Olives (Mediterranean), Jasmine (Chinese), Nectar (American), AAA Five Diamond award-winning Picasso (regional cuisine of France and Spain) and a host of other spots to feast.
Accommodations: 3,005 rooms, including 316 suites with views of the resort's lake, surrounding mountains and the Vegas skyline. The new Spa Tower, completed in December 2004, adds another 928 rooms, meeting space and a new restaurant called Sensi.
Fascinating Fact: Bellagio is the first Las Vegas hotel-casino to receive the AAA Five Diamond award, as well as the largest resort in AAA history.
Claim to Fame: The gardens and fountains
Entertainment Options: Get a ticket to the Cirque du Soleil production of O, where a cast of synchronized swimmers, divers, acrobats, aerialists and characters use water as their stage. If this isn't for you, head to one of the 6 bars and lounges or Light Nightclub.
Activities: Stroll through the conservatory and botanical gardens, get a tee time at Shadow Creek (a premier golf course where only guests of MGM Mirage hotels can play), shop along Via Bellagio, take a dip in one of the 6 pools, stop by the salon and spa and visit the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art.
Casino Stats: 100,000 square feet of blackjack, craps, roulette, baccarat, poker and all the other money suckers.

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