Bellagio Hotel Lives up to the Las Vegas Hype

- Nikki Scarborough,

You have heard of the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, right? Everyone has heard of the Bellagio! It’s been a symbol of luxury and elegance in the world’s entertainment capital city since opening in 1998. So, I was extremely excited to have the opportunity to visit the Bellagio in Las Vegas in early December to see if the experience actually lived up to the hype.

The location was exceptional — right in the very center of the Las Vegas Strip on the site of the infamous Dunes casino.   As you pull up you can see that this luxurious Nevada hotel has been inspired by the Lake Como resort Bellagio in Italy. It’s easy to forget for a moment that you are actually in sin city.

The lobby took my breath away; I looked up at Dale Chihuly’s “ Fiori di Como”, composed of over 2,000 hand-blown glass flowers that cover the lobby’s ceiling. Exquisite and beautiful! I had to stop for a moment to take it in.

I headed up to my suite on the 22nd floor hoping for a view of the fountain. Luckily for me, I wasn’t disappointed. With floor to ceiling windows overlooking the strip and the famous fountain, I sat in the contemporary suite and waited for the show.

I learned that if you turn on your TV to a specific chancel you could hear the music that is playing during the show.  I was mesmerized listening to Frank Sinatra’s “Fly me to the Moon”, watching the choreographed light and water show.

Luxury Vegas HotelsAnd, in a flash, it was time for dinner. I contemplated which of the many restaurants to choose from.  Bellagio is the only hotel in the country with two AAA Five Diamond Award restaurants, Le Cirque and Picasso. I opted for the contemporary Sensi restaurant. The restaurant it is sleek in style with an open kitchen so you can watch all the action as your food is prepared.  On the recommendation of my waiter I ended up ordering the Butter Chicken. Fantastic!

You can’t stay at the Bellagio without seeing “O”.  Bellagio is home to Cirque du Soleil’s aquatic production. I have seen many of the Cirque du Soleil’s shows – “O” is my favorite.  Prepare to be amazed, astonished and thoroughly entertained.

I had a wonderful stay at the Bellagio – as I was leaving they were just finishing up the Holiday theme in the Conservatory. The staff worked 24 hours a day for a week setting up the elaborate display.  I’m wondering what the theme will be next time I visit.

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