Las Vegas

bellagio hotel

Stan’s top casino pick is always the Bellagio in Las Vegas, Nevada. Home to Cirque du Soleil, the Bellagio is a divine experience of beauty and wonder combined with award winning chefs and a commitment to the environment. The main tower has 36 floors with over 3,000 rooms and the addition of The Spa Tower another 33 floors and 935 rooms round out the casino as one of the best in the world for gambling fun.

Stan manages to plan our vacation at the Bellagio during the World Poker Tournaments, and professional poker players flock to play in “The Office” for the high table limits. The Fountains of Bellagio’s choreographed water performances that take place every 30 minutes draw huge crowds. Spectacular artwork is found throughout the casino, and the special exhibitions on loan from various museums and private collections bring famous pieces of art to the masses. Several playing lounges elevate the style and ambiance like, Club Privé and the Poker Room, which host table games such as Blackjack, Craps, a domino game from the Orient called Pai Gow, Baccarat, Three Card Poker, and Roulette.

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Over 2,000 unique slots fill the air with the sound of winning with games like The Walking Dead, Avatar, Back to the Future–Back in Time, Buffalo Stampede, and Sex and the City Platinum. The Bellagio is the winner of the AAA Five Diamond Award for the last fourteen years in a row and only the top chefs from around the world create masterpieces with every dish. The hotel has a conservatory, which changes themes with the seasons including the Chinese New Year, and botanical gardens that surround you in beautiful wonder.

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Over 3,000 guest rooms offer opulence at its finest. The Picasso and Le Cirque restaurants have also won the Five Diamond Award and more than one Michelin Star. Brunch at Jasmine will nestle you inside a delicate garden with authentic Chinese artwork and a view of the water fountain show. Tempt your taste buds with the scent of Cantonese, Szechwan, and Hunan cuisine. Enjoy the culinary art of France and Spain in Picasso where the famous Pablo Picasso spent a great deal of time. A well-stocked cellar of over 1,500 bottles of the finest European wines complements the outdoor patio to combine romance and a marvelous dining experience in the Picasso restaurant.

Celebrating the Maccioni family style of cuisine, Le Cirque is fine French cooking at its best with bold flavors and exquisite dishes amidst the beauty and splendor of the lake and fountains. Stan orders the Alaskan Halibut, applewood–basil potato purée, asparagus, baby artichoke and warm citrus vinaigrette at Le Cirque every time we go.