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Bellagio Las Vegas

By Sally Bernstein
Photo Credit: MGM Resorts International

Bellagio is one of the most popular luxury hotels on the Las Vegas Strip. Opened in 1998 and renovated in 2012 the Bellagio has 3950 rooms between the main tower and the spa tower. Their rooms are a very comfortable 510 square feet, unless you prefer a larger suite.  8000 courteous staff services your every whim. From lobby check-in with the spectacular glass sculptor Dale Chihuly 2000 hand-blown glass flower ceiling to the lemonade offered upon check-out, the Bellagio offers it all.  Other highlights include casinos, nightlife, over 15 restaurants, swimming pools, shopping and a salon, spa and fitness center. And just in case you want to get married, the Bellagio has 2 wedding chapels of various sizes.  A wedding coordinator is ready to assist.

Be sure to request a room with a fountain view. You can hear the music on your room television while seeing the fountains out your window.  The musical Fountains of Bellagio are one of the hotel’s most popular features, located on an 8-acre lake and synchronized to music. At night the lights make it a mesmerizing event.

Entertainment includes the popular Cirque du Soleil® “O” production with synchronized swimmers, acrobats and divers.  In this theater, reminiscent of a European style opera house, the international cast performs in, on and above water.

The Bellagio has many restaurants from the upscale Le Cirque by Sirio Maccioni to Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Prime Steakhouse to Michael Mina to Julian Serrano’s Lago to Todd English’s Olives and many more.

Let’s explore a few of the restaurants I visited:

Harvest by Roy Ellamar
Eating at Harvest is fun!  Three snack wagons circle the dining rooms showcasing both savory and sweet offerings.  The night I dined there one cart featured the food of Michael Mina, one of the other Bellagio restaurants.  Small tastes of Lobster Pot Pie and Ahi Tuna Tartare were tasty.  Chef Roy’s wagon offered Butter Roasted Scallops, a Poke Bowl, and Bacon-Wrapped Octopus.  If you haven’t tried octopus, this dish, with its tender octopus, will win you over. The sweet wagon offered Grand Marnier Lollipops, Handcrafted Chocolates, House-made Marshmallows, and Cupcakes. The written menu has Garden, Ocean and Ranch sections.  Grilled Asparagus (Garden), and Shells on Ice (Ocean) include chilled seafood of shrimp, oysters, clams, lobster, king crab and snow crab.  Foie Gras (Ranch) atop cornbread with wild berry preserves was only one of the Ranch offerings.  If you are a meat lover the 18 oz. dry aged USDA Prime Bone-In Ribeye is excellent.

Petrossian Bar
If you care to splurge and enjoy the finer things in life there is no better way than caviar and champagne (or vodka).  Petrossian Caviar is some of the best in the world and you’ll find 4 kinds of caviar in 4 different sizes.  Choose from Royal Transmontanous Caviar, Royal Siberian Caviar, Royal Ossetra or Tsar Imperial Ossetra. Petrossian offers samplings of various foods to go with your drinks: Smoked Salmon “Reuben”, a Charcuterie Plate, Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail and Snow Crab Claw, Pâté, Foie Gras Truffle Terrine, and Lobster Medallion, to name a few. Cheeses and desserts round out the menu.

Music from the Steinway Grand piano and comfortable couches makes the splurge more enjoyable. Traditional afternoon tea is served from 1 p.m.--4 p.m. daily.

The Buffet
Satisfy your palate with American, Chinese, Japanese, Italian, and seafood offered at breakfast, lunch, and dinner at this expansive buffet.  This world of discovery includes fresh ingredients, cooking stations, Gourmet Dinner Service, weekend champagne brunch, and a special Chef’s Table. Don’t be surprised if you encounter a waiting line as this is one popular buffet.

Jean Philippe Patisserie
This European-style pastry shop is a real find.  I kept returning for the chocolate croissants but there are many offerings from sandwiches, salads, specialty coffees, cakes, chocolates, and a chocolate fountain worthy of photographs. Chef Jean-Philippe Maury definitely knows what he is doing.

Know that the Bellagio is big (lots of walking) and bold.  You’ll get plenty of exercise exploring what the Bellagio has to offer.  Relax and enjoy!

Bellagio Las Vegas
3600 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, NV 89109

Note: This information was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the businesses in question before making your plans.

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