Both the Palazzo Las Vegas and its sister property, the Venetian, share enough facilities and services (including the largest spa in Las Vegas), and are so closely connected that Guinness World Records considers them as one in determining that, with a total room count of 7,017, they are the biggest hotel in the world. Technically, though, the Palazzo, which opened in 2008, is a stand-alone, with its own lobby, casino, upscale shopping, 15 restaurants, and seven pools. It also has its own vibe, which is less theme-driven, more hip than at the Venetian—although it’s not without its glitz, as one can’t help but notice when looking at the huge glass dome above the lobby. The Palazzo’s suites, with their sunken living rooms, are among the largest on the Strip (and almost identical to the Venetian’s suites) and their views, from the highest of them, among the loftiest in Las Vegas.
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Located near the north end of the Strip, the Palazzo is within walking distance of many Las Vegas attractions, including Madame Tussauds next door at the Venetian, shopping at the Grand Canal Shoppes, and hot Vegas nightclub Tao. For other top, nearby clubs, walk north on the Strip to XS at Encore or south to Drai’s at the Cromwell. Visitors who've had enough walking can take a cab out to World Class Driving, where they'll soon find themselves behind the wheel of anything from a muscle-bound Shelby GT 500 to an exotic Ferrari 458 Italia.
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Rooms: 3,068 suites, from $179. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: 11 a.m. Dining options: Between them, the Palazzo and the Venetian offer dozens of dining venues, including at least 20 fine-dining restaurants, all within steps of guests at either hotel. Among those with celebrity chefs, steak houses are particularly well represented by Wolfgang Puck’s Cut, Mario Batali’s Carnevino, and Emeril Lagasse’s Delmonico Steakhouse. Daniel Boulud’s db Brasserie and Thomas Keller’s Bouchon are both known for exceptional French fare. And although the menu is Italian at Buddy V’s Ristorante, what draws most people are the desserts prepared by celebrity baker Buddy Valastro, or, as he is known on his TLC hit show, “The Cake Boss.” Spa and gym details: The Canyon Ranch SpaClub, which the Palazzo and the Venetian share, is not only the largest spa in Las Vegas, but, covering 134,000 square feet, one of the largest in the world. A direct offshoot of the first Canyon Ranch health resort, in Tucson, Arizona, the spa offers more than 120 services, including European-inspired Aquavana thermal suites and whirlpools. When visiting the fitness center, consider attempting the 40-foot rock-climbing wall.
Who’s it for: Visitors, especially foodies, who want access to every amenity, activity, and service, but in a less kitschy setting than the Venetian (still knowing, however, that they can sneak over for a gondola ride any time they want). Our favorite rooms: Even the standard suites are large and well-furnished, so the differences boil down to the view and the level of service. The best views are of the Strip, the higher up the better, preferably above the 35th floor. To add a level of service hard to get in a hotel of this size, upgrade to Prestige service, which begins with a private check-in desk and private lounge access. Pool hop: Although the Palazzo has seven pools, none offer the kind of adults-only pool party scene that has become the rage all along the Strip. For that, go next door to the Venetian’s TAO Beach, which is a pool club by day and, Thursdays through Saturdays during the season, an open-air nightclub after dark.