Among the most famous mega-resorts in the world, Bellagio knows how to pull the crowds. Opened to much fanfare in 1998, this glamorous resort took its design cue from the Italian town of Bellagio on Lake Como. Its much-photographed lobby ceiling showcases Dale Chihuly’s intricate Fiori di Como art installation, with more than 2,000 hand-blown, colored glass flowers. Bellagio is famed for its 8-acre (3-hectare) lake, where you’ll find the incredible fountains lit up at night. It’s also the backdrop for the 2001 Ocean’s Eleven film.
Those in the mood for a little dice throwing will be in mecca Bellagio’s elegant casino is internationally renowned. Spanning an entire floor, the gaming area is loud, busy and undeniably glamorous. More than 2,300 slot machines light up the floor and jackpots reach into the millions.
Serious gamers can try their best poker face in Bobby’s Room, popular with celebrities and named for Bobby Baldwin, who in 1978 became the youngest Main Event champion at the World Series of Poker. With its high table limits and stylish setting, Bobby’s Room is regularly packed with professional poker players, but visitors are welcome.
Gambling is just a fraction of what Bellagio has to offer. The hotel is home to circus troupe Cirque du Soleil’s spectacular O production, a conservatory and botanical gardens decorated according to the seasons, and a sumptuous spa and salon.
The Fountains of Bellagio, just outside the hotel’s main entrance, are essential viewing for Vegas visitors. The free, choreographed water show set to music, including Vegas favorites songs like Luck be a Lady, has more than 1,200 illuminated jets of water shooting skyward. Shows run every 15 or 30 minutes depending on the time of day. Check with the concierge to see when the fountains start-up and the timing of the shows when you’re there.
Bellagio is located in the middle of The Strip. The tram stops there, as does the public bus and mini-bus shuttles. Check with your hotel concierge for day rates on transport passes.