Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Inside the Bellagio

The Bellagio is at the very top of the list of fine Las Vegas properties. Almost any amount of money can be won or lost or spent here. But the purpose of these posts is to do and see things without spending money, so let's see what the Bellagio has to offer.

In short, it has plenty. We already talked about the fountains out in front of the hotel. They are fantastic and deserving of their own post (see below). Since the previous post left us at the fountains in front of Caesar's Palace, we'll walk south from there, up to the over-street walkway and directly into the Via Bellagio (Shops and Boutiques). Here you will stroll past such retailers as Giorgio Armani, Chanel, Dior, Fendi, and Gucci (again the Italian thing). The Bellagio always decorates the Via with something for the season. It may be giant Christmas balls or a huge Liberty Bell or the biggest ear of corn in the world.

The Via Bellagio leads directly into the casino. This is the most plush casino in town. You will notice that it is quiet compared to most. The carpeting and drapery over the tables cuts the sound while making the experience of being there much more comfortable. I noticed the same thing in the new Wynn, which was designed by the same guy.

Our first destination is the poker room, of course. This is a better stop to make late at night, because we would be looking for poker pros. Many of the most famous poker pros seen on TV play regularly at the Bellagio. There is a glassed-in room in the back of the room called Bobby's Room. It is named for Bobby Baldwin who is the President of the Bellagio and who also wrote a chapter in Super System: A course in Power Poker. You can go into the poker room and you can look into Bobby's room, but don't linger if there is play going on inside. They will ask you to leave if you do. Of course, you could buy in for $10k minimum. :)

From the poker room, we want to follow the signs to the reception desk. This will be roughly southeast of the poker room if you still have your bearings. Once you are in front of the desk, look up. You will see 2,000 hand-blown glass flowers - the Fiori di Como, created by world-renowned artist, Dale Chihuly. If you have some time, have a seat in a comfy chair and enjoy the art. It is an experience.

Once you are rested and refreshed, take a right out of the lobby and into the Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, They are a kaleidoscope for your senses. This magnificent garden abounds in fragrance, texture and color. Row upon row of exotic plants and flowers weave a glorious display that highlights the season or holiday. There's no more inviting location for a photo opportunity or just a pleasant stroll.

While at the Bellagio, you may want to partake of some of the fine restaurants or the Gallery of Fine Art which is now featuring the work of Ansel Adams. Tickets are $15 for adults, so it doesn't fit in the free category. The Gallery and Gallery Store are open 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, including weekends and holidays.

Next post, we will venture to Downtown for more fun.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The Bellagio really is a gorgeous hotel to stay at - I've had the pleasure 3 times now on various trips to Vegas; I just love the atmosphere up there!
In between visits though, I play at Littlewoods Casino online casino