The Bellagio was named after a town on Lake Como in Italy, a popular tourist attraction and playground for the rich. As it turned out though, the Bellagio resort ended up being far more famous, one of the most famous resort casinos in the world.
The project was conceived by casino mogul Steve Wynn who originally bought the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas and after the completion of the Mirage in 1989, the company name was changed to Mirage Resorts, which also owned several other Nevada casinos.
The Bellagio was to be their centerpiece though and the $1.6 billion that they spent on its construction made that pretty clear, which at the time was the most expensive casino ever built. No expense was to be spared, and the project also included an 8 acre man made lake, which was to become the resort casino’s most famous attraction.
On October 15th, 1998, the site officially opened, with a party that itself cost the casino $88 million to put on. They were certainly looking to make a big splash, and that they did.
The Bellagio is most famous for its impressive water show, The Fountains of Bellagio, choreographed to music, with lights and water jets shooting as high as 460 feet into the air. Many people come to the Bellagio for the fountain show alone, and many of their rooms face it so that guests can view it right from their rooms. The shows run throughout the afternoon up until midnight.
This hotel casino resort is much more than just a water show though. It is both a five star and an AAA Five Diamond property, and while it does tend to be more expensive than most places in Vegas, guests happily pay extra for the quality experience overall that the Bellagio offers.
The Bellagio’s 36 story exterior is on the conservative side by Vegas standards, but its inside is filled with beauty and luxury, starting with the stunningly gorgeous 2,000 hand blown flowers on the ceiling of their lobby, covering 2,000 square feet. This is just a taste of what’s to come as you explore the property further.
The Bellagio’s Impressive Features
While most people come here to gamble, the Bellagio is so much more than just their casino, which is impressive enough by itself. They have a Conservatory and Botanical Gardens that is way more impressive than you would expect at a casino, which changes with the seasons. There is also a Museum of Fine Art, and these side exhibits don’t appeal to everyone’s taste but they are certainly niceties and add to the overall value of the experience here.
This isn’t just a Five Diamond property, they are the only Las Vegas hotel and casino to win the award 10 or more times in a row, and they are up to 15 consecutive awards, and this is not expected to end anytime soon. Two of their restaurants have also won AAA Five diamond awards.
The rooms here are tastefully and luxuriously appointed, with some great views, including fountain view rooms. Standard rooms are 510 square feet, with suites running up to 4075 square feet, and villas also available of 6500 square feet if that’s not enough room for you. The Bellagio caters very well to both the everyday visitor and the super rich, and everyone in between, and all are well cared for.
Being an upscale resort, the dining options do tend to be more upscale in general than a typical Vegas casino, something that those who enjoy fine dining will particularly enjoy. There are several award winning restaurants, some of which have even earned Michelin stars, the pinnacle of restaurant achievement.
There are many different restaurants to choose from, and something for everyone, especially at their buffet restaurant, which is so popular that one often has to wait in line for quite a while to get a table, but people do it because they feel it’s worth the wait.
There are 7 bars, lounges, and nightclubs to visit here, with some open 24 hours, headlined by The Hyde and The Bank, which bring all the elegance of the Bellagio to the night scene. Guests can also relax and enjoy several more quieter lounges.
This is also the home of the Cirque du Soleil’s production of “O,” which remains a very popular attraction here. There is plenty of other entertainment here as well though, and of course, you are in Vegas, so there’s much more to be had elsewhere on the strip.
The amenities here are of a high quality as well, the service is of a high standard. Guests can also enjoy their spa and fitness center, as well as everything else they offer here.
The Casino at the Bellagio
The Bellagio’s casino is a nice size by Vegas standards, with 116,000 square feet of gaming space. There are bigger casinos, but here it’s more about quality, and the quality of this casino is what makes them stand out.
2,300 different electronic gaming machines await you here, with an excellent variety and many progressive slots with jackpots of up to $2 million. There are regular slot tournaments as well.
You’re not just playing slots here though, you’re playing slots at the Bellagio, and their staff is completely dedicated to making sure you know the difference here.
The Bellagio also rolls out 8 different popular table casino games, including Blackjack, Roulette, Craps, Baccarat, Three Card Poker, Let It Ride, Pai Gow Poker, and traditional Pai Gow.
Those who like to play high stakes table games, the Club Prive is there to attend to your every need in a manner that will exceed the expectations of even the wealthiest players. Some of the world’s finest sprits are also served here.
The Bellagio’s poker room is in a class by itself, perhaps the finest poker room in the world overall, including their famous Bobby’s Room which regularly caters to the world’s top professionals, and some well heeled amateurs as well. There are 40 tables in all, making it the second largest poker room in the city, but when quality is also thrown in, this is considered by many to be the best poker room in Vegas.
Players are well taken care of by the Bellagio’s M Life, which not only rewards casino play, but virtually every dollar you spend here on anything.
Overall, the Bellagio exudes class, beauty, and luxury, and offers a uniquely enjoyable experience. There is lots to choose from in Vegas to be sure, although this is a choice that is well worth making.