When in fact, this was more my experience.
I really enjoy taking a guided tour whenever we visit somewhere new. I think the insights a tour guide imparts are invaluable. On the first part of our tour, our guide walked us through many famous and incredibly beautiful hotels, sharing the history behind each and pointing out many, many details we would never have found out on our own, simply wandering about. As well, we were driven all around 'The Strip', visited the famous Las Vegas sign and toured a bit of Old Las Vegas (which included the quickie wedding chapels Las Vegas is known for). Today's post, I'll share pics from my favourite four of the hotels we toured: The Cosmopolitan, Wynn, the Bellagio and Palazzo. I feel it only fair to warn you ahead of time that although I've whittled down to a few select pics for each, it's still a fairly heavy picture load nonetheless.
1. The Cosmopolitan
The Cosmopolitan which opened in 2010, is the strip's newest hotel. It cost a whopping 3.9 billion to build and boasts 2,995 rooms. Like all the hotels, (they are essentially resorts) it is a world unto itself with it's own casinos, nightclubs, pools, restaurants, convention rooms, spas, stores and an 1,800 seat theatre all nestled under one roof!
As you can see, this hotel is all about the opulence. It's very Art-Deco in style.
You are looking at 6 million individual Swarovski crystals in this chandelier. It was otherworldly.
When the Bellagio opened in 1998, (to an original construction estimate of 1.6 billion dollars), it was the most expensive hotel ever built and is now considered to be one of the world's most spectacular. My neighbours, who visit Vegas at least once a year always stay at the Bellagio. They love it and I can certainly understand why.
In the lobby you are greeted by this astounding murano glass ceiling entitled 'Fiori di Como'.
I wish I could remember what it's valued at... a lot!
Built around a garden theme, there are flowers and fountains throughout.
The hotel contains a Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. As well, a Gallery of Fine Art.
It's a sight to bee-hold :)
The Bellagio has been the setting for a number of movies, including:
Ocean's Eleven & Thirteen, Rush Hour 2 and 21.
The above picture is comprised entirely of living plants! It's watering system is housed within the frame.
The Wynn, built by developer Steve Wynn (who was also responsible for developing the Bellagio), is a luxurious, visually stunning hotel - which is why I am surprised I didn't take more pictures of it while I was there... !! I think I was overwhelmed.
The Palazzo Waterfall & Atrium Gardens
The sheer scale and opulence of everything in Vegas far surpassed anything I could have imagined.
Hope you enjoyed our walking tour. Viva Las Vegas, Part 3, will have us move outside for some street scenes. I will try to keep the picture load down.