Indoor Conservatory and Botantical gardens with jaw-dropping seasonal displays
One of the best buffets in Vegas includes limitless refills on bloody Marys and margaritas
High-end shopping; boutiques include Chanel and Prada
Free Wi-Fi included with the resort fee
In addition to free self-parking, there's free valet parking
Long lines at Cafe Bellagio and the buffet
Few cheap dining options
This 3,933-room Italian "villa" is the embodiment of Vegas luxury. The elaborate Italian-themed courtyard is one of many highlights, with five swimming pools, elaborate sculptures, and fountains. Rooms are sophisticated and contemporary, and all have marble bathrooms with separate glass showers and soaking tubs. Guests (mostly couples, and a healthy dose of families and business travelers) will find formal room service, a superb fitness center and spa, and the best buffet on the Strip; attractions such as the indoor botanical gardens and the dancing fountains are world-famous. Cirque du Soleil performs here, and the massive gaming floor is one of the best in Vegas. The Bellagio has prices to match its five-pearl service; in terms of competition, only the Encore and the Cosmopolitan can compare.
A massive, legendary resort packed with restaurants, shops, and entertainment options.
Since it opened in 1998, the Bellagio has been a formidable contender for best resort on the strip. The 3,933-room Italian "villa", renovated in 2012, borders an 8.5-acre lake. The lake's 1,200 dancing water fountains, the butterflies in the elaborately decorated botanical garden (the look changes seasonally), and the high-end shopping (boutiques such as Chanel and Prada are on-site), have become must-see attractions for anyone visiting Vegas -- which means the place is crowded. You won't find anywhere to sit, unless it's in front of a slot machine or at a restaurant. Because of its high prices and luxurious amenities, the Bellagio crowd is a bit more conservative -- think: moneyed middle-agers enjoying a dinner at Jean Georges' steakhouse or afternoon tea at the Petrossian.
In the dead center of the Strip, across the street from Paris (the casino, not the city)
The Bellagio is in the center of the densely packed three-and-a-half mile long stretch of hotel-casinos known as the Strip. Friendly neighbors are Caesars and CityCenter, with Bally's and Paris across the street. The prime location allows guests to walk to most of Vegas' famous attractions, but cabs line up outside the hotel doors and a double-decker bus operates 24/7 along the Strip. Note that you can't hail a cab from the street in Las Vegas, only from the taxi queues in front of hotels. The hotel is about a 15-minute drive from the airport.
Sophisticated, contemporary design and marble bathrooms
After renovations in 2012, the 3,933 guest rooms, suites, and yes, villas (invite only) are easily among the best accommodations in Las Vegas. Rooms here start at 510 square feet -- quite large, but not as large as rooms at the Encore, which start at 700 square feet. All have sophisticated, contemporary decor, but it varies between room categories. The standard room type, The Resort Room, comes in two main variations: one has a green tea and plum color palette and leaf print wallpaper, while the other has an indigo and platinum color scheme and geometric patterns on the carpet and walls. Both have padded button headboards.
The rooms are quite high-tech: 40-inch flat-screen TVs, media hubs, and iHome docking stations are standard, and drapes are controlled electronically. Exquisite beds have cashmere pillow-top mattresses and luxurious linens. All rooms have marble bathrooms with double sinks, soaking tubs, and separate glass showers. Because of the size of the property, some rooms are a trek from the lobby and restaurants. The best views of the Strip are on the top floors.
Stellar restaurants, Mediterranean-style swimming pools, luxury, spa, and a modern fitness center -- plus 24-hour gaming, boutique shopping, and a Le Cirque du Soleil show
It's very possible to spend your entire vacation inside the Bellagio -- which is exactly what the resort wants you to do. To begin with, there are five outdoor swimming pools in a stunning Mediterranean-style courtyard with elaborate sculptures. Drinks are available, but service can be slow and pools close on the early side. The on-site spa includes a salon and sauna, plus a barbershop for men. There's a massive fitness center but classes cost extra. Gambling is obviously prevalent as the casino is one of the best on the Strip, with a multitude of slot machines, blackjack tables, and high-roller poker games on an elegant floor.
If art and culture are what you're looking for, the Bellagio has you covered with a Gallery of Fine Art including works by Andy Warhol, the indoor Botanical Garden with rotating and jaw-dropping floral displays, and a theater shows performances of O Cirque du Soleil (five nights a week). High-end boutiques include Chanel and Gucci.
Restaurant and bar options are almost infinite. The Bellagio Cafe is popular for casual fare while Le Cirque caters to celebrities and has a notorious waiting list. The buffet is a (relatively) affordable and filling option, and is locally renowned. Hyde Bar has the best seats in the house for indoor views of the outdoor dancing fountains, which are timed to shoot water as high as 460 feet in the air to the tune of over 25 songs every 30 minutes. For dessert, check out the world's largest chocolate fountain at Jean-Phillipe.