The Venetian Resort & Casino

The Venetian Resort & Casino by www.carlosmeliablog.comThe Venetian Resort & Casino  |  Las Vegas, United States  |  Last week during my stay in Las Vegas for the YLC 2013 Conference and the LTX 2013 Convention, I was hosted at The Venetian Resort & Casino. Reviewing and experiencing hotels in Las Vegas, is always a daunting task, due to the size and number of outlets, attractions and restaurants within each property. So I decided to keep it simple and to just comment on what I’ve got to experience and see.  Since I was busy with the convention and conference, I was not able to enjoy much of the resort, featuring signature Canyon Ranch SpaClub, Venetian Pool Deck (which I tried but it was way too overcrowded for my taste), and the TAO Beach.

The Venetian Resort & Casino by www.carlosmeliablog.comLet’s say that all I got to experience, was my suite on The Venetian Tower, a few of their restaurants, their featured show Rock of Ages and some strolls along the streets of Venice (which by the way were dry!!!).

I was hosted at a Suite at The Venetian Tower. 36-story four-stats resort, The Venetian features all suites accommodation, I would say being the biggest entry level suites in The Strip. I was very happy with my suite, although of course, me being me, I would have preferred to stay at their Palazzo Tower. I was hosted (video above) at a Luxury King Suite  – 650 square feet – Roman tub, plush king-sized bed with Egyptian cotton sheets to the sunken living area complete with HD TVs and plush furnishings. My concerns with this suite were: Lightning concept: I could not see anything. Low lights, I assume to save energy. Color Palette: too rustic, sad and outdated to my own taste. You can pretend to be in a Tuscan Villa, but even those have been refurbished. Bathroom amenities were a total disappointment for such an all-suite property. Unfortunately I was never able to see the suites at The Palazzo Tower, but I heard great things about them. TIP. !!! If you go Palazzo, the way to go is PRESTIGE. You will thank me.

The Venetian Resort & Casino by www.carlosmeliablog.comWhen booking The Venetian or Palazzo through Carlos Melia Network you will receive the following extra amenities: Continental Breakfast for two Daily at Grand Lux Café  + Two Complimentary Indoor Gondola Tickets per Stay (approx. saved value of USD 300 calculated on a 2 nights stay). 
The Venetian Resort & Casino by www.carlosmeliablog.comAs for my gourmet experiences within The Venetian Resort, I must highlight three of them. Pinot Brasserie (photo above), located on the Restaurant Row. Classic French bistro fare with a West Coast accent, by celebrity chef Joachim Splichal. Intimate setting, exquisite cuisine.
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Now if you are a regular follower of my blog, you will know by now that I am a huge fan of Noodle Soups at any time/meal of the day. I was beyond myself when I found out that The Venetian hosted not one, but two Noodle Soup restaurants in property …” Thank God for the ongoing on growing Asian market…”. So most of my meals were are either Noodle Asia, and ZINE Noodle Dim Sum.  The second more formal that the first one, but I strongly recommend both. Finally I must admit that two mornings I did cheated over my soup breakfasts, having some Bouchon croissants and coffee, come on, who can blame me right.
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I would say it was a great stay. Not my favorite resort in Las Vegas, but I must say that room size, location and service wise was a very pleasant experience. I still have the crave to return and to experience and be pampered at the PRESTIGE levels over at the Palazzo Tower, to have a well rounded and final verdict over the entire resort DNA. Gambling wise, well let’s say I am not a huge fan of it, and as much as I would love to wear my Tuxedo and play all night thought filthy vodka martinis I feel this is not really my crowd. Therefore I sticked to the shows, brasseries and walking up and down The Strip. CM @ Carlos Melia RecommendsThe Venetian Resort & Casino by www.carlosmeliablog.com The Venetian Resort & Casino by www.carlosmeliablog.com The Venetian Resort & Casino by www.carlosmeliablog.com The Venetian Resort & Casino by www.carlosmeliablog.com
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Encore and Wynn Las Vegas go Gay by Flaunt

Encore and Wynn Las Vegas go Gay by Flaunt |  Las Vegas, Nevada |  My absolute favorite hotel in Las Vegas, Encore and it’s sister property Wynn Las Vegas are changing the concept of the gay getaway with the introduction of Flaunt at Wynn Las Vegas (April 21-24, 2011). This exclusive weekend event features some of the resorts’ hottest amenities, from the muscular performers of Le Rêve to the sizzling dancers of SINATRA Dance with Me and the tanned bodies at Encore Beach Club. Flaunt will change the way gay visitors look at a weekend in Vegas.

A few of my insider TIPS after my visit to Encore. (1). DO NOT miss a full morning at the Spa of the hotel, a sanctuary of surpassing beauty, trust me it will blow your senses, a trip to an ancient Thai temple with all the luxury that Las Vegas has to offer…. I had a 90 minutes massage which left me floating cross the corridors. The Spas at Wynn Las Vegas and Encore were the first two spas in Las Vegas to be recognized with Forbes Five Star awards. Custom-designed with meticulous attention to the care and comfort of our guests The Spas offer the ultimate personal comfort in an inspiring setting of elegance and tranquility.

(2). The shows, SINATRA Dance with Me (which I personally experienced and enjoyed. A revival of Sinatra’s songs with HOT world class dancers bring the lyrics of Frank Sinatra’s most alluring love songs to life on stage with entertaining choreographies) and Le Rêve (which I did not have time to check but heard amazing reviews about it) Offers breathtaking performances in an intimate aqua theater-in-the-round. The show features aerial acrobatics, provocative choreography and artistic athleticism. Live music and elaborate special effects immerse the audience into a world of fantasy, adventure and intrigue.
(3). Diner at Sinatra Restaurant acclaimed Chef Theo Schoenegger creates a culinary salute to Ol’ Blue Eyes featuring modern riffs on classic Italian cooking – all served in his handsome restaurant, brimming with Sinatra charisma in the Encore Tower Suites. Not over yet… the hotel boasts over 16 restaurants even one by Botero.
My favorite drinks spot at the Lake of Dreams with the Parasol Up bar, where you can enjoy a number of fine cocktails while watching the water and color collide below as the accompanying music swells along with the fountains and dancing puppets that also populate the show. It begins every hour on the hour.
Starting from $230 a night, the inaugural Flaunt weekend package features two nights in a Deluxe Room at Wynn Las Vegas; complimentary room upgrade overlooking the Las Vegas Strip or Wynn golf course; $100 beverage credit; VIP Admission for two to the official Flaunt Launch Party on Saturday at Blush Boutique Nightclub; – one of Vegas’ premier boutique nightclubs, and the opportunity to get up close and personal with the talented cast of SINATRA Dance with Me. Plus two premium tickets to Le Rêve, the aquatic spectacular; and VIP Admission for two to DAYSTAR SUNDAYS featuring Calvin Harris at Encore Beach Club.

The weekend concludes Sunday at Encore Beach Club where attendees can worship the sun at Las Vegas’ hottest day club and listen to the sounds of Calvin Harris. Having just concluded a tour with Rihanna in Australia and headlining the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, Harris has also produced music on Kylie Minogue’s X and Aphrodite albums.

Encore is designed to pamper you in an atmosphere both intimate and indulgent, and the Resort Suite offers style with a comfortable, residential feel. A range from 700 to 745 square feet with floor-to-ceiling windows. Wynn signature beds with European linens. 42” or 46” flat-panel televisions featuring on-demand movies. State-of-the-art office equipment, one-touch climate control, a fully stocked mini bar and in-room safes. Bathrooms include 19” flat-screen televisions, dual sinks, sitting areas with lighted vanity mirrors, separate shower and soaking tub and separate water closets with telephones. Signature Wynn Resorts robes, slippers and amenities. Connecting rooms available.

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Rumor Boutique Hotel

Rumor Boutique Hotel |   Las Vegas, Nevada | If you are looking for a great alternative boutique option on a budget, close to The Strip and with a fair balance of quality, design, spacious rooms and fantastic outdoors pool area then Rumor Boutique Hotel might be your option. Just accross the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, over Harmon Avenue, and only a few minutes walk from Las Vegas Boulevard and The Strip. Is it GRAND, no is not. Is it LUXURIOUS, not is not. Is it TYPICAL VEGAS EXPERIENCE, probably not…. but it is 100% Gay-Friendly, has a great style, all new and full renovated suites and an unbeatable price. Locally is known as the small version of The Cosmopolitan.
RUMOR is Las Vegas’ newest all-suite boutique hotel. Enjoy a cocktail at the bar or tapas at Addiction Restaurant. Stroll out to the pool and unwind in a palm-covered hammock or simply relax in your brand new suite. Modern chic boutique hotel, whether your Las Vegas trip is for business or pleasure you’ll enjoy exceptional accommodations close to the Las Vegas Strip action, McCarran International Airport, and the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Boutique suites have clean, modern design details with a choice of cool amenities like private balconies and elevated, in-room soaking tubs. Choose a poolside suite and open the floor-to-ceiling glass terrace doors and you’re steps away from the pool and cabana scene. Or choose an upper level balcony and kick back with a drink from the RUMOR bar or tapas fromAddiction Restaurant while you enjoy the pool view discreetly from above!
Helmed by notorious chef Vic Vegas this sleek modern venue serves classic dishes with a twist for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Dine indoors or out on signature dishes like the Cuban Reuben, sea bass satay, or Kurobutakarmal pork.
The Rumor Las Vegas pool is perfect for relaxed lounging or enjoying the pool party scene. Hide out in a seductive private cabana or be seen sunning on a poolside chaise with a cocktail from the bar. By day, the sun and sparkling water sooth and energize just steps from your Rumor suite. By night, it transforms into a happening hideaway with DJ’s spinning under shimmering lights.
Rooms range from USD 79 on. Yes you read right. The PERKS of staying at Rumor… Dog/Pet Friendly, WiFi and guess what In-Room Free Porn Movies (classy ha ha). Also during the summer, Rumor Boutique Hotel plans to launch their new every Sunday Gay Pool Parties.

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