"Here's a photo of Treasure..." Treasure Island Hotel/Casino Tip by worldtrekker


Favorite thing: Here's a photo of Treasure Island taken from the Venetian across Las Vegas Blvd. The Venetian is one of the Strips' newest hotels, unveiled in 1999. It was not yet completed, at least not when I was there last. The building of a second tower is planned which would make the Venetian the biggest hotel in the world with 6,000 rooms. There have been some financial problems, so this may not happen. So far, construction has cost around $1.4 billion and includes replicas of six major Venice buildings; the Library, the Campanile, the Palazzo Contarini-Fasan, the Doge's Palace, the Ca'd'Oro, and the Clocktower. Replicas of the Rialto Bridge, the Bridge of Sighs, and the two tall columns from Piazza San Marco are also present. The Grand Canal Shoppes inside, along with the Grand Canal are a must-see, even if you aren't going to shop. This recreation of the waterways of Venice comes complete with gondalas and singing gondaliers. A gondala ride costs $10 and you should reserve a spot early in the day if you want to do it.
The main lobby and central stairwell of the Venetian are impressive with huge columns and stunning frescoes on the ceiling. Outside the hotel along the Strip, is a pond with gondalas - just for show, but it makes an attractive addition to this magnificent showpiece. If you want to stay here, be prepared to pay a higher rate than at many other locations on the Strip. The other major tourist attraction here is the first US Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum.

Address: 3300 South Las Vegas Blvd.

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  • Updated Dec 22, 2003
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