The Venetian Hotel in Vegas is extravagant in its opulence.
Everything, from the lobby, to the lifts, the gondolas (inside and out) to the trompe l'oeil sky - it is a no expense spared experience.
the piano accordion player made me jump every time I came into the lobby, by creeping up behind me and playing a loud chord!
On arrival you are greeted by the doorman who welcomes you into the massive lobby dripping with gold - with a fountain to toss your loose change into (emptied every night apparently because gamblers often help themselves otherwise) and where a gondolier sets the scene playing his piano accordion.
You can take a gondolier ride inside the hotel under a fake sky
It is hard to comprehend the scale of the hotel - but suffice to say it is large enough to have a Grand Canal running through it with various bridges, just like Venice, that you cross to get from one side of the shops to the other. All under a fake painted sky that brightens during the day and then goes through all the colours of sundown and dusk. There are more than 30 places to eat within the hotel!!
gondoliers outside sing a couple of numbers on your 10 minute gondolier ride
If you've been to the real Venice, the gondolier ride and the singing will not impress, but if this is the closest you're likely to get to Venice, then go for it, and enjoy!
The interior is lavish
The width of the corridors, with such ornate cornicing, the mirrored spectacular lifts, the various lobbies, and of course the spacious suites (every room is a suite) are all equally opulent and are on such a large scale you get an overriding sense of space and grandeur.