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May 10, 2004

The Venetian

Las Vegas has some of the largest and most luxurious hotel resorts in the world. Quite possibly it has the highest concentration of them within a given radius. I have the good fortune to be staying in one right now - The Venetian.

As luck would have it, I was invited to be a speaker at the National Hardware Show that is in Las Vegas starting today. The show organizers were kind enough to arrange a room for me at the Venetian as it is attached at the hip to the slick Sands Expo and Convention Center. The journey from my room to the convention center is only five minute walk. It is a delight to walk through the spacious hallways past shops, restaurants and a corner of the Venetian casino.

I have attended countless conventions before and had to travel to and from the show to my hotel in a crowded shuttle bus. I had no idea how wonderful it could be to take a quick break from the show and relax in my spacious room. That is exactly what I did today. In fact, on the way back to my room I stopped at one of the Venetianís convenient delicatessens and purchased a gigantic and tasty chicken salad sandwich. I sat in my room savoring both the sandwich and the breathtaking view from my room.

In all of my travels I have never stayed in a room, actually a suite, quite like the one I am in at the Venetian. I have gotten close, however, when I delivered a speech for a national sales meeting and stayed at the Lagomar resort in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. But donít think for a moment that the Lagomar is like the Venetian. It would be easier to compare an onion with a watermelon. But I am struck by how affordable the suites at the Venetian really are. When you compare what you get here vs. other large competing Las Vegas hotels, I think you will quickly discover the Venetian has the others beat hands down.

My suite at the Venetian has a large 15 by 15 foot living room that is adjacent to a vast bank of windows. This particular room faces southeast and I was blessed to see the sun rise today over the tip of a mountain peak. The living room has a comfy couch, two superb side chairs, a round table that sits three, a work desk and still enough room to dance in the middle of the room.

Two steps up from the living room is the sleeping area. It contains a magnificent queen-sized bed with two night stands and of course the television cabinet. There is a wrought-iron railing that separates the sleeping area from the living room. The walls are adorned with bed moldings, gorgeous paintings and giant crown molding.

I have saved the best for last. The bathroom is to die for. I am quite sure several mountains gladly gave parts of themselves for this space. The three different marbles, beige, red and green for the vanity top, are magnificent. When I first opened the door and saw how large the bathroom was and how all of the surfaces gleamed, I knew I was in the right place.

Every single person I have talked with who works at the Venetian has been friendly, courteous and a problem solver. The housekeeping, security and management personnel are doing a magnificent job. In today's travel environment it is increasingly difficult to find all of these things in one location.

Oh, by the way, if you happen to like lounging by the pool, just wait until you see their pool complex. It is exquisite, inviting and I only wish it stayed open past 7:00 p.m. If I could figure out a way to hide under one of the comfortable deck chairs so I could lay there and watch the stars at night, I would do it in a heartbeat.

If you are coming to Las Vegas and you want a pleasant resort memory to be forever burned into your brain, simply book your stay at the Venetian. I can guarantee you it is where I will stay from now on. I love going with proven winners.

Posted by Tim Carter at May 10, 2004 10:58 PM



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