Luxury at the Palazzo

My friend Chrissy and I recently stayed at the Palazzo while we were in Vegas for UNLVino, and I have to say, our splurge on our room was definitely worth it.  I usually choose slightly cheaper hotels, but we wanted to be close to the events that we were attending, and Bubblicious was held in the Venetian, which connects to the Palazzo.  We also wanted a nice pool to relax in, and a large comfortable room for the two of us.  The Palazzo delivered in spades and we treated ourselves to a wonderful 3 days in Vegas.

 

Suite 49-919
 
  
 
Our fabulous bathroom
 
  
When booking, the cheapest room we found had a king bed.  Two queens is more expensive, so we decided we were okay with snuggling and booked it.  Upon arrival at the Palazzo, we valeted her car and were greeted by a friendly bell-woman, who told us the odds of us checking in early were good since they weren’t full the night before.  We went up to the reception desk, where Ryan kindly offered us early check-in, and upgrade to a suite with two queen beds, and a room on the 49th floor overlooking the Wynn and the golf course.  All of the rooms at the Palazzo are suites, so you are getting a larger room than other casinos from the get go, along with extra amenities.  We paid our $32 a night resort fee, which pays for room service (just for people to serve you, not the actual food), wifi, use of the gym and pool, and daily house-keeping.  

  
  
 

Window view
 
  
When we arrived at our suite, we were amazed!  It was enormous (by hotel room standards) and beautiful!  We had a big bathroom with a large luxurious tub and a separate glassed-in shower, a vanity and mirror in addition to the double sink and mirror above it, and a separate room for the toilet.  The sleeping area had 2 comfy queen beds, each with a small seat/footstool at the end, and a television.  Then there was a sitting area with an L-shaped crushed velvet couch, a coffee table, another TV, a desk, and a dining table.  Finally we had almost floor to ceiling windows facing north towards the Wynn and the Encore hotels.  A bellman brought our bags up and even brought us a styrofoam cooler for our wine because the one Chrissy brought was leaking from the melted ice. He said that would be our best option because the fridge in the room is filled with pressure-sensitive items that, when lifted, get charged to your room, and there’s no space for anything else. A second rental fridge will cost you $25.  My only complaint about the room was that even though I kept turning down the air conditioning, it never seemed to really cool off.  I love the room to be cold when I sleep, so I was pretty hot both nights, although Chrissy said she was cold.

 

Vegas pool life
 
  
  
We headed down to the pool immediately, which is one of the things I love about the Palazzo.  Their pool and the Venetian’s are connected, so you have over 10 pools to choose from when trying to find the perfect spot to catch some of that Vegas sun.  Both hotels have a 21 and up party pool, Azure at the Palazzo and Tao Beach at the Venetian.  There are usually DJs at each pool Thursday through Sunday, with occasional celebrity guest hosts. The rest of the pools are spread out on the roofs of the third and fourth floors of both properties, and include jacuzzis, shallow kid friendly areas, plenty of shade and sun, and comfortable loungers that you can use at no cost.  Pool towels are free, and provided at stands at each hotel.  Cabanas and day beds can be rented through any of the pool hosts, but usually carry a minimum charge per cabana of around $500.  We found two loungers right in the sun next to a long narrow pool at the Palazzo.  The area in front of us was only a foot and a half deep, so a lot of people were just sitting in there to cool off, but there was a deeper area in the middle of the pool that went down to about 3 feet.  The water was comfortably warm, even this early in the season, and Chrissy and I both purchased a souvineer cup with our first drink, mainly so we could sneak back upstairs and refill them with wine! But it’s $20 for a souvineer cup and drink, and any drink after that is $18 for a 16 ounce drink that you can then pour into your cup.  A little pricey for drinks, but that’s expected at any casino on the Strip.

 

Atrium connecting the Venetian and Palazzo
 
  
  

On our second day in Vegas, it was a little chillier and the wind was gusting up to 40mph, so we opted out of the pool and hit the gym instead.  As hotel guests, we had full use of the gym at no charge, and although the Palazzo gym was relatively small with the basic treadmills and free weights, the connecting Venetian gym was insane!  They had a rock climbing wall (the only thing not included in the free use, darn it!), fitness classes including yoga, barre, and spin, two rooms of treadmills, ellipticals and stair-steppers, and lots of weight machines as well as free weights.  Chrissy went to a 9am yoga class while I hit the weights.  Unfortunately, several of the machines I used needed to be adjusted for tension, because one of my arms was doing a lot more work than the other.  But I switched to free weights and rounded out my gym session with a 4.5 mile run.

 

Rock wall at the gym
 
 
My comfy spa robe!!
 
Now you might be thinking, who goes to the gym on their vacation?  And the answer is, because we were rewarding ourselves afterwards with the SPA.  The spa at the Palazzo is known for being one of the best in Vegas, owned by Canyon Ranch SpaClub, who have various locations throughout the country.  Chrissy checked the website in the morning to discover that they had 9 different rooms for relaxation, mediation, and revival.  The cost of using the spa for the day is $40, which recently went up for hotel guests.  However, the brochures sitting out still listed the cost for guests as $30, so we got $10 food vouchers for the health food cafe in the gym/spa area.  Chrissy and I treated ourselves to hours of luxury, relaxing in the steam room first, followed by a visit to the experimental rain showers.  Then we went into the Finnish dry sauna, followed by the aromatherapy room and then the jacuzzi.  We also relaxed on the heated stone loungers after spending some time in the Igloo, and 41 degree room that cools you with an Arctic mist.  The time spent in these rooms was with all women, and most of them wore bathing suits although you can be nude.  Chrissy and I moved over to the co-ed area, where there was a salt grotto, a wave room, and then a conservatory with drinks and fresh fruits.  Afterwards we showered, turned in our locker keys, and left feeling amazingly relaxed and rejuvenated.  We grabbed a great lunch at the Canyon Cafe- I had a veggie wrap with a salad and Chrissy had a fresh salmon wrap.  Overall we spent about 3 hours pampering ourselves at the spa, although I could have done it all over again for 3 more hours!  

 

Drinks at the casino bar
 
  
The Palazzo is a fabulous hotel that is definitely worth the money you spend on one of their amazing suites.  While a little pricier than I usually am comfortable with (bargain traveler here!), I was super happy we spent the money to having a relaxing and luxurious few days in Las Vegas.  If you want to book a room at the Palazzo or the Venetian, click here.  I’ll be back soon!!

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