Five star Bellagio presents perhaps the most impressive yet elegant frontage of all casinos on the Strip; a huge, slightly curved building separated from the busy street by nine acres of (usually) dark, calm water, subtly illuminated at nighttime with dark blue lighting. This artificial lake is the setting for the Fountains of Bellagio
, an enchanting display of water, light and music performed at regular intervals during afternoons and evenings (weather permitting). The lake and the main tower are just the most visible parts of a 122 acre site, extending all the way back to I-15, that includes nearby 4,000 guest rooms & suites, a 100,000 sq ft casino, 200,000 sq ft of meeting/event space and 100,000 sq ft of boutiques. Bellagio is a fairly recent addition to the ever-growing list of Las Vegas casinos, occupying the site once home to the famous Dunes Hotel
(in operation from 1955 to 1993), which had its own 18-hole golf course, hence the large area available for the redevelopment.
Bellagio is a luxurious resort with an AAA Five Diamond
rating, a level matched only by The Venetian
, The Palazzo
, the Tower Suites at Wynn Las Vegas
and the SKYLOFT Suites at MGM Grand
. As a consequence, room rates are some of the highest on the Strip, usually starting around $200 per night, but guests have an unparalleled choice of dining, gaming, shopping, entertainment and other attractions. The headline show is "O" by Cirque du Soleil
, a water-based mixture of theater, romance and surrealism, performed by swimmers and divers. Other highlights include the Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
, the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art
, a beautiful lobby adorned with 2,000 hand-created glass flower, a spa & salon, and a number of interconnected pools & courtyards with a Mediterranean design. The theme of these, and the whole resort, is based upon the classical architecture of Italy, in particular that of the lakeside resort of Bellagio.