The Venetian and Palazzo Las Vegas are very similar hotels, connected to each other on the north side of the Las Vegas strip. The Venetian was the first to open in May 1999 followed by the Palazzo in January 2008. Due to their similarity in price, location, and amenities, many people struggle deciding between the two locations.
So which hotel is the best, The Palazzo or Venetian, and what are the differences between the Palazzo and Venetian. Vegas Unzipped is going to break down each hotel and help you decide which hotel better suits your needs.
Venetian vs Palazzo - Room Choices
Both the Venetian and Palazzo offer luxury suites as their standard room. Each is similar and size and layout, with the Palazzo room being slightly bigger at 700 sqft.
Palazzo Luxury Suite (images from hotel websites):
Venetian Luxury Suite:
The Palazzo offers the flowing suites:
- Bella Suite (720 sq ft): 2 queen beds, fold out couch
- Fortuna Suite (940 sq ft)
- Siena Suite (1,280 sq ft) - features separate living room and dining area, 2 bath rooms
- Lago,Lago Media Suite, and Lago 2 bedroom (1,943 sq ft)- Media room and perhaps pool table or piano in the separate living room. Second bedroom suites offers two more queen beds.
The Venetian offers the flowing suites:
- Bella Suite (700 sq ft): 2 queen beds, fold out couch
- Rialto Suite (1,100 sq ft): 2 queen beds
- Piazza Suite (1,400 sq ft): Luxury suite with giant foyer, king sized bed
- Prima Suite (1,500 sq ft): 2 bathrooms, giant marble foyer, separate living room area with bar and dining table
- Renaissance Suite (1,980 sq ft): 2 bathrooms, giant living room area, workout or media room, great views
- Penthouse Suite (2,900 sq ft): Massive luxurious room with two bedrooms, fireplace, piano...etc.
Overall the suite section is fairly similar with a slight edge to Venetian with more variety and luxurious suites. For most people staying in the standard suites there is no difference except the Palazzo is a little bigger (720 vs 650 sq ft).
The Venetian does offer the luxurious and private Venezia tower as an option. The tower is located in the west wing of the resort which features over 1,000 suites with a pool garden courtyard that offers 2 pools, 2 hot tubs, outdoor shower, and cocktail and wine service by Bouchon.
Palazzo versus Venetian Restaurant Selection
Both the Venetion and Palazzo offer a wide variety of restaurants from world class fine dining to casual dining. Since the location is close together there really isn't a reason to select one over the other for fine dining.
Each hotel offers a great steakhouse with well known Chefs. Cut and Carnevino at Palazzo are both excellent steakhouses featuring Chef Mario Batali and the Venetian has Delmonico Steakhouse featuring Chef Emeril Lagasse.
Convenient, Cheap Eats at Venetian
Venetian offers better access to low cost food options with the food court in the Venetian casino area and one in the Shoppes area. Whether you are in a hurry or are looking for some cheap eats , the Venetian offers better access to cheaper food, so keep that in mind. The food court in the Casino is actually pretty good and not your typical fast food selection, here is what it offers:
- Café Santa Lucia - Coffee, pastries and light faire
- San Gennarro - Burgers, Paninis, and Salad
- Cocolini Casino - Assorted flavors of Gelato
- Rialto Deli - Soups and Sandwiches
- Pizzeria de Enzo - Soups, salads, and Italian cuisine
Both Venetian and Palazzo offer a wide variety of pool choices from large resort style, party day club pools, and small relaxing pools.
Palazzo Pool Options:
- 7 Pools
- 4 hot tubs
- 41 Cabanas
- SOLARO restaurant by Wolfgang Puck
- Cocktail service and bar
Palazzo also has the Azure Pool, which is more of an adult pool with bumping music which can turn into a party-like atmosphere. Nothing like Tao beach however if you are looking for a daytime pool party.
Venetian Pool Options:
- 1 hot tub
- 23 cabanas
- Four outdoor pavilion beds
- RIVA restaurant by Wolfgang Puck
- Cocktail service and bar
Venetian also has Tao Beach Day Club and Pool. This is the place to go if you want a club like atmosphere during the day. Read our overview of Tao Beach for more info.
Overall Palazzo has more options like cabanas, small relaxing pools and not just one big lap style pool like Venetian. Venetian has Tao Beach which is much more of a club atmosphere and daytime pool party than Palazzo's Azure Pool. You will enjoy either hotel's pool and if you don't you can always keep walking further in either direction since there is a path that connects all the pools.
Palazzo vs Venetian Casino Differences and Comparisons
The Venetian has a better overall casino due to having more gambling options. The Venetian has one of the biggest poker rooms on the Strip with several daily tournaments and cash games going at once. The Palazzo doesn't have a poker room so you will have to make you way over here to play.
The Venetian also has a nice Race and Sportsbook area that the Palazzo does not have. The Venetian has one of the biggest HD sports screens at over 100 feet long and can show up to 34 different sports events at once. You can place bets at the Palazzo at their small sports betting desk but there are not any TVs or places to sit. Alternatively you can go to Lagasse's stadium to watch the games, but you will have to meet a food and beverage minimum to stay there and bet.
Nightlife Options at Each Hotel
Both hotels have a signature nightclub. Tao Nightclub at the Venetian and Lavo nightclub at Palazzo are both very popular and have wait times as much as 2 hours to get in on the weekends. Celebrity sightings and popular DJs are frequent at each establishment. Between the two, Tao is probably considered the more popular spot however.
There are great lounges and bars at each hotel. Vbar and the Bourbon Room are the two popular lounges in Venetian and Double Helix wine bar and Laguna Champagne Bar at the Palazzo.
Do not let nightlife sway you between picking between the two hotels, it is an easy walk between hotels and some spots are almost in between the two.
Venetian has more entertainment options with the Venetian theater and the Venetian showroom. Comedians like David Spade and Tim Allen perform regularly there and the Venetian Theater hosts shows like Blue Man Group and Tim McGraw and Faith Hill's new Soul2Soul.
Map of each Hotel (Click for pdf)
Overall Comparison Venetian vs Palazzo
- Better gaming options
- Closer to a variety of low cost restaurants/fast food
- Better clubs in Tao Beach and Tao Nightclub
- Quieter than Venetian
- Bigger standard suites
Overall each place is great and you really cannot go wrong picking either one. Perhaps it is best to go to the hotel that offers the best price since you can easily walk to everything in each resort.
Be sure to check out the latest Las Vegas hotel discounts for tips on saving at both the Venetian and Palazzo.