Venetian vs Palazzo Las Vegas

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.

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So which hotel is the best, The Palazzo or Venetian? What differences are there between these two well kno hotels.  We are 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 sq. ft.

Palazzo Luxury Suite (images from hotel websites):

Palazzo vs Venetian Rooms

Palazzo Bed

Venetian Luxury Suite:

enetian Suite

Palazzo versus Venetian Hotels

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 offer two more queen beds.

The Venetian offers the flowing suites

  • Luxury Suite (650 sq. ft.): 1 Grand King bed, separated living room, oversized bathroom
  • Bella Suite (700 sq. ft.): 2 plush Queen beds, separated living room, oversized bathroom
  • Rialto Suite (1,100 sq. ft.): 2 plush Queen beds, sofa sleeper, separated living room, oversized bathroom
  • Piazza Suite (1,400 sq. ft.): Luxury suite with Italian Marble foyer, Grand King sized bed. 1.5 bathrooms, separate powder room
  • Prima Suite (1,500 sq. ft.): Private bedroom with view, 2 bathrooms featuring jetted tub, , separate living room area with bar and dining table, HDTV
  • Renaissance Suite (1,980 sq. ft.): King Bed, 2 bathrooms with jetted tub and shower with two shower heads and bench, giant living room area, choice of private workout room or personal theater, great views
  • Penthouse Suite (2,900 sq. ft.): Two-bedroom suite with choice of King and two Queens or 2 King beds, fireplace, piano, access to prestige lounge, limo service, VIP concierge
  • Presidential Suite (5,200 sq. ft.): Massive Two-bedroom suite with 1 King and 2 Queen beds, access to prestige lounge, limo service, VIP concierge, 200 sq. ft. bathroom with jetted tub, Flat screen TV in each bedroom, living room and bathroom, movie theater surround sound system, baby grand piano, Italian Marble foyer, 1.5 bars, formal dining area, two spa bathtubs, two steam showers, private workout room, sauna, media room, pool table, game room, butler service, fireplaces
  • Chairman Suite (7,900 sq. ft.): 3-4-bedroom luxurious suite with 24-hour butler service, limo service, VIP Concierge, remote controlled atmosphere, waterfall feature in entrance, marble foyer, baby grand piano, 1.5 bars, lavish living and dining area, flat screen televisions in every room, media room with 1 plasma televisions, jetted hot tubs overlooking the Strip, steam showers, sauna, workout room, theater, salon/massage room, special turndown service and other amenities

Overall the suite section is 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).

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Venezia Tower

The Venetian does offer the luxurious and private Venezia tower as an option.  The tower is 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.

Venezia Tower offers two types of suites:

Luxury Suite (650 sq. feet): Grand King bed, separated living room, oversized bathroom with roman tub, sleeper sofa upon availability, work desk, in room safe, dining table, refreshment center, private water closet with telephone

Bella Suite (700 sq. feet): 2 Plush Queen beds, separated living room with sofa sleeper, oversized bathroom, sunken living room available on request, fully stocked refreshment center, work desk.

Palazzo versus Venetian Restaurant Selection

Both the Venetian 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.

Venetian vs Palazzo Differences

Great Steakhouses

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.

Celebrity Chefs

Vegas is known for its plethora of celebrity chefs that own some of the best restaurants in the world and The Venetian and Palazzo are both in a league of their own with their fine dining choices.

The Venetian and Palazzo best-known celebrity chef restaurants include:

  • B & B Ristorante- Fine dining in a casual Italian atmosphere by Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich.
    Bouchon- Thomas Keller, named America’s Best Chef by TIME owns this French Bistro that is one of the most popular breakfast and lunch destinations.
  • Carlo’s Bakery- TLC’s Cake Boss brings this bakery to The Venetian where guests can dine on cake and lobster tail.
  • Carnevino- Mario Batali’s Steak House is upscale and features some of the most exquisite steaks on the market.
  • Chica- This vibrant restaurant by John Kunkel serves Latin flavors and is known for their wine selection and mixology program.
  • CUT- American steakhouse by Wolfgang Puck where all ingredients are sourced humanely.
  • Lagasse’s Stadium- Emeril Lagasse presents a more affordable celebrity chef dining experience at the Stadium ultimate sport’s bar.
  • OTTO Enoteca Pizzeria- This wine bar by Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich features small bites and Italian pizza.
  • Solaro- Experience the magic of Wolfgang Puck’s breakfast burritos or fish tacos, poolside at this casual dining restaurant that is open for breakfast and lunch.
  • Table 10- This American restaurant by Emeril Lagasse serves lunch and is known for creole foods with lots of flavor.

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:

The food court in the Shoppes level has fast food options features flavors from around the globe:

  • Café Pan- Crepes
  • Café Presse- Sandwiches and pastries
  • Chicken Now- Breakfast, chicken, various sides
  • Chipotle- Burritos, bowls, tacos, salad, chips and salsa
  • Cocolini- Gelato
  • Curry Pot- Indian food
  • Johnny Rockets- Quick service 1950’s themed diner
  • Lobster ME- seafood, known for their lobster rolls
  • Panda Express- Chinese
  • PrimeBurger- Burgers, fries, shakes
  • Social Life Pizza- Create your own pizza
  • Subway- sandwiches, salads, soup
  • Wasabi Jane’s- Asian Noodle bowl

The Casino Level Food Court features:

  • Starbucks- Coffee, pastries
  • Café Pan- Crepes
  • Pizzeria De Enzo- Italian
  • San Gennaro Burger- Burgers
  • Tacos N Ritas- Tacos, Mexican food
  • JuiceFarm- Organic smoothies
  • Espressamente illy- Italian Espresso, gelato, sandwiches, salad, soup

Pool and Spa Options

Both Venetian and Palazzo offer a wide variety of pool choices from large resort style, party day club pools, and small relaxing pools.


Palazzo vs Venetian Pools

Venetian Pool:

Venetian Pool

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

The Palazzo Pool Deck- 7 Pools with lifeguards on duty and pool attendants eagerly wait to be assistance. Each pool has a unique setting such as a family pool, a pool to sunbathe, private shower rooms and changing rooms.

  • 4 hot tubs
  • 39 Cabanas
  • 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

  • The Venetian Pool Deck- Stunning fountains, multiple pools with lush landscaping located on the 4th floor.
  • 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.
  • 23 cabanas with chaise lounges, AC/Heat, television, telephone, fans, refrigerator, personal cabana host
  • Four outdoor pavilion beds
  • Canyon River Ranch Café
  • Solaro by Wolfgang Puck
  • Cocktail service and bar

Spa Options at Venetian and Palazzo

Canyon River Ranch Spa- This spa offers pool side spa services to cabanas and private group yoga classes as well. The SpaClub facilities are only accessible by guests age 18 and over; however, certain spa amenities and treatments are available for guests between 14 and 17 with parental accompaniment. Both hotels are serviced by this spa.

Both Hotels also share access to The Aquatic Club which offers privacy and luxury with a sporty twist. This club is inspired by swim and lawn clubs with sophisticated, upscale elegance.

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

tao nightclubBoth 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.

Other Considerations

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)

Palazzo and Venetian Map

Entertainment Options

Las Vegas Nightlife is best seen on the Strip and both The Venetian and Palazzo have amazing options from world class performers to choose from.

The Hotels are host to Human Nature Jukebox, BAZ- A Musical Mash-up, and frequently hosts comedians such as Jeff Foxworthy and world-renowned musicians such as Earth, Wind & Fire, Styx, and Chicago.

Overall Comparison Venetian vs Palazzo

Venetian Considerations

  • Better gaming options
  • Closer to a variety of low cost restaurants/fast food
  • Better clubs in Tao Beach and Tao Nightclub

Palazzo Considerations

  • Quieter than Venetian
  • Newer
  • 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.

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