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Bellagio First Stay What do I need to know?

Discussion in 'LV Strip Hotels' started by bedaniels, Oct 9, 2019 at 8:47 PM.

  1. bedaniels

    bedaniels High-Roller

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    HI All, I've been to Vegas over 40 times and stayed all over the place (Wynn, Palazzo, Aria, Cosmo, MGM, MB, NYNY, Park,etc) I'm going because a friend has conference the following week and we are headed out to hang out, eat, drink, and gamble for the weekend. I've never stayed at Bellagio, I have a fountain view king room, with some FP&RC. I'm the type of person who rarely leaves the property where I'm staying. I took advantage of a gaming offer to try it out next week and did not contact a host prior to booking. I'm consistently a $1000 ADT player.

    I've eaten at Spago and Prime in the past and loved them both.
    What would you recommend I try over my 4 day stay?
    Where's a good breakfast place?
    Lunch recommendations?
    How's the sports book?
    How's the pool? Is it still open?
    Any must try meals?

    I play hours of Pai Gow poker and craps. I also enjoy $5-5 line slots at 1-2 credits/spin so $25-50/spin. I tend to get the most hand pays and seem to get a lot of play out of my slot bankroll at that level.
    -Any recommended slots?
    -Anyone have recommended dealers, crews, or waitresses? (I think I know everyone at MB on every shift, in the pai gow area)

    What about night life?
    I'm a lounge people watch person, not so much a club person.
    Any lounges with a live band?
    Favorite bars, cocktails, or bartenders?

    Any place I should avoid?

    Appreciate your thoughts and input.
    Thank you.
     
  2. mickyblueeyes

    mickyblueeyes Low-Roller

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    Just a fair warning some of the rooms are a bit tired but damn that fountain view is divine! Le Cirque pre-theater or any menu is fantastic with service and ambiance to match! Buffallo slots by H/L seem generous. The pool is great and open all year however last Christmas it was cool on the temperature side compared to Chelsea pool at Cosmo but hot tub is good. Request NOT to be in Spa tower as it's further from casino and you have to pass through the crowded lobby. Check in at VIP right when you come in door or if you have a host see if they can code you for VIP check in lounge (2 doors unmarked with curtains right before you enter conservatory on the right) Win big, have fun and most important do a trip report!
     
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  3. bedaniels

    bedaniels High-Roller

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    Thanks Micky, I'll check out Le cirque and appreciate the Buffalo info. Glad to hear the pool's open and i'll seek to avoid the spa tower, got it!
     
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  4. NotSinatrasHand

    NotSinatrasHand Low-Roller

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    well I will say that Sadelle's for brunch/breakfast was sorely underwhelming. The quality vs. price was not a good fit. Bouchon in the Venetian was way better quality in my opinion. I had some pastries from Palio (I think) across from Cafe Gelato was really nice. I would say the butter croissant was better than the Patisserie at Aria.
     
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  5. JosieCat

    JosieCat VIP Whale

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    I definitely agree with @mickyblueeyes about the Buffalo Gold slots by High Limit. They are nickel machines though and the smallest bet you can make is $3 a spin. I did far better there playing $3 a spin then I have ever done on a penny Buffalo playing $3 a spin.

    Bellagio has great coffee. I'm an early riser so I headed to Snacks by the sports book to get a cup. Free refills after that. It's also a good place to grab a quick meal - eat in or to go.

    Definitely agree about not getting a room in the spa tower. Long walk.

    Again, being an early riser, I discovered this was the absolute best time to visit the conservatory, and usually had it to myself.
     
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  6. Nittany1

    Nittany1 VIP Whale

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    Agree with Josie and Mickeyblueeyes.
    The "Fountain View" from the Spa Tower is kind of at an angle and not great.
    The walk is longer but not terrible.
    What can get terrible is the congestion caused by throngs of gawkers around the lobby and conservatory and there is no way to avoid it from the Spa Tower.
    It is worse than ever now that they have some kind of lounge area fenced off in the middle of the lobby.
    Walked through a week ago and it was a logjam.
    Make sure your reservation is in the main tower.
     
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  7. 44inarow

    44inarow VIP Whale

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    I'll put in my usual plug for Picasso, which by far is my favorite restaurant in Vegas.

    In terms of lunch spots, I've always found Bellagio to be a bit lacking, compared to going next door to Aria, Cosmo, or Caesars. At Aria, most restaurants are open for lunch (I think think only exceptions are Sage, Jean-Georges, and Carbone); at Cosmo, there are a bunch of options (I'm partial to Momofuku for ramen or Holstein's for burgers); at Caesars, Mesa Grill is probably my favorite but The Palm is good as well.

    And yes, main tower is definitely preferable. Spa tower is not only pretty far from the main floor and the entrance, but it's right by the convention center and the tram stop, so there's always a massive amount of foot traffic from people passing through. It can get tiring.
     
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  8. Basil

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    Exactly what I was going to say. Great coffee and free refills.

    Will also add that the sports book bar may be my favorite bar for VP if you play at all. Bartenders are great, broad selection that is comped, and good (for Vegas) paytables at the $1+ level.

    Also check out Lago if you like small plates. Basically Italian tapas.
     
  9. willowox

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    Haven't stayed there in a few years but when we did room service food was delicious. The filet was exceptional.
     
  10. Drewm1972

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    Good recommendation from all VMB members only thing I would to add on what @mickyblueeyes suggest see if host can code you check in their VIP lounge if you have access to this room then you also have access to their chairmen’s lounge which is pretty much identical - but from coffee, waters, different kinds of soft drinks to hard liquor (it’s inside the upper cover where usually attendant will make you nice drink) anyhow, it’s well worth it if you can have access to this lounge especially in the morning to get some coffee along with little snack - it’s usually quiet and not busy inside at all. I highly recommended.
     
  11. mickyblueeyes

    mickyblueeyes Low-Roller

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    I almost forgot to mention the snacks they have in there are great for a tie me over when I'm in degenerate mode plus the ladies with all their shopping bags and ol' sugar daddy's makes top tier people watching in the sitting area
     
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  12. Tony Y

    Tony Y Low-Roller

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    Do not try their buffet. The worst ever. Other than that wife and I really enjoyed our stay
     
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  13. Paul K

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    Frankly Bellagio is disappointing these days.

    The rooms are way overpriced for what you get vs Wynn/Encore, Venetian/Palazzo, Caesars (in their better towers), Cosmo, Mandalay, Delano.

    The service level isn't what it used to be. Petrossian is closed for renovations. The Bank and Hyde are closed and the Bellagio Cafe was replaced with a meh alternative.

    Check in is even worse now that Petrossian is closed and they opened up a temporary Lobby Lounge under the glass ceiling in the lobby. It sucks btw.

    The pool is fine but pales in comparison to Wynn's or Caesars. The buffet is good, not great. Aria's and Caesars are far superior.

    I've stayed at Bellagio in a fountain view room, 1 Bedroom Penthouse, 2 Bedroom Grand Lakeview Suite, and a Chairman's Suite. The Chairman was suberb. The rest were very nice, but there is better bang elsewhere.

    Like the others, I suggest getting your host to code you for VIP. The lounge is still nice and the free water, snacks, and liquor is great.
     
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  14. Viva Las Vegas

    Viva Las Vegas Ramblin' Gamblin' Man

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    Can you elaborate. That is one of the things I liked best about Bellagio (hitting the buffet 3:15 ish for Crab Leg dinners at lunch price weekdays).

    I also like their blackjack higher limit floor pit (sometimes $50 stand 17) and their progressive VP sometimes reaches a point worth playing. Also like their poker room and sportsbook, though none of these is of interest to the OP.

    I do agree with Paul K's post regarding rooms, renovations (or lack there-of).
     
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