The Venetian

The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino is a luxury hotel and casino resort situated between Harrah's and The Palazzo on the east side of the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, NV, United States, on the site of the old Sands Hotel. The hotel tower contains 40 stories and rises 475 feet (145 m). The Venetian is owned and operated by the Las Vegas Sands Corporation. The Venetian also serves as the seat of the corporate headquarters for its parent company. This hotel features a life-like replica tower of St Mark's Campanile in Venice, Italy.

The Venetian is (along with the adjacent Sands Expo Convention Center and The Palazzo Hotel and Casino Resort) part of the largest five-diamond hotel and resort complex in the world with 4,049 suites, 4,059 hotel rooms, and a 120,000-square-foot (11,000 m2) casino.


On November 26, 1996, eight years after it was bought by Sheldon Adelson, the Sands Hotel was imploded to make way for The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino. Ground was broken April 14, 1997.

The resort opened on May 3, 1999 with flutter of white doves, sounding trumpets and singing gondoliers, with actress Sophia Loren joining The Venetian Chairman and Owner, Sheldon G. Adelson, in christening the first motorized gondola. Built at a cost of $1.5 billion, it was one of the most expensive resorts of its kind when it opened. A brief time line of the hotel's history:

  • September 24, 1997 — Announcement that the Venetian's Grand Canal Shoppes will be managed by Forest City Commercial Management.
  • November 14, 1997 — $1,000,000,000 financial package secured.
  • August 18, 1998 — Venetian Resort tops out.
  • August 24, 1998 — Venetian begins accepting room reservations, by phone and on-line.
  • May 3, 1999 — Grand opening of first phase of complex.
  • October 7, 2001 — The Guggenheim Hermitage Museum opened within the resort, featuring its first collection: Masterpieces and Master Collectors: Impressionist and Early Modern Paintings.
  • August 30, 2002 — The museum opened its second collection: Art Through the Ages: Masterpieces of Painting from Titian to Picasso.
  • May 15, 2003 — Museum opens third exhibit: American Pop Icons.
  • June 27, 2003 — The Venezia at the Venetian opened as an additional tower, adding 1,013 suites and a new wedding chapel.
  • November 7, 2003 — Museum opens exhibit: A Century of Painting: From Renoir to Rothko, featuring paintings by Gauguin, Matisse, Picasso, van Gogh, Renoir, and others.
  • March 19, 2004 — "The Nevada Gaming Commission Thursday imposed an agreed-upon $1 million fine on The Venetian for rigging contests and violating state gaming regulations but only after chastising other state agencies for not pursuing the case more vigorously. Chairman Peter Bernhard and Commissioner Art Marshall, who called the violations the "most serious" they have dealt with during their tenures on the commission, criticized the state attorney general's office and the Gaming Control Board for taking a year to bring the eight-count complaint before the commission. ... "This is the most serious complaint I've seen since I've been on the commission. The issues go to the heart of the integrity of the industry," Bernhard said. ... The Asian high roller at the center of the case, was preselected to win a Mercedes-Benz. The complaint said a Venetian executive who rigged the drawing with a cohort hid the winning ticket in his shirtsleeve and pretended to draw it randomly from a batch of entries before announcing the "winning" ticket."
  • October 10, 2005 — Blue Man Group officially opens at the Blue Man Theatre.
  • June 24, 2006 — Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular opened at a new theatre at the Venetian.
Film history
  • The implosion of the old Sands to clear way for the Venetian was used as the crash landing site in the movie Con Air.
  • A suite from the Venetian is featured as a location in the 2005 movie Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous
  • Various Venetian locations were settings for the introductory scenes of the 2001 movie, Rat Race.
  • The exterior of the Venetian is portrayed in the movie Resident Evil: Extinction. There is a dramatic zombie attack scene which takes place on the Venetian's replica of the Rialto Bridge.
  • The music video "Shots", by LMFAO featuring Lil John, was performed at the Venetian.
  • The Venetian (Macao) appeared in episode 13 of the Korean drama Boys Over Flowers.
  • The casino in the Venetian has been used in filming scenes for CSI.
  • "Building the Venetian" was the subject of an episode of the show MegaStructures.
  • The Venetian appeared in a scene of the 26th episode of season one of The O.C..
  • The Venetian appeared in a scene of the twenty-fifth season of The Real World: Las Vegas (2011).
TAO Nightclub

TAO was voted #2 in the Nightclub & Bar Top 100 for 2011. With an Asian-inspired theme filled with rich woods and stone, TAO features a 20 foot tall Buddha statue, an infinity pool with koi, eight private sky boxes with mini-bars, a 40 foot long outside terrace with views of the strip, state-of-the-art lighting and audio systems and two dance rooms.

TAO Beach

Located on top of TAO Nightclub, TAO Beach is the Venetian's day club pool party. Their seven VIP cabanas each house a plasma TV, DVD player, Xbox 360, a fully stocked mini-fridge and a private safe for valuables.


In 2002, the Venetian plead no contest to rigging a lottery drawing. The Manager, who lost his license, had noticed a regular player take a huge beating and rigged the victory to give him the top prize (a new car). He hid his lottery ticket in the palm of his hand, drawing it instead of the winning ticket. Despite rumors to the contrary, the rest of the charges filed were regulatory complaints of improper technical procedure and filing errors.

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