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The Palazzo
Palazzo Las Vegas logo.svg
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The Palazzo in 2009.
Location Paradise, Nevada
Address 3325 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Opening dateDecember 30, 2007; 11 years ago (December 30, 2007)[1]
No. of rooms3,068
Total gaming space105,000 sq ft (9,800 m2)
Permanent showsBAZ - Star Crossed Love
Signature attractionsThe Shoppes at the Palazzo
Lamborghini Dealership
Notable restaurantsEmeril's Table 10
Morel's French Steakhouse
Buddy V's Ristorante
Casino typeLand-based
OwnerLas Vegas Sands
ArchitectHKS, Inc.
Coordinates36°07′17″N 115°10′08″W / 36.12139°N 115.16889°W / 36.12139; -115.16889

The Palazzo /pəˈlɑːts/ is a luxury hotel and casino resort located on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada. It is the tallest completed building in Nevada. Designed by the Dallas based HKS, Inc., the hotel offers luxury in an Italian Renaissance ambiance. The hotel and casino are part of a larger complex (operated as one hotel) comprising the adjoining Venetian Resort and Casino and the Sands Convention Center, all of which are owned and operated by the Las Vegas Sands Corporation.

This all-suite hotel offers the largest standard accommodations on the Las Vegas Strip at 720 square feet (67 m2) per guest room. The hotel complex is the second largest hotel in the world.

In its first year of eligibility, The Palazzo was awarded the AAA Five Diamond Award for 2009, and has been awarded the honor every year since.[2] After 2014, The Venetian and The Palazzo no longer receive AAA Diamond awards, as the management has refused further AAA inspections.[3]

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Opened in 2008, the Italian-themed Palazzo has 3,000 of some of the most luxurious suites on the Strip. The Palazzo resort is recommended for foodies, shopping divas and luxury lovers. Mario Batali and partner Joe Bastianich have three restaurants here, including Carnevino with its 180-day aged beef that tastes like bleu cheese. Wolfgang Puck's CUT finds a home here, as well as Emeril Lagasse with Delmonico Steakhouse and Table 10, plus Thomas Keller's Bouchon Bistro. Head to Zine for some of the best Chinese food in the city. Limousines wait for guests at the porte cochere. Guests check in at the palatial front desk. The lobby entrance welcomes with vast natural light from the ceiling and grand columns. The open courtyard garden and fountain instantly calm guests. The decor in the Palazzo Waterfall Atrium and Gardens is changed seasonally. A flower display surrounds the fountain in the atrium. The Palazzo shares a five-acre Roman garden pool deck with its theme-park, canal-filled sibling The Venetian. The Azure pool, one of 11, includes lounge sofas and umbrellas. Our expert recommends the Azure pool for those seeking sophistication with more serenity than most. Its tagline: "Where I escape the ordinary". It's small (around 400-500 guests max) and in a garden setting, with a rotunda overlooking the Strip, comfy terrycloth-covered lounge chairs, not known as a party pool. A cabana by the Azure pool offers seating for five and a flat-screen TV. At the Palazzo, contemporary Italian suites start at 720-square-feet and are decked out with remote-controlled Roman shades and Anichini linens. This luxury suite is the Palazzo's "standard room". The room includes a plush sofa seating five or six, a large window, a desk and ample space. The bathroom boasts a two-sink vanity with a TV overhead. The 5,200 square-foot Presidential Suite is one of the most luxurious on the Strip. The bedroom includes a dressing area with a lengthy closet. The master bathroom boasts a fireplace next to the bath tub, a spacious vanity and a walk-in shower. A variety of high-end toiletries are available in each suite bathroom. The bathroom boasts a high-tech control panel for the toilet. The living room includes two couches and a cushioned bench, a flat screen TV and a fireplace. A Steinway piano is positioned in the living room. A dining room seats six with a flat-screen TV. The dining room includes a tea set. A table and chairs offers additional seating for dining with natural light. Guests in the Presidential Suite have an exercise area right off the master bedroom. One of the guest bedrooms features double beds, a work space and ample room. The Presidential Suite even features a movie room. The suite has its own sauna for private relaxation. The suite's patio area comes complete with a jacuzzi and shaded lounge chairs. The escalator up goes to the The Shoppes at The Palazzo. The escalator down leads to the casino floor. Retail is one of the main draws. The Shoppes at the Palazzo include Van Cleef & Arpels, Fendi, Cartier, Bottega Veneta and Barneys New York, as well as Mario Batali's Carnevino, Wolfgang Puck's CUT, and easy access to the many shops and restaurants in the adjoining Venetian. With more James Beard Foundation Award-winning chefs than any other Vegas property, The Venetian and Palazzo offer foodies an abundance of good choices, like Italian-themed restaurant and lounge Lavo. The party never stops at LAVO, the restaurant extension of the club that draws celebs galore. Expect to find fare such as Kobe meatballs here for dinner. The Saturday champagne brunch can hit over-the-top levels, the perfect prep for the party crowd later heading into the night. Just keep in mind that once pool season opens, the brunch party ends. The Italian restaurant and nightclub hosted Kim Kardashian's then-fiancé Kris Humphries' bachelor party. Lagasse's Stadium is a combination restaurant, sports book and entertainment club. Sports fans watch a game from stadium-tiered seating in Lagasse's Stadium. Sports fans Jeff Cook of Dallas, Justin Greenberg of Plainfield, Ill., Tom McInerney Jr, and Tom McInerney Sr. of Chicago watch a game at Lagasse's Stadium. Shoppers browse in Bauman Rare Books at The Shoppes at The Palazzo. Turner Zetterman, 9, and his grandmother Joan Zetterman of Omaha, Neb. look over a 1493 first edition of the "Nuremberg Chronicle," an illustrated history book, in Bauman Rare Books at The Shoppes at The Palazzo. The book is priced at $150,000. An 1814 first edition book based on the journals kept by Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark is displayed in Bauman Rare Books at The Shoppes at The Palazzo. A two-volume set, titled "History of the Expedition Under the Command of Captains Lewis and Clark: To the Sources of the Missouri, thence Across the Rocky Mountains and down the River Columbia to the Pacific Ocean," is priced at $250,00. A first edition Harry Potter book inscribed by author J. K. Rowling is displayed. JuiceFarm offers cold-pressed juice in the Palazzo. The Venetian and The Palazzo share The Canyon Ranch SpaClub, adjoined at the lobby. The Canyon Ranch Conservatory offers intimate seating, soothing music and complimentary fresh fruit, infused water and tea. Modern and traditional Asian massages are offered, as well as touch therapy. The spa offers energy therapy rooms. Aromatherapy enhancements are available as well. Another spa treatment area is shown. Canyon Ranch includes fitness activities like rock climbing. Fitness instructor Johnny Beavers climbs the 40-foot climbing wall.



Early history

By 1949, the property was occupied by the Ottilia Villa Motel, the eight-room Park Lane Motel, and a restaurant named Maggie's.[4][5] The Carousel Motel opened on the property in 1953, and the adjacent Park Lane Motel was incorporated into the Carousel around 1954.[5] The Ottilia Villa was renamed as the Spanish Trail Motel in 1957.[5][6]

The Tam O'Shanter motel was built and opened in 1959,[7] on 1.5 acres (0.61 ha) of the land.[8] The motel was owned by Bernie Zeldin, and was named after Illinois' Tam O'Shanter Golf Course, where Zeldin frequently played.[7] The motel had 100 rooms,[9] and featured a distinctive neon sign resembling a tam o' shanter cap.[7] The sign was later donated to the city's Neon Museum.[10][11] The Spanish Trail Motel went out of business around 1960.[5] In 1962, it reopened as the Imperial 400 Motel.[5]

Zeldin declined numerous offers to purchase the Tam O'Shanter.[8] Billionare Howard Hughes attempted to purchase the Tam O'Shanter at some point, initially offering $3 million. However, Hughes was late in delivering the money, and Zeldin subsequently raised the price to $6 million. When Hughes was late again in delivering the money, Zeldin called off negotiations.[8][12] The Carousel Motel became the Sand Dunes Motel in 1973, and was demolished in 1998.[5] In 1990, the Imperial 400 became a Days Inn. In 1996, it became the Vagabond Inn.[5]

Before his death in June 1997,[13] Zeldin finalized a $12.5 million deal to sell the Tam O'Shanter to Sheldon Adelson's Las Vegas Sands, which later opened the adjacent Venetian resort in 1999.[7][8] Adelson was a friend of Zeldin.[7] Venetian officials purchased 11.4 acres (4.6 ha) of land, including the Tam O'Shanter, in October 1998.[7] Bernie Zeldin's daughter, Leah Zeldin, operated the Tam O'Shanter until its closure.[7][8] In December 2003, the Zeldin family was informed of the Venetian's plans to demolish the motel for a future resort.[12] While there were no specific plans for the new resort's theme or construction date, company officials wanted the motel demolished so the land could be prepared for the future project,[7] known as The Venetian Phase II, which would consist of a $1 billion resort with 3,000 rooms.[14]

Tam O'Shanter closed on January 12, 2004.[12][15] An asbestos-removal project for the motel took 19 days to complete. Tam O'Shanter was subsequently demolished on February 6, 2004,[14] to make room for The Palazzo.[16] The Vagabond Inn, which contained asbestos as well, was also demolished in February 2004. The asbestos-removal project cost between $500,000 and $1 million.[14] The land had also been occupied by the Las Vegas Kosher Deli,[17] as well as several small stores that were owned by the Venetian and were expected to close to make room for The Palazzo.[12]


The Palazzo during construction (March 2007)
The Palazzo during construction (March 2007)

Foundation work on the $1.6 billion Palazzo began in September 2004, without a groundbreaking ceremony.[16] As of February 27, 2006, the project had been under construction for over a year. Most of that time was spent digging the 4-story-deep hole to put in the underground parking structure. Then the building itself began to gradually rise upwards. The steel fabrication and erection was supplied by Schuff Steel Company. By November 2006, the hotel tower had reached the 35th floor. Construction of the ground floors, including the parking garage and shopping center, were well under way.[citation needed]

As of March 2007, the hotel tower's elevator core was complete, and the rooms area was rising to the top. The façade and windows were being installed on the lower floors. As of August 2007, the lettering on the side of the tower was finished and topped out.[citation needed]


As of December 20, 2007, the Palazzo was scheduled to open at least 1,000 rooms by December 28 in preparation for the Las Vegas New Year's celebration, America's Party. The casino and other areas of the Palazzo opened at 7pm on Sunday, December 30, 2007, after a delay of several days due to the Clark County permitting process.

Upon its completion, The Palazzo ‒ its total floor area covering 6,948,980 square feet (645,581 m2) ‒ displaced the Pentagon as the largest building in the United States in terms of floor space by a margin of about 383,000 square feet (35,600 m2).[18]

The structural engineering was done by Walter P Moore Engineers and Consultants. Parts of the resort were opened to the general public on December 30, 2007.[1] The official grand opening took place on January 17, 2008.

in 2010, it was announced that it will be affiliated with InterContinental Hotels Group.[19]

St. Regis Residences at the Venetian Palazzo, Las Vegas

The St. Regis Residences at the Venetian Palazzo, Las Vegas is an unfinished condominium tower located at 3355 South Las Vegas Boulevard,[20] between the Palazzo and the Venetian.[21]

In November 2006, Las Vegas Sands sought approval from the Clark County Commission to construct a 632-foot condominium tower on a portion of the Palazzo land.[22] Construction of the $465 million tower began in early 2007,[23][24] with pre-sales of the condominium units expected to begin by September. The tower was built atop a 90,000 sq ft (8,400 m2) retail building that was part of the Palazzo project.[23] The retail building and the condominium tower were constructed on less than an acre of land which had previously been occupied by the Rosewood Grille restaurant.[25] In September 2008, Las Vegas Sands and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide announced a partnership to open the tower as "The St. Regis Residences at the Venetian Palazzo, Las Vegas", named after Starwood's St. Regis brand. The tower would include 398 units, and was expected to cost $600 million at that time. Under the deal, Starwood would manage the tower upon its opening,[21][26][27] which was scheduled for March 2010.[20][21]

In November 2008, Las Vegas Sands indefinitely suspended construction of the St. Regis because of the Great Recession.[28][29] An additional 18 months of construction was needed to finish the project,[20] which was to stand 50 stories high upon completion.[30] In November 2009, Las Vegas Sands stated that work would remain suspended until the economy improved.[31] In June 2011, Las Vegas Sands covered the unfinished building with a $1 million wrap made of giant cloth sheets that were printed to resemble a finished building. A company spokesman said that until a decision was made regarding the project, "We thought it was appropriate to improve it aesthetically in the meantime. We wanted it to look a little more like it belongs between a pair of five-diamond resorts like The Venetian and Palazzo."[30][32] Michael Leven, president of Las Vegas Sands, had a view of the unfinished tower from his third-floor office, and later stated: "I couldn't stand looking at that steel. One day I was out at the pool and I realized our guests were looking up and staring at the steel. We put the cover on it and it's held up well. You sometimes forget it is there if you walk by."[32]

In April 2014, Leven said that money was no longer an issue in completing the project, stating, "It's not a financial decision anymore, but we want to do the right thing," referring to the ultimate use of the building. Because of the uncertainty in the high-end, high-rise residential market, Leven stated that it was unlikely the tower would be completed as condominiums. Up to that time, Las Vegas Sands had considered finishing and opening the tower as timeshares, but Leven stated that "the numbers didn't work out." Leven further stated that finishing the tower as a third hotel-casino with its own entrance was unlikely. Also considered was finishing the tower as a hotel expansion for the Palazzo and Venetian.[32]


Hanging lanterns in the Palazzo
Hanging lanterns in the Palazzo
Atrium in the Palazzo
Atrium in the Palazzo

The $1.8 billion resort features a lobby where guests from the street arrive beneath a 60-foot (18 m) glass dome with a two-story fountain. Those approaching from The Venetian make the transition through a towering octagonal structure and garden, itself topped by a glass-and-iron dome. Visitors to The Palazzo using the underground parking structure can take elevators or escalators from the underground garage and arrive in the center of the property's casino.

The Palazzo Casino, like some other casinos on the Strip, operates under the license of a related casino—in this case The Venetian's license. The resort's 642-foot (196 m) high hotel tower features 3,068 all-suite rooms and 375 concierge-level suites.

The Palazzo is LEED Silver Certified—the largest LEED certified building in the nation.[33]

The Palazzo is reported to be the eleventh largest building in the world in terms of available floor space and is also currently the second-largest building in the Western Hemisphere.


Dal Toro Las Vegas

The Las Vegas Car Museum is inside the multi-story Dal Toro restaurant, and features displays of exotic automobiles from automakers including Bugatti, Spyker, Saleen, and Koenigsegg. The 20,000-square-foot (1,900 m2) showroom is decorated with Italian-imported marble and tile flooring, rich leather wall coverings, and vibrant artwork. The space was originally a Lamborghini Las Vegas dealership. The restaurant stopped using the automaker's trademark after a lawsuit was filed.[34]

Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian and The Palazzo

Features upscale boutique stores from the likes of Ralph Lauren, Jimmy Choo, Fendi, Cole Haan, Piaget, Diane von Furstenberg, Chloè, Bottega Veneta, Bulgari, Michael Kors, Burberry, Christian Louboutin, Catherine Malandrino, Anya Hindmarch, Charriol, and others. It also features an 85,000-square-foot (7,900 m2) Barneys New York.

In popular culture

  • The hotel is the main location in the final novel in the Vegas book series Palazzo, wherein American currency is attempted to be transferred to Milan, Italy, for a drug deal.[citation needed]
  • The construction of Palazzo was featured on the Science Channel's Build It Bigger.[35]
  • The Palazzo was the shooting location featured in Season 5, Episode 18 of MTV's The Hills as well as a setting for the dramatic season three finale.[citation needed]
  • The U.S. game show Wheel of Fortune taped four weeks of shows at the Palazzo in July 2009. Two weeks of shows aired in September 2009, and the other two aired in February 2010. Also, the show taped six weeks of shows in July 2013 starting with the September 2013 Season 31 premiere.[citation needed]

See also


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