The Bellagio, The Jewel Of Las Vegas

OK guys, its time for a little treat. It’s been awhile since I did a post on my trip to the States, and knowing how much you enjoyed hearing about the Aussie perspective of America I’m here to continue my Story. Don’t worry, I’ll leave links to related posts at the end of this one. :smile2_ee:

Before telling you about leaving Los Angeles via LAX, weird name for an airport and what’s the X stand for anyway :ponder_tb: , I should tell you of my experience upon our arrival there at the beginning of the holiday. I’ve been to several airports but LAX was the first one that digitally took my finger prints as well as doing a retina scan. Weird, but I reckon it’s all been brought about because of what happened on September 11. Leaving for Las Vegas was simpler, we just had to remove everything from our pockets, belts and even shoes. We were cool about it, the only ones complaining were the Yanks. :wink_ee:

OK, so we left LAX and landed at the Las Vegas airport, and what was the first thing we saw upon entering the airport? A whole heap of slot machines, unlucky ones at that. Ah, who am I kidding I didn’t have any luck at Vegas but I sure did enjoy myself.

We stayed at the Bellagio and I have to tell you it was the most beautiful hotel I’ve ever seen. This is a shot of the Bellagio Fountain, and believe me when I tell you it was spectacular.

Bellagio Fountain Bellagio Fountain ML

If you’re ever there the fountain appears regularly depending on a few factors. From Monday to Friday between 3pm and 8pm its every half hour and between 8pm and 12am its every 15 minutes. On weekends and holidays it starts at 12pm. What is really amazing is that the shows are different and each time the fountains appear they dance to whatever music is playing. Don’t forget to watch the video I took at the end of this post.

Upon entering the Bellagio we were presented with a stunning chandelier. These two photos were taken from the foyer.

Bellagio Foyer Bellagio chandelier
Once we had checked in we went to our rooms to deposit the luggage and to do that you had to walk through the casino, a common factor in all the casinos we visited while there. Obviously they hope to suck a bit of cash from guests as they walk through.

Let me tell you, the casinos in Vegas are huge and the Bellagio was no exception. I could flood this blog with the photos I took but I don’t want to bore you with the hundreds of photos I took. being spring and all a lot of the hotels had a spring them but I didn’t see one that matched the Bellagio.

bellagio Spring

This painting was actually made of flowers and again it was pretty big.

paint flower

If you’re ever at Vegas you have to visit the Jean Philippe Patisserie. Why? Because their coffee and food is great and the cakes are to die for. You can even watch as they make the most delicious crepes with fillings of your choice. While there be sure to check out their chocolate fountain, it’s the biggest in the world.

cakes

You can head on over to my Flickr account if you want to see more photos, and I will be uploading more as I get time.

You may well have noticed that the photos of the Bellagio although identical are dramatically different. This is all thanks to an app I was introduced to by Carolyn in her post, Dynamic Light: Enhance Your View Of The World! That was a great find Carolyn and I appreciate you putting me on to it.

But now, what you have all been waiting for, The Fountains Of Bellagio!

If you like the video I would really appreciate you giving it a thumbs up on the YouTube site, and while you’re at it a tweet wouldn’t go astray. :thumbup_tb:

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  1. Hi, Great post and amazing pictures! I love all of the colors and the way you enhanced your pictures. I’m so glad the app I recommended was put to such good use! I look forward to seeing more of your artistry.

    Thanks for the link. :-)

      1. Way to take the app and run with it! Great job! :clap_tb:

  2. I used to have relatives who worked at the MGM Grand as security and would get me a comp room at the hotel for my annual vacation visit. But I heaven’t been back there in a long time. It is an amazing city and an enjoyable place to visit… as long as you don’t get sucked in by the constant pressure to gamble. Set a budget, stick to it. When it’s gone; quit and see the shows.

    I used to have facts and figures on the amount of water and pressure it takes to make those Belagio water cannons do that stuff – can’t find them at the moment, but it is staggering. That alone is an engineering feat! Thanks for sharing your tour.

  3. I have never stayed at the Bellagio (I am Jealous) but I have been to Las Vegas and seen the show out front – it’s spectacular. :clap_tb: I didn’t realize that they do different shows. I would have stayed all night looking at it.
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  4. Hi there,
    thanks for the article, I stayed at The Bellagio for 5 nights on my recent trip to Las Vegas. The facilities were just fantastic with a number of different pools and plenty of entertainment options located close by. If you can afford The Bellagio you should go and book it. It is obviously older than Wynn/Encore etc but apart from that I felt the hospitality was second to none.

    Regards. Arthur

  5. Lived in Vegas for 3 years…loved it the whole time, and there is plenty to do there besides gamble and drink!

  6. Hi Peter
    How the other half live – stunning.

    That fountain is something else.
    More like a fireworks display than a fountain.

    And the finish! How high does that thing go?

    Great little vid.
    Only thing missing was a short commentary with an Aussie accent. LOL
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    1. I agree with Keith. Aussie commentary would have been great. Next time, perhaps?

    2. You know me and commentaries Keith :tongue2_tb: :laugh_tb:

      Anyway I was too stunned to talk. You are right though, the fountain did bare a resemblance to fireworks, especially with those big bangs that shot the plumes of water to incredible heights. While there we kept going back to watch more of the shows.
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  7. Colleen and I were recently in Las Vegas and REALLY enjoyed the trip. The entire city seems like an amusement park of sorts. We were there for a real estate seminar.

    You wrote, “We stayed at the Bellagio and I have to tell you it was the most beautiful hotel I’ve ever seen.”

    I guess Aussies are rich, eh? We stayed in Las Vegas for $60 per night, so I guess Americans cannot afford what you Aussies can afford? [makes note to self to blog more to make more money or something]

    I’m outta here to AussieLand, so I can come back and enjoy the States! [grins]

    1. It did seem a bit like that didn’t it, an adult amusement park?

      We’re not rich Joe, but seeing as how we haven’t been on a decent holiday for about 10 years we though we would splurge a little. Anna reckons that at $200 a night we got the Bellagio at a really good price, and compared to what we’ve paid for some hotels in Australia we did really well.
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  8. Amazing pictures. Breathtaking fountains.

    I have never been to Las Vegas – been to Atlantic City though. The closest I have come to The Bellagio or MGM is watching Oceans 11 ;-)

  9. Beautiful photos of what I’m sure is an even more beautiful hotel in-person. Have yet to make it to Las Vegas, but the Jean Philippe Patisserie seems like it would be right up my alley :) I also just want to bring to your attention the fact that I, as a ‘Yank’ have never – not once – complained when asked to remove my shoes, etc. when going through a security checkpoint at the airport ;)

  10. Loved this post and the photos you posted.

    When my husband and I traveled to LAX on route to the Caribbean a couple of years ago, it was also my first experience of having my finger prints taken – a bit daunting.

    Haven’t been to Vegas, but those amazing photos have given me inspiration. Thank you
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    1. Yeah it was weird wasn’t it Brenda? To think that they now have our prints on file :lol_ee:

      The Caribbean would have been a great holiday place. I bet you really enjoyed it too.

      1. It was one of the most amazing trips I have been on – definitely would go again – once I have been to a few more countries on my list :)
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        1. Yeah, me too, I would love to go back but I have a few countries on my own list I need to cross off.

  11. Sire,
    $200 a night seems like a steal and you are right about making it worthwhile. When you do Las Vegas on the cheap, you get overwhelmed by slease. I’ve hated Las Vegas every time I’ve been there and maybe that’s the reason.
    Come back to the States anytime – and spend more time in California. We need the money!

    1. I’d love to come back Ralph, and who knows what the future will bring. As for doing it on the cheap, I can’t see the sense in saving money if it’s going to spoil your holiday. If that’s the case it would be better to not go at all.
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  12. Thanks for the escape from reality with these images. The floral “painting” and displays are outrageous. How beautiful!

  13. I really need to go to Vegas one of these years. The only problem is that I’m not the best gambler. I enjoy it and all, but I’m one of those people who has to spend every dollar in my wallet when on a losing streak. So I guess it’s best to wait till I can afford to lose a big chunk of change.

    1. There is so much more to do in Vegas than just gamble Jeremy. If I were you, when you eventually get there, I would get the gambling over with as soon as you arrive and then use the rest of the time to enjoy yourself. That’s what I did.
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      1. That sounds like a dangerous plan considering my gambling willpower. I’d be broke after the first day and wouldn’t have the money for shows or other entertainment. I think I may be better off just avoiding the gambling and stick to a strict budget.

        1. I got my gambling out the way as soon as I could so I could concentrate on other more important things.

  14. The Bellagio is unbelievable but out of my range, I’m more MGM! I usually go for the big boxing fights, great atmosphere when they are going down.

    1. I don’t know what they charge at MGM Hadley, but we only paid $200 a night which I felt was a really good price.

  15. The video is absolutely great! Amazing how they’ve created the fountain. Too many water movements that can make everybody watching it react as in WOW!!! I hope to see it too!

    1. Yeah, and it’s even better at night :king_tb:

  16. Hi, these pictures are incredible. I love painting made with flowers. I hope to visit the Bellagio someday because it looks an amazing hotel.

    1. Glad you liked it Jose.

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