Prompt service, no prentention, at Bellagio

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LAS VEGAS -- From the bellmen to room service staffers, the service I experienced while staying at the Bellagio was top-notch without seeming stuffy.

Room service, especially, was excellent, with the three meals I had ordered at different times of different days -- breakfast, lunch and dinner, and always at peak times -- delivered earlier than when I had been told to expect.

Maid service, too, was good, with twice daily visits, including nightly turndown with the obligatory chocolates (Belgian). This twice-daily maid service is available for all guests, whether they're staying in a standard deluxe room or in a suite.

I happened to be staying in room 12027 -- a standard deluxe room -- which was fine. The room was tastefully done in a beige color scheme and featured a beautiful carved armoire that did double duty as a closet and an entertainment center.

One side of the armoire can accommodate longer dresses or gowns, while the other featured a shelf in the middle. The piece also offered ample drawer space below the niche for the remote-controlled television. As with so many Las Vegas properties, the room did not offer a minibar.

Other furnishings included a desk, phone with dual jacks for laptop computers, two lounge chairs with a small table and a king-size bed flanked by two nightstands. One nice feature was two soft reading lights with independent controls in the ceiling above the bed.

A huge bathroom with separate soaking tub, walk-in shower and two-sink vanity rounded out the facilities. Two extra touches in the bathroom that I found helpful were a wall-mounted phone and a lighted make-up mirror.

Rack rates for rooms, categorized as standard deluxe, tower deluxe or equipped for the disabled, range from $159 per night to $459 per night, depending on the season and availability. Suites, which vary in size from a petite suite to a two-bedroom suite, range from $375 per night to $1,400 per night.

The resort offers special commissionable prices through its Web site at www.bellagiolasvegas.com. Agents should mention the Internet offer when making reservations.

Clients who book a stay in a room between Dec. 14 and 24 will receive a rate of $99 per room, per night, single or double. For those who wish to stay in a suite during that time, the resort is offering a price of $330 per suite, per night, single or double. Both offers are valid for Internet bookings through Dec. 7 for stays Sundays through Thursdays. An extra-person charge of $35 per person, per night will be assessed for all rooms with triple or quad occupancy.

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