Venezia at the Venetian adds icing to the cake

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In a never-ending game of one-upmanship, Vegas-style, the bar has been raised again in the Las Vegas luxury accommodations arena with recent additions to Venezia, a hotel-within-a-hotel at the Venetian. 

A sophisticated bistro and expanded Concierge Lounge amenities are new to Venezia, which opened in 2003. Guests in the 12-story, 1,013-suite tower, Las Vegas first and only concierge-level resort, enjoy larger suites, extra service touches and a more exclusive environment in which to reside.

Friday afternoon check-in lines can be onerous in Vegas, so the ability to bypass one immediately confers VIP status. From the Venetians vaulted lobby, guests are whisked by dedicated elevator to the Venezia lobby for a check-in that lasts no more than five minutes. 

The suite where I stayed, the 700-square-foot Bella Suite, is standard and similar in layout to those in the original tower, but upgraded furnishings and newer technology mark the differences. 

Two comfortable queen beds furnish the bedroom, which also contains a lighted closet and an armoire with plasma TV. Down two steps is the living area, set with a sofa bed, oversized chair, another armoire/TV combo and a work desk. 

The Italian-marble bath features a large stall shower with adjustable jets; an oversize, sunken tub; and a double-sink vanity. Bella suites rates range from $209 to $1,049 per night.

Those who book a suite on any Concierge-Level floor (8 through 12) receive other perks, as well. For example, the Concierge Lounge, with a staff of two, serves continental breakfast, midday snacks and evening cocktails and hors doeuvres, all free.

Upgraded canapes and pastries, exclusive to Venezia, are new introductions. A new nightcap service offers sweets and beverages from 8 p.m. until 10 p.m, and food and beverage service is available in the lounge from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Then, too, theres an extensive pillow menu for Concierge Level guests.

The pool area, for Venezia guests only, is mostly shaded, however, due to its location within the U-shaped buildings courtyard and its proximity to the looming, main hotel tower.

The pool-deck level also is home to the Venetian Wedding Chapel, which can seat up to 150 guests or be divided into three smaller chapels. Catering is by pastry chef Peter Wimler.

Award-winning chef Thomas Kellers Bouchon Restaurant opened in 2004. Its location, just off the lobby but fronting the pool deck, enables patio dining. Bouchon offers Kellers traditional French country cuisine.

For reservations at Venezia, call (877) 857-1861 or visit the Web at www.venetian.com.

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