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Venetian opens tower

Jul 1, 2003 7:12 AM

The Venetian last week opened its new 1,013-suite tower, bringing its total number of guest rooms to about 4,050, making the hotel the third largest in Las Vegas (behind the MGM Grand and Luxor).

In addition to the 12-story, all-suite tower, the $275 million expansion included a lavish new pool deck, the Venetian’s first wedding chapel, an exclusive concierge level, and 150,000-square-foot expansion of the convention center.

Already noted for having the highest average room rates in town, The Venetian’s new suites raise the bar with luxury features such as two 32-inch flat screen TVs, two-line cordless phones, duvets on the beds, and 130-square-foot bathrooms equipped with a 15-inch liquid display television.

"We are excited about the premiere of Venezia and all it has to offer our guests," noted Brad Stone, executive vice president of Las Vegas Sands Inc., the parent company of The Venetian. "This will be the only place in the world where guests can encounter 18 fine dining restaurants, the world’s largest convention center and a world-renowned art museum all under one roof."

By raising that roof to the tune of 1,000-plus guest rooms, The Venetian also effectively reduced its operating costs.

"When we can amortize 1,000 rooms over the same overhead, we will obviously have a higher return," Stone said.

Venetian officials are excited about the tower’s new concierge level, a "hotel within a hotel," which promises delightful refuge for both business and leisure travelers.

Some of the concierge level amenities include: private access, an executive lounge to offer food and beverage twice daily, high-speed Internet access, daily newspaper delivery service, automatic turndown nightly with special amenity and "goodnight wishes," bottled water and European-style turndown mat, complimentary shoe shine, silk hangers, plants in suites including a bud vase with an orchid in the bathroom, and personalized business cards and stationery.

The new standard suites include a private bed chamber with draped canopies, an oversized 130-square-foot bathroom finished in Italian marble, and a sunken living room area furnished with a convertible sofa, two upholstered chairs, a desk and a dining table. The suite functions as not only a place to relax or entertain, but as a place to work if necessary.