Bellagio was one of the original high end resorts in Las Vegas first opening on October 15, 1998. It sits on the property that was once home to the Dunes. Today, the most recognized amenity of Bellagio is its fountains. The Bellagio fountain show starts in the mid-afternoon daily. A new show starts about every half hour. Contrary to popular belief, the Bellagio water show does not waste water from the Las Vegas water supply. It uses a well that once kept the Dunes golf course fertile.
One of the best vantage points to catch the Bellagio water show is from the Paris Las Vegas Eiffel Tower replica across the street. Paris Las Vegas is not owned by MGM Resorts. It is owned and operated by Caesars Entertainment. Bellagio was conceived by Steve Wynn under the Mirage Resorts umbrella. It is currently owned by MGM resorts.
Casino at Bellagio
Bellagio is one of the few Las Vegas casinos that are not plagued by short pay blackjack games. You will not find one single game within Bellagio that pays 6-5 on a natural blackjack. All blackjack games pay 3-2 and have somewhat better rules compared to many other casinos in Vegas.
There are 37 six-deck blackjack games dealt out of continuous shuffle machines that allow double down on any two cards, double down after splitting, resplit aces and surrender. The dealer hits a soft 17 in these games. Players may bet between $10 and $5,000. There are 11 tables with these same rules that deal out of a shoe. The bet limits are $25-$5,000.
There are six tables with these same rules that stay on all 17s. The bet limit is $25-$10,000. These games are dealt out of a six-deck shoe.
Double Deck Blackjack players will find six tables. The minimum bet is $50, while the cap is $10,000. Players may double down on any two cards and after splitting any hand that does not involve aces. However, players may resplit aces. The house stays on all 17s. This is the best blackjack game in Las Vegas.
Blackjack Switch is also available with $25-$5,000 limits. It is dealt out of a continuous shuffle machine.
There are nine roulette wheels at Bellagio. There are eight with two zeros that offer a $15-$1,000 spread. There is one European wheel with $50-$1,000 limits. This table refunds half of a player’s wager on even money bets when the zero is called.
Bellagio spreads 10 craps tables. The limits are $10-$5,000. Players may wager 3-4-5 times odds.
High limit blackjack spreads $300-$10,000 with the same odds as the top blackjack and baccarat games on the main floor.
Other Bellagio Casino Games
Three Card Poker: $15-$500
Ultimate Texas Holdem: $25-$500
Casino War: $10-$1,000
Let it Ride: $15-$500
Pai Gow Poker: $25-$10,000
There are virtual roulette and blackjack games that offer a $5 minimum just outside of the main pit.
Hotel at Bellagio
The hotel at Bellagio offers 3,950 rooms. The resort fee is $25 per night, per room, unless comped by a casino host.
Resort Room – This is the smallest room at Bellagio. In other resorts, it would be considered a suite. The Resort Room measures at 510 square feet and offers all of the amenities one would expect from a five-star resort. The most off peak period, the week before Christmas, still finds a price of $149 on weeknights and $179 on weekends. The fountain view will run at least $25 more per night. Two queens have an additional $25 per night premium.
Bellagio offers suites for gatherings that range from business conferences to weekend parties. Many of these suites are reserved for high rollers in the casino, but not all. A call to MGM Resorts or a visit to the Bellagio website can reserve one of these rooms, assuming they are not already booked.
As with any resort of Bellagio’s caliber, expect to spend $300 or more during the week and $500 on weekends to reserve such a room. This is the base rate on the slowest of weekends. Villas are also available to those willing to spend over $1,000 per night.
Dining at Bellagio
Bellagio offers fine dining that is exclusive to its five-star resort. Jasmine is an authentic Asian restaurant that overlooks the Bellagio fountains. Le Cirque offers French cuisine that has earned the AAA five-star rating.
Michael Mina is a fusion seafood restaurant that also falls under the fine dining category. Picasso, an elegant Italian masterpiece, and Prime Steakhouse, round out the fine dining options at Bellagio.
There are six contemporary restaurants at Bellagio. Circo brings the taste of Tuscany to the resort. Sensi specializes in organic and sustainable options. Yellowtail and Noodles provide Asian fare. Todd English’s Olive is a Mediterranean option, while Fix leans more towards American specialties.
The buffet and two cafes are available for casual dining. There is also a snack bar near the sports book.
Bars at Bellagio
There are three popular nightclubs at Bellagio. The Bank and Hyde are the best known. Lily Bar leans more towards an elegant lounge.
There are two casino bars with separate lounges, one by the sports book, while the other is located in the baccarat area.
Bellagio is located on the southwest corner of Flamingo Road and Las Vegas Boulevard. The main entrance is located on Las Vegas Boulevard. This is where valet and self parking is located. There is also a valet at the Flamingo Road entrance. A tram connects Bellagio with Aria and Monte Carlo.
Features at Bellagio
Bellagio is known for its famous water show. Its fountains are one of the main attractions in Las Vegas and it is free for all to see. Shows start around 2p.m. daily and run every half hour.
The Conservatory and Botanical Garden offers a unique sampling of the latest season in terms of plants and decorations. This area is located just outside the main hotel lobby area.
Cirque Du Soleil’s “O” is performed virtually every night at Bellagio. Tickets start at $98.50 for limited view and run up to $155. VIP rates are also available. This does not include the $10.95 per ticket processing fee.