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May 20, 1999

Welcome to Access Vegas News and Reviews! This is the newsletter that talks about the Las Vegas attractions, dining, and shows that YOU really care about. This is not spam. If you receive this by mistake, unsubscribe information is at the bottom. Feel free to forward this to friends, but only in it’s entirety.

Rental Cars – Don’t pay top dollar! Enter the dates of your visit and compare prices from virtually every major rental car agency (most US cities). Book the lowest price company or your regular agency. Save the hassle and some money – Car Rental Savings Search. Few regret renting a car. Free shuttles and city bus rides can be slow and smelly. Taxis can cost what a rental car costs. Your vacation time is valuable — make the most out of it!

Quick Concert Notes:

Junefest VII will be held on June 5th at the Silver Bowl Park. This year’s lineup will include Joe Walsh, Creedence Clearwater Revisited, Cheap Trick, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Blue Oyster Cult, Romantics and The Knack.

The Artist, in only the second public performance of the year, brings his Jam of the Year-Encore Performance to the MGM Grand Garden Arena in an exclusive engagement Saturday, May 29. R&B legend Larry Graham will make a special guest appearance.

Barbra Streisand will appear New Year’s Eve at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas. The MGM Grand will bring in the new millennium with the recording industry’s all-time topselling female artist.

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The pictures that accompany the following story are online at:
Las Vegas Venetian Hotel Photos

Feature Story: The Venetian

MOVE OVER STEVE WYNN – If you are reading this, you know that there is no magic in the world like Las Vegas, and the city has a new crown jewel. Sheldon Adleson did it right, and did it better. Overheard numerous times on a recent visit were tourists walking the exquisite foyer area: “One hotel just tops the last one — they just keep outdoing each other”. Mr. Wynn built Bellagio to be “the most romantic hotel in the world”. But frankly, it reminds people of their grandmother’s house where you are scared to touch anything. Hardly romantic.

The Venetian is romantic. From the entrance bridge crossing the main canal to the way the entire front area turns the strip into the feeling of a European village, the resort gives off the low but powerful rumble of romance. Throughout the casino, you see couples enjoying time together like it’s their first date.

Parking – I’m not a big fan of valet parking. On a busy night at any major strip casino, you can walk to your car and back 3 times before they get your car to you. For my Venetian visits, I took advantage of one of the best kept parking secrets on the mid-Strip. Sitting right next door to the Venetian, the Casino Royale parking garage sits just off the Strip behind the little casino. I pulled in, had no problem grabbing a first floor parking space, and looked up at a quite occupied Venetian garage. (For those of you that enjoy a drink, Casino Royale will give you a well drink and an import for $3.00 — total).

I also suggest parking there and walking in so that you can experience the beautiful entrance area of the hotel. From the bridge over the canal to the exquisite lamp posts to the columns with their unbelievably intricate carvings (see the pictures posted online), this is art in a world of plastic trees and neon everything.

Make sure you look directly up when you walk in the door — you’ll see the first of the many ceiling murals that punctuate the property. In fact, with most casinos, you probably bother to never see the ceiling. (This is by design — they want you looking at the machines and tables — nowhere else). The dripping gold of the Venetian ceiling draws you eyes up and ads to the airy feel of the place.

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Next week, we’ll talk about the casino, dining option, cocktail waitresses, and update you on the very latest regarding any shops or areas now open to the public.


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All contents copyright 1999 Ted Newkirk
May 20, 1999

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