- Bellagio (hotel and casino)
casino = Bellagio
logo_size = 150
image_size = 200
address = 3600
Las Vegas BoulevardSouth
October 15, 1998
casino_type = Land
rooms = 3,933
space_gaming = convert|116000|sqft|m2|abbr=on
shows = O
attractions = Bellagio Gallery Of Fine Art
"The Fountains of Bellagio"
"The Bank Nightclub"
restaurants = "
renovations = Bellagio Spa Tower, 2005
website = [http://www.bellagio.com/ bellagio.com]
Bellagio is an AAA Five-Diamond, Mobil Four-Starred rated luxury
hoteland casinolocated on the Las Vegas Stripin the Paradise area of unincorporated Clark County, Nevada, USA. It is owned by MGM Mirageand was built on the site of demolished Dunes hotel and casino. Inspired by the Lake Comoresort of Bellagioin Italy, Bellagio is famed for its elegance. One of its most notable features is an convert|8|acre|m2|sing=on artificial lake between the building and the Strip, which houses the Fountains of Bellagio, a large dancing water fountain synchronized to music.
Bellagio was conceived by Steve Wynn and built by his company,
Mirage Resorts, Inc. following the purchase and demolition of the legendary Dunes hotel and casino in 1993. Bellagio was designed by Marnell Corrao Associatesand Jon Jerde. Bellagio had an original construction cost of US$1.6 billion.
The Bellagio employs approximately 10,000 people. In the fall of 2006, the casino floor was remodeled and new uniforms were issued, changing the original color scheme to a more contemporary blue and fire truck red two tone blazers.
Dale Chihuly's "Fiori di Como", composed of over 2,000 hand-blown glass flowers, covers convert|2000|sqft|m2|abbr=on of the lobby ceiling. Bellagio is home to Cirque du Soleil's aquatic production of "O", only the second permanent production show for the world-renowned troupe.
October 15, 1998, just before 11:00 PM, Bellagio opened. The Bellagio reportedly spent US$88 million on its opening. The VIPs invited to the grand opening were expected to donate to The Foundation Fighting Blindness US$1,000 a person or US$3,500 a couple, which entitled them to an overnight stay at Bellagio's suite rooms.
Opening night's entertainment began with Steve Wynn giving a 40 minute welcome speech and then the opening of the
Cirque du Soleilproduction, "O." Performing in Bellagio lounges that night were New York cabaret and recording artist Michael Feinstein, George Bugatti and John Pizarrelli. When it opened, it was the most expensive hotel ever built, having cost over US$1.6 billion. The Bellagio was also opened on the fifth anniversary of the Luxor Hotel.
In 2000 it became an MGM Mirage property when Mirage Resorts merged with
MGM Grand Inc.to create MGM MIRAGE.
* The Bellagio is the only hotel/ resort in the country with two AAA Five Diamond Award restaurants, Le Cirque and Picasso.
*The Bellagio and its fountains are featured in the 2007 film "Lucky You" and the 2008 film "21".
*Bellagio was featured prominently in the film "Ocean's Eleven". The curved staircase that Tess Ocean (played by
Julia Roberts) descended was removed during a 2006 remodel to accommodate the entrance pathway from a newly built hotel tower, called The Spa Tower. New shops and restaurants fill the space. The fictitious vault for the three casinos that were robbed (MGM Grand, Mirage, and Bellagio) owned by Terry Benedict (played by Andy Garcia) was located beneath the Bellagio.
*In the 2007 film "
Ocean's Thirteen", Daniel Ocean (played by George Clooney) is talking about The Dunes Hotel (which was situated on the same place before the Bellagio was built) while he is standing in front of the "Fountains of Bellagio" together with Rusty Ryan (played by Brad Pitt).
Many professional poker players prefer to play at the Bellagio poker room, calling it their home base (or more commonly "The Office") due to the high
table limits. Poker professionals refer to the high-limit table as The Big Game. [cite web |first=Chris |last=Gabriel |url=http://pokerworks.com/article-425.html |title=Professional Poker or “The Big Game” |accessdate=2007-11-12 |date= 2006-01-09|publisher=Poker Works]
Bellagio has also partnered with the
World Poker Tourto host several of their tournaments.
Fountains of Bellagio
Paris Las Vegashotel, across the strip from the Bellagio.] The "Fountains of Bellagio" is a vast, choreographed water feature with performances set to light and music. (See
The fountain display is choreographed to various pieces of music. Current pieces include: [ [http://www.bellagio.com/pages/attrac_highfountain_pop.asp Bellagio Fountains - Las Vegas ] ]
*"And All That Jazz" (from Chicago)
*"Con Te Partirò (Time to Say Goodbye)" -
Sarah Brightmanand Andrea Bocelli
Fly Me To The Moon" - Frank Sinatra
*"God Bless The USA" -
*"Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus" -
Mormon Tabernacle Choir
*"Hey, Big Spender" (from
*"Luck Be A Lady" (from
Guys & Dolls) - Frank Sinatra
My Heart Will Go On" - Celine Dion
*"One, Singular Sensation" (from
A Chorus Line)
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini" - Rachmaninov
*"Singin' in the Rain" -
The Star Spangled Banner" - Whitney Houston
Viva Las Vegas" - Elvis Presley
Your Song" - Elton John
This Kiss" - Faith Hill
Santa Baby" - MadonnaThe Fountains are set in a nine-acre man-made lake. Contrary to a common urban myth that the lake is filled with treated greywaterfrom the hotel, it is actually serviced by a fresh water well that was drilled decades prior to irrigate a golf course which previously utilized the site. In fact, the fountains use less water at present than under its prior golf course use. [According to J. Cruz, the Director of Energy and Environmental Services for MGM Mirage from http://www.kued.org/productions/desertwars/cruz_jamie.php] They incorporate a network of underwater pipes with over 1,200 nozzles that makes it possible to stage fountain displays coordinated with over 4,500 lights. It is estimated that the fountains cost US$50 million to build.
Three types of nozzles are used for the various effects:
*Oarsmen® - Jets with a full range of spherical motion
*Shooters® - Shoot water upwards
*Super Shooters® - Send a water blast as high as convert|250|ft|m|abbr=on in the air.
The Fountains were created by WET (aka WET Design), a design firm that specializes in inventive fountains and architectural water features. [ [http://www.wetdesign.com/client/bellagio/ WET Design: Water Fountain and Water Features development for Achitecture, Urbanism, and Landscape ] ] Following the success that WET had with the Fountains, Steve Wynn asked them to improve and modify the volcano attraction at sister casino
Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
Las Vegas Strip
* [http://www.bellagio.com/ Bellagio website]
* [http://www.destination360.com/north-america/us/nevada/las-vegas/bellagio.php Bellagio Hotel Virtual Tour] - 360 degree virtual tour
* [http://www.a2zlasvegas.com/hotels/history/h-bellagio.html History of the Bellagio]
* [http://xahlee.org/Periodic_dosage_dir/las_vegas/bel.html Las Vegas Travelog] - photo collection
* [http://maps.google.com/maps?ll=36.113123,-115.175182&spn=0.005269,0.007318&t=k&hl=en Satellite view of the site]
* [http://www.777.com/land-based-casinos/bellagio Bellagio reviews and video clips]
* [http://www.marnellcorrao.com/Divisions/Architecture/1990/Bellagio.php Marnell Corrao Associates technical project overview]
* [http://www.vegasrex.com/shows/bellagio-fountains/ Video of The Bellagio Fountains]
* [http://www.vegasrex.com/photos/bellagio/ Photos of the Bellagio & Conservatory]
* [http://www.lightgroup.com/ The Bank - Nightclub at Bellagio]
* [http://www.ratevegas.com/blog/2006/08/scrounging_in_b.html Tour of Bellagio's back of house employee areas]
* [http://www.guidetovegas.co.uk/index.php?page=bellagio - A UK guide to Las Vegas & The Bellagio]
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