When it opened in 1998, Bellagio raised the ante for major players on the Strip. From its graceful dancing fountains out front to the jaw-dropping Dale Chihuly glass flower sculpture in the lobby, this grand dame aims to impress. It even starred in the remake of the Rat Pack caper movie Ocean’s Eleven. Stroll down the deluxe shopping promenades, wander the indoor conservatory, smoke stogies at the Petrossian Bar, or gawk at the world’s largest chocolate fountain at Jean-Philippe Patisserie.
Now slightly past its prime, the Bellagio keeps on its toes with Hyde lounge and nightclub, which has a fountain-view terrace; and the lamentably lame Bank nightclub. Adjacent to the high rollers’ casino, Fix is a trendy New American dining room, while Yellowtail crafts creative sushi. Todd English’s Olives bistro and Julian Serrano’s Lago both have tempting lake-view tables of the Bellagio’s fountains. Think twice before spending all of your dough on Prime Steakhouse, Picasso, or Le Cirque restaurants, or Cirque du Soleil’s original aquatic extravaganza O.