This is a great time of year to go to Vegas. The sweltering summer heat is gone, so it's an ideal temperature for walking. And The Venetian puts on their Winter In Venice festivities, which include dancers and costumed characters that perform in front of the hotel as well as inside, elves handing out small cups of hot apple cider, an outdoor "ice" skating area, and a giant tree of lights at the street.
This is my first stay at The Venetian, but I've been through the public areas many times before. The Grand Canal area is not decorated for the season, but the waterfall at the connected Palazzo Shoppes is, and it looks great.
At check-in, they give you a Winter In Venice coupon book, which does have quite a few good deals in it. They're divided up by type so you can easily open up to the restaurant section, or the shopping section. One of the coupons is for another book from the Apothecary at the Palazzo (this is starting to feel like a scavenger hunt) which gives you coupons mostly for the Fashion Show Mall across the street. I recommend picking this up as soon as you get there.
The Da Vinci exhibit was good, but tickets were cheaper through Tix4Tonight. Another benefit of buying through Tix4Tonight is you can buy discounts at restaurants. For example, you may get a "buy one entree, get one free" offer for $2.00. One of the best Tix4Tonight deals was for I ♥ Burgers (at The Palazzo), which for $2 per diner gives you 50% off your entire check. That's an amazing deal when you consider that it also discounts your drinks, and this place has a great beer selection to go with its impressive gourmet burgers. You have to plan your meals ahead to take advantage of these offers, but if you can, it's worthwhile.
The room is very spacious and the bed is very comfortable. The furniture is quite nice, but the corner sofa really shows its age. Our room was missing its robes and the safe was briefly defective, but The Venetian staff quickly remedied both of those problems (roughly 15 minutes for both incidents). Very little noise gets in from outside. We had a very noisy family occupying two adjacent rooms, but we didn't hear them from inside our room; only when we were out in the hall.
One thing really sticks out in my mind on this trip, and it happened the first day we were there. At check-in, we were presented with two coupons: One was for a free coffee at Cafe Presse, and the other was for a 2-for-1 drink at any casino bar. The drinks coupon is fine, except that the casino bar charges nearly double what a drink that size should cost in Vegas (over $9 for a ~300ml cocktail), so you're not really saving anything. No big deal, I just didn't think there was much point to the coupon.
But the one that drives me crazy is the free coffee coupon. My wife and I checked in as a couple, they knew there were two of us when we booked, but they gave us one free coffee. Not one per day. Just one. I even asked, as they gave us the coupon, if they were aware that there are two of us checking in. The clerk affirmed that she was aware we were a couple, but the coupon is for one coffee. My advice to The Venetian would be: If you can't afford to give two coffees to a couple checking in for a week's stay, then don't give any. A coupon for one coffee given to two people makes you look like you have no idea what you're doing. Funny how such a small thing made such a big impression.
Overall our stay was great. We checked in quickly, checked out quickly, had no wait for a taxi, and the location on the strip is great. Would stay here again if the price was right, but we're not so enamoured that we wouldn't give another hotel a try next time.