The Venetian was everything we expected and more. GOOD TO KNOW - There is a hotel shuttle bus every 1/2 hour costing $7.00 each, we didn't know this arriving and a taxi cost us $25.00. When we arrived we upgraded to a Strip view, which was well worth the extra $150.00, each morning we would sit at our window with a coffee and watch Vegas go by. Excellent shops/bars/restaurants. Although the shops were not for us (not into labels) it was interesting visiting them. You can find a restaurant to suite all tastes and pockets. We saw two shows 'Rock of Ages' & 'Vegas The Show' both were excellent but don't expect it to fill the night they were both under 2 hours. Be prepared to do a lot of walking, there is a lot to see. The only time we left the Strip was to visit The Freemont Experience, YOU HAVE TO SEE IT. My one tip would be to have photo id on you at all times.