My girl friend and I visited Vegas recently, and based on another friend’s suggestion, made “The Bellagio” our destination. It ss known for its whimsical water fountain that shoots streams of water in tune to music. It’s a free show that has made it on to the list of many sightseers.
Inside, the hotel is associated with its glass blown lobby centre piece. A field of bloomed flowers with light shining through their glass petal. It covered the entire skylight that loomed over a floral samurai on horse back that was themed to match their conservatory and indoor garden space.
In time for the spring and the Japanese Sakura festival this space was themed with Japanese culture. You enter by walking under two pink gates adored with cherry blossoms, with giant sparrows suspended over head.
On the right, two giant automated cranes that flapped their wings and chirped in a garden with running. Next to it was a wooden bird cage with real song birds calling it home. On the left, giant urns wrapped in flower petals stood tall and poured out water into a pound of koi fish.
At the centre of this scene a Japanese castle lit in neon at night. Surrounding it a garden of spring blooms like tulips and pansies.
For our accommodations saved $50 per night by opting for a suite without a view. And a good thing too, as we really didn’t stay in our hotel room all that much.
For our last meal in Vegas we brunched at the “Sadelle’s”. A pastel blue restaurant with blue chairs and pink booths. Most memorable were the pink dessert carts that functioned both as decor and a visual menu for point and ordering.
We had their take on traditional breakfast cocktails to start. I had their “Green Mary”, their twist on the Bloody Mary made with green tomatillo juice. They also offered the “Ghost of Mary”, a Bloody Mary made with infused horseradish vodka, with no tomato juice this was a clear drink, hence the name. I ordered the green option for novelty sake. It was a pretty drink, but lacked flavour: watery with cucumber undertones. There was no spice and nothing but the garnish reminded me of the traditional cocktail. My guest had the “Blood orange mimosa”, a mix of sparking wine and tangy blood orange juice.
For food I had their Belgian waffle. A light and fluffy round that was pressed with their signature “S” logo in cursive. It comes plain with sides of creamed butter, maple syrup, and whipped cream for self dressing. I also added some mixed berries for colour and freshness for extra.
My guest had the “Eggs Benedict”. Poached egg and hollandaise over a toasted and crispy English muffin. For $2 more she swapped the ham for smoked salmon. This was one of the better, if not best egg Bennys that I have had. Everything was fresh. Buttery smooth, messy, and oh so good with the sauce.
But my favourite dish and our most frivolous order from “Sadelle” was their specialty, a “grapefruit cocktail” for $12. Not a drink, but half a large grapefruit with the fruit peeled from
the rind and the pith carefully removed. The grapefruit flesh was sprinkled over with sugar and torched to caramelization. Sour, sweet, and zesty with the mint. A great start to the day, and a better end to a long night of drinking.
Overall, a lovely stay at a lovely hotel. Plenty of great restaurants to dine at, even more to see on the casino floor, and central to the strip with easy walking distance to plenty. If there weren’t so many great hotels to visit and stay at, I would definitely return for my next over night stay.
For more on our stay at the Bellagio, and all that we got into in Vegas, check out my latest vlog, now up on my YouTube channel: MaggiMei.
3600 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109