When Apollo Funds acquired The Venetian Resort Las Vegas earlier this year, the group made a pledge to continue to invest in the iconic all-suite property. In an exclusive interview with Travel + Leisure, the resort’s newly installed CEO Patrick Nichols shared that he will be delivering on that commitment by “investing over $1 billion in all areas of the guest experience.”
“We’re looking to elevate our experiences across the resort,” Nichols told T+L. “Arrival experiences will be different. For both The Venetian and The Palazzo, we plan to renovate, remodel and redesign all of our suites. We will be offering several new [food and beverage] concepts, we are taking an in-depth look at the entertainment, nightlife and bar, and the casino floor will also be significantly different.”
This is on top of debuting a reimagined pool deck, a TAO Beach Dayclub and a $50 million partnership with TAO Group and acclaimed chef Tetsuya Wakuda’s first US outpost this year.
To realize Nichols’ goals, the property hired Los Angeles-based design collective RIOS to plan the renovation. The iconic The Venetian theme will not go away. “We are a themed hotel and will always be a themed hotel,” notes Nichols. “That sets us apart, but the 90s Italy on which the Venetian was modeled has evolved. If we can build on that through the spirit of Italy and discovery, we won’t look like just another hotel that has renovated its rooms.”
As for timing, Nichols shared, “there are already building walls at The Palazzo, where we started in the spaces.” Two of these spaces will be chef Eyal Shani’s first Israeli gastronomic concepts in the city. The first will be the opening of Miznon later this year, a fast-paced, casual concept that has gained a cult following around the world, particularly in metropolitan destinations like Tel Aviv, Paris, New York and Singapore.
In spring 2023, Shani will launch HaSalon. Those familiar with HaSalon’s outposts in Tel Aviv, New York and Ibiza know what to expect from a convivial event. At these markets, the weekend-only restaurant puts food at the heart of the celebration. Think: signature tomato carpaccio, clean Mediterranean proteins and show presentations complete with pyrotechnics and the like. As the night progresses, metal railings will descend to prevent passersby from seeing the room turn into an all-out celebration.
In large part, the idea to bring Miznon and HaSalon to Las Vegas came from the property’s chief content officer, Michael Gruber. A big part of Gruber’s expansion strategy is to expand the entertainment offerings at The Venetian. Historically, “the property has produced 70 to 110 shows a year for the past five years,” says Gruber. This will increase to 700 to 1,000 shows a year. And The Venetian will ramp up their offerings immediately, starting with Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Freestyle Love Supreme,” which premieres November 10th.
Before “Hamilton” and “In the Heights”, Miranda created this improvised hip-hop production. “Freestyle Love Supreme is the show that reminds audiences why live theater is so amazing. No two presentations are the same, the energy inside the room is electric.”
In addition to the new hotel entertainment, The Venetian has partnered with Madison Square Garden Entertainment to build a $1.85 billion MSG Sphere, due to open in time for the November 2023 Formula 1 race in Las Vegas. . It is on its way to becoming one of the largest spherical structures in the world, accommodating up to 20,000 guests with an immersive screen.
Nichols believes this will be “a groundbreaking entertainment venue and a great asset to The Venetian. Our guests will be able to walk directly from the resort to see a show or check out some attractions during the day.”
Additionally, the Palazzo’s pool will be renovated in the near future, while TAO Beach Dayclub will feature a weekly poolside nightly soirée called Evening Tide next summer and an ultra-exclusive $750-per-person omakase room to debut this fall.