The Bellagio – Steve Wynn’s Masterpiece

The Bellagio is a luxury hotel and casino located on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada. It is known for its iconic fountains, elegant design, and high-end amenities. Based on Lago di Como Italy, it brought a new stylish chique to The Strip, untill then unbeknownst to most people. Introducing not only top tier restaurants and designer outlets, Wynn also opened up Las Vegas to sophisticated premier class Art.

History of The Bellagio Resort

The Bellagio was developed by casino magnate Steve Wynn and opened its doors to the public on October 15, 1998. It was built on the former site of the Dunes hotel and casino. The Bellagio’s design was inspired by the Italian town of Bellagio on Lake Como and aimed to create a sophisticated and upscale atmosphere.

One of the most famous features of the Bellagio is its Fountains of Bellagio. The fountain show, set in the lake in front of the resort, combines music, lights, and water choreography, captivating visitors with its synchronized performances.

The Bellagio also gained fame for its exquisite interior design and art collection. The resort features a conservatory and botanical gardens that are regularly updated to reflect seasonal themes. The Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art showcases rotating exhibitions of renowned artwork.

The casino at the Bellagio offers a wide range of table games, slot machines, and a poker room. It has a reputation for attracting high-rollers and hosting prestigious poker tournaments, such as the World Poker Tour.

In addition to its casino and art attractions, the Bellagio is home to several upscale restaurants, including award-winning dining options such as Le Cirque and Picasso, which features original artworks by the renowned artist.

MGM Entertainment takes over

Over the years, the ownership of the Bellagio has changed. In 2019, MGM Resorts International, the parent company of the Bellagio, announced a joint venture with Blackstone Real Estate Income Trust to form a new company called MGM Growth Properties LLC. This new entity owns the real estate assets of the Bellagio and leases them back to MGM Resorts International.

The Bellagio continues to be a prominent landmark on the Las Vegas Strip, offering luxurious accommodations, world-class entertainment, fine dining, and a memorable resort experience for visitors from around the world.

Already in 2002, Bellagio was sold to Kirk Kerkorian, who was the sole owner of MGM Entertainment. As Kerkorian has passed away, his firm is now operated on the stock exchange and partly run by his daughter

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This is a view of the Strip as seen from the Eiffel Tower replica at Paris Las Vegas Saturday, August 19, 2017. Visible in the photo are the Bellagio and Palms. CREDIT: Sam Morris/Las Vegas News Bureau