As the younger sibling to its sister property, The Palazzo at The Venetian has taken everything you like about The Venetian and turned it up a notch with posh rooms, upscale dining and high-end shopping. The vibe: Intimate, Italian elegance, exclusive but not intimidating What we love: The Palazzo at The Venetian is kind of like The Venetian on steroids. The hotel takes what you like about The Venetian and makes it even better. It’s easier to get around, the rooms are larger and the restaurants are even more upscale. Plus it’s like hitting the bonus jackpot on the slot machines when you stay here because it’s connected to The Venetian. Anything you don’t find at The Palazzo is just steps away at The Venetian, from Canyon Ranch spa to dozens more restaurants, gondola rides, the massive Tao nightclub and even more shopping. The hotel’s five-acre pool deck is also merged with The Venetian’s, which makes for one big playground. In total, there are 11 different pools, four hot tubs and 41 cabanas. Hotel rooms aren’t known for being spacious. You’re usually tripping over your suitcases as you squeeze your way into a closet-sized bathroom. Not so at The Palazzo. These standard rooms, which are all suites, are a whopping 720 square feet. That’s bigger than your one-bedroom apartment. The bathroom alone is 130 square feet. If you need us, we’ll be soaking in the Roman tub watching TV on the flat-screen. The restaurants at The Palazzo are from the who’s who of the culinary world. Take Cut by illustrious chef, Wolfgang Puck. This stylish steakhouse offers cutting-edge interior design and a sophisticated menu of the finest prime beef. But that’s just the beginning. There’s also Carnevino, an Italian-themed steakhouse with an international wine list from winemaker Joe Bastianich; and Morel’s French Steakhouse & Bistro, a contemporary restaurant where traditional French cuisine meets American cooking. The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian | The Palazzo has bragging rights for bringing shopping mecca Barneys New York to Las Vegas. The 875,000-square-foot Grand Canal-themed mall flows from the indoor canal at The Venetian all of the way to the Waterfall Atrium at The Palazzo and presents shopaholics with a lineup of 160 upscale fashion, jewelry and lifestyle stores. Speaking of the Waterfall Atrium, be sure to check out the cascading two-story waterfall with flowers and plants that changes with the seasons. Insider tips: To truly capitalize on The Palazzo at The Venetian’s luxury, you’ll want to stay in the Prestige Suites — the exclusive concierge level on the 23rd floor. You’ll feel like a high roller as you enjoy champagne at check-in, afternoon tea, personal concierge assistance and more. Any time you’re visiting the Palazzo or Venetian, we recommend parking at the Palazzo. The underground garage is easy to get into and is seldom crowded. There are several different elevators leading to the hotel. If you’re checking in, look for the one labeled “lobby.” There’s also an elevator that leads directly to the casino and one that’s close to the showroom. Good to know: The Venetian and The Palazzo at The Venetian are connected to the Sands Expo Convention Center, which has 2.25 million square feet of exhibition space. That means when there’s a big convention there will also be heavy traffic, crowded restaurants and sold-out shows. You might want to plan your visit during a time when there isn’t a big convention in town. If you are at the hotel during a big convention, just be aware that there will be lines, make your reservations early to avoid waiting in long lines. As we mentioned, the dining options at Palazzo are amazing, but they are also high-end. You won’t find fast food, a buffet or a 24-hour coffee shop here, but you can find quick bites and food court options right next door at The Venetian or in the mall area. It’s the best of both worlds. While the Palazzo has some great bars like the Laguna Champagne Bar and Fusion Latin Mixology Bar, if it’s the crazy Vegas nightclub experience you’re looking for, you’ll need to walk over to Tao at The Venetian.