My husband and I were out in Las Vegas with our 3 children for 3 weddings during the week of Aug. 13 – 20. We were visiting as many of the casinos we could during the time we were out there. We have heard so much about how beautiful the Bellagio Hotel and Casino were, that we just had to go see it. We were ALL disappointed that we were unable to get thru the front door. The door guard would not let us go into the casino, because we were UNREGISTERED GUESTS with children under 21.
We came all the way from Conn., and were NEVER treated like that by ANYONE. That is discrimination, and should NOT be tolerated..
There were 7 of us that had to turn around and exit the building. Do you know how hard it is to go anywhere this day and age with that many of us – we considered ourselves lucky that we were able to afford a trip to go anywhere. Here we had the opportunity to go to Lake Tahoe for a wedding there, and then Las Vegas, for 2 more weddings, and we were treated ROTTEN by the people of the Bellagio. There wasn’t any hotel and casino that we entered, and didn’t walk out without buying anything to remember our trip by, so we took our money and spent it at Caesar’s Palace.
I think they should drop that rule about unregistered guests not entering the building with children, and can it. There were other people, who were told the same thing, and they were quite unhappy being turned away like we were. My husband heard some senior citizen comment on how children shouldn’t be allowed in any of the casinos, and I think they should have shut their mouths. They were probably there because of all the discounts the hotels give to them. I would be out there more often if I could afford it, and given all the breaks they get.
I heard that the rooms start at $400 a night. For the amount of us that came – I will stick with the $30.00 a night room downtown, and not have to worry about how we were going to feed the rest of us during our stay. I hope that by the time we return to Las Vegas during the summer of 2000, that we will find that the Owners and Managers of the Bellagio, change their minds, and let anyone enter their shops and casinos.
All we heard was how Las Vegas was now Family Oriented – it certainly wasn’t that feeling with the Bellagio. Many of the other casinos made us feel welcome, and they would politely tell the children to step away from the slot machines if they got a little excited when the quarters came out if you hit. That is expected! Living in Conn. they don’t get to see that – it was new to them – you know, something they only saw on television..
That was their first REAL vacation, and the Bellagio didn’t leave a good impression on them.. They were fascinated with EVERYTHING they saw – except the Bellagio. If you gave these 3 children this BAD impression, think of all the others that got the same idea. Wise up, Bellagio owners – change the policy – don’t forget – these are future visitors to your State….
K. Johnson and Family
Thanks for the input. Many people have been in the same situation and share your concern.
Let me tell you where they are probably coming from. You may or may not agree, but these are the cold hard facts (I’m just the messenger – don’t shoot me – I’ll list Bellagio contact info at the bottom):
Bellagio was built for adults. While they were still in construction, they made it a point to note that this would be an adult resort. People with children don’t tend to gamble, and gift shop profits don’t keep the lights on. They are a gaming company. In fact, many of the casinos realize that they made a big mistake earlier this decade in their attempt to cater to families. Theme parks don’t turn a profit. Not like slot machines, anyway. This town has once again decided (for the most part) to leave the family tourism to Orlando. In fact, the advertising slogan for The Tropicana last year was “Rollers, Not Strollers.”
In addition, many of those who pay $200 or more a night to stay at Bellagio specifically do so because Bellagio is generally child free. They are happy to pay for the ambiance of adult surroundings. And Bellagio is happy to have them playing $25 to $100 (or more) a hand at blackjack and craps. These “higher rollers” do receive discount or free rooms.
We understand that in Atlantic City, one must be 21 to enter all gaming areas. So, what Bellagio is doing is not without precedence, but it is a different policy from other Las Vegas hotel casinos.
The above is our take on this situation. We are not associated with Mirage Resorts (their parent company) in any way. We encourage you to write them with your complaint and let us know their answer:
Bellagio Las Vegas
3600 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, NV 89177
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