Pumped In Perfume Smell Inside Las Vegas Casino Hotels?

I just got back from my annual (sometime bi-annual) run to Vegas. Got a real bad shock when I went to my always favorite Venetian and the smell of after shave or whatever was so strong I almost turned around and left. But assumed instead that there was a horrible accident and a bottle had been spilled or broken. I knew if I just went down to the casino floor it would be all better. Wrong, everywhere I tried to go it was just as strong which means they were for some reason stinkin’ up the place.

I quickly got a huge headache and ran as fast as I could for an exit. I don’t expect to return (they are dead to me now). I didn’t even try Palazzo since it would be the same. I will watch your newsletter to see if you mention that they saw the pure stupidity of this and discontinued it.

I also visited Aria and have to say it is a nice place. But…

Why would they put it so far back off the strip? I will probably just skip it as its not convenient to walking. Otherwise I greatly enjoyed my trip. I didn’t win anything as always but just consider it the cost of entertainment. Since I was alone didn’t see any shows but when my wife joins me there are always many good shows to see.

R. Swaim

Ted Responds:

You aren’t the first nor will be the last to talk about the heavy scent that is pumped into the casino at The Venetian. People have been complaining about it (healthy people, not those who may be allergic to scents) for some time, but for some reason The Venetian still continues to let it rip.

Other casinos do the same, and I believe it was started with the faint coconut scent that they use at The Mirage. Most casinos just want to add a little bit of a compliment to their theme and add to the experience. They also do it (to a point) as a way of masking the smell of smoke. For some reason, The Venetian really pushes it to the limit!

Per CityCenter and Aria Las Vegas, I’m not really sure why the nature of the way it was designed. Usually, casinos and main hotel areas are situated as the first thing you’ll encounter. Part of it may have been done to give the hotel guests the “city” feel as when you are back into the complex at the entrance to Aria, you are pretty much surrounded by this city feel (all of the tall buildings shooting up all around you).

I agree that they could really use a way to get people back in there. Moving sidewalks, maybe a tram (like they have at amusement parks to get you from the parking area to the main gate). There is a monorail that connects it with Monte Carlo Las Vegas and Bellagio Hotel Casino, but you have to walk WAY to the BACK of either of those hotels to get on it. You might as well just walk from The Strip up to Aria at that rate!

Thanks for the great report!

Ted Newkirk
CEO, Managing Editor

2 thoughts on “Pumped In Perfume Smell Inside Las Vegas Casino Hotels?”

  1. I’ve often wondered about the use of scent in casino hotels as well, especially as many of them seem to employ a “signature” scent — Jasmine here, cocoanut there, etc. I have to agree that all too often the scent is of a thick, sickly nature — mindful of the cheapest of eau de cologne or, more commonly, bathroom disinfectant. When combined with food odors near restaurants, the effect is enough to turn anyone a few shades of green. To their credit, I’ve never noticed anything of this nature at The Bellagio, where the primary scent is invariably that of whatever floral and greenery display is currently on display.

  2. The smell at the Venetian has kept us away for years, as it always triggered bad headaches. Too bad really as it is a lovely place.

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