Vegas Myths Re-Shattered: You know what floor your hotel room is on


Published on: January 5, 2024 at 08:13 pm.

Last updated on: January 4, 2024, 10:13 pm.

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If your room at The Wynn is on the 60th floor, you won’t have a view of the 60th floor. You have an apartment on the 48th floor. That’s because there are no floors 40 through 49 at this casino resort or its twin, the Encore. The fourth and thirteenth floors are also missing.

The main tower of Bellagio has 36 floors. Try counting them using just this picture. (Image: Wikipedia)

Most Americans understand skipping the thirteenth floor. Why would you want to rent a room there when you most likely came to Las Vegas to chase good luck at the casino?

Rio elevator sign, Las Vegas
Floors at Rio range from 39 to 50. (Photo: Scott Rubin/Vital Vegas)

But the number 44 was left out because for many Asian visitors, the number 4 is just as unlucky as the number 13 is for Westerners. This is because it sounds similar to the word “death”. They both translate as “si” in Mandarin, and “shi” in Japanese.

Also following this soaring hotel design are Planet Hollywood, Aria, Delano, Resorts World, Rio and The Palms, all of which are at least 10 floors shorter than they claim to be on their driver’s licenses.

Window trick

Oddly enough, counting the floors of the Las Vegas Strip Resort from the outside reveals the opposite deception. Most towers pretend to be much shorter than they actually are.

The Bellagio, for example, appears to be 14 floors above the lobby level, but is actually 36 floors. This is because each window on the first two “floors” is a group of six room windows spanning three floors. You can’t tell unless you look closely at night, with enough interior lights on since the heavily tinted windows obstruct views during the day.

For the rest of the 12 “floors,” each Bellagio window serves four rooms spanning two floors.

Bellagio, Las Vegas, Window Trick
From a distance, especially in the daytime, these windows look like individual room windows at the Bellagio Hotel. But the lower groups are groups of three stories each with six windows. The upper portion is of two-story groups each with four windows. (Image: Wikipedia)

Treasure Island and Caesars Palace also use what is known in the hospitality industry as the “window trick.” The role of Wynn and Encore is to place one dividing strip on every two floors.

This architectural visual illusion produces a more pronounced appearance and functionality to trick you into considering a tower smaller than it actually is and, therefore, a short walk away from your current location on the Strip.

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