Whether floating down the indoor canal in a gondola, relaxing under the skilled hands of a professional masseuse, or shopping at one of the many luxurious boutiques, it is easy to understand why the luxurious Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino in Las Vegas earned AAA's coveted Five Diamond Award.
The Venetian's lush and romantic guest experience begins when guests enter the majestic entry way and enter a property that faithfully recreates the historic look and feel of Venice, Italy...with a Las Vegas cachet. Guests stroll down cobblestone streets under soaring frescoed ceilings, ride in authentic gondolas on The Venetian's Grand Canal, and stop to feast in one of the 18 world-renowned restaurants, five of which have James Beard Award-winning chefs. The hotel offers more than 4,000 suites that are among the most spacious in the city with rooms drenched in opulence, furnished with plush beds and marbled bathrooms that include decadent, deep-soaking Roman bathtubs.
Service is the differentiator
Service is the differentiator in 2009, and The Venetian's elegance and sophistication includes superb customer service that is the hallmark of the property's Five Diamond status. The Concierge Services team at The Venetian plays a most important role in each guest's visit. Whether stocking a returning guest's refrigerator with his or her favorite beverage or arranging a romantic rose-petal bath with truffles and champagne, the Concierge Services staff of more than 70 ensures a special experience. This is a remarkable feat to accomplish in a resort as big and busy as The Venetian.
Largest concierge staff in the US
"We provide the largest concierge staff in the US and operate six full-service Concierge Desks within the lobbies of our properties,' says executive director of Concierge Services Tyra Bell-Holland. 'We pride ourselves on our discretion, professionalism and knowledge of what our property and city can offer to make every visit a special experience. Our goal is to provide guests everything they require and some things they did not even know they needed."
Coordinating the duties of a team this size was a challenge, Bell-Holland noted, until they automated the property's guest service operation with The Concierge Assistant(R) system from Gold Key Solutions, a comprehensive hospitality concierge software solution.
'Concierge Assistant centralizes all guest service tasks and other operational information onto one specialized system so our team operates more efficiently to deliver services,' Bell-Holland said. 'Every department in the hotel with password authority can access the secured information on area resources, reservations, and contacts, enabling them to quickly fulfill a customer's need.'
Concierge Assistant plays a part in nearly every exchange between The Venetian's property staff and its guests. For example, a bride was in a panic and needed a last minute alteration on her wedding dress the night before the wedding. The Concierge team used the system's services database to find a seamstress that worked all night and the next day the bride had the wedding of her dreams in her custom tailored wedding dress that fit her like a glove.
"The Concierge Assistant software is our 'bible' for managing guests at a mega-resort," says Bell-Holland. "The system enables us to provide a seamless guest experience at a moment's notice."
The Venetian's preferred car provider, ODS Limousine, receives more than 50 requests daily for guest transportation from the property's Concierge team. Concierge Assistant electronically links The Venetian's concierge team with ODS to streamline the transportation delivery process. Payment information and reservation details are communicated instantly, saving time and minimizing potential mistakes. The two-way communications between the limo company and the hotel makes it possible for guests to receive their transportation much more efficiently, which in turn, says B.J. Balaban, president of ODS Limousine, increases guest satisfaction.
With a common vision for service excellence, Gold Key Solutions and The Venetian have created a formula for continued guest service successes. "I cannot imagine being able to provide the world class service that we do so effortlessly without the support and guidance of Gold Key Solutions and Concierge Assistant," says Bell-Holland, laughing, "I prefer not to imagine life without it!"
About The Venetian
The Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino, the largest property in the country to receive AAA's Five Diamond Award and Mobil Four-Star, is one of the world's most luxurious resort and convention destinations. Re-creating Venice's legendary landmarks, the resort offers unmatched service and quality for leisure and corporate guests. Located in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, The Venetian features The Grand Canal Shoppes, an indoor streetscape complete with gondolas and singing gondoliers, the Canyon Ranch SpaClub, world-class gaming, exquisite restaurants, and a wide variety of entertainment such as Phantom-The Las Vegas Spectacular, Blue Man Group, Wayne Brady and David Spade on its premises, as well as extensive convention and corporate services. For additional information, visit The Venetian website at www.venetian.com.
About Gold Key Solutions
Gold Key Solutions The Concierge Assistant improves guest services and staff communication by creating orderliness and accuracy throughout the entire concierge process for hotels of all types. The Windows-based software application increases staff efficiency and reduces expenses by automating all guest services activities and reporting, allowing managers to put in place a standard of excellence that may be continually refined. The Concierge Assistant is used by over 400 full-service Ritz-Carlton, Marriott, Hyatt, Starwood, St. Regis, Four Seasons and other quality properties. The Concierge Assistant is also employed by many residential living properties and by personal assistant and professional concierge companies to optimize services to each client.
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