Caesars Palace – Hotel Review
by Richard Jones
I sat up on the sofa bed in front of my private cabana, as one scantily clad waitress wheeled over a huge frozen punchbowl full of fresh fruit and juices, while another cradled a large bottle of the finest Belvedere vodka.
“If there’s anything else we can get you sir, please don’t hesitate to ask,” they said in rehearsed tandem before tottering off into the distance.
Not many people can say they have sampled the life of an Emperor, but the staff and facilities at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas certainly made me feel like a VIP or Roman dignitary.
Over the last half a century dozens of legendary hotels and casinos have come and gone in Sin City. However, the iconic Caesars Palace, which first opened its doors 46 years ago, has thankfully not gone the way of the ancient Roman civilisation on which it is based, and is still as powerful as ever.
This year has seen the unveiling of its new Octavius Tower – a 23-storey skyscraper, bringing the resort’s total inventory up to 3,960 rooms and suites. Built with the intention of providing guests with a luxurious boutique hotel experience within a larger resort, Octavius features its own private valet entrance and separate hotel lobby. Meanwhile, the rooms themselves, designed by Michael Medeiros of KNA Design, offer modern, luxurious décor, marble floors, plush velvet sofas and chic stone tables. There are also framed 42-inch flat panel high-definition television screens, convenient multimedia hubs providing an in-room technology package, and bathrooms complete with glass shower, whirlpool tub, and Gilchrist & Soames pampering amenities.
Caesars Palace resort alone contains 25 diverse restaurants and cafes, while the acclaimed Forum shopping mall is home to over 180 boutiques and outlets. For sun or water worshippers, there is also the Garden of the Gods pool complex showcasing eight pools, two gardens, and for those wanting to splash out even more – a dozen or so private luxurious cabanas.
If you fancy visiting the award-winning Qua Baths & Spa, then keep an eye out for VIPs – US presidents past and present have been known to wander down from their penthouse suites for a massage or facial. Meanwhile, recently opened restaurants Central Michel Richard and Old Homestead Steakhouse deserve a visit, the hotel’s legendary nightclub PURE continues to attract some of the world’s best DJs, and the hilarious Absinthe has regularly been named Vegas’ number one show.
Oh, and did I mention you could also gamble in Vegas? Caesars house, in most people’s opinion, the best casino on the Strip, with fortunes constantly made and lost in the 129,000 square-foot gamblers’ paradise, including the exclusive Pussycat Dolls’ Party Pit.
With all this entertainment, luxury and temptation, you may even feel like staying in the hotel for the majority of your holiday. However, this is Las Vegas, and the hotels, casinos and attractions on the legendary Strip (recently and infamously visited by Prince Harry, of course), are easily reachable on foot from Caesars. The opening of Octavius is a major milestone in the ongoing renaissance of the Palace, which throughout 2012 will see Celine Dion, Elton John, Rod Stewart and Shania Twain performing at the Colosseum.
Also on the Nevada horizon are Caesars’ plans to open the world’s first Nobu Hotel Restaurant and Lounge this autumn (Robert De Niro was recently in Sin City to rubber stamp this), and that, along with the gleaming Octavius tower suggests that this particular empire will be around for a long while yet.
Three nights in Las Vegas with Virgin Holidays, including scheduled flights with Virgin Atlantic from London Gatwick or Manchester direct to Las Vegas, accommodation at the 5V Caesars Palace on a room-only basis with transfers included starts from £845. Prices are per person based on two adults sharing a classic room.
The Octavius Tower room is an additional £97 per person. Price includes all applicable taxes and fuel surcharges which are subject to change, and is based on departures 28 January-4 February 2013. To book: www.virginholidays.co.uk, 0844 557 3859 or visit one of our 100 stores located in Debenhams, House of Fraser, Tesco and Sainsbury’s stores nationwide.