Las Vegas is a destination on nearly everyone’s bucket list. Iconic landmarks like The Strip, the Eiffel Tower replica, and the Bellagio’s fountains are famous the world over. And so are the casinos, especially those in the larger hotels. And there is perhaps no hotel more well-known, and more intrinsically “Vegas,” than Caesars Palace. The luxury accommodations cater to everyone from budget weekenders to high rollers. And while there are countless amusements in Las Vegas, you can spend your entire visit in the environs of the Palace’s various attractions. In the heart of America’s favorite sin city, Caesars Palace is a crowning jewel.
Nothing says grandeur like classical-revival architecture
When you arrive at the main circle drive in front of Caesars Palace, you are greeted by statues, water features, stone pillars, and trees planted in the style of the Italian countryside. Every visual detail reinforces the sensation of luxury and an utter commitment to the suspension of reality. Like all of Vegas, Caesars Palace is a grown-up’s playground, and everything is designed to make guests feel like royalty.
The hotel’s commitment to its theme is admirable. Every part of the complex sports the same playful exuberance for classical aesthetics. Reproductions of famous Greek and Roman statues ornament all the indoor spaces. Ladies are particularly fond of visiting the statue of David in the hotel’s Appian Way Shops. (Hint: he’s not wearing a fig-leaf!) Caesars Palace also employs a small army of actors to stroll the hotel as Roman characters and assist guests. Shoppers and gamblers can catch a glimpse of Cleopatra or Caesar making the rounds. Buff Roman soldiers are forever posing with visitors for pictures.
Getting there can be a riot! – And easy
Most people arrive in Las Vegas by plane. With so much air traffic in and out of this city, tickets can be very affordable. In fact, Caesars Palace lets you bundle your room and airfare for discounted rates.
The main airport serving the Las Vegas area is McCarran International. Its halls feature many art exhibits. One of the more whimsical of these is a set of oversized sculptures by artist David Phelps. “Desert Wildlife” is located in the D gates wing, and the giant creatures quietly watch travelers rush by. The concrete animals are rather patient with unabashed tourists looking for photo opportunities. Once you’re outside, dedicated queues funnel people into an ever-ready stream of taxi cabs. Cabbies are generally polite, quick, and helpful. They’ll load up your bags and all you have to do is say: “Caesars, Please!”
Great Views from Nearly Every Angle
Other than a handful of large hotels on South Las Vegas Boulevard, there is little to obstruct the views from the guestroom windows of Caesars Palace. Toward the west, you can look across the city and to the Spring Mountain Range. To the south, rooms overlook the Bellagio. Seeing the regular jet-fountain performances will make you want to keep your curtains open so you don’t miss them! To the north lies the Mirage, backdropped by the Las Vegas Range in the distance. And to the east, you can watch the spectacular night views as everything along the Boulevard is lit up like a carnival.
Of the Palace’s five towers, only the Forum Tower has limited view quality, here and there obstructed by the other hotel structures, so if you want to make sure your room overlooks the neon grandeur that is Vegas, keep that in mind. But if you want a convenient location, Forum Tower is central and closer to everything.
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Caesars Palace has something for everyone. Meal choices span from a food court and a buffet to multiple restaurants for fine dining. After dinner, you can see a show on one of the hotel’s stages, or go for a drink at one of the several nightclubs and bars. One of the bars is located in the Fortuna Pool, and you can swim right up and order a drink! Actually, there are several swimming pool options, all surrounded by comfy cabanas. The hotel owns two golf courses, just minutes away. If staying in is more your thing, there are two in-house shopping centers, the Forum shops and the Appian Way shops. There is a salon and full service luxury spa. And, of course, there’s the casino.
Decadent rooms, even at the economy level
Whether you’re a budget traveler or you’re investing in high-end accommodations, Caesars Palace will treat you like a visiting dignitary. Even the “cheaper” rooms are lavishly furnished in sumptuous fabrics and stylish fixtures. The attention to detail means that when you’re in your room, your experience doesn’t go on-hold.
For those looking to save a few pennies but who still want a good cost-benefit ratio, consider upgrading from the basic room to the deluxe. It’s not much more money, but the room is almost twice as big and you get a whirlpool tub, which is just the ticket for a lazy morning after a long night of exploring the city. If you’re feeling lucky, reserve a less expensive room than you would like; it’s not entirely uncommon to get a free upgrade because they ran out of spaces!
Whatever your Vegas plans, Caesars Palace is the place to stay and make it happen, with endless possibilities for fun. The same goes for the rest of the city. So bring your camera, but remember, what happens in Vegas, shouldn’t always have a photo record!
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