Saturday, April 17, 2010

Las Vegas Trip Report – Part 3 – The Vegas Hotels

April 2 - Paris
April 3, 4 - Caesar's Palace

Why 2 hotels, you ask?

Less than two weeks before we went to Vegas, we booked a 3-night stay at Caesar’s Palace, direct through their website. We booked the “Hangover” package, which included a 3-night stay, $50 food/beverage credit (attached to your room folio, so could be used across the chain during your stay), a free in-room movie and a “Hangover” t-shirt, all for around $500. The downside is that the room you get with this package is their Classic room in the Roman tower, which is the older tower. Reviews mentioned the room type was functional, but more like a Super 8 motel room. I knew we would not be spending much time in our room, so I was ok with this. Reviews also mentioned that upgrades to the newer towers were often available for $10-$20 a night.

When we checked in at Caesar’s at around 6:30 pm, there was no line up, which was great. We went up to the guy at the registration desk, and asked if there were any upgraded rooms available. He told us that the room we booked would be available right away, but he said he also had another option for us as they oversold their hotel on the Friday night. So, he offered us the option of staying in a suite at Paris or Rio for free, plus refunding us the first night of the package we booked and giving us an upgraded room at Caesar’s Saturday and Sunday night for no charge. Rio is at the end of the strip, so we opted for Paris, which is centre-strip. He also gave us $20 cash to cover cab fare to and from Paris. A slight inconvenience, but we are pretty flexible and the refund of the first night certainly helped. They were also accommodating in changing the 8:30 dinner reservation we had at Caesar’s at Rao’s to as soon as we were done at the desk. We checked our luggage at the bell desk and went for dinner.

After dinner, we schlepped our stuff across and down the street to Paris. With the huge cab line up at Caesar’s, and bumper to bumper traffic on the strip, we thought that walking would be our best bet. It took us about 15 minutes, so it was worth it.


We checked in quickly and easily and were given the Calais suite ( on the 7th floor. The first thing I noticed was the double door leading into the room. That was exciting in and of itself. But once we opened the door, we were blown away. The room was stunning and everything the pictures and description convey in the above link. There was a dining area, living room, 2 full bathrooms (one with jacuzzi tub, hand-held shower, toilet and bidet; the other with shower stall, toilet, dressing table and chair).  The bedroom was gorgeous, with a remote control TV that came out of a dresser at the foot of the bed.  Even better than this, though, was the view.

The Eiffel tower, outside our room!
Overall, we had a very positive experience at Paris, and while I can't speak for the standard rooms, I would consider staying there again.

Caesar's Palace

When we finished brunch and checked out of Paris and walked across the street to Caesar's Palace.  The check-in line up was quite long, so we decided to go to the Diamond and Platinum Total Rewards members line up (Harrah's players' club).  They gladly helped us, despite not being at the diamond and platinum level. 

The gave us a luxury room in the Augustus tower, with a great strip view.  The room was decorated nicely, in light blue, chocolate brown and light green.  It was very modern.  There was a beautiful wall unit with a nice flat screen TV.  The washroom was a good size, with the toilet in it's own room.  There were his and hers sinks, a jacuzzi tub and shower stall.  Plus, there was a lighted makeup mirror and a small TV on the wall. Check out the room:

We enjoyed our stay at Caesar's and despite the size of the hotel, it didn't take us long to walk wherever we were going, unlike when we stayed at the MGM Grand a few years ago.

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