Caesars dips its toes into old Vegas and new Vegas, maintaining that kitschy, over-the-top cheesiness that was associated with the city for a long time (Roman columns and statues), while at the same time embracing all the modern elegance that’s become expected.
There are six towers of varying degrees of luxury and each with their own personality. The most basic rooms are in the Roman and Forum towers, which are the oldest, but, like most of the others at this expansive hotel, have been recently renovated with modern touches like mirrored headboards, sleeker lines, and in-mirror TVs in the bathroom. As the name implies, Palace Tower rooms (the closest to the convention space) are larger and decidedly more regal, with wood and gold finishes. The Laurel Connection is a boutique hotel experience comprised of the Augustus and Octavius Towers, which not only have their own line of luxury amenities, but also a private valet on Flamingo, so guests don’t have to navigate the casino floor to get to their rooms. Floor-to-ceiling windows admit plenty of light into the big sleeping areas, which come complete with plush sofas that hug the corner of the room.
And yes, you can even book the Hangover Suite. The one in the film, however, isn’t an actual suite in the hotel, but a set modeled after the Emperor’s Suite in the Forum Tower. Just don’t end up on the roof.
The old Centurion Tower took on a new identity as The Nobu Hotel Las Vegas, named for the restaurants by modern Japanese pioneer Nobu Matsuhisa. Everything about it departs from the Caesars aesthetic: it’s appointed with both contemporary and traditional Japanese decor such as mini-teak stools and black stone tile in the open showers. Exclusive amenities include sleep oils, Nobu’s own brand of tea in the mini-bar, and priority seating in the Nobu restaurant downstairs. You can even order Nobu fare as room service. Since the boutique hotel essentially operates as its own entity, the smaller guest-to-staff ratio allows for more personalized service.
There are almost as many pools at the Garden of the Gods complex as there are hotel towers. Named for various Roman gods, each caters to its own niche of clientele based on its moniker. The Venus pool is European style (as in bikini top optional) and often has a DJ soundtrack, while you can play swim-up blackjack at Fortuna. Tucked away in the corner, Jupiter pool is the most secluded and quiet, but Bacchus is secluded in its own way, reserved for the high rollers, invited guests, and celebrities.
Dining options at Caesars Palace are diverse and renowned, including Italian favorite Rao’s, French gastronomic temple Restaurant Guy Savoy, and Bobby Flay’s first Vegas restaurant, Mesa Grill, as well as others.
Shoppers love wandering around the massive Forum Shops for high end retail. The Colosseum hosts resident acts such as Elton John, Mariah Carey, and Rod Stewart. Head outdoors to the big tent for Absinthe, the most outrageous show on the Strip.
- Grace Bascos