Caesars Palace Hotel & Casino Rating: 4.0 Pearls
The Strip, Las Vegas, Nevada

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Pros

  • 3 beautiful pools, including an adults-only pools
  • Excellent spa facilities
  • Designer shopping at the Forum Shops mall
  • Both upscale and affordable dining
  • More recent renovations on Forum and Deluxe rooms

Cons

  • Smaller, outdated Classic Rooms with tube TVs
  • Gym and spa access fee
  • Fee for Wi-Fi

Bottom Line

Since 1966, the 2,419-room Caesars Palace has defined excess on the Strip -- a massive spa with Roman baths; elaborate mosaics and classical architecture around the pools; one of the biggest casinos in Vegas. But base-level "Classic Rooms" are smaller, more drab, and older than the Vegas norm. You can upgrade to a more recently renovated room, but check the Venetian's rates first.

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 Scene

A luxury icon since 1966, the 2,419-room Roman-themed Caesars Palace still rivals the big new hotels in its scale, style, and grandeur -- but its base-level rooms are a bit smaller and outdated.

The pool
The pool

Compared to the other thematic mega-hotels on the Las Vegas Strip like the Paris, Venetian, New York New York, and Treasure Island, the Roman Empire certainly has its own unique appeal -- classical architecture; imperial statues; a giant rotunda and marble (looking) columns that flank the pool.

Like the MGM Grand or the Venetian, the main design principle seems to be excess -- the largest poker room in Las Vegas; an enormous, 50,000-square-foot spa; a long labyrinth of a shopping mall; and three pools pieced together to form the "Garden of Gods Pool Oasis."

Built in 1966, Caesars Palace is one of the Strip's first giant hotel-casino stunners. It was packing its over-the-top-theme house with high-profile entertainers well before current Vegas visionary Steve Wynn took the mind-blowing-hotel concept to the next level with the Mirage in 1989 or the Bellagio in 1993 (and all the other glitzy behemoth hotels that followed) -- and still is, with Cher, Jerry Seinfeld, and Bette Midler performing dinner-shows at the Colosseum. (Also, notably, the 2009 comedy The Hangover was set largely inside Caesars Palace.) But the downside of the hotel's age is that its base-level (appropriately named) "Classic" rooms are smaller and far more basic than what you'd find in the newer, mid-tier-luxury properties like Mandalay Bay or the MGM Grand. Despite this, Caesar's Palace is still a Vegas innovative powerhouse and has recently announced that it will hand over one of its buildings to one of the world's most recognized Japanese restaurant's, Nobu. The worldwide chain will embark on its first foray into lodging in the existing Centurian Tower. Set to be called Nobu Hotel Las Vegas, the boutique hotel will house 16 suites and a penthouse with a ground floor 9,500-square-foot Nobu Restaurant and Lounge coming in April 2013.

 Location

In the middle of the Strip, about a 10-minute walk from the monorail system, and a 15-minute walk from some of the other famous Vegas hotels.

Caesars Palace is in the middle of the densely packed three-and-a-half mile long stretch of hotel-casinos known as the Strip. The Bellagio (with its famous, street-facing fountain shows) is to the south, and the Mirage (connected to Caesars by a free tram) is to the north. The Flamingo and Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville restaurant are directly across the broad street.

Most Las Vegas visitors want to explore all of the big properties along the Strip. Cabs are easy to find at virtually any time of day or night. A generally less expensive option is the Deuce, a double-decker bus that runs up and down the strip 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and costs $3 to ride. There's also a monorail system, which stops at MGM Grand, Bally's/Paris, Flamingo/Caesars Palace, Harrah's/Imperial Palace, the Las Vegas Convention Center, the Hilton, and the Sahara. A single-ride ticket is $5; a one-day pass is $13. If you're traveling along the Strip with at least one other person, a cab is often the least expensive option.

Virtually every hotel on the Las Vegas Strip is a 10- to 15-minute cab ride from McCarran International Airport; the ride typically costs about $15.

 Rooms

The outdated "Classic rooms" -- the base-level rooms -- have old tube TVs and are smaller than Vegas standards (you can get a far better room for less cash). An upgrade to a more recently renovated Forum Tower or Deluxe room is well worth it.

The Forum Tower Room
The Forum Tower Room

The quality of the room varies greatly between the hotel's five different towers: the Forum, the Roman, the Centurion, the Palace, the Augustus, and the Octavious (which opened in 2012). But unlike the rooms at the Venetian or Wynn, the base-level rooms at Caesars don't have a desk or a couch, and as for a sitting area, there are just two ordinary, Marriott-grade chairs by the window.

  • Classic Rooms have small tube TVs
  • Starting at about 350 to 400 square feet, these base-level rooms are larger than the standard rooms in just about any other city in the world, but they're fairly small by Vegas standards.
  • Rooms in the Forum and Augustus towers were renovated in 2008 and 2009 and have flat-screen TV, a Sony clock radio (with an auxillary jack to connect your iPod), a minibar (that charges you the minute you lift a mini bottle of vodka), motorized drapes with a bedside control, two waffle-weave bathrobes, dual rainfall showerheads, a tiny, 14-inch flat-screen in the bathroom, an electronic safe big enough for a laptop, and Wi-Fi (for a fee).
  • Rooms in the Palace and Augustus towers (called "Deluxe rooms") are significantly larger -- 525 square feet in the Palace rooms; 648 square feet in the Augustus rooms -- and have deep-soaking Jacuzzi tubs in the bathroom (though the Palace's tubs have a tacky-looking plastic laminate covering the tub).
  • Beds -- either a king or two queens in the base-level rooms -- are plenty comfortable and come with high-quality Anichini linens, a heavy cotton comforter, and oversize throw pillows. There's no pillow-top padding on the mattresses (unlike some of the other luxury hotels on the Strip) but the bed is still perfectly comfortable.
  • The Octavious Tower opened in 2012 and is comprised of suites (starting at 550 square feet) and villas. Rooms have king size beds, large flat-screen TVs, sitting areas, and work desk. They also feature iPad or iPod Touches that communicate directly with the front desk for room service and housekeeping.

 Features

Large, well-equipped fitness center (for a fee) and the Forum Shops, one of Las Vegas' biggest shopping malls.

The casino
The casino
  • Large fitness center feels even larger with its especially high ceilings.
  • Qua Baths and Spa
  • Color Salon by Michael Boychuck
  • More than 120 shops, raning from high-end women's wear, to jewelry, to home decor.
  • Dogs (only) are welcome, but a weight-limit and nightly fee applies.
  • Live entertainment at the Colosseum, including well-known resident artists

 Pool

Three beautiful pools that rival the best in Vegas.

The adult pool
The adult pool

"Garden of Gods Pool Oasis!" is Caesars' own, highfalutin title for the trio of pools -- the Temple, the Neptune, and the Venus -- which collectively span 4.5 acres, between Roman columns, elaborate marble and granite mosaics, and cabanas (available to rent, with a TV and refrigerator). To Caesars' credit, I felt the need to add the exclamation point. Pumped through fountains, water flows through the massive, circular Temple pool -- one of the biggest and most visually interesting pools in Vegas, rivaled only by a select few others, like the Bellagio, and the more boisterous pool scene at the Hard Rock. The Neptune pool, though still beautiful in its own right, serves as more of a lap pool -- a rare find in Vegas. Venus acts as the adults-only pool area. Though it's attached to some of the parties at the PURE nightclub, it's generally much more laid-back (less obnoxious) than some of the more notorious pool parties in Vegas, such as those at the Palms or Hard Rock.

As of 2010, Caesars Palace has added eight new pools and 44 cabanas to Garden of the Gods, which are spread out over three levels. Each pool is named for a god or goddess and has its own personality: one has a swim-up blackjack table, one has cabanas only for invited VIPs, and one features an 18-foot waterfall. The Venus Pool Club opened in 2012, and includes secluded, luxurious couches, cabanas, and food and drink options for an entrance fee that increases on weekends.

Caesar's closes all of its pools, except for Venus, during the off-season.

 Spa

One of the biggests and best spas in Las Vegas -- Roman baths, body art, and plenty of hydro-therapy. There's a fee to use the facilities.

Qua Bath and Spa
Qua Bath and Spa

The massive, 50,000-square-foot Qua Baths & Spa includes 51 treatment rooms and 35 massage studios -- if it's not the best spa in Vegas (that might go to the Canyon Ranch spa at the Venetian), it's at least one of the biggest. Guests get access to the Roman baths, Laconium steam baths, Vichy showers, chakra balancing crystal "body art" rooms, an herbal steam room, cedar sauna, and the expansive fitness center for a fee. The spa is split into male and female sections, and includes a barber shop for the lads and a salon for the ladies. Couples rooms are also available. Among the massage treatments offered, there's the signature "hourglass treatment" in which you get a combination of facials, hot stones, and aromatherapy.

 Casino

One of the largest casinos in Vegas with all the standard options, including an extensive poker room and race and sports book.

All of the standard games, slots, and cards are available, as well as a 250-seat race and sports book. Aside from the giant TVs mounted on the wall of the race and sports book, each table is equipped with its own monitor. Caesars is also home to a large, 14,000-square-foot poker room -- one of Las Vegas' biggest. The casino isn't as fancy as the casino at the Bellagio or the Venetian, but it's on par with the casino at Mandalay Bay and much nicer than the casino at the Flamingo.

 Family

The pools are great and fine for a family, but otherwise the hotel doesn't offer much for children.

Caesars Palace is happy to host children -- the rooms are large, the pool is excellent (and mellow), and the concierge can arrange baby-sitting services (something the groomsmen in The Hangover probably should have considered before dragging the poor baby all over town) -- but it doesn't specifically target families. Unlike the other theme-centered hotels like Excalibur or the Venetian, there are no exciting, Roman-inspired performances for the kids. Though it's probably for the best that the hotel doesn't inspire young gladiator battles.

Cribs and rollaway beds both cost an additional fee. (Note that Caesars is one of the very few hotels that charges extra for a crib.)

 Cleanliness

Like most massive Las Vegas strip hotels, it's clear the staff works hard to keep the place clean, but with such a staggering amount of people staying at the hotel, it seems impossible to keep the place spotless.

You'll likely see the occasional beer can floating in the pool or left in the hallway. But the rooms, especially those in the Forum, Augustus, and Palace towers are spotless.

 Food

From fast food to fine dining, Caesars has variety of and enough high-profile restaurants to rival the best Vegas hotel restaurants.

Many of the hotel's on-site restaurants are even fairly affordable -- unlike at the Bellagio or Wynn hotels.

  • One of France's most acclaimed chefs, Guy Savoy, (who was awarded a Legion d'honneur from the French Minister of Agriculture) helms the Michelin two-star Restaurant Guy Savoy, the most prestigious (and most expensive) of Caesars' restaurants. Many regard it as one of the best restaurants in Vegas. Reservations are highly recommended.
  • Rao's is the Las Vegas edition of the famous New York Italian restaurant -- complete with its own boccie court. Open for lunch and dinner.
  • Beijing Noodle No. 9, a unique northern Chinese restaurant, serves authentic dumplings and house-made noodle dishes. Open for Lunch and dinner.
  • Mesa Grill, a southwestern restaurant run by celebrity-chef Bobby Flay (of Food Network fame), serves brunch, lunch, and dinner.
  • James Beard award-winning chef Michel Richard opened an outpost of his Washington "Central" restaurant, which serves American fare "with a French accent" 24 hours a day.
  • Bay Area pioneer and James Beard-award-winning chef Bradley Ogden has his own on-site restaurant called Munchbar, serving up quick bites.
  • Cypress Street Marketplace is a somewhat of a food court-style eatery, open lunch and dinner.
  • Hyakumi is a Japanese restaurant and sushi bar, open for lunch and dinner.
  • Old Homestead Steakhouse serves seafood and steak for dinner only.
  • Serendipity 3, like its New York sister restaurants, is a "whimsical cafe" that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  • Payard Pâtisserie & Bistro at Caesars Palace offers mostly sweets, but does have a dining room open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  • Empress Court serves up Cantonese seafood; outdoor seating available
  • In 2013, guests can look forward to renowned Japanese restaurant Nobu opening at the forthcoming Nobu Hotel Las Vegas. (The David-Rockwell-designed hotel will take over the existing Centurian Tower.)
  • Bacchanal Buffet offers over 500 items to choose from.
  • Chef Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill serves comfort food by the renowned chef.
  • Room service is available 24 hours (from a very extensive menu), and in addition to the standard room service menu, you can also order from the Paynard Patisserie.

 Bottom Line

Since 1966, the 2,419-room Caesars Palace has defined excess on the Strip -- a massive spa with Roman baths; elaborate mosaics and classical architecture around the pools; one of the biggest casinos in Vegas. But base-level "Classic Rooms" are smaller, more drab, and older than the Vegas norm. You can upgrade to a more recently renovated room, but check the Venetian's rates first.

Things You Should Know About Caesars Palace Hotel & Casino

Address

  • 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV, US

Hotel Is Also Known As...

  • Caesar Palace
  • Caesars Las Vegas
  • Caesars Palace Classic Hotel
  • Caesars Palace Hotel
  • Caesars Palace Las Vegas
  • Ceasars Palace Las Vegas
  • Classic Hotel Caesars Palace
  • Classic Hotel Las Vegas
  • Las Vegas Caesars Palace

Room Types

  • Absolut Find Your Flavor Suite
  • Augustus Tower Deluxe Room
  • Augustus Tower Royal Suite
  • Augustus Tower Senators Suite
  • Augustus Tower Spa Suite
  • Classic Room
  • Deluxe Palace or Augustus Tower Room
  • Forum Tower Deluxe Room
  • Forum Tower Emperors Suite
  • Forum Tower Executive Suite
  • Forum Tower Royal Suite
  • Palace Tower Deluxe Room
  • Palace Tower Premium Room
  • Palace Tower Senators Suite
  • Penthouse Suite

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Number of Rooms: 2419
Pool: Yes
Fitness Center: Yes
Spa: Yes
Internet Access: Yes
Cribs: Yes
Jacuzzi (in room): Some
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Hotel Information

Location: The Strip, Las Vegas
Address: 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV, US
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