Caesars Palace Las Vegas

Caesars Palace at sunset on December 25, 2006

Caesars Palace at sunset on December 25, 2006
Caesars Palace at sunset on December 25, 2006

Caesars Palace Las Vegas was known as the most luxurious of Las Vegas strip resorts from the time it opened in 1966 until late 1998 to 1999, when Sheldon Adelson and Steve Wynn were the first to challenge Caesars position as "jewel of the strip" with their Venetian and Bellagio resorts. The 1990s were mainly a time of building up the south strip with gimmicky themed resorts - the Luxor pyramid (opened 1993), the Excalibur medieval castle (opened 1990), Paris (opened 1999) with its Eiffel Tower and Arch de Triomphe reproductions, New York New York (opened 1997) with its Statue of Liberty and Brooklyn Bridge reproductions, and Monte Carlo (opened 1996).

Caesars Palace Las Vegas

Caesars Palace Las Vegas, August 2007
Caesars Palace Las Vegas, August 2007 | Source

Even Mandalay Bay (opened 1999) and further north, Steve Wynn's Mirage (opened 1989) and Treasure Island (1993) did not come close to matching the level of luxuriousness and extreme attention to detail embodied in Venetian and Bellagio. In my opinion, Venetian and Bellagio started the trend of "let's build something even MORE luxurious" which has continued all the way through 2013 with Wynn's Encore; Adelson's Palazzo; Aria, Vdara, and Mandarin Oriental in Project CityCenter, Cosmopolitan, Crystals Mall which is too upscale for Saks Fifth Avenue, Fontainebleau (which never opened) and the Asian themed resort going up at the old Stardust site after Boyd Gaming finally gave up on Echelon Place. The economic downturn of 2008 nearly halted work on CityCenter. We're supposed to be talking about Caesars Palace though. This brief history lesson illustrates that although Caesars Palace may be as nice as it was in 1966, it has declined from being "top dog" on the strip to number 6 or 7.

Caesars Palace Forum Casino

Caesars Palace Forum Casino
Caesars Palace Forum Casino

A Harrah's Entertainment property, Caesars has quite a variety of rooms available on their online reservations page... choose from Forum Tower Rooms, Deluxe Rooms, Premium Rooms, Industry Suites, Fantasy Suites, Penthouse, Palace Tower, Octavius Tower, and Augustus Tower. Their least expensive rooms (which are most likely the smallest and oldest) may be priced a little bit lower than Venetian, Bellagio or Wynn; while the fancier rooms might equal or surpass the prices of the newer luxury properties.

After visiting the property for more than 20 years, we finally booked a room there in December 2012. The Augustus Tower room was quite large (about 600 sq ft.) and very nice, with a jetted tub, two sinks and an extra TV in the bathroom. We paid $120 per night; and this was during a slow week.

Caesars Palace Las Vegas Forum Casino

The doorway from Caesars Palace Forum Casino to the Forum Shops
The doorway from Caesars Palace Forum Casino to the Forum Shops

Caesars Palace Forum Shops

On the other side of the same doorway
On the other side of the same doorway

Caesars Palace includes the huge (approximately 800,000 square feet containing over 160 shops and over a dozen gourmet restaurants) Forum Shops mall, which kind of overlaps with the casino at its starting point but stretches on for what seems like miles after that with elegant sculptures, art work, retail shops and restaurants... no more slot machines. I once walked to the end of the Forum Shops from the Forum Casino and didn't feel like walking back again, so I ducked out of a delivery door and found myself deep in the midst of delivery trucks and acres of parking lots. Don't make this same mistake.

Caesars Forum Shops

Caesars Forum Shops
Caesars Forum Shops

This new facade (photo above) was added in 2006 and may offer easier access to the Forum Shops than going through Caesars Palace interior. I haven't checked it out yet.

Some of the artwork in Caesars Forum Shops mall

Some of the artwork in Caesars Forum Shops mall
Some of the artwork in Caesars Forum Shops mall

Caesars Handmaiden at Caesars Palace

Caesars Handmaiden at Caesars Palace
Caesars Handmaiden at Caesars Palace

"Caesars" is correctly spelled without an apostrophe as it is intended to be plural. The concept envisioned by original owner Jay Sarno in 1966 was that every guest was to be treated like a Caesar. Caesars Palace does capture an atmosphere of extreme luxury, and adds to it with their tradition of having costumed actors and actresses wandering around interacting with the general public. Gladiators, Caesar and Cleopatra, and Caesars Handmaiden are among the characters you may encounter. Considering the center strip location, the huge maze of casinos, and the self contained universe of Caesars Forum Shops; Caesars Palace should be on your list of places to consider for your next Las Vegas vacation.

Caesar & Cleopatra

Caesar and Cleopatra at Caesars Palace, around 1998.
Caesar and Cleopatra at Caesars Palace, around 1998.

As of 2012, Caesars has converted their Centurion tower into the Nobu Hotel which is owned by Robert DeNiro and specializes in sushi.

If you stay at Caesars Palace, we highly recommend that you stay in the Augustus Tower or Octavius Tower, which have a private check in desk and a private taxi stand off Flamingo Road. The Palace Tower is also good but doesn't have the check in desk or taxi stand. The Roman and Forum towers are the least desirable of Caesars five towers.


There's also an upscale food court in the middle of the casino. Instead of a greasy burger you can get high quality food fast.

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