Paris Las Vegas
Paris Las Vegas
Paris Las Vegas can be described as quaint, charming, upscale, and very pleasant overall. Like the Venetian mimics Venice, Italy and New York New York mimics New York City; the Paris (a Harrah's Entertainment property) mimics Paris, France. I never expected to be checking into such a "frilly foo foo" type of hotel by myself (Paris seems more like a romantic destination for couples) but in August 2007 I decided to try them out instead of my original idea, which was to stay at Bally's again. Paris is next door to Bally's, was not much more expensive, and avoiding a second stay at Bally's would add to my long term goal of staying at every Las Vegas strip hotel.
Paris Las Vegas cocktail server
The staff at Paris (as you can see in the above photo) are among the friendliest on the Las Vegas strip. It can't be easy to walk back and forth from the bar to the casino for hours and hours, remembering who ordered what drink, dealing with gamblers who are stressed out because they're losing their life savings, then dealing with some goofball with a camera who wants to take your photo. But that's what they do and they remain surprisingly friendly and cheerful.
Paris Las Vegas casino
I like the Paris casino a lot. It has an artificial sky, is laid out in a fairly neat and logical fashion, and seems cleaner than the average casino. The casino bar (Gustav's) is very long and spread out in the center, offering a great view of the action. I like to sit there around 8:00 in the morning drinking coffee and watching the just-woke-up gamblers overlap with the been-up-all-night gamblers. Last time I had coffee there it was $4 for a 12 ounce paper cup full but it's very good coffee.
Paris Las Vegas room 3344
The view from Paris room 3344
When I made the reservation for Paris on Harrah's web site, I included a request for a "quiet room up high." And that's exactly what I got. This room was one of the two most peaceful (the other extremely quiet room I had was on the 30th floor of the Luxor, in December 2006) I've ever had in Las Vegas. No doors slamming, no noisy neighbors, no loud music, no voices coming from the hallway. Perhaps they were just underbooked (Las Vegas is often underbooked in August due to the extreme heat) or perhaps this is some kind of special secret room you only get by request. To the left of it was a room marked "Staff Only" and the room on the right appeared to be some kind of high roller suite.
Paris is mid-range to upper mid-range. As you can see, the room is nothing special... which has me leaning more towards mid-range (unlike properties such as Venetian or Mandalay Bay where every room is bigger and better than average). If you book a suite or other fancy upgraded room then your overall experience should be close to a luxury level. The Paris property is overall much better than mediocre or average; and includes a miniature Parisian street full of shops in between the casino and self parking garage. And it's connected to Bally's with an indoor tunnel. Hang out in front of the Paris at sunset to get a spectacular view of the sun setting behind the Bellagio; which also falls within the time periods they have their musical fountain shows.