Caesars Palace Las Vegas Hotel and Casino
Caesars Palace has reopened its poker room, available from 10 a.m. until 2 a.m. Thursday through Sunday. Tables have a maximum of five players.
Caesars Palace Las Vegas Hotel and Casino
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OverviewCaesars Palace Las Vegas Hotel and Casino is Caesars "class" property on The Strip. There is a special Seven Stars/Diamond check-in in the Augustus Tower. (See "Inside Information" for hours of operation.)
Self-parking in an adjacent garage is complimentary, but it's a long walk if you have lots of luggage. Seven Stars cardholders should take advantage of the complimentary valet parking on Flamingo (across from the Bellagio) because, even if you're not near the tower you eventually may be staying in, you're closer to the special Seven Stars/Diamond check-in.
And don't miss the Garden of the Gods pool area (weather permitting).
NOTE: All shows, events and deadlines are subject to postponement or cancellation due to temporary casino closings and/or safety and health measures implemented by the state.
The Augustus Tower (which just underwent renovations) and the new Julius Tower (see Insider Tip) are the premier locations, as far as I'm concerned – even though the Octavius Tower is technically the newest, but any of the other towers offer rooms designed with class and elegance.
Unless you're staying in the Augustus, Forum, Julius or Palace Towers, there are no longer coffeemakers in the rooms. [Keurig single-serve coffeemakers currently can be found in the Augustus, Forum, Julius and Palace Towers, but the coffee is not cheap – $13 for four "K-cups" available from the mini bar/"Refreshment Center" or, sometimes, they are sitting – conveniently! – right next to the brewer. Save your comp dollars and bring your own from home or purchase a 12-pack for less than $20 at the Starbucks in the Forum Food Court (see below) .]
The former Roman Tower has reopened as the Julius Tower after a $75 million upgrade. The neutral palette of the rooms is complemented by yellows and blues. Bathrooms feature a floating double sink, stone shower with glass enclosure and lighted vanity mirrors.
■ A special Seven Stars/Diamond check-in is open Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 1 a.m., and Saturday to Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. When this check-in is closed, look for the special Seven Stars check-in at the main registration desk. Alternatively, consider the Self Check In-Out kiosks located in front of the front desk.
■ The Old Homestead Steakhouse and the Montecristo Cigar Bar have teamed up to offer the Old Homestead Clubhouse where up to 10 people can enjoy cigars, high-end spirits and a good steak. Visit OpenTable.com to reserve.
■ Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill has a Happy Hour Monday through Friday from 2 to 5 p.m. that features $9 pints of draft beer.
■ Another Happy Hour option is at the bar at Rao’s Italian restaurant. Enjoy $6 beers, including Blue Moon, Newcastle, Modelo and more. Happy hour runs Sunday through Thursday from 5 to 6:30 p.m.
■ Yet another option is Mr Chow's Social Hour daily from 5 to 7 p.m. in the bar and patio lounge overlooking the Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis. The Social Hour menu features Chow bites starting from $5 and half off all drinks.
■ Montecristo offers a lifetime membership which allows you to save 10 percent off drinks and get exclusive rates to monthly events.
■ Old Homestead offers veterans and active duty military a 10 percent discount, as does Earl of Sandwich in the food court.
■ Be prepared for "sticker shock" especially at breakfast. At Cafe Americano three eggs, with choice of breakfast meat, potatoes and toast is $23. Continental breakfast is $20 and an order of buttermilk pancakes is $20. If you want juice, add another $8.
■ DiFara Pizza stays open into the early morning hours (1 a.m. or later).
■ The Halal Guys stays open until 4 a.m.
■ If you opt out of housekeeping services during your stay (minimum two-night stay), Caesars will give you a $10 per stay food and beverage credit. You still can request additional towels or other amenities, but your bathroom will not be cleaned, bed made, etc. If you didn’t get a pre-arrival email (or even if you didn't) let the front desk know when you check-in.
Refrigerators are sent only upon request and, unless you want to get hit with a $75 charge, don't even think about moving things around in the minibar to make room for your personal items!
Ivy™, a 24-hour virtual concierge service, is now available to guests at Caesars Palace, as well as The Cromwell, Harrah's, The LINQ Hotel & Casino, Nobu Hotel and Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. After checking in, guests who have provided a cell phone number for their reservation receive a welcome message from Ivy encouraging them to text her with any questions or requests. Ivy can book dining reservations, show tickets and spa services, as well as facilitate housekeeping and maintenance requests. Ivy also surveys guests during their stay, which allows for quick recovery of unhappy guests in real time. Users may opt out of receiving messages from Ivy at any time. While Ivy is an automated artificial intelligence system, a human touch is incorporated when Ivy cannot provide a confident response. In addition to the hotel front desk agents, a specially trained universal agent team is available to provide around the clock coverage to address requests or inquiries. Guests can continue to text with Ivy once they return home for common requests such as to obtain a copy of their folio or locate a missing item.
Caesars Palace has switched out the bedding in its Augustus and Octavius Towers. The double sheeting, as well as the combination of duvets and coverlets, has been replaced by triple-sheeting. Guest comments have been favorable, according to management. And, while they’re still available in the suites, guest robes have been removed from all other rooms. Apparently, a vast majority of the robes went unused for an extended period of time. Seven Stars cardholders not staying in suites can request robes by contacting Guest Services.
The sprawling casino flows from one themed area to another and features all the typical slots and table games one would expect. Complimentary drink service in the casino is relatively frequent; and dealers, slot attendants and servers all are extremely friendly and helpful.
Caesars Palace also boasts a relatively new bar in the enlarged sportsbook, as well as a poker room. The sports bar has a special VIP seating area.
The Colosseum, Caesars main showroom, has announced the following entertainment: Usher - The Las Vegas Residency opens on Friday, July 16, Morrissey: Viva Moz Vegas will run Saturday, Aug. 28, to Sunday, Sept. 5, and Sting: My Songs opens Friday, Oct. 29.
Absinthe has reopened in the Spiegeltent outside Caesars Palace. Tickets are on sale now. Click here.
Bars, lounges & nightlifeThe former Shadow Bar is now VISTA Cocktail Lounge, a whole new nightlife experience by the Hakkasan Group. Hakkasan operates Omnia Nightclub, arguably, the hottest club in the world right now. Show your Seven Stars card for priority entrance and complimentary admission for up to two people.
The largest lounge in the casino is Alto Bar, located in the space formerly occupied by the Seahorse Lounge, across from Omnia, near the Sports Book. Alto has several private booths equipped with personal televisions. In addition the bar has more than 15 televisions and 18 video poker machines. An adjacent private room can accommodate up to 30 guests for dining or meeting.
Montecristo Cigar Bar, adjacent to Old Homestead and across from Nobu Restaurant and Lounge, pairs notable cigar offerings with fine whiskeys, small bites and more in a contemporary 4,000 sq. ft. environment.
Cigar aficionados will find a retail area and humidor offering brands like its namesake Montecristo, in addition to Romeo Y Julieta, H. Upmann, Padron, La Flor Dominicana, Arturo Fuente, Ashton, San Cristobal, La Aroma de Cuba, Mi Amor, Las Antilles, My Father, and others. Top-of-the-line accessories also are available.
Throughout the entire Montecristo Cigar Bar space is a state-of-the-art ventilation system, ensuring guests a comfortable and fresh visit. The 100-seat bar/lounge and gaming area offers guests four distinct experiences: the signature bar, the library, the courtyard and the vault room. The centerpiece of the bar/lounge features bar-top gaming and plush seating. An oversized video wall includes nine television screens. Montecristo also serves guests a number of dishes to complement the space, e.g., a selection of domestic and imported cheeses, charcuterie, spicy pork rinds, and house-made vegetable chips. Lavazza coffee also will be available, including tableside French pressed coffee.
Vanderpump Cocktail Garden has opened in the space formerly occupied by Fizz, just off the casino floor near the entrance to the Forum Shops. The Cocktail Garden's namesake, Lisa Vanderpump, is a British restaurateur, author, actress and television personality. She is known for her appearances on Bravo's The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Vanderpump Rules. She and her husband, Ken Todd, have owned 35 restaurants, bars and clubs in London and Los Angeles, including The Shadow Lounge, Bar Soho, SUR, Pump, Villa Blanca and Tom Tom. Reward Credits are accepted 1:1.
The newest bar at Caesars – Stadia Bar – is located next to the Forum Food Hall and across from Vanderpump Cocktail Garden. The bar pays homage to basketball, football and baseball with room for 120 in a 2,186-sq. ft. space. The floor uses recycled basketball court wood, while five VIP domes come wrapped in leather that looks like a vintage leather football helmet. Each of these semi-private VIP areas comes equipped with an LED screen. Other sports-inspired design details include net-like chandeliers, sconces that look like deconstructed baseballs, and glove-like leather banquettes. Customers can order food from neighboring Bobby’s Burgers and DiFara Pizza available via mobile ordering in the Forum Food Hall. In addition, the bar features athlete- and celebrity-owned spirits brands including Termana Tequila by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, 7Five Beer by Vegas Golden Knights player Ryan Reaves, Howler Head Banana Bourbon by president of the UFC Dana White, among others. Aside from celebrity brands, the bar serves Buffalo Trace O.F.C. 1995, Clase Azul Mezcal Guerrero, Chivas Regal “The Icon,” Bowmore 27 Year, and more. There’s also a highball cart where customers can choose their garnish, spirit, and more than a dozen Fever Tree soda flavors to create a customized cocktail. The cart includes Woodford Reserve, Maker’s Mark Private Select Caesars Barrel II Bourbon, Knob Creek Single Barrel Caesars Reserve Select Bourbon, Johnnie Walker Black Label Scotch, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Hendrick’s Gin, Ron Zacapa 23 Centenario Solera Rum, Don Julio Reposado Tequila, Maestro Dobel Diamante Tequila, and Crown Royal Whisky. Customers can top their cocktail with rosemary, thyme, basil, Earl Grey, a jalapeño, or juniper berries, among others. Brought directly to the table, Stadia Bar also has Old Fashioneds and Manhattans by the barrel. The $125 barrels serve six.
Rao’s offers three semi-private dining areas and two private dining rooms which are replicas of the original New York City location.
Choices run the gamut from the Bacchanal Buffet, The Old Homestead Steakhouse, Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill, Rao's, Nobu, Brioche by Guy Savoy, Beijing Noodle No. 9, the decadent [and expensive!] Restaurant Guy Savoy, Gordon Ramsay Hell's Kitchen and Mr Chow.
Pronto by Giada has opened in the space formerly occupied by Payard Patisserie & Bistro.
The newest addition to the Caesars Palace dining scene is Amalfi by Bobby Flay, replacing Mesa Grill.
After temporarily closing, Searsucker has reopened. The restaurant is open from 5 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays, 5 to 10 p.m. on Fridays, noon to 10 p.m. on Saturdays, and noon to 8 p.m. on Sundays. The restaurant accepts Caesars Rewards Credits but at 2:1. Ask for the “Secret Supper Club” to receive a hamburger, fries and a beer for $23. You won’t find this deal listed on the menu. Not sure this is the greatest bargain, but at least you know.
The former Cypress Street Marketplace has reopened as the Forum Food Hall. Look for Bobby's Burgers (replacing Smashburger), Starbucks, TaCo
, Crêpes and More, Earl of Sandwich, The Halal Guys, Smoke & Sizzle Barbecue, and DiFara Pizza.
For 24-hour dining there is Cafe Americano across from the hotel's front desk.
Seven Stars Lounge Caesars has a so-so Laurel Lounge (formerly Diamond Lounge) . Unfortunately, it has about as much atmosphere as the basement rec room in a 1950s ranch house. [If Rick † or Richard † is bartending, sit at the bar (if you can snag a seat), and you'll have a particularly great time. They are personable and know how to fix great cocktails. David, who used to work there, is now at Rao's]. Guests used to the comparatively "lavish" buffets in Atlantic City will be extremely disappointed at the lounge fare in Las Vegas. Caesars apparently has put all its Laurel Lounges on a "Mediterranean Diet," but it's a nice selection of hummus, pita triangles, pretzels, potato chips, bruschetta, etc., as well as cookies and mini-desserts From 4:30 to 6 p.m. (or until it runs out), the lounge serves hot food, e.g., chicken wings, mini-burritos, etc. Caesars Palace, though, sometimes has more substantial fare, such as chicken or spaghetti and meatballs. Online computers are available for guests to check email or print boarding passes.
Here's what a $19 "breakfast" from Pronto by Giada looks like. Great coffee ($7), great freshly-squeezed orange juice ($6), but a reheated pre-prepared vegetable frittata ($6) was dry and tasteless. (You can get a "side" of hash browns for $2 extra.)
With the Laurel Lounges temporarily closed, Diamond Plus through Seven Stars cardholders are being given an alternative daily beverage credit. In addition, Seven Stars cardholders will receive a daily $10 food credit. Seven Stars Companion cardholders are not eligible for the food credit, but, if applicable, would qualify for the beverage credit based on their own personal tier level. The beverage credit is limited to four drinks per day, with each drink valued at no more than $20. The credit is good only for the cardholder and can be redeemed directly at the participating outlet. The beverage credits may be redeemed all at one location, or split among the currently open casinos. For example, a cardholder could redeem two beverage credits at Caesars Palace, and one each at Flamingo and Harrah’s. For a list of participating outlets, visit the Caesars Rewards Desk or click here.
Seven Stars benefits*
Seven Stars cardholders (and one guest) receive complimentary access to the Qua Baths & Spa (a $50 to $65 per person value), plus 15 percent off services. [Prices are less expensive Sunday through Thursday.] Don't miss this special experience even if you haven't been to a fitness center in years. Avoid the treadmills and stationary bikes if you must, but definitely experience Qua's signature Roman Rituals (three baths of varying temperatures), plus a unique Arctic Ice Room.
Look for the special Seven Stars entrance to the Bacchanal Buffet. Seven Stars and Diamond cardholders [and their guest(s)] receive a complimentary glass of house wine or champagne when dining at the Bacchanal Buffet.
Check your flight status or print your boarding pass at one of the two computers inside the Seven Stars/Diamond registration area or at the Laurel Lounge.
Guests may claim any offers they’ve qualified for at a distribution location near the Seven Stars/Diamond registration desk in the Augustus Tower. Previously, guests were required to walk through the casino to the convention space – about 100 yards.
Should you choose this for your Annual Retreat?
Las Vegas remains the gaming mecca in the United States, and is probably the most popular destination for Seven Stars trips. With eight other Caesars properties in town (Bally's, The Cromwell, Flamingo, Harrah's, The LINQ, Rio, Planet Hollywood and Paris), dozens of restaurants, nightclubs, golf, showrooms, the Forum Shops at Caesars (and other shops located inside Caesars properties), spa treatments, and relaxing by the pool (weather permitting), it would be easy to spend four nights (and $500) here – especially since you can "cross charge" to your room meals and other eligible expenses, even if they take place at another Caesars property in Las Vegas.
Your $500 folio credit can be used at any food and beverage outlet at Caesars Palace except Cafe Americano, and at Qua or any gift shop except those in the Forum Shops.
When you check-in, be sure to verify that your $500 comp account has been set-up and ask what it includes – specifically which restaurant and bars (city-wide). At a minimum, meals and alcohol charged to the room (at participating outlets) counts toward your $500 in expenses, but not gratuities. Best advice is to keep all your receipts until you settle your final bill.
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