A few years ago when we were in Las Vegas, as a treat, Paula and I decided to check into Caesars Palace for a couple of nights. We had walked through the hotel a number of times and just loved it so when we found a really cheap rate on their website for $150US per night for their spa package we decided to take it.
The hotel is located in an absolutely prime position on The Strip. You really can’t get much better than this. And just look at this magnificent reception area.
Checking in was an interesting experience. The gentleman at the front desk offered us an upgraded room. He told us it would be an extra $180. We declined the offer as we thought that even a basic room at this hotel would be pretty good and we would be happy with that. He then said we could have it for $120. We declined again. He proceeded to type away into his computer and then finally told us that we could have the upgrade for nothing! Go figure.
So we learnt then, that if someone offers us an upgrade at an extra cost then we shouldn’t take it as what it probably means is that they don’t have the room available that we paid for anyway. And we are likely to get the upgrade for no extra cost.
We headed off to our room feeling a bit pleased with ourselves at having got the upgraded room with nothing extra to pay.
As with most Las Vegas hotels, it is a major epic finding our room. We almost need a packed lunch to get to the elevators which in themselves are as ornate as everything else in the hotel.
We are on the 25th floor in the Palace Tower and we make our way to our room (#2505) with high expectations, thinking that the upgraded room must be something a little more special than what we originally going to get. However, on entering the room we were a little disappointed as it looked like just any other hotel room in many respects. Perhaps our expectations were just a little too high but I know that I would have been very disappointed if we had paid extra for the upgrade. I think we were expecting our room to be a little more like our room at The Rio Hotel where we had a lounging area.
Having said that however, we think we got a great deal for our $150 per night rate. And the room is still great.
- The room is large and easily accommodates the two double beds, a desk with one chair and a TV cabinet with a mini-fridge which is stocked full of food and drinks – at a cost of course.
- The beds are comfortable and there are 4 pillow on each bed, with varying densities, so you can take your choice on which pillows you prefer to use.
- The desk has a comfortable chair and the power points are easy to access for charging your phone etc.
- The cabinet also has a collection of goodies including a digital camera for $50, cell phone charger for $20, golf balls for $18 and a cocktail shaker kit for $16.
- The TV is a flat wide screen with remote control and sits facing both beds. There are 30 or so channels plus the usual paid movie channels – $12.99 each for the latest releases.
- There is plenty of storage space including 2 deep drawers and one half drawer in the TV cabinet and shelving and hanging space in the closed wardrobe.
- The bathroom is quite large and includes a separate toilet with a lockable door and a walk-in shower which is separate from the bath.
- It also has a pair of side-by-side sinks and a jet bath which is probably just large enough to accommodate two people. The jet bath is just lovely to soothe aching muscles after a long day of sighteseeing.
- The toiletries in the bathroom include the regular shampoo and conditioner – a skincare bar of soap and another bar of soap for the wash basin. There is also a box that contains a shoe mitten to shine up shoes, a sewing kit, vanity pack and a shower cap.
- There are three phones in the room – one by the bed, one sitting on the desk and one in the toilet.
- The room contained a safe large enough to fit out 14in laptop.
- The noise level between rooms is very low. I didn’t hear any noise through the walls although it may be that the rooms are empty or we have quiet neighbors. Because we are so high up we have no trouble with street noise.
- The lighting in the room is adequate. We are yet to find a hotel in the US with good lighting. They seem to all use lamps scattered around the room instead of ceiling lights. When we first tried the lights in the room we couldn’t believe how dark it was but later we realised that each lamp has three levels of brightness – we just needed to turn the switches a bit more. That made a huge difference.
- One thing we didn’t like about the room was that there was no coffee maker. We aren’t coffee drinkers but we use the machines to boil up water for a cup of tea. We couldn’t get over the fact that this caliber of hotel didn’t have them. We rang down to the front desk to ask about this and they told us we could have one for a small fee. It seems the more expensive the hotel, the less you actually get.
- We were able to connect easily to the wired internet connection which cost $12.99 for 24 hours. The connection was reliable without any disconnections.
View from the Room
- The view from our room was pretty spectacular at night. We could see up The Strip towards Trump International Hotel, Mirage and Treasure Island.
Looking out towards Wynn, Palazzo and the Venetian.
Night view of the Strip.
- Overall we had a lovely stay at Caesars Palace. The room was restful and relaxing but we missed the free added extras you get at some of the cheaper hotels like coffee makers, newspapers, free internet and free local calls. These all came at an extra cost at Caesar’s.
- Everything else was also more expensive here like the meals at the restaurants, room service and spa treatments.
Just don’t do what we did and buy an icecream at the small cafe in the Forum Shops area – one scoop was $7.95!! …and it wasn’t that great.
- Ice Cream at Caesars Palace
Our Rating of the Caesar’s Palace Hotel and Casino:
- Checking in and out 4/5
- Room 4.5/5
- Position 5/5
- Price 4.5/5 (based on our $150 per night rate)
- Cleanliness 5/5
Booking this hotel is easy through: Expedia.com
Caesars Palace have upgraded their rooms since we stayed there. So the deluxe room may be a even more luxurious.
Things to see in and around the grounds of Caesars Palace
And even more things to see
Note: This post has been updated since it was first published in March 2008. More photos added.