Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Did Caesar Live Here?




I think its safe to say that most people are well aware that I have recently been on a trip to Las Vegas, I may have mentioned it once or twice, and it would be wrong to talk about my trip without dedicating my first post to our chosen accommodation, Caesars Palace.

When anyone hears you are off to Las Vegas one of the first questions, after dealing with the appropriate levels of jealously or disinterest because said person is 'not a gambler', is 'where are you staying'? For my mum's first trip last year I chose Caesars Palace for us. I hadn't stayed there myself but I've visited a few years previously (staying at the Planet Hollywood resort) and Caesars felt quite opulent but with enough of the kitsch theme mum would enjoy. Obviously she enjoyed it so much that despite a fondness for the Bellagio and an offer to pick anywhere on the strip on this visit, she wanted to return to Caesars.


Of course there is an associated trepidation with returning to a hotel that holds fond memories because what if it isn't as good as you remember? Thankfully there was nothing to worry about and one might say this year exceeded last due to the rather fabulous pool view we had and the feeling of familiarity.


Casino's in Las Vegas are huge with room numbers going into the thousands (ours was 2020) often situated in towers which differ on price and quality. Last year I'd researched heavily and saw that the basic room option when booking through Virgin Holidays would be in the more dilapidated Roman Tower so I paid an upgrade of approx £50-60 to secure one of the better Towers. Of course you can leave things to chance, ask for a cheeky upgrade at check in or try the $20 sandwich but I wasn't that brave. We once again found ourselves in the Palace Tower although this year rooms had the aforementioned pool view (and as expected the Palace Tower is closest to the pool area) and was only four doors down from the elevators therefore reducing the commute from room to casino floor - which I know every moans about but I actually don't find it the onerous walk everyone says it is but maybe I've been lucky. I could nip down to Starbucks to grab my morning bagel and be back in the room within 15 minutes which I don't think is too bad.


The two negatives or niggles shall we say are the associated costs with staying at Caesars Palace. Firstly wifi is not free. It's a rather costly $24 per day, per device which is rather frustrating when you can walk into another casino property and log on to theirs for free. The second is drinks - and I don't mean cocktails. The mini bar will charge you $4 for a bottle of fizzy drink you can buy from the vending machine a few doors down for $3 - in a larger size. Your initial joy at seeing a coffee machine in your room will dampen when you note it'll cost you $12 for two coffee pods to use in it. Mum and I cheated and brought a box of 18 coffee pods for about $10 from Target which lasted us the whole week and saved us some money to be better spent on cocktails.

Back to the more positive aspects of staying at Caesars Palace and namely the location. Caesars is smack bang in the middle of the strip and whilst it will take you longer to walk somewhere than you think it's still in comfortable distance of most of the neighbouring casinos. It is also opposite the newly opened LINQ which is buzzing with nightlife and home to Sprinkles cupcakes.


It is quite feasible that you would if you chose never have to leave Caesars Palace with it's numerous dining options and gorgeous Forum Shops which houses some swoon worthy labels but of most interest to me The Cheesecake Factory, Sephora and Bath and Bodyworks! 


I would urge anyone to visit Las Vegas if they have an opportunity, it doesn't matter whether you're a gambler, shopper, foodie, hen or stage I can guarantee you'll have a great time and there really is something for everyone. The atmosphere is always electric and there's nothing like walking onto the casino floor at any time of day or night and hearing music, the ringing of slot machines and general buzz of activity. Whilst I of course wouldn't advocate smoking, as a smoker I can't deny there's nothing better than being able to sit at a bar, inside no less with a cigarette in one hand and vodka in the other and enjoying people watching. It's my favourite Vegas activity and there's such a positive feeling of anything goes but everyone just wants to enjoy their trip.


Have you been to Vegas where do you stay, are you a gambler? Share your stories as I share mine over the coming weeks.


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20 comments:

  1. Ahhh I am so so jealous! I've been to Vegas twice - this may and last may - and stayed at caesars both times, you're right it's the perfect location and a lovely hotel. Annoying that the wifi still isn't free though!

    Looks like you had an amazing time. Can't wait to hear more about it x

    lamourjosie.com

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    1. Ah a fellow CP fan... I'm already looking into returning next year I do love Vegas!

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  2. I know what you mean about returning to a place, Mr S and I stayed in the same place in Vegas as we did last time. But we loved it and it bought back so many wonderful memories!
    Lots of love,
    Angie
    SilverSpoon London

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    1. I think next year (if I go again!) I'll be trying somewhere new but it is nice to return to somewhere you know x

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  3. We stayed at Luxor and loved it. But that said we had my youngest who was obviously far too young to be in a casino other than walking around, not that any of us are gamblers. Hubby went back a few years ago with my nephew and loved it. I will most definitely go back at some point I hope.

    X x

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    1. Did you know Luxor is changing from it's Egyptian theme so I hear, very sad. A friend of mine went with her daughter when she was young and they really enjoyed Vegas. xx

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  4. Smoking inside - ALWAYS a winner :) It looks amazing - I've never been to the States, and this just looks like a movie to me!

    Rosie xx

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    1. Ha glad it's not just me that see's that as a plus xx

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  5. OK I AM SO JEALOUS RIGHT NOW!!!! Seriously, looks like you had a wonderful time x

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    1. It was great fun and can't wait to share more from my trip over the next few weeks xx

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  6. I love Vegas I am not a gambler but I ocassionaly will play the Wheel of Fortune slot machines. I have been so many times that I can sleep walk my way around. lol I enjoy the shows "O" at the Bellagio is my favorite. When in Vegas I always do 1 buffet dinner lol although it is impossible to consume all that food. I love to try different places and just walk around the different Hotels have shows outside like the Bellagio has the water fountain lights and show Treasure Island has the pirate ship and a few others. Of course I have to go to the Paris Hotel there are a few good places to eat and go to the Eifel Tower the view is incredible and if you are lucky to get this 1 tour guide he will tell you about the mob and the secret tunnels under the city. Shopping at the forum shops and other casinos is always fun. Glad you had a great time. I have stayed at Ceasars, Wynn, Bellagio, Paris, Palazzo and Venetian and the Cosmopolitain! Fun to explore it all Grace xoox

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    1. Yes we just have a little play on the slot machines, I'm happy with a $20 win when I've put in $10! You've stayed at some great hotels. I have a post coming up on the Venetian and Palazzo shops soon, such a beautiful spot and I think the Cosmopolitian is earmarked by my friend and I for my 40th birthday celebrations in 5 years time (nothing like planning ahead).

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  7. Hi Victoria, I'm very envious of you returning to Las Vegas. I loved it when we visited last year. We took the budget options and stayed at the old Golden Nugget at the beginning of our stay. Not sure I would recommend this, but it is worth a visit as it is one of the old casinos in the older part of town. We later stayed in an apartment at the Hilton (it doesn't have a casino - for anyone who doesn't like to gamble) and the rooms and pools were great. It cost less than £100 per night for a fully equipped self catering apartment for 4 with a pool view. It was a little off the strip, but we didn't mind that. It was great all round value and as we had our daughter with us it was a good family option. We loved Sephora and Bath and Body Works too. My daughter is seriously missing those stores. Caesars Palace looks fabulous in spite of the expensive extras. Hoping to go back again in the not too distant future. Maybe one day we'll stay there, who knows.

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    1. I know a few people that have taken children with them and still had a great time in Vegas as there's so much to do and see beside the gambling and boozing. Sounds like you had a great deal on your accomodation too. I hope you are able to visit again

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  8. I've never been but it looks so exciting and vibrant, maybe one day....

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  9. Happy, happy, happy memories, I'm SO going back! Hash tag team Vegas!

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  10. Never been, would love to go one day .... x

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