"Caesars Palace should be on the lists of all visitors to Las Vegas."
With a worldwide reputation that is well deserved as one of the planet's great entertainment capitals, Las Vegas delivers non stop gambling, nightlife, events and a variety of attractions - each one seemingly outdoing the next one. A sea of lights and 'super casinos' line both sides of the Strip leaving first-time visitors to the city often overwhelmed with a myriad of choices of where to go and what to do.
Rather than try to see it all on the Strip, it is best to choose a property that offers a variety of experiences in one location. One of Las Vegas’ most storied properties and one of my favourites is Caesars Palace.
Founded in 1966, Caesars Palace celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2016. In a world of constant casino change, very few casinos along the strip are this old. Today this mega entertainment centre is a colossal collection of experiences and activities. Essentially one of the larger mini-cities within Las Vegas, guests may find themselves inside for much of their stay - which isn't always a bad thing especially if you are visiting during the often relentless heat of the summer months.
When I visit Caesars Palace I don't necessarily head for the casino floor like I do at other nearby casinos - rather the allure of the outdoor pools, Romanesque statues and architecture always catches my attention first.
"This is truly the centre of the action on the Strip"
The size of this property is mind boggling at times with six towers containing nearly 4,000 rooms and suites. The location is among the most prime real estate in the area, and that is a good thing for guests - this is truly the centre of the action on the Strip within an easy walk to the Fountains at Bellagio and just down the street from the 'Eiffel Tower'. Caesars Palace has its own station on the Las Vegas Monorail - shared with The Flamingo Las Vegas casino - which connects to prominent other casinos in the area including Wynn and Mandalay Bay.
The Italian theme isn't just an exterior part of the property but rather continues indoors. I often stop at the Forum Shops at Caesars - not always necessarily for shopping but to admire the interior opulence starting with the pool and fountains on the ground level through to the marble columns and intricate ceiling decorations.
In addition to the opulence of the interior, the sheer size is really remarkable - over 630,000 square feet of some of the highest grossing mall space in the country. Luxury name brands shops are well represented including some of the planet's most well-known stores - Chanel, Gucci and Tiffany among others.
And the pools. My goodness! There are other pools in town (the nearby Bellagio being one of the main attractions and certainly a crowd pleaser) but there is always something intriguing, elegant and dare I say, seductive about the pools at Caesars Palace. Called the Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis, seven pools are located here - with entry free for guests. Staying somewhere else in town? Not to worry. You can still indulge by renting a lounge chair, daybed or cabana.
Caesars Palace also offers numerous entertainment options including the appropriately named Colosseum at Caesars - along with an outdoor arena (hosted a number of prominent boxing matches over the years). The names of those who have performed here over the years are impressive - red carpet celebs such as Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr.
When I first visited Caesars Palace many years ago, I was intrigued by the sheer size of the space, the diversity of attractions and entertainment options. However, don’t try to do everything at once! Caesars Palace should be on the list of all visitors to Las Vegas. As one of the largest properties on The Strip it offers a larger variety of entertainment than some of the smaller casinos, world-class shopping, a diversity of rooms and plenty of gambling opportunities; I guarantee you won't get bored here!
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