Caesars Palace : The Cougar Of The Strip
Review by RockChickX51
Long time VT reader RockChickX51 and her fiancee J pitched their tents at Caesars Palace in December for a week of Vegas insanity. Somewhere in there they managed to get married AND - most importantly - take photos of the shatphone in their Augustus Tower digs and file this accompanying report. Big huge VT hugs and thanks to RockChick for sharing her CP experience with us.
Caesars Palace is one of the oldies on the Strip. It's a monolith of a property and very easy to get lost in when you're drunk. It's been a hotel that I've always wanted to stay at since my first drive through Vegas with the family at the age of 15. Don't ask why, I don't know. This hotel review is a far cry from the Hooters review I did last year.
For the wedding we'd originally planned on Palms Place for the balcony and modern decor, then we decided we wanted somewhere on the Strip, so we booked Venetian. After finding out about the resort fee and the price I paid didn't include tax, I called Caesars Palace. They had a promo going where you receive 25% off your first four nights. After letting me combine that discount with the discount I get for being a Total Rewards member, the final price after tax beat the Venetian by a lot. Additionally, the price I paid over the phone in rate quote was $170 cheaper than the website. We made the final switch and I'm glad we did (more on that later). We stayed here for a week, Dec 5-12 for our wedding/honeymoon trip.
After taking the Excursion limo from the airport, we were dropped off at Caesars' famous porte cochere. There were no bell hops available on a busy Saturday during rodeo week, so we dragged our bags inside to the bell desk then went to check-in. There was a line of about 5 people at the check-in desk and after waiting about 10 minutes we were called.
The receptionist was nice and was surprised I'd already paid for the entire price of the stay in advance. By the way, no, I didn't ask if the real Caesar lived there, but I thought about it. Our Augustus Tower room was not yet available, but the clerk said she could upgrade us to a room that was. When I asked about the price for the upgrade she typed... and typed... and typed. Then mumbled under her breath "Wow, that's way too much," then continued typing. Finally she said she was just going to give us an upgrade for free but the room still wasn't ready and to come back in an hour. I inquired what the upgrade was and she said it was a room on a very high floor with an unobstructed view of the fountains and Strip. Good enough for me. I was just glad to be staying somewhere as nice as CP.
We walked to the Flamingo to make sure our family had checked in then returned an hour later. There was a line of about 10 people checking in when we returned but our original check-in lady saw us and waved us over so we skipped the line. That is good customer service. She handed us keys to our room and off we went.
The Augustus Tower is the closest tower to the front of the hotel. The walk to the elevators is not long at all. Caesars had the fastest elevator service I've ever had in any hotel I've ever stayed in anywhere. During our entire stay we didn't wait more than a minute for an elevator. Most of the time elevators were on the bottom floor with the doors opened waiting to be used. Our room was 3560. We pressed the button for floor 35 and up we went.