Today’s review is brought to you by regular Vegas Solo guest blogger, Brian Tucker. Don’t blame the lame title on him, though. That was all me. 😉
I have stayed at Caesars Palace eight times over the last nine years and truly consider it my home away from home when I vacation in Vegas. The location can’t be beat, and the management is always reinvigorating the property with new hotel features, shows, restaurants, and shopping options. That being said, Caesars is one of the few “older” hotels left on the Strip that still embraces its rich heritage. It was opened in 1966 by Jay Sarno and the property still holds true to his aim of bringing Roman decadence to the masses, hence the word “Caesars” itself is not possessive.
The pros for the solo traveler are many at Caesars. As already mentioned, the location is second to none in the middle of the Strip–this dramatically cuts down on the need to take cabs, as you are in the heart of the Strip whichever way you decide to walk during your trip. There is always something going on at Caesars and plenty of people are milling about on the property, so one never feels alone there. This is helpful for the solo traveller who feels awkward dining or drinking alone; most all the restaurants and bars at Caesars stay busy enough that no one will notice.
During the summer, the pool also stays quite busy, and no one will be able to tell that you are tanning or swimming alone. By the way, the Garden of the Gods pool complex is fantastic! As busy as it stays during the summer months, I’ve never had a problem finding a chair around one of the quieter pools towards the back of the complex.
What are the cons of such a bustling, well-located, iconic property? None of the five towers has a security checkpoint for keys to be checked. If that is something that is important to your feeling of security, stay elsewhere. (The Nobu hotel–which opens in December 2012 in the old Centurion Tower–will most likely have a key checkpoint, due to it being a more exclusive, boutique hotel-within-the-hotel.)
Speaking of renovations, the Roman Tower is the last tower at Caesars that has not been extensively renovated recently. I would hold off on booking a room in the Roman Tower until this renovation happens. You could always book it and hope you receive a free upgrade to another tower. (I’ve received such complimentary upgrades at check-in seven out of my eight stays at Caesars.) But it’s a crapshoot.
While Caesars is more expensive than other hotels, just remember that you get what you pay for. I’ve never had anything less than outstanding service at Caesars, even when a snafu arose and needed to be corrected. It’s a large, meandering hotel with a large, meandering shopping mall attached, but the world-class service is what sets this property apart from other mega-resorts on the Las Vegas Strip.
Brian Tucker is a former English major who has worked in hospitality for 13 years. He prefers traveling solo because he can see so much more and set his own schedule. You can read Brian’s philosophical musings on life at his blog, Southern Aristocracy.