Like many Las Vegas visitors, I had been waiting to see what the new Augustus Tower at Caesars Palace would be like......a competitor to Bellagio, Wynn, Venetian or Hotel at M-B, or just another Las Vegas disappointment.
First off, for those who have not been to Caesars Palace in several years, the renovation investment has been terrific. The casino's are brighter, the addition of the nightclub, Shaddow Bar, Mesa Grill, Bradley Ogden, 808 really help make the place a destination.
Arrived at 11 am and was able to check in at 1 pm to the new Augustus Tower on opening day -- knowing that employees have been staying in the tower for the past 3 weeks "breaking it in". Upon arriving in the room, I called the bell desk for my 1 bag -- after 6-7 calls and 3 hours later, the bag arrived (they wanted me to stay in my room to wait for my bag). As it turned out, the "older bellman who was slow so they would appreciate my patience" signed out for my bag but left it in the cloak room. So, I missed 3 hours of either pool time or work-out time.
Back to the new Tower: Room is large (>650 sq ft) with a contemporary feel -- with some Barbara Barry design influences. The tower is just off of the new Caesar's reception area -- away from the Casino floor so you feel you have "escaped" the madness a bit. The tower has a seperate walkway for the pool as well --again avoiding flip-flops vs. slot machine conflict. Frette-equivelant linens, down pillows, pillow-top bed, LCD TV's in main room and bath. Bathroom is large (double vanity, large spa tub, seperate shower, hidden toilet area.
Right before leaving for dinner, I called housekeeping to request turndown service and was informed that "since the tower is new, they don't have turndown service set-up yet". So I requested that someone bring a new set of towels up and remove the used ones (since there are only 2 sets in each room) so a fresh towel would be available in the AM. Upon returning to the room late, that request was completed.
Dining/Entertainment: Had dinner at BOA in the Caesar's Shops -- hip, trendy, with terrific service -- food very acceptable -- 2 appetizers, shared salad, two entrees, 1 dessert and 1 moderate priced bottle of wine was $250 for 2 -- on the pricier end, but no more that NY or LA. We went back to Shaddow Bar for a drink before heading to a 10:30 pm show -- very cool place -- we walked in just as the flair bartending show started with bartenders doing a rehersed synchronized juggling, tossing set with bottles, shakers, etc. The Shaddow go-go dancers make it a more "adult" bar, but since you only see their shaddow, it is very subtle and refined.
Breakfast the next morning was at the new Coffee Shop -- Augustus Cafe. Breakfast for 2 was $30 (full breakfasts) and the only negative was that the gentleman who took our order then went on break and the "hand off" was not communicated too well -- 1 hour for our food, which arrived cold but was then replaced.
Summary: Great new room, great entertainment, inconsistent/poor hotel service. I would stick with Bellagio or the Venetian if the rates were the same -- but give the Augstus Tower a try if it is the better rate.
- Also Known As:
- Caesars Palace Las Vegas
- Classic Hotel Las Vegas
- Classic Hotel Caesars Palace
- Caesar Palace
- Caesars Palace Hotel
- Caesars Las Vegas
- Las Vegas Caesars Palace
- Ceasars Palace Las Vegas
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Every day is spectacular at Caesars Palace. Enjoy the natural and healing powers of water with a treatment at Qua Baths & Spa. COLOR, a Salon by Michael Boychuck, brings Hollywood glam to Las Vegas at his ground-breaking creation. Bobby Flay, Guy Savoy, Nobu Matsuhisa and Francois Payard showcase their culinary star power at the world-renowned restaurants of Caesars Palace. Soak in the daytime excitement of the five acre Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis where six different pool experiences compliment heavenly bodies that adorn its grounds. As night falls, join the electrifying vibe of PURE Nightclub – you never know what celebrity might be in attendance. Star-powered performances by Celine Dion fill The Colosseum and for those looking to dance, Matt Goss thrills audiences in his namesake "The Gossy Room" located on Cleopatra’s Barge. For the discriminating shopper, The Forum Shops at Caesars still stands as the Strip’s premier shopping destination. In addition to the spectacular amenities Caesars Palace is now introducing The Laurel Collection, Las Vegas luxury accommodations, offering guests an elevated experience within the larger destination resort. Combining premiere accommodations of the Augustus and Octavius Towers, The Laurel Collection is focused on providing unique, personal touches that include a private valet entrance, an exclusive registration and a dedicated service staff devoted to creating individualized and expedited service. ... more less
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