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Caesars Palace Octavius Premium Room Walkthrough

Caesars Palace Octavius Premium Room Walkthrough

Hi Everyone,

Sorry for being gone for so long.  This video is of my trip from March Madness 2016.  My friends and I met in Vegas for a guys trip and it was a great time.

I booked a Premium Room in the Octavius Tower at Caesars Palace with two queens for two people.  Now that the Julius tower is open, the Octavius tower is the second newest if you do not count Hotel Nobu, which is a boutique hotel inside of Caesars.  The rooms are extremely spacious and everything is upgraded.  I would definitely recommend staying in the Octavius tower if you have the means and do not mind having something less than a suite.

I hope you enjoy!

Paris Room Review

Paris Room Review

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Thanks to @heatherwhenever for providing this guest post!

 
ParisBedsLast weekend I was in town for Affiliate Summit 2014, which took place at the Paris Hotel, centrally located on the Las Vegas strip across the street from the Bellagio. I had booked a room there at Paris to stay during the conference and I ended up on the 24th floor after asking nicely to be as high up as possible at the front desk.

I think I would describe the room itself as pretty standard. Upon walking in I found a small hallway with the bathroom immediately to the right, and the main room area straight out in front of me. There were 2 queen beds facing a huge wooden wardrobe with hanging closet space on the sides, a small empty fridge in the middle to store my own snacks/drinks, a small safe, an iron with ironing board, and a gateway to Narnia.

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To the right of the wardrobe was a flatscreen TV mounted to the wall above a small desk and chair. Next to the window were two sitting chairs and a small round table, which had a stack of magazines on it. Most notably was a copy of Vegas Player with Britney on the cover, whom I was sad to be missing on this trip as her show was on break til the 29th (yep a fan of the Britster here). My window faced the rear of the building so no Strip view, but I did have a view of the newly constructed “High Roller”, Vegas’ (bigger) answer to London eye.

The bathroom was pretty spacious but I found the ivy-ish wallpaper to be kinda odd. I did however enjoy the marbled look on the floor, sink, and shower. The tub was separate and standard sized. A hair dryer was mounted on the wall to the left of the sink, and a small coffee pot sat underneath it. The water pressure ended up being pretty horrible.

ParisShowerOverall I thought the room was comfortable enough for the 3 nights I stayed in it. The bed was soft and I had plenty of pillows. I did wake up a few times at night to a loud buzzing coming from the minifridge. I also detected a bit of a smokey smell but it wasn’t unbearable, and could’ve just been me smelling my own hair after spending time at the casino…

The room wasn’t modern or huge but was quiet and clean, The rate was about $100/night plus resort fee. I enjoyed my time in the Paris hotel itself walking the cobblestone paths, trying the restaurants, and getting some great networking time in at the marketing conference.

‘Til next time!

-Heather

PS. A few notes on some eateries there at Paris. Burger Brasserie is a great spot for a burger and to catch a game on TV, I tried the ‘le classique’ burger while taking in the Broncos game and a business lunch (how’s that for multi-tasking?). Think sports bar/grille meets nice French restaurant. La Creperie was a good spot for a quick snack, one afternoon I tried the Shrimp Scampi. In the mornings I grabbed my latte at Cafe Belle Madeleine, an always busy but cute coffee/pastry shop. J’adore caffeine!

Win a Stay in a Palms Sky Villa

Win a Stay in a Palms Sky Villa

This sweepstakes is totally awesome.  You can win a free stay at a Palms sky villa.  Those are the ones that have awesome pools hanging out from the hotel way up at the top.  If this alone is not enough to make you enter you also win transportation to and from the airport in a limo, a $100 food and beverage credit, and a massage.  This prize is estimated to be worth almost $5,000.  Go enter here now!

This deal expires on Saturday December 29th, 2012

$79 Rates at Palms + $50 Dining Credit

$79 Rates at Palms + $50 Dining Credit

Deal Summary

The Palms is offering a deal with rates starting at $79 a night with a $50 dining credit.  The dining credit can be used at any restaurant except for Alize and the Eatery.  Overall I think $79 is almost $20 more than the cheapest I have ever seen for one night at the palms but because they are offering the $50 dining credit it is worth it as long as you use it.  For more information about the restaurants at the Palms click here.

Booking Details

Use this link, which will take you directly to the Palms website.  From there you can read the fine print and choose the dates you want to stay through July 31, 2013.

This deal expires on Thursday November 29th, 2012

Wynn

Wynn

Description

The Wynn is a luxury hotel and is made to be high class. Everything about it is expensive and room rates can be over $300 a night. Staying at the Wynn is fun and the rooms are spacious. It would be nice if they added an empty refrigerator and an ironing board, but it doesn’t hurt the experience too much.

Casino

Wynn’s casino is very good. Table limits can be very high on the weekend, but you’ll find a few cheap slot machines. Dealers are required to be professional so don’t expect them to celebrate with you. Wynn’s poker room always has some action, so it’s a decent place to play if you don’t like huge poker rooms.

Hotel Details

  • Location: North Strip
  • AAA Rating: 5
  • Casino: Yes
  • Sports Book: Yes
  • Poker Room: Yes
  • Pool: Yes
  • Club: Tryst
  • Shows: La Reve
  • Buffet: Great
  • Fitness Center: Yes
  • Internet: Yes
  • Iron and Ironing Board: No
  • Resort Fee: $25 (for non-suites)

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Venetian

Description

The Venetian is a luxury hotel with an Italian theme. The hotel is extravagant and is a great place to stay. The suites are large and the rooms are very nice. Prices can be high, so shop around before book your room.

Casino

The casino at the Venetian is very nice. It is sometimes hard to find your way out because the casino floor opens into the drop off area. The best way is to find the escalator to Tao and you’ll be able to exit on middle of the second floor. The Venetian’s poker room is always crowded and some of the world’s top players can be found there.

Hotel Details

  • Location: North Strip
  • AAA Rating: 5
  • Casino: Yes
  • Sports Book: Yes
  • Poker Room: Yes
  • Pool: Yes
  • Club: Tao
  • Lounge: No
  • Shows: Blue Man Group
  • Fitness Center: Yes
  • Internet: Yes
  • Iron: Yes
  • Resort Fee: $20



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Vdara

Vdara

Review

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Vdara is the most luxury for the money on the Strip. The basic room is a sprawling suite and both sides of the hotel offer breathtaking views, the higher the better. Because it doesn’t have a casino directly underneath it you can find weekend rates a little over $100 a night.

These pictures are from my second stay at Vdara and as you can tell from the picture above I received a room on the Bellagio Fountain side. The room is made to perfection. You walk in and see the full kitchenette. This definitely doesn’t make or break the room because why would you eat there anyway, but there is a second fridge, which you can use to keep things cool. Refrigerators are not standard in Vegas hotel rooms, so cherish this item and put it to good use.

For a full tour of the room watch the video above, but let me walk you through some of the highlights. Each room has a pullout couch. This is a big deal when you want to make sure everyone has a place to sleep. In addition to the king bed you can fit four people very comfortably in the room. In one of the basic suite’s floor plan, you have a divider between the couch and bed. Both sides sport a flat screen tv, which is great for catching a few minutes of the game you bet on while your roommates are getting ready.

Vdara’s beds are some of the most comfortable I’ve ever slept in. The basic suite comes with a huge king size bed and you will fall asleep almost immediately despite your state of drunkenness. Around the bed there are drawers in case you need some places to put your clothes or stash some food. On either side of the bed, and all around the room there are mirrors. This is great news for all of you who want to look your best, because this room will not let you leave without seeing yourself at least three times.

The closet features hangers… that you can take out to better hang your clothes up. Most hotels attach all the hangers to the bar assuming you will steal them. There is also an iron and ironing board for those wrinkly dress shirts. Lastly, there is a standard size safe for you to lock your valuables in.

The bathroom is spacious leaving enough room for a full bathtub and a shower. The shower door is water tight much like the Wynn and everything is very luxurious. The only problem with the room is the light water pressure. It is a desert after all, and many hotels don’t have great water pressure so this fact shouldn’t knock the hotel down too far.

I personally have not had much luck with the $20 trick. I squeezed a $20 bill between my driver’s license and credit card at the Wynn and the woman working smirks and puts me on the 23 floor facing the golf course. While that wasn’t worth it, ordering flowers from concierge does seem to work. The picture above shows flowers and a balloon, which costs $67. Well worth it considering I was arriving very late on the Friday before July 4th. This forces them to assign me a room because they need to put the flowers somewhere, and I requested a Bellagio Fountain view room and it worked. So if anyone would like a view upgrade ordering something pre-trip might do the trick.

Considering everything Vdara is an amazing hotel. You get the five-star hotel experience for the price of a three-star. I don’t mind walking to the nearest casino and the walk through Bellagio is not bad at all. On the plus side Vdara is very close to the tram running between Monte Carlo and Bellagio so it is very well connected. With the opening of Cosmopolitan you have another walking option. You can walk directly down the stairs to the left of the entrance (facing Aria) and you can walk through the check-in side of Cosmopolitan in less than five minutes. This makes Vdara one of my favorite hotels to stay in and I’m sure I’ll be back.

Hotel Details

  • Location: Center Strip
  • AAA Rating: 4.5
  • Casino:  No
  • Sports Book: No
  • Poker Room: No
  • Pool: Yes
  • Club: No
  • Lounge: Bar Vdara
  • Shows: No
  • Buffet: No
  • Fitness Center: Yes
  • Internet: Yes
  • Iron and Ironing Board: Yes
  • Resort Fee: $25

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Tropicana

Tropicana

Review

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Tropicana’s slogan is “We’re changing everything” and they are not lying. The resort is looking phenomenal from the casino to the rooms. I stayed at Tropicana from January 14 through January 17, 2011 and in interest of full disclosure, my room was complimentary. Not all of the renovations are complete yet, but I was still extremely impressed.

I walked into Tropicana and was pleasantly surprised. It smells like vanilla, everything is sparkling clean, and it looks brand new. The downside of the main entrance is that there are some steps to go up, so if you have your bags you will need to go the long way or carry them. This didn’t bother me as I opted for the latter option and approached the front desk. The employee at the front desk went beyond normal expectations and was very helpful. Sure, you’ll find a great employee at every casino, but at Tropicana I met several. I think this kind of personality and culture is encouraged because there were numerous questions about this topic in the survey I filled out after my stay. I have stayed at many hotels in Las Vegas, including Wynn and Vdara, but none of them provided service as good as Tropicana. I hope it catches on elsewhere, because I like to feel important.

After a few minutes at the front desk, I went straight to my Deluxe room, which is the standard offering. The ambiance matched the casino perfectly. Everything was clean, new, and the room was larger than average. Every room has a 42-inch plasma TV, a safe that can fit a 17-inch laptop, and a radio with an iPod dock. The furniture was simple but it did the trick. The beds were comfortable and the pillows stayed fluffy. Normally hotel rooms usually have a desk chair on wheels, but the Deluxe room sports a more elegant chair with legs. Both closest doors had full-length mirrors, which is very nice if you are getting ready for a fancy dinner or a night out. Another unique thing about the room is the enormous plant, which made a great decoration. As far as other decorations, there were two pieces of art. The art was nicer than Harrah’s, but not quite as extravagant as the Wynn. My only issue with the living room was the windows. There are large white shutters on the inside of the room. They do open and close easily for a better view outside, but the window is covered by black circles. At first I thought it was the wrap, but when I looked outside there wasn’t one. Personally, I like windows with blackout curtains so I can look outside without any distractions.

The bathroom was also very nice. It isn’t super luxurious like Wynn, but it isn’t anywhere near the worst hotel bathroom either. I really liked how the towel holders were built in beneath the sink instead of having a rack above the shower. The toilet was separated from the sink a little bit so you didn’t feel cramped while using it and the shower water pressure was above average. The only bad part was the tropical print on the shower walls. It looked old and out of place, especially next to all of the new things. I saw some pictures of the suite shower tiles, which were far nicer, so hopefully all the showers will be updated.

Tropicana is listed as a three star resort, but based on the other three stars on the Strip, it deserves at least four. If you still have doubts about staying at Tropicana, know that I had the same doubts before my stay. Now that I have spent some time there, I would recommend it to anyone. The buzz around the internet about Tropicana is that it is the best value on the Strip. With rates as low as $49 a night it most definitely is.

Casino

Tropicana’s casino looks brand new and smells wonderful. I hate the smell of smoke and the pleasant smell of vanilla was a welcome change from other casinos on the Strip. The best part about the casino is that there is always a seat at a $10 blackjack table or a $10 roulette table. I hate waiting around a table waiting for a seat to open up, and I sat down 5 times without waiting a second. There is more good news for blackjack players as a blackjack pays 3 to 2 instead of 6 to 5. The drink service at the tables is the fastest I have ever experienced. One time I received my drink after three hands of blackjack without any new players joining.  Unfortunately, the drink service at the slot machines was worse. I wouldn’t say it was terrible, but it always seemed slow.

Hotel Details

  • Location: South Strip
  • AAA Rating: 3
  • Casino: Yes
  • Sports Book: Yes
  • Poker Room: Yes
  • Pool: Yes
  • Club: No
  • Lounge: Ambhar Lounge
  • Buffet: Poor
  • Fitness Center: Yes
  • Internet: Yes
  • Iron and Ironing Board: Yes
  • Resort Fee: $14.99



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