Explanation of the Different Rooms at Caesars Palace

Explanation of the Different Rooms at Caesars Palace

The room types can be a little confusing at Caesars Palace and if you aren’t careful you might get stuck staying in a low quality room.  If a room is a just a place to sleep to you then even the Roman Tower room at Caesars should suit your needs as you can enjoy the rest of the resort.  However if you are looking for something a little more luxurious you may want to shell out a few extra dollars for an upgrade up front.

Caesars Palace Room Types from Worst to Best

1. Roman Tower

2. Forum Tower

3. Palace Tower

4. Augustus Tower

5. Octavius Tower

Boo Caesar’s Entertainment Starts Charging Resort Fees

Boo Caesar’s Entertainment Starts Charging Resort Fees

Unfortunately Caesar’s Entertainment has decided to start doing the very thing they have been proudly advertising they do not do, which is charging resort fees.  In case you are not familiar with a resort fee, it is an additional charge to your nightly hotel rate charged upon check out.  It is not included in your rate and resorts justify charging these fees by giving the customer internet and access to the gym.

Caesar’s Entertainment has fought a long battle against resort fees and have proudly stated that they do not charge them.  This has always increased the likelihood of me staying at their resort or at the very least I calculated the overall price of the room with the fees included.  Apparently this is not the case for everybody as Caesar’s Entertainment resorts have decided to start charging them.  The hotels in the Caesar’s family are Caesars Palace, Planet Hollywood, Paris, Flamingo, Bally’s, Harrah’s, Rio, and The Quad.

All of these properties will start charging resort fees for reservations made on or after March 1, 2013.  So to avoid the fees make sure to book your reservation in the next few days.  The good news is their semi-annual sale has been extended so you can get up to 25% off rooms here.

That only leaves one hotel left standing that does not charge resort fees on the main part of the Strip and that is Elara.  Elara is the Hilton Grand Vacations resort, which was originally the Planet Hollywood Towers.

First Trip of 2013

First Trip of 2013

Going to Vegas on MLK day has become a bit of tradition for me and this will be my 4th straight year going on this weekend.  Room ratse are always decent as CES is complete and there is nothing else going on, but the Strip is still decently crowded as it is a holiday weekend for most folks.  On this trip I am finally getting to stay at The Mirage, which has been high on my list for places to stay.  I haven’t stayed there before because the rates have always been around the same price as nice hotels but I was able to get great rates by booking this trip last June.

I have been saving most of my north Strip activities for this trip.  I am finally planning on eating at The Mirage as the only food I have had there in the past is the buffet.  I have heard great things about BLT Burger and am looking forward to checking that out.  On top of that I will also be visiting the Bourbon Room at The Venetian to see how good their drinks are.

I also purchased a Travelzoo deal for The Public House at Luxor for two appetizers, two entrees, and two beers for $49.  That prize is supposedly half off, but $49 seems to be a fair price for these items, but it is Vegas so I’m sure prices are super inflated.

Besides that, I’m sure we will be hitting dueling pianos like usual.  A couple friends are also coming with us on this trip so I’m sure it will be a great time.  Stay tuned for the full trip report, probably a couple weeks after I return.

Stay at the Mirage for $60

Stay at the Mirage for $60

The Mirage is advertising rates as low as $60 per night, plus a $75 food and beverage credit if you travel between now and April 3, 2013.  $60 is pretty cheap for the Mirage, but as usual only a few nights offer the lowest rates.  The $75 food and beverage credit needs to be charged to the room.  So I would assume anything you can charge to the room would apply as long as it is food or drink but you might want to make sure at check in.  Mlife has plenty of restaurants to choose from so I’m sure you will use it.

To book head over to The Mirage’s website.  You will see a “Promotion” on the right side that mentions the $75 food and beverage credit.  Click that and the available dates will be shown to you.

This deal expires on Monday December 10th, 2012

Thanksgiving Weekend Trip Report

Thanksgiving Weekend Trip Report

For my 5th Las Vegas trip of 2012 I visited this past weekend after Thanksgiving.  My initial thoughts were that the Strip wouldn’t be busy because hotel rates are traditionally the cheapest during this time meaning that casinos have a tough time getting bookings.  According to the internet though, Thanksgiving tends to be crowded.  As it turns out I would say it was definitely one of the slower weekends but not as slow as the middle of the week.

Luck was with me to start the trip.  The plane we were boarding got in 20 minutes early so we boarded early.  We would have left early, but unfortunately 5 idiots got on the plane 1 minute before we were supposed to leave.  I’m not sure who does this or how it happened but I thought the airplane doors were supposed to close 5 minutes before takeoff.  Despite leaving on time we still got in about 20 minutes early, which is win in my book.

We walked into a cab, as they were there waiting in the airport slots.  This is completely not normal.  Even coming in really late on a weekend I have had to go through at least a small cab queue.  The cab ride was going well until we hit a ton of traffic on Flamingo.  So the cab was about $10 more than normal.  As we pull into Caesar’s though there were about average number of people and we were the very next people in line to check in with 4 employees working.

Normally I would try the $20 trick for 2 nights.  The last time I stayed at Caesars it got me a Palace tower room with a great view of the pool instead of the Roman tower.  The reason I didn’t this time was because I paid a little extra for the Forum Tower and I figured if I tried it they wouldn’t upgrade me.  However the guy tried to upgrade me for $50 a night to the Augustus tower, which is their second best after Octavius.  My room was 5330, and the elevators happen to be past the sports book, which is almost to the Forum Shops.  The elevator locations in Caesars are ridiculous but I guess that is what you get for so many towers spread out.  The elevators say floors 50-65 or something but being on floor 53, really meant I was on floor 4.  It was  a pretty crummy view because the Colosseum blocked almost all of it.  At least I could see a bit of Treasure Island and the Flamingo.

The room however was very nice.  The only things worse than the Palace Tower room was the carpet, the dated furniture, and of course the view.  There was a TV in the mirror in the bathroom, which I think my Palace room did not have.  There was a mini bar, a standard safe, and a radio with an iPod hookup.

The first order of business was food.  Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars was too full, so we decided to use one of my perks of being a Pearl Mlife member and use the accelerated line at The Buffet at Bellagio.  This worked out great as there were only two parties in front of us and we sat down in less than 8 minutes.  It was a holiday buffet so it was $45 instead of $40.  I have only eaten at Bellagio for brunch before and while their dinner is better I would say it misses the mark of the best buffets.  The best buffets of course being Bacchanal, Wicked Spoon, and Wynn.

After that we headed to MGM to pre-game because that is were my friends were staying.  After a little whipped cream vodka, and Avion tequila we headed to coyote ugly.  They were charging a $5 cover and it definitely seemed less crowded than normal.  I have only been inside it once for their 2-for-1 drink coupons they pass out but there are not too many bars that cater that kind of crowd so I would think it gets packed most weekends.

My friends were feeling a little sick the next day so my Fiance and I decided to try Spice Market Buffet at Planet Hollywood.  I have heard good things about it but have never been there myself.  She won $20 dining credit at a spinning wheel promotion outside of Caesars so it made it even more appealing.  It was not very crowded at noon on a Sunday and it was Champagne brunch.  For $30 we got unlimited champagne and a mediocre buffet.  Almost everything was average and the only thing I really liked was the seafood section.  It is definitely better than Excalibur type buffets but it falls near the bottom of the heavy hitters.  I would say it is just below Treasure Island, just because the dessert was very limited.

After losing some money we went to Todd English pub for dinner.  It wasn’t very crowded at all, but I think restaurants in Crystals always have a tough time getting customers.  We picked it because the Packer game was on, which went awful, but the food was good.  After that more spirits were consumed and we went to dueling pianos at The Bar at Times Square in New York-New York.

The last day started out with some more gambling at Monte Carlo.  Then we had the best meal of the trip at Bacchanal buffet.  There was no line, but it took 15 minutes to get seated because the TV crew of House of Lies was there for lunch.  There were at least 100 of them I’d guess and we saw the star, Kristen Bell.

The last day is always my favorite day to gamble because walking around is exhausting and you get to sit down when you gamble.  I always wish I would win a bunch the first day that I can ride out the rest of the trip with but that has never happened and I doubt it will.  So to end the trip we stopped by Cosmopolitan and Bellagio to waste the rest of our money.  Then as usual we had to stop by Earl of Sandwich before leaving.  My new favorite is the All American and I think I am addicted to Turkey Cranberry.

My next trip is in January, assuming the world doesn’t end.  So until then keep stopping by for deals!

I’m Headed to Vegas for Thanksgiving!

I’m Headed to Vegas for Thanksgiving!

It is official, I will be heading to Vegas for Thanksgiving this year… well the weekend after Thanksgiving.  Unfortunately it will only be for a short period of time as I will be arriving Saturday night and leaving Monday night.  A friend of mine is going, and I was trying to find an excuse to go  as long as it was cheap.  Cheap it was, so I switched my flight and now I get to go to Vegas for my 5th time this year.

At first I thought Thanksgiving would be dead.  All the pools are closed, the temperature won’t be over 100 degrees, and I figured some shows would be dark or have replacements.  Looking around the internet it seems like Thanksgiving is packed.  This makes my trip all that more exciting because more people = more fun unless it involves waiting in line.

I am very curious to see what it is like first hand.  I wish I could be there on Thanksgiving day, but I imagine I will get a good idea of what it is like.  I’m planning on hitting at least one buffet.  I bet they will be more expensive and I hope they don’t just have turkey.  I will be tweeting my disappointment if I step into the line and find out they have three turkey stations.  Don’t get me wrong, I love to eat Turkey, and the leftovers around Thanksgiving, but why would I eat something so readily available for cheap at a Vegas buffet if I can avoid it.

Although I won’t be seeing any shows, I will be checking out the bars.  I am hoping our favorite piano players will still be playing at The Bar at Times Square at NewYork-New York.  Prepare for a full update through Twitter.

I also managed to bag a Forum Tower room.  I have only stayed at Caesars once before and that was in the Palace Tower.  It is not clear which room is supposed to be better, but I enjoyed the Palace Tower quite a bit so I am hoping this room with be at least as good, if not better.

For now, stay tuned for updates on my holiday weekend in Vegas!

Cirque Du Soleil Tickets for $50

Cirque Du Soleil is offering $50 tickets to most of their shows through the end of 2012.  The best shows are not included, which are O and Zarkana, but every other show advertises $50 tickets.  Love, Mystere, KA, Zumanity, and Believe are on sale for the next two months at this link.  Not every day is included and dates across Thanksgiving are blacked out.

This deal expires on Sunday December 30th, 2012

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

30% off Hotels in Vegas

30% off Hotels in Vegas

Deal Summary

Hotels.com is offering up to 30% off Las Vegas hotel rooms.  Harrah’s offers the best bang for your buck with rates starting as $35.  Harrah’s rooms are very nice for the price and I would easily rate them above Flamingo which has rates starting at $55.  Other cheap rates are Caesars Palace for $109 and Excalibur for $32 a night.  The only bad news is that  you must travel by December 10, 2012.

Booking Deals

Go to hotels.com and you will automatically be on the Las Vegas deals page.  They have a lot of sample hotel rates listed but you can also search for a specific date range.

This deal expires on Monday November 19th, 2012