Caesars, Part 1: Caesars Palace Las Vegas

Caesars Palace is a luxury hotel and casino in Nevada situated on the west side of the Las Vegas Strip between The Bellagio and The Mirage, although it originally lay next to The Dunes and opposite The Desert Inn. It is one of the most prestigious casino hotels in the world and has been one of Vegas’s largest and best known landmarks since it was established in 1966. It was designed to imitate life during the Roman Empire and contains numerous statues and columns, at least 18 fountains (which use around 240 million gallons of water a year) and typical Hollywood iconography from Roman period films, including a 20-foot statue of Julius Caesar hailing a taxi at the entrance. There are also replicas of The Rape of the Sabine Women and statues of Venus and David which greet guests as they arrive. The Fall of Atlantis Fountain uses special effects and 9-foot tall animated figures to tell the story of the Myth of Atlantis.

From the outset, the casino has been oriented towards attracting high rollers, especially catering to wealthy East Asian gamblers. The main performance venue at the hotel is known as The Colosseum and has been host to world-famous performers and sports entertainment (especially boxing). Notable entertainers from the early days included the Rat Pack (Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., and Dean Martin), Liberace, Diana Ross, Judy Garland, Tony Bennett and Liza Minnelli, while in recent decades, performers have included Rod Stewart, Celine Dion, Cher, Elton John, David Copperfield, and Jerry Seinfeld.

The Forum Shops at Caesars (or simply The Forum, above) is a major shopping mall, which when measured in terms of sales per square foot, is the highest-grossing in the United States, even topping Rodeo Drive in Beverley Hills. It was built as an extension wing of the main hotel and casino in 1992, and expanded first in 1997 and again in 2004 to front Las Vegas Boulevard. It includes more than 270 mid-range and luxury retailers, gourmet restaurants, and bars. Many of the high-end boutiques include Cartier, Chanel, Dior, Armani, Gucci, Tiffany’s, and Versace.

  • Visited: 1995, 1997, 2000, 2015

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