Open since the crazy-daisy 1960s, Caesars Palace is still a playground of ancient Greco-Roman kitsch, where cocktail girls wear mini-skirted togas and tourists gawk at the full-size reproduction of Michelangelo’s David. Yet this megaresort is also a surprisingly sophisticated player on the corner of the Strip‘s busiest intersection. Out back behind the big hotel
towers, guests revel in spectacular swimming pools amongst gardens.
Like the neighboring Bellagio, Caesars has a roster of high-flying chefs’ creations: Nobu, Restaurant Guy Savoy, Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill, François Payard’s Patisserie & Bistro, Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill, and NYC’s Old Homestead and Rao’s. Bacchanal Buffet is top-ranked, though you’ll pay through the nose to taste its tempting spread. For sweet-tooth indulgence, Serendipity 3 is a candy-striped cafe out front, near the Absinthe carnival tent and the Spanish Steps bar, which mixes cold vodka-spiked lemonade in summer.
Back inside, Numb bar serves crazy frozen drinks in souvenir glasses, while Fizz is a lavish cocktail lounge from Elton John’s partner, David Furnish. Catch big-name acts like Céline Dion and Mariah Carey in the Colosseum showroom or fall in love with crooner Matt Goss and the Dirty Virgins dancers. Omnia nightclub has a sexy outdoor balcony lounge with Strip views and cooler-than-average DJs. After a late night out, be rejuvenated by Qua Baths & Spa, with its arctic room where dry-ice snowflakes fall.
Beware that Caesars Palace is actually across the street (and it’s a long walk) from the Flamingo/Caesars Palace monorail station, behind the Flamingo casino hotel.