Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Review of Paris Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas
So the hubby and I went to Las Vegas without the kids – and stayed in Paris Hotel. I’ve got to say, I really liked this one. I think it is my favorite of all the Vegas hotel/casinos. I used to work for an automotive supplier that sent me to the wilds of Arizona each year to review prototype vehicles undergoing durability testing. Sound boring? Yes, it was, that’s why I don’t work there anymore. The highlight of the trip was that we flew in and out of Vegas, and my coworkers and I always made sure to schedule our flights so that we had to spend a night in Vegas, so I’ve stayed in several different Las Vegas hotels over the years.
So why do I like Paris best of all? Okay, maybe the fact that I’m a bit of a Francophile has something to do with it, but not entirely. For one thing, the interior is designed to resemble a charming Parisian cobblestone street, and it is so quaint, compared to the in-your-face glitz of many of the other Vegas casinos. That alone was a big point in its favor.
I also liked that it’s somewhat small compared to other casinos, a more manageable size. I once stayed at the MGM Grand – it took me 15 minutes to walk from my room to the pool, then once I arrived I realized I had forgotten something, so I had to return to the room and then head back down to the pool. It was 45 minutes from the time I first left my room until I was ensconced on my lounge chair, which is WAY too long in my opinion. At Paris, I walked to the elevator at the end of my hall, took it to the third floor, and voila! I was at the pool.
The pool was designed to resemble a landscaped Parisian park, with big urns and small trees, in the shadow of the hotel’s giant Eiffel Tower replica. My husband prefers a lush, “grotto” type swimming pool ambiance, but that wouldn’t really jibe with the Paris theme. While lounging poolside each day I could hear the music coming from the Bellagio water fountain across the street, which was soothing.
The location is another plus. It’s near the center of the strip, next to the Planet Hollywood mall, across the street from Bellagio, and a short walk to Venice, Caesar’s Palace and other popular hotel/casinos. If you don’t like to walk, a tram system connects the hotel to some of the more far flung casinos, or you can just hail a cab outside.
The restaurants rock. My husband keeps saying we left a lot of money at the tables: the dining tables. Har har. But it’s true. Paris has an amazing steak place, a sweet and savory crepes stand, a couple of other quality restaurants, and the ubiquitous Vegas buffet, which we passed on, but no doubt it was tasty as well. For breakfast we ate at Mon Ami Gabi, at a sidewalk table warmed by heaters in the cool desert morning. On our last night we dined at the upscale Eiffel Tower restaurant. We were seated at a table for two by the window, with a magnificent view of the musical fountain. We each had the tasting menu, a five course meal of French cuisine which was just fabulous.
Here’s a tip for you: you have to pay for wi-fi daily in your room, but it’s free in the café/bakery in the lobby.
On the web: parislasvegas.com