Caesars Las Vegas Hotel Rooms Ranked (2017 Update)

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Caesars Entertainment has a variety of room styles in every Las Vegas hotel. In addition to room styles, many hotels have multiple towers. The wrong hotel room can make for a bad trip.

Hopefully, this brief overview of the rooms and casino experience help you choose the best casino-resort to stay in Las Vegas. Here are my rankings for the different Caesars hotel rooms in Las Vegas.

  1. Caesars Palace – Just about all of the hotel rooms have been renovated in the past 5 years. Stay in Augustus or Octavius is you want to be away from the casino. The Julius Tower puts you right in the middle of the casino. The Palace Tower is closest to the pools. Augustus is my personal favorite at this massive casino.
  2. The Cromwell – The rooms are small but look good and functional. The views aren’t great but ask for a strip view. The other view is looking at the wall of the Flamingo hotel. Overall, the boutique hotel and casino is small but probably my favorite in the Caesars chain. There’s just a fun vibe here.
  3. The Linq – The rooms are tiny but well put together. The small rooms don’t feel as claustrophobic as you might think. The clean rooms, lively and large casino, and center strip location make this one of the best bargain hotels on the Vegas Strip. Upgrade to a suite for a separate bedroom and living room.
  4. Planet Hollywood – All of the rooms were updated this year. The room updates are bland and they no longer have the movie memorabilia many people loved. The Miracle Mile Shops give lots of dining options without going outside. The casino is always a party when the sun goes down. The rooms are fine but this is an especially fun place to eat, drink, and gamble.
  5. Flamingo – I like the Go rooms almost as much as I hate this casino. I’m in the minority with my feelings on the Flamingo but walking into this casino makes me itch. If you must stay here, choose the Go room or one of the newly renovated rooms.
  6. Bally’s – The Jubilee tower rooms are the high-end of average prices in Las Vegas. They’re nice for the price and the only real option if you’re staying at Bally’s. The oldest rooms will finally receive an update in 2018. This casino is a good option for low rollers on the Vegas Strip.
  7. Paris – Paris is one of the highest ranking hotels in the hierarchy of Caesars Las Vegas properties. I don’t think it’s as great as they do. Caesars Entertainment renovated many of the hotel rooms in 2017. If you’re staying here choose a Burgundy room.
  8. Harrah’s – Almost all of the hotel rooms at the casino have been or will be renovated. The Valley Tower rooms have all received a makeover. The property is the personification of mediocre. Everything is average but nothing is amazing. That said, the location is great if you want a value property near the center-north end of the Vegas Strip.
  9. Rio – The lone Caesars property off the Vegas Strip has all suites. The casino feels old and isolated. That said, it’s cheap for a large room. This is a good option for groups just looking for a cheap place to crash.

Caesars Entertainment is currently offering their Cyber Sale with rates starting at $29 (+ fees) or 25% off. Check the rates even if you already have a reservation. If they’re lower than you paid, Caesars will typically match prices.

Local Eats: Dirt Dog

Dirt Dog Las Vegas

There was a time in my life when I consumed hot dogs regularly. They were considered smart people food. My consumption of hot dogs has greatly decreased since moving to Las Vegas. A small part of the reason is that there are many other options.

The main reason that I rarely eat hot dogs in Las Vegas is that the quick bites aren’t the snappy Sabrett dirty water dogs I grew up with. The dirty water dogs in Las Vegas just aren’t the same. The fancy hot dogs are usually just a bit too fancy. Additionally, they often use those same type of hot dogs that I don’t like. Blah.

I recently took a shot in the dark and tried a couple of fancy hot dogs in a part of Las Vegas I’ve never been to. I visited Dirt Dog on Rainbow well south of anywhere I’ve been in Las Vegas. It’s clear that I don’t leave the Summerlin area enough when I’m not on the Strip or downtown Las Vegas.

Dirt Dog Las Vegas

I briefly mentioned this LA-based hot dog shop at Travel Vegas when writing about new restaurants at the Grand Bazaar Shops at Bally’s. Since writing this article in June, I forgot that ALL OF THE HOT DOGS ARE WRAPPED IN BACON. The light bacon wrap actually provides the snap in the hot dog that the majority of hot dogs in Las Vegas are missing.

We split The House Dog (pictured above) with bacon thousand island and green chili spread and the Red Dog with spicy tomato chili and chipotle aioli. Next time I’ll order the latter without the overdose of onions. Both hot dogs were surprisingly really good!

I preferred The House Dog but I think that’s because the Red Dog had too many onions.

I liked the spice on the Red Dog and will probably try it again next time. Hot dogs were always a quick bite in between meals. I was very surprised when I realized that I stuffed for hours after essentially eating one hot dog.

I enjoyed myself at Dirt Dog and was happy to explore a new part of Las Vegas. The surprises continued when I couldn’t get the thought of the two hot dogs out of my head and mouth two days later. I’m not going to pay $6.25 for a hot dog often but these were so good that I’ll definitely return.

I’d love if they served half dogs. This would allow me to sample more creations without having to cut dogs in half to play sharesies.

Dirt Dog has a location in front of Bally’s and on Rainbow south of everything (8390 S Rainbow Blvd). You can find the locations here. You can find menus, pictures and more information here.

The Beer Menu At Pub 365 At Tuscany Looks Great

I was curious about Pub 365 at the Tuscany before it opened. However, the beer menu was slow to appear online. It’s difficult to take a beer bar seriously without seeing the beer.

Now that I’ve seen the beer menu, I’m more than excited than I expected for a bar a little away from my usual hangs. Looking back at my vacation, I’m kinda cranky Pub 365 wasn’t open.

Pub 365 will offer 365 beers and pub fare. Unlike some recent beer bars that have recently opened in Vegas this bar has a pretty extensive menu. The menu includes local brews, imports, macro craft (I hate that this is a thing) and microbrews. The best thing about the menu is that it will rotate selections every so often.

I missed the grand opening last night but I legitimately can’t wait to visit Tuscany. I never thought I’d say those words. Expect a review sooner than later.

If you’ve never been to the Tuscany it’s about a 10-minute walk from Bally’s east on Flamingo.

You can find the current beer menu here. Since it will change you can find more info at the Pub 365 page on the Tuscany website.

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Pub 365 Beer Menu

Best Cheap Blackjack On The Vegas Strip

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There are about as many good cheap blackjack games on the Vegas Strip as you might have expected. In other words, there aren’t many. Where you do find good cheap blackjack you should expect that there are only one or two of these tables at most of the casinos listed below. They should be easy to spot since you’ll probably see a large crowd at these tables so you might have to wait for a seat.

For simplicity, I’m using $15 as the cut off for cheap blackjack and just listing the house edge of the games. I’m also listing the casinos alphabetically, and not by the smallest house edge. You can see the full survey here. The list is great and has information on all blackjack at every casino in Las Vegas.

Bally’s – House Edge: 0.57
Caesars Palace – House Edge: 0.57
The Cromwell – House Edge: 0.57
Excalibur – House Edge: 0.66
Flamingo (and Margaritaville) – House Edge: 0.57
The Linq – House Edge: 0.57
Harrah’s – House Edge: 0.55
New York – New York – House Edge: 0.48
Paris – House Edge: 0.57
Planet Hollywood – House Edge: 0.57
SLS Las Vegas – House Edge: 0.48
Treasure Island – House Edge: 0.46 and 0.48
Tropicana – House Edge: 0.57

Updated: March 10, 2017

Festivus Gathering at Bally’s Grand Bazaar Shops on Dec. 23

Festivus Gathering at Bally's Grand Bazaar Shops
Festivus Gathering at Bally’s Grand Bazaar Shops

It’s a Festivus for the restivus in Vegas. Details on this strange but fun holiday celebration at Bally’s Grand Bazaar Shops below.

Press release:

Grand Bazaar Shops invites guests to get their holiday party started by its Festivus Gathering on Dec. 23. Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa get all the attention but Festivus is an important holiday steeped in tradition since 1997, which the outdoor shopping attraction will celebrate in an afternoon full of fun.

The center will feature the appropriate décor including a Festivus pole and the popular tradition of “feats of strength.” Guests will be challenged to lift a 100 lbs. dumbbell high above their head showing how strong they are and complimentary photos will be taken of participant’s completing the challenge. Guests who participate in the Festivus feat of strength will receive free Starbucks drink samples and Grand Bazaar Shops coupon books.

The Festivus gathering will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 23 from noon to 4 p.m. and activities will be offered in the center’s Grand Allée.

If you’re under 40 you may not be familiar with Festivus. Here’s the story of Festivus from Seinfeld.

The Festivus

The Festivus story,

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Caesars 25% Off Cyber Week Sale In Las Vegas

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Caesars Cyber Week traditionally offers their best sale prices of the year. Links and details for each hotel are below. This year Caesars is adding additional 5% off for Cyber Monday.

Details from Caesars: The Year’s Biggest Hotel Savings Are Here! Take advantage of Caesars Entertainment’s limited time-only Cyber Sale. From the iconic Caesars Palace to value rates at lively Harrah’s, warm up your winter with these hotel room discounts. Rates as low as $30! Book Today.

Links to each hotel are below:

Cyber Monday 11/30 Only
Additional 5% off these rates

Amazon Black Friday deals

*Reminder, discounts don’t apply to resort fees.

Marriott To Buy Starwood and Invades the Vegas Strip

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Marriott

Marriott announced that they will be buying Starwood Hotels this morning. This comes on the heels of Starwood announcing that SLS Las Vegas will be a part of their Tribute Collection last week (see article on Travel Zork). Part of the SLS connection is that Starwood would be changing the Lux tower at SLS into W Las Vegas.

A Starwood sale wasn’t a secret but Hyatt was becoming the favorite to buy them (see article on Travel Zork). This deal was made because most of Marriott’s rooms before the purchase were in the United States. About 2/3rds of Starwood hotel rooms are outside of the United States. Marriott now has 1.1 million hotel rooms around the world.

Back to Vegas.

Starwood’s biggest connection with Vegas is through its current affiliation with Caesars Entertainment. The SLS program will begin in December and W Las Vegas will open mid-late 2016. Marriott’s current Vegas Strip affiliation is with the Cosmopolitan. Since the Cosmo was sold last year it’s been rumored that they will eventually join Hilton in some way.

Might the Cosmopolitan become a Starwood hotel?  I know at least one person that will lose his mind if that happens.

Details on the merger of the programs haven’t been released yet. The press release is more financially driven. It’s possible, but unlikely, that Starwood and Marriott will remain separate brands that would keep their individual loyalty programs.

The deal isn’t expected to be completed until sometime in 2016. Unless relationships change these are the hotels on the Vegas Strip that will become Marriott hotels:

  • Bally’s
  • Caesars Palace
  • Cosmopolitan
  • The Cromwell
  • Flamingo
  • Harrah’s
  • The Linq
  • Paris
  • Planet Hollywood
  • Rio
  • SLS Las Vegas 
  • W Las Vegas

Marriott would be the hotel partner for almost half of the hotels on the Vegas Strip (12 of 26 or so). That’s kind of a big deal. Look forward to more information to follow next year.

PS: Starwood Hotels and Starwood Capital are not the same company. This old rumor is probably just be a coincidence.

Bally’s Early Check-In Via Mobile Phone

Bally's Early Check-In
Bally’s Early Check-In

If you’ve ever stayed at a Caesars Entertainment hotel in Las Vegas may have seen or stood in an incredibly long line for Total Rewards Gold members at check-in. It’s amazing how understaffed they are but that’s another story.

Now there’s a way to avoid those huge lines at Bally’s. As you can see from the in the image above you just have to visit ballys.com/checkin6 on your mobile phone, enter your name, enter your check-in date and your reservation confirmation number.

You’ll receive a text when your room is ready.

That’s it. It’s a simple process. While you’ll save time checking into your room you probably won’t be able to talk your way into a complimentary upgrade which is becoming more difficult as front desk agents are upselling everything from a view to a safe to different type of room.

Expect early check-in to expand to other properties after Caesars’ works out any kinks they may find with this process.

Caesars Semi-Annual Sale In Las Vegas

Caesars Semi-Annual Sale
Caesars Semi-Annual Sale

Caesars semi-annual sales usually offer good prices on Vegas hotel rooms – especially if you don’t have a higher tier status with Total Rewards.

Here are links and approximate discounted prices (deepest discounts are for weekdays) for the Caesars Las Vegas hotels. The sale extends to Atlantic City and other markets if you’re looking to go elsewhere.

The Linq Las Vegas – Rates starting at $55/night
Bally’s Las Vegas – Rates starting at $45/night
Planet Hollywood Las Vegas – Rates starting at $50/night
Flamingo Las Vegas – Rates starting at $40/night
Harrah’s Las Vegas – Rates starting at $35/night
Rio Las Vegas – Rates starting at $35/night
Paris Las Vegas – Rates starting at $75/night
Caesars Palace Las Vegas – Rates starting at $90
Cromwell Las Vegas – Rates starting at $105/night

Caesars Happy Hour Deals In Vegas

Caesars Happy Hour At Fizz Las Vegas
Caesars Happy Hour At Fizz

Caesars just released happy hour deals at some of their Vegas bars and restaurants. Happy Hour in Vegas is a great way to save money and get the night started or just try something new.

I’m not a champagne drinker but the $36 All You Can Drink deal at Fizz sounds like something I’d like to try one night. It’s a good excuse to try something different. Plus I can drink champagne fast.

I highlighted names of the restaurants and hotels where you can find them. On a related note, if you need discount codes for Caesars hotels in Vegas there are various discounts to the right. I also just got this “up to 40% off” deal.

  • FIZZ, the lavish champagne lounge and bar inside Caesars Palace, is now hosting Bottomless Bubbles, a daily bottomless champagne event, where for $36 per person, guests can drink all the bubbles they can within the 5 to 7 p.m. or 7 to 9 p.m. windows.
  • With a recently expanded dining room and outdoor patio, including a full-service bar and 26-ft. tall Tiffany-style lamp, Serendipity 3 at Caesars Palace is now hosting a special $5 happy hour from 2 to 6 p.m. daily. The menu features a variety of beers, well cocktails and house-made sangria. Also featured are small bites like soft pretzels with nacho cheese and honey mustard, two bbq pulled pork sliders and mini-sundaes.
  • Las Vegas’ favorite pub experience, Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Caesars Palace, has introduced a very special Hell’s Kitchen Happy Hour, in honor of Ramsay’s hit FOX reality series. Happy hour offerings include $5 13oz draft beers, with a $2 upgrade for a 20oz pint, $5 draft wines, and $5 pub snacks, which include house-made pretzels, Devils on Horseback, truffle chips and Deviled Eggs. Guests can experience these special offerings Monday through Friday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Overlooking the world-famous Strip, Las Vegas’ only Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Harrah’s Las Vegas, is now hosting a daily Sizzle, Swizzle & Swirl Happy Hour from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. and from 9:30 to 10:30 p.m. Premium cocktails and menu items are offered throughout this time, including: Prime Burger with fries, Steak Sandwich with fries, Seared Ahi Tuna, Spicy Lobster, Bluberry Mojito, La Paloma, Manhattan Eastside and selection of wines.
  • Carnaval Court at Harrah’s Las Vegas joins in the happy hour fun, offering a daily special of $4 Miller/Coors from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, $8 call drinks are available as well.
  • Harrah’s Las Vegas country music party spot, Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill, hosts its own brand of happy hour Monday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a variety of food and drink specials. Guests can buy one draft beer in a 32oz. Mason Jar for $9 and get one free. Food specials are available for $11 and include pulled pork sliders, hot link hoagies and the Honky Tonk meatloaf sandwich and more.
  • The sophisticated New York City import, BLT Steak at Bally’s Las Vegas, boasts a stylish bar with elegant fixtures and signature cocktail staples, including the Watermelon Basil and the Cool Woodford with Woodford Reserve and Ginger Beer. Guests can enjoy these cocktails and more half-priced at the bar from 4 to 7 p.m. daily.
  • Offering a French interpretation on American classics, Burger Brasserie at Paris Las Vegas hosts a daily happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m. with 2-for-1 on any drinks in the bar area.
  • Flamingo Las Vegas’ cool and casual steak house, Center Cut, is hosting an all-new happy hour that includes swanky bites such as signature Poutine, bacon two ways, truffle mac and cheese, as well as Giggle Water cocktails such as Spice Pear Mojito, New Fashioned and Patron Pomegranate Cocktail. Center Cut’s happy hour is offered daily with drinks available from 4 to 7:30 p.m. and bites available 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino hosts casino-wide happy hour with happy hour specials at several casino bars:
    • Shutters hosts happy hour Sunday through Thursday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., offering guests
      Sauza Silver Margaritas in 16oz. souvenir shakers for $12, $6 Jack Daniel’s or Jim Beam “You Call Its” and $10 Coors Light or Miller Lite bottle with a shot of Jack Daniel’s or Jim Beam.
    • Village Bar’s happy hour is Sunday through Thursday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. with $12 Sauza Silver Margaritas in 16oz. souvenir shakers, $6 Skyy Cosmos and $6 shot specials.

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