Both as a brand and a landmark, Caesars Palace is one of the most recognizable attractions, not only in Las Vegas, but anywhere in the world. Nicely situated, on the western side of the Las Vegas Strip, between Bellagio and the The Mirage, Caesars Palace was established by hotel developer Jay Sarno in 1966. Apparently, Sarno deliberately omitted the apostrophe from the name so that every one of his patrons could feel like ‘a Caesar’.
Inspired by the unrestrained self-indulgence often associated with Ancient Rome, Caesars Palace effectively ‘raised the bar’ for gambling establishments in Las Vegas. Innovations such as imported Italian sculpture, including a 20 foot high statue of the founder of the Roman Empire, Augustus Caesar, near the main entrance, gilded columns and cocktail waitresses clad in white, off-the-shoulder togas were just a few of those unveiled during the grand opening party in the summer of 1966.
Fast forward five decades or so and Caesars Palace now offers 4,610 rooms, suites and villas – compared with 680 when it first opened – arranged into six, appropriately-named, major towers. The modern casino facility occupies roughly 125,000 square feet and offers table games, such as baccarat, blackjack, craps, roulette and many more, slots, video poker machines and 4,500 square feet poker room, open 24 hours a day. A dedicated horse racing and sports area provides comfortable, private booths and flat-screen monitors on which to view the action.