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Surprise Caesars Entertainment comps, where to stay? What to do?

Started by rangerkeeper on Thursday, 10th April 2014 6:02 pm
Last response by MinVegas 18th April 3:51pm

Hey all-

Short story:

Last year I was in LV, staying at the Uncle Sheldon's, and my wife wanted breakfast. I walked over to the Quad for Hash House and was told it would awhile to get our food. Realizing I had never actually played at a Caesars property, I signed up for a Total Rewards card and promptly lost $200 in a "penny" slot machine before even getting our pancakes. Bummer, but it happens.

Fast forward to today. We booked a Thursday-Sunday trip for the July 4th weekend. I'm having trouble finding a good deal for the holiday weekend, and I remember I signed up for a Total Rewards card. So I dig up my number, put in our dates online, and everything comes up $0. Every standard or slightly above room at every Caesars property is being comped. I'm shocked.

I think there's a legitimate chance this is a mistake, but I'm definitely taking advantage. The question is, where?

My wife (and I) is (are) pretty fussy late 20-somethings. We love Wynncore, frequently stay at Venetian/Palazzo, eat constantly at Cosmo, and would love to stay at Bellagio (our favorite place to hang out). We care about good gambling, cocktail service, and restaurants. Even though it'll be hot, we'll hang out at the pool. We've barely spent any time at any Caesars properties.

Our "comp" contenders are Palace Deluxe or Forum Deluxe at Caesars; Premium Fountain, Resort, or Hollywood Hip Strip View at Planet Hollywood; Red Room Premier at Paris; or a Deluxe King at Cromwell. We can't get the nicest rooms at Caesars.

Two questions: What should I book? Are there other options I should consider? And should I book a backup in case this "comp" situation is a mixup? I really can't believe I'd get comped 3 nights on one of the most expensive weekends of the summer based on a single $200 loss. Could I?

Thanks in advance. Please educate me on all things Caesars!

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 vespajet responded on Thursday, 10th April 2014

Of those options, Caesars Palace hands down. It's somewhere you have to stay at once and it's a completely different experience than any other Caesars Entertainment property. Between the Palace Tower and the Forum Tower, I'd opt for the Palace Tower even though it's further back on the property.

What you're experiencing is the mystery of Total Rewards. Back in 2011, I put something like 40 points on my TR card during my trip in March of that years and none during my June trip. One day in September I decided I was going out there during one of the slow weekends in December. Imagine my surprise when I saw I could get a Forum Tower Deluxe room for $120/night Friday and Saturday night and Sunday night was comped. I knew I'd never have that good of a deal there so I jumped on it. With it being a slow weekend, I got offered an upgrade to the Augustus Tower for $40/night, a no-brainer decision there.

 RateVegas replied on Thursday, 10th April 2014

Ordinarily I would say Caesars just as Vespa did but given the newness of The Cromwell and your youngedness, I'd give it a go... at least understanding that it could be an epic clusterfuck but at least ostensibly is supposed to be good... Plus Bellagio is right across the street.

 rbg81601 responded on Thursday, 10th April 2014

You should try out the Cromwell. Palace and Forum rooms at Caesars are fine, buried in the old sections of the hotel with no views or perks to speak of. But since the Cromwell will be brand spanking new it is worth a look - and since it is a small property at a very good corner even if you get tired of it you can be to any number of other properties within a few short minutes. And fair warning - if you have not been to Vegas for July 4th before be prepared for large crowds everywhere you go!! But you should try and time a ride on the High Roller during the fireworks show!

 RateVegas replied on Thursday, 10th April 2014

+1

 DCLVAC responded on Friday, 11th April 2014

That's amazing. I am a Diamond TR member and get stiff rates for Cromwell ($250-ish) over the July 4th weekend. And my Diamond level was achieved in about 8 trips, so I'm not someone who got it via 80 days of gambling. On average I earn 500-800 Tier Credits a day (I spend a lot of time doing non-gaming stuff) so I imagine my 'theoretical' is higher than yours. But they may be trying to lure you in with a great intro offer. I got great free-play offers after my first gambling venture with TR.

 Blakjackkid responded on Friday, 11th April 2014

I'd go with Caesar's, the Palace Deluxe. Make sure to print a copy of the confirmation screen or copy down your confirm and they will definitely honor it even if it's a mistake. Have FUN!

 Drake replied on Saturday, 12th April 2014

Something tells me they'd honor a mistake at the 4000-room Caesar's Palace sooner than they would at the 188-room Cromwell, especially on a holiday weekend.

Looks like a mistake to me, unless rangerkeeper is a big-time high-roller whose reputation precedes him.

 jinx73 responded on Friday, 11th April 2014

I'd definitely give a second thought to the Cromwell room, but my preference is the Palace Deluxe rooms at Caesars, especially if size of the room matters at all to you, as those Palace Tower rooms are such a great size. Plus the jetted two person tub in the room is a nice feature for a trip with SO.

 vespajet replied on Friday, 11th April 2014

The Jacuzzi tub in those rooms at Caesars (Augustus Tower has them as well) spoiled me that trip and now wish everywhere I stay had them.

 donnymac66 replied on Saturday, 12th April 2014

There's an image i cannot get out of my head now, you in a jacuzzi bubble bath with a martini glass full of IPA wearing your fez. ;)

 vespajet replied on Sunday, 13th April 2014

I prefer a top hat when lounging in a Jacuzzi tub..... ;)

 jinx73 replied on Wednesday, 16th April 2014

When I see Palace or Augustus rooms available for comp, there isn't even a comparison for me, not that I've had an equivalent room elsewhere at any time, but it would still be fairly high up on the room levels at other properties.

 Skywise responded on Saturday, 12th April 2014

You can NOT go wrong with the Quad! ;) (Actually I'm surprised they're not paying you to stay there...)

Agree with everyone else here, Caesers or Cromwell but I wouldn't turn my nose up at Paris or PH either.

 andybflo responded on Monday, 14th April 2014

As a Caesars Palace Regular (I was in a Palace Petite Suite on the Concierge Floor three weeks ago.....) here's my thoughts for you.

Pool: Palace tower for a "baseline" reservation. The Palace hotel towers are the largest rooms I've been in on property, are very well maintained, and generally my favorite outside the Laurel collection. For summer, the elevators drop you off right in *front* of the pool entrance. And Payard is close by. Great for breakfast on the go. Honestly, it's why I usually stay in these rooms. They offer me comps here, I take them.

Forum is OK; but it's past Mesa and the Sportsbook. It's isolated from the pools by a hike across the Apian Way shops (a back hallway off the gaming floor.) The rooms are small. They're a year or two newer than Palace; so they have TVs in the bathroom mirror, and power curtains. Not worth the inconvenience of hiking to Forum.

The Palace towers are the farthest rooms from the strip. That's a hike (The only downside); but it's also quiet back there. If you've seen the strip once or twice, ignore the "view" rooms, stay here.

If the hotel is moderately busy and/or you get in early enough, try the $20 trick. I've landed in the Laurel collection (Augustus once, Octavius once) from a Palace comp.

Honestly, though, the Petite Suite Palace is still my favorite room to stay in on property. The only difference between it, and your room is the addition of a second half bath, and a two-person shower. Both have Jacuzzis (Never used them), both have Bidets in the main bath (Ditto. Creepier than the shat phone.)

If you have any property specific questions, ask.

I'm a CET player, but I only stay at CP (Though I want to try the new Bally's towers before they're mucked up, the Cromwell, and I am Quad-curious post remodel; I stayed at IP when I was 24 with six guys in two rooms. I have memories. Not all fond.) I've done Wynncore, MGM, Venetian. CP is just, well, right. They have service down. It's not forced, and they're not pretentious. It's just a *really* great place to stay. It's my Vegas home several times a year.

 MinVegas responded on Friday, 18th April 2014

I know a lot of people are saying Cromwell, and I know everyone here wants opinions about the place ASAP. But here's the catch...

The room at Cromwell will be newer, and likely nicer. Though if you're used to the standard rooms at Uncle Sheldon's House of Lovin' you'll find that the Palace Tower room is very similar to Venetian. The only real missing piece is the sunken living room.

On the other hand, the Cromwell is like a hundred-odd some rooms sitting between a parking garage and a rooftop party pool. The Caesars pool complex is going to be closer to what you experience at the standard Bellagio and Wynncore pools; but I think Cromwell is deliberately going for the Beach Club, OONTZ thing with "Drai's Dayclub." It's not like Encore where you have the separate pool for quiet people. Cromwell has Giada's for food and that's it, you're going to have to hike across street bridges or eat at Flamingo (gross), Quad (also gross), or Linq (not too bad).

I would go CP. You're less likely to experience the kind of Opening Hotel Weirdness that can make wives unhappy when things don't go according to plan. There is a ton of quality stuff to do on-site between the pool complex (typical non-party pool with topless zone), and the mall and the spa (which is expensive but very well rated), and Bellagio isn't that far away if you want more.

The only downside is that Palace Tower is kind of far back there, however if you take the route that goes behind the buffet entrance and through the Octavius/Augustus ground floor elevator lobbies and hallways you'll be right at the main lobby where you can wander outside to Bellagio or Cromwell.