Caesars Palace Octavius Tower Luxury: The VegasTripping Review 2012

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Caesars Palace Octavius Tower Review

The concrete and glass forms of IM Pei. The explanatory structural simplicity of Mies van der Rohe's creations. This marriage of simple, pure, useful design and comfortability have been what is driving this whitewashing of Vegas. MGM's using it obscenely, both before and after Aria, their modern masterpiece. And yet we yearn for it, if even the purity is elaborately ensconced in the creations of Roger Thomas and DeRuyter Butler. We all drink the Kool-Aid. We thirst for it.

But Vegas wasn't built on architectural theory. It was built on the over the top gaudy stage scenery that makes you a part of the show. Jay Sarno knew this when he built his Palace. A place where every man (and woman... it is the 90s right?) can be a Caesar. The ideal was pure, but years of expansion and changing hands have turned this empire into a hodgepodge on a colossal scale. Much like the bossman mentioned in his recent review, I too was stringently anti-Caesars for a multitude of reasons, but a series of colossal fuck-ups by every hotel under the sun left me looking for something new.

So, when a comp for the new boutique-touted Octavius Tower at Caesars came up on my Total Rewards roster, I thought "Hey it can't get much worse than what I've been dealing with, can it?" Off I went, on a wing and a prayer, into the old yet new frontier.

Caesars Octavius Diamond

One of the first things that completely tossed me into a new world when I arrived at Caesars is that, like Augustus Tower patrons, those in Octavius are asked to Valet at the Augustus Tower VIP Valet, a totally separate area off Flamingo across from the Bellagio north valet. This lets you completely avoid the chaos of Caesars main valet and entrance off the Boulevard. Paired with the fact that the Diamond Registration and Lounge are paired just inside these doors, and you're already sequestered from what can be at times a jammed casino just a football field's distance away. The effect is transformational and honestly quite serene.

Caesars Octavius Entryhall

Once checked in, you are directed even further away from the hustle and bustle to the Octavius elevators, all the way realizing a subtle change in decoration in moving through the different layers and towers of Caesars. Light colors and modernity in Augustus slowly meld to more bold colors, golds, and patterns when you reach the guard before Octavius. It's over the top, but remarkably restrained.

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Comments & Discussion:

I think you're seeing what Ramesh Sadhwani brought to the table when he came over from Wynn. Great review!

Room looks very similar to the Augustus Tower and your thoughts mirror mine. It's like a totally different world on that side of the lobby.

Excellent photos and descriptions. "Altering" is a great summation. I experienced the same when I stayed in the Augustus Tower in 2006, but I didn't know how to express it. Hail Caesars!

Very nice review, just a note page 6 middle text is smaller font then the rest of review.

I shared with you my thoughts for Caesars last year, glad to see that the service has held true. I know it doesn't capture the same level of service that Wynn/Encore does, but it does seem to have an old school Vegas appeal that Wynn misses, which I hope they are able to hold onto for a long time. (Maybe even long enough someday to be spun off again from Harrahs)

Great review. And, after all of your recent Aria travails, you deserve a nice room and experience. Thanks.

I was already eyeballing a stay in the Octavius Tower my next trip (after VIMFP) and yeah this pretty much cinches it. I absolutely loved my room in the Augustus Tower when I stayed there back in December, and had I had a bit more financial discipline and started seriously saving up for VIMFP a few months earlier, I would have definitely stayed at Caesars again. I was sold on the place after one stay and had been avoiding the place because of the rates they charged, which in retrospect, are worth it, as while it's corporate parent has never really been synonymous with luxury, they've left the place in good hands and obviously know what they have there is something special.

Caesars Palace is a world unto itself and you can see why Harrah's decided to rebrand the entire company with the Caesars name (which is a rare thing in business, as typically the acquiring company keeps their name or they do the hyphenated name thing).

One of the things I liked about the Augustus Tower (and it applies to the Octavius Tower as well) is the fact that it's not connected to the casino. There's a nice sense of calm as well as elegance as you aren't hit with the bells and noises as you would at the majority of casinos.

I've noticed that Caesars Palace has now branded the Augustus Tower and the Octavius Tower as the "Laurel Collection". It's a fitting name, as the laurel wreath is one of the symbols associated with the property as well as being something that was a symbol of status amongst the Ancient Greeks and Romans.

It is certainly an intriguing choice. However, the one thing that makes it a lot easier is that it was comped. The price is still an ocean away from what I am willing to pay. When comparing it to other properties on the strip the sticker shock is just too much. Maybe I'm the lone asshole on these boards that doesn't spend enough time in the room to justify paying for Caesars.

ndfanwabashman...I'd ask you to check around. These rooms are easily upgraded to from stock Caesars and are available at rates reasonable for people looking to migrate from other properties with a bit of research. Even if not, Augustus Rooms, and even the renovated Palace and Forum tower rooms offer excellent offerings for the price.

Nice review! I stayed in an Augustus room last year and really enjoyed the experience. Maybe we'll give these a try on the next trip. Caesars is my 2nd favorite place in Vegas, it just has a great overall Vegas feel for me.

I was hoping for more Ionic white marble coloumns and black granite/marble floors. Not much in this room differentiates it from other modern-style resorts.