Caesars Palace Octavius Tower Luxury: The VegasTripping Review 2012
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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.
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.
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.