Caesars Palace. However, unless you're already a "high roller", don't expect your Seven Stars card to get you much more than the privilege of using the special Seven Stars check-in in the Augustus Tower (which is shared with Diamond check-in), though with the "down" economy out there, things have improved.
Self-parking in an adjacent garage is complimentary, but it's a long walk if you have lots of luggage. Seven Stars cardholders should take advantage of the complimentary valet parking on Flamingo (across from the Bellagio) because, even if you're not near the tower you eventually may be staying in, you're closer to the special Seven Stars/Diamond check-in.
And don't miss the Garden of the Gods pool area (weather permitting).
The Augustus Tower (which just underwent renovations) and the new Julius Tower (see Insider Tip) are the premier locations, as far as I'm concerned – even though the Octavius Tower is technically the newest, but any of the other towers offer rooms designed with class and elegance.
Unless you're staying in the Augustus, Forum, Julius or Palace Towers, there are no longer coffeemakers in the rooms. [Keurig single-serve coffeemakers currently can be found in the Augustus, Forum, Julius and Palace Towers, but the coffee is not cheap – $15 for four "K-cups" available from the minibar, or, sometimes, they are sitting – conveniently! – right next to the brewer. Save your comp dollars and bring your own from home or purchase a 12-pack for less than $20 at the Starbucks in the Forum Food Court (see below).] If you're staying in the Augustus Tower, you can take the elevator down and walk over to Seven Stars/Diamond Registration where there is complimentary coffee, tea and – until they run out – cookies available throughout the day.
Refrigerators are sent only upon request and, unless you want to get hit with additional charges, don't even think about moving things around in the minibar to make room for your personal items!
Caesars Palace has switched out the bedding in its Augustus and Octavius Towers. The double sheeting, as well as the combination of duvets and coverlets, has been replaced by triple-sheeting. Guest comments have been favorable, according to management. And, while they’re still available in the suites, guest robes have been removed from all other rooms. Apparently, a vast majority of the robes went unused for an extended period of time. Seven Stars cardholders not staying in suites can request robes by contacting Guest Services.
Montecristo Cigar Bar. The cigar lounge, adjacent to Old Homestead and across from Nobu Restaurant and Lounge, pairs notable cigar offerings with fine whiskeys, small bites and more, in a contemporary 4,000 sq. ft. environment. Cigar aficionados will find a retail area and humidor offering brands like its namesake Montecristo, in addition to Romeo Y Julieta, H. Upmann, Padron, La Flor Dominicana, Arturo Fuente, Ashton, San Cristobal, La Aroma de Cuba, Mi Amor, Las Antilles, My Father, and others. Top-of-the-line accessories also are available. Throughout the entire Montecristo Cigar Bar space is a state-of-the-art ventilation system, ensuring guests a comfortable and fresh visit. The 100-seat bar/lounge and gaming area offers guests four distinct experiences: the signature bar, the library, the courtyard and the vault room. The centerpiece of the bar/lounge features bar-top gaming and plush seating. An oversized video wall includes nine television screens. Montecristo also serves guests a number of dishes to complement the space, e.g., a selection of domestic and imported cheeses, charcuterie, spicy pork rinds, and house-made vegetable chips. Lavazza coffee also will be available, including tableside French pressed coffee.
Dining choices run the gamut from the Old Homestead Steakhouse (replacing Nero's) – ask for Kevin, according to one reader, Searsucker (open in the area formerly occupied by Munchbar, but expanded – see Insider Tip), Bobby Flay's Mesa Grill, Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill (replacing Bradley Ogden), Rao's, Nobu, Brioche by Guy Savoy (formerly the small Payard outlet near the front entrance), Stripside Cafe & Bar, located in a building separate from the hotel and casino on the Las Vegas Strip, Beijing Noodle No. 9, the decadent (and expensive!) Guy Savoy and Mr Chow. With restaurants in Beverly Hills, Malibu, New York, Miami and London, Mr Chow is located in the space formerly occupied by Empress Court, overlooks the Garden of the Gods Pool, and was designed by Michael Chow himself. Guests not only can dine on Beijing duck – hand-carved tableside by the chef, fried Gambei seaweed and hand-pulled noodles, but also are entertained nightly by a giant ceiling sculpture that opens and closes with lighting. It keeps on changing not just color but different shapes.
Forum Food Court, right. Look for Smashburger, Starbucks, Romaine Empire, Earl of Sandwich, Phillip’s Seafood Express, Tiger Wok & Ramen, La Gloria and DiFara Pizza.
For 24-hour dining there is Cafe Americano (replacing Central By Michel Richard, which was temporarily renamed Bistro 24) across from the hotel's front desk.
Be prepared for "sticker shock" – especially at breakfast. Three eggs, with choice of breakfast meat, potatoes and toast is $22. Continental breakfast is $19 and a "tall stack" of buttermilk pancakes is $20. If you want juice, add another $8. Coffee and tea aren't even listed on the menu, so figure at least another $5 for your favorite hot beverage.
The Bacchanal Buffet has 500+ items, many cooked to order.
Las Vegas remains the gaming mecca in the United States, and is probably the most popular destination for Seven Stars trips. With eight other Caesars properties in town (Bally's, The Cromwell, Flamingo, Harrah's, The LINQ, Rio, Planet Hollywood and Paris), dozens of restaurants, nightclubs, golf, showrooms, the Forum Shops at Caesars (and other shops located inside Caesars properties), spa treatments, and relaxing by the pool (weather permitting), it would be easy to spend four nights (and $500) here – especially since you can "cross charge" to your room any meals, spa treatments, etc., even if they take place at another Caesars property in Las Vegas. For those without other transportation, complimentary shuttles for Total Rewards® members run regularly among several of the Caesars-owned casinos.
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