World famous Caesars Palace has been one of the top attractions in Las Vegas ever since its opening in 1966, enticing guests with a top quality combination of style, service, facilities and live entertainment. The casino has undergone many expansions and renovations over the years, and today occupies just about the largest site on the Strip, a half mile square block containing several accommodation towers, the casino, extensive meeting space, a large shopping arcade (the Forum Shops
), gardens and swimming pools, and even some open-air carparks, though these are gradually being moved underground as more high rise buildings are constructed. The latest $1 billion expansion, completed 2012, includes another accommodation block - the extra-luxurious, 665 room Octavius Tower
- plus various improvements to existing facilities. The Roman theme extends throughout the complex, and is most visible in the architecture, with all buildings carefully crafted to resemble the grand edifices of ancient Rome.
The hotel caters for the top end of the market, charging nightly rates usually in the $200 to $300 range for the standard tower rooms, and up to several thousand dollars for some of the penthouse suites. The casino is one of the biggest around, offering over 129,000 square feet of gaming space and with more opening soon. There are no fewer then 45 restaurants, lounges, nightclubs & bars, and plenty of leisure amenities like a salon, the Qua Baths & Spa
, the Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis
, and even two golf courses (Cascata and Rio Secco), though these are off-site, in the foothills at the edge of Las Vegas. Big name entertainment has always been a feature of Caesars Palace - the main events take place in the 4,100 seat Colosseum
arena, with current regular performers being Matt Goss, Elton John, Rod Stewart and Celine Dion.