During our annual family road-trip to Malibu, my mom and I stopped for a night in Las Vegas. Seeing how I’m 21 now, it seemed like a necessary stop to make along the way. ;)
We booked a room in advance at The Palms Casino & Resort. Since we were driving from Boise, we knew that we would be checking in late that night…but not 2:00am late. The room they put us in was small, but really fancy, and had a great view of the Vegas strip. We weren’t in our room for more than 5 minutes before my mom got a call from the front desk letting us know that they upgraded us to a Penthouse! The bellhop grabbed our bags and escorted us to the 85th floor. The sound of Drake’s new album and the skunky smell of ganja flooded the entire hallway. I took a big whiff and thought out loud, “These are my kind of people!”. The bellhop just laughed and said “I’m sure if you asked, they’d be happy to share with you.”
We were moved into one of their gorgeous “Penthouse E‘s”. The room was elegant and up to date, with a modern design, an ENORMOUS spa bathroom, and even had a jacuzzi on the balcony! The view wasn’t as nice as our previous room, but who cares with a room like this?! I was in heaven. The first thing I did was break into the minibar…shots shots shots. Followed by ordering room service – chicken tenders for me and a BLTA for my mom. After eating and freshening up a bit, we went downstairs to the casino to play some slot machines and have a few drinks. We got back to our room around 6 a.m. and I watched the sun rise over Las Vegas, while I soaked my feet in the jacuzzi. Though it was short-lived, It was a phenomenal first trip to Vegas. One I’ll never forget, and I owe it all to my mom and the fabulous service at The Palms!
The next day, we checked out at noon and were off to California.
We spent the rest of the week in Malibu, on Pepperdine Campus, while my dad taught a summer mediation course there. Since he was teaching most of the time, my mom an I spent some (much needed) girls time together. We laid out at the beach, shopped our brains out, and ate at Malibu Seafood at least 5 times – a family favorite since way back in the day when we lived there.
All three of us made the trip back to Boise together and decided to stop in Vegas for round 2! This time we booked a room at Hotel Nobu inside Caesars Palace. The room was comfortable, it had a huge flat screen mounted on the wall and a great bathroom. Caesars Palace itself was in-cre-di-ble. It’s so much bigger than I imagined and there was so much going on, I didn’t know what to do with myself! Later that night, two of my cousins and one of their friends, all of whom are locals, met me in the lobby to show me around. We ate dinner, played the slots, had a few drinks, and people watched for a while (it was hilarious). Later on, they ended up taking me to one of their favorite bars called Moon Doggies. It was a quintessential dive bar – small, smokey, just the right amount of dirty, and the kind of place where the servers laugh and drink along with the customers. And their pizza shop, Naked City Pizza, was actually featured on the show Diners, Drive In, and Dives! We hung out there, drank, reminisced, and watched the bartender light off pre-4th of July fireworks until sun-rise the next day. It was such a great way to top off the night!
I loved both hotels for different reasons. The Palms provided luxury rooms and outstanding service. While Caesars Palace had good rooms with average service, yet had the most going on and is centrally located on the strip.
To me the answer is quite simple – If you’re looking for a place to relax and be pampered, choose The Palms. But If you’re looking for an classic, “what happens in Vegas…”, kind of night, then Caesars is the place to stay.