Great Breakfast Buffet
For my short trip to Vegas, this time around and the first time since the early 90's when I would go there for COMDEX, I signed up for a special offer that came my way via the weekly top 20 deals from Travelzoo. The purpose of my trip was to go and see Elton John's Red Piano Show at Caesar's Palace. For this deal, at least, the breakfast buffet was included, which made it all worth it for me (that's called the Bed & Breakfast package). Other than that, the rooms are large, generously appointed, incl. big flat screen TVs (with a strangely limited channel choice, that offered fewer US News channels than some hotels in China did). My room was facing The Strip on the 36th floor which gave me some great views. The bed was ok and reasonably comfortable. There was no refridgerator, which would have been nice to have. The location is excellent, the personnel friendly, and the Shuttle Bus from the airport drops you off and picks you up right at the lobby entrance. From PH going left you will get to Excalubur, MGM, New York, New York, and Luxor, to name a few of the bigger ones. PH is almost directly across from the Belagio and the Caesar's Palace is next to that. PH is also immediately next to Paris and the Flamingo. All just a short walk away.
CON: No gym for a hotel of this size and renown was a real shock to me. There is a spa with a gym supposedly inside, but that's a contracted business and you will have to pay to get in. Luckily, there are two 24HR Fitness gym (of which I am a member) locations (East Agassi and Las Vegas West) just a short cab ride away.
Budget Tips: If you want to spend less for food and don't fancy going out to eat, there is a market among the Miracle Mile Shops at the base of the hotel. Additionally, if you exit the hotel and go left, past the Harley Davidson Cafe, you will come to a little street market. If you go to the right, go past the Flamingo and a bar called Marguerita Ville, you will get to an Irish casino that is a remnant of the old casinos on the Strip. In the back you will find a Subway and a Burger King. I chose the Subway, where they were selling foot-longs for the same price a the six-in subs. Can't beat that.