It was deja vu all over again. We had visited Paris in November and now here we were at the Paris Hotel in Vegas, marveling at the fact that the Eiffel Tower looked exactly like the one we had just seen, albeit a trifle smaller. My expectations were honestly pretty low when it came to visiting a Vegas hotel for the last time. Surely it would be interesting but kitschy and maybe even (dare I say it?) tacky.
I could not have been more wrong. When we pulled up to the entrance of the hotel and saw the Eiffel Tower and the replica Arc de Triomphe, along with the beautifully designed exterior of the hotel which is reminiscent of many of the museums we saw in Europe, we realized we were in for a truly luxurious experience.
We checked in at the gorgeous reception area which is covered with marble and brass and lighted by lovely crystal chandeliers, then had our luggage taken up to our beautiful room. We were lucky enough to stay in one of the wonderful “red rooms” which are quite large, with a nice sitting area and a huge bathroom with a separate shower and tub, that I loved. After a night with some outside noise and a complaint to the front desk, we were whisked away to an even larger and nicer room with a little sitting area between the room and bathroom which we affectionately called “my office” all week since it had a small table perfect for my iPad. There was also a nice, larger desk area in the room itself. This is what our first room looked like; the second was very similar, just larger. We had a very nice view of the Bellagio fountains from our room and were able to watch the day and evening show.
After we had settled in, we headed back down to the lobby area to check out the rest of this gorgeous hotel. When you come out of the elevator alcove and you are a gambler, just head to the left and you will find one of the huge casinos which grace all Vegas hotels. Even if you are not into gambling, you will enjoy strolling around because even this area is beautifully decorated, with arched bridges, little shops, Parisian lampposts and greenery.
It’s also in this area that you will find a replica of a cobblestone street from Paris, which leads over to the Bally Hotel which adjoins Paris. This gives you some options for another casino, as well as additional shops and restaurants. Parisian shops and restaurants line the street all the way over to Bally’s and you can find some wonderful places to eat here.
We had breakfast in this area several times and it’s a wonderful place to find delicious pastries and fabulous, freshly-prepared crepes. You could stay at the Paris hotel the entire time you are in Vegas and be perfectly content. They have a huge swimming pool and a spa with an incredible list of amenities, which we never even had time to sample. You can also pay to climb to the top of the Eiffel Tower for an incredible view of Vegas and even have a meal at the restaurant located on the top. And when evening comes, you can have dinner at one of the fabulous restaurants and then go to the Barry Manilow show.
I can personally guarantee that you will never be bored here – and you will have of the most luxurious experiences of your life!
Jan Ross runs Wanderlust Wonder.