Paris Las Vegas Review
Centrally located but south on the strip, Paris Las Vegas, a popular tourist destination is owned by Caesars Entertainment is in its 19th year of business. Naturally using the theme of Paris, France, this casino sticks to its theme on the outside and inside. For starters, it is quite distinguishable with its very own Eiffel Tower. The tower has a restaurant along with an observation deck.
The ceiling is very low inside Paris with overhead blue skies and clouds painted on it. French words are used whenever easy to identify certain things (like Le Bar du Sport), and the rest of the casino also depicts the world famous European city with its architecture, statues, fountains, and Parisian streetscapes.
If walking, there are a couple of entrances to Paris off Las Vegas Blvd. and it is also connected to Bally’s. If driving, Paris is in one of the more crowded areas, but it also can be accessed a block east using Audrey Lane.
Free parking all over Las Vegas has come and gone. Parking rates depend on your player status and how long you’re staying at Paris. Gold member is the entry level, but if you successfully apply for Caesar’s credit card you will be upgraded to Platinum which allows you to self-park for free for a year. To maintain this status you’ll have to either spend $5,000 on the credit card or accumulate 5,000 points in the casino.
Casino at Paris
Having renovated itself in 2010 and once again in 2011, Paris’ gaming floor is now 95,000 square feet. You don’t have to walk forever to get anywhere, nor is it too boxed in. They do a great job at erasing the smell of smoke, and at night there are some go-go dancers to provide you some distraction. Paris has a great selection of table games. Most of them start at $10, but a few of them can be played for $5.
Casinos seem to either make baccarat a priority or choose to completely ignore it. Paris leans closer to the latter, but mini-baccarat is offered with a $25 minimum.
Though there is plenty of blackjack including $5 tables with progressive bonuses. Overall, Paris has a rather nonchalant attitude towards its most popular game. Most of its tables have 3-2 odds, but others for the same minimum were 6-5. The shoes and rules were the same, so why the difference? No answer. That’s just the way they do it. Seeing as how senseless that is, the only thing speculation we can think of is maybe they only want so many tables of 3-2 going.
That aside, the dealer must hit on soft 17, and there were also tables with a $15 or $25 minimum. Double deck blackjack is also available, but you cannot double down after splitting. Also available and out by the slots is a virtual $5 blackjack game with a live dealer.
Additionally, if you like other variations of blackjack, Paris also has Blackjack Switch.
The minimum for craps at Paris is $10 with odds of 3-4-5. If you want to play for less, a virtual $3 crap game is by the slots.
Standard double zero roulette is offered with tables of $10 and $15. By the slots you’ll also find a virtual roulette game for $5. It uses a live wheel and also has a live dealer.
Other Paris Table Games
– Mississippi Stud ($5 – $10 minimum)
– Let It Ride ($10 minimum)
– Three Card Poker ($10 minimum)
– Crazy 4 Poker ($10 minimum)
– Ultimate Texas Hold’em ($10 minimum)
– Texas Hold’em Bonus ($10 minimum)
– Casino War ($10 minimum)
– Asia Poker ($10 minimum)
– Fortune Pai Gow Poker Progressive ($10 minimum)
– Pai Gow Tiles ($10 minimum)
– High Card Flush ($10 minimum)
– The Big Wheel ($10 minimum)
A selection this wide for table games is about as wide as it gets. There were enough tables of every game going so you don’t have to wait, and the dealers were all very friendly.
High Limit Table Games Room
The high limit section is fairly large and is also secluded from the main gaming floor. The only games are mini-baccarat and blackjack. The minimum for tables here is $100. Blackjack had the same rules as out on the floor, the only difference is that the dealer must stand soft 17.
A view of the high limit table games room from our last visit:
Slots at Paris
With over 1,700 slots all around, Paris provides a wide array of new games as well as slots that aren’t new, but are of the old-school style. Wagers start at a penny and go up in small increments to $1, $2, and $5. Some of the games were mentioning are Wheel of Fortune, Top Dollar, Buffalo Gold, Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead.
High Limit Slots at Paris
The high limit slots section is nice and large but is not exactly secluded. It has its own entrance, but is right in the middle of the main casino floor and does not get you away from any of the casino noise.
They have $0.25 slots available right when you walk in – presumably to get you near the more expensive ones. From there, limits are $1, $5, $10, $25, and $100. Slots comprise most of the action, but there is some video poker too. Limits at video poker machines are virtually the same as slots.
A view of the high limit table games room from our last visit:
Video Poker at Paris
You’ll find video poker at any bar which you can play for comped drinks. Otherwise, video poker machines are spread all throughout the casino offering a variety of games.
The good news for high limit video poker players is paybacks for Jacks or Better go up to 99.54%. Otherwise if playing Bonus Poker, they pay out at 98.01%. Betting limits on the main floor start at a nickel and go up in small increments to $1.
Sportsbook at Paris
Located right near a strip entrance and next to the French steakhouse Mon Ami Gabi, Paris delivers a large sportsbook that doesn’t overhear any noise. It is in its own corner, nice and secluded. The lighting is a little dark, and since nobody ever seems to talk about it we don’t expect it to ever get too busy apart from the normal busy times of year.
There are plenty of TVs and the betting board is big. Seating includes lots of big leather couches, and there is no smoking except for the first three rows. What’s nice is the fact it’s built more like a square instead of a rectangle. This allows an easier view of everything no matter where you’re saying.
You can also bet the games using the Caesars Entertainment sports betting app. Just open an account right inside and after the fast and free process is complete, you can bet on anything. If you like live betting, which is betting on games after they have begun, Caesars Entertainment is currently working on bringing that to its app.
Now that it’s standard to have to bet to receive drink tickets, unfortunately Paris has one of the weirdest rules we’ve ever heard. The $50 sports minimum is one of the lowest on the strip, but to get a second drink you have to bet a total of $200. The same applies for the horses. For horse betting it’s $20 for one ticket, $50 for two. We have a hard time believing such a crazy rule is actually enforced, but either way this rule is appalling.
Hotel at Paris
The hotel features almost 3,000 rooms with a variety of standard rooms to go with its suites. Its standard rooms are the Classic Room, Red Room and Burgundy Room, and they measure 390 square feet. During the less busy times of year, these room rates stay in the $60-$100 range depending on if you go with the remodeled versions or if you want to have a couch and things like that, or if you want a view of the strip or Eiffel Tower.
In addition to the room rate is the infamous mandatory nightly resort fee which is $42 after tax. Its most noteworthy inclusion is entrance to the spa. This is unusual as most hotels charge upwards of $15 just to walk in. Other worthwhile inclusions for the resort fee are the Soleil Pool and fitness center access along with Wi-Fi for two devices.
Paris offers quite a variety of suites. Its most basic classic and deluxe suites stay in the neighborhood of $130-200. As its other suites get to 700 square feet and beyond, prices escalate beyond $500. The remodeled St. Tropez Suite breaks four digits, and the Napoleon Suite starts at $4,000. You’ll have to call to try and reserve the Napoleon as these types of rooms are generally reserved for VIPs.
In terms of trying to get your stay comped, you of course will have to do a fair amount of gambling. If you know you are going to, certainly try to link with one of the hosts and you just might get yourself taken care of.
Spa and Fitness Center
If you aren’t a hotel guest, you can drop in to the spa for $35. The spa and salon are open daily from 7AM – 7PM. Using Balinese influence, the spa and salon menu offer an exquisite menu of hair and nail treatment to go with facials, massages, waxing, and makeup services. The fitness center modern cardio and weight training equipment is open daily from 6AM – 7PM.
Restaurants at Paris
Including the Le Village Buffet, Paris has 15 restaurants that provide a balance between inexpensive quick bites and fine dining.
La Creperie is a good choice to get a desert and Alexxa’s Bar serves small plates 24 hours. Other options that are not the cheapest but shouldn’t send you to the ATM are Burger Brasserie, Mon Ami Gabi, Sekushi, and Yong Kang Street Chinese.
If high end is what you crave, Gordon Ramsay’s steak is there to feed you with averaging about $100 a person. If you want Italian, check out Martorano’s brought to you by the street wise South Philadelphian Steve Martorano.
If you want to eat while sitting at the top of Las Vegas, the Eiffel Tower restaurant is also open for lunch. Expected to be $65 a person for dinner, and $25 for lunch. Lastly is Hexx Kitchen + Bar. You don’t necessarily have to spend a lot in here, but the choices are there. It is open 24 hours, and has an outdoor patio with great views of the strip.
Bars at Paris
In addition to Le Bar Du Sport and Alexxa’s Bar, Paris offers a bunch of other unique places to drink and play video poker all over the floor. Among them are Le Central Bar and Le Cabaret which has a DJ amongst its French style velvet curtains.
You’ve also got Gustav’s Las Vegas Bar which is 24 hours and serves Margaritas in Eiffel Tower shaped souvenir glasses, and lastly is Napoleon’s Lounge. If you want to get some dancing in, stop by here until 1 AM every night to here dueling pianists knock out just about every request.
Chateau Nightclub at Paris
If you want to dial up nightlife with some real time partying and dancing, Chateau Nightclub has a $30 cover per person and is open Wednesdays through Saturdays. Industry night is on Wednesday allowing Nevada locals in for free with their ID.
Chateau has a main club room along with its rooftop area. The rooftop offers an amazing few of the Las Vegas skyline, the strip, and the Bellagio fountains. It is right below the Eiffel Tower, spans 22,000 square feet, and VIP bottle service is available.
If you show up on Moon Tower Thursdays when they’re playing classic hits from the 80s and 90s, select beer and cocktails are only $3 from 10:30 PM until midnight.