From the outside, all of the casinos along the Vegas Strip are impressive looking. They’re big. They’re unique. They’re expensive. And they all seem to be popular. But, as I found out during a recent stay, looks can be deceiving.
During that trip I stayed at Paris Las Vegas. I’ve been to Sin City several times in my life and have stayed at Mandalay Bay, New York-New York, Flamingo (more than once), and Bellagio. And one of the hotel/casinos that I had always wanted to stay at, but hadn’t yet until now, was the Paris.
There were several reasons why I wanted to give it a go: I’ve always enjoyed (read: had good luck at) their casino, I like the theme, and the location is hard to beat. And for roughly $130 a night (including the resort fee) the price I found wasn’t too bad either!
Paris LV Background
Paris Las Vegas opened in 1999, and has nearly 3,000 rooms. It is currently owned by Caesars Entertainment Corporation. Caesars owns/operates eight casinos in Las Vegas. Right now the company isn’t that financially sound. They filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2015, and reported losses in the first-quarter of this year.
If you’ve never been to Vegas, let me just warn you right now: it will probably take at least 30 minutes for you to check-in at most casinos (if you’re not a member of their rewards program). That’s about how long Crystal and I waited… and this was on a Monday.
Room number one
We checked into our Classic Room with two queen beds. One of the first things I noticed about the room is closet space (or lack-thereof) . A room set up with two beds should be able to comfortably sleep four. Unfortunately there is barely enough closet space for two.
I also started noticing the lack of attention to detail the hotel staff has. The bathroom wasn’t as clean as I would expect a bathroom in a resort should be. There was a weird stain on the carpet. I think it was from moving furniture around after it had been in one spot for years. But that also shows you (not only is hotel management okay with a stained carpet) the carpet is probably about as old as the hotel.
After our first night in this room, I woke up to a disgusted Crystal. That’s because of what she found while elbow deep in the tissue box: a sanitary pad wrapper/liner-type thing (sorry I’m no expert in this area but whatever it was is pictured above). Not something you want to find. Ever.
We let management know about our finding. They were equally disgusted, and ended up upgrading us to a suite. We also talked to a member of the hotels security team. He collected the...evidence... put it into a plastic bag, and left.
Room number two
It looked amazing at first. And based on a quick search on their website this kind of room goes for over $800 a night.
Sadly, upon further inspection, the devil started to show itself in the details.
Overall, I was disappointed with both of the rooms. I would be extremely disappointed if I decided to pay $800+ for a suite and I found it like the one we stayed in.
I won’t pay to stay there again until they do some major room upgrades. Having said that, the employees were gracious, friendly, and, for the most part, good at what they did. I have a feeling the hotel is understaffed. I also have a sneaking suspicion that the staff is underpaid, and overworked. That’s no excuse, but it could be the reason things are being overlooked. And regardless of whether the owner of this casino/resort is in dire financial straits, you’d think rooms would be more of a priority than they seem to be.
Have you ever stayed at Paris Las Vegas? What did you think?
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