In the central part of the Strip opposite the Bellagio (get a Strip-facing room, and you’ll have a plum view of both the Bellagio fountains and the Eiffel Tower). You’re within walking distance of most of the casinos you’d want to go to – you could walk to MGM Grand in about 20 minutes, or to Caesars in 10. On the downside, though, that means the pavements are crowded around the hotel, and getting in and out by car is a nightmare.
Much better than a lot of the other three-star properties. There are two room designs (standard – called “luxury” – and upgraded “red rooms”) and two views – Strip (called “premier rooms”) or mountains. The standard rooms are nice enough, if a little old-style – think an American take on Versailles. The (newer) red rooms cost about $30-40 more, are funkier with a checked carpet, scarlet headboard, pink marble in the bathrooms and plasma TV. All rooms are a good size, though, and all but the disabled-access ones come with roomy bathrooms that fit a tub and a shower inside.
The red rooms are nicer than the standard ones, but the most important thing about a room in Paris is the view – and not all the red rooms look out at the Strip. If you can afford it, go for a premier red room, but with a premier luxury (standard room, Strip view), the views will be so spectacular you’ll be unlikely to notice what’s in the room.
The casino is large enough that you’ll never feel cramped, and the vibe is pretty classy. There are French touches everywhere – from the Eiffel Tower’s legs crashing through the roof of the casino to the fake cobbles in the shopping area and the Disneyfied village square (an American take on Montmartre in the early 20th century) that is the buffet.
Eating and drinking
Plenty of options here. The Le Village Buffet is generally held to be one of the best in Vegas (the crepes are good), but lines are long. Le Provencal has a reasonably priced set menu and singing waitresses, but the food’s nothing special. Les Artistes is a traditional steakhouse (food is good, though prices are high) and Le Burger Brasserie does great burgers with waitresses in scarlet basques and TVs screening sports. The fine-dining Eiffel Tower Restaurant, halfway up the tower, is worth the expense for the views alone, but my favorite restaurant, hands down, is Mon Ami Gabi, a smart French-style bistro under the Eiffel Tower with a patio on the Strip overlooking the Bellagio fountains. Food is excellent and reasonably priced, although you may need patience if you want to sit on the terrace – they don’t take reservations for outside.
As for bars, those in the casino are nothing special, but if you don’t want to eat at the Eiffel Tower restaurant, you can always hit the bar there, where you’ll get all the views for a fraction of the expense (a glass of champagne is US$12).
The pool is no great shakes, but it’s under the Eiffel Tower, which makes up for its small size. The spa is simple but the treatments are good – I had one of the best massages of my life from a therapist called Trineece – and you should be given vouchers at check-in to knock prices down. Entertainment-wise, you have Barry Manilow in residence as well as rock group Cheap Trick performing the entire Sgt Pepper album live, and hypnotist Anthony Cools who puts on a funny, if adult, show.
Don’t forget to take a ride up the Eiffel Tower – at US$10 ($15 after 7.30pm) it’s pricey but well worth it – the views from the top are spectacular.
I've never had anything less than excellent service.
Who stays there
A wide range of people, but mainly couples for the romance factor. It’s also (casino company) Harrah’s designated gay-friendly property.
Breakfast at the Le Village buffet is US$15.99.
- Special occasions
Pros & Cons
- The best hotel for "themed Vegas"
- Room standards are high across the board
- Near perfect location
- Long lines for the buffet
- Always busy - sometimes irritatingly so
- The pool's not great