During our annual family road-trip to Malibu, my mom and I stayed in Las Vegas for a night. Seeing how I’m 21 now, it seemed like a necessary stop to make along the way.  😉
We booked a room in advance at The Palms Casino & Resort. We knew that we would be checking in late that night…but not 2:00am late. The room they put us in was small, but really fancy, and had a great view of the Vegas strip. We weren’t even in our room for more than 5 minutes before my mom got a call from the front desk, letting us know that they upgraded us to a Penthouse! Before we knew it, the bellhop arrived to grab our bags and escort us to the 85th floor. The sound of Drake’s new album and the skunky smell of ganja flooded the entire hallway. I took one big whiff and thought out loud, “These are my kind of people!”. The bellhop just laughed and said “I’m sure if you asked, they’d be happy to share with you.” I love people with sense of humor. 🙂
We were moved into one of their gorgeous “Penthouse E‘s”. The room was elegant and up to date, with a modern design, an ENORMOUS spa bathroom, and was even complete with a private jacuzzi on the balcony! I was in heaven. The first thing I did was break into the minibar…shots shots shots. Followed by ordering room service – chicken tenders for me and a BLTA for my mom. After eating and freshening up a bit, we went downstairs to play some slot machines at the casino and have a few drinks. We didn’t end up getting back to our room until around 6 a.m. which I can imagine is typical for a night in Vegas. I ended the night/started my day by watching the sun rise over Las Vegas, while I soaked my feet in the jacuzzi. Though it was short-lived, It was a phenomenal first trip to Vegas. I’ll never forget it, and I owe it all to my mom and the fabulous service at The Palms!

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We checked out at noon the next day and were off to California.
We spent the rest of the week on Pepperdine Campus, in Malibu, while my dad taught a summer mediation course at the Law School. Since he was busy teaching a majority of the time, my mom and I spent some (much needed) girls time together. We laid out at the beach, shopped our brains out, and ate at Malibu Seafood at least 5 times – a family favorite since way back in the day when we lived in Agoura Hills.
When my dad was done teaching, all three of us decided to stop in Vegas on the way home for round 2! This time we booked a room at Hotel Nobu inside Caesars Palace. The room was comfortable, it had a huge flat screen mounted on the wall and a great bathroom. Caesars Palace itself was in-cre-di-ble. It’s so much bigger than I imagined and there was so much going on, I didn’t know what to do with myself! Two of my cousins and one of their friends, all of whom are locals, met me in the lobby so they could take me out and show me around. We ate dinner inside the hotel, played the slots, had a few drinks, and people watched for a while (it was hilarious). After a classic Vegas experience, they explained to me how the locals try to stay away from the strip because it’s way too touristy. So, they ended up taking me to one of their favorite bars called Moon Doggies. It was a quintessential dive bar – small, smokey, just the right amount of dirty, and the kind of place where the bartenders laugh and drink along with the customers all night long. And the pizza shop inside their bar, called Naked City Pizza, was actually featured on the show Diners, Drive In, and Dives! However, by the time we arrived (about 2a.m.) the place was already closed for the night. We hung out, drank, reminisced, and watched the bartender light off pre-4th of July fireworks until sun-rise the next day. It was such a great way to top off the night!
I loved both hotels for different reasons. The Palms provided luxury rooms and outstanding service. While Caesars Palace had good rooms with average service, yet had the most going on and is centrally located on the strip.
To me the answer is quite simple – If you’re looking for a place to relax and be pampered, choose The Palms. But If you’re looking for a classic, “what happens in Vegas…”, kind of night, then Caesars is the place to stay.