When you first step into the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas, you wouldn’t be blamed for thinking that the boss had left the building designers unsupervised when they were putting this crazy French ménage together. It’s arguably the campiest, silly resort on the Strip. But hey, that’s what a lot of visitors want when they come to Las Vegas casino.
While any self-respecting French person will cringe in disgust when they see the Paris Hotel, most people are fascinated by the enormous replica of the Eiffel Tower and its Parisian-in-miniature interior. Whether you stay here or not, it’s well worth the price to ride to the top of the Eiffel Tower at night to admire the sweeping views along the Strip.
Down below, a Paris-in-miniature is adorned by streets with dubious French-language signage and small-scale replicas of famous icons like the Arc de Triomphe. The painted sky ceiling is really marvellous as well. Snapping photos of your friends in front of these landmarks seems to be the main activity inside the Paris Hotel, but there are plenty of other French-flavoured things on offer.
Overpriced baguettes, restaurants with serenading waiters and French sweets shops give you plenty of distraction. These amenities work particularly well with children, making the Paris Hotel one of the top spots for families with kids. The pool is one of the highlights here, covering two acres under the shadow of the Eiffel Tower. It really is quite cool and there always seems to be plenty of space, both in the water and on the deck chairs.
The Las Vegas casino also puts on a good show of replicating Paris. A towering ceiling provides a welcome sense of space and gives the cigarette smoke a place to go. Three of the Eiffel Tower’s legs plunge down through the casino ceiling, creating a rather surreal effect while you’re gambling.
Reasonably priced menus are the norm rather than the exception in the Paris Hotel, though they all seem obsessively focused on French fare. The buffet gets a load of hype but proves immensely disappointing. Long lines and mediocre food make one wonder why it regularly receives local accolades.
There isn’t much of an entertainment scene here, so head elsewhere for a night at a bar or show. That’s easily done thanks to the incredible central location of the Paris Hotel. Within minutes you can be at a dozen of the Strip’s top resorts, enjoying all of their attractions. Just across the street are the wonderful dancing fountains of the Bellagio.
Because the standard rooms at Paris are very reasonably priced, this hotel makes a good base for visitors on a budget. You may be a little underwhelmed by the lack of real Parisian style and the amenities in the standard rooms, but upgrades to the nicer suites aren’t expensive. You’ll certainly enjoy the low prices of meals and appreciate all the kid-friendly details if you’re travelling with the family.