May 01, 2011
▪ Paris Las Vegas is a hotel and casino located on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada, USA, that is owned and operated by Caesars Entertainment Corp.. As its name suggests, its theme is the city of Paris in France; it includes a half scale, 541-foot (165 m) tall replica of the Eiffel Tower, a sign in the shape of the Montgolfier balloon, a two-thirds size Arc de Triomphe, a replica of La Fontaine des Mers, and a 1,200-seat theatre called Le Théâtre des Arts. The front of the hotel suggests the Paris Opera House and the Louvre.
▪ The Paris is linked via a promenade to its sister property, Bally's Las Vegas, through which it is linked to the Las Vegas Monorail.
▪ The project was originally announced by Bally's Entertainment, owner of the adjacent Bally's Las Vegas. It was designed by architectural companies Leidenfrost/Horowitz & Assoc., Bergman, Walls & Assoc. and MBH Architects.
▪ Ground was broken for the Paris on April 17, 1997. It opened September 1, 1999 with fireworks being shot from the Eiffel Tower. French actress Catherine Deneuve flipped a switch, turning on all of the Paris' lights, including the various crystal chandeliers in the main lobby.
▪ Its architect was Bergman Walls Associates.
▪ Building began under Hilton Hotels, which purchased Bally Entertainment in 1996; Hilton's casinos were subsequently spun off into Park Place Entertainment, which purchased Caesars World in 2000 and changed its name to Caesars Entertainment Inc in 2004.
▪ When the scale model of the Eiffel Tower was built, it was planned to be full scale, but the airport was too close and the tower had to be shrunk. The scale is approximately 1:2.
▪ Paris cost USD $785 million to build, and occupies 24 acres (97,000 m²).
▪ A unique architectural aspect of Paris Las Vegas is that the back legs of its Eiffel Tower actually come down through the ceiling into the casino floor.
▪ In 2007, Paris Las Vegas premiered their new show The Producers, headlined by David Hasselhoff. Once continuing issues regarding Hasselhoff not showing up to shows were fixed (i.e., he left the show), the show refocused on Max, played by Tony Danza, who came on as the celebrity actor for the show until its end in February 2008. Barry Manilow will headline at the Paris in March 2010 when his 5 year contract expires at the Hilton.
▪ To counter the 2008-2009 economic downturn, Harrah's focused on marketing its properties to specific segments of the population; as a result Paris is being marketed heavily towards gay and lesbian travelers.
▪ Beginning in 2010, Caesars Entertainment Corp has begun a series of improvement projects that will see some removal of the Parisian theme. Caesars is beginning to phase out the french greeters around the property, and in early 2010 begun a major remodel project at the front entrance. The project will debut in Spring 2011 and include a new nightclub dubbed 'Chateau' and the largest Sugar Factory store on the Strip. It was announced in early December 2010 that the hotel's famous steakhouse Les Artistes will close at the end of January 2011 to make way for celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay Steakhouse. The controversial icon's venue will open sometime in June 2011.
▪ It is expected that as of March 5, 2011 a new nightclub called Chateau is to be opened in the Paris Hotel. The new nightclub overlooking the Strip will span more than 45,000 square feet (4,200 m2) in a two-story, outdoor-setting. Outside, guests will find a 10,000-square-foot (930 m2) terrace overlooking the Strip with VIP cabanas and three additional bars. During the day, the terrace will serve as a beer garden and restaurant, opening at 10 a.m.