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Caesars Palace Then & Now

Caesars Palace is one of the most iconic hotels on the Las Vegas strip. Take a look back on what has made the sprawling resort immortally cool for the past 50 years!

1965 – Construction

Caesars Palace Under Construction 1965

Caesars Palace Under Construction

Construction on the 14-story, 680-room resort began on February 2, 1965. The Roman-themed hotel opened 18 months later.

1966 – Grand Opening Party

Caesars Palace Grand Opening Party 1966

Caesars Palace Grand Opening Party

The 1,800 guests attending the three-day long grand-opening party drank 50,000 glasses of champagne and ate more than two tons of filet mignon, 300 pounds of crab meat and 30,000 fresh eggs.

Hotel Rooms

1966: 1 hotel tower with 680 rooms.

2016: 6 hotel towers with 3,960 rooms.


Magical Empire and Sultan Palace Theater

Magical Empire and Sultan Palace Theater

1966: Circus Maximus 800 seats

1996: Magical Empire & Sultan Palace Theater 144 seats + Dining

2016: The Colosseum 4,298 seats


Caesars Palace Pools

Caesars Palace Pools

1966: 1 pool

2016: 7 pools

Modeled after the Roman baths, the Garden of the Gods pool oasis is ideal for sun worshipers.


1966: 2 restaurants

Noshorium Coffee Shop

The Bacchanal Room

2016: 13 restaurants

Bacchanal Buffet

Beijing Noodle No. 9

Café Americano

Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill

Mesa Grill



Old Homestead Steakhouse

Payard Pâtisserie & Bistro


Restaurant Guy Savoy


Serendipity 3


About The Author

Ryan Slattery grew up in Boston. It wasn’t until he moved to Las Vegas in 2003 that the city’s sports teams started winning championships—eight since he left. Now, he’s only allowed back to visit. Ryan is the managing editor of Vegas Player magazine and also writes about travel, entertainment and dining for a number of national publications.

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