LAS VEGAS -- Park Place Entertainment's Roman empire is on the rise
again, thanks in part to plans for the construction of a $289
million, 26-story luxury hotel tower at Caesars Palace here.
Scheduled to open in 2005, the 345-foot-tall, all-suite tower
will house 949 guest rooms, bringing the total number of rooms at
the resort to more than 3,370.
Among the new rooms will be 23 three-bay suites, each measuring
2,470 square feet and capable of being set up as two separate
rooms; six two-bay suites, each measuring 1,470 square feet; 23
one-and-a-half-bay suites, measuring 1,060 square feet; and 874
petite suites, offering between 650 and 760 square feet of
Besides nine-foot ceilings, the new guest rooms also will
feature spa tubs and televisions in the bathrooms.
Petite suites will have separate sitting areas containing
televisions linked to propertywide, digital TV systems with
on-screen, high-speed Internet access.
Plans for the tower, which will be situated on the property's
south perimeter overlooking the 4.5-acre Garden of the Gods pool
complex, also call for the construction of a swimming pool to
complement the complex's three existing pools.
To serve the new tower -- which also will house a VIP lounge,
wedding chapels, retail space and dining facilities -- the existing
registration area at Caesars Palace will be renovated and
The building is the centerpiece of a $376 million expansion
project that will include a $76 million addition to the property's
convention and meetings facilities.
The expansion, to be attached on two levels to the west end of
the resort's Palace Tower convention area, will add 86,000 square
feet of meetings space to the tower and will bring the property's
total to 241,00 square feet.
The extra space will include a 36,400-square-foot ballroom,
junior ballrooms and prefunction space with added pantries and
expanded banquet kitchens.
In addition, another $11 million has been earmarked for smaller
projects, such as the expansion of the property's health spa.
For the record:
• As of January, Park Place Entertainment Corp. will be known as
• At a special shareholders meeting held last month at Caesars
Palace here, more than 99% of the almost 285 million votes cast
supported the name change.
• Guests at the company's 29 casino resorts, however, will not see
any differences at the properties as a result of the name change,
said Wallace Barr, Park Place president and CEO.
• In addition to Caesars, the company owns such casino brands as
Bally's, Flamingo, Grand Casinos, Hilton Casinos and Paris-Las
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