Hotel tower to crown $376M Caesars expansion

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 space.

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 expanded.

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 Caesars Entertainment.
• 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 Vegas.

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