Nobu Hotel Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada – Review
What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. The very thought of this had me looking forward to my visit to Sin City, and my trip would present many new experiences unique to Las Vegas. Aside from partaking in my very first gambling experience (one or two small stints at the Roulette table), one of them was my hotel experience. Entering Caesars Palace can be an overwhelming assault on the senses. The sheer size and apparent endlessness of the hotel harkens to a time of opulent grandiosity and the intended impact wasn’t lost on this first-time visitor to Vegas. Nobu, a restaurant chain with over 25 locations throughout the world and renowned for its Japanese cuisine, recently opened its very own hotel, located within the Caesars Palace property.
The Nobu hotel is a hotel within a hotel, and it’s a fairly intimate one, with 181 rooms compared with Caesar’s 4,000, and was constructed within the former Centurion Tower, which looks unchanged from the outside. What did change was everything within.
Check in at the Nobu Tower was quick, efficient and very personal as the staffer came out from behind reception to greet me and used an iPad to complete the registration. On the way to the room I was introduced to the latest in hotel elevator systems. which provides an extra degree of privacy and security. A centrally-located optical scanner read my room key before I entered the lift and I selected my floor before entering. The system indicates which elevator to use and has no buttons inside other than open, close, and help. No further action is necessary: after boarding, the elevator it automatically whisked me to my floor.
The receptionist took my luggage and accompanied me to the room, gave me a brief tour, and sent a complimentary green tea service with Nobu rice crackers shortly thereafter . A plate of apples, a personalized welcome card wishing me to enjoy my stay, and a four-piece box of truffles awaited on a coffee table fronting a comfortable couch
The room décor features a blend of traditional Asian motifs and modern Western expressions. From the flat screen TV, to the shodo calligraphy designs on the wall behind the bed, to the sleek sink in the bathroom, the room was overflowing with contemporary features and amenities. A small box at the foot of the bed, was full of special offers, features, and a guide to the room’s features. Soft, Nobu sandals were provided next to the bed, and various storage drawers, as well as a well-stocked minibar and separate snack bar rounded out the furnishings.
Behind the couch was a window that stretched the width of the room and offered a panoramic view of the gaudy Las Vegas skyline.
The bathroom, to put it plainly, was a delight. The oversized shower, equipped with multiple showerheads, was elegantly clad in black Umi tiles and the Japanese motif was punctuated by a teak bathing stool, a traditional fixture commonly found in Japanese bathhouses.
A dressing area, complete with a large mirror, towel stand, and two plush Nobu bathrobes and a telephone were thoughtful touches and appreciated by this traveler. The sink featured sleek modern fixtures and the lighted mirror is sure to be appreciated by the ladies. A selection of bath and body products was provided on a shelf next to the sink.
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