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What a difference a year makes. After a shocking reversal on resort fees in 2013, Caesars Entertainment is now hiking the charges at six of its Vegas properties, instituting the same flat rate at all its Strip resorts.
The Nobu Hotel at Caesars Palace has been hard at work on its suite style since opening last March, but now partners Robert De Niro and Chef Nobu Matsuhisa have another suite something in the works -- a 10,300-square-foot Nobu Villa, expected to open early next year.
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When booking a stay at most hotels in Las Vegas, the decision making process is fairly straightforward. Once you've decided on a hotel, the remaining choices aren't complicated. Smoking, or non? Two queens or a king? Standard or suite? If you happen, however, to be planning a stay at Caesars Palace, be prepared to select not only your room preferences, but which hotel tower you would like as well.
The goliath that is Caesars contains more than 4,000 rooms across its five separate towers, all center Strip. Each tower is unique, almost to the point that itís as if Caesars is really five hotels in one. Make that six when factoring in the new Nobu Hotel within a hotel which opened earlier this year. Names like the Augustus Tower and Octavius Tower donít offer up any clues regarding age or location. If you're hoping to stay in a recently remodeled room or seeking out a view of the Bellagio fountains, you need to be sure that you book the right tower. If nothing else, you should know which tower to avoid. That happens to be the Roman Tower, which is where we begin.
You could either say it's been a long time coming, or that good things come to those who wait. Either way, Nobu Hotel is finally ready to show off its suites.
Nobu Hotel debuted at Caesars Palace back in February and we quickly discovered the sexiest part of a stay as well as what was inside that $288 room service bento box. What we didn't see, because they weren't quite ready yet, were Nobu's suites. Now, four months later, Nobu Hotel has released two official photos of its Sake Suite (seen below and above) while announcing that suites can now be reserved. (Operators are standing by, we're sure, at 800.727.4923.)
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Earlier this week, you may have read about our stay in the first ever Nobu Hotel and the amenity madness included within. (Although, we're hearing that some haven't been that fortunate.) Another major feature the boutique hotel has rolled out is its mobile Nobu app.
When the Octavius Tower debuted at Caesars Palace last year it, too, released an app for tower guests. The Octavius App is a web application accessible from any Internet-enabled device that connects guests to details on Caesars' shows, dining, tournaments, Qua Spa and descriptions of its new signature Nobu treatments, housekeeping and concierge services, checkout and more.
Yesterday, we documented our night in a room at Nobu's first ever hotel. As mentioned there, part of the advertised escapism was achieved through amenity madness and elevated service inside the boutique hotel (within a hotel). Today, we return to provide more details on said amenities and service.
Natura Bissť of Barcelona is the provider of a line of products exclusive to Nobu Hotel and guest rooms are loaded with them. Everywhere we turned there was something new to rub, wash, mist or smell. Enough toiletries, in fact, to kickstart a year of living free if hotel
theft bathroom souvenirs are your thang. For stays longer than a night or two, an extra suitcase might be needed just for take-home toiletries.
If actor Gary Busey were to describe a stay at the newly opened Nobu Hotel within Caesars Palace, our guess is he would state Nobu stands for Nourishing Our Bodies Undoubtedly. Unfortunately, VegasChatter can't pull off a Busey-ism so we best describe our recent stay the only way we know how -- with images and text that hopefully don't make you go hmmm.
While Nobu Hotel at Caesars Palace wasn't quite what you see is what you get for us (see link at right), we were smitten with Nobu's sexy, 50 Shades of Grey-inspired way of saying do not disturb. At least, that's where we'd get the inspiration. At Nobu, a gorgeous, wine red tassel will dangle from doorways when
sexytime privacy is called for.
Let's face it. Nobu Hotel is all about being able to eat to die for sushi in bed. But, as you're lounging on your Italian linens and the squishy down pillows you selected from your dream menu, how will you keep yourself entertained?
The most obvious way takes up 55 inches of wall space, a flat-screen, high-definition TV.
When it's your name is on the restaurant and the hotel and you're a world-renowned chef, you don't leave any food experience to chance. Including, what's in the minibar. Or, in the case of Nobu Hotel at Caesars Palace, the mini-drawer.
Chef Nobu Matsuhisa personally selected just what you'll find when you open one of the drawers located below his 55-inch flat screen TVs. A drawer we had assumed was for clothing until another journalist on our media preview curiously looked inside. Instead, a mini drawer was discovered, stocked with sweet potato Pop Chips, salt & pepper Kettle Chips, Pocky biscuit sticks dipped in chocolate, and an assortment of Dean & Deluca chocolate and nuts.
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Chef Nobu Matsuhisa is known for sushi. And, that will continue to be the star attraction at his newly opened, eponymous restaurant inside Caesars Palace. It will also be the highlight of the room service menu at the also newly opened Nobu Hotel which just so happens to be steps away from each other.
A media preview of both presented us with a taste of the menu and the rooms. And, one definitely left more of a favorable impression on us. To our surprise... ok, who are we kidding?.. To no surprise, it was the food that keeps crossing our mind. And, the drinks. And, that also became the best reason to reserve a room at Nobu Hotel. Because our favorite bites were only available on the room service menu.
When we tried Nobu's Green Tea Waffles ($22), garnished with strawberries, bananas, Yuzu whipped cream, pecans and Shiso syrup, we moaned in delight. It was the Yuzu whipped cream that took the offering to a new place for us. Making us regret only taking one bite. Luckily, another serving quickly came our way. We also sampled the Nobu Granola Parfait ($14), comprised of homemade yogurt, sesame granola, fresh fruit and soy salt, but which tasted just as one would expect. A few nibbles of a Black Sesame Croissant ($6) also yielded the same response.
The first Nobu Hotel is here. And, it's a man's world, baby.
Named after a male chef (Nobu Matsuhisa) who partnered with an award-winning male actor (Robert De Niro) and a male Hollywood producer (Mier Teper), Nobu Hotel at Caesars Palace was created by a male designer (David Rockwell, pictured above).
We point that only because our first impressions of the first ever hotel of its kind was distinctly masculine. Yes, it features the same neutral contemporary palette that has defined today's modern hotel, but still it lacked the pops of color, the moments of plushness, the unexpected touches that make other decors softer and less stark. More feminine, if you will. Even the robes are thin and a bit rough to the touch. No suggly comfort here.
Sure, there's the dramatic, in-your-face elements of the sweeping calligraphy along its walls and the bold, patterned carpeting that's meant to evoke "sand and gestural paintings." But, what's missing is what you'll ironically find in the official photos for Nobu Hotel, just not in the actual accommodation itself. Granted, we were only in Nobu's standard rooms for just a few minutes as part of a media preview. However, above all else, this is what struck us most. We show photo-by-photo examples below. While these accommodations may not be our first choice, aesthetically; access to a delectable, 24-hour Nobu room service menu will set this hotel-within-a-hotel apart from all else. And, trust us, the food alone should get you here.