Lonely Planet review
pite recent upgrades that have lent the once-gaudy Palace a more sophisticated air, some of the resort's original features from the swinging '60s have survived. Out front are the classic fountains – the same ones daredevil Evil Knievel made famous when he jumped them on a motorcycle on December 31 1967. (The stuntman ended up with a shattered pelvis and a fractured skull. More than two decades later, his son Robby repeated the attempt – more successfully.) Nearby, look for a four-ton Brahma shrine and the inviting outdoor patio where tourists dig into frozen hot chocolate at Serendipity 3 .
The likes of Celine Dion, Rod Stewart and Jerry Seinfeld take the stage at the Colosseum , a 4000-seat showroom modeled after its Roman namesake and custom-built for lavish theatrical spectacles. Nearby, fashionistas saunter inside the Forum Shops and kids love the animatronic Fall of Atlantis & Festival Fountain show . In the fabulous Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis , goddesses proffer frozen grapes in summer and topless sunbathing pulls crowds into the Venus Pool Club .
The Palace and Forum Shops also feature dining venues fit for an emperor, such as Wolfgang Puck's Spago , Sin City's original celeb-chef eatery. Afterward, sip rum on a floating boat inside Cleopatra's Barge or soak up the well-dressed scenery at Pure nightclub. Look for the brand-new Nobu Hotel in 2013, a 180-room 'hotel within a hotel' taking over the Centurion Tower at Caesars Palace. The stylish mini-resort comes complete with its namesake Japanese restaurant, backed by shareholder Robert de Niro.