The new Octavius Tower at Caesars Palace makes a colossal impression on the city
By Renée LiButti
Caesars Palace has personified growth, imagination and innovation throughout its history in Las Vegas. The thriving Roman-themed resort possesses a can-do spirit that is an inspiration in the hospitality industry.
Early this month, after a nearly three-year delay in construction due to the poor economic climate, Caesars Palace unveiled its sixth hotel tower – and, of course, it is something exceptional. The new 23-story Octavius Tower boasts stylish architecture, has a spectacular location overlooking the resort’s Garden of the Gods pool oasis and is setting bold new standards in terms of amenities.
“Octavius Tower brings a unique luxurious resort experience to Caesars Palace. From the moment of arrival guests will receive the VIP treatment with a private valet entrance, separate hotel lobby with expedited check-in and innovative in-room technology,” said Stephen Thayer, director of hotel operations. “Guests will be able to experience the many offerings of Caesars Palace – from the world-class dining, entertainment, gaming and leisure activities – yet retreat back to their private enclave at Octavius Tower.”
And oh what an enclave it is! There are 665 rooms, including 60 suites and three luxury villas (three more are scheduled to be completed by summer). All of them were designed by Michael Medeiros of KNA Design. Starting at 550 square feet, the “Deluxe” – which is the base-level room type with rates that are unexpectedly affordable – is certainly spacious. The modern décor incorporates an earthy color palette, marble floors, dark wood furnishings and brushed chrome fixtures. But don’t worry, the ancient world is still present. Amid all the modernity, you’ll discover a bedside painting that depicts a Roman statue along with a chic lamp fashioned from a marble column.
When asked what his favorite feature is in the Octavius Tower rooms, Thayer replied, “The bed. We tested numerous different mattresses to get the right one. With extra pillows and the luxurious linens, this will be the best night’s sleep anyone could imagine.”
Speaking of furnishings, guests can also relax on plush velvet sofas or in contemporary chairs placed beside a stylish stone table. The marble bathroom is a delight as well. The expansive space contains double sinks with a granite countertop, an enclosed glass shower with multiple showerheads and an oversized spa tub. A small flat-screen TV is mounted beside the large, well-lit mirrors.
“The Octavius Tower is truly fit for a king,” said Thayer. “The general response from guests has been wonderful. We’ve received great feedback about the overall look and design, the comfort and spaciousness of the rooms and the in-room technology, which is the first of its kind on the Strip.”
Indeed, it’s hard to know where to begin when describing the tower’s technological features. In each room, there is a 42-inch, flat-screen, high-definition television as well as a media hub with multiple outlets. Guests can connect any type of mobile device to it and will automatically be synched so they can browse the internet, check their email, stream videos and music, work on (or even give) a PowerPoint presentation and much more. Plus, Caesars Palace has a launched a pioneering web application that allows for direct communication with hotel staff to ask questions or make any desired arrangements.
“The technology certainly ushers in a new standard of service by putting the guest in direct control with all of the resort’s offerings. From ordering room service, to requesting more towels, to browsing restaurant menus, to booking spa services, the guest is able to fully communicate with resort staff from the convenience of their mobile device,” said Thayer.
The application is very easy to use. Thayer explained that it was designed to be “intuitive from a guest perspective.” Staff members in Octavius Tower were given extra training so the new app could be integrated with the current guest request program in a seamless manner.
“I want guests to feel we have created an experience where their needs were anticipated and exceeded,” said Thayer, regarding the overall sentiment he hopes Octavius Tower conveys. “They should have the impression that the tower and staff were designed and hired solely for them to enjoy their stay. Every aspect of their trip – from reservation to departure – should be effortless.”
Right now the app, developed by Runtriz, is only available to Octavius Tower guests. However, it may be incorporated into the accommodations at Augustus Tower, which is Octavius’ sister tower, in the future. Thayer also acknowledged that plans are in the works to launch a completely new technology package when the world’s first Nobu Hotel, replacing the existing Centurion Tower, opens this fall.
The arrival of Octavius Tower on the Las Vegas hotel scene has meant a new standard of elegance and service. If you set foot in one of its rooms, you’ll find a place you’d gladly swap for your home or apartment. From the expedited welcome to the comfort-laden quarters with unparalleled tech control, Octavius Tower provides guests with a truly exceptional vacation while enhancing the culture and sophistication at the heart of Caesars Palace.