Paris Hotel/Casino, Las Vegas
Hotel Paris has re-creation of the another world-famous Paris landmark - Alexander III Bridge.
A replica of the Pont Alexandre III passes above the slot machines from one leg of the replica Tour Eiffel tower to the eastern wall of the casino.
Fondest memory: The real Pont Alexandre III is a the most extravagant bridge in Paris. This arch bridge connecting the Champs-Élysées quarter and the Invalides and Eiffel Tower quarter.
This Arc is a 2/3-Size replica of the famous Arc de Triomphe in Paris - French national monument and a landmark of Europe.
Fondest memory: This replica is located right outside the Paris hotel's front entrance and provides a majestic look to the hotel and casino.
Paris Las Vegas is a hotel and casino has a sign in the shape of the Montgolfier balloon - the globe aérostatique hot air ballon invented by Montgolfier brothers in 18th centery for the purpose of making flights with humans.
Fondest memory: The Montgolfier Company still exists in Annonay, France, and still produces fine art papers, school drawing papers and digital fine art and photography papers and is sold in 120 countries.
While exploring the Paris hotel, I notice this sculpture embedded on the side of the building. It was such a lovely piece of architecture, that I had take a picture of it. I did not know who this person was till after doing some research. It was like finding a little hidden treasure knowing this simple little tribute the Parish hotel incorporated into its architecture. Charles Garnier was the architect of the Palais Garnier and the Opéra de Monte-Carlo. The Coat of Arms "Fluctuat nec mergitur" is the motto of Paris France. It means in Latin, "He who rises with the wave is not swallowed by it."
3655 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Paris Hotel & Casino
From the Las Vegas Strip, you are able to see The "Arc de Triomphe" for free twenty four hours a day, This replica is a 2/3 scale of the original monument in Paris, France, that was dedicated to the soldiers who fought in the Battle of Austerlitz. The names and dates of Napaleon's victories are inscribed on this Vegas replica.
It's located in an unusual spot: the check-in circle for the Paris Las Vegas Hotel/Casino. I even ran over to the monument to see it up close to inspect the details. They are amazing.
I was impressed with the authenticity of this monument and enjoyed seeing it as much as I enjoyed going into the hotel and casino with all its understated elegance.
The hotels have become the town's true calling card. What's great is you don't have to stay in one of the big fancy hotels to enjoy them. Since they are casinos they are happy to have you come in and possibly gamble, eat, or shop. Paris is one star attraction but the Bellagio is particularly amazing and you can spend quite a bit of time there and not spend a penny, or you could spend your life's savings. That's your call.
Fondest memory: Huddled up due to cold is a common camping experience and after spending the last sixty nights in a tent, it would be understandable that I was having a hard time coming to terms with the fact that what I clutched to me for warmth was not a sleeping bag but sheets and covers. Yes, I was in a bed.
My wife slept soundly beside me and seemed to have no such problems, just pure content. Not that she hadn't loved most of the last sixty days, camping around the US Southwest. She knew well that in years to come, it would prove to be perhaps the greatest summer of her life. But sometimes, you just need some creature comfort and even if that comes in the form of a Motel 6 rather than the Bellagio, it is no less satisfying. In fact, I would chance to say that after camping in a tent for sixty days, our room felt even more luxurious to us than those spending the night in one of Vegas' more renowned hotels, assuming they had not been doing the same.
The two previous nights had found us first waking up in a frozen tent and then falling asleep in sweltering heat. Such are the extremes of the desert, especially when altitude becomes a factor. Driving into Vegas was like a dream. Not that either my wife or I gamble, or particularly ever wanted to come to Sin City, but after all the incredible natural sights we had spent the last two months experiencing, only a city so lavish and outrageous as Las Vegas could compare. It is an extreme city, befitting the extremes of its desert surrounding. But the dream was of a room as much as anything else. Oh, and maybe a few huge meals to help put on a couple of the pounds we had lost hiking, backpacking, and generally running ourselves into the ground trying to capture as much as possible in the best photographic light. There were a lot of all too early mornings when even staying in a sleeping bag would have been a luxury so Las Vegas was going to be a reward of sorts. We were going to get a room! (concluded below in Fondest Memory)
Activity: PARIS ON THE STRIP
Unique Qualities: PARIS LAS VEGAS One of Las Vegas's newest properties, this overwrought hotel is Paris as seen through the eyes of a theme park operator. The whole place has kind of an 'olde country' feel which is quaint, but grating after a while. The main focus of the hotel is a huge, fifty story replica of the Eiffel Tower. For $8, it is hardly worth a trip to the top. Once at the top, you can dine at a wildly overpriced restaurant located here. The stage show at Paris currently features a VERY expensive production with an impersonator named Andre, but Paris is soon bringing in a musical version of 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame.' Everything in this place is pricey. Even the French-style food in the coffee shop costs an arm and a leg and the buffet is north of $20. To save some dough for the slot machines, you may want to take some of your meals in the very able kitchens over at Bally's and then come back to Paris for a visit. Click here for more information about Paris Las Vegas! http://www.paris-lv.com/pages/index-home.html - Brett Allen
Classification: Gambling , Shopping , Eating and Drinking , Dancing , Clubbing , Concerts , Museums , Photography , Site Seeing
Fondest memory: CHECK OUT MY BELLAGIO PICTURES-
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Favorite thing: Eat a baguette and see Paris. Paris became the last Strip casino of the twentieth century when it opend in late 1999. It's located between Aladdin and Bally's. The Strip-front exterior of Paris is a good replica. There's a sparkling fountain and a handful of trees, a colorful Montgolfier balloon, and a sidewalk brasserie, A Mon Ami Gabi. This is the only spot on the central Strip where you can sit down to eat and drink and watch the crowds go by. The Eiffel tower stands at 540ft tall; half the size of the original. There's great views from the top, especially at night. It'll cost you $8 and possibly 30 minutes on line. Inside Paris you'll find excellent French restaurants along with authentic bakeries and pastry shops.
Explore every hotel. British people could never imagine how big and fantastic these hotels are because there is nothing like them here. I had done my research before the trip but it has to be experienced, you just cannot imagine how fabulous they are. Only in America!!
Fondest memory: The first hotel we explored was Paris. Because I have never particularly had a hankering to go to France I didn't think this hotel would bowl me over. How wrong can you be! The shops are like old Paris streets. You would think you where strolling outside, it's not like you're inside a hotel. And then of course there are the restrooms. I walked in the ladies restrooms and my first thought was 'will people think I'm completely mad if I snap a photo in here' Just as I was thinking this another women came out of the stall and started snapping away with her camera. So Shyanne and I got our photo's too. Then we were on a mission to find restrooms that were more fancy than these, but we never did. This is Shyanne posing by the basins. Check out her Las Vegas pages about our trip too.