New Ways to Experience Las Vegas

There’s always something new in Las Vegas. And if your clients are planning a visit to the destination this fall or winter, a brand-new restaurant and collection of guestrooms at Caesars Palace are only a few new experiences to be had both on and off the Strip.

Dining and Wining Caesars Palace recently celebrated the opening of its newest dining venue, Central Michel Richard, with a culinary team led by the James Beard award-winning chef of the same name as the restaurant. It’s a 24-hour dining venue located at the center of the hotel’s main lobby that seats 220 inside with space for an additional 80 persons outside. Dishes range from fried chicken to a signature lobster burger.

Richards is known for his American cooking style with a French flair. His flagship restaurant, Michel Richard Citronelle, is located in Washington, D.C., along with the first Central Michel Richard restaurant, which received the 2008 James Beard Award for Best New Restaurant. For more information, visit

Wine connoisseurs now have a new way to experience the vast wine selections at both Andre’s at Monte Carlo Resort and Casino and Alize at the Top of the Palms inside The Palms Casino Hotel. This summer, both restaurants debuted SmartCellar—a new technology that allows diners to make wine selections from an iPad.

With SmartCellar, instead of receiving a printed wine list upon seating, guests are now offered an easy-to-navigate iPad, immediately enabling them to browse and select a wine based on sparkling, red, white, fortified or sweet. They also will be able to choose if they would like the wine by the bottle, half bottle, by the glass or a larger format. Additional touch-pad links will include the ability to search wines by name, region, varietal and price. The device also features premium liquors, beers, specialty cocktails, food pairings, menu items and any additional beverages offered that evening. The sommelier is also able to use the device to educate diners on the wines and make recommendations.

For more information about Andre’s, call (702) 798-7151 or for Alize, (702) 951-7000 or visit

New Hotel Offerings A brand-new restaurant isn’t the only thing Caesars Palace is celebrating. In fact, earlier this month the hotel announced plans to open the Octavius Tower, a 668-room hotel tower including 60 suites and six luxury villas. The resort’s sixth tower will offer a luxurious resort experience with a private entrance, separate hotel lobby and direct access to the Garden of the Gods pool complex. Rooms were opened for booking in September for guest arrivals beginning Jan. 2, 2012.

Spacious guestrooms, starting at 550 sq. ft., will offer a modern decor incorporating earthy shades of browns, grays, taupes and beiges. The rooms will feature marble floors and patterned carpets, along with dark wood furnishings and chrome fixtures. King-sized beds, living areas with plush velvet sofas, contemporary chairs and stone tables, as well as 42-inch flat panel, HDTVs can also be found in all guestrooms. Additionally, an innovative application for iPad/iPod Touch devices will offer guests direct accessibility to communicate with room service, housekeeping, reservations and front desk services.

The opening of the Octavius Tower marks the completion of the $860 million Caesars Palace expansion. Nightly rates at Caesars Palace start at $99 through December. For more information, visit

Meanwhile, Aria Resort & Casino is offering guests a new way to experience Viva ELVIS by Cirque du Soleil with the recent debut of its Early Evening Menu and Show packages. Packages include an early evening menu at one of Aria’s restaurants—including AMERICAN FISH by Michael Mina, Sirio Ristorante and Jean Georges Steakhouse, to name a few—and a ticket to VIVA ELVIS by Cirque du Soleil.

Packages start at $91 pp. Nightly rates at Aria start at $129 through December. For more information and restaurant reservations, call (877) 253-5847 or visit

Over at Trump Las Vegas, new moms can indulge in a new post-natal spa package now available at The Spa at Trump. Priced at $249, the New Mom package includes Bootcamp for Tummies—a 1-hour treatment that includes massage techniques and a re-texturizing fruit peel to tone skin; a Universal Glow Facial followed by a gentle exfoliating mask; and a special take-home gift of Mama Mio’s Skin Tight Toning Serum.