Casino Design 2010 Issue, BUILDING EXCITEMENT

Power Trio

By Roger Gros   Tue, Jul 13, 2010

Octavius Villas, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada


Octavius Villas, Caesars Palace
Las Vegas, Nevada

OWNER: Harrah’s Entertainment
DESIGN FIRM: Wilson Associates
GENERAL CONTRACTOR: Marnell-Keating Joint Venture

Caesars Palace is known for its over-the-top accommodations and customer service, and a recent addition just solidifies that reputation.

The legendary Las Vegas hotel recently debuted three new poolside villas that set a new standard in luxury for Las Vegas. Located in the new Octavius tower, these magnificent suites overlook the recently renovated Garden of Gods pool area.

The villas average 8,500 square feet of floor space and are appointed in a thematic design scheme from France, Greece and Spain.

“The Octavius Villas were constructed to accommodate the discerning guests of Caesars Palace,” said Gary Selesner, president of Caesars Palace. “The accommodations offer an immaculately designed residential experience that is enhanced by our highly-trained team of professionals.”

Michael Medeiros, lead project designer of interior architectural design firm Wilson Associates, says this project was just another in a long line of collaboration with Caesars Palace.

“We understand what the guests of Caesars Palace want when it comes to amenities,” he says. “We collaborate with hotel executives to create what we believe are the premier suites in Las Vegas.”

Each villa includes imported marble floors; a private elevator; hand-distressed wood parquet and inlaid wood floors; hand-painted wall murals and ceiling designs; wood and stone archways and casings; a billiard room; a plush home entertainment theater; whirlpool bathtubs in the master and guest baths; steam mist showers in all bathrooms; fully integrated audio visual systems with televisions in nearly every room; and custom contemporary artwork. Outside is a spacious private terrace with a spa tub, fire pit, seating and dining area with a gas lantern and wall sconces. Villa guests are also offered a private butler and concierge services.

Although every villa is unique, Medeiros says they must have universal appeal.

“Everyone has individual tastes, but we have to make sure that we are neutral and don’t put anything in there that might be culturally insensitive,” he says. “Remember, most of these people have travelled around the world and most likely have spectacular homes themselves, so we have to offer them a different and uplifting experience.”


By Roger Gros

Roger Gros

Roger Gros is publisher of Casino Connection International, LLC. Global Gaming Business magazine, and Casino Connection Atlantic City are among the monthly publications Gros publishes. Prior to joining CCI, Gros was president of Inlet Communications, an independent consulting firm. He was vice president of Casino Journal Publishing Group from 1984-2000, and held virtually every editorial title during his tenure. Gros was editor of Casino Journal, the National Gaming Summary and the Atlantic City Insider, and was the founding editor of Casino Player magazine. He was a co-founder of the American Gaming Summit and the Southern Gaming Summit conferences and trade shows. He is the author of the best-selling book, How to Win at Casino Gambling (Carlton Books, 1995), now in its third edition. Gros was named “Businessman of the Year” for 1998 by the Greater Atlantic City Chamber of Commerce.

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