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Sunday, January 19, 2020
At last, the highly anticipated first visit to a Caesars Laurel Lounge with my newly earned “Diamond Plus” status!
I guess I’ll have to wait a little longer, as there was expected to be a 10-15 minute wait, as the lounge was quite busy. The NFL playoffs were on, as the San Francisco 49ers defeated the Green Bay Packers to win the NFC Championship.
The Caesars Laurel Lounge is divided into a more upper scale bar side with plenty of TV’s to watch the game. Some crowded buffet seating close to the food was on the other side. We were lucky enough to score the last table bar side without having to wait, and experienced the energy and excitement of the NFL playoffs.
We made the rookie mistake of arriving late, and missed the 4:30 pm-6 pm window for when the hot food was served. We will try harder to be on time tomorrow.
Despite not being able to enjoy the hot food, there was still salad, veggies and dip, chips, and desserts, coffee and tea available.
Have I mentioned drinks yet? This was our first lounge experience, so we didn’t know what to expect. The lounge was like being at an all inclusive resort, but in the heart of Vegas. Free flowing drinks were brought to our table upon request from the highly attentive staff.
Our glasses were never empty, and the level of service far exceeded our expectations. I prefer beer or wine, but there was plenty of top-shelf liquor to choose from for highballs, although don’t expect a fancy cocktail here. I settled on the import beer: Stella Artois.
Monday, January 20, 2020
We came prepared this time and arrived 15 minutes before the hot food was scheduled to be put out at 4:30 pm.
The lounge was again very busy, on a post-Christmas mid Monday afternoon… so set your expectations accordingly if there’s any major event going on in Vegas, or on TV. The lounges get a lot quieter once the hot food stops being served…go figure.
Whether you’re a top tier Seven Stars millionaire with bottomless pockets, or an on the fringe Diamond Plus member who is just happy for their first lounge experience (such as myself,) no one can resist free food. That much is clear at Laurel Lounges.
This time we sat on the buffet side. BBQ pork spare ribs, mixed vegetables, chicken noodle soup. salad, bread, veggies, hummus, fudge brownies, mini Simpsons donuts (pink icing and sprinkles), coffee, tea were available.
For us, it was enough food to fill up on for dinner. Plenty of people filled their plates and went back for seconds, thirds, and beyond.
With unlimited drinks at your disposal, the lounge is a place where you can relax for a while before hitting the casino floor. At no point did we feel pressured to leave.
The women’s washroom was an upgrade from what you’d find on the casino floor, and had 3 stalls. I was unable to get a photo without disturbing other guests.
If you’re a Seven Stars member you’ll enjoy a beautiful dedicated valet just steps from the Caesars Laurel Lounge, in addition to Starbucks, the Augustus Towers, and VIP Check-in area (available to Seven Stars and Diamond members).
If you’re coming from the casino floor, past the busy check-in counter for Platinum, Gold, and non-members and bustling 24/7 Cafe Americano restaurant, you’ll enter the common area central to the Diamond/Seven Stars hotel registration, Starbucks, Seven Stars valet, and the Laurel Lounge. All of a sudden things get a little quieter, a little more refined, and elite feeling with that Vegas feel.
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Tonight is Mexican night: chicken soup, tortillas, pasta salad, rice, fajita beef and veggies are on the menu. The standard salad, veggies, dip, chips, and desserts are also available.
Caesars Palace is unofficially the flagship lounge of the Las Vegas Laurel Lounge collection, making it the perfect place to celebrate a birthday.
With the Laurel Lounge just around the corner from our Augustus Tower hotel room elevator, it was all too convenient to make multiple trips during our stay! We were even allowed to take our complimentary drinks with us upon leaving the lounge and enjoy them on the casino floor; a welcome courtesy since a bottle of beer on the floor at Caesars Palace can easily cost $12 or more.
I can’t get over the consistently excellent service at all of the lounges. The staff are bubbly, friendly, engaging, and anticipate your needs. I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that Caesars employs some of their best staff at the Laurel Lounges.
Before the lounge closed for the night, I grabbed another Stella to take up to my complimentary room overlooking the Bellagio Fountains for a jacuzzi tub before heading out to the Strip for some late night fun.
You too can earn complimentary rooms with Caesars Rewards and book a trip just like we did. For every 5,000 tier credits you earn, you’ll receive a complimentary night that can be booked at any Caesars property in Las Vegas or Atlantic City.
Thursday, January 23, 2020
Our fifth and final visit to the Caesars Lounge before heading home tomorrow. After a 5-night complimentary stay at Caesars Palace, and one night at the Marriott Grand Chateau using my Marriott Bonvoy (American Express points), I’ve dubbed this trip the 2020 PointsWise Las Vegas Residency.
We stopped in here for a pre-dinner drink before going to use our $100 Diamond celebration dinner voucher at Gordon Ramsay’s Pub. The $100 food credit can be used at a long list of Caesars owned restaurants, and is one more reason to status match to earn Diamond status and automatically receive this credit.
We were saving ourselves for dinner, but the hot food selection at the Caesars Laurel Lounge tonight was smoked ribs, roasted potatoes, and chili soup.
Before dinner, my boyfriend had a $10 drink voucher that he wanted to use up for becoming a new Caesars Rewards member. The drink voucher was valid at the Alto Bar, a short walk from the Caesars Rewards desk, near Omnia Nightclub. We ordered a gin and tonic and naively assumed it would be free, only to learn the basic cocktail came to $14 USD. That’s Vegas baby!
After leaving the remainder and a tip, we quickly scurried back to our home base Caesars Laurel Lounge for some much needed complimentary booze, and continued to embrace the Diamond lifestyle with the new standard – comped booze.
The Caesars Palace Laurel (Diamond) Lounge earns the #1 spot for best Laurel (Diamond) Lounge in Las Vegas for the nicest atmosphere. Granted it was steps away from our hotel room elevator, it didn’t leave us longing for more.
The bar was swanky, the vibe was fun with guests cheering over the NFL playoffs, and the servers consistently anticipated our needs and were very friendly.