The conception of perhaps Las Vegas’ best-known hotel began when Jay Sarno, an owner of “cabana”-style motels across the United States, considered Sin City as location for his next expansion.
In 1962, Sarno used a $10.6 million loan from Teamsters Central States Pension Fund to begin construction of an elegant 34-acre resort. The first conceived name of the resort was the Cabana Palace and then the Desert Palace. After settling its namesake, Sarno made sure that every detail, from the traditional Roman decor, to the toga-like waitress costumes, to the parchment-like desk stationary, was modeled from the ancient Roman period.
Inside the “palace” is a mammoth-sized casino that seems to go on forever, a variety of retail shops, restaurants, lounges and corridors and Circus Maximus, the resort’s main showroom.
Caesars Palace opened August 5, 1966, and several memorable events have been held at the 14-story, 700-room resort, such as Evel Knievel’s failed attempt to jump over the famous fountains with his motorcycle on Dec. 31, 1967 and his son’s successful attempt to make the same jump April 14, 1989.
The casino and resort continues to grow and expand over the years, adding more rooms, casino space. fine dining and luxury shopping.
Source: The Life Of Luxury