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When was the last time you visited one of the hotels and casinos on the Las Vegas Strip? As locals, we tend to shy away from the traffic and tourists unless we have family and / or friends in town. But one of the most famous hotels on Las Vegas Boulevard recently revealed a multi-million dollar renovation.

Caesars Palace, easily one of the world’s most renowned Las Vegas resorts, has completely revamped their main entrance in a big way. According to News 3 Las Vegas, they have renovated the entryway and ceiling. Next time you are there, you will notice a new crystal dome and chandelier. That new light fixture weighs more than 3,000 pounds and features over 12 thousand crystals. When you look skyward at the domed ceiling, you will see paintings of Roman gods.

Underneath that domed ceiling and chandelier, visitors will now be greeted by a 15-foot tall marble statue of Caesar Augustus, also known as Octavian, who was the first official Roman emperor. He ruled from 27 B.C. to 14 A.D. News 3 Las Vegas reports that the statue is made from imported Carrara marble.

Out-of-town visitors to Caesars Palace will now be able to enjoy a cocktail or two at the new Galleria Bar while they wait for the check-in lines to dwindle a bit. It is located in the hotel lobby “between the main entryway and the entrance to the outdoor Roman plaza.” Of course, there is gaming at the new Galleria Bar and it is open 24 hours.

Make sure you and your guests get a chance to see these new renovations at one of our city’s finest resorts. “Hail Caesar!”


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Larry Martino is the long-time Afternoon Drive personality on 96.3 KKLZ. The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of Larry Martino and not necessarily those of Beasley Media Group, LLC.


Items You Can NOT Take From Your Hotel Room

If you’re traveling anytime soon, some of the things you should NOT take from your hotel room since it’s considered “stealing”! Although a lot of us think we can take anything and everything, hotel have drawn the line on items that we took for granted!

The Mike & Carla Morning Show made it a point to bring up an article in Reader’s Digest that talked about those items you can and can’t take. C’mon, let’s be honest, we’ve all stuffed just about everything from the hotel bathroom in our suitcase…from shampoos to towels…but guess what? These items as well might be off limits moving forward depending on the hotel you stay in.

If you think about it, what is the one thing you’ve taken from your room over the years?  Bars of soap, shoe polish, sewing kits, maybe a pair of slippers? Heck, most people will bring an extra bag just for the stuff in the room. Well, The Mike & Carla Morning Show brought this up and the guilt complex started to set in.

Now when you talk about “stolen” items, believe it or not, robes is not the number one item…I know, shocking right? Now there are a few thing you actually can take with out feeling guilty like the shampoo, soap as we had mentioned earlier. You can also take the pen and paper with letterhead on it that’s in the hotel desk…but you can’t take the entire desk itself!

Anything you get as labeled “complimentary” you can also feel free to pack away in your luggage as you leave…but that’s about it right now. I know, a lot of us assume everything is up for grabs when we check in, but believe it or not, hotels are cracking down!

It’s all in this morning’s segment of “A Few Things We Think You Should Know”…but if you want to find out the Top 3 things you can NOT take, and we have no doubt #1 will SHOCK (shock) you, just scroll down and enjoy!

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    Wooden Hangers

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    Although a lot of people might think these are “complimentary”, they’re NOT! Putting them at #3 on the list!


    Hotel Clock

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    Again, not something you can just take from the room…but clearly more and more guests are! Maybe that’s why it comes in at #2?



    Saowaluck Voraprukpisut via Getty Images

    Here’s the one question…WHY? Why would you want to take the sheets and linens from a hotel room? We’ve all heard the stories, but needless to say, it tops the list of items that hotel guests steal the most!