There are some key differences between the Eiffel Tower in Paris and the Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino. For instance, one was built in 1889 for the World’s Fair and is over 1,000 feet tall, and the other is half the size and doesn’t look over Paris, but over a Lake Como and Italy-themed resort (Bellagio). A bonus? You can also see all the way to Egypt (or at least, to Luxor’s pyramid).
There is no secret apartment in Vegas’s Eiffel Tower, as Gustave Eiffel built for himself in the original. Then again, can you descend the Eiffel Tower in Paris and walk right into Venice’s St. Mark’s Square as you can in Las Vegas? No, you cannot.
In other words, just as in the rest of Las Vegas, what we lack in authenticity, we make up for in our outrageous sense of humor. And there’s never been a better time to suspend your disbelief and ride up to the top of one of the city’s most recognizable icons. Here’s how to do it.
When to Visit
The Eiffel Tower viewing deck is now open year-round on weekends only on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 4 p.m. to midnight. The ascent in the glass elevator is 46 stories, and just like the original, you’ll see all the rivets and ironwork of the tower’s insides as you go up. We love going during the holiday season when there are even more lights than usual around the Vegas Valley, but any season up here is spectacular. There’s no time limit, so feel free to linger.
How to Book Tickets
You’ll want to book your tickets to the viewing deck in advance, since they regularly sell out. General admission is $16 for adults and $10 for children and seniors for viewing hours that begin at 4 p.m. The primetime hours, beginning at 6 p.m., sell for $22 for adults and $20 for children and seniors. (Kids under three accompanied by adults are free.) We’ve found the best deals at Vegas.com.
Or if your visit is spontaneous and there is availability, you can buy tickets at the box office across from the Caesars Rewards center next to the main Paris entrance on Las Vegas Boulevard (the Strip).
The Light Show
If you have been warned by a Parisian not to photograph the dazzling light show that sparkles around the Eiffel Tower at night (raises hand), here’s why: The Eiffel Tower is in the public domain, but the light show was added in 1985 and is therefore protected under France’s copyright law as an artistic work. (However, that copyright law has yet to be enforced and likely never will be in common, non-commercial cases by visitors, since photos taken by tourists in awe are effectively harmless and expected.)
However, there is no hidden law against photographing the Vegas version’s light show, inspired by the original. The new show, featuring 300 colored lights and 800 white strobes, runs every 30 minutes on the hour and half hour from sunset to midnight.
If you’re ready to fully surrender yourself to Las Vegas, you’ll want to book a table at the Eiffel Tower Restaurant, 110 feet above the Strip. This is no cheesy theme restaurant: Chef Joho trained at L’Auberge de L’Ill in Alsace and kitchens all over Europe before helming a Michelin three-star restaurant by the age of 23. He’s also the proprietor of Chicago’s Everest and Paris Club and Brasserie Jo in Boston. The menu includes showstoppers like a grand seafood platter with lobster, shrimp, crab, oysters, and clams. And if you’re feeling very French, go for the foie gras torchon with duck prosciutto and fig compote. This restaurant is one of the city’s biggest proposal pros: it even has a special menu dedicated to the event.
If you just want a memorable dinner with the best view of the Bellagio Fountains across the street, call and ask for the corner table (table 56, for the front-of-house staff). The seats face away from the restaurant and give you a great view. You must order the Grand Marnier souffle before your meal (it’s worth it), to give the kitchen the 45 minutes required to prepare it.