Planet Hollywood

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The preponderance of positive reviews of this popular Las Vegas resort on sites like www.tripadvisor.com and www.yelp.com indicates that many visitors are saying Hooray for Hollywood, or more specifically, Planet Hollywood. Millennials flock there because of its reputation as Party Central, but Planet Hollywood offers far more. Large rooms with comfortable beds and touches of Hollywood memorabilia, affordable restaurants, and a super convenient center Strip location are some of the features which are frequently cited by the happy vacationers who have stayed at Planet Hollywood. On the other hand, we would be remiss in not pointing out that some visitors were less than satisfied with this hotel. Long waits for check-in and the feeling that both housekeeping and customer service could be better are common complaints.

You will have to decide for yourself what qualities are most important to you. If you are very fastidious and prefer an atmosphere of quiet elegance, Planet Hollywood may come up short. If you are on a very tight budget, there are other hotels on the Strip that are cheaper. But if your family is the fun-loving kind that welcomes a high energy atmosphere and the onslaught of over-the-top activity and excitement that goes with it, Planet Hollywood could be the perfect choice.

Like many other Las Vegas casino-hotels, Planet Hollywood has a colorful history. Although Planet Hollywood itself is a fairly new addition to the strip, officially opening to the public on 4/17/07, its history dates back to 1962. That is when Edwin Lowe, inventor of the game Yahtzee, opened a resort motel without a casino on the same site called English Tallyho. The short-lived motel subsequently got a new owner, who attempted to add a casino, but was not approved for a license, and the motel itself had no choice but to close. However, in 1966, the resort was purchased for $16 million by Milton Prell. After extensive renovations, a change in theme to Arabian Nights, and the addition of a new "Bagdad Theater showroom, the grand reopening of the Aladdin Hotel and Casino, took place in April, 1966. Comedian Jackie Mason was the opening night headliner, and a year later, the Aladdin made headlines again when Elvis got married there. Following several more changes in ownership and further renovations, including the addition of a 19-story tower, the Aladdin had a second grand reopening in 1976 with Neil Diamond as the featured performer.

Unfortunately, due to the involvement of several convicted mobsters, the hotel and casino were closed in 1986 by the Nevada Gaming Commission and remained closed for a full year. In 1987 the property was purchased by a Japanese businessman for $54 million, only to go into bankruptcy and face new ownership. However, the hotel continued to struggle, closed again in 1997, and was subsequently imploded. It was replaced by a new Aladdin Hotel and Casino, which opened in August, 2000. Despite the addition of Desert Passage, a new shopping/dining/entertainment mall and numerous other enhancements to the property, its financial problems continued. Then, in 2003, while still in bankruptcy, the Aladdin was sold to a partnership of Planet Hollywood and Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide. The newly renovated resort reopened with a brand new name, Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino, on 4/17/07. Under the new ownership, the hotel's famed retail shopping mall previously known as "Desert Passage," was renamed "Miracle Mile Shops."

In 2010, Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide disassociated themselves from the resort and Caesars Entertainment became the new owner. Planet Hollywood is currently one of many thriving hotel casinos that are part of the huge Caesars Entertainment empire. Planet Hollywood, like all of the other Caesars-owned and operated hotel casinos in Las Vegas and throughout the country, participates in the Total Rewards program.

Accommodations

Planet Hollywood is a 4-star hotel with more than 2,500 rooms and suites. Like most hotels along the Strip, accommodations vary considerably in size, amenities, and price. However, even the smallest rooms are larger than average. Families with two or more children will probably need to book two rooms, not so much because the rooms aren't large enough to accommodate them, but because the hotel only allows one rollaway to be ordered per room in addition to existing beds

Off season rooms on weekdays are available for as little as $49. However, extra amenities like a Strip view and a refrigerator in the room will raise the cost. Expect to pay considerably more on weekends and holidays.

The following are some examples of accommodations that might be appropriate for families. Keep in mind that any quoted rates are based on single or double occupancy, so when more than two guests occupy a room, and also if an additional bed or crib is needed, you will incur an additional charge. Children are charged at the same rates as adult guests. The maximum number of guests permitted to stay in the same room is four. Four to a room will work with two children if the parents share a bed, one child occupies the other existing bed, and the other child uses the rollaway (or crib if an infant). Using the same bed for a parent and child or two children should be avoided unless absolutely necessary. The quoted rates also do not include the additional 12% daily tax and $35.84 mandatory daily resort fee.

Hip Room / 2 Queens, Nonsmoking, 430 square feet

As the hotel's lowest priced accommodations, the Hip Rooms are surprisingly spacious. They have a movie memorabilia décor and include the following amenities:

  • Luxury bedding with pillow top mattresses
  • 42-inch flat-screen TV
  • Alarm clock
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Hair dryer
  • Phone
  • Marble bathroom with both a bathtub and stand-alone shower
  • Gilchrist & Soames bath products
  • Vanity and mirror
  • In-room safe
  • Internet access

Hearing impaired and handicapped accessible rooms of the same type are also available for the same price. However, the same type of room with a Strip view or Bellagio fountains view is priced higher.

Ultra Hip / 2 Queens, Nonsmoking, 430 square feet

These rooms, with a modern décor, are the same size but include the following additional amenities:

  • Alarm clock with iPod adaptor
  • Mini-refrigerator
  • Coffee maker

The Ultra Hip rooms are also available as hearing impaired or handicapped accessible rooms at the same price or with a Strip or fountain view for a higher price.

Resort Room / 2 Queens, Nonsmoking, 585 square feet

These larger rooms offer the same amenities as the Hip rooms plus all of the following:

  • Carpeted bathrooms
  • His and hers sinks
  • Sofa chair with coffee table

Strip Suite / 1 King with Strip View, 850 square feet

If you can afford it, this spacious suite with a vivid red and purple color scheme and movie memorabilia décor offers outstanding views of the Las Vegas Strip. Additional amenities include all of the following:

  • Separate sitting area with a second flat-screen TV
  • Oversized round soaking tub

But because there is only one bed, you will need to order a rollaway bed.

Panorama Suite / 1 King with Strip View, 1,255 square feet

Families seeking even more space and luxury might like the Panorama Suite. Each suite has its own specific Hollywood theme such as Batman, Wizard of Oz, etc., so check what is available and request the theme that you think will appeal most to your kids. Extra features and amenities include the following:

  • Panoramic 180-degree view of the Strip
  • Multiple flat-screen TVs
  • Oversized round soaking tub and robes

Again, there is only one bed, so you will need to order a rollaway bed. Or you can upgrade your accommodations to a 2-bedroom suite.

If money is no object, even larger suites are available, including not only all of the above amenities, but also separate living room and dining areas and game tables.

Special Money-Saving Deals

Planet Hollywood is not as expensive as some of the Las Vegas Strip casino hotels, but the rates are not rock bottom either. Therefore, it is a good idea to do a little shopping around, both with Caesars Entertainment and elsewhere online, before agreeing immediately to the first rate quoted. Air/hotel package deals are another money saving possibility. Also, if you are a Total Rewards cardholder and have recently played at any of the participating casinos (not just Planet Hollywood), you are probably already receiving special discounted offers in the mail or online.

General Information

When booking your room, be specific about your family's needs, including the total number of guests, and make sure that the accommodations you arrange are adequate. Clarify any extra charges you will be assessed for extra occupants, extra beds, or any other special requests, which will avoid surprises later. Don't wait until your arrival to inform the hotel of any special requests you may have, such as nonsmoking rooms, accessible rooms, a high floor with a fountain view, a room near the elevator, or extra beds. All of these requests should be specified together with your reservation. If you forget to mention something important then, call back so your reservation can be adjusted, accordingly. By being as specific as possible well in advance of your arrival, you stand a much better chance of being pleased with your room and little likelihood of having to change rooms on arrival.

The touch of movie memorabilia in many of the rooms is a nice addition that guests will appreciate. Just don't expect to see many other signs of it elsewhere in the hotel. Despite the name, the Hollywood theme is generally lacking.

If you are a Total Rewards cardholder, be sure to have your card handy when you make your reservation. Mention any special offers you have received, or even if you haven't received any, give the agent your card number because you might still be offered a discount. Qualifying players receive substantial discounts and sometimes even free rooms.

Children are welcome at Planet Hollywood. But regardless of age, they cannot stay for free. The maximum number of guests permitted in the same room is four. If existing beds are used, but more than two guests are occupying the room, the hotel charges an additional $30 per night for each extra person (adult or child). Furthermore, the maximum number of additional beds or cribs that can be ordered per room is only 1. These costs an additional $30 per night.

While you will have to pay more to stay on a high floor, the higher floor rooms are much quieter. So, they are probably a good idea for families. Otherwise, you could be kept awake by loud music late into the night.

The higher priced rooms and suites come with a coffee maker and refrigerator, but the standard rooms (those designated as "Hip rooms") do not. If your room is without a refrigerator, you can and should request one from Housekeeping. The refrigerator will come in very handy, not only for storing snacks, sandwiches, and leftovers, but water and other cold beverages. Ordinarily, there is an extra charge, but if the refrigerator is needed for special dietary reasons, the charge might be waived. However, if your room has a minibar, don't mistake that as a refrigerator for storing your own food and beverages. Merely opening it and moving the existing items around to make room for yours will result in an added charge.

Check-in time at Planet Hollywood is between 4 p.m. and midnight, and check-out time is at 11 a.m. While these times are standard for Las Vegas hotels, the hotel will try to accommodate you if an early check-in or late checkout is more convenient. The hotel might charge you $20 extra for early check-in (but probably not if you play in the casino). Many guests have complained about the long walk from self-parking to the check-in area and long lines at check-in. We therefore suggest contacting the concierge or Guest Services beforehand to see what could be done to minimize these inconveniences.

Keep in mind that a mandatory daily resort fee of $35.84 (tax included) is added to the cost of all rooms. The fee covers the following amenities, regardless of whether you use them or not.

  • In-room Wi-Fi
  • Fitness Center access for two guests per day
  • In-room local and toll-free phone calls

Total Rewards Program

As mentioned above, Planet Hollywood, along with all of the other Caesars Entertainment properties in Las Vegas, participates in the player recognition program known as ">Total Rewards. This program is far superior to most casino players' rewards programs because it allows the many people who play in more than one casino to have all of their earned points from all of the participating casino hotels combined.

Child-Friendly Activities

Given your many choices of conveniently located places to stay in Las Vegas, assuming that you can find accommodations at Planet Hollywood that are adequate for your family and within your budget, another consideration is the availability of child-friendly activities. The best features of Planet Hollywood are the Miracle Mile Shops, tons of affordable restaurants, and great evening entertainment. What child would not jump at the chance to see Britney Spears or Jennifer Lopez?

Where the hotel falls a little short is the pool area. The problem is that from midafternoon on, it becomes party central, so unless you go early in the day, the atmosphere becomes inappropriate for kids. However, this problem is easily remedied by going next door to the Paris to swim. Caesars Entertainment allows guests of any of its Las Vegas properties to swim at any Caesars owned hotel of their choosing. This is an option you should take advantage of because the Paris pool is much quieter. While you are at the Paris, there are various other activities your children will enjoy as well, just as there are at other hotels nearby. Here is a summary of fun activities for you and your family at Planet Hollywood.

Swimming and Wave Riding

Virtually every hotel on the Las Vegas Strip has a swimming pool, but Planet Hollywood is home to the only FlowRider on the Strip. The FlowRider Wave-in-a-Box Double is a surfboard/flowboard and wave machine using advanced technology. You will have to use your own judgment about whether it is appropriate for your children, but it is perfect for anyone who enjoys wave riding.

The FlowRider is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with the last reservation taken at 5:20 p.m. Users must be at least 42" to Boogie Board and 48" to Surf the Strip. The cost is $25/person for 30 minutes.

The pool area itself, which is accessible from the 6th floor of the hotel, is supposedly open year-round, but may be closed on certain dates during the winter. Hours of operation are 9 a.m.to 6 p.m.(open later in the summer). There are two separate 4,500 square-foot outdoor heated pleasure pools, one for adults only and one for all ages, two Jacuzzis, and a large sunbathing area. A café is open from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Chaise lounges and tables are provided on a first come first served basis at no charge. The area is wheelchair accessible.

Guests wishing more privacy and luxury can call 1-702-785-9106 to reserve a poolside cabana. Prices vary. The cabanas include the following amenities:

  • VIP host
  • 10 bottles of water
  • Fresh fruit platter
  • Refrigerator
  • Seating for up to 8 guests
  • 42" flat-screen TV

As mentioned above, the pool area becomes very crowded in the afternoon. Live DJs blast loud music and a wild party atmosphere prevails. So if your children are going to use the pool at all, you need to go early in the day before the scene gets out of hand. Or consider using the rooftop pool at the Paris next door where the atmosphere is much more subdued and your kids can enjoy the added treat of a view of the Eiffel Tower. You won't be charged extra for using the Paris pool.

Miracle Mile Shops

The aptly named Planet Hollywood shopping mall extends 1.2 miles and contains about 170 shops and about 15 restaurants, as well as three entertainment venues. The mall is open Sunday-Thursday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to midnight. Clearly, there is enough of interest at the mall for a family to spend the better part of a day or evening there.

These are the shops that carry children's merchandise, including clothing, shoes, and/or toys.

  • Anime Revolution (Suite 25)
  • Billabong (Suite 215)
  • Footaction (Suites 390 and 400)
  • Houdini's Magic Shop (Suite 195)
  • Lid's Locker Room (Suite 684)
  • Magnet Max (Suite 205)
  • Quiksilver (Suite 35)
  • Shoe Palace (Suite 235)
  • True Religion's Brand Jeans (Suite 355)
  • Welcome to Las Vegas (Suite 95)

Sooner or later, your kids will get hungry, and the whole family can use a rest from all of the walking, so take advantage of one of the many places to grab an inexpensive meal or snack. You won't go wrong taking your kids to any of the following:

  • Cheeseburger (Suite 350)
  • Ketchup Premium Burger Bar (Suite 410)
  • Lombardi's Romagna Mia (Suiter 181)
  • Panda Express (Suite 530)

Lombardi's deserves special menu because in addition to its reasonably priced regular menu for brunch, lunch, and dinner, this Italian restaurant at the Miracle Mile Shops has a special kids' menu. Kids age 12 and under can choose from any of the following entries for just $6.95.

  • Spaghetti and meatballs
  • Macaroni & cheese
  • Cheese pizza
  • Pepperoni pizza
  • Rigatoni
  • Breaded chicken strips

The entrée comes with soda or milk at no extra charge or orange, apple, or cranberry juice for $2.00. Dessert, vanilla ice cream, either plain or with chocolate or berry sauce, costs $2.00 more.

In addition, any of these places would be perfect for satisfying your children's snack attack or sweet tooth.

  • Auntie Anne's Pretzels (Suite 155)
  • Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream (Suite 520)
  • Garrett Popcorn Shops (Suite 50)
  • Jamba Juice (Suite 260)
  • Nestle Toll House Café (Suite 16): Ice cream, frozen yogurt, milkshakes, floats, and Toll-House cookie creations
  • Red Mango Yogurt & Smoothies (Suite 56)
  • Sugar Factory (Suite 720): Candy, gelato, milk shakes, and other sweet treats

Last, but certainly not least, the Miracle Mile Shops are a big entertainment mecca. With a few exceptions, these shows are fine for audiences of all ages. See the next section for descriptions of the many shows for which you will need to purchase a ticket. But there are also two not-to-be missed shows in the Miracle Mile Shops that are absolutely free.

Fountain Show

Don't confuse the free fountain show at the Miracle Mile Shops with the more elaborate dancing fountains spectacle at the Bellagio across the street. But as long as you are on the premises anyway, be sure to catch this additional sound and light show that takes place near the V Theater (Suite 360) every hour on the hour daily between noon and 11 p.m.

Rainstorm in the Desert

Another not-to-be-missed spectacle, the free rainstorm show, is the only indoor rainstorm in Las Vegas. It is complete with thunder, lightning, and pouring rain, which may have your children wondering how it is possible. We have no idea. Just let them see it for themselves. You will have plenty of opportunities because a new storm erupts like clockwork near the Panda Express every Mon. through Thurs. every hour on the hour from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and every Fri., Sat., and Sun. every half hour from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Other Entertainment at the Miracle Mile Shops: Musical and Comedy Revues

Besides the free Fountain Show and Rainstorm in the Desert, there is plenty of other family-friendly entertainment you can enjoy at the Miracle Mile Shops. However, these shows are not free, so look over the list of options and pick a few that you think your children will enjoy most. We also recommend checking for discount coupons online, in local magazines, and at Tix 4 Tonight (the closest outlet is at the Showcase Mall at Bally's). Since most of these shows have been running for a long time, you should not have to pay full price for them, which can add up to a lot of money for a large family seeing multiple shows. Unfortunately, there is no special pricing for children.

V Theater

Hitzville

If your family likes classic Motown music, they will love this long-running musical tribute to Michael Jackson, Tina Turner, Gladys Knight and the Pips, the Four Tops, the Temptations, and Diana Ross and the Supremes. Show times are every day but Sunday at 5:30 p.m. Tickets cost $59-$69 (plus taxes and processing fees).

All Shook Up

This new Elvis tribute show can also be seen in the V Theater. Show times are 6 p.m. nightly Tickets cost $59-69 (plus taxes and fees).

Popovich Comedy Pet Theater

This blend of comedy, juggling, and performing animals is a delightful choice for children. Show times are Tues.-Sat. at 4 p.m. Tickets cost $24-$34 (plus taxes and fees).

V: The Ultimate Variety Show

This fast-paced show which, of course, is at the V Theater, too, has a little of everything: comedy, acrobatics, daredevil stunts, and one variety act after another. The show can be seen any night of the week at 7 p.m. or 8:30 p.m. Tickets cost $69-$89 (plus taxes and fees).

Saxe Theater

Beatleshow Orchestra

This Beatles tribute show is perfect for Beatles fans of all ages. Hear all of the Beatles' greatest hits backed by an orchestra. Show times are Mon. and Thurs. only at 5:30 p.m. Tickets cost $59-$69 (plus taxes and fees).

Chaos & Confetti

You may have seen this group perform on "America's Got Talent." Chaos & Confetti is guaranteed to be unlike any show our children have ever seen. Ladders, buckets, and power tools are the unlikely "instruments" used to make music. Perfect for kids and kids at heart of all ages. Show times are Tues., Wed., Fri., and Sat. at 5:30 p.m. Tickets cost $59-$69 (plus taxes and fees).

Nathan Burton Comedy Magic Show

Nathan Burton was another star on "America's Got Talent" who has found a new home on the Vegas Strip. Show times are Tues.-Sun. at 4 p.m. Tickets cost $49-$59 (plus taxes and fees).

Vegas! The Show!

This exciting show takes you on a musical journey that lets you relive the glitz and glamour and some of the greatest hits of bygone eras when performers like Elvis and the Rat Pack ruled the stage. Vegas! The Show! features a big band orchestra and a cast of more than 40 singers, dancers, and showgirls. Show times are 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. nightly. Tickets cost $79-$99 (plus taxes and fees).

Magic Show: Murray the Celebrity Magician

This show is one of several at the Sin City Comedy Theatre, but the only one which is family appropriate. The Sin City Comedy Theatre is a very small venue, which is not located in the Miracle Mile Shops, but on the hotel's mezzanine level.

Murray, the Celebrity Magician, became a household name as a finalist on "America's Got Talent." Performance times are Sun., Mon., Wed., Thurs., and Sat. at 4 p.m. Tickets cost $34.95. Despite the name of the venue, Murray's shows are family-friendly and open to all ages.

Headliner Entertainment at the Miracle Mile Shops

The outstanding entertainment options at Planet Hollywood are not limited to musical revues comedy and magic, but also include top of the line headliners. The lineup for 2016 includes Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, and Lionel Richie, any one of whom would provide an unforgettable evening for the whole family. Since they are on a rotating schedule at the same theater, the best you can do is pick one of the three and time your visit accordingly. We recommend purchasing your tickets well in advance to be sure of getting tickets on the desired date.

Britney Spears: Piece of Me

If your stay at Planet Hollywood coincides with one of the nights when Britney

Spears is performing, your kids will beg you to see her show. While Britney's residency at Planet Hollywood has been ongoing for some time (select dates since 2013), she has no trouble filling the 4,500 seat Axis Theater (located in the Miracle Mile Shops), and the show has been reportedly extended through 2017.

The high-energy show, including all of Britney's chart topping hits, together with spellbinding dance moves and acrobatics, will have audiences of all ages screaming and dancing in the aisles from start to finish.

Ticket prices vary considerably. The hotel also offers room-show packages, including two front or rear orchestra seats to the show. Check the website for specific performance dates and further information.

Jennifer Lopez: All I Have

Jennifer Lopez is another headliner at Planet Hollywood who needs no introduction. When Britney Spears is not performing at the Axis Theater, there is a good chance that J-Lo is.

The Planet Hollywood shows are the only opportunity to see her perform live in the U.S. during 2016. These are the remaining performance dates:

  • May 22, 25, 27, 28, 29
  • June 1, 3, 4, 8, 10, 11, 12
  • July 20, 22, 23, 27, 29, 30
  • August 3, 5, 6, 12, 13
  • December 9, 10, 13, 16, 17

Ticket prices vary considerably. See the website for further information.

Lionel Richie

Planet Hollywood has booked a third internationally famous headliner act. Lionel Richie will perform on select dates in April, May, September, and October 2016 at the Axis Theater. Equally known as a member of the Commodores and as a solo artist, this legendary performer will appeal not only to adults, but to older children and teenagers. Tickets may be purchased online or at the box office. Prices range from $59 to $219 plus fees.

All Axis Merchandise

After you see one of these shows, be sure to stop by this shop across from the Axis Theater for T-shirts, posters, and other merchandise.

Child Friendly Activities Nearby

Clearly, Planet Hollywood is such a hubbub of activity and entertainment, your family could probably get by without ever leaving the property. But considering the hotel's central location and close proximity to other casino hotels which also offer a variety of attractions and activities, we recommend that you find the time to fit some of those into your schedule. If you would like to visit properties that are farther away, that is not a problem either. They are easily accessible via Deuce Bus, monorail (from the Bally's/Paris stop), or taxi. However, all of these family-friendly activities are within easy walking distance.

    Bally's
  • Swarovski's Starburst: Free sound and light show at 9 p.m. and midnight in the Bally's Showcase Mall
    Caesars Palace
  • Fall of Atlantis show at the Caesars Forum Shops
  • Headliner entertainment at the Colosseum: Celine Dion or Mariah Carey
    Flamingo
  • Flamingo Wild Life Habitat
  • Headliner entertainment in the Showroom: Donny and Marie or Olivia Newton-John
  • Legends in Concert: There are several tribute shows to choose from at Planet Hollywood, but if you prefer, Legends in Concert is another good choice. Which celebrities you get to see portrayed is pot luck, because the lineup changes periodically. However, Elvis is a constant. The show is appropriate for all ages. In fact, it is one of the few shows in Vegas with special reduced pricing for children.
    Paris
  • Swimming at the Soleil Pool: This rooftop pool, open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. during the summer and 10 p.m. to 4 p.m. during the winter, offers a good alternative to the Planet Hollywood pool.
  • Eiffel Tower Experience
  • "Jersey Boys" (parental discretion advised)

Concierge Services and Childcare

The concierge desk in the lobby can be a big help to you during your stay. Besides answering questions and providing information about various local attractions and activities, the concierge can assist you with restaurant and show reservations, arrange tours, and transportation, and try to help you with various other requests. You can either visit the desk in person or contact the concierge at 1-702-785-5544. However, one special service you will almost certainly need, and the website does not state whether the concierge can be of any help to you in this area, is childcare. Planet Hollywood, like most of the other Las Vegas hotels, and all of the hotels on the Strip, does not provide its own childcare facilities on the premises. Therefore, you need to plan ahead so you will be properly prepared. There will probably be occasions during your Las Vegas stay when you will want and need alone time away from your kids.

One option, and a relatively expensive one, is to have a licensed nanny come to the hotel to take care of your children for the few hours you are away. Some of these services are excellent, but not all families can afford them.

A second option is to leave your children in the care of a licensed drop-off center. This type of care is much more economical, but instead of the convenience of having the caregiver come to your hotel, you are responsible for dropping off and picking up your kids at the center at the prearranged time. Other drawbacks to the drop-off centers are that most of them are only open for limited hours and all of them have strict age requirements. Another requirement is that the child must be manageable in a group setting. The center might not be equipped to properly care for children with certain physical limitations or behavioral disturbances.

The major advantage to group childcare is that If your child meets all of the requirements, and the center is open at a time that will work for you, you will save a lot of money over what you would have to spend for a nanny service. However, if this option won't work in your situation, you will need to explore other more expensive alternatives.

See the separate section of this website on childcare to learn more about the different types of childcare and how to pick a service that will be a viable choice for you and your family.

Child-Friendly Meals and Snacks

Finding suitable restaurants with affordable and reasonably healthy food the whole family can eat is not always easy in Las Vegas. A lot depends on which hotel you are staying at. Fortunately, Planet Hollywood is one of the best in terms of restaurant choices. Most of the restaurants are affordably priced and casual rather than gourmet. And while there is no shortage of places serving burgers, pizza, hot dogs, and shakes, there are plenty of other options as well.

We already mentioned several eateries in the Miracle Mile Shops. Planet Hollywood has many more, but surprisingly no Planet Hollywood Restaurant on the premises at all. There is a Planet Hollywood restaurant in Las Vegas, but it is across the street at Caesars Palace!

Not all of the restaurants at Planet Hollywood are family-friendly, but most of them are. You won't go wrong taking your children to any of the following:

Planet Dailies

Located at Planet Hollywood, This 24/7 coffee shop has enough items on the menu to satisfy virtually anybody's taste and appetite. Even many of the breakfast items are served round the clock. There are no special prices for children, but bring your Total Rewards card. All entrees are $1.00 cheaper for Total Rewards cardholders.

Earl of Sandwich

Earl of Sandwich knows that no time of day is the wrong time for a sandwich, especially in Las Vegas. So it is open round the clock. Earl of Sandwich is also very wallet-friendly. Most of the sandwiches on the regular menu are only $6.89, while the breakfast sandwiches cost a mere $2.99-$3.99.

Spice Market Buffet

The Spice Market Buffet is a repeat winner of the Best Buffet Award, so that alone should tell you this is one of the better quality buffets on the Las Vegas Strip.

Gordon Ramsay BurGR

This restaurant elevates the burger to gourmet status. The menu lists 11 varieties of burgers, costing about $15 each. We suggest something simple for kids, like the American burger (with American cheese, lettuce and tomato, pickle and onion). Regular fries, with or without cheese, or sweet potato fries can be ordered on the side ($8-$13), and milkshakes are $9 each. The restaurant is open Sun.-Thurs. from 11 a.m. to midnight and Fri. and Sat. from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

P F Chang's

If your family likes Chinese food, while you won't go wrong choosing the Chinese food at Planet Dailies, P F Chang's (a well-known national chain) is the place to go for a much bigger selection.

Yolos

If your children like Mexican food, this is a good place to go for lunch. We suggest lunch rather than late in the day or at night when the restaurant takes on a party atmosphere. Besides, lunch is when you can take advantage of the $9.95 specials The choices are Street Tacos, Yolos Burrito, Tostada Salad, and Tamales. While the restaurant stays open to 10 p.m. Sun.-Thurs. and to 11 p.m. Fri. and Sat., the $9.95 lunch specials are only offered Mon.-Fri. from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Pin-Up Pizza

No matter how many pizza parlors Las Vegas has, there can never be too many, and if you don't believe that statement, look no further than Pin-Up Pizza at Planet Hollywood.

This new pizza place claims that it serves up the largest slices on the Strip. You can either eat in or order the slices to go. Since the slices are huge, they might be too much for young children to handle, so you can request that they be cut in half.

The NY style pizza comes in seven varieties and costs only a few dollars a slice. Pin-Up Pizza opens at noon (11 a.m. on Fri. and Sat.) and stays open until 4 a.m. It is conveniently located on the Las Vegas Strip in front of the hotel, right next to Pink's Hot Dogs.

Pink's Hot Dogs

It won't be easy deciding between pizza and a hot dog with the two eateries right next to each other. But if hot dogs win out, Pink's Hot Dogs are a good choice.

The original Pink's Hot Dogs dates all the way back to 1939 when a man named Paul Pink sold hot dogs from a pushcart in Hollywood for 10 cents apiece. The Pink's Las Vegas Hot Dogs start at $4.79 (for a plain hot dog), but fancier versions like the house special, the Planet Hot Dog (Polish sausage, grilled onions, mushrooms, bacon, and Nacho cheese), cost as much as $8.99. All orders can be customized with your choice of toppings. Side orders of fried onion rings and coleslaw are additional. Children's beverages include soda, lemonade, energy drinks, and hot chocolate. Pink's is open Sun.-Thurs. from 11 a.m. to midnight and Fri. and Sat. from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.

Summing Up: Is Planet Hollywood Child-Friendly?

Because Planet Hollywood, like Hollywood itself, has a reputation of being a place to party, we were pleasantly surprised to discover that it is also one of the most family-friendly casino-hotels on the Strip. The features that make it family-friendly are not just the very convenient Center Strip location, but the oversized rooms, great family dining options, and abundance of activities and entertainment day and night that would appeal to children.

On the other hand, this hotel is not for everyone. Here are a few factors which will make some families probably decide that another hotel might be a better choice.

The property is very large, which will necessitate a lot of walking. For example, many guests have complained about the long walk to get to the check-in area. Likewise, the Miracle Mile Shops are very spread out, and getting from one destination to another in the mall will entail considerable walking or, alternatively, renting a wheelchair.

The party atmosphere and continual assault on one's senses with all the flashing lights may be too much for some visitors' tastes. Older adults and those with conservative tastes, in particular, might feel like a fish out of water. The sensory overload might also be too much for infants and toddlers.

The pool area is more geared for the young partying crowd than for families. You will either have to go very early in the day or go elsewhere, like the Paris, to swim, which some families may find inconvenient.

In order to get a quiet room, you will have to request a high floor, which will cost more. The kind of room you want or need may cost more money than some families are prepared to spend.

If you feel your family would not be too hampered by inconveniences such as those just mentioned, the following are some compelling reasons why Planet Hollywood might be an excellent choice.

  • Great location in the center of the Strip
  • Larger rooms than at many of the other hotels on the Strip
  • Many reasonably priced, family-friendly dining options
  • World class shopping
  • Fantastic entertainment

In summary, Planet Hollywood may not be not be one of the better choices for very young kids and those with physical handicaps. However, it has just the right features to make it a great resort for most older children and teenagers.

Are kids allowed in the Planet Hollywood?

Yes, children are indeed allowed in Planet Hollywood, however, Nevada State Law prohibits minors (those under 21 years of age) to loiter in the casino. Specifically, children cannot hang around gaming areas--even if accompanied by a parent or guardian over 21 years old. They may, however, walk through the casino en route to another part of the hotel, but again, while accompanied by a parent or guardian over 21 years of age. Parents and/or guardians may not gamble with minors (children) sitting or standing next to them at any time. This includes quickly dropping a coin or two in a machine while walking with a child. Lastly, children may not touch the gaming devices including slot machines and table games.

Do kids stay free at the Planet Hollywood?

No

Is there childcare or baby sitting at the Planet Hollywood?

No.

What's the best thing to do for kids at Planet Hollywood?

Yes, the Strip's first ever FlowRider Wave-in-a-Box Double.

Are pets allowed at Planet Hollywood?

Yes, but only in specific rooms.

Does Planet Hollywood have a good swimming pool for Kids?

This is not the kid-friendliest pool in Las Vegas. Two 4,500-square-foot pools and two spa tubs along with a pool bar, a pool cafe, live DJs and 21 cabanas.