Las Vegas does Paris
New resort builds its own Eiffel Tower
February 18, 1999
Web posted at: 11:47 a.m. EST (1647 GMT)
(CNN) -- Already, you can see ersatz Egypt in Las Vegas. Soon, you'll be able to get a taste of Paris there as well. Hilton's Paris-Las Vegas Casino Resort is re-creating the City of Light in the city of neon lights. The final beam was placed on top of the resort's 50-story Eiffel Tower replica on Wednesday.
Three of the tower's four legs rise from the floor of the resort's 85,000-square-foot (7,900-square-meter) casino. The half-size replica was designed using Gustave Eiffel's original drawings, but there are some differences from the original. It was welded rather than riveted together, although cosmetic rivets were added to echo the look of the Paris landmark. Like the original, the Las Vegas version has an observation deck on top. It also will offer an 11th-floor restaurant serving French cuisine.
The $760-million Paris-Las Vegas resort, which is scheduled for its grand opening in September 1999, also will feature versions of the Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre and the Paris Opera House, and its hotel tower will look like the Hotel de Ville (city hall) in Paris.