by Michael J. Shapiro | September 16, 2011

Two years after the originally intended opening date, Caesars Palace Las Vegas has again turned its attention to the 668-room Octavius Tower, which now will debut Jan. 2, 2012. Rooms in the resort's sixth tower opened for bookings yesterday. The final piece in Caesars' $860 million expansion project, the new luxury tower will have a private entrance, a separate hotel lobby, and direct access to the resort's Garden of the Gods pool complex and gardens. Guest rooms will have modern d├ęcor and feature marble floors and dark wood furnishings, as well as 42-inch flat-panel HDTVs. An iPad/iPod Touch app will allow guests to communicate with room service, housekeeping, reservations and front-desk services. The resort, which currently has 3,348 rooms, postponed the tower's original opening until market demand improved.