Pool: Paris -- LV Strip.
Access: Walked right in without a key being requested. Towels required a key.
Rating: 8 out 10. 2 point deduction for lack of shade on pool deck.
Paris Hotel has a very nice pool set up. The pool is fairly large, one of the larger pools I have been to in LV. The pool deck is also huge with lots of room -- no issues with crowding at this pool. If you feel like doing laps, there is a lap lane right in the middle of the pool. I swam about 10 laps and got a nice workout. The length the lap lane is not 50m but not 25m -- I would estimate the length to be around 35m. The crowd of people at this LV strip hotel pool is just about everything -- older married couples, "first time in LV couples" , and 20 somethings drinking and going crazy in the pool. There was a DJ playing club style music which added to the party atmosphere. The volume of the music was not too loud.
Here are some things to note with the Paris pool:
The pool faces directly to the west with the hotel towers behind the pool. This means the pool gets blasted by the sun for most of the day. Shade at this pool is minimal, unless you get a cabana ($$$). However, right in front of the pool is the Paris Eiffel Tower replica. This structure is so huge that it offers quite a bit of shade as the sun sets in the west. In fact, the actual tower is built on the pool deck so you can have complete shade on part of the pool deck from about 1:00 p.m until the sun sets.
During our visit there was some rowdy behavior in pool with lots of drinking and the typical "we just got to LV so lets go crazy" mindset. Heavy drinking, doing shots, etc. The life guards were repeatedly warning groups of 20 somethings to tone it down and finally a threat of security being called got things somewhat under control. There was also some blatant displays of PDA at this pool. One couple were fully making out/groping in the pool with his hands appearing to repeatedly fondle her breasts under the water. Another couple was going at it on the edge of the pool in a full tongue sucking session. He had both hands on her ass as they grinded each other. Note that the pool area during this time had a few hundred people present including many children.
There were a few "suspect characters" at Paris pool during our visit. I would describe these individuals as "LA gangster" thug looking types hanging out with their "lady friends." One fellow who was covered in gang/prison tattoos, wore a wife beater while he frolicked in the pool with this gf/wife. Another individual also covered in gang/prison tattoos, wore a blue bandanna around his shaved head the entire time he was in the pool. These two did not appear to know each other.
FYI: Paris Hotel is marketed by Harrah's as their primary "gay destination" hotel. They heavily market this hotel to gay men and gay women. Keep this in mind if you decided to stay at Paris and/or go the pool as you may see some interesting "situations" that require some explaining if you have children.
In fact Harrah's has a completely separate "gay friendly" website for Paris Hotel. If you are curious about the "other side" of Paris, check this out:
Here is the regular website for Paris Hotel, apparently for all non-gay people of the world:
Overall, Paris pool is a pretty nice. Lots of room, not overly crowded, fun atmosphere. I think all age ranges can enjoy themselves at this pool and have a good time. This pool is rated 8 out of 10. 2 point deduction for lack of shade on the pool deck.