Let me first start by saying that this photo is absolutely real. Nothing is superimposed. There is a reason that it has a ‘fantasy’ type of look to it. The above photo is an HDR photograph of the Las Vegas skyline taken from the 18th floor balcony of a hotel room in the West End tower of The Cosmopolitan Hotel and Casino near CityCenter and across Las Vegas Blvd from the Paris Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. This photo was taken in November 2011 and features the Bellagio fountain, Paris Hotel and Casino, the Eiffel Tower at Paris, Bally’s Hotel and Casino, the Flamingo, Caesars Palace and the Bellagio.
(LEFT) An HDR photo of the Eiffel Tower at Paris Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. This photo was taken at the same time and as the above shot, on Saturday, November 12, 2011 (the same day as the much hyped third boxing match of Pacquiao vs Marquez across the street at the MGM Grand Arena). This photo was also taken from our balcony at the Cosmopolitan.
The Eiffel Tower in Las Vegas is an exact replica of the real Eiffel Tower in Paris, only it has been scaled down to about half its size. Construction began on the Eiffel Tower along with the rest of Paris Las Vegas in 1997. It opened to the public along with the Paris Hotel and Casino in September 1999. At the top of the Eiffel Tower is the Eiffel Tower Restaurant, which features remarkable views of the Bellagio fountain show. I personally have not eaten there, but I have heard nothing but good things. The observatory at the top of the Eiffel Tower is a must-see destination for Las Vegas newbies! I recommend trying to go up about one hour after sunset, before it is completely dark outside.
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