The ground was broken for the Paris Las Vegas on April 18, 1997. The cost of the Paris was estimated at $760 million. Construction on the project began in May 1997 and was completed in April 1999. When the scale model of the Eiffel Tower was designed, it was planned to be full scale, but the airport was too close and the tower had to be shrunk. The scale is approximately 1:2. The property that the Paris Las Vegas is built on covers 24 acres (9.7 ha). The hotel is 33 stories tall. A unique architectural aspect of the Paris is that the back legs of its Eiffel Tower actually come down through the ceiling into the casino floor.
Paris Las Vegas opened on September 1, 1999, with fireworks being shot from the Eiffel Tower. French actress Catherine Deneuve flipped a switch, turning on all of Paris' lights, including the various crystal chandeliers in the main lobby.
On January 31, 2007, Paris Las Vegas premiered their new show The Producers, headlined by David Hasselhoff. There were continuing issues regarding Hasselhoff, as he was not showing up to the shows. Hasselhoff decided to leave the show, and The Producers refocused on Max, played by Tony Danza. Danza came on as the celebrity actor for the show until The Producers closed on February 9, 2008. Barry Manilow has headlined at the Paris since March 6, 2010.
Beginning in 2010, Caesars Entertainment Corp. has begun a series of improvement projects that will see some removal of the Parisian theme. Caesars is beginning to phase out the French greeters around the property, and in early 2010 begun a major remodel project at the front entrance. The project debuted in Spring 2011 and includes a new nightclub dubbed 'Chateau' and the largest Sugar Factory store on the Strip. It was announced in early December 2010 that the hotel's famous steakhouse Les Artisies would close at the end of January 2011 to make way for Gordon Ramsay Steak. The controversial icon's restaurant opened in June 2011.
It is expected that as of March 5, 2011[dated info] a new nightclub called Chateau is to be opened in the Paris Hotel. The new nightclub overlooking the Strip will span more than 45,000 square feet (4,200 m2) in a two-story, outdoor-setting. Outside, guests will find a 10,000-square-foot (930 m2) terrace overlooking the Strip with VIP cabanas and three additional bars. During the day, the terrace will serve as a beer garden and restaurant, opening at 10 a.m.
In the 2009 film 2012, Paris, along with the rest of The Strip, is destroyed.
In Resident Evil: Extinction, Paris is seen buried in sand, along with the rest of Las Vegas, several years after a zombie apocalypse. One of the characters climbs the Eiffel Tower replica to escape a horde of zombies.