The Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas – Hotel Review
The Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas
by Richard Jones
Where in the world do you go if you want to forget about life’s little worries and blow the lot? Las Vegas, of course.
And that’s just what the investors of The Cosmopolitan must have thought when the global financial crisis kicked off. Throughout the city grand plans for new-build hotels, expansions and infrastructure are put on hold. The entertainment capital of the world tries to make the most of what is already there to pull in the punters. But, out of the ashes of the monetary crisis, a beacon of hope appears bang in the centre of the famous Strip. Despite threats of foreclosure before its opening in 2010, the $3.9 billion resort The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas becomes Sin City’s only major hotel-casino to open in that year.
And although it isn’t the fanciest, boldest or brashest on the Strip, it has what many of its neighbours lack – class. The intelligent design and construction of the resort has been much discussed and dissected. As a rough overview: the parking is under the hotel; the 100,000 square-foot casino and multiple bars are on the first floor; shopping and casual restaurants are on the second; fine dining is on the third; one of the pools and a nightclub are on the fourth and fifth; and there is an outdoor performance venue for concerts.
“The small things make all the difference”
The hotel’s 2,995 rooms are housed in the two towers and start at 730 square feet. To put that into perspective, typical Las Vegas rooms tend to hover around the 500-square-feet mark, and will feel like relative matchboxes after a night or two in The Cosmopolitan.
One of the hotel’s big selling points is its balconies, which are the only standard outdoor terraces on Las Vegas Boulevard. North-facing ones are the best – looking straight out on to the Bellagio Fountains next door and with Paris’s Eiffel Tower to the east. This may sound like an oxymoron when discussing a Vegas Strip hotel, but it’s the small things at The Cosmopolitan that make all the difference.
The upscale amenities in the rooms include flatscreen televisions; small kitchenettes with a minibar, sink, and microwave; pristine marble bathrooms with Japanese soaking tubs; and Co Bigelow toiletry sets. There are even some touches you wouldn’t expect, such as some very readable books scattered about the room, stationary and comfy sofas and furnishings.
“One of Vegas’ most memorable indoor sights”
The in-room technology may appear a bit too advanced to start with, but after a while you may begin to wonder how you ever coped without the option of dimming your room lights through the use of your TV remote. The Cosmopolitan is not just a hotel though – it’s a resort. There are three pools – the energetic Boulevard Pool, the relaxing Bamboo Pool or the vibrant Marquee Dayclub Pool. All three offer completely different experiences depending on your mood, and there is more than just water features – foosball, ping pong, daybeds, cabanas, and of course the bikini clad waitresses, will change the way you look at hotel swimming pools forever.
Despite the aforementioned comforts, people who are looking for a sedate getaway should probably avoid The Cosmopolitan. It’s certainly not the most family-friendly option (but is there such a thing in Vegas?).
By night it attracts party animals. Albeit the slightly more sophisticated type. Most of whom are here to hang out at the award-winning bars and nightclub. The Chandelier Bar greets you as soon as you walk through the hotel’s front entrance. It has become one of Vegas’ most memorable indoor sights. The tri-level venue seats 500 guests among its strands of two million beaded crystals. It also houses three unique bar experiences – a high-energy hotspot, sophisticated high-tech cocktail haven and inviting lounge.
“An edible flower that speeds up your salivary glands”
No visit to The Chandelier is complete without sampling their famous Verbena cocktail. It includes tequila, Yuzu sour, ginger syrup, lemon verbena leaves and a garnish of Szechuan button. This is an edible flower that speeds up your salivary glands by numbing your mouth. It intensifies everything you consume for the next five minutes. The Verbena is second in popularity only to the classic Cosmopolitan cocktail. They apparently sell more than 50,000 of those at Chandelier alone each year.
With its grand opening on New Year’s Eve 2010, Marquee develops a reputation as one of the most spectacular nightclubs in Las Vegas. Top international house music DJs are in residence. In addition to the nightclub, Marquee also has a day club housing Grand Cabanas with individual infinity pools. Plus, for those really wanting to splash out, there are three-story Bungalow Lofts. These come complete with individual living quarters and party decks.
Tying in with Las Vegas’ culinary boom over the last decade, The Cosmopolitan is home to some truly world-class restaurants. With outposts in New York City, Miami and Los Angeles, STK is a new style of flirty, feminine steakhouse. Executive Chef Stephen Hopcraft fronts it. Bustling culinary food hall Wicked Spoon has a mix of top quality, familiar staples. These come in addition to imaginative seasonal dishes, and all at a reasonable price.
“This resort is all about looking forward”
The location and sheer real estate value of The Cosmopolitan is what may eventually ensure the property stands the test of time. Right in the centre of the action on the Strip, it is now the most accessible hotel on the entire length of the historic Las Vegas Boulevard. This, along with the place’s class and service should ensure The Cosmopolitan does not go the way of the many hotel-casinos to go to wrack and ruin over the years. But forget history, this resort is all about looking forward. Anyone who wants to see what the future of Las Vegas looks like should come here.
There is a lot of hype about the massive City Center development next door. But as far as traditional standalone hotel casinos on the Strip go, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas may be the last of its kind for a while. However, it may also be the best. So unlike most so-called ‘investments’ in Vegas, you could say it was money well spent.
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