The Cosmopolitan Of Las Vegas
What We Love
- The hippest hot spot, Rose. Rabbit. Lie., defies categorization and expectation, combining experimental performance art courtesy of interactive floor shows with stiff libations, a catwalk ready crowd and beautifully presented fare
- The Sahra Spa’s cavernous hammam
What To Know
- The Boulevard pool turns into a 4,200-square-foot ice rink overlooking the Strip during winter months
- Reservations recommended for any of the restaurants
- Some rooms will have noise from the pool area
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
With video art installation pieces and a who’s who of culinary and nightlife legends, The Cosmopolitan aims to be the hippest resort on the Strip. The overall feel of the place is Miami Vice meets James Bond meets Paris Hilton (this is Vegas, after all). The futuristic lobby sets the tone, with iPad check-in and columns that double as morphing digital art pieces. Nouveau baroque chandeliers and marble floors keep things grounded in high-end Vegas, and the architecture (the hotel occupies two 52-story glass towers) optimizes views of the Bellagio fountains, the Eiffel Tower replica and the Strip’s other over-the-top sights. The 2,995 condo-style units channel Hollywood Regency by way of Jonathan Adler—think baby blue alligator print side tables, custom leather headboards, and Pop Art wallpaper. Many have sprawling terraces, Japanese soaking tubs, and kitchenettes with microwaves and Subzero minibars. At the center of the casino floor is a three-story bar draped in two million crystals that form a massive glittering chandelier. It’s part of the complex’s 300,000 square feet of retail and entertainment space, which includes 13 restaurants (from “it” chefs like Jose Andres) and Vegas outposts of hip New York spots like Blue Ribbon Sushi and legendary nightclub Marquee (the Vegas version thumps both day and night and includes art installations on giant LED screens). Inspired by desert landscapes, the Sahra Spa has 30 treatment rooms and a hammam, with Morrocan-, Turkish-, and Malaysian-inspired treatments. Guests can choose between the surf lodge vibe of the Boulevard Pool, the more serene Bamboo Pool, and the raging Marquee Dayclub Pool.
In the Area
The hotel has some of the more edgy shopping in Vegas with CRSVR (which specializes in limited edition sneakers), cult denim shop DNA2050 and collectible Japanese purveyor Kid Robot. You’re also right near the Daniel Libeskind-designed Crystals shopping district, where Chihuly glass sculptures and carpets made from flowers complement designer baubles by the likes of Balenciaga, Gucci and Lanvin. Across the street from the Cosmopolitan is one of the largest gay dance clubs in the U.S., Krave, which offers cutting-edge DJs, dance contests and go-go dancers on a Broadway-size stage. For a little retro fun, take the short taxi ride to the Pinball Hall of Fame, the world’s largest collection of machines, or head to the Neon Boneyard, the final resting place of the city’s glittering signs. Have a need for speed? Suit up and put the pedal to the metal at the Richard Petty Driving Experience, where you can drive yourself or ride along with an expert.
How to Get There
A few reasons I really like the Cosmo include: very stylish and comfortable rooms, great location, diverse food options from cheap/casual to high dining, and fun pool. I also think this hotel has one of the nicer casinos ... not too big and not too small. One big downside (as is the case will almost all hotels on the strip), NO COFFEE IN THE ROOM. I really would pay more to have this option and would give five stars if a single strip hotel would do this ... taking an elevator dozens of floors and walking a maze to get to coffee shop is no acceptable. :)
My partner and I come to The Cosmo four times a year, every year, and for very good reason: No other luxury hotel provides such a richly-fulfilling, consistently glamorous experience from end to end, all the way through. (Oh, and it is the only hotel on the Las Vegas Strip with balcony'd standard rooms.)
While some folks prefer guest rooms that overlook The Bellagio fountains, I recommend requesting a high-floor room, facing south, or toward the airport. You'll get sun all day, a better sunset experience (see my image attached), and incomparable views down The Strip with the Veer Towers, Waldorf Astoria, Aria, Park MGM, and New York, New York all in plain view.
Don't forget that The Cosmo has two fitness centers—a 24-hour mini-gym in the Boulevard Tower and a staffed full-size gym in the Chelsea Tower.
The world-class restaurant collection at The Cosmo is unparalleled, and this visit, our standout culinary experiences were had at Zuma, Blue Ribbon, and—you can't skip this upscale buffet—Wicked Spoon.
We visited the Sahra Spa this trip but only to purchase some of their luxury skin products. (A visit to the hammam proper is on the list for next time.)
A note: Vesper Bar is closed for the next month or two for renovations, but if the redesign of Bond Bar into The Barbershop is any indication, the new concept will surpass the former.
It is quite remarkable that The Cosmo only seems to get cooler and more hip as it grows older. 2020 will be year ten for the resort, and it has never been a more fabulous, magical place. The right side of wrong, indeed.
Just returned from a 5 night break here.
I was part of a group booking and everyone loved the hotel.
Had a one bedroom terrace suite which was beautiful. Very clean. Toiletries replenished every day. Iron and board in room. Bed very comfy.
Check in was quick and easy and the staff very friendly.
Ate at Pok Pot and was delicious. There is a Starbucks for your morning drink, but can get very busy.
Walk way direct to miracle mile mall opposite where there is a Wallgreens and lots of reasonable places to shop, eat and drink.
Always taxis around or if you prefer Uber, they are always quick to arrive.
Hired a car, but a lot cheaper to collect from Tropicana hotel which was easy.
Taxi to airport about $20. Taxi to north outlet was about $15.
Would definitely return!