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
- 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.
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So I've never really liked Vegas. The over-the-top themed hotels and craziness of the strip were just too much for me. However, now that we've stayed at the Cosmo, Vegas is back in my good books.
We stayed in the smaller tower close to the strip - recommend this as you hardly have to traipse through the hotel to get to your room (one of my pet hates of hotels in Vegas). The quieter pool is also in this block.
The rooms are huge - with a sitting area and spectacular balcony. We didn't have a view of the Bellagio fountains, which I regret. There is great attention to detail and it feels very luxurious - what other hotel has wallpaper at the back of the closet?
Can't beat the location - right in the centre of the strip.
Great restaurants on site - loved the Wicket Spoon buffet as everything is individually portioned; Eggslut is great for breakfast (if you don't mind queuing), best burgers at Holsteins and check out the pizza place for a late night snack (if you can find it).
My wife misplaced her cellphone in the casino one evening this week. The security staff had the turned in phone at lost and found and they were very helpful in finding it and getting it back to us. Thanks Robert for going above and beyond to help keep our vacation on track. Another huge plus for the Cosmopolitan!!
Stayed at the Cosmopolitan while on a business trip to Vegas. The hotel is very trendy. My checking process was smooth, it does get busy at the registration desk and the line could be long. I stayed in a king room fountain facing. The room was clean and amazing. Had a balcony and sitting area. The Cosmopolitan is a Marriott hotel, so if you are a Marriott reward member you could be upgraded. The location is great and the staff are excellent. The hotel is always buzzing and connected to a mall with a lot of options for food. Will definitely stay there again.
Smooth check in with a slick operator who was on his game. A good selection of restaurants, plus one of my favourite bars in town (Chandelier). I stayed in a room with a balcony, plus a tub looking out over the strip, two large TVs, comfy bed, plenty of power sockets, etc, etc.
Casino one of the higher quality places.
Downsides? Not many I can think of. Their IT systems had melted when I tried to check out, which meant the online checkout wouldn’t work. The water in the room is pricey at $10/bottle, but “that’s ‘Vegas”.
Our room selection was probably the downside. Had a balcony, had to add a day, new reservation didn't have a balcony, but was told I would get an upgrade due to my loyalty status. Never happened. The theme of the hotel decor was focused on sex, which was alright, but it was an overt theme without the zing. The room was nice and well furnished with lots of room. The restaurants here are awesome. No complaints about any of them. Its also well located on strip with easy access to the sites. Bellagio, Planet Hollywood, The Miracle Mile, etc.