The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, aka The Cosmo for fans, was never meant to be a typical Vegas hotel-casino. This is perhaps the best thing about it.
The project originally featured a lot of condos, and by the time that failed construction was too far advanced to change the basic footprint of the structure. As a result, hotel rooms here, many of which are intended to be apartments, are typically the largest on the Strip, even without an upgrade to a suite, and fans have long liked the Cosmopolitan to offer larger and generally better rooms. upgraded and more for Le buck. This value proposition among upscale hotels has become the Strip’s worst-kept secret
But the happy change of plan also gave the hotel other advantages. Although it has around 3,000 rooms, it wasn’t meant to be another mega-resort like its neighbors, so it required a smaller site. This allowed it to be built in a perfectly prime location in the heart of the most desirable part of the Strip, right next to the Bellagio. Because it’s more compact, it’s also easier to maneuver than many of its ginormous and often intentionally confusing and convoluted peers, and that enhances everything from simple entry and exit to moving indoors. In short, it feels more like a hotel, and customers love it.
For more information on traveling to Sin City, check out âBest of Las Vegas 2019 for Any Budget,â here at Forbes.
Necessity being the mother of invention, as the casino area is smaller than any other complex with so many rooms (the game was originally intended to be on the second floor), more effort was put into on other operations to help the hotel results from day one. As a result, the Cosmopolitan has offered some of the best cuisine and amenities in Vegas since its opening. For example, it’s Wicked Spoon, the three-meal-a-day all-you-can-eat restaurant here, that reinvented the Las Vegas buffet concept by making it more gourmet, with individual portions, a better plate, and more cooked-to-eat dishes. the order, and its success has led just about all of the major competitors to revamp their buffet the same way. Just a year after the hotel opened, its hugely popular Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub was considered the most profitable nightclub in the country.
Another perfect example is the three tier chandelier bar, centerpiece. While many Vegas casino bars are colorless additions to the blackjack tables, the Cosmo has become one of the most popular places in town to have a cocktail, a bar for the bar and, as a result, it attracts many guests staying elsewhere. In general, the level of the casino – the first thing you see – is generally prettier, classier and more inviting than most properties in Vegas.
Plus, while almost every major casino in town has some great restaurants, you can wander around until you’ve gone over your reservation just trying to find them. That’s not the case in the Cosmo, with the city’s most concise collection of fine restaurants, all arranged around the tiered atrium of a mall-style escalator. Guests can easily eat very well here, chic or casual, Michelin-starred chefs or upscale food court, night after night.
Based on my personal experience, having covered the Vegas food scene in depth for over 20 years, I would like to highlight my own favorites here. Jaleo, by star Spanish chef JosÃ© AndrÃ©s, is one of my Sin City favorites, with classic Spanish dishes really very well prepared, mainly thanks to an impeccable supply of ingredients. One of my favorites around the world is the beautifully simple Catalan Tomato Bread, and I’ve had it in many places in Spain, and it’s the best I’ve ever tried. The inventory of an incredible hand-carved Spanish ham is fantastic, the tender and perfectly grilled octopus, the signature slate of the overwhelming paella of tempting choices. You can eat here over and over again without rehearsing and still be in awe.
Estiatorio Milos, with branches in Montreal, London, New York, Athens, Miami and now Cabo, is one of my all-time favorites. This Greece-focused Mediterranean restaurant is famous for its supply of incredibly diverse and high-quality seafood. Every Vegas casino resort tries to outdo themselves with Italian, and there are some great choices, but Scarpetta is still among the best. The myriad of fans of New York’s beloved Blue Ribbon will find the Vegas outpost just as good, and in the city’s increasingly hyper-competitive world of gourmet burgers, the patty and shake specialist. Holsteins is one of the best, and happily without the common (and undeserved) overly pretense genre.
All of that would be enough, but the Cosmopolitan is better than ever after a recent round of notable additions and renovations – including all rooms. The deep-pocketed Blackstone group acquired it in 2014 (and earlier this year hired a bank to put it up for sale, with a change of hands reportedly imminent) and made plans for a major expansion, adding four floors. superiors of ultra-high-level luxury residences called Boulevard Penthouses (free for those playing 7-figure bankrolls and not for renting to mere mortals).
But there were a lot of upgrades that anyone can appreciate. The most edible of these is the brand new Block 16 Urban Food Hall, which opened last year. This imported several famous names with cult followers in other parts of the century, all of which first appeared in Vegas. These include Lardo, whose crazy good sandwiches, many of which focus on artisan Italian deli, are a huge hit in his hometown of Portland; the first branch of the beloved New Orleans district, a specialist in donuts, sliders and beer; wing enthusiasts drool over award-winning chef James Beard Andy Ricker’s Pok Pok Wing in Portland and now here; and my favorite, Nashville Hot Chicken legend Hattie B’s, who brings the first taste of Music City’s signature spice to the Strip. Wow, that makes a lot of fantastic choices, and it’s not even a complete list.
Along with this stunning new food court, the latest wave of improvements has added Red Plate, a sophisticated traditional Chinese restaurant, and the all-new Barbershop Cuts and Cocktails. I had to see this to believe it – a real high end barber shop with a hidden door to a sweatshop with a huge whiskey program and one of the best intimate performance spaces in town – something surprisingly lacking in Vegas. Cosmo has also added a high-profile new show, Opium from Spiegelworld, the production company’s sequel to the hugely popular Absinthe, generally ranked number one in the city and rightly so (see my previous story on the 5 Best Vegas Shows here. ). He’s playing in the new Opium Theater, which, like the tent that houses the Absinthe, is small and has only good seats close to the action.
Finally, last year the hotel completed renovations to its 3,033 rooms, which are mostly brand new. I took a ride, and while they were already very nice, now they are even better. Due to the original condo concept, many had kitchenettes that no one was using, so the space has been redeveloped and many room types now have living, dining, working, and / or space. more functional rooms.
Additionally, while hardly any hotel-casino in Vegas offers outdoor decks, generally considered a no-no here, the Cosmo does, from top to bottom of its towers, including stunning decked-out suites. wraparound angle. All rooms are now equipped with tablets allowing guests to reserve restaurants and spas, purchase show tickets, order room service, access thousands of electronic newspapers and magazines, and control automated lighting and temperature. The Cosmopolitan now claims to have the fastest Wi-Fi on the Strip, although I haven’t tested it. There are too many other fun things to do.