I recently shared a review on The Luxor, the hotel where we stayed on our first night in Vegas … it turned out to be ideal following our midnight arrival by plane. For the next three nights, however, we chose The Cosmopolitan. Prior to booking, I hadn’t heard of this hotel and I think that’s because it is one of the most recent to be built on The Strip. It opened on December 10, 2010, consisting of two high rise towers that feature 2,995 rooms, 3 pools, convention/meeting space, shops, restaurants, an 1,800 seat theatre and, of course, a Casino. But probably one of the first things we noticed, and appreciated, about the Cosmopolitan (or The Cosmo as it’s affectionately called) was that our room had an open balcony. From what we could see, hardly any Vegas hotels have balconies. We had paid extra for a Fountain Terrace room and it was worth every cent to overlook the beautiful fountains of The Bellagio next door, especially at nighttime.
Our room was located on the 69th floor, which afforded us spectacular views over the northern and central area of the strip. Now I will add at this point, for those readers who are new, I have a morbid fear of heights, and although the first day was pretty challenging for me to even venture onto the balcony, by the second day I was saying “what the heck!” as the view was just too spectacular to miss.
So what did we think of the room … it could only be described as stunning and to be fair, it really should have been called a suite because it was huge. It was also very luxurious. To the left on entry was a massive bathroom. It featured a double basin, gorgeous toiletries, a separate, private toilet, a massive shower cubicle complete with a bench seat (perfect for shaving your legs, if you know what I mean, girls!) and a beautiful bath. Space abounded with tons of room to move around.
Beyond the bathroom was a lounge complete with a very comfortable “L” shaped sofa, single chair, coffee table, side table, flat screen TV, bookshelf, full-size desk and leather chair.
On the same wall as the TV was a full kitchenette including a dishwasher, sink, overhead and under bench cupboards, a bar fridge stocked with drinks (for a price) as well as a selection of snack foods available to be purchased. The most unusual thing though, there wasn’t a plate, bowl, knife, fork, spoon, pot, pan or utensil to be found. These items are available on request and on the benchtop was an ice bucket and four glasses.
It may seem odd to share my thoughts on a wardrobe but this was one of the coolest wardrobes I’ve ever encountered. Complete with a canvas crate containing additional blankets, there were also two luggage racks, two bathrobes, two pairs of slippers, a safe, an ironing board and iron but it’s most appealing feature was the contemporary wallpaper.
And the final element was the bedroom. A blanket box at the end of the bed contained additional blankets and the bed was one of the most comfortable I’ve ever slept on with gorgeous, beautiful quality linens.
And, of course, the balcony needs to get another mention. It was a very generous size, featuring comfortable outdoor chairs and a table. And the view was absolutely spectacular.
As for the rest of the resort, it was just as luxurious in all areas of the hotel. Check-in didn’t take long and was surprisingly seamless and efficient when you consider the number of rooms available and the sheer volume of people requiring attention. There are many concierges working the queue to ensure everyone’s happy and the Front desk is manned by around 20 staff, depending on demand.
The Pool Deck is spectacular and features 3 gorgeous pools.
The Cosmopolitan is home to more than a dozen restaurants. We were lucky enough to dine at Wicked Spoon for a Wedding brunch. I’ll share a review on it at another time but it was fantastic and deserving of its reputation as one of the best buffets in America. We also ate dinner one night at China Poblano wish serves meals that marry Chinese and Mexican cuisines together … an unlikely combination but one that seems to work … the food was delicious!
Be warned, The Cosmopolitan is not cheap but having been rated as one of the best hotels in the world, it’s definitely worth every cent! So tell me, have you been to Vegas and what is your favourite memory?