This Vegas blog is gonna get better and better now that I’ve actually been to Vegas again. Last week I spent 4 nights at the Cosmopolitan Hotel. When deciding where to stay, I searched through expedia.ca, and looked at the hotels on the strip. I don’t have the patience to stay off the strip at this point, although maybe in the future I’ll branch out a bit. I had stayed at the Cosmo last year, so I did have a comfort level with it, as I had really enjoyed my time there. It’s a little pricier than most of the hotels I was looking at, but it fulfilled all of my requirements, being centrally located, with lots of cool restaurants, and great rooms. Expedia had a deal which included free breakfast at the Wicked Spoon each day. That put me over the top, and made it easier to justify paying the extra money. In a previous post I’ve talked about some of my favorite buffets in Vegas, and The Wicked Spoon tops the list. Not only were we not going to be buying breakfast every day, but after feasting there, nobody wanted lunch most days either.
The service there was great. It is a 5 star hotel and it’s first class all the way. I had my son staying with us, so we needed a crib. When we checked in, the lady at the desk co-ordinated crib drop-off and also asked if we were going to be using the mini-bar, warning us that moving items in the mini-bar would result in a charge to the room. Anticipating that we might need the fridge for milk for our son, she offered to have someone come up and clear out the mini-bar. This was thoughtful and a nice touch. By the time we got up to our room, the crib was there in under 5 minutes.
I love the second floor. This is going to sound crazy, but one of my favourite parts of the hotel is a spot where there is almost nothing going on. There are two towers at the Cosmo, and the distance between them is substantial. On the first floor, it’s mostly casino, but on the second floor there are some shops and restaurants in the front, but there’s a long carpeted path to get to the back. Pretty quiet there most of the time, but actually a great place to bring a 15 month old who needs to run around a bit. They play obscure 70’s soul music, and have a lot of great pictures of classic Vegas performers to look at as you walk through like Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra and Harry Belafonte. There are 3 TV screens with footage of old Vegas, and some people just stop and watch it for a bit. It’s a sharp bit of decor that gives a great retro feel without being tacky. The rest of the hotel doesn’t seem retro at all, but I think its ultra cool that there’s this little quiet pocket where you can take a trip through time as you walk to your elevator. I also like that they’re paying homage to old Vegas, even though it’s a newer hotel.
I’ve eaten at a few of the restaurants there as well. I had previously eaten at STK which is a chic steakhouse that usually has a DJ spinning while you eat. I remember really enjoying it there. This time I went to China Poblano which is a Chinese Mexican fusion restaurant which is worth going to for the originality of their offerings. Holsteins is a burger place that has a great beer menu, and specializes in adult shakes. Probably the most interesting place is the pizzeria which not everybody knows about. This pizza place (I believe) is open 24 hours, and is located down a hallway with no signage. I don’t even know what it’s called. It’s not on The Cosmopolitan website. It’s a secret pizza place!! How cool is that?? I had a White Pizza slice. It was really really good. Might be the best $5 I spent while I was there. I would include a photo of that, but I don’t want to blow their cover.
If you’re going to go to Vegas and get hooked on it like I did, get a rewards card. The Cosmopolitan has a good one. The drawback is that they only own that one hotel, so you can only use it there, but the awesome part is that you can swipe it for any money you spend there, so even if you aren’t a big gambler, you can still get points for staying there and eating in their restaurants.
I don’t have much to say that would be considered negative regarding my trip to the Cosmo. If I have to nit-pick, I’d say that the doors to your room are loud enough to hear at Caesar’s Palace, so it’s difficult to sneak in after a night of gambling when you have a baby in the room. Light sleepers beware. Also, there’s a significant difference between the views from the windows. If it’s your first time, try to get a room that faces the Bellagio. That’s the best view. If you get a suite, you get a balcony, and that’s the only place on the strip where that is the case to my knowledge.
All told, The Cosmopolitan is an amazing hotel, and I haven’t told you about half of the stuff there. I highly recommend it, and it’s worth a couple of extra bucks in my opinion.