The Cosmopolitan, which debuted in 2010, may be the last, best example of its era. Like the Aria, opened a year before it, the 2,995-room Cosmo is modern Las Vegas design at its best: no kitsch, no themes, design elements that work as art (plenty of art, too), and technological innovations to the limit of what is currently practical. Larger hotels of this kind may be an endangered species, as developers move toward smaller, more personal, hotel-within-a-hotel properties. But for now, the Cosmopolitan remains one of the stars of the Strip. Originally, it was designed as condominiums, which is why the rooms are large, and many have kitchenettes and private terraces. The 100,000-square-foot casino is state-of-the-art, and the three pools include—as every hotel pool on the Strip now must—an adult day club, called Marquee. After dark, the Marquee becomes a nightclub, now ranking as one of the highest grossing in the nation. The collection of digital art includes commissions and temporary loans of works by artists such as Tracey Emin, T.J. Wilcox, and Yoko Ono.
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The Cosmopolitan has its own collection of high-end boutique shops, some of them unique, but you can widen the field by stepping next door to the Shops at Crystals mall at CityCenter. The Cosmopolitan’s central location on the Las Vegas Strip puts all its glitter within easy reach, but for a different perspective, book ahead for a tour at the Neon Boneyard, a museum of city lights from decades past.
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Rooms: 2,995 rooms, including 456 suites. From $200. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: 11 a.m. Dining options: A collection of 14 restaurants include creations by celebrity chefs galore, among them Eric and Bruce Bromberg’s bistro-style Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill; David Meyers’, where the inspiration is Continental; José Andrés’s two venues, China Poblano and Jaleo; and Scott Conant, also with two, both Italian, D.O.C.G. and Scarpetta. Spa and gym details: The Sahra Spa and Hammam is inspired by desert landscapes and treatments, a surprisingly novel concept in Nevada. The spa menu is extensive, and the hammam is one of the few in Las Vegas. To help work out any frustrations that might result from a night in the casino, one of the two fitness centers has a boxing ring.
Who’s it for: Foodies could happily spend a week at the Cosmopolitan without ever getting up from the table. And it’s definitely a major stop on the pool-party/clubbing circuit. Our favorite rooms: The north-facing Wraparound Terrace Suites look out on the neighboring Bellagio fountains. Restaurant highlight: Book very early for one of the eight seats at é by José Andrés, a restaurant within a restaurant at Jaleo, where guests discover what is on the leading edge of Spanish cuisine.
All guest rooms feature flat-screen televisions, marble-appointed bathrooms, photographic artwork, Phaidon art books and other unexpected touches.
Private terraces with breathtaking views of The Las Vegas Strip
FedEx Office Print and Ship Centers in the hotel. Dedicated Convention Specialist. Nearly 200,000 square feet of vertically-integrated meeting rooms.
State-of-the-art fitness centers are located in both the Eastside and West End Towers. Lounge area and personal lockers. Technogym and Kinesis equipment. 24-hour access to East Side Tower fitness center. Movement studio. Boxing ring.
Sahra Spa & Hammam is a 43,000 square-foot sanctuary inspired by desert cultures from around the world. Violet Hour—hair, nail, and beauty salon.
The Cosmopolitan features three distinct pool experiences unique to Las Vegas. From a vibrant social scene overlooking the heart of The Las Vegas Strip to a pampering retreat, guests can choose the setting that suits their mood, from day into night.
The Restaurant Collection—The restaurant collection at The Cosmopolitan is a true culinary celebration featuring world-class flavors from chefs making their Las Vegas debut. With 13 authentic restaurants, you will truly elevate your dining experience to another level.
At The Cosmopolitan, a vibrant nightlife scene captivates perceptions and offers something for everyone with five bars. Enjoy the magnetic social scene at Bond, classic elegance at Vesper or sip on signature cocktails at The Chandelier, a multilevel architectural wonder.
Spacious and inviting, the City Room encompasses an urban-inspired feel along with a unique Las Vegas vibe. This stylish studio features two queen-sized beds and large, luxurious bathroom.
An oversized private terrace and 620 square-feet of living space are just a few of the luxuries that come with your stylish terrace studio.
TERRACE STUDIO TWO QUEEN BEDS
A luxury private terrace and unique amenities, with two queen-sized beds, make this a one-of-a-kind Las Vegas experience.
TERRACE ONE BEDROOM
Step onto your expansive, private terrace and enjoy breathtaking views. This living space features a plush king-sized bed and telescoping doors separating bedroom from living room.
Sliding glass doors open to an oversized private terrace. Guests will enjoy two large, decadent bathrooms with a master bath bubbler tub and a sleek, modern kitchen.
WRAPAROUND TERRACE SUITE
Glass doors open to an expansive wraparound private terrace allowing fresh air and sunlight pour into this spacious suite.
An exhilarating, multilevel suite overlooking the Bamboo Pool. Features two-story windows, stylish living area and private terrace with heated plunge pool.
TWO BEDROOM CITY SUITE
Floor-to-ceiling windows overlook the Las Vegas skyline and offer amazing views. This urban luxury suite features two bedrooms, spacious living area and two master baths and bubbler tubs.
Designed for the utmost in poolside luxury, each Bungalow features three levels of exclusivity with an outdoor bar, private heated plunge pool and secluded veranda-like patio overlooking Marquee Dayclub.
WEST END PENTHOUSES
The pinnacle of exclusivity, the West End Penthouses at The Cosmopolitan will truly change your vision of luxury living.
A city unto itself, the 2-year-old twin-high-rise resort casino has 2,995 rooms, suites, and bungalows; more than a dozen restaurants; multiple lounges, bars, and boutiques; and three swimming pools. Indulge in a Red Flower treatment at the Sahra Spa & Hammam. Doubles from $190. (702) 698-7000. Read Bob Guccione Jr.'s Spin the Globe story on Las Vegas. This appeared in the November/December 2012 issue.
Due to its prime location and sophisticated design, one thing you're guaranteed to get when you stay at The Cosmopolitan is a stellar view. Every room has a balcony — a wonderful vantage point for viewing the city's lights. Though the views are certainly a selling point for The Cosmopolitan, you don't just check into the average hotel room when you stay here. Rooms are spacious with casual seating, a desk, and an incredibly comfortable bed. Every bathroom has a roomy tiled shower and deep sunken tub — also with a stunning view. To complement the resort's edgy, avant-garde feel, a number of visually stunning and thought-provoking coffee table books are scattered throughout the room as well. Open since December 2010, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas has quickly become a favorite for those visiting from out of town and locals looking to spice up a few hours of their day. In true to Las Vegas fashion, the property has everything you need and those checking into The Cosmopolitan don't have to leave the property during their stay given the many dining, entertainment, and shopping options on site. But once they walk into their rooms and settle in, they might be tempted just to hunker down in their private oasis.
With an intuition for what travelers need after a trip to the Strip, you'll find lounge spaces all around The Cosmopolitan designed to allow guests simply to relax. Free from pressure to order a drink or pop coins into a slot machine, you're welcome to sit down, catch up with friends, check-in on your social media accounts, or just take a moment to yourself. On every floor The Cosmopolitan draws travelers in with its sophisticated style and keen cultural sense. On the first floor, look for cushioned seats near the lobby and throughout the casino bars. On the second floor, there is ample seating around the Chandelier Bar. The third floor, which houses the vast majority of The Cosmopolitan's restaurants, has a large open community meeting space with a pool table, table top games, and, you guessed it, comfy seating. In a city where the mantra is, "go, go, go," slowing down can be very welcome respite, indeed.
While there are sure bets every time you visit The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas—the Chandelier Bar will always serve delicious cocktails, and people will always be swimming or ice skating at the Boulevard Pool—the resort also keeps visitors on their toes. Pop-up shops and galleries make an appearance at this property on a regular basis so, if your last visit to The Cosmopolitan was a year, six months, or even three months ago, it's time for another visit. At the moment, there is a free-to-the-public Liberace exhibit on display, complete with costumes, a piano, and a car. For awhile, The Cosmopolitan had a pop-up wedding chapel where anyone could celebrate a real or faux wedding. What's more, their art galleries run on a rotation so what was in the third-floor gallery space will likely be renewed when you make it back to The Cosmopolitan for your next visit.
The Cosmopolitan is a little young and brash for my tastes (then again I AM middle-aged and it IS Las Vegas) but it's now my go-to Las Vegas hotel since I've stayed in the swanky Wraparound Terrace Suite. It was only $139/night, however, that was a convention rate and I was upgraded because of my Platinum status. What I loved: - Gigantic entryway - No outside noise - Cool artwork, art books, decor and furnishings (Eileen Grey, Jonathan Adler, etc.) - Massive flat screen tv - Kitchen with 2 freezers, refrigerator, binoculors, wine fridge, etc... - Two extremely large bathrooms, both with beautiful, tiled walk-in showers - High-end bath products - High quality fixtures - Sensitive temperature control - Crazy good views - And -- best of all -- an insanely wide and long terrace that spanned at least 80 feet I was also impressed with the conference/meeting services: (spotless) nice cutlery and embroidered linens, top-notch glassware, prompt service and above-average food. Sane and Serene Las Vegas: http://bit.ly/VpEuDx