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The Cromwell Las Vegas
Opened in 2014, the Cromwell Las Vegas channels a touch of NYC’s SoHo or Miami’s South Beach to the Las Vegas Strip. Owned by Caesars Entertainment, the hotel occupies a dramatically repurposed stand-alone structure. It was once home to Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall and Saloon—a hotel with more modest aspirations. By Las Vegas standards, where room counts run into the thousands, the Cromwell, at 188 rooms, is considered boutique, part of a Las Vegas luxury trend: hotels with fewer rooms, more personal service, and the promise of a hipper, younger, more “happening” scene. But what sets the Cromwell apart from other boutique trendsetters is that while they are hotels within hotels, this is more like edgy New York and Miami properties that have found creative ways to live within the confines of older spaces they inherited. Thus, smaller rooms than are today’s Las Vegas standards, but with design-hotel-level artwork and other touches. And while there is a small casino, the emphasis is clearly up on the roof, poolside at Drai’s Beach Club and Nightclub, at the basement-level Drai's After Hours Club, and on the second floor, at Giada, the first restaurant for Food Network celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis.
By Bob Payne, AFAR Contributor
Pro Tip: Never Drink at Las Vegas Tables
But when you’re feeling lucky, try the recently opened Cromwell, a boutique casino that’s less frenetic than most, even though it’s in the heart of the Strip. For more drinking tips, check out our feature "How to Drink Anywhere in the World" from the May 2015 issue.
By Andrew Richdale, AFAR Contributor
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