I'll start by saying that I'd give it 3.5 star if TripAdvisor allowed half-stars. While I think the execution of some parts of the hotel is fantastic, it nonetheless comes up short in a few areas.
The first thing you need to know is that the property is divided into two very different towers: West and East. West is the gargantuan one -- well, okay, not gargantuan by Vegas standards, but by everyone elses -- and appears to house many of its lower-end rooms (but take that with a grain of salt, seeing as the smallest room is a 460 sq ft "studio"). It's furthest from the action, at least if you want a view of the Strip or the hotel's pools.
The East Tower, on the other hand, pulls off the remarkable feat of appearing ... normal from the inside! Unlike nearly every other Vegas hotel of relatively recent vintage, which can have three separate wings on each floor each with upwards of 50+ room, the East Tower appears to only have about a dozen accommodations per floor. The key here seems to be that the *smallest* room in the tower is the Terrace One Bedroom, which is 610 sq ft and has a 110 sq ft terrace in addition. The fact that so many of the rooms/suites *have* terraces is pretty unique in itself. Given that the Terrace 1BR has an arrangement similar to the rooms at Palms Place -- essentially a miniature apartment, including a full kitchenette -- I'm guessing that, much like Palms Place, the plan is to eventually convert the property into the 21st-century version of a timeshare: you pay X amount to use the space X days per year, and get all sorts of perks in return. (The Palms Place put this plan on hold due to the recession, and hasn't reinitiated it AFAIK.)
As a former hotel reviewer *and* interior design aficionado, let's just say I'm hard to impress. However, the Cosmo gets an A+ in my book for style points. The designers managed to come up with a truly luxurious feeling setting for each of the terrace units, at least, without resorting to any tricks like using ubiquitous furniture. (Well, okay: I did spot a number of Arne Jacobsen Egg chairs in the lobby, but they also used a number of other Fritz Hansen designs.) The suites are the embodiment of eclectic design done the *right* way, which is amazingly difficult to pull off. The beds (and bedding) are top-notch, with a variety of pillows to choose from. The lighting in the rooms was fantastic, particularly considering how difficult it is to pull off that one feat. Finally, I appreciated the Cosmo having not only dispensed with paid Internet entirely, their free Internet may be the single-fastest I've ever encountered in a hotel. I ran Speedtest on it, and I was consistently pulling 30Mbps. I can't speak to whether similar speeds can be achieved throughout the property, but it's a good sign nonetheless.
Also a good sign is managing to get molecular gastronomy wunderkind José Andrés to open no fewer than *three* restaurants on site (though one is the eight-seat é by José Andrés, which could very well be the most difficult reservation in Vegas). Still, Jaleo's tapas menu appears immensely popular, and even his China Poblano concept is that rarest of gastronomic creatures: a fusion concept that appears to be entirely original.
Onto the not-so-good. Upon entering my room's enclosed toilet area, I encountered a stained, worn and wet rag on the floor. I assume it was left by a cleaning person, but still ... that's not something I've ever seen even in a cheap motel, let alone a hotel with the kind of accolades this one has received to date. Then there's the ... how do I put it? I guess "stinginess" issue. I was there during a period for which the hotel was clearly mostly empty, and yet when I enquired at check-in about upgrading to a Terrace 1BR, I was told flat-out that it'd be a $50 surcharge. Silly *me* for thinking that hotels should automatically upgrade guests if ample space is available...
Finally, I cannot finish a review of the Cosmo without mentioning Marquee ... despite never actually attending one of its events. Imagine every stereotype you have about Vegas clubs with bottle service. Now double it; up the bottle-service prices considerably; tack on the added "private cabana" fees; and imagine this ridiculous party taking place night *and* day, all outdoors (though it's covered in chilly weather), in a place with pools. From female friends who've visited, it's downright sadistic, forcing them to climb *emergency exit stairs* -- in five-inch heels! -- in many cases to get there in the first place. Why on *earth* a "classy" establishment would force its patrons to go through all manner of indignity merely to gain entrance is beyond me. Oh, and I should of course mention that the door is the most "selective" in town ... unless, of course, you have five brand to blow on a cabana and table service, in which case even the biggest dorks can get in.
So: I'd give the hotel's visual aesthetic an A+; its restaurants an A- (not all live up to the hype); its service a B-/C+; and its nightclubs a D. That leaves us somewhere in B territory, so again, I'd give it 3.5 stars.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is a unique luxury resort offering a decidedly different perspective, situated in the heart of The Strip directly between CityCenter and Bellagio. The resort’s uniquely vertical multi-tower design offers spectacular views of the vibrant city. The new 2,995-room resort features oversized, residential-style living spaces with expansive, one-of-a-kind private terraces. The Cosmopolitan’s luxurious resort amenities include a 100,000-square-foot casino; Sahra Spa & Hammam; three unique pool experiences at The Pool District; Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub at The Cosmopolitan, a multi-level integrated nightclub; and 150,000 square feet of state-of-the-art convention and meeting space. An eclectic lineup of new-to-market retailers include AllSaints Spitalfields, Beckley, CRSVR Sneaker Boutique, DNA2050, Droog, Molly Brown's Swimwear, Retrospecs & Co, Skins 6|2 Cosmetics and STITCHED. Signature restaurants include Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill by restaurateurs Bruce and Eric Bromberg; Comme Ça by Los Angeles Chef David Myers; Estiatorio Milos, by international restaurateur Costas Spiliadis; Holsteins from Block 16 Hospitality; Jaleo and China Poblano restaurants by acclaimed Chef José Andrés; Scarpetta and D.O.C.G. by award-winning Chef Scott Conant; and popular steakhouse STK from The ONE Group. ... more less
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