I'll never give a Vegas hotel a 5 because their principal concern is fleecing you rather than providing an excellent service. The cosmo is one of many beautiful hotels. situated between the (equally beautiful) Aria and the even better Bellagio, it's generally considered to have the best location on the entire strip given that when you come out of the Marquee exit, you're on the walk way bridge which separates one side of the strip from the other.
Positives: it's a beautiful hotel. Whilst it has no theme, it's contemporary, stylish and has numerous restaurants n bars. Marquee is possibly the best nightclub in Vegas, & it's pool parties are great fun. The boulevard pool is great as it overlooks the strip and you have some great photo opps.there is no cigarette smell, which being a non smoker from England is a god send. Some hotels, I walk through the casino and I'm almost choking. The atmosphere here is incredible. In the evening, unlike any hotel I have visited in Vegas, the hotel is just buzzing with excitement and pre party drinks at the bar by the strip entrance are a must.
Negatives: I feel the best thing about this hotel is merely the fact you can get a good view of other hotels (Paris & Bellagio fountains). Whilst it's a nice hotel as I said,the location is the only real unique selling point. This is Vegas, pretty hotels grow on trees and I think if it was located where the encore/wynn or Mandalay bay hotels are, it wouldn't be half as popular. If you decide to stay here, then do it properly. Get a terrace fountain view strip. It's the best feature of the hotel. I've seen other views that face the back and they are not great. Get a wraparound or fountain view and you'll be happy. The room: was ok, similar to 4 star hotels like the MGM grand even though it's a 5 star. We had a fountain view terrace which as I said is the only "wow" thing about the room. The shower/bath/ amenities, space, bed are what I've come to expect from a decent Vegas hotel. It has a kitchenette with no cutlary, a dish washer with no dishes, not even tea/coffee making facilities which render the kitchenette useless. Why must I bring my crockery to a 5 star hotel. The fridge? Don't touch it. there is a microwave but don't think of keeping stuff in the fridge to warm it up later. It is just for their minibar contents and moving anything in the fridge to make way for your stuff automatically triggers a charge. If you query it,you get told "feel free to bring your own fridge", quality customer care hey. The snacks, $6 for a coke, $9 for a pack of M&M's, is that a joke? Regardless of the fact walgreens is just across the walkway, how can they charge such with a straight face. The resort fee, which incorporates fitness facility use and WiFi, every Vegas hotel does it pretty much, and is the singular reason I'll never give any of you a 5. Can't you incorporate it into the price we pay? The last thing a guest at a "5 star hotel" wants to do is roll up and get hit with a slew of additional charges, deposits and holds. Checking out can also be a hassle. The Aria for example has a much cleaner process which dont involve you having to go to the lobby. Look, this is a great hotel. Based purely on aesthetics, I'd give it a 4.5 but the additional problems bring the rating down. To its defence,the issues are Vegas wide such as lack of in room facilities,extra charges, minibar fees, lack of personal care due to the sheer size of the venue etc. It's definitely over priced, but if you want a vibrant, modern hotel then you can do a lot worse than this.