In the central part of the Strip, between CityCenter and [node:119930], and opposite [node:120308]. Rooms facing north have unbeatable views of the Strip, Bellagio Fountains and the Eiffel Tower.
If you can afford it, splash out on a Wraparound Terrace Suite, which are, in my opinion, the finest rooms in Vegas, pound for pound. They’re huge corner suites and, as the name suggests, come with a terrace the whole way around. If you get one facing north, the Bellagio fountain display and the Eiffel Tower look almost within your grasp. Just be careful where you tread! They’re not for the faint-hearted.
All other rooms are suites and a good size. The One Bedroom Suites and Studio Suites are the same size (600sq ft), but are laid out differently - I prefer the One Bedroom Suite, because it feels bigger and has a bath tub looking straight out at the view, although there’s less privacy between the bedroom and the bathroom. All have balconies. And the décor is very much “boutique”.
Whichever room you get, opt for a “Premium View”, looking north. It’s well, well worth the extra $20.
The casino is my favourite in Vegas, by a mile. Not only is there a good number of slots and table games but it’s the first place that, as a non-gambler, I enjoy hanging out in. Why? Because the games are interspersed with trendy bars (see below), and the decor is so sumptuous that I can spend the time while my friends gamble staring at the two million crystals in the chandelier, watch the rotating, digital displays on the columns at check in, or checking out the pieces of modern art that are scattered throughout the building.
Also, because the Cosmo is stacked vertically, rather than horizontally, there’s no sense of walking for miles as there is with other casinos. It’s relatively cosy.
Eating and drinking
You can’t go wrong at the Cosmo. Not only is the buffet, the Wicked Spoon, one of the best in Vegas, but the restaurants are fantastic as well. At the top end, there’s a branch of Scarpetta, the high class Italian restaurant already in New York, Miami and LA, Greek restaurant Milos and sexy steakhouse STK. More affordable are Jaleo (a tapas restaurant), China Poblano (Mexican-Chinese fusion) and Holstein’s burger joint. And, if you’re on a budget, there’s a “secret” (but not so secret) nameless pizza joint on the fourth floor, where slices start at $4.
And when it comes to drinking, the Cosmo is my favourite place in Vegas, because it’s one of the few casinos to have a plentiful supply of seating at its bars, making them places you’d want to spend an entire evening. The entire casino is centred round the Chandelier Bar - a huge, three-storey bar built inside an enormous chandelier (only in Vegas) and serving a different cocktail menu on each floor. In addition to that, there’s Bond, which faces directly onto the Strip, the Vesper Bar, by the lobby, Queue, next door to the club, Marquee, and Book and Stage, the sportsbook and bar, which plays host to free concerts. All have separate cocktail menus, all are very reasonably priced by Vegas standards, and all have plenty of places to sit down, without having to incur services for bottle service.
The spa, Sahra, is getting thumbs up reports and the pool area is pretty swish - three pools perched on the fourth floor, overlooking the Strip itself. Although they haven’t seen a summer yet, from the looks of things, they could get pretty crowded, so it’ll be more the kind of place to have fun than relax. Especially because there’s a full bar and raft of table football games, too.
The shopping is fantastic at the Cosmopolitan. Rather than rely on big name brands, as other casinos do, it’s chased smaller, cooler brands - such as All Saints, Droog and Molly Brown’s Swimwear - as well as one-off shops such as Stitched, an extremely trendy, but relatively reasonably priced, gents’ tailor.
The nightclub, Marquee, is swiftly becoming the place to go, thanks to its influx of world class DJs (LMFAO’s Red Foo stages a monthly night, for example).
There have been reports of opening glitches - rooms not being available at check-in time, tardy room service, and so on - but nothing that can’t be improved on as the weeks and months go by. Meanwhile, it has to be said that the staff - whether at check in, concierge, or on the casino floor - are exceptionally friendly and go the extra mile.
Who stays there
It’s only been open since December 2010, but already it’s shaping up to be the hottest ticket in town. It’s attracting the cool crowd, curious types, Vegas connoisseurs and, interestingly, those who wouldn’t normally consider themselves “Vegas people”. Definitely changing the game.
As with all Vegas hotels, rates are cheaper Sunday-Thursday, and the Cosmo is showing very reasonable prices for Summer 2011. A word of warning, though - if you book, keep checking back on roomrates, which have been seesawing up and down since the hotel opened.
- Business Centre
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Swimming Pool
- Culture vultures
- Seasoned travellers
- Great views / scenery
- Design and architecture
Pros & Cons
- Fabulous bar scene and nightlife
- Fantastic views
- Great shopping
- Trendiest hotel on the Strip
- Service glitches have been reported during the opening period
- Its popularity means it's always busy