The first time I went to Vegas with four girls, we knew very little about it or where to stay. The hotel names we recognised were the older ones, Bellagio, Flamingo, MGM, Ceasars and Treasure Island. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with any of those hotels for a stay in Vegas, you’ll have an amazing time. We went for Ceasars, but when we went to the Cosmopolitan on our last evening, we were all absolutely blown away. Walking in to the glittery black marble, pink lighting the place just oozed cool. Modern and flashy, it was the perfect place for a girly Vegas stay.
The Cosmopolitan is the ultimate in chic, luxury Vegas casino, hotel and spa, and I fulfilled my wish of staying there on my second visit to Vegas with a different group of girls that I met through uni. From the outset we all wanted to stay at the Cosmopolitan, and we got a ‘Terrace Studio Two Queen Fountain View Room’. I absolutely loved the Cosmo on this trip, it was even better to stay in than visit, and there are so many reasons why you’d love it too:
Location on strip
In Vegas, right on the strip is where you want to be, in the heart of everything, and even though Vegas is quite small it’s still a fair distance to walk around. Located right in the centre of the strip, you’re surrounded with all the favourite casinos. The Bellagio and Caesars are on one side, Aria on another, and you can see the Flamingo, Planet Hollywood, Paris and Treasure Island all opposite. If you’re wanting to go out through the day to visit the other casinos, go shopping or head to a pool party in another hotel it’s all within walking distance.
That said, at night if you’re going out to one of the other casinos bars and clubs, you aren’t going to walk it in heels girls, and taxis aren’t cheap in Vegas. The shorter the distance to everywhere you want to be the better. There is a downside to this though, taxi drivers in my experience in America charge you more if you’re staying in certain hotels. We always got charged more if we were said we were staying at the Cosmo, but a five minute taxi ride is definitely better than a longer one.
Gorgeous hotel rooms
Like most Vegas hotels the rooms and suites at the Cosmopolitan are beautiful, and here they’re designed to be more like a living space with a kitchen and seating area, as well as a huge marble bathroom. It’s one of the very few (if not the only?) Vegas casino that has balcony’s.
If I can remember anything about the Vegas beds it’s that they’re so unbelievably comfortable. You don’t sleep much in Vegas, you just don’t need it. I’m not the most hardcore party person, and even I was surviving on a lot less than normal night after night. You sleep at the most random parts of the day too, evening naps before going out are a must and those beds are amazing for it.
All of the rooms from a city studio to a full penthouse suite are designed with a modern flair and luxury feel. Some of the bigger suites have a LOT of character to them, with quirky art pieces and statement features that you find throughout the whole hotel.
We arrived at night so my photos aren’t great of our suite – sorry!
The Balcony and Fountain view
As I mentioned above the Cosmo is one of the few hotels in Vegas that offers a balcony, and built right next door to the Bellagio, the balcony fountain view rooms have the most INCREDIBLE view of the Vegas strip and the Bellagio fountains. The doors are sound proof, but if you’re outside you can hear the fountain music as well as watch the spectacular display.
I think the Bellagio fountains are captivating every time you watch them, the songs vary and they draw a crowd in every time. One of the girls I was with had stayed in the Bellagio before and said that the fountain view rooms there would play the music directly into the rooms.
The Boulevard Pool and Marquee Day Club
The Cosmopolitan has a number of pool areas, there’s a quieter one done out like a desert landscape called the Chelsea pool, and then a much bigger day pool for hotel guests to relax in, with a fabulous view over the strip.
This one is called the Boulevard pool, complete with cabana beds that you can rent for a fee for the day, but there are plenty of normal sun loungers to sit at too. There’s pool waitress and bar service, and loungers actually in the pool to cool off while topping up your tan. Throughout summer the Boulevard Pool also hosts ‘Dive in Movies’, where a movie is shown on the big screen while you watch from a lounger or floating in the pool.
Marquee Day Club is the exclusive day club at the Cosmo, which also serves as an addition to Marquee Nightclub in the evening. Through the day this pool party attracts a variety of DJ’s (see the website for full event schedule), is adult only, and has eight cabanas to rent all of which have their own private plunge pool. As hotel guests you get a number of free entries per hotel room.
If you’re staying in Vegas for a week (most people can’t believe we did this, but with a 10 hour flight and an 8 hour time difference when you’re flying from the UK you want to make the most of it) there are enough restaurants in the Cosmo to eat at a different one each night. And that’s if you never venture anywhere else which of course you will. My first trip to Vegas we went to STK on our final night, and it was an amazing steak.
Some other restaurants include Chinese, Spanish tapas at Jaleo, Italian at Scarpetta, Japanese at Zuma and a few different options for American and grills. There’s a casual cafe and a Starbucks for through the day, and a juice bar if you want something refreshing.
Basically all tastes are catered for, there are endless options and the Cosmo boasts of some of the finest chefs at all of their restaurants. It definitely isn’t like typical food halls, each restaurant has it’s own atmosphere and decor, you really don’t feel like you’re in the same building.
We often ate through the day at the Cosmo, but went out to other casinos for dinner. If you want to venture out of the Cosmo too, then we had some amazing meals at Mizumi at The Wynn (also home to the prettiest cocktail in the world) and Hakkasan at MGM.
The whole of the Cosmopolitan is a work of art, from the outside glass look with lit up purple lights darting across the balconies, to the inside which is a complete mix of sculpture, clashing colours, modern look and eye catching paintings.
The lobby and check in area itself has huge pillars with digital displays changing their appearance, the black and glittery marble is everywhere.
There’s a constant theme of reflections and mirrored panels, with pops of colour and rich looking velvets or (faux) fur detail thrown in too. It’s like a cross between a boudoir and a boutique, completely glamorous and over the top.
In Vegas you’re probably going to need a hangover cure, and although you can handle the hangovers a lot better when you’re actually there (mainly because you just keep going and die later), one thing you can’t really overlook is food. The Cosmo has a secret weapon – the secret pizza place. They don’t advertise it, there’s no signposts for it, but it’s there lurking behind a wall waiting to serve you up a big fat greasy slice of pizza to make all your hungover dreams come true.
If you ask someone who works there they will direct you, or you could just follow the groups of food craving drunk people who are in the know too. From what I remember it’s on level 5, but I could be wrong. Either way they have every flavour pizza on offer, and they taste unreal! Thank me later.
Another option much easier to find is the EggSlut cafe, serving an all day breakfast between 7am-7pm, and an entire menu of comfort food around all types of eggs. Bacon and egg, steak and egg…be an eggslut and tuck in.
A bar in a chandelier, the Chandelier Bar is stunning! Right in the centre of the hotel it’s unmissable, and the glittering, strands of glass span over multiple floors. The bar itself is great for a pre or post dinner cocktail, and the bar staff really know their stuff.
It’s a great spot for seeing the whole hotel, and the people passing through it. The Chandelier Bar is one of my most favourite spots in the Cosmopolitan.
Bond Bar – and other bars in the hotel
Walking in to the Cosmo from the street (not the valet parking/taxi drop off), one of the first things you’re going to come across is Bond Bar, a cocktail bar right at the front of the hotel on the ground floor. It’s a feast for the eyes with a pink and purple theme, and black and silver glittering marble. This is a consistent theme throughout the hotel, but it’s brought out even more in Bond bar. We frequently had a drink sat up at the bar here, while waiting for each other to get ready, or before we went off for a dinner reservation or a night out.
There are four other bars in the Cosmo, so you aren’t going to be spoilt for choice depending on the type of drink you want, or environment you want it in. Keeping up the James Bond theme, the Vesper bar is another good one near reception, where you can watch the crazy digital art displays dance across the pillars of the enormous lobby while sipping on your perfectly made beverage of choice.
The atmosphere in the whole of the Cosmopolitan is constantly vibrant and buzzing. The glittery theme and constant pops of art and digital displays make it such a modern hotel, and it naturally attracts a younger clientele. Not childish by any means, it’s very sophisticated, but compared to the Bellagio which has a much older vibe, it is definitely a hotel perfect for a group of girls.
The casino and gaming space itself is huge, and blends in with the whole appearance of the hotel. It’s much more considered in terms of layout, the bright lights and noisy sounds of the slot machines aren’t such an intrusion on your visit to the hotel as they are in some of the other casinos. They offer everything you’d expect, table games, slot machines, private playing tables and sporting screens.
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