Rising between CityCenter and Bellagio, the Strip‘s flashiest casino resort has upped the ante. Forget about stuffy casino hotels that lamely try to imitate the elegance of Old Europe. Cosmopolitan is aptly named; it’s sophisticated, young and ambitious.
Here beauty has finally tamed the beast of the Strip. Whimsical contemporary art and priceless museum pieces are everywhere you look around the resort, from giant sculpted high-heeled shoes to retrofitted cigarette vending machines that dispense original art souvenirs. Even the parking garage has artistic murals to gawk at.
Most eye-catching of all is the three-story Chandelier, an ultra lounge draped in two million Swarovski crystals, piercing right through the middle of the resort. Downstairs, DJs spin in the casino-level Bond bar, which has trippy LED lights and video art on the walls. Catch hot live music touring acts like Foster the People and Adele in the Chelsea concert venue or outdoors by the Boulevard Pool. Make table reservations for VIP treatment at Marquee nightclub, which transforms into a pool club on hot summer days.
In Cosmopolitan’s star restaurant line-up, take a bite of Jaleo tapas bar or Chinese-Mexican fusion China Poblano, both by chef José Andrés; Holstein’s gourmet burgers; Estiatorio Milos for high-flying Greek seafood cuisine; Blue Ribbon sushi bar and grill; chef Scott Conant’s modern Italian Scarpetta restaurant and D.O.C.G. Enoteca; clubby STK steakhouse; and the Wicked Spoon Buffet. After hours, hole up at the secret pizza place, with the joystick joys of a 1980s Galaga arcade game. Look for LA’s Eggslut and NYC’s Beauty & Essex to open branches here in 2016.
Cosmopolitan’s eclectic collection of shops defies the blasé brand-name fashion mania of the Strip, favoring arty, indie storefronts. Look for DJ Vice’s CRSVR sneaker boutique; AllSaints ready-to-wear from Britain; DNA2050 cutting-edge denim; Jason of Beverly Hills for one-of-a-kind designer pieces; Rent the Runway fashions; Retrospecs & Co eyewear; Skins 6|2 Cosmetics; and kidrobot toys.
Originally designed as condominiums, the palatial hotel rooms at Cosmopolitan are definitely not an afterthought. Terrace studios have wraparound balconies, while one-bedroom suites come with deep Japanese soaking tubs and kitchenettes. Note that smoking is only allowed on balconies, since all rooms and suites are non-smoking. Hotel guests can unwind at the desert-themed Sahra Spa & Hammam or head outdoors to the Boulevard Pool overlooking the Strip.
The Deuce bus stops nearby outside the Cosmopolitan. The closest monorail station is at the Flamingo, over a half-mile away.