On the Strip‘s busiest corner, what was formerly a mock Victorian casino hotel is now a classy boutique property. (You’d never recognize that this was formerly the 1970s-era Barbary Coast, and then briefly Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall & Saloon.) While other Strip casino resorts overwhelm visitors with endless choices, Cromwell narrows things down to just the very best options: celebrity chef Giada’s restaurant and Drai’s triple-threat beach club, nightclub, and after-hours party lounge.
Guest rooms at the new Cromwell are all about sleek leather, gorgeously rich wallpaper, pillow-top beds that encourage lingering, and deluxe marble bathrooms with rain showers. While small and often lacking views, they are still plush hideaways in an unbeatably central location. You won’t find a regular swimming pool here (other than at Drai’s Beach Club), but guests can splash around the outdoor pools at the Flamingo next door or even better, at Caesars Palace across the street.