The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas Hotel Review 2018

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is one of the newest and most high end properties on the strip, currently owned by the Blackstone Capital group.  The casino was originally slated to be a condominium development, however when the developer ran into financial difficulties the property was scooped up and converted into a full scale casino resort.  Guests staying at the hotel will be quick to notice features of the original strategy of the property, since most rooms include both a full kitchen as well as open-air balconies, something pretty rare in Vegas hotels.

When it comes to location it’s pretty hard to beat The Cosmo, situated directly across the street from Planet Hollywood and sandwiched in between The Aria and The Bellagio – dead centre strip.  The Cosmopolitan features a slew of luxurious amenities (to be expected with a $3.9 Billion dollar construction price tag) including 2,995 rooms, a 110,000 sq. ft. casino, 300,000 sq. ft. of retail space, 21 restaurants, conference space, a massive gym and a 3,200 theatre.  Overall, if you’re looking for upscale accommodations right in the middle of the action, The Cosmo is simply one of the nicest properties currently available in all of Las Vegas.

The Room & Suite Selection

When it comes to guest rooms at the Cosmopolitan, the property offers 17 different type of room category with rates ranging from approximately $250 USD per night to thousands for their high end suites.  The Cosmo is considered one of the top properties in Vegas so expect to be shelling out at least $300/night on weekends and probably more if events are going on in town.  Below we’ve provided an overview of all the different room categories available at the Cosmo:

City Room – the lowest category of guest room at the Cosmo, the city room has a 460 sq. ft. studio layout and features 2 queen beds for guests.  This room category does not include a balcony but it’s quite a nice guest room if you want to stay at the property on the lower end of the pricing scale.

City Studio – a small upgrade from the City Room, the City Studio features 1 King bed and a 630 sq. ft. layout.  The main difference with this room category is the addition of an oversized living room that adds to the square footage vs. the city room.  It’s also the lowest rate option if you are looking for a room that has one King instead of 2 queens, however this room category also does not have a balcony.

Terrace Studio – the Terrace Studio room features one King size bed and is the lowest rate room that includes a private balcony, which is generally a city or mountain view.  The room is a total of 620 sq. ft. and includes a 110 sq. ft. private terrace.

Terrace Studio Fountain View – the exact same as the Terrace Studio, however this room has a direct view of the Bellagio fountains.  This upgrade can add an additional $50-$100 a night but is well worth it if it’s in the budget since the Cosmo has some exceptional views of the fountains.

Terrace One Bedroom – the Terrace One Bedroom room includes a separate sleeping area, deep Japanese soaking tub and is 610 sq. ft. with a 110 sq. ft. balcony (city or mountain view).

Terrace One Bedroom Fountain View – includes all the amenities and square footage of the regular Terrace One Bedroom but has an exceptional view of the Bellagio fountains.

Terrace Studio 2 Queens – features 620 sq. ft. of in-room space as well as a 110 sq. ft. balcony with city or mountain views.

Terrace Studio 2 Queens Fountain View – the same as the regular Terrace Studio Two Queens but includes views of the Bellagio fountains.

Executive Suite – the Executive suite is a 760 sq. ft. studio that includes 1 King bed and also a separate meeting area with a 6-seat conference table.  This room is a good option for corporate travellers that may need to have meetings or conduct small presentations from their guest room.

Terrace Suite – the terrace suite is 910 sq. ft. with a 160 sq. ft. private balcony, and includes a separate living room and kitchen as well as two bathrooms and a King sized bed.

Wraparound Terrace Suite – the Wraparound Terrace suite is 1,200 sq. ft. and includes a 480 sq. ft. private terrace.  The room has a separate living and dining area, one King Sized bed and includes little extras like a custom wine fridge and great views of the fountains.

Lanai Suite – the Lanai suite is 800 sq. ft. and includes a private terrace with it’s own hot tub.  The suite is spread across two floors and includes living and dining areas as well as 1 King bed.

Reception Suite – as the name suggests the Reception Suite is ideal for small events and is 1,050 sq. ft. in size featuring a wet bar, seating area and a wall pull down bed.

Two Bedroom City Suite – the Two Bedroom City Suite is 1,615 sq. ft. in size and includes a room with a King Sized bed and a second room with two Queens.  There is a separate living area dividing both of the rooms and this is an ideal suite for families or groups of friends.

Bungalow – the Bungalow suites at The Cosmo are 3 levels and include a private roof top terrace as well as direct access to the pool.  The room is comprised of 1,695 sq. ft. of living space, a 750 sq. ft. terrace and a 135 sq. ft. patio.  This is one of the coolest suites in all of Vegas and features one bedroom with a King Sized bed – beware that the Bungalows can be a bit noisy since the pool (and associated pool parties) are literally right outside the suites door.

Chelsea Penthouse Suites – the Chelsea Penthouse at the Cosmopolitan is the top end rooms at the property and range from 2-3 bedrooms covering between 2,400 to 3,700 sq. ft. in size.  The rooms include a separate dining and living room area, butler service, 3-4 bathrooms and stunning terraces that provide some of the nicest views of the Las Vegas area.  Generally reserved for invited guests, the Cosmo penthouses are some of the nicest top end rooms around.

The Restaurant Options

Beauty & Essex – as a partnership between the Tao Group and acclaimed chef Chris Santos, Beauty & Essex takes after the wildly successful NY city location bringing it to Las Vegas.  This upscale restaurant features over 100 seats and includes featured dishes like Roasted Bone Marrow, with Rioja-braised Shallot Marmalade.

Blue Ribbon – this restaurant has recently been completely revamped and will re-open in Summer 2017 taking after it’s New York City counterpart serving new American cuisine.  The new iteration of the restaurant intends to borrow heavily from the NY city menu and will include classics like Fried Oysters, steak tartare, and the Brombergs’ famous fried chicken.

China Poblano – opened by world renowned chef Jose Andres, China Poblano serves up fusion cuisine bringing flavours from both China and Mexico to diners.  This is one of the more affordable yet delicious restaurants at the Cosmopolitan and features small plates encouraging diners to try many of the different dishes on the menu.

D.O.C.G. – named after the prestigious wine designation in Italy, D.O.C.G. is the brain child of chef Scott Conant and features a wide range of delicious classical Italian dishes.

E by Jose Andres – perhaps one of the smallest and most exclusive restaurants in Las Vegas, E by Jose Andres features a total of 8 seats, with two seatings and night and reservations recommended at least 3 months in advance.  Tucked away inside Jaleo, this private dining experience includes a Chef chosen tasting menu for diners.

Egg Slut – you heard the name right, Egg Slut as you can imagine is a restaurant dedicated entirely to a love of eggs.  Egg Slut features a small but tasty and affordable menu including dishes like Bacon, Egg & Cheese Sandwich and other breakfast oriented classics.

Estiatorio Milos – recognized as one of the top Greek restaurants in North America, Estiatorio Milos is a 75 seat restaurant that serves up fresh seafoods, salads and other Greek dishes to diners.  The restaurants signature dish is called Costas Spiliadis and Milos and is a combination of friend eggplant and zucchini served with tzatziki and Greek cheese.

The Henry – the Henry calls itself a diner but it’s definitely an upscale one with old school high end Vegas decor.  This restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night eats 7 days a week with a wide range menu with everything from bacon and eggs to fish and chips.

Holsteins – one of the quintessential burger joints in Vegas, Holsteins serves up dozens of different burger combinations alongside delicious milk shakes and cocktails.  Reasonably priced, Holsteins is a great choice if you are looking for a big and delicious burger in Vegas.

Jaleo – an award winning restaurant that brings authentic Spanish cuisine to Las Vegas, Jaleo is one of the best restaurants in the Cosmo and features Spanish classic dishes like Paella.

The Juice Standard – as the name suggests, this kiosk is 100% dedicated to making freshly squeezed juices and is a great place to stop by if you’re looking for a hangover cure.

Milk Bar – the only bakery inside the Cosmo, Milk Bar was opened by award winning pastry chef Christina Tosi and features a daily selection of baked goods.

Momofuku – the wildly popular Momofuku restaurant franchise has now opened in Vegas led by celebrity chef David Chang, and serves up his take on Korean and other Asian cuisines.

Overlook Grill – one of the more casual dining options in the Comso, Overlook Grill serves up breakfast and lunch daily.

Rose. Rabbit. Lie. – a modern supper club, Rose. Rabbit. Lie. incorporates American classic cuisine with live music and performances for an entertaining dining experience.

Scarpetta – if you’re looking for high-end Italian fine dining Scarpetta by Scott Conant is the place to go, serving up daily house made Pasta, Veal Chop and many other great dishes.

STK – one of the most popular Steak houses in America and around the world, STK dishes up premium beef cuts from a number of countries.  If you are looking for an upscale steakhouse STK is definitely one of the trendiest in Las Vegas.

Wicked Spoon – the Wicked Spoon is the buffet in the Cosmo and serves both brunch and dinner 7 days a week.  Prices range from $28-$49 depending on meal and day of the week.

Zuma – serving up traditional Japanese cuisine, Zuma is a good choice if you’re looking for Sushi or other Japanese dishes, open daily for dinner.

Drinking & Gambling

Casino – the Cosmo casino is all found on the main level of the property (except for the Talon high limit room on the second floor) and includes hundreds of slots and table games.  There is a separate high limit gaming area on the main floor in addition to the Talon Room which is more public for players who prefer a more lively atmosphere with some privacy from the main floor.  The Cosmo casino rewards program is called Identity Club and allows players to earn comps for their play on all games offered in the casino.

In total, the casino spans close to 110,000 sq. ft. and is one of the smaller casinos on the strip considering the size of the hotel overall.  Some players find the layout a big strange since there are a lot of small pockets of games and most of the pedestrian traffic through the hotel goes directly through the main area of the casino.  That being said, game selection is top notch and there are tons of options for players.

Bars – the Cosmopolitan has a total of five bars including the Bond Bar, Chandelier Bar, Clique, The Study and Vesper Bar.  All of them are beautiful and have a wide range of eclectic cocktails as well as the regular drinks you’d expect.  Probably the coolest bar is by far the Chandelier bar which spans 3 floors enclosed by thousands of crystals comprising one of the tallest chandeliers in the world – it’s a must see even if you are just stopping by for a quick drink to check it out.

Nightclubs – the Cosmo is home to Marquee day and nightclub, one of the biggest and most popular in Las Vegas, with a wide range of lineups including some of the world’s most popular DJs.

Other Amenities & Things To Do

In addition to everything we’ve mentioned above, the Cosmo has a number of other amenities that are very popular with their guests.  This include the pool (nightclub by day on weekends), the Sahra Spa, Violet Hour Salon, a massive fitness centre and dozens of high end shops selling clothing, jewellery and other items.  Overall, there is a ton to do and see at the Cosmo outside of the regular drinking and gambling.

Pros

  • Excellent location right in the middle of all of the main strip action
  • Huge number of restaurants and bars to choose from for guests
  • Small casino but always features the newest slots in the city

Cons

  • The hotel can get really pricey especially around major events
  • Not the best choice for older guests, tends to attract a younger crowd
  • The pool club noise can be bothersome for some guest rooms