The newest hotel resort on the Las Vegas Strip, the Cosmopolitan, opened to impress the masses on December 15th, 2010, and has been going strong ever since. So what makes this monument of hospitality different from all the other hotelsin Vegas? Plenty. From the outside, the first thing visitors will notice is that 80% of the rooms in the Cosmopolitan have private terraces, a major detail that makes this hotel stand out from the rest. Originally built to be condos, Deutsche Bank swooped in to save the bankrupt property and invested a cool 4 billion (give or take a few million here and there) to create the foreign bank's first hotel venture. Because the original property was built to be private residences, the rooms at the Cosmo are larger than the average hotel room on the strip, a detail that is certainly attractive to travelers who want to experience the best of something new.
Entering the Cosmopolitan from it's easy Strip access, the first thing visitors see is the enormous Chandelier bar, which actually houses five separate bars, each with their own original cocktail menu. The Cosmopolitan is doing something different here, they have taken the main focus away from the gaming (although there are still the standard slot machines and table games) and focused most of their energy on the world famous cocktail program. Aside from the Chandelier, there are five other main bars scattered throughout the casino floor, and the Cosmo's team of three motivated master mixologists have created over 150 casino wide original cocktails that you cannot get anywhere else in the world.
Once you make your way through the lavish, yet friendly, casino floor, venture up the escalators to the second floor where the Cosmopolitan has brought several boutiques never before seen in Las Vegas. This is a major step for a Vegas resort, to branch outside of the usual luxury brands that can be perused at most of the other high end hotels on the Strip. European imports such as Allsaints clothing and Droog home furnishings, and the made to order suit boutique, Stiched, make the second floor of the Cosmopolitan not just a shopping area, but a sightseeing tour through different countries and different styles.
Once you have built up a proper appetite from all the drinking and shopping, the third floor is a Mecca of cultural cuisine, also all new names to Las Vegas. Instead of asking casino "co-stars" which restaurant they recommend, ask yourself what kind of cuisine you are in the mood for, because the Cosmopolitan has created a common area surrounded by restaurants designed to appeal to each mood, whim and taste, without having to cross acres of slot machines just to check out different menus. Most of the restaurants are Los Angeles or New York City imports such as steak house STK, Blue Ribbon Sushi, Italian haven Scarpetta and two Jose Andres offerings, Jaleo and China Poblano which is a Chinese and Mexican fusion eatery.
After your meal head back down to the second floor and gain entry into the Cosmopolitan's mega nightclub, Marquee, also a New York import from the Tao Group. Hailed as the latest nightclub in Las Vegas, Marquee is equipped with a state of the art sound system pool, patio and 2 rooms. If you are traveling to Vegas during the summer months, Marquee also host daylife pool parties with private cabanas, each with their own personal "infinity pool".
So what makes the Cosmopolitan a different Las Vegas experience? It is a spankin' new brand, outside of all the other casino conglomerates, and they have dubbed their desired cliental as "The Curious Class". Curious yet?