The Cosmopolitan resort in Las Vegas is an adventurous and unique change of pace on the Strip. Video screen columns displaying original digital art greet visitors in the chic lobby as they enter. Across the gaming floor, guests can sip specialty molecular-based cocktails inside a three-story chandelier made of 2 million crystals at the appropriately named The Chandelier. Other areas to relax with a drink include BOND, with an array of LED art and house music and the club, bar, and restaurant Rose. Rabbit. Lie. Guests can choose to dine in Rose. Rabbit. Lie.’s library, watch the show in the Vegas Nocturne area, or stay for the late night club.
On the way to Cosmo’s 13 signature restaurants, guests will walk around 8-foot-tall sculptures of highheeled pumps, huge dogs, and other big stand-alone art displays.
The reception, gaming areas, and bars are located on the ground level with shopping on the second floor and restaurants on the third floor. The pools and spa are located on the fourth and fifth floors.
Two towers house 2,995 rooms, most with large walkout terraces offering dramatic views. The towers were originally designed as condominiums and offer a living space with a large couch, club chair, and work desk, a kitchenette with a sink, fridge, microwave, and stove, and a marble bathroom with dual sinks, water closet, a Japanese soaking tub, and a huge shower.
The Boulevard Pool overlooks the Strip with views from all sides and the Day Club Pool offers daytime partying and segues into a poolside extension of the Marquee Club at night. The 43,000-square-foot rock-and stone Sahra Spa and Hamman features treatment rooms and spa suites, steam rooms, pools, saunas and a Turkish hamman.
The variety of restaurants at the resort will satisfy any budget and craving with venues ranging from the casual burger joint Holsteins to the trendy STK steakhouse. STK Vegas is sleek and modern with semi-circle booths providing a view of the hip crowd at the bar area. The menu, spearheaded by Top Chef contestant Stephen Hopcraft, features small, medium and large steaks and a wide variety of appetizers, salads and fish. The metal skillet pan-bread is a must order.
Sushi lovers will feel at home at the Japanese-American Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar and Grill, featuring sushi, sashimi, fried chicken, tempura, steaks, and a variety of rice dishes.
Celebrity chef Scott Conant’s modern Italian Scarpetta offers rustic dishes in an upscale atmosphere. Menu highlights include the homemade pasta dishes, stromboli bread, duck breast with preserved orange, and Mediterranean branzino. Scarpetta offers a variety of places for guests to dine, romantic enclaves alongside the long thin bar, circular roomy wooden booths inside the main dining room, and floor to ceiling views of the Bellagio fountain and Strip next to the tables near the windows. Next door, Conant's D.O.C.G. offers casual Italian dishes in a relaxed atmosphere.
Conant is not the only famous chef with a restaurant at The Cosmopolitan, Chef Jose Andres has three – Jaleo, China Poblano and é. Jaleo serves up the best tapas in Vegas, offering a wide variety of traditional and innovative Spanish cuisine. Diners can indulge in cured ham, pork and sausages; a wide range of paellas, and a nice assortment of steak, chicken, seafood, and lamb small plates. The desserts are also excellent, with a gin and tonic sorbet and olive oil ice cream among other innovative sweets.
For those who want to experience a Vegas buffet, Wicked Spoon offers a wide variety of choices for both brunch and dinner.
Although the resort sits on a small (for Sin City) 8.6 acres between Bellagio and City Center, Cosmopolitan makes the most of its space with a combination of visual wonders, stylish rooms, celeb-chef restaurants, modern design, and an ultra-hip nightclub.