One of the cool things that I got to do a couple of weeks ago in Las Vegas was to tour the newly opened hotel on the Las Vegas Strip. Located right next to the Bellagio Hotel and across the street from the Paris Hotel along the proverbial “50 yard line” of the famous road, the Cosmopolitan Hotel & Casino is one spectacular resort that seems to cater to more of a younger, luxurious and hipster clientele. For me, I happened to stumble upon it while attending a tweetup at boutique store called Droog. After leaving the store, I inquired with my friend Miiko Mentz who worked for the Cosmopolitan’s agency Katalyst (which was started by celebrity Ashton Kutcher) whether it was possible to get set up with a tour of the hotel. Now, I wasn’t expecting anything fancy or anything and actually not at all since it was just around 7:00pm when I asked. Nevertheless, the Cosmopolitan Hotel (@cosmopolitan_lv) did set up the tour for me. To top it off, it was given by their community manager.
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My first impression when you walk into the Cosmopolitan Hotel is that it’s very art deco and not as conservative as you would encounter in some of the more luxury hotels. While located on the Las Vegas Strip, the Cosmo does exude some sense of luxury and sophistication, but less than just shopping, Gucci, Armani and Rodeo Drive-type attractions. Instead, there’s more about style and culture that I noticed while walking around in the hotel. It hits you as soon as you walk right into the hotel…the lobby contains several huge pillars that practically take over the concierge area, but as you look closer, you’ll see that these pillars are in fact, digital. The lines can change at any given time and display different images like plants or coy or anything else. It was quite remarkable and artistic!
As we walked throughout the main floors of the hotel, I was amazed by the artistry that was installed into various areas of the building. Did you know that the Cosmopolitan Hotel also has an artist in residence located in the hotel? The one that they have right now, and I believe this position rotates among various artists, is “Fab 5″ Freddy (aka Fred Brathwaite) and there is a studio dedicated to his artwork located in one of the main floors of the hotel. Besides Freddy, the hotel works with several amateur artists to display their work and also rotates them out periodically as well. On the floor where all the meeting rooms are located, there’s quite a selection of great art. In fact, just getting there, you’re greeted by some cool art displays that you’d only find in a museum.
As you navigate through the common areas of the hotel, you’ll notice that it’s much more of a laid-back mingle approach. Normally you’ll see people moving to and from place to place without really congregating in a central place in a hallway. Well in the Cosmopolitan Hotel, there’s quite a bit of entertaining places for you to hang out at, not just at restaurants. In fact, when was the last time you noticed a pool table right in the middle of an open area that you can just shoot pool and sit around and relax?
The food selection at the hotel was pretty remarkable as well, including some great fine-dining, but also something else notable – a classic pizza kitchen that you walk down a hallway that almost looks like something taken from Bucca di Beppo and then you walk into a nice pizza bodega straight out of New York City. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to try the cuisine at the hotel, but if the looks are any indication, then it’s probably worth trying. Other perks at the hotel that would be beneficial to you would be that it’s completely wireless AND free. Yes, that’s right…the hotel is fully connected to the Internet and available for all. This is totally impressive for those who always want to remain in touch and still looking to relax and have fun. And if you have a car in Las Vegas, then you’ll be happy to know that their garages have sensors in each stall that tell you when it’s free or taken – you just have to look for a green light overhead of the stall and there you can park, otherwise just keep looking.
So speaking about garages, another appeal of the Cosmopolitan Hotel is that there is artwork commissioned for the garage walls too. And it’s not just a standard painting or whitewash. Three floors of the parking garage have different graffiti art and other cool looks to them that gives the hotel some very good flair to it.
The hotel is truly a great place to go hang out at and while it’s a bit costly per night, I’d like to think that it might be a cool place to check out and get a truly classy experience while in Las Vegas. Oh, and I don’t want to forget that it’s home to the world’s largest chandelier as well – yup, that’s right! The hotel is home to a large chandelier that encompasses three floors that house a bar that people can sit around and enjoy their drink. Truly it’s a marvelous place that will make people feel like they are royalty and definitely living the high-life.