The Cosmopolitan brings old-school glamour and a hip young crowd to the southern end of the Las Vegas Strip. Even the lobby is an attention-getter, with floor-to-celing video columns that sported ever-changing images; once appearing as bookshelves filled with leather-bound books, another filled with the silhouettes of male and female bodies. A full complement of restaurants, a pool scene full of beautiful people, and an exciting beat on the casino floor vaulted it to one of my favorite stays on the Strip.
I checked into a sexy one-bedroom king suite on a high floor. The huge living room and mini-kitchen would have made it easy to entertain, and a large dressing area added glamour, but it was the bedroom and master bath that pushed it over the top. Flanking a wall-mounted flat-screen TV was a shower on the left, a Japanese-style soaking tub on the right. Both had jaw-dropping views of both the King bed and the Strip.
As much as I appreciated the views inside, it was the novelty of a private terrace overlooking the Bellagio fountains that I appreciated most. A circular wicker chair was perfect for cozying up with a special someone while soaking in the neon lights below.
Hungry as I always am when I arrive in Vegas from the long flight from the east coast, the choice of where to start was tough. I chose wisely with Jaleo, a tapas bar with a menu that stretches on with pages of tempting small plates. Delicacies like Iberican bellota and classic savory Spanish dishes including shrimp al ajillo (shrimp sauteed in garlic) were mixed in with never-dull veggies--the grilled asparagus in romesco sauce and the wild mushrooms on garlic mashed potatoes were my favorites.
My Vegas-savvy buddy Zeke recommended the French bistro Comme Ca largely for their cocktails, so I headed over to give it a try. Specialty mixed drinks, all with natural ingredients, were even tastier when enjoyed with the view of the constant stream of cars passing below on Las Vegas Boulevard. If you get the munches, favorites like French onion soup and quiche are on hand.
I fell in love all over again at brunch in the Wicked Spoon, where my day started off on just the right note. I loved the video screens displaying explanations of foodie terms above the stations. One of the things that set this buffet apart from all the others were all the tiny plates. No food mixed together at this brunch (my pet peeve); everything from smoked salmon to French toast got their own pretty treatments with small plates, bowls and lidded pots. It would have been worth staying on after breakfast until I was hungry enough for lunch.
The casino and the pool were both lively each time I visited. Crystals dazzled from the casino ceiling above a bar fittingly called The Chandelier, where a live band complete with a torch song singer lent old-school atmosphere. For the eyes, the feast was just as savory; a small crowd was gathered around an exotically-dressed woman draped on an oversized glass.
Several swimming pools offer options, depending on your desires. The Bamboo pool, with its larger-than-life showers and mix of shallow-and-deep waters, had a mix of families with children and adults. On the east side of the resort at the Boulevard Pool, the atmosphere channeled spring break as bachelor and bachelorette parties mingled in inches deep water; some were drawn to deeper waters, floating buckets of beer between them. Tiered levels of terraces held chaise lounges and cabanas. Nearby is the Marquee Dayclub, where the energy and noise gets pumped up yet another level.
In contrast, the Sahra Spa & Hammam, in a serene in a cave-like enclosure of stone walls and falling water, offers the full complement of body treatments and salon services. Special suites are available; one large suite, popular with bridal parties, has the feel of a private spa with twin jacuzzis, dressing rooms, and a glamorous curved sofa affording views of the Strip.(Reviewed 8/14/2012)
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3708 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, Nevada 89109 USA
Phone: (702) 698-7000;
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