Review: The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas by Autograph Collection, USA.
A recent trip to Las Vegas, USA took us to The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas; a mega luxurious casino resort located in a world class location in the middle of the south Las Vegas Strip. Our two night stay at this wonderful property had us enjoying the two resort pools, in addition to an excellent One Bedroom Suite with a Fountain View. How would our experience at The Cosmopolitan fare ?
This post is one chapter on our trip during the end of the pandemic to Las Vegas, United States of America. This trip was enhanced through Marriott Bonvoy Elite Status, Hertz Gold Plus Rewards and Alaska Mileage Plan. For more information on how this trip was booked, please see our trip introduction here. For other parts of the trip, please see this index.
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- Introduction: Las Vegas via Alaska Airlines
- The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas by Autograph Collection, Las Vegas, USA
- Joël Robuchon Restaurant, Las Vegas, USA
- What it Actually Costs to Eat at Joël Robuchon, Las Vegas, USA
- Marriott’s Grand Château Las Vegas, USA
- My Experience Renting as a Hertz President’s Circle at Las Vegas International Airport
- Gordon Ramsey’s Hell’s Kitchen, Las Vegas, USA
- Bouchon Restaurant at the Venetian, Las Vegas, USA
- The Club at LAS Lounge, Terminal 3 – “E” Gates, Las Vegas, USA
- The Club at LAS Lounge, Terminal 1 – “D” Gates, Las Vegas, USA
- American Express Centurion Lounge, Terminal 1 – “D” Gates, Las Vegas, USA
Review: The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Autograph Collection, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
“The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas offered Rooms with Spectacular Fountain View Balconies, in an World Class Location, along with Excellent Resort Like Amenities in the Middle of the South Las Vegas Strip”
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas had been on my stay list for a number of years. The hotel features an excellent location in Las Vegas; sandwiched between the fountains of the Bellagio Resort and the Aria Casino. The hotel has a soft partnership with Marriott Bonvoy and features some limited reward benefits for Marriott top tier elites.
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is oriented towards travellers 25 – 55 years of age, and is known for it’s adult orientation, along with it’s entertainment vibe. As a representative of the Autograph Collection brand of hotels within the Marriott Bonvoy portfolio, it represents a unique high end premium brand in a light resort type setting.
Booking The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas:
Hotel rates in Las Vegas change in a New York minute and is highly based on supply and demand. Given the weak experiences of this property providing Marriott elites with upgrades, we aimed to book the room category we aimed to stay in. We took the view that any additional upgrade beyond this point was a bonus.
We booked a terrace one bedroom balcony view for $360 USD at about 60 days before travel. The rate reduced to $330 USD at about 30 days before travel and further reduced to $280 USD about 7 days before travel. We were on a flexible date, so we re-booked into the lower category at each opportunity. The hotel did take an initial one night’s deposit at the time of reservation. However, this was applied without any issue at check out and we didn’t have any problems with billing.
The hotel operates in the American Express Fine Hotels and Resorts program. Booking through this channel will entitle you to a $100 property amenity, a complimentary late check out and a guaranteed early check in. What it doesn’t guarantee is that the property will credit as an Marriott Bonvoy Elite qualifying stay or spend within the Marriott Bonvoy rewards program. Since MrsWT73 was missing some nights to maintain her Platinum status, we ended up booking direct with Marriott Bonvoy. We would end up leveraging the offered Marriott Titanium 2 PM check out and would end up sleeping in; bypassing any breakfast interest.
Marriott Bonvoy Benefits at The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas:
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas hotel does publish it’s Marriott Bonvoy benefits on its website. It offers a watered down version of the actual benefits and actually has it’s own special exemption from the general terms and conditions of the Marriott Bonvoy program.
As we were stayed as a Marriott Titanium Level member, we were offered the following benefits:
Cosmopolitan Marriott Bonvoy Titanium Benefits:
- 75% bonus points on stays
- Access to the Autograph Lounge (includes coffee, tea & water service)
- Enhanced 1-tier room upgrade (subject to availability during check in)
- 1,000 points or $10 food and beverage credit
- Priority 2PM late check out (subject to availability)
- Expedited seating at Wicked Spoon Buffet (subject to availability) including a 15% discount for up to 4 people (excluding alcohol)
- Non-hotel guests with Marriott Bonvoy Titanium Elite status receive expedited seating (subject to availability) and payment only at Wicked Spoon Buffet
- 15% discount on Sahra Spa, Salon & Hammam services (excluding Day Passes & retail purchases)
While the partnership with Marriott Bonvoy isn’t as generous as we would like it to be, it’s always nice to have the opportunity to earn Marriott Bonvoy points. A late 2 PM check out isn’t all too bad either, along with some expedited line privileges.
Getting to The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas:
We arrived into Las Vegas Harry Reid International Airport and took a flat rate taxi from the airport over to the hotel. The taxi was a flat $23 USD into Zone 2. Thanks to the flat rate pricing, there was no lengthy tour through to the south side of the airport.
The Cosmopolitan is located in a prime neighbourhood on the Las Vegas Strip. It’s location is well situated to everything that is South Las Vegas Strip oriented. Many of the major sights and attractions are a short walk from The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas; including the Fountains at Belaggio, the Effiel Tower at Paris Las Vegas, the Shops at Crystals Las Vegas and the Aria Resort and Casino.
The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas is among the best located hotels of Las Vegas casinos’ and we found the location to be really convenient for a short stay.
Checking into Cosmopolitan Las Vegas:
We arrived by taxi into the underground arrival of the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. The underground porte cochère is typically busy during arrival times. We were able to arrive and navigate inwards to the check in lobby quite easily.
The check in area is immediately located on the inside of the arrival area. This is pretty convenient as there are no elevators or floor changes to navigate with bags in order to get to your room.
The lobby is marked with a giant light standard display with interactive columns with monitors on it. The general check in area offers long desks that were heavily manned. At times, we saw over 12 reception agents checking in guests.
If you happen to be a Marriott Bonvoy Gold Elite or Higher, you are entitled to use the Invited Guest Check In Line at the general front counter. If you are a Cosmopolitan Identity Platinum Member (highest published level), you are also entitled to use the Invited Guest Check in Line.
The regular hotel check in line was quite long and even the invited guests line was busy on our arrival at 7 PM.
Throughout our stay, we found the Invited Guest Check In Line would occasionally have queues up to 10 persons, but at most times it was totally empty.
Instead, we were able to access The Autograph Lounge. The Autograph Lounge is accessible for those that have Marriott Bonvoy Platinum or higher status. It is one level up from the Invited Guests line, but is not as exclusive as the VIP Guest line which requires you to be coded in order to use it.
The Autograph Lounge is a small space for about 10 people and is more of a round room, than an area that oozes spacious elegance. The Autograph Lounge offered a small seating area, a concierge desk and a double counter check in area. It also offered fresh ground coffee, tea and water from a small counter in the corner.
At check in, we were given the category room that we booked without a further upgrade as a Marriott Bonvoy Titanium level; a One Bedroom Suite with Fountain View. Our stay happened to be on a Wednesday and Thursday night with a Cisco convention that was occurring over our stay.
We had a pleasant check in host that was efficient without being pushy or over bearing.
While we would typically be negotiating a complimentary Marriott Bonvoy Platinum breakfast on a personal stay, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas has a special exclusion from the general terms and conditions of the Marriott Bonvoy program. As a result, we accepted a $10 Food and Beverage credit as our welcome elite benefit.
We are assigned to room #1821 in the Chelsea Tower which was the westernmost tower.
The Room: A Terrace One Bedroom Suite – Fountain View
We self guided ourselves up to our assigned room of 1821. Given the volume of travellers through this hotel, there was no offer of assistance with our luggage, nor did we seek any help.
The Terrace One Bedroom Suite Fountain View Room is a well equipped 610 sq feet room with a 110 sq feet outdoor terrace. It is an exceptionally comfortable and was among one of the more spacious Las Vegas hotel rooms that I’ve stayed in. The floor plan shape of the room was a long rectangle.
Immediately upon entering into the room, you found yourself in the living area. The living area had a large sectional couch. It was anchored by a flat screen television and some fashion books.
There was a small working desk in the middle of the room that fronted the living space. The space wasn’t super large, but enough to plug in and handle a few work calls, with Resort Wifi Strong enough to support a functional MS Teams calls.
The living room area offered a fully stocked sensor mini bar. There were also a variety of snacks available from the mini bar.
The room also offered a separate fridge for “other beverages”. It was great to have access to a fridge, since many Las Vegas hotels don’t offer them or provide them only for “medical reasons”. We were able to self cater some champagne into this area, in order to enjoy on the outdoor terrace.
Moving into the middle part of the room, there was a bench area that doubled as a dressing area.
In the middle zone, we found closets filled with plush robes, more than 10 hangars (great for hanging suits and cocktail dresses), along with an in-room safe.
One Bedroom – King Size:
The bedroom was straight ahead and located closest to the suite windows. It was a little compact, but well placed right up against the windows to the fountain views outside.
The bedroom area was not separately from the other parts of the bedroom by a wall. Instead, it had a small divider which we didn’t feel the need to use.
The bedroom had a flat screen television, and the only usb ready chargers in the room for devices.
Bathroom / Shower Area:
The bathroom was separated into three spaces; a WC, a double vanity area and a hot tub. Starting with the bathroom area, a double vanity sink was offered. The sink area itself was a little compact for two, but it was still appreciated to have twice the space than a single sink.
There was a small toilet room located just to the right of the sink area. The room had a nosy decor, with a bar code style image poking through the walls.
The shower area offered a room with a large roomy stand up shower. The shower space led to a deep Japanese tub, with a feature window that offered strip views.
The shower zone offered convenient shelving for your own toiletries, in addition to an in shower towel rack that was very convenient.
The Japanese Tub offered one of the most unique city views of any bathtub out there. Aside from luxurious tubs in overwater villas, I can’t think of another city view room that’s offered a bathtub view of this high calibre.
The soaps offered at The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas were of the Five Wits variety.
The Outdoor Terrace – Room with a View:
The Terrace One Bedroom Fountain View Room offered a 110 sq ft outdoor terrace. It’s a pretty unique feature to have an outdoor terrace in a hotel room in Las Vegas, since most hotel rooms are in glass towers that don’t actually have windows that open. If you’re seeking a room with a hotel terrace or balcony, your obvious choices are The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas or the MGM Grand Signature Suites. The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is the clear winner in terms of views, since the views of the fountains of the Bellagio easily takes the crown, whereas the MGM Grand Signature Suites limit you to off strip and Paradise (airport) views.
On the outdoor terrace itself, there was a couch for three along with an easy chair recliner. Being that the outdoor furniture was in a lighter color, the surfaces were looking a little drab.
The Terrace One Bedroom Fountain View Room offered one of the best possible views of the Bellagio Fountains. It was a bit different than I would have thought as the view was through many of the parkade and low rise buildings between the Cosmopolitan and the Bellagio.
As with all things last Las Vegas, the view was much better at night. There is nothing like the viewing the Bellagio fountains of the comfort of your suite enjoying your favourite champagne.
Although we didn’t get a high floor between 45 – 52, being on the 18th floor was not quite a view as to what you might expect from your favourite influencer’s social media reel, but it still wasn’t too shabby either. I ended up spending more time outside on the terrace than I expected, while I appreciated the view.
I did call down to ask for some champagne glasses to be brought up to enjoy champagne on the terrace and was quoted an $11 USD room service fee. I ended up taking a quick run down to the Vesper Bar at the bottom of the Chelsea Tower and they were able to provide these on a complimentary basis.
The overall sleep quality in the room was very good for a hotel that has over 3,000 rooms. The hallways were quiet, and we were not awoken by any extranneous noise from outside the hotel or the street.
Lastly, for a hotel that was built in 2004, the room was in excellent shape and quality. The room did not show any areas of wear or tear.
Around the Resort Property:
The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas offered a whole host of features and amenities. It would be impossible to cover all of them during our short two day stay. As a result, I’ll cover off the things we took advantage of during our stay.
The Chelsea Pool:
The hotel offers two swimming pool zones that are accessible to guests; The Chelsea Pool and the Boulevard Pool. There is also an event based private pay per use pool within the Marquee Day / Night Club.
We had full day of summer desert heat at the Chelsea Pool during our stay. The Chelsea Pool is located on the 14th floor of the Chelsea Tower. The Chelsea Pool is the largest pool of the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. The pool is nowhere near as large as you’d find at The Mandalay Bay, the Aria Resort and Spa or the MGM Grand which are all known for their large resort like pools.
Keeping in mind that the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas hotel offers 3,000 rooms, there are not a proportionate number of seats here with about space to only accomodate about three hundred visitors. As a result., you’ll need to get here at a reasonable hour if you’re expecting a free lounge deck chair. Alternately, you can reserve and rent one of the cabanas available starting for about $300 USD.
Access to the Chelsea Pool was by showering your Cosmopolitan Room key at the tower cabanas. Towels were distributed (two per guest).
The pool itself was really quiet in the morning before noon, without any challenges getting a lounge chair seat on a weekday. The area got fuller in the afternoon.
With it’s south facing exposure, we had full sun views almost all day until about 4:30 PM when the sun got obstructed by the Vdara tower nearby.
The Chelsea Fitness Center:
Immediately adjacent to The Chelsea Pool access was the The Chelsea Fitness Center. The Chelsea Fitness Center was open between 6 AM – 6 PM on our visit.
The gym was much more spacious than I was expecting at 5250 square feet and contained a variety of cardio and weight machines. The space offered daylight views across the floor and wasn’t relegated to a basement as is sometimes the case in high rise hotels.
The gym was fully attended by a gym attendant on our visit and also offered small bottled water in addition to towel service.
The Boulevard Pool:
We spend the morning of our last day at the Boulevard Pool. The Boulevard Pool faces the Las Vegas Strip and has a pretty unique view of the sights of the Las Vegas Strip.
Access to the Boulevard Pool was though velvet ropes and escalators located by the Chandelier Bar in the Boulevard Tower on the forth floor. Once arriving to the Boulevard Pool we found a higher density area, with tiered level seating that took advantages of the views and space available.
The Boulevard Pool offered a substantial amount of in water loungers that could be positioned to take advantage of Las Vega’s intense desert heat.
There was also a large covered hot tub zone, that I never actually saw anyone use.
Towards the back of the Boulevard Pool area, there as a small pool that could be used for water sports. It also featured a high density lounger area.
MrsWT73 enjoyed this particular space at the Boulevard Pool much more than The Chelsea Pool, and she found the environment to be much more adult oriented and upscale with some pretty engaging views.
There was a bar located nearby the Boulevard Pool and we were able to stay sufficiently hydrated, with drinks and cocktails at the $20 USD price point and wines at the $15 price point.
Food and Beverage:
The Restaurant Collection:
The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas offers over 26 restaurants in The Restaurant Collection located on the property.
Since we didn’t have an included breakfast, and didn’t fancy going for an elaborate buffet at the Wicked Spoon, I had my sights set out on Eggslut.
Egg Slut featured an “all day breakfast” and compliments the resorts breakfast offerings of a conventional Starbucks and The Juice Standard cold pressed juice bar.
However, on a Thursday morning when I stopped by, there were easily over one hundred persons in line at Egg Slut. The line wrapped around the back of the restaurant, and was even stretching over toward the other side of the hotel lobby.
I passed on the line wait opportunity and ended up deciding to come back a little later instead of committing myself that 45 minute wait for an egg sandwich. Unfortunately, the “all day breakfast” ended at 2 PM on our visit date; something that was buried on the website and not something I would have thought for a restaurant that marketed itself as an “all day breakfast”, in a town that is known for never sleeping.
The Chelsea Pool:
We spent one of our days on the hotel property at the Chelsea Pool. Given that we didn’t want to change out of bathing suits and give up our coveted lounge chairs in the water, we ended up enjoying breakfast / lunch snacks by the pool.
The Chelsea Pool offers a snack and drink menu. While the food and beverage isn’t marketed as a separate restaurant, it is possible to order and enjoy food nearby The Chelsea Pool.
MrsWT73 was able to enjoy flatbread pita and hummus. MrsWT73 gave this high marks and enjoyed it throughly.
Whereas I had a filling breakfast burrito with chorizo, scrambled eggs, crispy potato,
jack cheese, chipotle crema, pico de gallo along with medium salsa. It was a great portion.
The Chelsea Pool offered a wide variety of beverages and snacks and I’ve attached a copy of the menu here to see what you can expect from a day at the pool.
The lunch tab at The Chelsea Pool came to a Breakfast Burritto at $18 and a Pita and Hummus $12, paired with a Rose Wine at 14USD, totalling $53 USD with taxes and tip.
Bang Bar by Momofuku:
Since we struck out at Eggslut, we did end up enjoying some flatbread wraps at Bang Bar by Momofuku. Bang Bar by Momofuku was located in the Block 16 food fair district on the third floor of The Cosmopolitan.
We enjoyed some spicy pork grilled flatbreads that were pretty tasty and more than I would have expected.
Bars & Lounges:
Not only are there dozens or restaurants available at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, there are dozens of Bar’s and Lounges available on the property. While we didn’t get the opportunity to take in all of them, some of the more prominent ones are featured below.
The Chandelier Bar:
The Chandelier Bar is a signature feature of the Cosmopolitan Hotel of Las Vegas. It looks great from almost any angle as a multi floor lounge. It’s located in the Bouvelard tower closest to the Las Vegas strip.
While it’s primarily known for its most instragrammable pictures next to the strands of jewels that hang from the ceiling, you can easily get a drink here as a result of it’s convenient location near the Las Vegas strip.
The Vesper offers the finest cocktails in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. It’s located immediately adjacent to the front desk and lobby.
As a result of it’s location next to the front desk, it’s probably the first lounge you’ll come to when you leave your room while staying at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
Checking Out of the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas:
We ended up checking out of the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas at 2 PM. We attended to the Autograph Lounge and there was no line. The bill was in order and there wasn’t anything unexpected on the bill. The service was friendly and attentive.
Despite reports of challenges getting Marriott Bonvoy points to post properly, we received our Marriott Bonvoy points posted propertly to our account on day seven after our stay.
The Bottom Line: The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas offers something for almost everyone in the 25 – 55 age category. As an adult oriented resort, it clearly caters to this demographic.
While we would have appreciated greater benefits as a Marriott Bonvoy Elite, this experience is pretty typical of all casino resort hotels in Las Vegas. The ability to earn points is always great, although I wouldn’t expect too much in terms of recognitions or upgrades.
We receive the room category that we booked and were pretty satisfied with the room. The ability to have an outdoor terrace in Las Vegas is pretty unique, and limited to this property and a few others.
Overall, we enjoyed the features of the property, the pool and amenties. While there was an abundance of food, it wasn’t always easy to access as a result of lines and limited hours.
We’d easily return to this property as it offers the right combination of newness, great fit and features along with an excellent location.