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There is a lot of allure of the Joël Robuchon Las Vegas restaurant. It was created by one of the world’s most celebrated chefs that included earning 32 Michelin Stars and being awarded the “Chef of the Century”. However, what does it really cost to dine at Joël Robuchon restaurant? Read on to see our analysis and where Joël Robuchon compares to others in this elevated category.


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How Much Does It Actually Cost to Eat at Joël Robuchon Restaurant Las Vegas?

This post is about how much it actually costs to eat at Joël Robuchon Las Vegas. If you’d care to read about our review of dining at Joël Robuchon, please see my other post on Review: Joël Robuchon Restaurant Las Vegas.


On a recent trip to Las Vegas, and in honour of celebrating a major promotion at work, I took myself to Joël Robuchon Restaurant in celebration of life’s major events. As I indicated in my other post, my experience dining there was a near perfect dining experience filled with refined tastes, senses and execution.

Setting Out for Joël Robuchon Restaurant with a Celebratory Glass of Champagne

But how much does it cost to eat at one of the most elite and prestigious restaurants in the United States? In this post, I’ll aim to tackle the other side of the equation, how much it costs to enjoy a dinner at Joël Robuchon.

About Joël Robuchon Restaurant:

As I had described during my review of the Joël Robuchon restaurant, Mr Robuchon was a French chef and the most awarded French chef in history. During the course of his career, he had received the thirty two Michelin Stars over the course of his career, the most of any chef in the world. He was awarded the “Chef of the Century” by Guide Maillau in 1989.

The Joël Robuchon restaurant was rated 3 stars in the year 2009 by the Michelin Guide. The Joël Robuchon Las Vegas also has been awarded 5 stars by the Forbes Travel Guide, and has been ranked by Wine Spectator and Travel and Leisure to be among the finest restaurants the world. As if that wasn’t enough, it was ranked as one of the Top 5 best restaurants in the United States by Gourmet magazine.

That sort of pedigree alone should be enough for any chef to command reasonably high prices.

Quite cleverly, menus and prices are not displayed on forward facing websites for the restaurant. It’s only when you arrive to the front doors, are you able to take a look at the displays to see what is on offer. At this point, or perhaps with some intense research on the internet, the price points are slowly revealed.

Looking at the displays, The Joel Robuchon restaurant offers a hint of what is to come. Immediately outside the restaurant, the restaurant provides a general sample of some of the dishes available on order.

The restaurant proudly displays its menus and its awards listed on complex looking menus. All of the door posted menus are priced upon display in 9 point font on elaborate lists of menus. It’s your first indication of how much things may cost.

The Joël Robuchon Menus:

Once seated inside, the beautifully appointed restaurant, menus are presented. This is when the serious math and decision making trees start.

Considering Your Options in an Environment Like This

In our visit post pandemic, the Joël Robuchon menus offer a variety of price points and range as follows, from least to most expensive:

  • $150 Menu – Amuse Bouche, One Main Course, Dessert, Mignardises (cart)
  • $195 Menu – Amuse Bouche, One Entrée, One Main Course, Dessert, Mignardises
  • $225 Menu – Amuse Bouche, Two Entrées, Main Course, Dessert, Mignardises
  • $275 Menu – Amuse Bouche, Two Entrées, Two Main Courses, Dessert, Mignardises
  • $485 Menu – Degustation Tasting Menu – Twelve Courses

Each menu offers access to the wonderful baked bread cart, and the mignardises chariot / dessert cart. Both are signature elements of the Joël Robuchon experience, and are accessible even at the menu’s lowest price points.

Choosing The Tasting Menu:

The tasting menu is the restaurant’s flagship experience. After the restaurant’s re-opening after the pandemic, the twelve course menu is now priced at $485 USD.

The tasting menu is all inclusive. Perhaps showcasing the best value, it doesn’t require any additional cost supplements for any of the dishes.

Choosing The Tasting Menu Wine Pairing:

If twelve tasting menu courses isn’t enough to navigate through, you’ll then need to decide on wines. While you can opt for a bottle (or half bottle) from the wine list, Joël Robuchon Restaurant also offers three levels of wine pairings:

  • $299 – Village Wine Pairing
  • $599 – Premier Cru Wine Pairing
  • $999 – Grand Cru Wine Pairing

Fortunately, even the village tasting that I enjoyed was excellent in quality. You’ll find wines here that are much better than what you’d expect in your typical airline business class cabin. By comparison, the “village” wine tastings are more oriented towards what I’d expect from an International First Class cabin.

Choosing the Menu Express (Regular Menu):

Most visitors, especially returning visitors, appear to choose a version of the menu express. As described upstream, the menu express features 4 different price points. All of the Express Menu price points are served without official wine tasting packages.

When approaching the menu, it’s worth noting that the Menu Express often contains additional supplement prices for some of their more popular and upscale dishes. These supplements range from $25 USD for La Saint Jacque (Scallops), up to as much as $140 USD for La Pintarde Fermière (Guinea Hen with Sautéed Foie Gras).

If you’re aiming for the $275 double entrée / double main course menu, and are getting some supplements dishes added on, you’re all most better off getting the $485 USD tasting menu, as it represents a better value with an additional 6 courses included.

It is quite a task to navigate through both the dishes on the fourteen course tasting menu as compared to the express menu. On my visit, I was dining alone. I couldn’t really imagine doing this with a significant other, without actually coming in with a game plan of attack at the very start.

What it Actually Costs:

It is a regular comment in general reviews of Joël Robuchon that it’s an expensive restaurant. However, the costs can escalate upwards quite considerably if you’re not careful.

It’s worth mentioning that a gratuity is not included in the displayed pricing. A gratuity is generally expected between 18 – 20% of the total menu cost.

As inspired by others, we’ve enhanced this table that represents the current post pandemic prices:

Joël Robuchon
Menu Cost
Base CostAdd Las Vegas, Nevada Restaurant Tax at 8.1% + Gratuity at 20%
For OneFor TwoFor Four
$150 Menu
Main Course – Dessert
$150$195$389$778
$195 Menu
Entreé – Main – Dessert
$195$253$506$1,012
$225 Menu
2 Entreés – Main – Dessert
$225$292$584$1,167
$275 Menu
2 Entrées – 2 Mains – Dessert
$275$357$716$1,417
$485 Tasting Menu
12 Courses
$485$629$1,256$2,517
Add Tasting Wine Pairings
to base $485
+$299
Village Wine Pairing
$784$1,017$2,034$4,068
+$599
Premier Cru Wine Pairing
$1,084$1,406$2,834$5,625
+$999
Grand Cru Wine Pairing
$1,484$1,925$3,850$7,700
Joël Robuchon Menu Analysis

It’s pretty easy to do some serious damage here without much fore-thought. Some highlights from the above chart:

  • The cheapest possible meal for two is $389 USD (without wine / drinks).
  • The cheapest tasting menu, with the lowest level wine pairing for two, is $1,017 USD.
  • A Single Diner can spend up to $1,925 USD on a tasting menu, paired with a top level Grand Cru Tasting wine pairing.
  • A Tasting Dinner for 4 of your Favourite Friends, with a top level Grand Cru Tasting, will cost $7,700 USD.

These prices become much easier to swallow if you come in knowing what to expect.

It’s Easy to Have Sticker Shock if you Don’t Come In Prepared

How does this compare to other Michelin Starred restaurants that offer tasting menus?

The Joël Robuchon Restaurant Las Vegas is almost the most expensive restaurant in the United States today.

We did a little comparison of Michelin starred restaurants that offer tasting menus throughout the United States. This is what we have come up with:

  • The French Laundry, Yountville, California, USA: $350 USD (13 courses without wine)
  • Per Se, New York, New York, USA: $355 USD (13 courses without wine)
  • Eleven Madison Park, New York, New York, USA: $365 USD (12 courses without wine)
  • Joël Robochon Las Vegas, Nevada, USA: $485 USD (12 courses without wine)
  • Guy Savoy Las Vegas, Nevada, USA: $615 USD (7 courses – including wine pairing)
  • Masa Omakase Menu, New York, New York, USA: $750 USD (26 courses – including gratuity)

Based on our list, in this post pandemic world, Joël Robuchon takes the crown as the most expensive French restaurant in the United States. It is a step behind Guy Savoy (that includes wine in its prices), and Masa that offers Japanese tasting at a staggering 26 courses, along with an optional $200 corkage.

Clearly, Joël Robuchon is near the top of its game and is among the pinnacle of French Restaurants in America. Clearly, to eat wonderful food, you have to pay to play.

The best part is, the food is well worth the price of admission. The food and service are world class and the experience will most certainly be very memorable.

My Thoughts on How Much it Costs to Eat at Joël Robuchon:

Joël Robuchon Las Vegas is among the world’s finest restaurants. The whole experience has been calibrated by one of the worlds most acclaimed chefs. It appears that little has changed at the restaurant over the past 15 years, although the restaurant remains innovative and at the top of it’s game.

For those like me, it helps to have a plan of attack coming into the restaurant. At least, you’ll be able to see what dishes and menus are of interest to you, and adjust your tasting or general wine budget accordingly.

It’s not every day that you get the opportunity to dine like this, so make sure you make the most of it, through a little advance research.

Bring your American Express Platinum Card. . .


If you have visited Joël Robuchon or other Fine Restaurants, how do you prepare for sticker shock ?

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Joël Robuchon was one of the world’s most celebrated chefs. His legacy included earning 32 Michelin Stars and being awarded the “Chef of the Century”. With a collection of Joël Robuchon and his more contemporary L’Atelier du Joël Robuchon restaurants located around the western world, his dining experience was on my list of experiences to enjoy for quite some time. Read on to see how my experience was dining at his Joël Robuchon Las Vegas restaurant.


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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Review: Joël Robuchon Restaurant Las Vegas, MGM Grand, Nevada, United States of America.

This post is about my experience dining at Joël Robuchon Las Vegas. For how much you’d expect to spend on dinner at Joël Robuchon, please see my other post What Does it Cost to Eat at Joël Robuchon?


On a recent trip to Las Vegas, and in honour of celebrating a major promotion at work, I took myself to Joël Robuchon Restaurant in celebration of life’s major events. My experience dining there was a near perfect dining experience filled with refined tastes, senses and execution.

Setting Out for Joël Robuchon Restaurant with a Celebratory Glass of Champagne

About Restaurant Joël Robuchon:

Joël Robuchon was a French chef and the most awarded French chef in history. During the course of his career, he had received the thirty two Michelin Stars over the course of his career, the most of any chef in the world. He was awarded the “Chef of the Century” by Guide Maillau in 1989.

The Joël Robuchon Las Vegas restaurant is located inside Le Maison at the MGM Grand Las Vegas Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. The Joël Robuchon restaurant was rated 3 stars in the year 2009 by the Michelin Guide. The Joël Robuchon Las Vegas also has been awarded 5 stars by the Forbes Travel Guide, and has been ranked by Wine Spectator and Travel and Leisure to be among the finest restaurants the world. As if that wasn’t enough, it was ranked as one of the Top 5 best restaurants in the United States by Gourmet magazine.

There is a bit of a conversation going on that the Joël Robuchon restaurant has “lost” it’s Michelin stars. It’s worth noting that The Michelin Guide last visited Las Vegas in 2009, and hasn’t returned to Las Vegas since then. The unconfirmed reason is that the Las Vegas Michelin Guide did not sell many copies of the Las Vegas edition, and as a result, the raters haven’t returned.

The Michelin Star is typically only valid in the year that it is earned, so in some senses it’s a bit of a mirage to suggest that this is a Michelin starred restaurant. However, it is also a circumstance impacting every other Michelin starred restaurant in Las Vegas, so it’s not something that can be applied to this restaurant exactly.

The concept:

The Joël Robuchon Las Vegas restaurant represents the flagship Joël Robuchon restaurant in Las Vegas and within the United States. As in other countries like Singapore, there is the slightly cheaper Atelier by Joël Robuchon next door to the Jöel Robuchon restaurant that offers the dining experience at a more casual and approachable price point. The Joël Robuchon Las Vegas is the fine dining option between the two, offering a formal French fine dining experience.

The executive chef at Joël Robuchon Las Vegas is presently under Christophe De Lellis. De Lellis studied under Joël Robuchon as the “Chef of the Century” and became Executive Chef at Joël Robuchon at the age of twenty seven. He has been head chef of Restaurant Joël Robuchon Las Vegas, since 2007.

Booking a Dinner at Joël Robuchon:

My experience getting a reservation here was a bit bumpy which I suspect was timed along side the restaurant’s re-opening after the pandemic.

Unlike many fine dining restaurants where the demand for reservations exceeds the supply, I didn’t find any guidance available on the restaurants’ reservation websites. After looking through all of the forward facing websites for the restaurant, I was unable to get an electronic restaurant reservation through the hosting hotel’s website (operating under the SevenRooms reservation’s platform) with no availability showing at all. While the hotel was listed in the directory on Open Table Reservations platform, I wasn’t able to locate any availability there either.

An Easily Accessible Reservation
Image Courtesy of Open Table

I eventually called the MGM Grand hotel reservation telephone line at about sixty days in advance, and was able to get a reservation for “one” on my preferred date; a Thursday night. I later learned that the restaurant had been shuttered closed for the majority of the pandemic and that this had not been reflected on the restaurant’s website. The Joël Robuchon Restaurant reopened about three weeks before my visit.

The official dress code for Joël Robuchon is business formal. Given the heat of Las Vegas in August, I wore a suit with an open neck (no tie). This was pretty consistent with other diners, although I did happen to see one male party dining in non dress jeans later in the evening.

Where to Sit:

The Joël Robuchon dining space offers twelve tables in the main dining area, and five tables in a smaller adjacent green room that is designed to resemble a lush garden terrace. I’d estimate the capacity of the restaurant is about sixty persons, although the restaurant would likely prefer to keep the numbers lower than that.

I had read about past visitors being seated in the back terrace room that were less impressed with the experience. Upon making my phone reservation, I made a specific but polite request to be seated in the primary dining area in order to get the full restaurant visit experience.

Several days before arrival, I received an email request to confirm my attendance. I responded and asked again (in writing this time) to be seated in the primary dining room.

I received a somewhat obscure reply; “We will make note of the request and try our hardest to accommodate, but please be aware that we cannot guarantee any requests.” It was a bit of a strange answer to receive for a fine restaurant in the hospitality sector. However, I appreciated the ability to reconfirm the visit several days in advance. I’d find myself fully tied up with travelling, clearing off work commitments and other matters in the days leading up to my visit.

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Arriving to Joël Robuchon:

The Joël Robuchon Restaurant used to offer diners a complimentary limousine transfer from your Las Vegas hotel to the restaurant on an “on request” basis. Previous reports had the limousine transfer arriving through the VIP areas of the “invite only” MGM Le Maison Grand complex that contains 29 of the resorts Villa’s that retail for between $5,000 to $15,000 per night.

Unfortunately when things are too good to be true, all good perks come to an end. In my case, the complimentary limousine transfer disappeared into the nearby Mojave Desert sunset. When I inquired about the limousine transfer, the restaurant reservations line transferred me over to the separate MGM Grand Hotel concierge who quoted me a price of $75 USD (gratuity inclusive) for a car transfer from my hotel.

I was staying nearby at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas by Autograph Collection hotel. As it was only 0.8 miles away from Joël Robuchon and a short fifteen minute walk, I ended up walking over to the restaurant instead of paying up for the limo transfer which would have been $150 USD round trip. My thoughts were that I would end up converting the limo budget into a wine budget.

The restaurant is marked on Google Maps next to the adjacent L’Atelier del el Joel Robouchon.

I arrived to the Joël Robuchon restaurant after walking through the MGM Grand Casino Floor. It was probably the least glamorous way to arrive to a fine dining restaurant, with the sounds of slot machines and gamblers out for a great evening.

Walking Through the MGM Grand on My Way to Joël Robuchon

The MGM Grand seems to be slipping a little bit from its past crown. The vibe walking to the restaurant felt a little run down. On my visit at 6 PM on a Thursday, there were lots of partiers and drunks staggering around the walkways. The scene of pop up liquor stores where you can purchase alcoholic drinks in the casino walkways and shots didn’t add to the aura or anticipation of a great evening ahead. It felt like a definite low rent touch for what was an introduction to a fine dining experience.

The restaurant is located in the back area of the casino in a “quieter” zone. The restaurant situated next to KA Theatre which was dark on Thursday. While MGM Grand has made an effort to limit the amount of card tables and gaming machines in this area, there are still a few slot machines lurking around the Joël Robuchon restaurant entrance.

The front doors of the restaurant are really impressive; a grand space behind curved glass doors that are reminiscent of entering the “art deco town house”. The space is marketed as “Le Maison” of the MGM Grand Las Vegas. Admittedly, aside from the storefront, it is really hard to differentiate this space from any other areas of the casino hotel.

The restaurant proudly displays its awards listed on complex looking menus outside. They also provided a general sample of some of the dishes available on order

The restaurant was set up to be inspired by an art deco town house nestled within the famous MGM Mansion. It’s also notable that the decor of the restaurant hasn’t changed materially in about 15 years and still looks pretty fresh today.

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Inside Joël Robuchon:

I entered the restaurant through the magically large front glass doors. The two women hosting at reception knew I was coming and I was seated immediately without any waiting. Luckily, my request to seat in the main dining room was honoured.

I was led into the main dining area. I past by the small Joël Robuchon Bar area, which didn’t have anyone seated in it. The bar area was an elegant and immaculate space with black and red colours familiar to those like myself that had previously dined at L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon.

The restaurant interior was decorated by Pierre – Yves Rochon, a leading international French designer. The entrance area is checked black and white marble, with the dining room all in beige, elegant purple and black. The ambiance and colours work well together for a soothing dining experience that still looks quite upscale despite not having changed in nearly a decade.

In terms of room configuration, the Joël Robuchon main room is split into two separate dining areas with booth / bench seating against the middle and facing outwards towards the walls. The Space is described as being in “Le Maison”, although this really means that it represents high ceilings of at least 30 feet.

There was also an adjacent green room which is designed to be like a lush outdoor terrace which was a thin row off the main dining area with enough space for two seats. It is accented by a full size green wall.

Seated at My Table Looking Into the Green Terrace

Rounding out the formality of the room, there was a fireplace in the rear centre of the main dining room. It was an inviting feature, but a little funny when you think of a roaring fireplace, inside a restaurant that’s in the middle of the Las Vegas Mojave Desert. It happened to be bright sunny and over 112 Fahrenheit or 43 Celsius outside on the date of my August visit. A strange location for a fireplace indeed!

As I was seated, my host adjusted the table and replaced it to the original position after I sat down. The mood was enhanced with light, vibrant and upscale piano music playing over restaurant speakers.

My Seat Looking into the Restaurant

My seat itself had a view of a staging table set up in the right hand side of the room. The table was essentially the serving station where food was expedited on a silver platter, and then delivered to tables. Every meal would pass through this spot, after being brought out from the kitchen on a large silver platter. The dishes would then be expedited to each table by an army of staff. By being seated here, I had a fantastic view of everything coming out of the kitchen. It was so over the top, one guest had a full roasted chicken brought out, and hand carved by staff in a two piece suit right at the table; preparing and plating it along with the bouquet-garni for their guests.

It’s not everyday you see a roasted chicken carved by hosts in a suit and tie

Rather uniquely, the Joël Robuchon Restaurant has black and white framed pictures of past guests scattered throughout the restaurant. This adds to a little feeling of restrained whimsy and the feeling of being in someone’s home. I happened to be seated next to Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones; something I would never have anticipated coming into the restaurant.

If you are interested in food, by seating with a view to the middle of the entrance of the green outdoor terrace, you’ll get a great view of all the food that gets plated and presented.

My last comment on the interior is that, based on earlier research, the interior decor appears to be the same as over the past several years and there haven’t been many changes or updates. Despite this, the restaurant still looks contemporary, fresh and inviting. It’s a truly elegant space worthy of recognition.

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The Menus:

After being seated, I was introduced to my lead waiter who addressed me by name at almost every opportunity. I was offered still or sparkling water which was presented as Still Evian. I was also offered a cocktail and bar / wine list. However, knowing that there was a wine pairing tasting menu likely in my future, I decided to just go straight to the food menu.

The menu presentation itself is a little intimidating as an exercise, as there are dozens of combinations to go through. The flagship twelve course menu dégustation / tasting menu is presented first and foremost, followed by a second page offering three levels of wine pairings. The wine pairings are described as a “village”, “premier cru” and “grand cru” at exceedingly increasing price points. While it isn’t specifically communicated on the menu, this involved eight different wines over a twelve course meal.

While you’re not limited to the tasting menu, you can enjoy an express menu featuring a smaller amount of food. There are four different price points starting with a main course & dessert, an entrée & main & dessert, two entrées & one main & desert and lastly, two entrées & two mains and one dessert. After turning the page over, you’ll get the opportunity to review seven entrées and seven main courses, some of which have supplemental charges between $25 to $140 USD. If I was dining with my wife, I’d probably be approaching the higher end of this express menu table.

Lastly, there was also a vegetarian tasting menu available. This also featured twelve courses at a substantially lower price point; perfect for those with delicate tasting palettes.

After navigating through the intense menu, and since you only live once, I ended up ordering the grand tasting degustation menu with the lowest level “village” wine pairing. While the tasting menu is the most expensive combination, it offered no additional supplemental upcharges and came out to a better value given all the course inclusions.

As my order was taken, my waiter confirmed that there were no dietary and interestingly, no time restrictions to the dining experience. I asked for and was also provided a “follow along” menu, so that I could fully enjoy what I was eating. The menu was personalized with my surname at the top, but surprisingly had no wines listed; potentially because I hadn’t ordered the village, premier cru or grand cru wine levels.

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The Meal:

Since I was dining on my own, I had the liberty of taking notes and taking as many photographs as I wanted without offending a possible dining partner. As a result, it’s “showtime” with all the flair that a world class restaurant can offer.

Butter Service from the Trolley:

The meal service starts with butter service from the trolley. This is a massive chunk of butter that was described as being flown in from the Loire Valley in France. It was probably the most astonishing and intriguing way to start a meal.

Presented with a flourish and as a giant vertical scoop off the round cylinder, it was served on a side place with a dash of sea salt, and an accompaniment of Olive Oil from Alicante, Spain. It was sure tasty.

I wanted to dive straight into butter, but had to wait for the elaborate and over the top bread trolley which followed after a few moments.

Bread Service from the Trolley:

Shortly thereafter, the bread serving was presented. Similar to the butter service, the bread service is presented on a trolley cart. The bread host presented and verbally described sixteen kinds of bread; all of which are prepared and baked daily in house for the evening’s service.

While there were forms of sweeter types of bread on offer, I went with more traditional offering of Mini Baguette, a Bacon Loaf that was surprisingly tasty and succulent, a cheese brioche country loaf and a regular country loaf. These were all served together on a side dish.

Strangely, the while the bread presented from the trolley, the bread host describes that the bread is warmed up after selection. He was back within literally 60 seconds. I didn’t notice much of a difference with the warming process, other than it was not “cold” or at room temperature. The bread trolley cart otherwise takes up a corner of the room. order although all breads are made from scratch.

Without much of a wait at all, the first course was on it’s way.

First Course: Le Caviar Impérial

The first official course was presented as Le Caviar Imperial. I’ve been lucky enough to have the opportunity to enjoy caviar in a restaurant setting at The French Laundry restaurant in Yountville (Napa Valley), California, USA and countless times on an aircraft in Asiana First Class, Thai Airways First Class, Lufthansa First Class and Emirates First Class. Admittedly, it been rare for me to be able to enjoy caviar in a restaurant setting.

Joël Robuchon’s presentation of caviar had to be the most beautiful presentation of all of these collective experiences. It was described as Ossetra caviar served atop of lobster in a crustacean gelée dotted with cauliflower puree. The amount of attention in preparing this dish with a still hand must have been extraordinary.

The sommelier came over to present the first wine of the evening. Tonights’ serving was a Cramant Grand Cru, a champagne from Pierre Gimmonet. The champagne was designated as Special Club (also known as Club de Trésors de Champagne); the highest tier of classification that champagne growers can achieve. The Special Club is currently limited to 29 producers of french champagne.

The Caviar Imperial dish on the palette was complex. The caviar was served atop of lobster, which was a tender and delicate on the mouth. It had an almost sweet but tender like texture between the caviar pearls.

The surrounding orange crustacean gelée was quite fishy although not smelly to the senses. It was an intriguing dish with the lobster hidden underneath the caviar.

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Second Course: La Tomate

The second course was presented as La Tomate. It was described and presented as tomato candies invigorated with gazpacho and virgin olive oil. It was presented as a duo of tomatoes on two plates.

I was encouraged to start with the serving course on the right involving the smaller tomato to be enjoyed with one bite.

The taste sensation on the palette was strong. The smaller tomato had been hollowed out and filled with gazpacho. As a result, the taste on your senses exploded on the mouth, leading to a very exciting taste as a result of the juice explosion. The finish was of an almost jelly like taste on your mouth with a delicate end.

The second tomato involved an emulsion with a hint of balsamic. Like many fine restaurants, the seeds were hollowed out of the tomato. The tomato taste itself was perfectly ripe. It was lightly firm, but not overly soft and decomposing.

This course was paired with Condrieu. The Condrieu appellation is 100% Viognier. It’s a special treat to have Condrieu at any time, since it is such as small and special appellation of only 202 hectares in France.

The flavour palette was sweet with acid. I’d have to say that the pairing between the two tomato dishes was excellent and refined. The taste sensation was spot on and not overpowering. This would be an overall theme throughout this dining experience, a robust pairing that complimented each others’ profiles in a fine and suggestive manner.

Third Course: Le Maïs

The third course was presented as Le Maïs (Corn). It was described as delicate corn cream with foie gras and gingerbread tuile.

Similar to the second course, it was presented as a double dish with the primary corn cream as the main event, with a delicate gingerbread as a second half. The gingerbread was also presented with a small towel for convenience’s sake.

The attention to detail was world class, with a single popcorn placed in the middle of the dish as part of the roots of the corn nature of this particular example. There were ribbons of parmesan reggiano in the dish, along with light foie gras.

Digging into the corn dish, it was enjoyable and it was easy to taste the organic nature of the ribbons. It was smooth and well paired with the wine.

The second corn gingerbread was dried together and presented on a bed of corn husks. It was lightly dried and crisp. I was encouraged to pick it up with hands. I expected it to fall apart but held together well and didn’t dis-integrate into a crumbly mess.

The third course was presented with a Chateau de Fieuzal Grand Vin de Graves from Pessac – Leognan. It was composed of 55 % Sauvignon blanc with the rest blended as Semillon. There was a touch of delicate old world oak on the palette, but it still tasted fresh.

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Fourth Course: L’Oeuf de Poule

The fourth course was L’Oeuf de Poule (Chicken Egg) as a semi soft boiled egg, on a spinach purée with a Comté cheese sauce. On presentation, I was encouraged to mix and enjoy all the components together.

It was presented as a unique looking dish with the semi soft boiled egg removed from shell with an s strong resemblance to an eye peering upwards at you from the middle of the plate.

The wine presented with this dish was a Domaine de L’Enclos Premier cru Chablis from Vau de Vey appellation. The wine had a bit of a chalk taste from the terroir of the region.

Tucking into the dish, the wine was smooth tasting and fit well together with the egg and Comté cheese, again in a complimentary manner. On the dish, the Comté cheese sauce was not too strong. However the combination of tastes and textures made this among one of my favourite dishes of the meal.

As a lover of eggs, there was nothing but simple, elegant, goodness throughout this dish!

Fifth Course: La Laitue

The fifth course of tonights dining extravaganza was La Laitue; a lettuce velouté with scallion flan and ricotta tortellini.

This dish was served presented with the ricotta tortellini, then with the lettuce velouté poured over top of it.

This dish was one of the view that was not presented with a new wine, and I was left to enjoy with my left over Domaine d’Enclos Chablis Grand Cru from L’Oeuf de Poule course.

The velouté dish itself was neatly presented, along with a light amount of foam on top of it. While it was fresh tasting, it wasn’t overly memorable amongst the series of dishes I enjoyed.

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Sixth Course: La Langoustine

The sixth course was presented as La Langoustine; Lobster and Caviar. It was prepared with a fennel infusion and caviar.

The dish was described as being served warm with a crisp tasting poach with lobster that was very soft. It was served with a delicate service of caviar on top of the lobster. It was served with a liquid infusion poured overtop. The presentation was impressive as a result of the gold coloured plate along with edible flowers. Visually, this was one of the more striking dishes of the bunch.

This course was served with Paul Bara Grand Rosé Brut champagne. The rosé champagne added a little depth to the flavour of the meal. The champagne paired well along with the rosé bubbles adding a little depth to the combination.

In terms of taste of the dish, the fennel was the crisp highlight of the dish. The fennel didn’t break apart of fall apart on the fork or in the mouth. The lobster was well cooked through; a little too well for my Pacific Northwest tastes. The liquid infusion was not oily and maintained it’s texture and viscosity.

Seventh Course: Le Flétan

The seventh’s course was Le Flétan, which was seared fluke, fine aromatics and bell pepper coulis. The truth be told, I had to look this up to see what it was at the start of the meal. When I learned it was a form of flounder, it became a little bit more clear on what to expect.

Tonight’s fluke originated from Japan. Despite being a somewhat ugly looking fish from the water, it was presented in a nice manner in a compact footprint on the dish.

The fluke was presented with La Perrière Nuits de St Georges Premier Cru White Burgundy wine. It was described as being 100% Pinot Blanc white. The pairing complimented the texture and intensity of the fish along with the acids from the wine in a balanced manner.

Despite ordering the “village” wine series, I was impressed with the quality of wines that were being served along with the meal. Given the number of premier cru labels, I even discretely checked with the sommelier by commenting that I was impressed with the wines in the “village series”. He gave a polite chuckle and indicated that the restaurant liked to have a little fun with it’s selections.

The fluke was cooked through and maintained it’s flavour. The crunchy and crisp tapenade on top added some delight to the fish and made it playful on the palette. The bell pepper coulis consisted of different types of bell peper mixed together to accent the flavours on the plate.

I did notice that the two fish dishes for this meal that consisted of the Sixth Course: La Langoustine (Lobster) and this Seventh’s Course: Le Flétan (Seared Fluke) did have the fish cooked fully through. Perhaps this is a personal taste, and representative of tastes of eating at hundreds of Japanese sushi restaurants and Oceanwise Seafood Restaurants through the Pacific Northwest of North America, I did find the fish dishes to be just over what I would have liked. Nearer to the water, it seems there is a little juiciness left in the fillet with the fish filets having a slight amount of moisture left in them. This isn’t necessarily specific to Joël Robuchon, but rather could be described as something that I’ve experienced at most inland restaurants where fish has been served.

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Eight Course: La Canette

The eight course and main course was La Canette; a spit roasted duck with five spices and sour cherries. This was considered to be the main course of the meal.

Similar to all the others, brought into the dining room on a silver tray and expedited to the table under a glass topper. The duck was presented on a plate with a striking similarity to a clown face looking up at you; something that added positively to the engagement and interaction of the diner with the meal.

I couldn’t help but smile, as I was digging into this dish

The main course is served with Joël Robuchon’s mashed potatoes. Joël Robuchon’s mashed potatoes are one of his signature dishes and are an absolutely “melt in your mouth” experience.

The mashed potatoes are presented in a separate dish and scooped out onto a side plate for your enjoyment.

The spit roasted duck was served with a showy 2006 Chateau Montrose Saint Estèphe appellation Bordeaux red wine. The sommelier described it as being 62% Cabernet Sauvignon with most of the rest being Merlot. The wine stood up well to the mild spices of the duck and paired well with the meal.

The spit roasted duck was wonderfully proportioned. It was served with crispy skin, and sliced into two thin strips that allowed the spit roasting and spice flavour to be felt. The course was complimented by the sour cherries which were very ripe, but not over ripe.

The mashed potatoes were like butter on a plate. The potatoes had a very strong taste of butter in the potatoes and one could almost make a comment that you were tasting butter as the primary ingredient, instead of the potatoes themselves. The mashed potatoes were a melt in your mouth experience and I couldn’t leave any behind. I scraped that plate clean.

In a bit of an oddity, this particular course was served with a regular knife. I would have thought that a proper steak or sharper knife would have been offered; something I even get at my casual dining restaurants around the neighbourhood at home. Despite this, the cut of duck was exceptionally tender and it was only a minor wrestling assignment to slice it up into bit sized morsels.

After the eighth course, I asked my waiter if I could have a short 5 -7 minute break to enjoy the St Estèphe wine and digest the food a little bit. There were no concerns with this request and it wasn’t like I received the impression that the restaurant needed the table. The request was accommodated in the most graceful manner.

Ninth Course: La Fraise

The next series of pre-dessert courses were presented at the same time as separate dishes. It is a bit of cheating, since both courses are presented at the same time, but they are marketed as separate courses on the tasting menu.They were also presented without an accompanying wine.

The ninth course and first dessert course was called La Fraise; it was described as Harry berry compote with coconut tapioca and basil oil and lime.

The coconut tapioca with basil oil (pictured left). The tapioca pudding had crisp coconut shells. It’s not often you get the opportunity to taste crisp coconut shells and it brought me back to the crisp coconut candies I enjoyed at Le Château des Feuilles, Praslin Island, Seychelles. The dish was crisp and pleasant and almost a simple palette cleanser before the main dessert event.

Tenth Course: La Myrtille

The main dessert course was presented as La Myrtille. La Myrtille was filled with an inside of chocolate with edible flower and gold leaf on top.

The outside was delicate light chocolate with powerful berries inside. The contrast between the tastes and sensations were inspiring over the palette and made for an attractive dessert wanting to be eaten. It made quite an impact on the taste buds.

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The Eleventh Course: Le Chocolat

The eleventh course and primary dessert course was presented as Le Chocolat; a cherry mouse with chocolate creme and Kirsch Chantilly like “Black Forest”.

The presentation of this dish, unlike all others, was on a charger platter on a busy crazy forest floor type plate. The dish itself was presented in what appeared to be a white pumpkin crockery.

When the lid was opened, a black forest styled mushroom was presented in a dish that visually took you back to childhood memories of a mythical forest. I had an immediate smile to my face based on this impression; it reminded me of all those childhood story books of mythical black forests and fairy tales.

The dish was served with a Le Haut – Lieu Domaine Huet Vouvray dessert wine. It was described as a late harvest 100% Chenin Blanc and poured into a long stem glass.

Scooping up the gooey mess into my mouth, it was a chocolate mess inside the mushroom with Coca-Cola and forest floors taste sensations on the palate, except sweet in nature.

Similar to the duck course, I asked for a fork to be served to assist in getting into the firm chocolate surrounding .The chocolate was surprisingly crisp on outside, Surprisingly so. It was a little challenging to eat without worrying about the dessert flying across the room as you attacked the crisp chocolate coating of the mushroom dish.

Twelfth Course: Le Chariot des Migrandises

The last course of the evening is Le Chariot des Migrandises. The old fashioned dessert cart is a pretty impressive way to finish the meal. Similar to the bread cart, each dessert is baked daily and freshly prepared for the evening service.

The dessert cart has 30 different types of freshly baked desserts. My fellow bread cart host patiently went over each dessert description one by one. I almost needed a scratch note pad to keep track of the ones I was interested in as there were so many. The cart contained many traditional French favourites including eclairs, two different types of macaroons and opera cake.

I ended up selecting a raspberry cake, a pina colada pastry, some wrapped caramels and two vanilla macaroons, including a takeaway one for MrsWT73 who wasn’t here to experience this. These were all presented by tongs on an elevated and elegant glass dessert platter.

In an old school touch, I also asked for a French press coffee with milk on side. I also asked to wait a few minutes to finish wine, a request that was granted without any issues.

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Ending the Evening & Closing Thoughts:

The tasting degustation meal took about four hours and fifteen minutes to finish in a relaxed and evenly paced atmosphere.

At the end of the meal, I asked for and was presented the check. A Nevada 8.1% Restaurant Tax was added. There were notations on the check for “gratuity at your discretion” with pre-filled 18%, 19% and 20% markings. This answered the general question on whether a gratuity is included in the upscale pricing.

Since at the time, I was awash in American Express Membership Rewards points, I opted to put this meal onto my American Express Marriott Bonvoy Business Card, in order to earn 3 points per dollar spent on Marriott Bonvoy points for some future adventure.

Given the complexities in the menu, the various price points, and the mystique around what it costs to dine chez Joël Robuchon, I’ve authored a separate post on How Much it Actually Costs to Dine at Joël Robuchon.

A Takeaway Souvenir of Banana Bread:

Lastly, I was also presented with a takeaway gift of freshly baked Joël Robuchon Banana Bread, which I enjoyed in the coming days ahead. It’s always a nice bonus to have a little take home after any meal.

Souvenir Menu Discrepancies:

Along with the parting gift, I was also provided an envelope which contained my personalized tasting menu from the evening. In chatting with a couple seated next to me, they commented that they had a copy of their previous tasting menu framed and up in their house back home as a wonderful souvenir.

When I got back to my hotel room, and was completing some notes after reviewing the wonderful evening, I couldn’t happen but notice that the personalized menu had several errors.

I missed out, or perhaps the restaurant had run out of, Champagne Bollinger La Grande Année champagne (actually – a personal favourite); instead substituting the Pierre Gimmonet Cramant Grand Cru 2014 Special Club Champagne. I didn’t think this was an issue until I happened to also notice that the main course was also incorrectly listed as Beef Rib Eye with wasabi spinach and a medley of bell peppers (sounds tasty!). I had actually enjoyed an excellent and wonderful spit roasted duck with sour cherries.

I thought I was seeing a mirage, but indeed, from reconfirming the earlier menu, I did appear to get a different one with dishes likely left over from a different night.

While this didn’t interfere with the service execution, enjoyment of the meal, or getting delivered what you had ordered and were expecting, it my humble view, it was a bit of an oversight in a restaurant that strives for perfection, at a location that is competing among restaurants at the highest price point in the world. Although these are first world problems, it does defeat the intended purpose of a souvenir menu if the menu isn’t wholly accurate. Unfortunately, this menu one won’t be going framed on the wall unlike my other fellow diner’s souvenir. In fairness, I didn’t follow up with the restaurant after the fact not noted that it did take away from the experience just a little bit.

Nevertheless, the meal was a truly outstanding world class dining experience.

The Bottom Line: Joël Robuchon

It’s been about twenty years since I’d imagined dining at Joël Robuchon. As the “Chef of the Century” and a collective 32 Michelin stars to his name, the late Joël Robuchon has a chef’s pedigree that is unrivalled by any chef in the world.

Even re-opening after the pandemic, the experience at Joël Robuchon remains a world class dining experience. While the flavours lean more towards the traditional, the tastes aren’t “avant gardiste” or as modern as you might expect from many of the new world celebrity chefs that are coming onto this hyper competitive scene. This is particularly contrasted in Las Vegas, which is surrounded by innovative and cutting edge dining experiences.

Instead, diners at Joël Robuchon will be lead down a comfortable but engaging dining journey. It’s a journey that aims to tease, inspire and embrace the visitor in waves of escalating experiences. These come from the presentation of each cart, a flourish of imported European butter, a swish of sublime mashed potatoes and the presentation of courses that aims to take your memory back to other earlier life experiences in childhood or other parts of life. Add to this wine pairings with quality wines that aim to quietly compliment and not detract from the showiness, and you have a winning combination of excellence.

While there were a few exceptionally minor discretionary mis-steps; more appropriate cutlery that could have been provided with certain dishes, a bit of difficulties with the reservation accessibility, souvenir menus that didn’t align with service, any visit here will most certainly be a world class and life long memorable experience. I’m aiming to return with MrsWT73 one day.

Bring your American Express Platinum Card. . .


If you have visited Joël Robuchon or the L’Atelier du Joël Robuchon, did you find the experience to be flawlessly world class ?

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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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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.

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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 Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas – Arrival at the Underground

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.

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas – Lobby Reception
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas – Lobby Reception

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 Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas – Lobby Invited Guest Check In

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 Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas – Autograph Lounge

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.

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas – The Autograph Lounge

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.

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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 Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas – The Chelsea Tower Hallways

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.

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas – One Bedroom Suite Floor Plan
Courtesy of The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas

Seating Area:

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.

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas – One Bedroom Suite – Living Space
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas – One Bedroom Suite – Living Space
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas – One Bedroom Suite – Living Space

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 Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas – One Bedroom Suite – Work Area

The living room area offered a fully stocked sensor mini bar. There were also a variety of snacks available from the mini bar.

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas – One Bedroom Suite – Dry Bar
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas – One Bedroom Suite – Dry Bar
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas – One Bedroom Suite – Snack Bar
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas – One Bedroom Suite – 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.

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas – One Bedroom Suite – Second Fridge

Moving into the middle part of the room, there was a bench area that doubled as a dressing area.

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas – One Bedroom Suite – 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.

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas – One Bedroom Suite – Closet and Rope Amenities
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas – One Bedroom Suite – In Room Safe
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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 Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas – One Bedroom Suite – Bedroom
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas – One Bedroom Suite – King Size Bed

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 Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas – One Bedroom Suite – Bedroom

The bedroom had a flat screen television, and the only usb ready chargers in the room for devices.

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas – One Bedroom Suite – Bedroom

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.

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas – One Bedroom Suite – Bathroom Area
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas – One Bedroom Suite – Bathroom Area

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 Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas – One Bedroom Suite – Nosy Bathroom

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 Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas – One Bedroom Suite – Shower Room

The shower zone offered convenient shelving for your own toiletries, in addition to an in shower towel rack that was very convenient.

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas – One Bedroom Suite – Shower Room

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 Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas – One Bedroom Suite – Japanese Soaker Tub
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas – One Bedroom Suite – Japanese Soaker Tub
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas – One Bedroom Suite – Japanese Soaker Tub

The soaps offered at The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas were of the Five Wits variety.

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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 Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas – One Bedroom Suite – Outdoor Terrace
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas – One Bedroom Suite – Outdoor Terrace

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.

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas – One Bedroom Suite – Outdoor Terrace Fountain View
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas – One Bedroom Suite – Outdoor Terrace Fountain View

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.

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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.

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas – Views of the Chelsea Pool from the 18th Floor of the Chelsea Tower

Access to the Chelsea Pool was by showering your Cosmopolitan Room key at the tower cabanas. Towels were distributed (two per guest).

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas – The Chelsea Pool

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.

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas – The Chelsea Pool

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 Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas – The Chelsea Pool

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 Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas – The Chelsea Fitness Center

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.

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas – The Boulevard Pool

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.

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas – The Boulevard Pool

There was also a large covered hot tub zone, that I never actually saw anyone use.

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas – The Boulevard Hot Tub Pool

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.

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas – The Boulevard Event Pool

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.

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas – The Boulevard Pool
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas – The Boulevard Pool
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas – The Boulevard Pool

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.

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Food and Beverage:

The Restaurant Collection:

The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas offers over 26 restaurants in The Restaurant Collection located on the property.

Eggslut

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.

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas – Eggslut

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.

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas – The Chelsea Pool
Hummus and Pita Flatbread

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 Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas – The Chelsea Pool
Breakfast Burrito

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.

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas – The Food District
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas – The Bang Bar by Momofuku

We enjoyed some spicy pork grilled flatbreads that were pretty tasty and more than I would have expected.

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas – The Bang Bar by Momofuku
Spicy Grilled Pork Flatbread

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:

The Vesper offers the finest cocktails in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. It’s located immediately adjacent to the front desk and lobby.

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas – The Vesper Cocktail Bar

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.

Our Marriott Bonvoy Points Posted Without any Chasing

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.


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As the world slowly re-opened, MrsWT73 became aware of a concert opportunity in nearby Las Vegas, Nevada, United States of America. Since we hadn’t been anywhere significant or substantial aside from our earlier Caribbean trip, it came time for a journey down south to beautiful Las Vegas, Nevada, United States of America.


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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Trip Introduction: Las Vegas, United States via Alaska Airlines


Planning the Trip:

During the re-opening days of the pandemic, MrsWT73 happened to find out that her favourite high school rock band “Duran Duran” was playing at select locations while on tour around the world.

When she was unable to link up to attend her preferred concert at Hyde Park in London, United Kingdom, she set her sights closer afield. She ended up locating an Duran Duran concert event at the Wynn Casino and Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States that happened to be close to the Labour Day Long Weekend.

Unfortunately, by the time we got organized to purchase concert tickets, the prices for the concert had arisen to $500 USD per ticket. I wasn’t that much of a Duran Duran fan, so it was the perfect opportunity to go a celebrate a major promotion at work at one of the finest restaurants in America; Joel Robochon at Le Maison, Las Vegas. While MrsWT73 was rocking it out to “Wild Boys”, I was tucking into one of the USA’s most elaborate tasting menus.

Planning Flights:

Flights from Canada to Las Vegas

With the pandemic putting a bit of a pamper on travel plans, we had many unused travel credits and benefits just sitting around waiting to be used.

We ended up booking this trip down to Las Vegas departing from Bellingham International Airport (BLI), Washington state. At the time of our booking in May 2022, the United States required a tele-health supervised antigen rapid test to fly into the united states taken 24 hours before travel. However no such test was required for persons arriving into the United States by car. As a result, we booked around this issue by departing from our nearby suburban commuter airport in Bellingham, Washington.

We would end up using a handy Alaska Airlines 2 for 1 Companion Fare that comes with the Alaska Airlines Mastercard. Our flight sequence would have us travelling Bellingham – Seattle – Las Vegas – Seattle – Bellingham.

Our 4 Day Ticket to Las Vegas Was Ticketed Like This

While we initially had some long 3 hour layovers in Seattle, we ended up doing a same day flight change on a complimentary basis at check in that allowed us to move to earlier flights at no charge, courtesy of Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan MVP Gold Status.

In the end, the routing ended up looking like this:

BLI-SEA-LAS-SEA-BLI (paid)

Flying From the Pacific Northwest to the Desert of Las Vegas

While the flight was pretty straightforward and uneventful, it was one of the first ones in a while that was actually in economy class in both our short single class of service Q400 and Boeing 737-9 Max legs. As a result, I didn’t bother doing a review on the various flight segments. Despite being near the top of the Alaska Mileage Plan upgrade lists, it was among the few that didn’t result in a first class or premium class upgrade.

Alaska Airlines Q400 Single Class of Service: Bellingham – Seattle
Alaska Airlines B737-9 Max Aircraft: Seattle – Las Vegas

Our ticket ended up being $730 USD for two (or $365 USD per person). It was not the cheapest ticket but we’d check a free bag courtesy of Alaska MVP Gold Status and the Alaska Airlines Mastercard.

We would naturally credit these flights to Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan and earn 100% elite qualifying miles and 100% Redeemable Miles eventually earning an easy 2,732 Redeemable Qualifying Miles with the special bonus of a minimum of 500 Elite Qualifying Miles for the short 94 mile segment between Bellingham and Seattle.

As always, we were treated to great desert views as we arrived into Las Vegas Harry Reid International Airport. There desert landscape in Nevada is always pretty interesting, and a start contrast from our area in the Pacific Northwest.

Views from the Wing: On Approach to Las Vegas Harry Reid International Airport

Planning Hotels:

We hadn’t visited Las Vegas in a while. We had access to a number of elevated hotel programs, including the popular American Express Fine Hotels and Resorts offered through the American Express Platinum Card. We were tempted to return to the excellent Aria Sky Suites Las Vegas, but instead we leveraged our affiliation with the Marriott Bonvoy program and stayed at two Marriott Bonvoy affiliated properties.

We booked ourselves in to The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas by Autograph Collection. We had our sights set on a fountain view room and ended up booking a One Bedroom Suite. While the hotel is affiliated with American Express Fine Hotel and Resorts, we valued the elite night credits with Marriott Bonvoy more than the additional benefits and ended up foregoing the American Express Fine Hotel and Resorts benefits and going with a Marriott Bonvoy cash booking on the Marriott Website. I had read about challenges and a lack of consistency in getting any Marriott Bonvoy points and stay credits through the American Express platform, so we stayed save by booking through the Marriott channels.

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas by Autograph Collection

Since Las Vegas hotel rates change in a New York Minute, we initially locked in for a One Bedroom Suite Fountain View on a flexible rate at $360 USD a night. This rate descended to $330 USD at the 30 day mark, and eventually $280 USD at the 7 day mark in advance of our stay. We re-booked in at the lower flexible rate, along with a nightly $45 USD resort fee. While we didn’t get a whole lot of Marriott Bonvoy Elite benefits, we did get the opportunity to earn 9,800 Marriott Bonvoy points along with enjoying a great room with a Bellagio Fountain view. We paid for this stay using the American Express Marriott Bonvoy Credit Card, allowing us to earn an additional 5 points per dollar.

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas by Autograph Collection
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas by Autograph Collection

Our second stay had us at the nearby Marriott Grand Château Las Vegas. Staying in a One Bedroom Suite Fountain View at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas by Autograph Collection had a rate that was north of $800 USD per night on Friday and Saturday night of a Labor Day long weekend.

While we didn’t fancy downgrading to a regular Cosmopolitan 2 Queen City Room, we ended up walking one block off the strip and down the street to our first stay at a Marriott Vacation Club at the Marriott Grand Chateau Las Vegas.

Marriott’s Grand Château Las Vegas: Our First Stay at a Marriott Vacation Club Property

Our rate here was around $259 USD for a Friday and Saturday night; a steal compared to our rate at the nearby Cosmopolitan. We also paid for this stay using the American Express Marriott Bonvoy Credit Card, allowing us to earn an additional 5 points per dollar.

Planning Activities:

While I didn’t have too much on the agenda for this particular trip, I was able to get in three great dining experiences. The Joël Robouchon Restaurant Las Vegas was on my list for quite some time and I enjoyed an over the top experience dining. We were also able to get in an experience to Gordon Ramsey’s Hell’s Kitchen Las Vegas and a great breakfast brunch at Bouchon at the Venetian, along with a triple header concert of John Waite, Men at Work and Rick Springfield at Fremont Street; not bad for a brief 4 day visit.

Our points and miles redemption summary:

In summary, we earned and redeemed:

  • Redemption: Alaska 2 for 1 Companion Fare – Airfare Bellingham – Las Vegas
  • Earned: 5,464 Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Points (1000 + 1732 + 1732 + 1000 Alaska MVP Gold)
  • Earned: 9,800 Points (5,600 Base + 4,200 Elite + 0 Extra) Marriott Bonvoy points at The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas
  • Earned: 15,300 Points (5,200 Base + 3,900 Elite + 6,200 Extra) Marriott Bonvoy points at Marriott Grand Chateau Las Vegas

While a trip to Las Vegas often covers familiar territory, it was a great relaxing trip punctuated by some great restaurants. I was able to get in a number of visits to three interesting restaurants, along with two new hotel stays.


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Westjet and Air Canada have taken a bit of a beating lately in the post pandemic return to travel era. As a result of frequent flight cancellations, and reductions of service in Eastern Canada, we are now seeing Westjet return to the market place with an effort to attract some of Canada’s most frequent fliers. Their latest promotion is by offering a status match and challenge to select Canadian frequent fliers.


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Westjet Offering Status Match and Challenge to Westjet Rewards Silver, Gold and Platinum for Air Canada, Porter, and British Airways Elites.


Westjet Airways has announced a fall promotion that allows for a status match and challenge for its Westjet Rewards program. Every now and then, we see a shortcut being made available to get status, so this offer may help someone out to upgrade their travels.

The Essentials of the Promotion:

Status Match to Westjet Silver / Gold / Platinum for rest of 2022:

Westjet is presently offering a status match to Westjet Silver / Gold or Platinum levels.

The details are as follows:

  • The Offer is exclusively available to Elites within the Air Canada Aeroplan, Porter Airways VIP Porter, and British Airways Executive Club programs.
  • With proof of status in Aeroplan, VIPorter or British Airways Executive Club you will receive Silver, Gold or Platinum status with WestJet Rewards. You can enjoy benefits such as lounge access, complimentary upgrades and priority services until December 15, 2022.
  • Silver will be awarded with proof of Aeroplan 25K, VIPorter Passport, Executive Club Bronze or Executive Club Silver
  • Gold will be awarded with proof of Aeroplan 35K, Aeroplan 50K, Aeroplan 75K, VIPorter Priority or Executive Club Gold
  • Platinum will be awarded with proof of Aeroplan Super Elite.

Registration needs to be completed by September 30, 2022. Westjet is promising that all applications will be reviewed within 10 days.

Westjet Rewards is Presently Offering a Status Match to Select Top Tier Elites

It’s hard to say whether this is a “once in a lifetime” offer. While we see sometimes see status match opportunities limited to once in a lifetime, there is no indication on whether Westjet considers this to be limited accordingly.

I generally don’t advocate taking advantage of status match offers, unless you actually plan on using the benefits. There is always the possibility that your travel plans can change into the future, and you might be prevented from accessing a similar opportunity in the future, if you’ve already taken advantage of it in the past.

Westjet is Offering A Status Match Mapping to These Select Levels

The full terms and conditions of the promotion are also posted within the registration page.

Status Challenge for Rest of 2023 with a lowered minimum spend:

In addition to the status match promotion for the rest of 2022, Westjet Rewards is offering a status challenge for the 2023 year, with a reduced qualifying spend of 20%.

  • Keeping your new status is easy. Extend your status through to the end of 2023 by flying with WestJet between the date your status is approved and December 15, 2022. Your required tier qualifying spend during this timeframe will be 20% of what you would normally need.
  • Spend $600 to Obtain Silver Level (Usually $3,000)
  • Spend $1,000 to Obtain Gold Level (Usually $5,000)
  • Spend $1,600 to Obtain Platinum Level (Usually $8,000)
Westjet Rewards has Pro-Rated Downwards the Minimum Qualifying Spend

You must Join Westjet Rewards before completing the registration form and proceeding to sign up for the status match or status challenge.

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What Can You Use Westjet Rewards for:

Westjet Rewards can be used as a cash back type program offering dollars off of a cash component of any eligible fare with Westjet. The program markets itself as cash back being an easier method than calculation of points. The higher your status level yields a higher amount of cash back earn rate.

Westjet Business Class: Upgrade on a Complimentary Basis with Eligible Fares
  • Platinum benefits are comprised of 8% WestJet dollar earn rate, highest eligibility for complimentary upgrade to Premium and Business with eligible fares, early access to purchase an upgrade, unlimited airport lounge access, unlimited advance seat selection, first, second and third checked bags free, no fee for same-day flight changes, priority security screening at select airports, priority support number, priority check-in, priority baggage and priority boarding will be awarded to the member immediately after achieving Platinum status and noted in the member’s WestJet Rewards account.
  • Gold benefits are comprised of 5% WestJet dollar earn rate, higher eligibility for complimentary upgrade to Premium and Business with eligible fares, early access to purchase an upgrade, unlimited airport lounge access, advance seat selection vouchers, first and second checked bags free, no fee for same-day flight changes, priority security screening at select airports, priority support number, priority check-in, priority baggage and priority boarding will be awarded to the member immediately after achieving Gold status and noted in the member’s WestJet Rewards account.
  • Silver benefits are comprised of 3% WestJet dollar earn rate, eligibility for complimentary upgrade to Premium and Business with eligible fares, airport lounge access, advance seat selection vouchers, first and second checked bags free, priority check-in and Zone 2 boarding will be awarded to the member immediately after achieving Silver status and noted in the member’s WestJet Rewards account.

My Thoughts on the Promotion:

While I have flown Westjet domestically and internationally, I haven’t found much use for their frequent flier program Westjet Rewards. This is indeed a program that requires you to be “all in”, instead of one that allows for occasional earning.

My goals of a rewards program offers the ability to redeem access to international reward redemptions in business or first class. Westjet Rewards doesn’t participate in any meaningful airline alliance like Star Alliance, One World or Skyteam. It does offer some limited reciprocal relationships with Delta Sky Miles and Air France / KLM Flying Blue, but I haven’t found that these programs deliver a lot of value for my travel needs on the earning and redemption side.

Westjet B737-8 Economy Class isn’t all too aspirational

While in our days before the pandemic, we saw Westjet service some unique routes not offered by Air Canada such as Calgary – Comox and Calgary – Brandon. In today’s environment, that advantage has mostly disappeared or has been severely limited by schedule, thanks to the general contraction of routes and frequencies to mostly core, fundamental and profitable routes.

Receive Friendly Westjet Service on Board their Aircraft

Lastly, while it does offer some international routes on their state of the air Westjet Boeing 787 aircraft, most of these routes are through Calgary to European destinations; a destination that is highly competitive from my home base in Vancouver, Canada.

In addition, the program does not offer much in the way of a lounge network. Aside from Westjet Rewards access to the Westjet Elevation Lounge Calgary, and the Plaza Premium Lounge network. I generally get access to these lounges through Priority Pass courtesy of the American Express Platinum Card.

Relax in the Only Westjet Elevation Lounge at Calgary International Airport

Despite this, there are some that may be further ahead by simply signing up for this promotion. Perhaps if you’re got travel planned ahead for this fall, there is a slim chance that signing up for this promotion may put you further ahead.

Naturally, if you’re a regular Westjet traveller, or perhaps a Westjet RBC Mastercard holder, you’ll want to take advantage of the program assuming you meet the qualifying terms and conditions as an elite flyer.

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In Summary: Westjet Rewards Offering a Status Match.

Westjet Rewards is offering a time limited status match offer for Canadian residents in Elite levels in the Air Canada Aeroplan, Porter VIP and British Airways Executive Club programs. This is a time limited offer and you need to sign up by September 30, 2022.

Registration is easy through the link and demonstrating proof of status through. a photograph of a screen shot of your frequent flier account.

Unfortunately, I haven’t found Westjet Rewards to be super useful for my travel patterns. Their lack of partners for international travel and a meaningful program that offers lounge access and access to premium cabin awards makes this a non starter for me.


Do you see the value in a current status match over to Westjet ?

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Every now and then, we see an innovative promotion that happen to be well aligned with airline programs. I have to hand it to to the Canadian Red Cross for an interesting promotion opportunity that also happens makes you feel good about yourself while participating.


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Innovative: Canadian Red Cross Launches Promotion with Air Canada; Earn Aeroplan points on Donations


The Canadian Red Cross has announced an interesting promotion with Air Canada that allows for Air Canada Aeroplan points to be earned on donations to the Canadian Red Cross.

The Essentials of the Promotion:

Earn Points on Donations:

The Canadian Red Cross has come up with a promotion that partners with Air Canada’s Aeroplan.

The details of the promotion are as follows:

  • The promotion is intended for Canadian Residents.
  • Earn 100 Aeroplan® points per $5 given to the Canadian Red Cross.
  • This offer is only valid for donations made online at www.redcross.ca/rewards from September 1, 2022 to September 30, 2022
  • The promotion dates are between September 1 – September 30, 2022
  • Points will post to the Aeroplan Account within 30 – 60 days from the date your donation was made
  • Donors who elect to receive Aeroplan points for their donation are not eligible to receive a charitable tax receipt.
Earn Air Canada Aeroplan Points by Donating to the Canadian Red Cross

The donation page offers an interactive sliding scale that allows you to see how much your donation will potentially earn.

One Hundred and Fifty Dollars will Earn Three Thousand Aeroplan Points

The full terms and conditions of the promotion are also posted.

Enter a Contest to Win 250,000 Aeroplan Points:

In addition to the earning promotion, there is also a contest to win two grand prizes of 250,000 Aeroplan points.

The ways to enter the contest are as follows:

  • Make donation(s) of one hundred Canadian dollars (CAD$ 100.00) or more on www.redcross.ca/rewards (the “Contest Campaign Page”), during the Contest Period. Donations made online on pages other than the Contest Campaign Page are not eligible for entry.
  • For no purchase entry, go to www.redcross.ca/rewards/no-purchase-entry, fill in the Contest form with all requested information, including without limitation, your name, address, email, phone number, and Aeroplan account number, and submit form by clicking on the Submit button during the Contest Period.
There is also a Grand Prize of 250,000 Aeroplan Points Offered

The promotion is marketed though both Canadian Red Cross websites and Air Canada direct email marketing campaigns.

You May Have Received this Email For the Promotion Direct from Air Canada
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What Can You Use Air Canada Aeroplan Points For:

Air Canada Aeroplan points can be redeemed for out right redemptions into a solid Premium Economy product. The Air Canada Premium Economy product is available on their wide body aircraft that include the Boeing 777 series, their Boeing 787 series and their Airbus 330 products.

Use Aeroplan Points to Redeem for a Decent Air Canada Premium Economy Cabin

Air Canada also offers an excellent Air Canada Signature Executive Business Class product that is offered on all their wide body aircraft, including on select domestic flagship routes within Canada.

Get Your Own Private Business Class Pod in Air Canada Signature Business Class

The Air Canada Signature Business Class offers a fully lie flat seat in a reverse herringbone configuration that is exceptionally private. It is a great way to travel on a medium or long haul flight.

An Air Canada Signature Business Class Cabin is Generally Comfortable for Overseas Travel

The seats offer a terrific combination of relaxing space and work space thanks to a side table. Overall, it remains among my favourite business class cabins out there.

A Fully Lie Flat Seat is one of the Best Benefits of Business Class

My Thoughts on the Promotion:

Air Canada Aeroplan Points are incredible useful for Canadians. As the leading frequentt flier program in Canada, it makes sense to participate in the program.

Air Canada Aeroplan regularly sells miles for 3.5 cents per mile; at full price. This means that it would typically cost you $175 CAD for 5,000 Air Canada Aeroplan points. There are occasional bonuses that allow for discounted rates that would allow for earning at greater capacities.

Under this promotion, a donation of $250 CAD will earn you the same 5,000 Air Canada Aeroplan points. As a result, you’ll be paying an additional $75 CAD for the same amount of points.

The difference is that your donation will allow you to feel good about yourself knowing that your donation will be going to help disasters around the world.

It may also be the right opportunity for someone looking to keep their adult child’s Aeroplan account active from expiring, from an 18 month expiration rule. This is constantly a challenge for me, since I don’t live near an LCBO where I can add a couple of miles with a simple purchase.

Redeem Aeroplan Points for Air Canada Signature Business Class

Unfortunately, the donation with the earning of Aeroplan points doesn’t allow for a further tax deductible receipt under Canada Revenue Agency rules. Perhaps this is the only drawback of this promotion.

Initially, I was very much sold on this promotion and planned to donate several hundred dollars until I read the fine print which pointed out a tax deductible receipt is not offered.

Ultimately, you won’t come out further ahead on a value proposition by earning points through the Red Cross campaign, than by purchasing points directly through Air Canada. However, you’ll perhaps sleep better at night knowing that your money will be going towards a good cause on a humanitarian basis.

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In Summary: The Canadian Red Cross Offers a Promotion Allowing to Earn Air Canada Aeroplan Points on Donations.

The Canadian Red Cross and Air Canada Aeroplan have announced a promotion that allows you to earn miles by donating through their portal between September 1 – September 30, 2022.

While you won’t be allowed to claim a tax receipt for your donation, this may be an opportunity for the right person that prefers to do something philanthropic with their money, while earning a fairly generous amount of Aeroplan miles at the same time.


Will you be taking part in this innovative promotion ?

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Marriott typically offers a spring and fall promotion that aligns with the business travel season. While we saw a spring promotion that offered a terrific double elite qualifying nights towards elite Marriott Bonvoy status, this fall promotion is decidedly less glamourous.


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Marriott Bonvoy Launches Fall 2022 Promotion: Register Now


Marriott Bonvoy has announced their fall promotion for the year 2022. We typically see hotels announce a fall promotion across many competing hotel brands. Marriott Bonvoy is no exception to this rule, and today we’ve learned of the details of Marriott Bonvoy’s fall 2022 promotion.

Promotion Details:

Earn up to 4,000 Marriott Bonvoy Points per stay

The details of the promotion are as follows:

  • Marriott Bonvoy can register now through December 1, 2022 to earn 2,000 bonus points after completing an eligible stay at participating hotels starting with your second stay.
  • Marriott Bonvoy Credit Card holders can earn an additional 2,000 bonus points for each eligible stay at a different hotel brand during the promotional period, starting with the stay at the second brand.
  • Stays must be completed from September 21 through December 15, 2022.
  • Registration is required prior to your first eligible stay, and registration closes on December 1, 2022
  • Only stays paid with cash qualify toward this promotion; award stays don’t qualify
  • The standard bonus points will post within seven business days of checking out of a hotel, while bonus points from staying at new brands will post within six weeks of checking out of a hotel
  • There’s no limit to how many bonus points you can earn
  • All hotels globally are participating, and there’s no minimum length of stay required to unlock the bonus.
Marriott Bonvoy Fall 2022 Promotion Tems and Conditions

Registration:

Registration is required for this promotion. Registration can be completed through the Marriott Bonvoy App, from within your account on the Marriott Bonvoy website, or through this registration link.

Registration needs to be completed by December 1, 2022 for stays ending December 15, 2022.

Earn Bonus Points on Each Eligible Stay, Starting with your Second Stay

What do I think about this promotion?

If you value Marriott Bonvoy points at 0.05 cents per point, this is like getting a potential return of $10 USD per 2,000 point promotion. This would be the equivalent of getting $20 USD worth of points if you stacked both promotions together by earning 4,000 Marriott Bonvoy points. This is the equivalent of earning an extra 1,333 airline miles per hotel stay.

Ultimately, this promotion isn’t too exciting. It happens to really favour those hard core business travellers that are hopping around from hotel to hotel on a nightly or semi nightly basis, and aren’t loyal to any one particular Marriott brand.

Frankly, when I am on the road, I’m not typically going out of my way to stay away from the usual Marriotts and Sheratons on the business circuit that offer elites lounge access. I wouldn’t be exchanging one of these stays in favour of rounding out my promotions at a Fairfield Inn or a Townplace Suites for the minimal amount of incremental points this promotion offers.

If you don’t happen to have a Marriott Bonvoy affiliated credit card, you can apply for one through these links posted below and earn the highest possible welcome bonus.

The Best offer is available below through a referral link.
Offer ends October 26, 2022

American Express Marriott Bonvoy (CANADA)
70,000 Marriott Bonvoy Point Welcome Bonus with $3,000 minimum spend + 10,000 Additional Points on eligible eats & drinks purchases in Canada for the first 3 months

American Express Marriott Bonvoy (CANADA)
70,000 Marriott Bonvoy Point Welcome Bonus with $3,000 minimum spend + Earn a total of 5 points for every $1 on eligible gas, travel and dining purchases in your first six months of Card Membership; up to 10,000 points
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The Bottom Line: Marriott’s Fall Promotion

We now know the details of Marriott Bonvoy’s fall promotion.

Unfortunately, it isn’t the most exciting one. With 2,000 points up for grabs after your second stay, and an additional 2,000 points on offer for a stay at each different brand when using a Marriott Branded credit card, after your second stay.

While this won’t move the needle for many travellers, it’s still worth taking a moment to register, as more points are always better than less points.


What do you make of the Marriott Bonvoy Fall 2022 promotion ?

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The health pandemic has been an terrible time for luxury travel. Flights and routes that we previously used to have available were cancelled, and award opportunities that used to exist have dried up. Every now and then we get a sliver of good news that the world is starting to return to normal. This is one of those announcements of things starting to return to normal.


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News: Cathay Pacific Re-Starting Flights from New York – Vancouver – Hong Kong, with a Twist


Cathay Pacific has been battered as a result of the health pandemic and has seen the reduction of most of its flight services to a small percentage of what it once was.

Cathay Pacific has regularly served our home city of Vancouver, Canada with up to 3 frequencies a day to and from Vancouver at it’s peak. It also maintains a gorgeous Cathay Pacific Business Class Lounge Vancouver that has been mostly shuttered throughout the pandemic, due to the carrier not actually flying here over that time period.

Cathay Pacific’s Business Lounge – Vancouver International Airport
Cathay Pacific’s Business Lounge – Vancouver International Airport

Cathay Pacific used to have a major presence in Vancouver, with both a pilot, crew and ground staff based here. In the last 5 years, we’ve seen Cathay Pacific close the Vancouver base and relocate all of its labor staff to Hong Kong.

Cathay Pacific Announcing the Return to New York via Vancouver

It looks as though Cathay Pacific has announced plans to re-start it’s Hong Kong – Vancouver – New York service with a major catch.

This was a flight that previously operated on a daily basis, that originally complimented up to 4 daily frequencies to Hong Kong from New York. With New York’s John F Kennedy airport having three non stop frequencies, the fourth flight would operate with a stop in Vancouver before continuing onto Hong Kong.

Regulatory approval has just been filed with the United States Department of Transportation to operate service from New York’s John F Kennedy to Hong Kong via Vancouver.

Unfortunately, unlike in years prior, Cathay Pacific will not have pick up rights, nor be selling seats between Vancouver and New York.

The flights are scheduled to depart as follows:

  • CX 2801 New York John F Kennedy to Vancouver departing 9:50 PM, arriving 12:55 AM + 1
  • CX 885 Vancouver to Hong Kong departing 1:25 AM +1, arriving 5:35 AM +1
  • CX 2800 Hong Kong to Vancouver departing 12: 45 AM, arriving 9:50 – 1
  • CX 888 Vancouver to New York John F Kennedy departing 10:55 PM, arriving 0700 AM + 1

Despite this approval, Cathay Pacific hasn’t put out a general press release for this nor updated anything on their website, announcing the re-instatement of this route.

What does Cathay Pacific look like?

Cathay Pacific has been operating for dozens of years and is an inaugural member of the One World Alliance. As a result, as a One World elite member, you’ll get reciprocal benefits when flying Cathay Pacific Airways that include Priority Check In, Mileage Accumulation and Lounge Access.

We’ve previously flown this route between Vancouver and New York in Cathay Pacific First Class Vancouver – New York, and Cathay Pacific First Class New York – Vancouver.

Cathay Pacific offers one of the best and most understated First Class cabins out there. Their first class cabins are truly among the best way to fly internationally.

Cathay Pacific’s First Class B777 Cabin

In addition to a comfortable seat, Cathay Pacific offers a world class food and beverage program. It’s not uncommon to enjoy Krug and terrific Asian cuisine across its aircraft.

Cathay Pacific’s First Class Champagne
Cathay Pacific’s First Class Meal Service
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Flights Don’t (yet) Appear to be On Sale:

While I would have thought that Cathay Pacific would have been all over this approval, it appears that the carrier is taking a very slow and cautious approach to this restart.

Despite having received approval to operate this route, it appears that the flights aren’t loaded into their sales calendar. Instead, the airline appears to be offering one direct flight a day, with connecting traffic being routed through Los Angeles on its One World Alliance partner American Airlines.

Cathay Pacific Hasn’t Made this Flight Available for Sale

Hopefully, we will see the airlines continue to expand services as the health pandemic gradually allows the airline to recover.

What do I think of this Development?

The health pandemic has been a terrible time for the aviation industry. Flight frequencies and award seats have dried up, and we’ve seen carriers gradually return to business with vastly different re-opening rates.

It’s great to see that Cathay Pacific has gotten permission to restore service on the Hong Kong – New York route via Vancouver, although I’m really saddened to see that the cool fifth freedom flight between Vancouver – New York isn’t going to be offered for sale.

While it is remotely possible that this may chance in the future, Jet Blue has moved into this market and is offering seats between New York’s John F Kennedy Airport and Vancouver.

The Cathay Pacific flight used to offer a great way of getting One World Award availability, as you could have a great one stop flight to Europe by flying Cathay Pacific to New York, then onwards on British Airways New York – London. With Cathay Pacific not re-instating the Vancouver – New York portion, this excellent loop hole will have closed.

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The Bottom Line: Cathay Pacific is restarting Hong Kong to New York Service via Vancouver

I’m happy to see that Cathay Pacific is planning a gradual return by re-instating its services from Hong Kong to New York via Vancouver. They offer a terrific product on board and they (used to) have a great network that allowed for a lot of connectivity across Asia.

I’m saddened by the fact that Cathay Pacific won’t be operating a Vancouver – New York segment. This was truly one of the greatest secrets in American Airlines AAdvantage award redemptions, as it allowed great one stop connectivity to Europe through Cathay Pacific and British Airways on their London – New York routes that always seemed to have reward availability.


Are you excited to see that Cathay Pacific is re-starting service from New York – Hong Kong via Vancouver?

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The St Regis hotel brand has been known for its champagne sabrage opportunities. The St Regis hotels have typically offered a champagne sabrage activity, which is usually offered once or twice a week. Soon, we are going to potentially see a change to this activity that some may say will make it more exclusive, whereas others will say that it is the start of a feature devaluation. Read on to see what the changes are…


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Crafty: Marriott Unveils Paid Champagne Sabrage “Masterclass” at St Regis Hotels.


The St Regis hotel brand within the Marriott Bonvoy loyalty program is a particular elite brand that I’ve always enjoyed staying at. The hotels are usually super opulent and luxurious which make for a very comfortable stay. In addition to having high levels of fit and finish, they usually have great resort experiences and spaces.

Sun Soaking at the St Regis Deer Valley

We have had some excellent stays at the St Regis Bal Harbour Miami and the previously flagged St Regis Mauritius on two separate visits and occasions. This has included the opportunity to test out their champagne sabring experiences, which are normally provided on a complimentary group basis with a glass or two of champagne offered at the end of the experience.

There are Usually Great Experiences at St Regis Properties – St Regis Mauritius

The champagne sabrage experiences have always been an enjoyable affair, with usually a lot of joy in the room or outdoor garden during my past experiences.

I’ve always had the opportunity to have a good conversation with some other international guests as we shared this experience together before, during and after the event. Needless to say, having other guests in the experience added to the fun and enjoyment of the event.

We have always had this offered to us on a specific night during a stay on a complimentary basis as Marriott Bonvoy / Starwood Preferred Guest elites.

Marriott has Announced Champagne Sabrage Masterclasses at St Regis:

Well, Marriott has decided to formalize their champagne sabring by offering Private Masterclasses in the art of champagne sabrage.

Through their press release, their Masterclasses will allow guests (and locals) the opportunity to learn about champagne sabrage under the expert guidance of a trained St Regis Butler on a wholly private basis.

The St Regis Bal Harbour Miami, USA

Marriott describes that the Masterclass is available for groups up to four people and that the experience will include a 30-minute masterclass, a bottle of champagne, and canapés with additional add-ons that vary property to property.

A specific price point for this opportunity was not specifically announced within the press release. My guess is that this will cost between $200 – $300 USD, assuming it includes a nice bottle of chilled champagne.

Those that are looking to arrange this experience, are to contact the properties directly; presumably through the concierge program.

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Where are the Masterclasses being Offered?

Surprisingly, the St Regis Sabrage Masterclasses are not being offered everywhere. The current properties that are offering the Master Class are listed as follows:

  • The St. Regis Atlanta,
  • The St. Regis Aspen Resort,
  • The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort,
  • The St. Regis Deer Valley,
  • The St. Regis Houston,
  • The St. Regis New York,
  • The St. Regis San Francisco,
  • The St. Regis Toronto,
  • The St. Regis Washington D.C

Interestingly enough, the current list is limited to North American properties with the exception of the properties in Mexico. These include, the St Regis Mexico City, St Regis Punta del Minta and St Regis Kanai Resort Rivera Maya.

We’ve Had Great Champagne Sabrage in the Gardens of the St Regis Mauritius

The participating properties list includes all their North American properties which are a reasonable combination of city and resort locations. Accordingly, we can’t really draw any inference as to whether this is limited to specific properties seeking to increase revenue opportunities at specific locations, or whether this is being assessed as a test market region with a high amount of disposable income with clients that like to spend on travel experiences.

What do I think about this development?

We have all come to grow a little skeptical recently of the Marriott Bonvoy program. Recent enhancements to the program have led to properties not delivering on elite benefits and a devaluation of points as a result of new variable pricing.

Admittedly, my St Regis stays haven’t necessarily gotten as mainstream and diluted as my stays at North American Marriotts and Sheratons. However, it’s not hard to feel that there is less value in the program these days.

While it is a great idea for St Regis properties to formalize a paid private service for champagne sabrage sessions, I can’t help but wonder if this is the eventual transition for the champagne sabrage to move to a “pay per use” model with this being the test market or sample to determine whether this experience will take off?

At the very least, it seems to be an easy way for a hotel to charge for that bottle of champagne, that otherwise previously went to guests on a complimentary basis.

Will Paid Champagne Sabrage Lead to Pursuing other Activities at St Regis Properties?

It is also a great use of St Regis to use their resources to be able to offer something on a wholly private basis. Arguably, a private champagne sabrage is something that any five star luxury hotel brand should be available to offer its guests, even if it is on a “request” basis. The St Regis Butler’s at any hotel are a fixed cost that the hotel will have to pay for anyway, in order to deliver a minimum level of services. As a result, the butlers are likely on site anyway.

I just hope that this doesn’t mean the end of complimentary champagne sabrage at St Regis properties around the world, once hotels get comfortable gaining a revenue stream for those seeking such an experience.

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The Bottom Line: St Regis Champagne Sabrage Masterclass

Marriott under the St Regis brand has decided to formalize the ability to offer private champagne sabrage master classes.

While the classes are initially being offered at their North American properties, it is possible we may seen this expanded to other St Regis properties around the world.

It is too early to tell whether this is a test of whether to charge for champagne sabrage services, or whether this is intended for guests who solely want a more private and exclusive experience.


What do you make of this recent “enhancement” to champagne sabrage at St Regis hotels and resorts ?

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A management offsite took me to Telfs, Austria and to the InterAlpen Tyrol hotel. I would get the opportunity to spend two days in quiet and picturesque luxury in this alpine resort located high in the mountains of Austria.


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Review: The InterAlpen – Hotel Tyrol, Telfs, Austria


“An Old World Alpine Lodge that Allows for Peace and Tranquility with World Class Views”

The InterAlpen – Hotel is a luxury premium 5-star superior hotel in the middle of the Tyrolean Alps and a member of “The Leading Hotels of the World”. It’s located at 1,300 meters elevation amid a bank of mountains and surrounds it visitors with a Tyrolean Alpine feel.

Booking the InterAlpen – Hotel Tyrol:

My employer hosted an off site event for us at this particular property as a manner to get many of the executives together. The property couldn’t have been in a more spectacular location.

My stay at the InterAlpen Tyrol was booked through the hotel event planner. As a premium luxury property, room rates were publicly available starting at 698€ ($715 USD) per night for a a Premium Double Room on a Half Board basis.

Inter Alpen Tyrol Hotel Booking

In terms of reward opportunities, the “Leading Hotels of the World” is part of the “Leaders” reward loyalty program. The Leaders Rewards program isn’t super exciting offering a few select pre-arrival upgrades, complimentary wi-fi and continental breakfast for two.

Despite being an upscale independent property, surprisingly the property is not part of the American Express Fine Hotels and Resorts.

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Getting to the InterAlpen – Hotel Tyrol:

I arrived to the InterAlpen – Hotel Tyrol by car, having driven from Munich, Germany earlier in the morning.

The hotel is located at 1,300 meters in the mountains of Austria. The hotel has a resort location well into the mountains, so it’s not easily within walking distance of many other features.

The road itself was a little twisty on the way up from Innsbruck, but not impossibly so.

Views on the Way to the InterAlpen Hotel Tyrol
Views on the Way to the InterAlpen Hotel Tyrol

Arriving to the hotel, the arrival garage is very impressive for a hotel, and was among one of the most luxurious garage features I’ve ever had the opportunity to experience.

InterAlpen Hotel Tyrol – Parking Garage
InterAlpen Hotel Tyrol – Parking Garage

The parking garage area also featured bike and ski lockers, which was a convenient place to store equipment. The ski valet area was closed for the season, as a result of my July visit.

InterAlpen Hotel Tyrol – Bike Storage
InterAlpen Hotel Tyrol – Ski Storage

As with most of the themes of the Inter – Alpen Hotel, the public areas of the hotel were tremendously opulent and luxurious.

InterAlpen Hotel Tyrol – Parking Garage Reception
InterAlpen Hotel Tyrol – Parking Garage Reception
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Checking into the Inter Alpen Hotel Tyrol:

I proceeded up to the lobby level of the Inter Alpen Hotel for the check in process.

The lobby is a grand and opulent space that was beautiful by every stretch of the imagination. The lobby was styled similar to a mountain manor or luxurious chalet. A series of double staircases wrapped their way around the double level space.

InterAlpen Hotel Tyrol – Hotel Reception and Lobby
InterAlpen Hotel Tyrol – Hotel Reception and Lobby
InterAlpen Hotel Tyrol – Hotel Reception and Lobby

The windows off the lobby fronted the alpine view of neighbouring mountains, making the lobby area a transition space for heading outside.

InterAlpen Hotel Tyrol – Hotel Reception and Lobby

The upper floors of the lobby contained event and conference space. The area was widely spaced and had enough capacity for people to gather between sessions. The hotel was well set up for an event hotel and was fully self sufficient for a gathering of our group size which was approximately 150 participants.

InterAlpen Hotel Tyrol – Hotel Reception and Lobby Staircases
InterAlpen Hotel Tyrol – Hotel Reception and Lobby Staircases

Getting back to the check in process, on our arrival at 11 AM, not unexpectedly, our rooms were not available until the check in time of 3 PM. We were invited to visit the lobby for tea.

InterAlpen Hotel Tyrol – Hotel Reception and Lobby Staircases
InterAlpen Hotel Tyrol – Hotel Reception and Upper Lobby Area

I ended up enjoying a short coffee while we waited for our room assignments and our colleagues to arrive.

InterAlpen Hotel Tyrol – Welcome Coffee
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The Room: A Deluxe Double Room

68 m² – Bedroom with a double bed mostly with second bedroom with one bed, dressing room, living area with tiled stove, bathroom with bathtub and separate shower.

While I was having coffee in the lobby, the reception brought over a whole handful of keys and distributed them. As I was checking in as part of an event, I wasn’t expecting and special treatment given that they were processing about 150 people within our group.

InterAlpen Hotel Tyrol – Hotel Hallways

I wandered my way up to Room #224, which was physically on the third floor. The hotel, like all others in Europe, count the first floor about the ground floor as the first floor.

I let myself into the room. The decor of the room was very old world and designed in an Alpine Ski Lodge feel with matching decoration to match. The ambience felt older and old fashioned.

InterAlpen Hotel Tyrol – Deluxe Double Room

Immediately upon entering the room, you found yourself in a thin hallway. The hallway contained a bathroom on the left, and a dressing / compact sleeping area on the right. The hallway led into the main part of the room.

InterAlpen Hotel Tyrol – Deluxe Double Room

I was assigned a deluxe double room, which contained two doubles. The beds were spacious for a single business traveller. However, it would have been a little compact for two travellers sharing a double bed.

InterAlpen Hotel Tyrol – Deluxe Double Room
I brought my teddy bear from home

The beds themselves were comfortable. The beds offered the thicker European duvets that don’t wrinkle. The rooms at the hotel property were also quiet and absent of any background noise as a result of it’s wonderful location set in the alpine mountains.

The room led into a living room area, that was closest to the windows. The living room featured a couch, an occasional chair, a table and chairs, and a drawing desk with integrated flat screen television.

InterAlpen Hotel Tyrol – Deluxe Double Room – Seating Area

The couch itself was quite green. It was quite faded and older looking; certainly not the type of couch that I saw myself jumping into. As a result, I didn’t spend any time sitting there.

InterAlpen Hotel Tyrol – Deluxe Double Room – Living Space

The balance of the living space featured a make up table and chair, along with a dinig area that was half booth, half chairs.

InterAlpen Hotel Tyrol – Deluxe Double Room – Living Space
InterAlpen Hotel Tyrol – Deluxe Double Room – Dining Area
InterAlpen Hotel Tyrol – Deluxe Double Room – Dining Area
InterAlpen Hotel Tyrol – Deluxe Double Room – Dining Area
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The dining area of the room had a fun European cow themed light, complete with alpine cow bell.

The room television was off set from the bedroom area. It was located above a small writing table.

InterAlpen Hotel Tyrol – Deluxe Double Room – Desk and Television

The living area of the room was well equipped as a 5 star hotel should be. It featured a variety of glassware, along with a fully stocked mini bar that contained champagne, white wine and some soft drinks. There were no spirits located within the mini bar. However, there was certainly enough there to get you started.

InterAlpen Hotel Tyrol – Deluxe Double Room – Refreshment Centre
InterAlpen Hotel Tyrol – Deluxe Double Room – Refreshment Centre
InterAlpen Hotel Tyrol – Deluxe Double Room – Refreshment Centre Prices

Towards the front of the room, there were able storage areas for outdoor clothing. These storage spaces were integrated into the wall. It also contained the hotel’s in room safe.

InterAlpen Hotel Tyrol – Deluxe Double Room – Storage Space
InterAlpen Hotel Tyrol – Deluxe Double Room – Storage Space

Opposite the bathroom, there was also a small dressing area that could double for a child’s sleeping area.

InterAlpen Hotel Tyrol – Deluxe Double Room – Sleeping Area
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The bathroom was large and spacious. It was well equipped with a bathtub and a stand up shower. In European style, the bathroom also featured a bidet.

InterAlpen Hotel Tyrol – Deluxe Double Room – Bathroom
InterAlpen Hotel Tyrol – Deluxe Double Room – Bathroom
InterAlpen Hotel Tyrol – Deluxe Double Room – Bathroom
InterAlpen Hotel Tyrol – Deluxe Double Room – Bathroom
InterAlpen Hotel Tyrol – Deluxe Double Room – Bathroom
InterAlpen Hotel Tyrol – Deluxe Double Room – Bathroom Toiletries

The hotel room also featured white cloth terry ropes, something that I always appreciate while staying as female traveller.

InterAlpen Hotel Tyrol – Deluxe Double Room – Terry Cloth Robes

The hotel is shaped in a hexagonal six sided shape. Most of the rooms at the property have great views. The room also offered room service and everything that could be expected from a five star hotel.

InterAlpen Hotel Tyrol – Floor Plan
InterAlpen Hotel Tyrol – Deluxe Double Room
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Room with a View:

The best part of the hotel room was the view from my deluxe double room. It looked out over the mountain range. There was a variety of weather systems passing through the adjacent mountain ranges which led to a variety of views throughout my two day stay.

InterAlpen Hotel Tyrol – Deluxe Double Room – Room with a View

The balcony featured a small sitting area for two. This allowed a view over the lower level hotel gardens.

InterAlpen Hotel Tyrol – Deluxe Double Room – Outdoor Seating Space
InterAlpen Hotel Tyrol – Deluxe Double Room – Room with a View
InterAlpen Hotel Tyrol – Deluxe Double Room – Room with a View

The views ranged from completely cloudy and obscured to distant and welcoming.

InterAlpen Hotel Tyrol – Deluxe Double Room – Alpine Views
InterAlpen Hotel Tyrol – Deluxe Double Room – Alpine Views
InterAlpen Hotel Tyrol – Deluxe Double Room – At times the Views were a Little Obscured
InterAlpen Hotel Tyrol – Deluxe Double Room – Whereas Other Times it was Beautiful

Overall, the room itself was a little bit of a dated space consistent with the alpine resort feel of it. The best feature of the hotel room was the view of the surrounding mountains.

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Around the Resort Property:

Outdoor Hotel Grounds:

Being set in the mountains, the Inter-Alpen Hotel Tyrol had some spectacular hotel grounds. Off the ground floor and lobby area, the hotel had expansive viewing opportunities of the local mountain ranges.

InterAlpen Hotel Tyrol – Outdoor Spaces
InterAlpen Hotel Tyrol – Outdoor Spaces
InterAlpen Hotel Tyrol – Outdoor Spaces and Views
InterAlpen Hotel Tyrol – Outdoor Spaces

It was really impressive to see the changes in alpine weather, and impressive to see the different types of views that you have between each weather system.

InterAlpen Hotel Tyrol – Endless Mountain Views
InterAlpen Hotel Tyrol – Outdoor Views
InterAlpen Hotel Tyrol – Views Overlooking the Outdoor Pool
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Outdoor Pool:

On a lower level, the hotel offered an outdoor pool and lawn area. The pool made for a beautiful setting for a swim. Despite visiting in July, I didn’t find the area to be all to warm. As a result, I would consider the outdoor space to be an “alpine” swim.

InterAlpen Hotel Tyrol – Outdoor Pool
InterAlpen Hotel Tyrol – Pool Level Outdoor Space
InterAlpen Hotel Tyrol – Building Views
InterAlpen Hotel Tyrol – Pool Level Space
InterAlpen Hotel Tyrol – Alpine Views
InterAlpen Hotel Tyrol – Views Towards the Valley
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Food and Beverage:

Inter-Alpen Restaurant:

During our stay, which was part of an event, we had organized dinner prepared by the hotel. While we didn’t eat in the hotel’s Inter-Alpen Restaurant, the food was tasty and well prepared.

InterAlpen Hotel Tyrol – Hotel Walkways

The Bottom Line: The Inter – Alpen Hotel Tyrol

The Inter – Alpen Hotel Tyrol was a traditional and classy hotel nestled in the alps. It was very peaceful and quiet with nothing around to distract you from relaxing. I found the rooms to be a bit on the dated side, while the views outside your window were world class.


If you have visited the Austrian Alps, is there a particular resort that brings you back?

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On a recent weekend stayover after a week work of business meetings, I ended up at the Le Meridien Vienna hotel for a personal stopover in Vienna, Austria. I was really impressed with the Le Meridien Vienna. It offered the right combination of value, friendly service, a comfortable and spacious room by European standards and easy walkability around town.


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Review: Le Méridien Vienna – Wien Hotel, Austria.


“The Le Meridien Vienna met all the right marks for a personal stopover in Vienna: a decent room rate, friendly service, a spacious room and a terrific elite breakfast”

On an extension of a business trip in Germany, my travels took me to Austria. While in meetings at Telfs, Austria, I decided to stay over a few additional days in Vienna Austria on my first visit to the city.

Booking the Le Meridien Vienna:

When it came time to checking out hotels in Vienna, Austria, I was looking for something that was conveniently located in the central business district and close to downtown. The hotel had to have easy train access as I was arriving to the inner city by train.

I ended up settling on the Le Meridien Vienna as a result of its location next to the train network. I had a late arrival close to midnight and the station was within five minutes walk. The price point at 157€ ($160 USD) per night on a four night stay was also quite reasonable for an inner city hotel. The price later rose to 179€, but I have seen rates as high as 300€ at the property.

A Great Rate at the Le Meridien Vienna

The hotel participates in the Marriott Bonvoy reward program. Under the new variable pricing method, rooms are available for approximately 55,000 to 57,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night. If you value Marriott Bonvoy points at 0.005 cents a point, you would have to have a hotel rate of 280€ / $285 USD in order to come out ahead redeeming points.

As a Marriott Bonvoy Titanium level member, I would also be entitled to the best available room, including select suites, and a welcome amenity including breakfast, additional Marriott Bonvoy points or a local welcome gift.

The hotel has a number of Suites in the Marriott Suite Night Award program. As I had some expiring Suite Night Awards that had been extended as a result of the pandemic, I applied them to all available rooms. I would end up getting upgraded into an Executive Guest Room – 1 King.

It’s always a great feeling getting a great value out of any loyalty program and this was a good use of Marriott Bonvoy Suite Night Awards that would have otherwise gone to waste.

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Getting to the Le Meridien Vienna:

Starting the day in Telfs, Austria, I left my conference from the hotel at about 4 PM.

I arrived into Vienna on Obb Railjet to the arrived the Wien Hautbahnoff. I transferred to the local Red “D” Train from Wien Hautbahnoff to the nearby Oper, Karlsplatz U station. From there, it was approximately a five minute walk on level streets that was in a mix of quiet residential and business area. I didn’t have any challenges walking this distance carrying a rolling suitcase and my laptops.

The Le Meridien Vienna was situated in a residential apartment neighbourhood with some restaurants at ground level. I found the neighbourhood to be safe and clean; even arriving at midnight. I didn’t get harassed walking into the neighbourhood, even arriving after midnight.

Arriving to the Le Meridien Vienna

Checking into the Le Meriden Vienna:

I walked into the Le Meridien Vienna. As I was arriving just past 12:30 AM, there was no wait at check in. Check in was exceptionally friendly. I accepted breakfast coupons for breakfast in the hotel restaurant as the Marriott Bonvoy Titanium welcome benefit.

Le Meridien Vienna – Lobby Area
Le Meridien Vienna – Lobby Area
Le Meridien Vienna – Lobby Area

I inquired about food and beverage but learned that all the hotel restaurants were just in the process of closing for the night. I asked if it was possible, despite the late arrival to get a glass of white wine. The front desk finished up the check in process and ran over to the bar to produce a large glass of white wine that I could take up to the room. It was an exceptionally pleasant welcome and more than I would have expected from my usual North American hotels.

Lastly, in order to accomodate a late evening departure, I also asked for a 4 PM Titanium Late Check, courtesy of Marriott Bonvoy Titanium Status. This was provided on the day of departure without any challenges.

In terms of service, the hotel was exceptionally accommodating with requests. They were very pleasant in order to deal with at each and every opportunity.

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The Room: An Executive Guest Room

1 King

I was assigned room #801, an executive guest room with one king. The room was located close to the elevator. Despite the proximity to the elevator, I wasn’t bothered by elevator noise throughout the stay.

Le Meridien Vienna – An Executive Guest Room – One King
Le Meridien Vienna – An Executive Guest Room – One King

Immediately upon entering the room, there was an armoire suited for hanging clothes and jackets. There was a small foyer area that was perfect for room arrivals; an area to take off your jacket and hang it up.

Le Meridien Vienna – An Executive Guest Room – One King

The in room safe was also found in this area, in addition to luggage racks.

Le Meridien Vienna – An Executive Guest Room – One King

Ever important for any female traveller are the existence of robes and slippers. I’m happy to report that the Le Meridien Vienna had both of these. They were dispensed from the front armoire closet by the front door.

Le Meridien Vienna – An Executive Guest Room – One King

Immediately to my left on the entrance was the rather industrial entrance to an bathroom. The ensuite bathroom was situated just across from the entrance. Initially, I thought that this was a closet, but it turned out to be an ensuite bathroom.

Le Meridien Vienna – An Executive Guest Room – Hidden Access to an Ensuite Bathroom
Le Meridien Vienna – An Executive Guest Room – Ensuite Bathroom
Le Meridien Vienna – An Executive Guest Room – Ensuite Bathroom

The main part of the room then led into the bedroom area that was up against a sloping roof. A workspace was found immediately on the right hand side of the room, followed by a two person occasional chair seating space.

Le Meridien Vienna – An Executive Guest Room – Living / Work Space
Le Meridien Vienna – An Executive Guest Room – Living Space

Working my way into the room, there was a sloping ceiling with skylight windows. This slope led to the king size bedroom area.

Le Meridien Vienna – An Executive Guest Room – One King
Le Meridien Vienna – An Executive Guest Room – One King
Le Meridien Vienna – An Executive Guest Room – One King
Le Meridien Vienna – An Executive Guest Room – Room Skylights
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There was a small television just off the bedroom, that allowed you to watch from bed at an angle.

Le Meridien Vienna – An Executive Guest Room – Room Television

The primary bathroom was located behind the sleeping area. The bathroom itself was absolutely massive with space to run around in. Given that normal bathrooms in Europe are exceptionally tiny, it was a treat to have such a large space.

Le Meridien Vienna – An Executive Guest Room – Large Scale Bathroom

The bathroom featured a large shower with multiple jets, including a rain shower. There was also a single stand alone tub that was suitable for bathing.

Le Meridien Vienna – An Executive Guest Room – Large Scale Bathroom

As is the case with all Le Meridien hotels, the toiletries were Malin and Goetz branded hand wash and body wash.

Le Meridien Vienna – An Executive Guest Room – Malin + Goetz Toiletries

The hotel also offered a welcome amenity of some fresh fruit, which was served in an upright glass.

Le Meridien Vienna – Welcome Amenity

The room also featured a small coffee maker, along with proper glassware. Proper glassware is something that is always appreciated whenever traveling through hotels.

Le Meridien Vienna – An Executive Guest Room – Coffee and Glassware

The hotel only featured fourteen rooms per floor. The Executive Room was one of the few that was on the corner next to the bank of three elevators.

Le Meridien Vienna – Floor Layout

The Executive Room offered a view that overlooked the roof tops. The sky light windows made the rooms bright.

Le Meridien Vienna – Room with a View

Around the Hotel Property:

Indoor Pool:

Surprisingly for an inner city property in Europe, the Le Meridien Vienna offered a small indoor pool. Like most others, the pool was located in the basement.

Le Meridien Vienna – Basement Indoor Pool

The gym at the hotel was full of people each time I visited. As a result, I did not get a photograph of this space.

Sundries Store:

The hotel featured a small sundries area off the lobby that offered items for purchase.

Le Meridien Vienna – Lobby Sundries Area
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Food and Beverage:

Sala Terrena for Breakfast

Marriott Bonvoy Platinum Breakfast:

I enjoyed a Marriott Bonvoy Titanium Breakfast in the “Sala Terrana for Breakfast” restaurant that was located on the ground floor located just off of reception. I can’t say I’ve ever been to a restaurant that has “breakfast” right in the name, but it certainly did the trick. As with the name, the “Sala Terrana for Breakfast” was only open during breakfast hours.

Le Meridien Vienna – Lobby Reception Area

The breakfast space was bright and inviting. I was always able to get a place to sit without any issue.

Le Meridien Vienna – Sala Terrana for Breakfast
Le Meridien Vienna – Sala Terrana for Breakfast

Surprisingly, the Le Meridien Vienna featured a posting of when the busy hours of breakfast were anticipated to be. The hotel also offered breakfast until 10:30 AM, with service up to 11:00 AM on weekends; something that is always appreciated for time zone affected travellers like myself.

Le Meridien Vienna – Hours of Operation for Everything

The breakfast offered for Marriott Bonvoy Platinum and higher elites were complimentary full access to the buffet. There were the usual grain and bread favourites, but there was also an egg station along with various salads, hummus and coffees and teas.

Le Meridien Vienna – Sala Terrana for Breakfast
Le Meridien Vienna – Sala Terrana for Breakfast

The buffet also featured the largest slab of butter I have seen at a buffet. I actually mistook it for a brick of cheese, initially.

Le Meridien Vienna – Sala Terrana for Breakfast
The Buffet Featured the Largest Slab of Butter in Vienna
Le Meridien Vienna – Sala Terrana for Breakfast

There was also free flow prosecco during the breakfast hour, which I was especially pleased with.

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You Restaurant and Bar:

The Le Meridien Vienna also offers the You Restaurant and Bar. The You Bar was accessible from outside the property, and featured a small single lane outdoor patio that immediately faced the sidewalk.

Le Meridien Vienna – You Restaurant and Bar
Le Meridien Vienna – You Restaurant and Bar Outdoor Seating

The You Restaurant and Bar was also accessible from within the Le Meridien Vienna through a pass through of ways into the hotel.

Le Meridien Vienna – You Restaurant and Bar
Le Meridien Vienna – You Restaurant and Bar

I didn’t actually use this space as I found it rather dark and uninviting for a single female business traveller. While I suppose it could be the right spot for a date, it really wasn’t my scene for a single woman traveller.

Le Meridien Vienna – You Restaurant and Bar
Le Meridien Vienna – You Restaurant and Bar

The Bottom Line: Le Meridien Vienna

The Le Meridien Vienna hit all the right marks. The service was pleasant, the room upgrade was welcomed and the food and beverage offered at the property was reasonable. The location of the hotel was also really good, as most sights were walkable from my property. I felt like I got my value for money staying here, and I would easily return.


If you have visited Vienna, have you stayed at the Le Meridien Vienna ?

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A recent business trip to Hartford Connecticut, United States on my usual business circuit had me needing a short two night stay at a business hotel in the area. I ended up at the Sheraton Hartford South Rocky Hill property, which was located just off the highway in a suburban location near the Rocky Hill business park of Connecticut, United States.


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Review: Sheraton Hartford South Hotel, Rocky Hill Connecticut, United States of America.


“A Convenient Property Located next to Rocky Hill Business Park that Featured Higher on the Functionality scale than the Aspirational one”

Booking the Sheraton Hartford South:

On a recent work trip to Hartford Connecticut, I needed a convenient hotel near my appointments. As a Marriott loyalist, I ended up staying at the Sheraton Hartford South Hotel. This was the only reasonable option in the area, aside from a nearby Residence Inn by Marriott Hartford that earns Marriott Bonvoy points at half the rate.

As this was a business trip, I ended up booking with a cash rate. The property seemed to average rates around $150 – $165 USD, with rates that were pretty static throughout the calendar.

Booking the Sheraton Hartford South Hotel on Marriott.com

The hotel offers rooms in the Marriott Bonvoy Rewards program with rooms offered for around 25,000 points per night for a basic Guest Room One King. While I can’t imagine anyone wanting to redeem Marriott Bonvoy points at this particular location, if you value Marriott Bonvoy points at 0.005 cents per point, you’d be ahead at redeeming points if your rate was above $125 USD per night.

As a Marriott Bonvoy Titanium level member, I would also be entitled to the best available room, including select suites, lounge access (when open), and a welcome amenity including breakfast, additional Marriott Bonvoy points or a local welcome gift.

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Getting to the Sheraton Hartford South:

The Sheraton Hartford South is located in Rocky Hill Connecticut, United States of America. I arrived after the rental car counters were closed, and I took a taxi from the Bradley International Airport located in Connecticut, United States of America.

There wasn’t any traffic at two in the morning, and I arrived at the hotel after about 26 minutes.

The Sheraton Hartford South is located in a business park immediately off the Interstate Highway 91.There is plenty of free hotel parking outside of the hotel property so if you happen to self drive, parking is easily accessible without having to navigate a parking garage and their elevators.

Free Parking at the Sheraton Hartford South Hotel

The hotel is located several miles / kilometres from any off – hotel restaurants, so having a car is likely much more convenient to get around to the amenities of the area.

The Sheraton Hartford South Hotel – Arrival Porte Cochère

The Sheraton Hartford South Hotel location is a little remote and I wasn’t able to easily get a taxi back to the airport; having being quoted by the front desk a thirty minute wait for a taxi back to the airport. As a result, I ended up taking an Uber back to the airport with less than a ten minute wait. If airport travel is in your schedule, make sure you plan for extra time.

Checking into the Sheraton Hartford South:

On arrival to the property, it was nearing 2:30 AM. I was attended to promptly at the front desk. The lobby is a large area, with bright high ceilings and the usual Sheraton colours.

As a Marriott Titanium member, my status was recognized as a Titanium member. I was offered a welcome bonus of 1,000 Marriott Bonvoy Points in addition to a complimentary breakfast in the Common Restaurant with a courtesy warning the ath t Sheraton Club Lounge was presently closed.

The check in was quick. and smooth, which is just what you want at 2 AM. The lobby was spacious and mildly pleasant; much better than a tiny Fairfield Inn which is usually limited to a front counter and a tiny sofa area.

The Sheraton Hartford South Hotel – Lobby Area and Reception

The lobby offered Sheraton Link computers with printers, which were convenient for print jobs.

The Sheraton Hartford South Hotel – Sheraton Link Computers
The Sheraton Hartford South Hotel – Spacious Lobby Spaces

While I checked in, I was offered the “best available room”, which in this case was a standard corner room on the Club Floor. There aren’t many suites or speciality rooms at this property, so by terms of scale, this was a reasonable upgrade.

When it came time to depart, I headed straight from meetings to the airport. As a result, I didn’t get an opportunity to try out a late check out offer at this property, courtesy of Marriott Bonvoy Titanium status.

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The Room: A Guest Room, 2 Double

After being checked in, I found my way up to room number #429 which was on the top floor. I passed by the double elevators

During my Stay, Amazon Had Set up a Conference at this Hotel

Being a corner room my room had a strange “L” shaped entrance to it through a long hallway.

The Sheraton Hartford South Hotel – Guest Room – 2 Doubles Corner Room
The Sheraton Hartford South Hotel – Guest Room – 2 Double

The room was decorated in the standard Sheraton beiges. While I didn’t book two double rooms, I didn’t mind having the extra space in order to stretch out for organizing my bags and other business stuff.

The room featured the Sheraton Sweet Sleeper Bed along with the usual Sheraton linens.

The Sheraton Hartford South Hotel – Guest Room 2 Doubles
The Sheraton Hartford South Hotel – Guest Room 2 Doubles

The room featured a large flat screen television, and a small work space desk.

The Sheraton Hartford South Hotel – Flat Screen Television and Work Space

The room featured complimentary bottled water, along with Starbucks drip coffee. The room featured plastic glasses in a Four Points by Sheraton touch. I always appreciate having bottled water, as it makes the stay just that much more comfortable.

The Sheraton Hartford South Hotel – In Room Coffee and Bottled Waters

The room was quiet and, as a result, the sleep quality was quite good. The room was away from the elevators and didn’t have a lot of hallway traffic to disturb.

The bathroom attached to the room was compact and straight forward.

The Sheraton Hartford South Hotel – Single Vanity Sink

The in room closets offered the usual iron and ironing board, which was handy for pressing work clothes.

The Sheraton Hartford South Hotel – In Room Iron
The Sheraton Hartford South Hotel – Floor Layout

The room didn’t have too many aspirational views. The views represented the green areas that surrounded the hotel.

The Sheraton Hartford South Hotel – A Room with a View
The Sheraton Hartford South Hotel – A Room with a View
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Around the Resort Property:

Sheraton Club Executive Lounge:

The Sheraton Hartford South offered a Sheraton Club Lounge. The lounge was closed for food service on our visit. The lounge was open but it only contained a mini fridge of small bottled waters.

The Sheraton Hartford South Hotel – Sheraton Club Executive Lounge

The posted hours on the lounge doors were 7:30 AM to 10 PM. However, since the space wasn’t offering any food and beverage, this was more a sign of when the doors were going to be locked or unlocked.

The Sheraton Hartford South Hotel – Sheraton Club Executive Lounge
The Sheraton Hartford South Hotel – Sheraton Club Lounge

The lounge offered some day light views, which is always appreciated in any Sheraton Club Lounge.

Sundries Store:

The property offered a Sundries Store that was located off the lobby. The store itself was pretty lean, and it was pretty basic in nature. I wouldn’t rely on the sundries store for dinner by any means, although it was handy if you were looking for a snack.

The Sheraton Hartford South Hotel – Sundries Store

The lobby had a substantial amount of space. The lobby was often full of groups of people finalizing their business conversations for the day or otherwise completing their work projects.

The Sheraton Hartford South Hotel – Lobby Spaces
The Sheraton Hartford South Hotel – Lobby Spaces

The hotel offered outdoor seating in a courtyard. It was pictured a bit nicer than it actually was, as it contained many smokers. Some of the seats were also a little stained.

The Sheraton Hartford South Hotel – Outdoor Courtyard
The Sheraton Hartford South Hotel – Outdoor Courtyard

Indoor Pool:

The Sheraton Hartford Pool was looking a little tired with no one in it. It did offer a space, although it was empty throughout my visit.

The Sheraton Hartford South Hotel – Indoor Pool
The Sheraton Hartford South Hotel – Indoor Pool

There was also a small hot tub located off to the side. The hot tub was closed during our visit.

The Sheraton Hartford South Hotel – Hot Tub
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Food and Beverage:

Common House Restaurant:

Marriott Platinum Breakfast:

The hotel offered food and beverage on site branded as the Common House Restaurant. As a Marriott Titanium member, I was offered breakfast in the restaurant (in addition to the welcome of 1,000 Marriott Bonvoy Welcome Bonus points).

The Sheraton Hartford South Hotel – Common House Kitchen and Bar
The Sheraton Hartford South Hotel – Common House Bar
The Sheraton Hartford South Hotel – Common House Restaurant

The breakfast was in the form of a breakfast buffet which featured both hot and cold items. The buffet offered a self service toast station, eggs and the usual continental items such as fresh cut fruit.

The Sheraton Hartford South Hotel – Common House Restaurant
The Sheraton Hartford South Hotel – Common House Breakfast

During my visit, there were two ladies who were delicately taking their time throughout the same breakfast station. I was a little pressed for time so the ladies are going to feature in the hotel breakfast photos and trip report.

The Sheraton Hartford South Hotel – Common House Breakfast
The Sheraton Hartford South Hotel – Common House Breakfast

Just off the restaurant, the hotel offered a bar. The bar was closed during the morning breakfast hours.

The Sheraton Hartford South Hotel – Common House Bar

The Bottom Line: The Sheraton Hartford South

The Sheraton Hartford was more of a functional property than anywhere I’d choose to stay for leisure purposes. The property is a pretty standard Sheraton property. While everything was function and mostly clean, the Sheraton, along with others of this generation, are starting to look quite dated in appearance and comfort.


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