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The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas might as well be a drug. This place is not only stimulating...it's addictive.Seriously, The Cosmopolitan is without a doubt the hippest hotel in Sin City, thanks to an overdose of technology and the outrageously stylish interior design. You want to see and be seen here.Located near the heart of the Las Vegas Strip between the CityCenter complex and Bellagio, The Cosmopolitan consists of two New York-style towers. The architecture provides a refreshing change from the city's many themed resorts.You know you're somewhere special the moment you check in. With eight columns wrapped in mirrors and video screens, the lobby is like a computer-generated dream world.Just steps away lies Vesper Bar, named for the obscure fictional drink created by secret agent James Bond and the character Vesper Lynd. With a ceiling covered in metal mesh to resemble a cloud, this is the first of many cool drinking establishments you'll encounter. And speaking of 007, there's another sleek and sexy bar at the front of the resort named Bond.However, the centerpiece of The Cosmopolitan is The Chandelier. Set within a flowing curtain of crystal beads (you have to see this to understand how awesome it is), the bar features three stories, and each one has a unique vibe. There's a classic cocktail nook on top, an ultra lounge in the middle and a high-energy social scene at the bottom. You could (and should) go to a different level of The Chandelier for three nights in a row to experience it properly.When it comes to all-out partying, The Cosmopolitan can fill any prescription. Marquee Nightclub hosts some of the best DJs on the EDM circuit. Want to be on a high? Just get out on its dance floor where you'll be enveloped by pulsating sounds and four-story LED screens. During the spring and summer months, Marquee Dayclub offers daytime poolside debauchery. The Cosmopolitan also has a "social club" called Rose. Rabbit. Lie. It's part restaurant, part bar, part club...okay, we know that sounds confusing, but it's really cool. So just trust us and go.More than just a hint of rock 'n' roll hedonism permeates The Cosmopolitan. The world's top musicians regularly take the stage indoors at The Chelsea or outdoors by the Boulevard Pool. Performances are even broadcast live to passersby (those poor suckers who couldn't get tickets) on the resort's 65-foot-tall LED marquee. Addicts are always looking to feed their habit, and great food is better than any drug. Helmed by culinary stars, The Cosmopolitan's restaurants will lure you in and -- even after you've eaten beyond your fill -- have you begging for more.STK is a flirty take on a steakhouse by chef Stephen Hopcraft, and Scarpetta serves a simply delicious Italian menu by chef Scott Canant in a rustic kitchen atmosphere. Jaleo by internationally acclaimed chef José Andrés and the Mediterranean-themed Estiatorio Milos by restaurateur Costas Spiliadis are two more divine dining temptations. Want something simpler? Holsteins knows how to grill up great gourmet burgers, and the Wicked Spoon buffet puts out a spread that outshines most fine restaurants. There's even a secret pizza window where you can grab a New York-style slice and a Coke on the run.It might surprise you to learn that The Cosmopolitan offers an amazing shopping experience. From AllSaints Spitalfields and Stitched to the CRSVR Sneaker Boutique, there are stores in this high-rise hotel that you won't find anywhere else in Vegas.And last but not least, divine forms of pampering can be enjoyed at the mystical Sahra Spa & Hammam. Before you even ask, let us tell you that a hammam is a Turkish steam bath. And once you've been inside one, you'll be jonesing to go again.Actually, that's exactly our point about The Cosmopolitan. With so many trendy ways to drink and party, as well as to be entertained, indulge your palate and more, this is the place to be in Vegas...and once you go, it's habit-forming. You'll want to spend more time there. So don't fight it. Give in.
 
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Customer service 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Accuracy of VEGAS.com's Description 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Room Quality 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Casino 
4 / 5
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Hotel Location 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Pool 
5 / 5
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Room Location 
5 / 5
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Overall amenities 
5 / 5
5 / 5
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Age:35 to 44
Gender:Male
Travel Purpose:Vacation/Pleasure
Travel Companions:Family
Purchase Frequency:Once every few years
Star Rating Accuracy:Perfect
Gambler:Yes
Yes, I recommend this product.
Sweet!
PostedJuly 1, 2013
This was my 5th trip to Vegas and the 5th different hotel I have stayed at. I booked with Vegas.com and got a great deal. The room was super sized, clean, stocked and beautiful. I would recommend the wrap around terrace for the best views. The ac could have been a little colder but it was also 115 outside. The hotel itself and the staff were outstanding. I did not meet any rude people and the ambiance was beautiful. The casino could have used more exciting slots like Superman. The ambiance in the casino was a little slow. I did leave on Friday and the most hopping night was Thursday. I partied till 4 am. I would recommend this place to anyone. My only concern was the shop/restaurant area. All of the shops and restaurants were pricey. I expected this everywhere but some reguar places would have been nice.
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Call it chic, hip or even minimalist, but all Aria really has to be is Aria for us to love it. Set back from the Strip, it eschews the foot traffic and embraces the fact that if you're there, it's exactly where you want to be.If you're a drinker, (because of course that's the first place we go with a review) you have to check out Alibi. The Rosemary Amoretti looks like a Jane Austen novel, smells like a flower shop in the middle of a meadow and tastes like just the best purple cocktail you've ever had.But there are other things to do at Aria besides drinking. We follow up great cocktails with a stop to Julian Serrano for delicious tapas to share with a special friend or complete strangers if you happen to run into some people you like. Jean Georges Steakhouse brings meat and seafood together like a surf and turf fit for royalty, or at least a celebrity. Michael Mina's Bardot Brasserie offers exotic French delicacies like foie gras en croute. And Five50 Pizza serves up some of the tastiest pizza you can imagine. With casual dining like the Aria Café, and since it's a hotel/casino, an exquisite buffet. Aria is one fine spot to fill your belly with food – before you go back for another cocktail.When the weather is warm enough, cannonball like a boss into three pools spread across a 215,000-square-foot deck laden with palm trees and lush landscaping or lay out in the sun at the Liquid Pool Lounge. Along with DJs spinning the hottest music and luxurious private cabanas and daybeds, you can indulge in refreshing cocktails from multiple bars and a mouth-wetting menu. And once you're tired from a morning of laying in the sun eating a drinking, the Spa and Salon has everything you need to rejuvinate your chakras.Shopping also abounds at Aria for men and women, alike. And for even more upscale splurging, The Shops at Crystals is located just outside Aria's main lobby. For the artistically minded, or anyone wanting to become artistically minded, Aria's fine art collection, which features a mix of prominent and up-and-coming artists, is among the most extensive around. Pieces have been integrated throughout indoor and outdoor public spaces on the property. Aria's casino boasts a unique layout, one that is spacious yet features discrete pockets of action like several small high-limit gaming areas, a fine sports book with various-sized video screens, an elegant poker room.The property is even environmentally friendly, having earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design's Gold certification for Aria's hotel tower, convention center and theater from the U.S. Green Building Council. That's a big, long way of saying it's pretty green. So if that's important to you, Aria is a good choice. And even if it's not, you can stay at Aria for all the other outstanding reasons and just claim to care about the environment too.With personalized, high-tech touch service and an artistic yet approachable feel, Aria is one of the Strip's brightest stars, even when they keep the casino floor dim. Whether you're taking in a show, grabbing a slice, taking someone's well-tested and very serious advice about cocktail selections or just passing through because that's where you ended up after walking through Crystals, Aria is one hotel/casino that will keep you interested and surely keep you coming back.
 

Which rooms have a view of the strip?

The East tower is closer to the strip. I stayed in the West tower on the strip side. I had a great view of the Bellagio fountains. There are no bad views. However, you can ask for something facing the strip.
4 years, 11 months ago
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StephenT
Austin, TX
 
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas might as well be a drug. This place is not only stimulating...it's addictive.Seriously, The Cosmopolitan is without a doubt the hippest hotel in Sin City, thanks to an overdose of technology and the outrageously stylish interior design. You want to see and be seen here.Located near the heart of the Las Vegas Strip between the CityCenter complex and Bellagio, The Cosmopolitan consists of two New York-style towers. The architecture provides a refreshing change from the city's many themed resorts.You know you're somewhere special the moment you check in. With eight columns wrapped in mirrors and video screens, the lobby is like a computer-generated dream world.Just steps away lies Vesper Bar, named for the obscure fictional drink created by secret agent James Bond and the character Vesper Lynd. With a ceiling covered in metal mesh to resemble a cloud, this is the first of many cool drinking establishments you'll encounter. And speaking of 007, there's another sleek and sexy bar at the front of the resort named Bond.However, the centerpiece of The Cosmopolitan is The Chandelier. Set within a flowing curtain of crystal beads (you have to see this to understand how awesome it is), the bar features three stories, and each one has a unique vibe. There's a classic cocktail nook on top, an ultra lounge in the middle and a high-energy social scene at the bottom. You could (and should) go to a different level of The Chandelier for three nights in a row to experience it properly.When it comes to all-out partying, The Cosmopolitan can fill any prescription. Marquee Nightclub hosts some of the best DJs on the EDM circuit. Want to be on a high? Just get out on its dance floor where you'll be enveloped by pulsating sounds and four-story LED screens. During the spring and summer months, Marquee Dayclub offers daytime poolside debauchery. The Cosmopolitan also has a "social club" called Rose. Rabbit. Lie. It's part restaurant, part bar, part club...okay, we know that sounds confusing, but it's really cool. So just trust us and go.More than just a hint of rock 'n' roll hedonism permeates The Cosmopolitan. The world's top musicians regularly take the stage indoors at The Chelsea or outdoors by the Boulevard Pool. Performances are even broadcast live to passersby (those poor suckers who couldn't get tickets) on the resort's 65-foot-tall LED marquee. Addicts are always looking to feed their habit, and great food is better than any drug. Helmed by culinary stars, The Cosmopolitan's restaurants will lure you in and -- even after you've eaten beyond your fill -- have you begging for more.STK is a flirty take on a steakhouse by chef Stephen Hopcraft, and Scarpetta serves a simply delicious Italian menu by chef Scott Canant in a rustic kitchen atmosphere. Jaleo by internationally acclaimed chef José Andrés and the Mediterranean-themed Estiatorio Milos by restaurateur Costas Spiliadis are two more divine dining temptations. Want something simpler? Holsteins knows how to grill up great gourmet burgers, and the Wicked Spoon buffet puts out a spread that outshines most fine restaurants. There's even a secret pizza window where you can grab a New York-style slice and a Coke on the run.It might surprise you to learn that The Cosmopolitan offers an amazing shopping experience. From AllSaints Spitalfields and Stitched to the CRSVR Sneaker Boutique, there are stores in this high-rise hotel that you won't find anywhere else in Vegas.And last but not least, divine forms of pampering can be enjoyed at the mystical Sahra Spa & Hammam. Before you even ask, let us tell you that a hammam is a Turkish steam bath. And once you've been inside one, you'll be jonesing to go again.Actually, that's exactly our point about The Cosmopolitan. With so many trendy ways to drink and party, as well as to be entertained, indulge your palate and more, this is the place to be in Vegas...and once you go, it's habit-forming. You'll want to spend more time there. So don't fight it. Give in.
 

Is car parking available

Yes. The valet was quick, easy, and polite.
4 years, 11 months ago
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Austin, TX