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The Cromwell

Last edit: wpsteel66 on Wednesday, 22nd June 2016 4:03 pm
Last response by wpsteel66 7th July 3:30pm

Below are some comments regarding a few nights at The Cromwell during mid-May.

An upfront disclosure, the wife and I stayed Monday thru Thursday, so we did not encounter the night club and weekend crowds. Although, they did have a Tuesday night pool party that went past 2am, but I did not hear anything when I went to the room after time in the casino. Our hotel room was on the floor below the pool.

Overall, we were very pleased with The Cromwell and the wife already said on a few times that she wants to stay here again for our next trip. We encounter so many positives about the property compared to hardly any negatives. The wife really liked the small property and ease to get around. We both thought the rooms were unique and really comfortable. One small benefit of being a guest was the 24/7 free coffee station, which was good coffee, not cheap weak stuff. The pool is small, but great area to relax and get a great view of the strip.

Yes the casino was small, but again, not an issue for me. They had craps tables with 100x odds and really good dealers. I just wished the dealers would wear name badges. I did notice BJ paying 6:5. The slots selection had a few that the wife and I like and never had to wait to play the machines. Also, a short walk to the Flamingo if you wanted to play something different.

I wanted to try The Cromwell since I was not happy with the MGM PGP. As I mentioned before, I was loyal to MGM. If the MGM PGP was not created, I would not have even considered anything else but a MGM property. But what MGM did was allow me to consider a competitor’s property and test the waters. I know I am a drop in the ocean, but Caesar’s got the attention of my wife and she is favoring The Cromwell. I am curious how many others are no longer being loyal to MGM because MGM PGP made them look around and they found something better.

We did have dinner one night at Giada’s; overall a really good experience. However, nothing outstanding that will bring us back here until we try some other Vegas restaurants. Guy’s Fieri’s at the Linq was okay. Old Homestead Steakhouse in Caesar’s was excellent, but pricey. Glad we had the $100 dining credit.

The primary reason for a few nights in Vegas was to ‘relax’ after hiking in SW Utah. We stayed in St. George, UT, just 2 hours north of Vegas on I-15 and a really nice place to visit plus close to Zion National Park, Kolob Canyon, and Snow Canyon; all worth visiting and hiking. We did go to Mount Charleston one day for some hiking, but the weather was not good (light rain) and did not stay there too long. Do believe the hiking guides and other publications that say the temperature drops about 20 degrees in Mt. Charleston versus Vegas. Also was kinda interesting that snow was still on the mountain.

As I mentioned, we stayed at The Cromwell during the week. Our next stay will include the weekend so we are interested in seeing the difference.

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 hail2skins responded on Wednesday, 22nd June 2016

Nice rundown wpsteel! Glad you enjoyed the Cromwell. Where did you stay in St George? Any good restaurants or other non-hiking things you did there that you'd recommend?

 wpsteel66 replied on Tuesday, 28th June 2016

St. George has many hotel and dining options. We stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn next to the convention center...we were pretty much hiking all day, so we did not do any tourist things in the city...but St. George has a really nice network of running/biking pathways...one 'trail head' was a block from our hotel and we had a really nice Sunday morning run. We had good dinners at local restaurants: sports bar, Italian, and Mexican.

 setzer responded on Thursday, 23rd June 2016

I was at The Cromwell for one night on my summer trip to Vegas about a month ago, and I absolutely agree. It is a bit pricey, but everyone there goes out of their way to make you feel welcome.

When I flew in and checked in, I was whisked to the sit-down check in/concierge desk to check in (to the right to the traditional standing check in area), bell man was giving me water, and the check in lady was very thorough and courteous. The bell man took my stuff up to my room, showed me the ins and outs of the hotel and my room, and I gave him a decent obligatory tip. And yes, the rooms are spectacular, and that's why it's a bit more expensive than the adjacent hotels.

I also agree that the casino is great (except possibly the 6:5 BJ, but what are you going to do at this point?). In fact, the rest of my trip, I was staying at Caesars, and I kept gravitating over to The Cromwell to gamble and drink, as the casino, bars, etc. are all very accessible.

I would say my only possible downside was dining at Giada's; I ate there a year ago, and it was really, really good, and maybe it wasn't as good as last year. Maybe my standards were a bit high there for this year. Maybe next time :)

Overall, even though The Cromwell is one of the more expensive Caesars properties (along with Caesars Palace, of course), if you're willing to pay extra for the luxury and accommodations, then The Cromwell may be worth it. I thought it was for me, as I was thoroughly impressed.

 anawas responded on Thursday, 23rd June 2016

Zion and Bryce are great day or overnight trips from Vegas. So is either rim of the Grand Canyon, but that's hardly a secret.

As for Cromwell, I paid the 6:5 penalty one night last summer to sit at a blackjack table and people-watch near the casino-level entrance/exit to Drai's. The views were well worth the "fee," especially since the dealer was cool

Does anyone know if the blackjack switches to 3:2 at a certain betting level? $15/hand? $25/hand?

From what I've read here, I love how the rooms were designed; I hope routine maintenance is happening to keep them nice and like new.

 VegasRateRedditor responded on Friday, 24th June 2016

I've stayed at The Cromwell twice before. When Im shopping for rates, Im noticing the total (after resort fees, taxes, fees, etc.) are comparable to a Grand King room at MGM Grand. Would I rather stay at The Cromwell or MGM Grand. That's a no brainer. Cromwell all the way.

I rather enjoy Cromwell's casino too! It smells good, not to loud, sophisticated, great odds, and there always seems to be a promotion going on. When Im on the strip looking to gamble, I find myself gravitating towards that casino over others.

 littermulch responded on Sunday, 26th June 2016

I was surprised to find $5 Craps at both tables in The Cromwell last Wednesday night. A fun place to play for frugal extroverts. And drunk introverts.

 Okie21 responded on Monday, 27th June 2016

When I was there last week, BJ was 3:2 for $15 and over. This was mid afternoon, craps was again $5 at the time.

 motoman responded on Tuesday, 28th June 2016

Nice report, wpsteel66.

Nice to hear the craps dealers are good in action. I sat thru the last half of a craps lesson one morning and the dealer was friendly, engaging, and very pro-player, giving excellent betting advice. (Craps is not my game but the guy was on “our” side, pointing out the sucker bets and proper strategy.)

re MGM PGP sodomy: Yes, although I miraculously achieved Mlife Platinum and have kept it for a second year, PGP had me curious about other places as well. On the aforementioned walkthrough of Cromwell, I happened to be staying at Bally’s where my brother had an expensed room for a convention. Bally’s was basic, roomy, clean and a great location. Bellman was beyond excellent. It was my first stay in a non-Wynn or MGM place (excluding another business trip freebie at the then-independent PH), and was an eye-opener. Just as was moving to Aria/Vdara from Wynncore, in the pre-PGPsodomy days.

I know my brother would enjoy those craps conditions, and we’d have to do the Giada’s brunch for his sake (which I believe was available on Fri?). I’d likely wander to Bally’s or Bellagio for the blackjack, if Cromwell’s were 6:5.

 HedgedBettor responded on Tuesday, 28th June 2016

Well timed post! Can't believe there's 100x craps at the Cromwell when Wynn has gone down to 2x. I'll give the Cromwell's dice a go in 2 weeks when I'm finally back to town.

Also if you're going to do the Utah parks thing, don't miss Bryce Canyon. Its an absolute showstopper and probably the single most impressive thing, natural or man-made, I've seen in a life of travel.

 wpsteel66 replied on Thursday, 7th July 2016

@HedgedBettor-- Bryce Canyon is on the list...plan is to fly to Vegas and drive about 3 hours north to Cedar City (our base camp)...a few other sites around that we plan to do some hiking.

 brewmill responded on Wednesday, 29th June 2016

Re: HedgedBettor
I still got 3,4,5x at the Wynn for Craps, but that was at a $50 pass line table. Anything less and you were down to 2X. can't believe the Cromwell is 100x??? I get 10x at local places near where I actually live.