The Cosmopolitan Terrace One Bedroom Suite : The VT Soft Review 2010

What To Expect From The Condopolitan

Posted by Chuckmonster

Cosmo Terrace Bed

When it came time to go to sleep, this bed took care of the job mightily. By the time I set my iPhone alarm and laid my head down my alarm was going off and the sun was up. Out. Fucking. Cold. I didn't take the time to yank the sheets off to see what kind of mattress it was, but I'd put it up there in the pantheon of great hotel beds. A bit more firm than the too poofy ARIA bed but with lighter and more breathable duvets than those at Wynn. I didn't get the chance to yank the pillow cases off, but as I was fading into sleep the pillows felt like they were filled with down, or a hypo-allergenic impersonator.

There were no iHome devices, clock radios or anything like that in the room. Also, there were no controls to manipulate the lights, regulate temperature or adjust the curtains... a major oversight. Then again, these rooms weren't intended to be hotel rooms, these are condos converted at the brink of disaster.

Cosmo Terrace Bedroom Tv

Flanked by windows that peer into the shower and tub, is a wall mounted flat screen TV with bookshelf and small stool. The only time I turned the TV on was to engage video check out. It didn't work. I did notice that the bottom of the TV screen featured a Mac OS like 'dock' with an array of Cosmopolitan service icons from which one can gather information or make reservations to use stuff. One option was the mini boxing ring we stumbled upon while poking around the spa area earlier that day.

The piece de resistance of this and almost all of The Cosmopolitan's accommodations, is the breathtaking views and fresh air relaxation on the terrace. Would you believe me if I told you that I completely forgot to take photos of the view? By now, I'm sure you've seen the panoramic photo I stitched together. My view wasn't nearly as spectacular as that one, but if you watch the video walkthrough below, it is in there.

For standard issue rooms, both Sahara and Imperial Palace have balconies, neither of them - or anything in Las Vegas for that matter - are anything like the terraces at The Cosmopolitan. While sitting out on the Bellagio facing terrace of Blackjacker's suite that evening, I heard a steady stream of gasps by visitors peering out for the first time. One can only imagine how truly lovely these will be when the weather warms up... coffee on the verandah, drinks in the afternoon sun, cocktails as the strip lights up, a sexy night cap as dawn spills over the horizon. The terrace suites at Cosmopolitan aren't just a Kodak moment, they are feeling that you will remember forever. This, and only this, is why you must stay at the Cosmopolitan... after they get their hotel operation organized.

I whole heartedly expected and accepted that service failures would play a part in the Cosmopolitan's opening days. I'm not angry, upset or disappointed about what I experienced, sometimes stuff just doesn't work out the way you want it to. However, for the many VT readers and friends who stayed longer than I, who endured some of most mind boggling debacles of inn keeping I've ever heard about - all without any acknowledgement, apology, or rectification on behalf of the hotel - I am undeniably irate.

As for the suite, David Rockwell's interior designs do contain occasional glimmers of playful inspiration, but the end result veers too close to a do-it-yourself faux-lux dorm room, particularly for the price points that The Cosmopolitan is asking. In this domain, the HRH Tower at Hard Rock, anything in Encore and ARIA's stupendous Sky Suites offer infinitely better accommodations and at lower price points too. BUT... they don't have The Terrace, a quotient that has no parallel when attempting to pencil out relative room value.

Here is our often imitated, but never duplicated, trademarked hotel room video walkthrough. If you have any questions about this room or anything Cosmopolitan, please post them in the comments thingy below. Thank you!

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Comments & Discussion

Very nice Chuck. Overall I like the room however it doesn't quite have the feel I would expect at that pricepoint. I am really not a fan of the room design, being the neurotic bastard that I think the lack of consistency is going to drive me nuts. I think that terrace will make up for any shortcomings with the room itself. I guess I can judge for myself in 6 weeks...

One question, is there a fridge aside from the minibar one? It seems like they are advertising these as kitchenettes but without usable fridge that isnt really accurate.

so how long did they spend trying to downgrade you? did they actually pull the block/hold/etc on the upgraded room, then fail to downgrade, leaving you in limbo?

Excellent review. You really pinpointed the design problems resulting from the original condo plan. I'm not sure MGM did any better overcoming these issues at Vdara. Vdara also didn't have to deal with a change in the developer during construction. Cosmo was probably dealing with a limited budget (especially out of bankruptcy), a fixed timetable (DB enforced), partially completed units (kitchenettes and wiring?), some already ordered furnishings (kitchen, sleeper sofa), and minimal hotel design experience. It would be interesting to find out how much flexibility Rockwell had with the room design when he came on board. It should be interesting to see how impactful some of these flaws are on occupancy and rates.

So serious question: After finishing that walkthrough vid, how long did you spend licking that painting that you saw at about :20 ?

This review and what I've been hearing from people who have stayed at the Cosmopolitan is making me consider not stay there.
The common areas and pools (even though they are nit open yet) look gorgeous. The whole concept is amazing and very unique for a Vegas hotel. However, the hallways and rooms are a big let down. What is up with that bland hallway and door entry? No bell ring, automatic drapery, DND sign, and other electronic technologies you see at Wynn/Encore, Aria, MO, and other 5-4 star resort on the Strip.
I'd rather see them opening only 50% of the rooms now and leave the rest when they have more money, than seeing this not so cool rooms. I don't think the problem was adapting what was supposed to be a condo to a hotel room (see Vdara and Trump). The problem was money. They could have done better with only half of the rooms.
However, that balcony is something I have to check one day (and I mean, ONE DAY). After that day, I'm running back to Wynn/Encore.

Great review, Chuckmonster. I especially liked the creative use of the zoom button on the video walk-through. Note to self: don't lick the wall photos or drink from the coffee pot.

Wonder how much they charge you if you swipe the vagina-looking candy dish? Or if Spyder and Donnymac pee in it?

OMG my partner and I leave tomorrow for a Terrace Room - Upgraded View: so excited. I'm going to keep an open mind.
There must be some excusa-bility for an opening of a Vegas Hotel from a company that hasn't done it before (no?) I'm sorry for Mr. Monster's experience, however I think you must go into a new opening with a pretty big open mind... Thanks for being the guinea pigs, hopefully (fingers crossed) the problems will be figured out by now(!?) I'll let you know.

I think it was a very fair review considering the issues you experienced. I do hope they get their act together, although my belief is it won't be long until they run into a situation where they are forced to sell as I just don't think they are going to draw what Deutsche Bank feels is necessary.

I'm diggin the purple couch. I'm glad you did the review of the 1 bedroom rather than the standard hotel room. The standard room looks like a damn suite on a cruise ship. I don't like them at all. When we stay there I think we're getting a terrace studio suite.

Spot on review.The Terace Suite View looks like it will be the hot room to book . I think I better try it out within the next couple of months before they bcome unobtainium.

The room looks interesting but I dont see it justiying the rates they are charging. The reading material scattered around the room isnt free,huh? Then why is it there at all? I am also wondering why Yoohoo is in the mini fridge alongside the other cannned drinks. It dosent exactly fit. The drawer handles are the same as the ones in Tropicana but those drawers closed. If they drop the rates then I would consider staying just for the cool ass balcony.

levans, pretty much all serious luxury accommodations have reading material... some have libraries. very unusual in a cheap property with thousands of rooms. will it survive...

I'd take the bed, bath, and the Hendricks. That's about it.

I'm just an average guy who wants to pretend I'm living in greater luxury when I travel than I do at home. First, Bellagio, and then Wynn gave me that illusion. I don't perceive luxury when I look at photos of the One-Bedroom Terrace Suite at Cosmopolitan. No, I'm not a member of the Curious Class.

The hotel hallway was surprisingly bland and boring to me; no character or excitement. The room decor is a total mishmash of things that don't, to my untrained eye, belong together. An orange plastic table that looks like a construction barrel and a blue/purple 1950's sofa?

I assume everything on the kitchen counter was placed there by the hotel, other than the Macallan, Hendrick's and Blue Label. It just looks cluttered. Compare it to the sleek kitchen areas in The Signature at MGM Grand.

All hotels should offer in-room safes large enough to hold a laptop. Cosmopolitan is far from alone in failing this test.

Cosmopolitan may not be marketing to me, but I still want to have fun there in the bars and restaurants. I don't think I'll stay there.

Great review Chuck!

I checked in on Day 2 rather than opening night after suffering Aria's opening last year and maybe that helped, although it sounds more like random luck. My minibar aka fridge was full of smart water only, which we drank at no charge. They stocked said fridge during the only cleaning, where they also emptied all my refrigerated items onto the counter.

I had a great time at the place, but perhaps part of that was having a backup room in the Augustus Tower in case things went sideways. I did run into a lot of people who weren't 100% sure what they were doing or even close, but their attitude was great 98% of the time and that made all the difference in my perception.

I'm glad to have read your detailed review, maybe I'll keep at least an IP room for my valuables and to hang out in case of late checkin.

Also sorry to hear about those really bad experiences, including the theft.

The reason there was no airplane sized bottles of vodka in the minibar door is because Cosmopolitan offers 350 mL bottles of Grey Goose in the trays...which is one of the missing items in Chuckmonster's minibar, d'oh! (The other being PBR in a can). I like Chuckmonster's idea of a cabinet for the glasses to clear counter problem with clear glasses under bright lights is visible fingerprints, or worse. Keeping in mind the amount of hotel room glasses I've seen used as ashtrays in the past, I'd never use them anyway.

As for there being an "All off" light functions near the bed, that is controlled by the television's on-screen menu. You can control the entire room, on down to individual lights, plus climate controls and room service menus. Of course, if one never turns on the TV, how would they know? This was also mentioned by Hunter in his review, so this could be a problem going forward.

Solution? Cosmopolitan CoStars need to point these features out, whether it is the desk agents during check in or the Bellmen upon luggage delivery...or preferably both. Having the TVs set to the "My Room" menu prior to check-in is another option I've utilized in the past.

I just got back from staying in a premium view studio suite. I had coffee/tea on the mini bar, cups for said coffee, but no coffee maker. I brought my own little French press anyway. I like half/half in my coffee. None in the mini-bar, none in Vitals or Monogram (stores that carry liquids). I ended up by walking down to CVS to buy some. Did you put anything on the bottom shelf of the frige? I put my stuff there and it froze solid. So it really isn't a frige, it's a minibar.

Awesome review. I stumbled on this site about a month ago... LOVE IT!

Anyways... I stayed at The Rumor Boutique which is down the street from Cosmo about a month ago and loved it. From the sounds of it Cosmo is an overblown... over priced version of Rumor. I'll take the boutiqe version for a quarter of the price. First time staying in a non gaming mega hotel in Vegas... and let me tell you I think Im sold. Havent been n Cosmo yet but Im liking the idea of staying in these less overblown yet sexy places in Vegas from now on. If I want the bloat I still have the option to walk across the street to the Hard Rock.
My 2 cents.
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i was pumped until i saw the hallways.wheres the $1000 a minute whores and cutesy animals running around like a prostitute filled noah's ark? i dont believe in advertising anymore!thanks chuckmonster for showing the truth!BULLSHIT IS BULLSHIT UNTIL YOU SHIT ON A BULL!(I think thats a steve wynn quote in regards to jersey boys...he was very heated)

I wanted to read your comments after I passed through Cosmo's casino late Saturday night... actually 1-AM Sunday. Way too loud, table limits too high, but surprisingly almost filled to capacity with 30-something high rollers dressed to kill as if the Cosmo casino were an extension of a club. The casino has a poor selection of slots and video poker so it didnt surprise me to see most of the machines idle. But I think this casino was meant to be a club-- a hang out-- not a serious gaming hall. Serious gaming is across the street at Bellagio which still has $10 craps. Cosmo had minimums of $25, $50 and $100 at its tables.

Stayed for a night in summer 2012... there's simply one killer argument, and that's the fountain-facing terrace where you can spend hours after hours... everything else was a little disappointing. Technology working but with huge delays on the screens. Poor room layout, useless soaking tub, and I nearly broke my toe at night running into the eff-ing chest. Never mind the waste of space called the kitchenette. But the view on Lake Bellagio... might get me again some time.

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