The Deluxe Room at The Cromwell Las Vegas

The VegasTripping Review 2015

Posted by Chuckmonster

Cromwell Vegas Hotel Review

The Cromwell, formerly known as Bill's Gambling Hall and Saloon, Barbary Coast and for about a three months of split seconds, the Gansevoort, shares Las Vegas' busiest intersections with three iconic hotels - Ballys Las Vegas (the original MGM Grand), Bellagio (previously the Dunes) and Caesars Palace (previously a pile of dirt.) For years, Bill's operated as a red-headed stepchild amidst Caesars Entertainment's Total Rewards program, barely integrated and operating on borrowed time.

After surveying customers for two years about brand names for a new boutique hotel on the Strip, Bill's finally closed in early 2013 to make way for an upgraded boutique hotel. One year, two hotel names, a corporate bankruptcy and a down to the steel renovation later, The Cromwell opened to the public in February 2014 to mostly positive reviews.

I stayed at Cromwell in June 2015, hoping to hit the sweet spot where kinks had been worked out and post-opening excitement had yet to devolve into employee malaise. Arriving at the Cromwell by car proved to be a complicated affair, the entrance to the self parking garage was blocked by traffic cones sending me back out into the maze of roads that encircle the ass end of the Flamingo. On second attempt, I pulled up to the valet stand and tossed them the keys, grabbed my stuff and headed for reception desk which is only steps away from the rear entrance. I love the smell of a new hotel.

Check in was a breeze, there were two receptionists on duty and one person in line. After handing over my credentials, the receptionist began attempting to engage me in lead generating small talk via a canned array of "second questions" - "what brings you to Las Vegas?", "do you have plans for tonight?" "Do you have show or dinner reservations?" I noticed lots of this kind of promotional/small talk from employees all over the city. I'm generally not one to engage in idle conversation, particularly after a 4.5 hour drive through the desert and a hamburger hangover. The receptionist told me there would be a $100 hold on my credit card per night in addition to the $161/night rate I booked at (plus tax and a $30 resort fee.) Total inclusive charge for one night: $226.39.

When all was said and done, the receptionist came around to the other side of the counter to hand me my keys (classy) and motioned for me to "walk this way" along the south side of the casino and make a left when I get to the elevators. The ground floor of the elevator landings featured coffee machines and other snacks for guests. Due to small crowds and the fact I had to pee, I passed.

I hopped into the elevator, hit 7 and headed up to my room.

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Comments & Discussion

Thanks for the review. So you fell asleep to the gentle rhythm of Oontz Oontz Oontz. I wonder if your room got an average amount of noise from Drai's or if other rooms get it worse?

I've stayed at the Cromwell three times once in a standard room and twice in suits. I really like the property but could never accurately describe the decor. Chuckmonster, you did it in one sentence and it's why I enjoy your observations immensely. "has a quasi-French feel, but with nods towards antiquity". Perfect...

I'm kind of fascinated by the hotel corridor's carpeting. And I love the retro-look furnishings that still offer modern amenities.

Are dogs sitting on literal thrones the new shatphones? If so, me likey.

I was just getting ready to write this: "How did Big C get this hotel room so right, yet allowed Flamingo to become so wrong?" when I read your page 14 and answered my own question. We all better enjoy these rooms while they last.

Having the bathrooms on the outside wall has two horrid effects - first the lighting issue (exacerbated by the wall outside!!), and secondly the beds end up way too close to the front door and corridoor - you must be able to hear every noisy douchebag that walks outside!

I will pass at those prices...

Started off with Bill's Doody, now the Bill's Booger..... ahhh I mean Cromwell.

Ah, Vegas needed french tradional contemporary wh*rehouse styled hotel rooms. This room fits the BILL WELL. I actually like it, it has some nice touches for sure. Pity about the booger on the wall and the roof overhang from hell. There is always tradeoffs when trying to reno an aging property to today's expectations, and that roof top pool cover is a doozy. Then having the bathroom on the outside wall, its no wonder its dark in there. Maybe they thought dark would be charming. Or mask better when they don't clean the room very well. Great review!

Cool room. More than I expected, I guess.

Thanks for the review. Gave me a much better perspective of this property.

I'm definitely diggin' those burgundy headboards & paisley wallpaper!

Very nice review, I do love how your review style comes through so strongly in these reviews and grows the more you do them, a very entertaining read, from someone who has read a few too many reviews in his time.

Awesome review, I appreciate you calling it as you see it. You're obviously not a vodka drinker but the minibar was impressive and more inline with true 5 star properties outside of vegas.

I like the decor. It's different enough and appeals enough to my dark sadonistic side that I kind of want to stay here. I just wish they wouldn't have done the quotes in the shower and in the carpet. I hope they fired whoever's idea that was - It ruins the vibes for me.

@captain thanks! i'm a drinker of everything and see that they've got 'the good stuff' in there. you are right that vodka isn't my first choice, but i love it just the same.

Great decor but cant get over the fact that the bones of that place (low ceilings, small rooms/bathrooms) are outdated.

One wonders why the SLS rooms could not have looked like first glance, a lot of the interior touches would have worked better at that property...

With a CVS across the street at T-I, and an ABC Store across the street from Monte Carlo, you'd have to be beyond lazy to pay $6 for a Pepsi...

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