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Hotel Reviews

I recently stayed at the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas and used Amex’s Fine Hotels and Resorts program in order to book this hotel. I’ll write in more detail about my experience while using Amex’s FHR benefit in subsequent posts.

Location

The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas is located in the centre of the Las Vegas Strip, right next to Bellagio. After having stayed at Bellagio previously, I thought I should try out something else this time around. The Cosmopolitan was offering decent rates via the Fine Hotels and Resorts Program.

Booking the Hotel

I used my American Express Platinum Card to leverage Amex’s Fine Hotels and Resorts program to book this one night stay for 3 adults and booked a City View Room with two Queen beds. As part of the Fine Hotels and Resorts programs, we were eligible for the following benefits:

  • Room upgrade upon arrival (subject to availability)
  • Daily breakfast for two people
  • Guaranteed 4 PM late check-out
  • Noon check-in (subject to availability)
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • $100 Spa Credit

Since the hotel is a part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection, I added my Marriott Bonvoy number to the reservation.

Check-In

The ‘invited guest’ line

The check-in experience was a bit chaotic. It was oddly busy for a mid-week stay. There were multiple lines leading to different check-in desks that were open. To the left of the check-in desks was the Autograph Lounge, which was supposedly for Marriott Bonvoy elites, since the hotel is a part of the Marriott Autograph Collection.

I walked into the Autograph Lounge and was told that I couldn’t check in. The rep told me that the lounge was only for Platinum elites and above. I was surprised because I’d read that it was for Gold elites and higher.  Thanks to the Amex Platinum Card, I have Marriott Gold Elite Status.

I went back and asked the check-in rep manning the ‘invited guest’ desk. She confirmed that Gold elites were indeed eligible to check-in at the Autograph lounge. The rep apologized and then proceeded to complete my check-in at the invited guest desk. She recognized my Marriott elite status and the fact that I’d booked it through Amex Fine Hotels and Resorts. We got confirmed late check-out and got upgraded to a fantastic room with a view of the Las Vegas strip and the Bellagio fountains!

Room

I’d initially booked a City Room with 2 Queen Beds. We were upgraded to a Terrace View Room with Fountain View, thanks to the benefits from the Amex Fine Hotels and Resorts program! You can view all the room types here.

Our room was in the Chelsea Tower on the 53rd Floor!

Plenty of room to enjoy the view

View just before sunset

The room was well stocked with amenities and had a massive plush bathroom

In-room Mini Bar

The view just before sunset

Scintillating view of the Bellagio Fountains!

Dining

The hotel contains a myriad of restaurants and bars, catering a variety of tastes and featuring different cuisines. Since this was just a one night stay, I was able to try out the complimentary breakfast option.

Entrance to the Wicked Spoon Buffet. There was a separate line for people with elite status.

The buffet covered a wide array of cuisines. It featured the conventional continental breakfast that’s par for the course at most hotels. There was a live egg station, in addition to a selection to breads, fruits, milk based beverages and juices. In addition to the continental breakfast, there was an entire section of asian food, right from soups and rice to a wide variety of meats. I was pretty impressed by the variety on offer.

The Pundit’s Mantra

Having stayed multiple different hotels in Vegas previously (including the Bellagio), I was mightily impressed by the overall experience at The Cosmopolitan. The view of the fountain and the strip was breathtaking, the food was sumptuous and the service was great. The only let down was the quality of in-room wi-fi. It was slow and spotty.

Have you stayed at the Cosmopolitan before? What has your experience been like? Let us know in the comments section.

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