What’s easily the most talked-about luxury resort and casino in Las Vegas and the United States this year—the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas has been a 3.9 billion dollar project considered one of the most lavish of the decade—despite the recession.
If anything, the Cosmopolitan signifies and celebrates the end of the dark economic age in the U.S. and ushers in a new era of new money, exclusivity, and what modern-day Las Vegas glitz and glamour is all about. Here’s what you need to know about the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
The New Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Location: 3708 Las Vegas Boulevard (Las Vegas Blvd. & Harmon) just north of City Center Las Vegas and south of the Bellagio.
Hotel: The hotel offers 2,995 large rooms—a luxury in itself in Vegas. Designed by architect David Rockwell, there are two, fifty-floor towers, the East and West towers, which offer condo-style rooms starting at 730 sq ft. up to +5400 sq ft., three-story bungalow-style suites. Luxurious bathrooms and terrace balconies—the only resort on the Strip to have outdoor balconies. Each room has state-of-the-art technology, plasma televisions, entertainment systems, and wireless internet. Large marble bathrooms offer Japanese soaking tubs and rain showers.
Casino: 100,000 square feet of casino space and is also the only resort on the Strip to have windows on the casino floor.
Spa: Sahra Spa & Hammam is one of the city’s only true “hammam” experiences and if you thought the rooms, the casino, and hotel were nice—the spa is off the charts when it comes to luxury, design, and glitzy.
Amenities: The hotel also offers three unique pool experiences as well as 150,000 sq ft. of state-of-the-art convention and meeting space.
Dining: These days, you can’t open a resort/casino in Las Vegas without getting a barrage of superstar chefs or restaurants with a proven track record. The Cosmopolitan offers two restaurants by Spanish chef, Jose Andres: China Poblano and Jaleo. Similarly, Chef Scott Conant also boasts his signature brand, Scarpetta, and a wine bar, D.O.C.G. There’s also an STK hailing from NYC, L.A., and Miami; as well as an Estiatorio Milos from Montreal, NYC, and Athens.
Entertainment: Now considered the most exclusive club in Las Vegas, Marquee nightclub is a multi-level club and lounge. For something more glitzy, the Chandelier Lounge is located front-and-center at the heart of the hotel in a massive chandelier.
Shopping: Forget Prada or LV—at the Cosmopolitan, you’ll find small international designer boutiques unique to the Strip like the CRSVR Sneaker Boutique, DROOG from Amsterdam, DNA2050, and STITCHED.
Celeb hotspot: Aside from the gargantuan amount of money spent on this place, it’s the most talked-about place in Vegas and even celebs can’t get enough. Spotted here during New Year’s weekend: Jay-Z, Beyonce, Chris Martin and Coldplay, Gwyneth Paltrow, Cameron Diaz and A-Rod, John Mayer, and many more!
For more, go to: www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com 
By Gizelle Lau for TripAtlas.com