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Trip Report The Cosmopolitan hotel, Las Vegas

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We were there for just two nights, for a conference. We are admittedly NOT Vegas people, and this visit made that painfully obvious. Blech. Could not wait to get out of there.

The Cosmopolitan hotel is 1.5 years old, and we thought it was about the ugliest interior ever. It is a mish-mash of assorted carpeting, wall treatments, and lighting fixtures that each are more hideous than the last. Nothing even remotely goes together, and I don't mean matchy-matchy.

We checked in around midnight, and had to call again for our luggage after waiting 30 minutes. Seemed they had just forgotten us.

Before bed, I put out our room service order for breakfast, asking for delivery at 9:00. No food arrived, so I called them at 10:00. The operator chided me for leaving the menu on the doorknob! She said people ALWAYS steal them. She said the only way to get room service is to call them. What? So why does the hotel put these order cards in your room and suggest you use them? The good news was the lady credited our room with $50, so we went to their buffet instead.

When I checked out, the friendly hotel operator told me about the client who put her $400 shoes in a bag on the doorknob overnight. Well, guess what-- they were stolen and never seen again. So, why does the hotel give you those cute little shoe bags and suggest you leave your shoes on the door? Sheesh.

I guess what really bothered me most was the whole Vegas strategy of keeping you inside, drinking, gambling and eating. No windows, no clocks. Just finding the door to get outside means dealing with a challenging maze. No comfortable places to sit in the lobby, for instance. The cafe also seemed designed to keep you moving along, so you go gamble some more. I know, I know-- not my cup of tea.

For sure, the Cosmopolitan's brunch buffet was awesome at $22/each, including one glass of mimosa or bloody mary. This buffet lives up to the Vegas reputation for gluttony. I was not complaining, however, as every single thing you would want to eat is offered there, from sliced tenderloin to gelato to sushi. Talk about overeating!

We did walk next door to the Bellagio, to see a Monet exhibit, which was wonderful. At least the Bellagio had some quiet spaces.

We walked through the Paris hotel, and thought it was even more cheesey than we thought possible.

Not to forget the people on the sidewalks every 20 feet, shoving cards on you, in case you want "A Girl in 20 Minutes"!

This is not to say that Las Vegas itself could be a good place to live. The area is gorgeous, afterall. And every worker at the Cosmopolitan was very friendly. Maybe the place just needs to get its act together. And re-decorate!

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