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Trip Report: The Cosmopolitan, Many drinks, Many Snacks...

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Trip Report: The Cosmopolitan, Many drinks, Many Snacks...

So, vacation began at home. Last Thursday. Out of work early. Drinks in the afternoon. Awesome Jimmy Buffett concert that night. More of a party than a show. Really set us up for several days worth of fun and relaxation.

Friday morning...To the airport at 9:00 am. Sitting with bloody marys at 9:20. Flight is on time at 11:30. 4 1/2 short hours later, we're touching down at McCarran. Finally in Las Vegas...

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1. Re: Trip Report: The Cosmopolitan, Many drinks, Many Snacks...

OH! I can't wait for this report! Haven't seen you on the forums since we went to Key West last year this time! I know this is going to be a good one!

:-) We're leaving tomorrow for Vegas.

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Aww CK don't say Key West - you'll get me all soppy thinking about it. :) LOL

BobandMari - looking forward to reading your report!

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Where is it were waiting,lol

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In the cab about 20 minutes after touching down. No tunnel on the way. Another good sign. We haven't eaten since tail-gating at the Buffett concert the night before, so we're ready to eat a can of Spam if it's presented to us.

We get to the Cosmopolitan. It is spectacular. When you pull into the entryway, you are greeted by twelve-foot tall backlit silver letters spelling "COSMOPOLITAN." The very pavement is beset with glitter. You enter a lobby like no other. Video screens cover every column and the pictures keep changing. Art one moment, a dancing couple the next.

Okay, so the first concern about the Cosmopolitan, based on TA reviews is the check-in. They seem to have the kinks worked out. We did have to wait for a few minutes, but were greeted by a very pleasant young lady who confirmed that we were booked for a Terrace Studio. She did have a room available, but let us know that it was right above the club and that we would likely hear music at night. When I said it probably wouldn't be a big deal, she reiterated that it was RIGHT ABOVE the club and that the music would be pretty loud. We took this as a sign that perhaps we should wait for another room. It seems that the management has let the front-line folks know that they should be very upfront about any issues with the rooms so issues are at a minimum. This is a good thing.

In any case, we checked in, checked our bags, and received assurances that we would get a call when the room was ready. We were early for check-in, so no big deal.

We walked through the casino and decided that what we needed most in the world was a beer. Or two. We chose a booth in the (World Famous) Chandelier Bar and sipped on a couple of beers while we plotted our next move. Our only plan was to have no plan, so things were working out well so far.

Food was fast becoming a priority, so I suggested a place heard was good on Tripadvisor: Todd English Pub. We made our way next door to the Crystals mall and walked among the giant Easter Bunny and KungFu Panda statues, and the stores we could not afford until we found the restaurant.

We sat outside and had Blue Moon beers, hot pretzel apps, and roast beef and chicken parmesan sliders. The hotel called and let us know the room was ready.

Once we had finished lunch, we walked back to the Cosmo, retrieved our keys, and made our way to the room. They gave us a room on the 40th floor facing the Aria and overlooking the Bamboo pool. We felt like they gave us the Rain Man suite.

You enter the room and the (spectacular) bathroom is to your right. Jacuzzi tub, huge walk-in shower, double sinks with very nice toiletries. Separate toilet.

Beyond the bathroom is the sitting area. Probably nicer than our living room at home, if only because it isn't filled with Legos (Wonderful Mother-in-law was taking care of our boy during our grown-up trip away from home).

Next is a spacious closet and the Most Comfortable Hotel Bed of All Time.

Open the door to the balcony. Aria straight ahead, Vdara to the right. Beyond, you can see NYNY, the Luxor, and Mandalay Bay. Directly below is the Bamboo pool. There is a love seat, foot stool and side table.

We spend some time on the balcony and freshen up from the big day. All right, time to go out. We're in Vegas. Grabbed a drink on the way out and headed down to the Forum Shops. Mari wanted to do some shopping. Bought a few things at H & M, and decided that was enough mall-time.

We headed back to the Strip, and found ourselves at Margaritaville, no doubt influenced by the fact that 24 hours before, we were in the presence of Mr. Jimmy Buffett himself. On the outdoor deck we had a great view of Ceasar's, and the Cosmopolitan, and the creepy guy trying to pick up the two ladies next to us.

The ladies left and so did we, headed down to the Sugar Factory. The martinis here are all flavored to taste like classic candies. Mari had a Blow Pop Martini, complete with a Pop Rocks rim. While the food here was less than spectacular, the drinks were great. We enjoyed it quite a bit.

Back to the Cosmopolitan to hang out a bit in the casino. We played some slots (The Monkees and Star Wars Droid Hunt). The Cocktail service was great. After a few hours, we headed back and hung out on the balcony to finish up our first night.

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5. Re: Trip Report: The Cosmopolitan, Many drinks, Many Snacks...

So glad some of you remembered our love for Key West. We felt like we were cheating on our beloved Southernmost City with our trip to Las Vegas this year, but it was well worth it. We had such a great time. More TR to come...

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I don't recall reading about Sugar Factory anywhere- sounds like fun! What were some of the other concoctions available? I'll put it on "the list" for August!

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Great start! Aww, you didn't cheat on Key West! (I miss it too!)

“The first and worst of all frauds is to cheat one's self. All sin is easy after that.” ;-)

Looking forward to more as I sit here, cleaning & packing...

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Looking forward to your next post. If it was pool weather, can u give us some feedback?

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Love the report so far! Aren't the roast beef sliders at TE Pub so freaking good? Yummy! I was thinking tonight how badly I want the lobster rolls for dinner...just have to wait until August to have them!

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Day 2: Between the time change, the drinks and just generally being middle aged working people, we took the luxury of sleeping-in until 11:00 am. Getting up that late meant that, after some personal grooming, lunch was first thing on the agenda.

Now, the first thing you need to know about Mari is that she loves dips.Given the option of a fine cut of msteak vs. a dip, she will eat chips and salsa, chips and dip, or pretzels and cheese for dinner every time. So, with this in mind, we set out for 9 Fine Irishmen at the New York New York, the site a particularly good cheese dip on our one previous visit to Las Vegas last year.

We successfully located the restaurant and obtained bar stools. They did not have Blue Moon on draft, so I ordered the bartender's recommendation: Shock Top. New favorite. A bit lighter than Blue Moon, but with similar subtle orange flavors. We scarfed the cheese dip like it was our last meal and headed out for more drinking and dining adventures.

Neither of us had ever set foot in the Monte Carlo, so we decided to stop in to look for The Pub. We wandered through the casino, thinking that we liked our home-base at the Cosmopolitan better, and eventually found The Pub. Being beer enthusiasts, we were very impressed by the wall of beer logos that greet you as you walk in the door. There are a truly impressive number of beers on draft here. We chose to order a couple drafts of something that we can't normally get in our part of the world-Tecate Light. We consumed and moved on to check out the interior of the Aria.

Very nice place. Seemed a bit more laid back than the Cosmopolitan, but was very sleek and new looking. We enjoyed exploring for a bit.

Back to the Cosmo for some pool time. We changed at hit the Bamboo Pool. Unfortunately, it seems that every other hotel guest had the same idea. We had hoped to grab a couple of lounge chairs and get some sun, but all were occupied. Instead, we sat at a table by the bar, had a couple of drinks, and ordered some sliders.

Let me say a word about the wait-staff at the Bamboo pool. I wasn't quite sure what to expect in terms of service, because all the wait-staff consists of impossibly good-looking women wearing very little clothing. But, they were all very professional, efficient and polite. We were made to feel extremely welcome and enjoyed our time there. We vowed to get up earlier the next day, as to be able to get our own loungers.

We went back to the room, cleaned up and dressed for the evening. We headed over to the Venetian/Palazzo to Tao. Mari had eaten here before while on a conference and was raving about how good it was. After the first bite, I agreed with her assessment. We sat at the bar, had excellent service and enjoyed pot stickers, and some sort of wonderful orange peel chicken dish.

We did a bit of wandering and drinking within the hotel, taking time to take a picture with the wax Indiana Jones on our way past Madam Toussauds. We caught a cab and made our way to our one planned destination of the trip: Frankie's Tiki Room.

Frankie's is located on West Charleston, near the Downtown area. But it is kind of a world unto itself. The place itself is tiny, right beside a large gas station. But step inside the darkened doorway and you're in a late-50s hipster den of Polynesian Pop. The lighting is colored blow-fish. There are custom carved tikis. There is amazing art work. The televisions behind the bar play a series of clips intercutting old surfer movies with old and cheesy softcore pr0nography. This is no sports bar.

They take their cocktails seriously at Frankie's, using the best rums and other liquors. I had a Jonas Grumby and Mari had a Lava Letch. We followed those up with a few beers (you must pace yourself after all), then with a Mai Tai (Mari) and a Zombie (Bob). Both are made with the original recipes and are better than any imitation you can get at your local watering hole. We finished up with another Mai Tai (Mari) and a Three Rum Scum (Bob) before pouring ourselves into a cab.

After a ride from the World's Funniest Cab Driver (TM), we headed back to the room. I vaguely remember Mari saying that we should go down to the casino and responding that that was a great idea and I was just going to close my eyes for a five minute power nap. Woke up the next day and...