Mona Shield Payne / Special to the Sun
Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2010 | 7:29 p.m.
Las Vegas’ neon highway became a bit brighter Tuesday as the Strip welcomed its newest marquee.
Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Chief Executive John Unwin flicked the switch for the Cosmopolitan’s 65-foot marquee at a media event Tuesday afternoon. Comprised of four LED screens, the marquee took more than six months to build.
Until June, few details had been released about the 8.7-acre development, but the resort’s recently-launched website indicates it will have a 43,000-square-foot spa, 100,000 square feet of gaming space, 60,000 square feet of retail space and 11 restaurants, many of which will be led by celebrity chefs.
Keeping up with the current daylife and nightlife trends on the Strip, Cosmopolitan will have three separate pools, one of which will be an adult pool, and a nightclub by the Tao Group. Details about the nightclub haven’t been released.
It is still unclear whether Cosmopolitan will include condos, which was part of the resort’s original plan.
Deutsche Bank, which foreclosed on the resort in 2008, is spending $1.1 billion to complete the Cosmopolitan for its December opening, the company said in a regulatory filing last month.
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas dares to be different. From the hotel’s red reservations desks to fine art found throughout the resort, The Cosmopolitan’s signature style is helping to pave its own path on the Las Vegas Strip.
Upon entering the resort, you’re greeted by pillars of video boards playing video art by Digital Kitchen and David Rockwell Studio exclusively produced for The Cosmopolitan. Just beyond that, you’ll find all your favorite casino games on the resort’s 100,000-square-foot casino floor.
The Cosmopolitan’s rooms standout as the resort’s most unique feature. About 2,220 of The Cosmopolitan’s 2,995 rooms have 6-foot deep terraces that span the length of the room, a first at a modern Strip hotel. Other in-room amenities include soaking tubs, kitchenettes and quirky accessories like artsy coffee table books.
The dining experience at The Cosmopolitan isn’t something you’ll find at other Strip resorts, either. All of The Cosmopolitan’s 13 restaurateurs are new to the Las Vegas market. You’ll find American steakhouse fare in a modern setting at STK, top-notch sushi at Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill and the freshest fish flown in from the Mediterranean daily at Estiatorio Milos.
Whether the sun is up or down, Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub is the place to find the party at The Cosmopolitan. The venue is a dayclub/nightclub, complete with a pool and cabanas outside and three different rooms with three different vibes inside.
If nightclubs aren’t your thing, you can grab a drink at one of The Cosmopolitan’s five other bars, like The Chandelier, which is encased in 2 million dripping crystals.