June 28, 2011 1 Comment
Our trip with Blue Monkey Mike ended in Vegas, so of course we had to go out in style. And since I have a sister who basically invented style, she and her beau were our go-to’s (plus, it was my sister’s birthday the day we arrived in Vegas, so what better place to celebrate, right?). We decided to get a room at the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas, one of the newest (and in our opinion, the MOST luxurious) hotels on the strip.
Notice the balconies in that picture? Almost all the rooms have balconies–one of the many things that makes the hotel unique.
And the rooms? I think my sister said it best with simply, “This is the best hotel room I’ve ever seen . . . ” (and coming from her, that’s saying A LOT).
Yeah, we not only had our own private balcony, but also a living room, mini kitchen (complete with a dishwasher!), a massive closet and dressing area, jacuzzi tub, separate shower, two huge TVs that controlled everything from the lighting to the room temperature (there were settings for romance as well as party–not only did the lights change, but so did the music), and all the hip accessories to make you wish you were that cool.
Colored pencils?! Yes–colored pencils.
But I think my favorite parts were the hidden surprises . . . like the toilet room with it’s amazing wallpaper that made you look twice:
There’s nothing like some naked lady silhouettes when you’re in the loo, eh?
But hands-down my favorite was the closets . . . are you ready?!
(That’s all leather trim by the way.) Shall I open them for you?
How fantastic slash creepy is that wallpaper?! I totally want to do this to the closets in our master bedroom–what do you think? Quick post update–I found this wallpaper! It’s Tema e Variazioni Wallpaper by Cole and Son in their Fornasetti Collection and costs about $100 per roll.
Okay, but enough about the Cosmopolitans’ rooms–they were just the beginning. The hotel also had fabulous restaurants and shops. To celebrate my sister’s 21st (sort of) birthday, we dined at Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill which was truly outstanding . . . both the food and the service were excellent.
We then let my sis and her beau have some alone time while we went and met up with a couple locals . . .
Yep, just a couple of the Mr.’s buddies . . . you may remember Matt from Vacation Bunches’ last trip to Vegas:
I’m not sure if he’s the one on the right or the left . . . but either way he was in town “on business” and so we met him and Taylor out for a drink at Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill at Harrah’s (sidenote: if you want to do some country line dancing next time you’re visiting Sin City, this is your place).
Of course, I got tired pretty quickly, so the boys walked me back to the Cosmopolitan and then decided to put on their gambling pants for a bit (and by a bit, I mean until 4 AM; no worries, though–they both came out winners that night). Apparently, this was where it all went down (yep–that’s a private table for high rollers at the Cosmo; in short–don’t ask):
The next morning started with brunch at the Cosmopolitan’s amazing buffet, Wicked Spoon (you may remember that we visited it on our last trip to Vegas), and we couldn’t wait to get back in there.
We were pretty hungry once we arrived since you have to walk practically a mile to get there (the hotel is H-U-G-E), and there was some enticing artwork along the way . . . chocolate shoes? Yes please!
The walk also lent itself to some out-of-the-ordinary photo ops that my sister totally rocked . . .
Yeah, we were a bit ridiculous.
All that posing though really worked up our appetites. Good thing it was all you could eat . . .
Cheese polenta with roasted mushrooms, mac and cheese, a pork bun (far right above), polish sausage, and some shortribs and pasta (hiding under the lid). Not to mention the beet salad!! Love, love, love me some beet salad (gotta give a quick shout-out to Joanne for introducing me to the wonderful world of beets) . . .
Oh, and the dessert bar? Yeah–I hit that.
rolled out of left Wicked Spoon, we decided to walk the strip a little.
They had every type of sweet imaginable: from the world’s largest gummy bear . . .
. . . to everything in bulk you could possibly ever want (including a Happy Birthday lollipop shout-out for my sis):
Even Jeremiah found something . . . looks like my sister was going to be getting an extra-special birthday treat.
I think she may have been more entranced, though, by the cupcakes on display . . . sorry Jeremiah!
What a fun store, huh?
It even put the Mr. in a dancing kind of mood (sugar rushes tend to do that for him) . . .
After we got our fill of sweet sugary goodness, we headed back to the Cosmopolitan to say goodbye :(. But first, we did a bit more marveling at all the swankiness that the Cosmo had to offer (and we may or may not have gotten a backstage tour of the most popular day and night club in the world, Marquee Las Vegas–sometimes opening the unlabeled doors in a hotel has its perks). But sorry, no pictures of that–I was too
scared wowed. But here’s the ground level of the Cosmopolitan’s Chandelier Bar, an amazing three-story bar that makes it feel like you’re literally sitting inside a chandelier.
The Bond Bar also had some cool bits and pieces, although I’m sure it’s much more lively at night than when we were tooling around . . .
Love this wall treatment . . .
Alright, so that’s all she wrote . . . I’ll leave you with this image of the Grand Canyon from our flight home. Sigh.