on May 2, 2011
You have to have seen the commercial by now: animals running about with sassily dressed pretty boys and girls. This hotel IS trendy (those traveling with me agreed at times we felt we didn't belong, but never felt uncomfortable) and I expected the staff to be aloof and treat guests like YOU were lucky to be there. But with every staff member I interacted with (even if it was just a pass by in the hallway), I was surprised at how nice they were, as well as genuinely concerned with how your stay was going. I didn't expect it at all.The room was nice; no real complaints there. High-tech gadgets (like managing the lighting and the drapes from the TV) present, comfortable bed and spacious bathrooms.I ate at a couple of the restaurants; the Mexican-Asian fusion was "ok"; not worth the price (although by comparison to the other restaurants, lower in cost), and the [adult] shake I enjoyed at the burger-n-shakes place was YUMMY, as well as a nice meal at the Spanish Tapas place (good service there).The gaming area is small compared to the other big boy hotels on the block. Definitely be prepared to throw down at least 25 a hand at the tables. But on the flip side, there are the standard penny and nickel slots if those are your game.I enjoyed a few services at the spa (hot stone massage and a facial). Both WONDERFUL. Loved the ambiance and felt immediately relaxed as I was walked down the sandstone hallway to the woman's area, which includes sauna, steam room and large "hot tub" with standard "rainfall" area.There are several bars to enjoy and I thought the vodka bar was interesting in that they employ mixologists to help create any type of "martini" you'd prefer to enjoy (they have jars and jars of different herbs, etc. to choose from).Overall this was a pretty pleasant experience, and I'd definitely consider staying at The Cosmo again; especially when the weather is warmer - they have a fantastic open pool/deck/bar on a higher floor to enjoy (when the weather cooperates).
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