June 2015: Las Vegas

We were in Las Vegas last December, and I did a little bit of gambling at The Cosmopolitan casino. I must have donated enough money, as I was rewarded with 2 night’s complimentary stay.  I booked a room, and was offered an upgraded balcony room facing the Aria hotel for only $30 a night, so I thought why not? Like many Vegas hotels, they smack on a “resort fee” of $30, which gives you access to the pool, fitness center, domestic calls, and high speed wifi.  So basically my room was $60 per night before taxes.
A few days before I received an email from the Cosmopolitan, reminding me of my visit, and they also gave me a mobile check in link.  So while on the road toward Vegas, I was able to check in, and provide an ETA of my arrival time.  I was given confirmation that my room key would be ready between 12:00 – 4:00 pm in the Audience Lounge.  The entrance of the Cosmopolitan parking is located off Harmon, not off the Strip.  When you pull in, its more like a lobby rather than a dirty parking structure.  Gorgeous columns and lighting greet you as you pull in, and the check in area was to the right as soon as you walk in.
Michelle greeted us, verified my ID and card, and gave us the keys to room 2614 in the West Tower.  We weren’t at the very top (I believe there’s 60 floors) but we were still quite high.
The sitting area and bedroom, along with 2 flat screen tvs
The bed
The bedroom facing the balcony
The balcony
View from the 26th floor
View from the room
The funky bathroom
They provide CO Bigelow products
After we had settled in, we headed toward the Linq for dinner at the Brooklyn Bowl.  On the way there, we ran into participants of EDC: Electric Daisy Carnival, a freeloving musical festival that was being held this weekend in Las Vegas.  Apparently, showing skin and love is the main attraction.  We had 6:30 dinner reservations and didn’t realize that they had Happy Hour between 5:00-7:00 pm.  Stephen and I shared the Rock n Roll fries, which is basically a poutine, with 2 types of cheese, gravy and cajun spices over skinny fries.  We also shared the fried chicken plate, which was a 4 pieces of chicken dipped in a matzo batter, fried to a golden crisp, served with mashed potatoes and collared greens mixed with bacon.  We added a side of cole slaw for added greens.
What’s up with the legwarmers?
Rock n Roll fries
The fried chicken plate
The fries and drinks were 1/ 2 off for happy hour

After dinner, we decided to walk the Strip, and ended up at the Bellagio.  In front of the Lily, a bar and lounge, a lady was handing out BOGO coupons, so Stephen and I had some drinks, and took a few selfies.

After our post dinner drink, we were heading toward the Conservatory when we came across a Sphinx 3D slot machine.  We decided to play a bit, and I hit a decent payout of $70-something.

We finally made it to the Conservatory, where the theme was the ocean/ sea creatures.
While heading back to our hotel, we stopped to watch the Bellagio Water Show.

Finally we made it back to the Cosmopolitan.  After a few hours of finding little luck on slot machines, we decided to head to the opposite end of the casino to give the Goldfish2 a try.  Around 2:00 am I hit a decent streak, and cashed out with a good payout.

Stephen feeling the effects of 2:30 am

It was only 2:30 am, and I was craving the Secret Pizza, located in a hidden area on the 3rd floor.
Find this hallway, find the pizza.

Took these slices plus a 2-liter back to the room

After consuming our pizza and diet coke, we finally called it a night around 4:00 am. Or was it closer to 5:00?  At this point, I wasn’t sure, but we slept in until noon.

There’s not too many places that I would consider to be a perfect restaurant.  Lawry’s seems to be one of those that fit the bill. It is an old school restaurant, where you take your time eating, the staff treats you with proper manners, and you are served old school style, where the meat is brought to your table, and carved table side.  Appropriate dress attire is requested, and that also means men removing their hats upon entering the dining room, which is another lost art in etiquette.

Lawry’s had a promotion with Travelzoo, which I had to take advantage of.  Typically the prime rib is $39 just by itself.  The promotion offered the prime rib entrée, plus a side of sauteed mushrooms, dessert and coffee/ tea for two people for only $72, which is a true bargain in terms of eating at this fine establishment.

We had 8:00 reservations, and upon arrival had to wait a about 10 minutes for our table.  While at the bar, they provided complimentary chips to snack on. Lucky it didn’t take very long for the table, and we had a nice, cozy corner table facing the entire dining area. Our server greeted us, took our drink orders, and brought out a warm basket of sourdough bread.

We told our server we wanted the Travelzoo promotion. Since the menu was already set, she came out the famous Spinning Bowl salad, followed later by the prime rib, which was carved table side.  In addition to the buttery sauteed mushrooms that came with our menu, Stephen and I ordered a side of creamed corn to share.

Cozy corner table
Warm sourdough bread
Famous spinning salad
The prime rib is carved table side

After a very satisfying meal, we still had to pick a dessert and either a coffee or tea. I chose the crème brulee and Stephen had the C.C. Brown’s Hot Fudge Sundae, which was a sundae assembled table side as well.  Even with the Travelzoo discount, our check came to $100, after adding the drinks and the additional side we ordered, and worth every penny.

Creme Brulee
C.C. Brown sundae with chocolate syrup.

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