With an idyllic location at the center of the Strip, The Cromwell blends sexiness with chic style while offering a round-the-clock party atmosphere and the first restaurant by chef and Food Network TV star Giada De Laurentiis.
Boutique hotel sensibilities, a party place with an haute attitude, classy food and mixology
Almost every major hotel in Vegas has a pool club as well as a nightclub, but a combination of both on a rooftop at the heart of the Strip...now that can only be found at The Cromwell, courtesy of Victor Drai -- and we love it.
The song "Party All the Time" is a fitting encapsulation of the spirit here. Along with Drai's Beach Club & Nightclub high above, there's also Drai's After Hours below ground. So if you stay here, at least in summertime, you can party continuously all day without ever leaving the resort.
The Cromwell may only have one restaurant, but it's an absolute gem. Featuring De Laurentiis' Italy-meets-California cuisine, Giada is definitely a palate pleaser. When you walk in, you'll see an antipasti bar, pizza ovens and a station where pasta is rolled. Just be sure to save room for the lemon ricotta cookies.
Women will be happy to discover such amenities in The Cromwell's rooms as a vanity with a Hollywood-lit mirror and a hair straightener...while men will appreciate the flat-screen TVs that measure 55 inches.
The rooms are playfully elegant and unlike any others in Vegas. They're liable to put you in the mood for love. However, they're also small (at 360 square feet) and dark. Unless you request a south-facing or west end corner spot (these look out toward the Strip), most of the rooms offer no view.
If noise is an issue, you may want a room located in the middle of the building (such as the fourth through sixth floors). This will help reduce street sounds from the Strip as well as the booming bass from the music playing on the rooftop in Drai's Nightclub.
Parking at The Cromwell is best accessed directly off Flamingo Road, between Las Vegas Boulevard and LINQ Lane. The self-parking section of the garage is rarely open, so expect to valet park here -- or head next door to the Flamingo's parking garage.
Be aware that even as a guest of the hotel, you may have to wait in line to get into Drai's Beach Club & Nightclub...and that line can sometimes be l-o-n-g. The good thing: When you get up front you won't have to pay an admission charge to enter.
When you eat at Giada, we recommend you request a table by the windows. You may have to wait a while, but it'll be worth it. Located on the second floor, the restaurant has remote-controlled hydraulic opening windows that wrap around the perimeter and showcase beautiful views of the Strip and Fountains of Bellagio.
If the club scene isn't your thing, try Bound. This classic lobby bar has an elegant gold and black interior. Salvatore Calabrese, one of the world's leading mixologists, created its cocktail menu -- and he's known for using unusual ingredients. For example, the gin-based Breakfast Martini contains orange marmalade. Sounds like the breakfast of champions to us.
Generally, hotel gift shops carry an uninspiring selection of souvenirs, snacks and postcards. Not Curios at The Cromwell. Check it out. Situated across from the lobby, this hip gift shop is packed with everything from trendy British accessories (many with connections to James Bond and "Alice in Wonderland") and European spa products to cigarettes and liquor.
Take a moment to appreciate the beautiful and historically significant décor in the casino. Several eye-catching red chandeliers are hung along the ceiling of the main walkway on the gaming floor. They've been refurbished and were part of Barbary Coast when it originally opened in this building in 1979.