The Cromwell is a luxury boutique-style resort at the heart of the Las Vegas Strip.
Part of Caesars Entertainment Corporation's group of properties, it sits on the northeast corner of Flamingo Road and Las Vegas Boulevard.
The Cromwell houses a total of 188 rooms and suites. They are dimly lit and evoke a Parisian feel while melding sexy and elegant décor elements. Each standard room features dark wood-toned flooring, textured wallpaper, a 55-inch flat-screen TV and an ornately framed, full-length mirror. The nightstand, chest of drawers and closet all resemble vintage luggage. There's a Hollywood-lit vanity that comes with a hair straightener. The bathroom has a shower only and its walls are covered by mosaic tiles that spell out sayings like "Let them eat cake" in both English and French. Plus, the back panel of the shower is made with one-way glass, so you can see out into the bedroom through the full-length mirror.
On each floor you'll discover a coffee/tea station near the elevator...which means you won't have to wander far to reach for your morning cup of Joe.
The lobby of The Cromwell is reminiscent of an old world parlor. It has bookshelves that are filled with leather-bound tomes. In addition to a 24-hour fitness room, there is a 40,000-square-foot casino with 66 table games, nearly 440 slot machines, a reserved gaming salon dubbed The Abbey and a high-limit room. Several striking red chandeliers are hung along the ceiling of the main walkway on the gaming floor. They have been refurbished and were part of Barbary Coast when it originally opened in this building in 1979.
In a centralized location, you'll find the Interlude bar and lounge, a social-inspired gathering place with first-rate mixology. The lobby bar is called Bound by Salvatore, and it features the signature cocktails of Salvatore Calabrese, a world-renowned bartender. Be sure to try unique creations like The Breakfast Martini and The Cromwell Fizz as well as the fun espresso cocktails that include Keep Me Awake Bro and Never Say Goodnight.
Situated across from the lobby is hip gift shop called Curios that's packed with everything from snacks, cigarettes and liquors to stylish British accessories and European spa products.
The Cromwell also boasts the first restaurant by well-known author and Food Network television personality Giada De Laurentiis. Called Giada, the large eatery is situated on the second floor and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. It has a patio that showcases breathtaking views of the Strip and the Fountains of Bellagio through remote-controlled hydraulic windows that wrap around the perimeter. De Laurentiis' Italian cuisine embraces her birthplace of Rome while blending in some lighter Californian influences. There's also a bar/lounge area at Giada with a custom antipasti bar where pizza and bread ovens are housed. Chefs can frequently be spotted here rolling out homemade pasta.
Another highlight of The Cromwell is Drai's Beach Club & Nightclub. The expansive 11th-floor rooftop pool deck by hospitality and nightlife visionary Victor Drai offers both daytime and evening party experiences as well as a mix of big-name DJs and the best undiscovered talent around. Drai's Beach Club has two main pools, each with central wet decks and perimeter seating on lounge chairs and daybeds. There is also an assortment of bungalows and cabanas, some of which have their own private pools, showers and restrooms. There are 10 towering 35-foot palm trees and drinks are served from two full bars. Drai's Nightclub, on the other hand, encompasses all of this along with a chic indoor setting under a giant gold disco ball that includes an array of booths surrounding a spacious stage and dance floor.
Victor Drai has another stylish venue in The Cromwell. The legendary Drai's After Hours club, situated in the basement of the resort, is a late-night partying concept with four rooms and 55 bottle service tables for the lasts until the wee hours.
With its prime location on one of the busiest intersections on the Strip and its top-class amenities, The Cromwell is a great choice for basing your Las Vegas vacation.
-- By Renée LiButti