In a city where everything is larger than life, ridiculously over the top, and, at times, almost comically extravagant, the Cromwell is a refreshing change.
While most other Las Vegas hotels are behemoth buildings attached to staggeringly large casinos, which guests must trek through in order to reach their rooms, the Cromwell boutique hotel offers a much more intimate experience. And though it is attached to a casino, the gaming area is much smaller in scale, and the walk from the front door to the guest elevators takes fewer than three minutes.
Stylish, but not fussy. Luxurious, not pretentious. It’s a Vegas hotel that celebrates the best of Sin City but leaves out the worst. And it’s location, mid-Strip across from Caesars and near the Aria, can’t be beat.
With just 188 rooms, the Cromwell is one of the smallest hotels on the Strip. While there’s no obvious theme (see: Caesar’s Palace, the Venetian, Paris), there’s an underlying air of vintage glamour. The lobby is small (no snaking lines here) and check-in is quick and easy. From the front desk, it’s a short stroll through the casino to the guest elevators, which operate only with a valid room key.
The hotel says rooms are designed to feel like a Paris apartment, and the decor delivers on that promise. The rooms are decked out in dark purple and berry tones, with with dark velvet and leather accents. Hardwood floors, soft lighting, and vintage-inspired accents, such as dressers and nightstands modeled after antique steamer trunks, add to the golden-era vibe and Parisian atmosphere.
Deluxe and luxury rooms come with two queen beds or one king bed with Simmons pillow top mattresses and measure 360 square feet. A large dresser and a 55-inch flatscreen TV dominate one side of the room; on the other, a large armoire provides extra storage. Near the window, a vanity offers a large mirror and complimentary Muk toiletries (with larger bottles available for purchase).
While the room’s sexy decor makes it great for couples, it’s less ideal for a family or friends traveling together; a mirror on one wall actually becomes a semi-transparent window into the shower in low light.
Of course, this is Vegas, and most guests aren’t spending too much time in the room. While the Cromwell lacks the many entertainment options available at larger hotels (which some might consider a negative, while others see it as a perk), it does have an onsite club, Drai’s; a pool; and literary-themed cocktail lounge, Bound, which makes an excellent whisky sour.
On Friday and Saturday, guests receive complimentary champagne from 5-6pm; they also receive complimentary admission to Drai’s on most evenings. There’s onsite restaurants, GIADA, is run by everyone’s favorite female celebrity chef; GIADA also provides the hotel’s room service.
In addition to deluxe and luxury rooms, the hotel also offers suites that range from 700 to 2500 square feet.
I was a guest of the Cromwell but all opinions are my own.