The Cosmopolitan has changed hands a few times since it opened in 2010. It was one of my favorite hotels for awhile, with its focus on food and beverage and nightlife. I revisited the property this past June and was able to enjoy one of my favorite rooms again. I really do enjoy relaxing on those balconies. I was disappointed in almost everything else about the Cosmo this past trip, though. I like MGM, so I am hoping things turn around a bit.
MGM Resorts will begin operating the Cosmopolitan operations once the agreement is finalized in early 2022. That will give MGM operational control of all of the Strip-front gaming properties on the West side of the Strip from the Bellagio, South to Mandalay Bay. That is a long stretch. They will be leasing the property from a partnership that includes Blackstone. Note that MGM recently sold the Bellagio to Blackstone and is leasing the property back. Over the past few years, MGM has also sold Mandalay Bay, MGM Grand, Aria and Vdara to Blackstone and is leasing them back under similar agreements.
Spiegelworld, the company behind Absinthe, has opened a new , campy, space themed show called “Opium” at the Cosmopolitan. The concept is that we (performers and audience) are on a spaceship traveling from Uranus to Las Vegas.
I really enjoyed the variety of acts. The show includes live music, a great hooping act, comedic juggling, a girl in the balloon act, a flashy whip trickster, a really cute balancing act with a chihuahua and a few things that are better kept as surprises. The segues between acts were very entertaining, too. Those segues create a nice through-line for the show of otherwise random (but still good) acts. Continue reading Spiegelworld’s Opium Show at Cosmopolitan→
When comparing players clubs, there are many factors to consider; tiers and tier benefits; value of room and event offers; partnerships; comp return rate. Some clubs are better in one department than another. You should factor that in when choosing where to play.
Today I look at the return rate. To determine the rate, I’m using the base earning rate for points and the rate at which those are converted to freeplay and “pay with points” comp value. As a general the VP return rate does not apply to “fullpay” video poker or games with 100% theoretical returns. I am not including multipliers unless they are good for all tiers at all times. Most players clubs give you an accelerated earning rate at higher tiers. Continue reading Players Club Return Rates→
The Liberace “Too Much of a Good Thing is Wonderful” exhibit is still open at the Cosmopolitan. It opened last year as a short term exhibit but has been extended many times. It looks like the end is near, though. The exhibit is expected to close in October to make way for another venture. If you haven’t had a chance to see it yet, I highly recommend taking a few minutes to see a little bit of Vegas history.
Update: The exhibit is now closed. The Lucky Cat is now in that space.
updated Sept. 2016
The Cosmopolitan has made a few changes to its Identity players club. They have added a new tier (Sterling) and enhanced the tier benefits. The Cosmopolitan is primarily focused on dining and nightlife. Identity reflects that focus and rewards lodging, dining and retail purchases more than other players clubs.