At 188 rooms, this is probably the only hotel that can truly call itself “boutique,” which is exactly what The Cromwell was going for when it transformed the old, tired Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall into this handsome newbie.
Yes, the casino is still pretty dark inside, but now it’s the kind of sophisticated dark that you want to be caught in. Warm, sultry colors and textures decorate the casino floor, starting at the modern vintage (if there is such a thing) Bound Bar at the front, which allows guests to have a drink in the lobby without feeling overwhelmed by the casino. They kept the original red chandeliers of Bill’s, which fit in perfectly with the new, sexy digs.
The rooms tend to run a little smaller, but make up for it in luxurious appointments. Influenced by modern Paris (down to the French phrases elegantly scrawled on the carpets in the hallways), the accommodations feature dark, hardwood floors (practically unheard of in Las Vegas), antique trunks as furniture, tufted leather headboards, and deep, luscious berry hues. Bathrooms are definitely small, but pack a visual punch, with tall showers, handheld showerheads, and readable tile that offers more life coaching quotes. On the tech front, you no longer need a key to open your room. Opt for the eKey app that allows you to wave your iPhone over the pad on the door, et voila! Access granted. Perfect for those of us who have a habit of misplacing keycards.
While it’s dark in the casino, Giada de Laurentiis’ namesake restaurant on the second floor is a bright airy space awash in natural light.
The Cromwell is definitely aiming at a younger demographic—but those with disposable incomes; guests also receive admission to the party scene of the hotel. Nightclub mainstay Drai’s emerged from its basement lair to take over the rooftop and its pool for a nightlife and daylife component (though Drai’s Afterhours still operates 'til the wee hours of the morning down in the depths of the hotel).
- Grace Bascos