Review – Cosmo Terrace One Bedroom Suite with a View

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Last week was my wife’s birthday. So we decided to celebrate it in style. With a Las Vegas “Staycation”. I booked us a two-night stay at the Cosmopolitan Resort in a one-bedroom terrace suite with a view of the magical and fabulous Bellagio Fountains! This is a walkthrough of the suite before we moved in.

Check-in was simple, the lines moved fast and the service was excellent.  Even with all the new rules and safeguards, the staff was always trying to make it as painless as possible! A majority of the people in the hotel and the casino were from southern California, trying to escape their own lockdown misery.  Our assigned suite was on the fortieth floor assured us of a great view of the fountains as well as the Las Vegas Strip facing north.

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The Suite Life

At 610 square feet of interior space, there was plenty of room to move around in.  The living area was very comfortable with a large flat-screen TV on one wall and plenty of lighting for everything.  The livingroom had counter space where they displayed the “cash bar”, a free Covid-19 kit that included two face masks, a small hand sanitizer, and a pen.  Why a Pen?? I didn’t get that.

On the counter was the main controller/tablet for the room amenities as well as offering the resort amenities like pool cabana reservations, room service, and other offerings. From here, you could set the temperature of the rooms, the lights on/off/dim/etc. set alarms….  About the only thing that was manual was the curtains!

The minibar refrigerator was of course full of premium drinks.  However, there was another small refrigerator that was empty and already chilled. I just needed to make a quick run to the neighboring Walgreens to get our own drinks and things to fill that up.  Remembering that this was originally built to be private condominiums, they seem to want to retain a portion of that feel.  You could see there was a space for a microwave, but that was long gone!

The closets were awesome.  Very large, plenty of room to hang your clothing as well as top-shelf storage to get things out of the way.  Of course, complimentary bathrobes to use while there. as well as slippers for your comfort.

The in-room safe was there and working as well as ironing board and iron.  They didn’t skimp on storage space, I will say that!

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Debbie named this her “Oracle”

From there, you see the bathroom area and what an area it was!  Two sinks, two mirrors, a vanity mirror. All with lights.  The toilet was in its own little room with what Debbie called her “Oracle” on the wall. A well-designed wallpaper that actually resembled a profile portrait of Martin Luther King Jr.  It was actually kind of tasteful.  An interesting piece of art. Something the Cosmo is famous for is their artwork scattered around the resort.

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Soak in bubbles, watch dancing fountains!

The glass doors led to a well-appointed shower. I have to make a note of the tall shower head with plenty of hot water. Something most resorts seem to cut the corner on.  From there, you can step a little further and up a couple of steps into the Japanese soaking tub.  Room for two and lots of bubbles!  With an amazing view of the Bellagio Fountains as well! (bring your own bubble bath salts and candles)

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It’s All About the View!

The View

In Las Vegas, it is often all about the view.  And as you enter the bedroom area, you see the view.  The bedroom is nicely done.  On the nightstands, you have the lamps that also have USB charger ports. Next to that is the smaller controller for the lights.  From there, like the larger one, you can control all the lights in the suite. The TV has the ability to stream via Bluetooth, from your laptop, smartphone, or tablet if you don’t like their entertainment selections that include the music being played throughout the resort.

The curtains are both shear as well as a blackout. Depending on your needs or desires. And the blackout curtain is certainly BlackOut!  Plus the windows are well tinted, so the Vegas summer sun is not blinding you from the inside.

Open the balcony door and you step out onto your private 110 square foot balcony overlooking the Bellagio resort and their majestic fountains. Although you do not get to hear all the music, the view of them dancing with the lights and the fog, from this point of view, is enough to get you mesmerized as if you were standing next to them.  And if you are wondering, no, you do not hear them going off when the patio door is closed.

the bellagio fountain view

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For the bed, it was very comfortable. Nice sheeting, plenty of pillows.  Fell asleep relatively easily.  Of course, we are used to having two small sheet warmers (jack Russels dogs) in bed with us. So being alone, just the two of us, it seemed a little strange.  But we adjusted just fine, thank you very much!!

For us being locals and not really into the whole “Vegas Vacation” thing, it was a really nice way to spend a few days.  The resort had some once amenities. I love the location. The staff, no matter where I met them, were always open and wanting to help.  No resort fees and free parking, for now, is a nice bonus!

Check it out!!

 

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We Stayed at The South Point Resort

Last year, for my wife’s birthday, we did what’s called a “Staycation”.  It’s like a vacation in that you stay in a local hotel and play tourist.  For us, we did a favorite casino we like: The South Point Resort. (Casino, Spa, Equestrian Arena!) It’s towards the south end of Las Vegas Boulevard.  Just say it’s “The South Point” and people know what you are talking about!

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The South Point Rooms

We had King  Standard.  AT 500 Square feet of space, plenty of space to move around in and not feel cramped.  A 42″ plasma Television that was the perfect size for the room.  A nice comfy bed that didn’t sag in the middle.  They even had a coffee maker in the large bathroom.  The best part for me is the tall shower head!  I love it when they do that for us tall guys!

All of the rooms here are nice. I have stayed here a few times and never had a bad experience.  Being locally owned by the legendary Micheal Gaughn, he takes care of his staff and they take care of the guests.  Many of his staff have been with him for over twenty years!

When you are visiting a “locals” casino, they have a different set up then the more popular tourist hotels. The casino is large and well organized.  Yet very easy to get in and out. Even move around and past the gaming area.




Entertainment Galore

A “locals” casino resort caters to us, the local population.  Meaning they have more variety of games, food choices as well as entertainment options that aren’t meant to drain the checking account or max out the credit cards. They want us to come back and stay awhile!

The South Point has a wide variety of restaurants. From the first Steak and Shake restaurant in Nevada to the five stars Micheals Steak House.  The first all-digital multiplex movie theater in Las Vegas.  A sixty four-lane bowling alley, late night bingo (we won $250 on cover all), showroom and of course, the equestrian arena.

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A Staycation at Green Valley Ranch Resort

One of the best things about living in Las Vegas is that we have some of the best hotels in the world both on and off the Strip.  We never really have to leave here to experience the “finer” ways of life.  So when we want to take a little “Staycation”, there are some really great choices!

For my birthday last month, my wife decided to cash in her gift card from her company Christmas party and treated us to a night at Green Valley Ranch Resorts in Henderson. Just down the road from our house and a short drive off the Strip.  We had never stayed there before, I go there for various functions and events.  So this was a nice treat.

This would be considered a “locals” casino resort because they do cater to the local population while also being a conference and events destination as well. They have all the usual amenities of a spa, pools, large gaming area, conference area and several restaurants that go from the cheap to the more finer dining.

The first thing that hit us at check-in, the friendly staff.  There was a line but they moved us fast. All of them professional, courteous, informative and efficient.  Something I don’t see every day on the Strip. Got us checked in and gave us the pointers to get the lay of the land since the hotel part and the casino part are not all together.  (Nice!!)

Green Valley Ranch Resort Room

The Room

After a recent remodel, the rooms are all well appointed with USB ports next to the bed!! Plenty of lights all around with a soft, yet firm bed!  Yes, peace, quiet, no dogs and we can’t hear the neighbors.  Love it! Plenty of room to stretch out.  Still not understanding the whole large Dresser/armoires, tiny flat screen television thing.  So many hotels do that;  Please, match the tv to the table top it stands on!!



As a tour director, I’ve been in a lot of hotels and even in some of the nicest ones, it seems you can sometimes hear a lot more than you want to hear in your room or walking down the hall.  At Green Valley Ranch, peace and quiet all the way around! (Yes, I’m making a big deal out of the quietness. I was loving the relaxing silence after a busy couple of weeks with tours and Vegas stuff!)

Green Valley Ranch Bathroom

Debbie is one of those who loves large bathroom spaces and they had it here.  Plenty of room for her stuff, my stuff and anything else that needed a spot.  Shower with the big dead was a definite Plus to us.  I love my long, hot showers.  Could not figure out what the knob beneath the light switches was until we had the TV on.  Yup, a volume control for the speaker in the bathroom so you won’t miss a moment of your favorite show…

The Feast Buffet

The Food

It was Friday night and that meant seafood night. Unlimited crab legs at the Feast Buffet.  If there is one thing that stands out amongst all the Stations Casino Hotels is their excellent buffets and here was no different.  Lots of crab cook/boiled/steamed, etc… plus all the usual culinary delights you would expect at a nice buffet.  You could tell that most people (us included) were there for the crab legs as there was just a continuous parade of people hitting the crab piles.

One of my problems with Vegas buffets is the lack of service.  The tables that are left untidy and stacks of dirty plates always in view.  Here, they just kept cleaning and moving things along. You weren’t hurried along if you stayed seated too long and the empty tables were cleaned just as fast as they left.  They kept the dining area and the food area clean and orderly.  Thinking about my last trip to the Flamingo buffet as I say this.





After dinner and trying to walk off all that seafood, we walked around the casino and watched it fill up.  Even off the strip, the people watching can be fun. Like the Strip casinos, you have people all the time coming and going.  But the “local” casinos are set up differently.  It’s easier to get in, find your favorite machine, play, cash out and go grab a bite to eat or go see a movie.  Like it’s upscale sister property on the other side of town (Red Rock Casino Resort) They have a night club with a live band plus other smaller venues with a variety of entertainment.

Hate to admit it, but we were really looking forward to just getting away from everyone for a night of nothing exciting or extreme.  Just some alone time with each other and relax.  So yes, we went back to our warm, cozy room, hit on a movie and enjoyed the night together.  A well deserved long night of nothingness.  Well, nothing I can repeat on a family-friendly blog anyways!

Following morning, we enjoyed a nice breakfast in the Grand Cafe and then another walk around the property to see what we missed then a quick checkout, friendly valet, and home.

Shopping and Dinning

Although we did not venture outside the resort, next door is “The District at Green Valley Ranch”  an interesting little shopping mall with cobblestone walkways with a nice variety of unique shops and restaurants.

In a wrap up:

We wanted to get away without getting away.  Green Valley Ranch Resort was a great choice.  Friendly staff, well-appointed rooms, affordable dining and entertainment.  The room was large, clean, comfortable with all the needed modern amenities.  It gave us our much-desired peace and quiet in some beautiful surroundings.  We were attended to by well dressed, happy, friendly staff members no matter where we went or what we were needing.

Drawbacks:

The resort fee is $33.99/day

Conclusion:

It’s nice enough, I may have to swallow my pride and pay the resort fee and return in the summer to check out all the pool renovations we saw happening!