The Cromwell Las Vegas Review

The Cromwell Las Vegas Review

The Cromwell is a hotel that should not exist.  Built in 1979 and located at the center of the strip, the hotel only has 188 rooms.  Compare that to over 4,000 rooms of Caesars Palace or even 2,600 at The Linq.  In 2007 it became part of Harrahs (now Caesars) and had the economy not tanked, would undoubtedly been imploded to make room for a mega resort.  Instead $185 million was invested to completely renovate the property.  It is now Caesars Rewards top level property along with Caesars Palace.

Location

The Cromwell is located at the northeast corner of Flamingo and the Strip.  At the same intersection is Ballys, Bellagio, and Caesars Palace.

There isn’t a ton at the resort, but the proximity to so much makes the lack of amenities less important.

Check In

I arrived by Uber from the airport and was dropped off in the porte cochere at the back of the property.

The small check in lobby is located just to the left.

There are only a few suites so don’t expect to get a nice upgrade.  Guest rooms are on floors 5-8.  I was assigned room 826 with a view of the strop on the top floor.  There are two elevators located mid casino.

You will never have to walk very far to get to your room.

Room

The rooms are very nicely updated but an incredibly non-sensical layout.  You first enter into the bed area and the bathroom is located on the exterior wall.  A hotel designer wasting valuable window space with a bathroom would be hanged today.

The main room has a nice leather sectional with a small coffee table/checkers board.

The bed faces a wall mounted TV and a cabinet with mini bar and a retro looking stereo.  An arm chair sits in the corner.

Back by the bathroom is a wardrobe next to a dressing table.

A narrow window looks out to a faux balcony.

The room is dark not just because of the small window but also because of the dark colors and low lighting.  If you don’t like dark rooms, this is not the hotel for you.

One important thing to note is that this is also a loud hotel.  One of the hottest clubs in Vegas is Drai’s located on the roof of the Cromwell.  Especially being on the top floor you can hear the club music.  Fortunately they do provide a noise machine in the room.  But if noise bothers you, again, this is not the hotel for you.

Bathroom

The bathroom is bright but fairly small for Las Vegas hotels.

The toilet area has a small window that can be opened for ventilation.

The shower is impressive with mosaic tiling and a large mirror.  An overhead rain shower is the highlight but a hand held wand is also available (only one can be used at at a time).  The mirror in the shower and bedroom are one solid piece of glass which means if the lights are off in the main part of the room, you can see the person in the shower.  Might be an issue for privacy if traveling with someone else, but if you keep the lights on you won’t even notice.

The bath products are Guild + Pepper branded and are nice quality.

Property Amenities

The hotel is small so there are not many amenities.  There is a roof top pool but I think it is only open as Drai’s Beach Club during the day and Drai’s at night.

A small gym is located just off the casino.  There is no spa.

There are two restaurants, a quick counter service snack bar and the full service Giada’s.  There are two bars in the casino and a small gift shop near the check in area.  There is no Laurel Lounge.

The casino itself is great.  It offers some of the best odds of any property on the strip (3 to 2 Blackjack).  It isn’t huge or overwhelming like many of the mega-resorts.  The dealers are incredibly friendly and the cocktails are fantastic.

Positives

Good location
Boutique size means no long walks
Updated rooms that feel high end
Good casino

Negatives

Loud
Lacking property amenities
Higher rates than most properties in Vegas

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