The Cromwell: A Small Boutique Hotel in the Land of the Giants
Head to the world famous Las Vegas Strip to the former site of Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall & Saloon and you will be greeted by a brand new hotel and casino that is the polar opposite of the traditional grand scale resorts that one comes to expect from the town they lovingly call Sin City.
Located at the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Flamingo Road, opposite the iconic Bellagio and gargantuan Caesars Palace is a newly developed boutique hotel known simply as The Cromwell.
The Caesars Entertainment owned property opened for business, after a $185 million renovation no less, with a soft opening on April 21, with hotel rooms being made ready and available for the general public a little over a week ago on May 21. The Cromwell has caused quite a stir among the Las Vegas residents and cash-rich visitors mainly due to its relatively diminutive size compared to some of the current crop of Las Vegas properties.
The Cromwell is a mere 12-stories tall and is flanked either side by the imposing Flamingo, Bellagio and Caesars Palace resorts. Its lack of size means The Crowell can only boats 188 rooms and 3,716 square metres of gaming floor where it crams in 66 table games and 434 hungry slot machines.
“The problem is, Vegas likes to do things on a grand scale. The Cromwell will bring an exclusive experience to the Las Vegas Strip as a luxury lifestyle boutique hotel focusing on hospitality, amenities and personalised service.” Said Karie Hall, General Manager of The Crowmell. “Our partners Giada De Laurentiis and Victor Drai will inspire 360-degree day life, nightlife and dining experiences that you won’t find anywhere else in Las Vegas. It’s far more likely [Cromwell staff] will be able to recognize the guest and customize their experience.”
One of The Cromwell’s major selling points is the 65,000 square foot indoor/outdoor beach club overseen by nightlife entertainment expert Victor Drai. Known simply as Drai’s, the beach club has fast become one of the must-go-to venues on the Strip, helping the newly opened hotel to attract the 20-something crowd through its doors in droves.
A 260-seat Italian restaurant by Emmy-Award winning celebrity chef Giada De Laurenttis opens June 3, adding to The Crowell’s entertainment offerings.
Prices at The Cromwell vary greatly, as does most Las Vegas accommodation, with a one week stay at the start of June costing from $217.33 on average per night for the standard Deluxe King room, up to $1,067.33 on average per night for the 1,061-square foot Boulevard Suite, which comes complete with its very own pinball machine.
The majority of the customer reviews on the various mainstream online review sites have been full of praise for The Cromwell, with most being delighted with the high level of customer service shown by the staff. More praise came from the lavish décor throughout the venue.
It has not all been sunshine and rainbows, however, as a common complaint is that of excessive noise emanating from the busy streets below and many being unhappy with the low light levels in the rooms.
The Cromwell continues the growing trend of smaller, compact Las Vegas hotel. In 2013, Nobu Hotel opened with 182 rooms, THEhotel at Mandalay Bay offers only 1,100 rooms and SLS Las Vegas, which is set to reopen on August 25 on the site of the old Sahara, is said to have 1,600 guest rooms. Compare this to the current crop of Caesars Entertainment owned properties such as the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino (2,522 suites), Paris (2,916 rooms) and Caesars Palace (3,960 rooms) and you start to get a feel for how small The Cromwell really is.