I'm trying to plan a little get away with a friend to the Vegas strip. We're trying to be budget conscious. I am loyal to Marriott so my first choice hotel would be the Cosmopolitan. I'm a silver elite member and was wondering if they offer upgrades at this level? Also, is there a door from the bedroom to the bathroom? It was hard to tell from the picture of a City room. Any tips would be appreciated. Last time I went to Vegas, they were just building this hotel.
Don't know about the cosmo rooms but I recently stayed at the residence inn hughes center and I loved it. I had a two bedroom suite. The rooms is layed out as one room on the right separated by the kitchen and living room area and the other room on the other side. The hotel is going through a very nice room remodel and breakfast and Internet is very good. Hotel is off the strip but u can take a cab or walk if it's at night and not too hot. There's reveal restaurants around. I would only chose the cosmo if your plan on using the pool alot. I mostly spent all the time in casinos and doing other stuff and used the room to sleep only.
I've never stayed there myself, but I've heard they're very indifferent to Marriott Elites, especially since they're an Autograph Collection property. Many say they don't get an upgrade, but I know some people that have been able to get suite upgrades there as Platinums.
I love Marriott too, but I have to say, if you're on a budget Hyatt Gold Passport + MGM Mlife is a better bet. The Aria is similar service level as the Cosmo, but seems to be cheaper a lot of the time. Many more options around central Vegas with MGM too. MGM stays earn points and EQNs with Hyatt and your elite levels transfer between the two, albeit at a different rate since Mlife has a bazillion different tiers.
I have stayed at the Cosmo a number of times. It is one of my favorite hotels. However, it would be a much different experience if I didn't get a room with a balcony. Unfortunately, with just Silver status the chances of getting upgraded are almost zero. If you were Platinum and booked a one bedroom balcony without a view you would be upgraded to a great view room of the Fountains. I have been upgraded every time to a nice room with a view but I have never booked just the City room before.
The hotel itself is great. The pools are great, the food is great (don't forget to find the Secret Pizza place).
To really make this an experience though, I would book a balcony room and ask nicely if they will give you a room with a view of the fountains. For me, I am not sure it would be worth staying here in a City Room without a balcony but that's just my opinion.
Other Marriott choices are the Grand Chateau Vacation hotel right across the street. This is a great option for a much larger room and great location. Check the rates including a AAA rate to see if it is reasonable. As mentioned above, The Residence Inn Hughes Center is also a good choice. It is within walking distance (although about a mile) to the center of the strip and few blocks from the Hard Rock. Depends on what kind of experience you want. This would not be a typcial Vegas experience staying at this hotel but a good and usually cheap option. I have stayed here while on business trips before but never for vacations, I always stay at either the Cosmo or Grand Chateau when on vacation.
It's a pizza place on the third floor ( I think). There are no signs, no name and it is hidden down a narrow hallway but it is the best pizza !!! It's "secret" because there is no name, no signs but I am sure you may see a line there especially after the pool closes. Everyone that knows about it goes there to get a slice. The owners are from NYC and the pizza is authentic NYC pizza.
In my opinion, this is the best place to stay in Vegas. I have gotten upgraded every time, even when I used points. I asked nicely at the front desk to get a balcony room facing the Bellegio and they upgraded me every time. There is nothing quite like having a balcony room facing the Bellegio fountains. We like to sit on the balcony and share a bottle of wine and watch the fountains. You also get a nice view of the strip and the Paris Hotel. Also, the people watching here is unbelievable. The chandelier bar is fantastic and the secret pizza place is very special. It is open until very early in the morning so if you have a long gambling session or if you are out and about and come back hungry, you can always get a good slice of pizza. I cannot stay at any other hotel when I stay in Vegas. Even if if costs me more money, I have to stay here.
Each time I've stayed in Vegas at the Cosmo I've always been upgraded as a platinum member regardless if I booked the cheapest room or stayed on points. But like others have said I don't think Silver members would receive a room upgrade. My last stay which was on points I got upgraded to the Wrap Around Suite...it was awesome! https://youtu.be/P6i8qQhsZxc
aje5837 Silver elites can receive upgrades, but it's likely much more dependent on hotel occupancy at the time of the stay and the hospitality and good will of the property's management. And special occasions -- and letting the property management know in advance -- help. Several years ago, we were upgraded on our 30th wedding anniversary. I had called management to ask if they could see that a bottle of champagne to be added to our bill could be waiting in our room upon arrival. When we checked in, we were informed we'd been upgraded to a suite -- and the bottle of champers was in the suite.