The newest attraction to grace Las Vegas Boulevard opens tomorrow after 5 years under construction. Breaking ground in 2005, The Cosmopolitan has had a roller coaster of a ride and many thought that this project would never see the day of its grand opening. This is the fourth project to open on the Las Vegas Strip since the economic downturn. The Cosmopolitan is sandwiched in between the Bellagio and City Center. To many onlookers, Cosmo seemed to be part of Project City Center during its construction but even though their plans bared the logo of PCC, it was an entirely different project. I know, it doesn’t make sense to me either.
I did a lot of work on the interior of Cosmo and to say it is jaw dropping is an understatement. The attention to detail is something that has to be noticed by every passerby. The design inside is much more with the times than other casinos on the strip. The ceilings are very impressive with a giant multi-colored glass spiral soffit above one casino bar. Back lit glass and stainless steel trim can be found on all floors, especially on the meeting level. Oranges, purples and whites are found often on this level as well. When you go through this casino you will see one area after the next that will make you stop and say “that had to take forever”.
The pictures below are from just a couple areas of Cosmopolitan. Most are from the Market Buffet (construction title, not sure if it was permanent) with a few from the escalators to the meeting level and the last one is from the casino level at the Entertainment Lounge. Limited cameras have been allowed in during the construction process and many people are eager to see what they have been hiding. Most people visiting Las Vegas didn’t even know that there was going to be a grand opening this week because of the lack of publicity. I don’t know if this was on purpose or if they had exhausted all their funds just to unlock the door.