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Live - Nonstop F&B at Cosmo 5/10-14

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by HHFan, May 9, 2019.

  1. Flowers

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    Fantastic report. Though the gambling wasn't good you two clearly had a great time. Thanks for sharing!
     
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    Great report! Thanks for taking us along!
     
  3. HHFan

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    First round of many random thoughts to wrap up.

    -Final accounting for the trip according to my identity info and folio.
    $10,300 Coin In (Approx $8K of that on slots)
    $2200 loss
    21% Hold for the casino

    I’d love to say we ran cold, and it certainly felt like we were the last 36 hours, but this is pretty close to dead on to our most recent trip. Makes sense, since you can’t get to a 85-90% (have to assume this is in the ballpark) payback while handing out jackpots unless your average player is lower than that. Most all the play came on the last two nights, so it would be great if my tier reservation (Supposedly NGO) was separated from my standard comp offer reservation as I’ll look much better ADT wise.

    Room upgrade charges and our F&B was just shy of $1K. This was our first trip in a while without a spa visit so this bill looked great in comparison to those. I don’t have any problem with the price/value ratio for most of their offerings at the hotel.

    -No better feeling than finally getting to Vegas. So more anticipation for this trip, and hitting the ground with all the possibilities of the next 4 days out in front of us just felt so invigorating. Hard to think of something I can control that feels much better than that.

    -Will definitely continue to request the Boulevard tower going forward. Didn’t enjoy the walking needed to get back to Chelsea and I don’t think the views have the same wow factor or energy. We will also pay whatever the upgrade for a fountain view every time. Enjoyment of the terrace is much greater on our fountain view trips compared to the few times we had a non premium view.

    -Only issue with the rooms are the absolute garbage pillows. It’s embarrassing that a luxury hotel charging the rates they do only has the 2 disappointing and nearly indistinguishable pillow options to choose from.
     
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  4. HHFan

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    Gambling

    -Need to do a better job planning out the gambling on the next trip. I always lay out a pretty good plan for everything else, so need to add this to the planning. Im thinking we earmark a certain amount and time for each type of game we want to play. Didn’t do that and once again went the trip without hitting the tables at all or playing as much VP or Fortune Cup as expected. Once we got rolling on slots we just kinda got stuck on that. It’s a delicate balance between overscheduling/planning and coming home with a big list of stuff you’re bummed about missing/forgetting.

    -Didn’t find any new machines that we fell in love with, which isn’t surprisingly given the losses. This was our first time making a run at some of the different link games, and I’m not sure I’m sold on them.

    -Still trying to find the right spin amount for our bankroll and attention span. My wife would enjoy spinning for longer at lower bets, but I lose interest pretty quickly without the juice of higher bets/wins. We met halfway on this trip by playing higher denom minimum bets on the link machines and mostly sticking with the 2nd or 3rd highest option on the video games like Heidi/Kronos/Wonka. Unfortunately we still lost too quickly for her and didn’t have much in the way of big exciting wins for me so neither of us ended up with what they wanted.

    -Slot floor was much busier than we’d ever seen it before. It sure seems like Cosmo’s strategy in regards to increasing their gaming activity is making progress based on this trip.

    -Drink service was not as solid as we remembered it being, definitely up and down from session to session. As mentioned previously, the pours were comically light.
     
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  5. HHFan

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    Activities
    -Red Rock is absolutely worth the trip off the strip. Absolutely beautiful landscape, and we’ll definitely be back to do some hiking on a future trip assuming the weather is appropriate for it. The park was closed for capacity by the time we ended our tour, so get their early on nice weekends.

    -Scooter tour was a good way to make the scenic drive. They were easy and fun to ride, and the guides offered some additional info at each of the stops along the way.

    -If we ever moved to Vegas I definitely think we’d be living in Summerlin. Looked like a nice community with a lot of focus on parks/trails.

    -Mystere was as I was remembered, a very straightforward circus show. Worth seeing, especially at 50% off, but I don’t know how much longer these CDS shows are going to last with half full theaters of people on discounted tickets. TI was looking rougher than I remember, hadn’t been in there for a while and don’t see a reason to go back in the future.

    -Flamingo Uncovered tour was not worth the money or time after looking back on it. We wanted a non drinking/gambling break, and it served that purpose, but I wouldn’t recommend it to others. The tour script wasn’t super interesting and resort back of house areas are boring (we’ve spent a lot of time in them so I’m mindful of possible bias, but it didn’t seem like the other guests were interested either). They averaged $125K in daily beverage sales at their bars during the month of April, based on my snooping around their bulletin boards, which was really the only interesting takeaway for me. The tour was useful for showing my wife and I that we don’t ever want to stay at the property though. The folks piled into the non Go Pool looked miserable and while the rooms might be updated it doesn’t seem like any of the other guest areas are.

    -Cosmo pools were hopping every day of our stay. Enjoyed our morning at the Blvd pool, and the water temp was actually perfect compared to the usual ice water. Music seemed a little more thumping than usual, not sure if that was my imagination or them trying to match the crowds.

    -Bellagio conservatory was a crowded snooze.
     
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  6. HHFan

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    Food

    Great food trip across the board. We ate a fair amount, but didn’t go too crazy. We’d been on a fairly restrictive diet this year and definitely didn’t have the desire to push it as much as we have on previous trips.

    Secret Pizza
    -Line seem to move slower than usual, but the staff was much friendlier so I’ll take that trade off.
    -It’s good pizza and it’s a tradition so we’ll continue to visit every trip

    District
    -Vietnamese Iced Coffee was so sweet and rich. I could have had it every day, but my wife thought it was too much
    -Donuts were good, but not spectacular. None of the flavors available that week really got us going, so that may have been part of it.
    -Kolache was real good, great small breakfast option. Cinnamon Roll was over the top and I loved it, too much for my wife.

    Milos
    -My favorite meal and near the top for my wife
    -Absolutely amazing value, even with our selections of the upgraded items
    -Octopus app was my favorite plate of the lunch. Only miss was that my fish wasn’t deboned as well as I would have expected, had to eat very carefully as a result.
    -Wine pairing was good and the server made sure to explain everything which was appreciated since I’m not a wine guy.

    Scarpetta
    -Surprise of the trip was just how much we enjoyed this meal. It was my wife’s favorite of the trip, and she had originally given me shit for even considering it.
    -Had to sit at the bar as it was reservation only in the dining room. The staff did a great job serving us a full dinner at the bar, which while generally not an issue in vegas spots, can make bartenders pissy in other places.
    -My San Remo drink was so refreshing, my wife’s take on an Aperol Spritz was not our favorite.
    -The bar snack chips and bread were both too nice for free food. Never had a bread basket with such a wide variety of baked goods and toppings.
    -Easy to see why the Spaghetti is famous, there’s nothing crazy happening but it’s so good.
    -We’ll definitely be back to try more of the menu in the future.

    Momofuku
    -Sat at the counter and enjoyed the interaction with the kitchen staff
    -Pork Belly buns are still killer, the fried sweet potatoes were probably the best texture of fried potatoes possible, and the noodles were rich and delicious
    -Only weird thing was that the Ginger noodles had completely changed compared to our trip last summer. Same menu name but totally different dish, which confused the shit out of us when it arrived.

    Ghost Donkey
    -Such a cool space. I could’ve have spent so much time just inspecting all the little donkey tchotchkes.
    -Bartenders were very friendly and wanted to teach guests about the liquors. My Pistolero was probably the best drink of the trip.
    -The food is definitely not an afterthought, chicken mole nachos were spot on and a much bigger portion than we expected.

    Beauty & Essex
    -Really missed our favorite bartender Alison, the staff was still nice but not nearly as engaging.
    -There speciality cocktails aren’t a great match for my tastes, but my wife said the ODB was probably her favorite drink of the trip.
    -We’ve pretty much hit everything that interests us on the menu at this point, so that plus a limited appetite after the giant nachos before, meant we didn’t eat much.
    -This one will probably fall off the list for the next trip to make room for newer options

    Eggslut
    -It’s a great sandwich, our favorite is actually the burger, but there’s no need to wait more than 10-15 minutes for it. Especially with District available across the way.

    Hattie B’s
    -A lot more food for the money than we realized
    -Medium is not very hot, you’ll taste some spice and occasionally get a little tickle in the throat/sinuses but I don’t know where the suggestions to order mild unless you love lots of spice are coming from
    -Fries were fresh, super crisp, and seasoned well. Mac and cheese was really creamy and cheesy with a spicy bite.

    Chandelier
    -They make damn good drinks here, them being free is just a nice bonus.
    -Still don’t mind the ticket system as it’s nice to be able to walk away with them rather than trying to pound drinks as quickly as possible under the tradition comp method.
    -We did we land on the ticket issuance, 25 points/20 minutes?
    -When asked about best tequila on the comp I was initially offered Casamigo’s before he corrected himself and said he could do Patron. To give you all a sense of what level they’re generally looking at.
    -Mr Miyagi was both the best and the worst thing possible after several tequila waters.

    China Poblano
    -Queso Fundido rocks
    -We could eat Dan Dan Mian every meal
    -The new Sui Mai isn’t as good as the old beef options, but it’s still great.
    -Terra Cotta warrior was more exciting to look at than it was to eat. Stick with the churros for your sweet tooth.

    Wicked Spoon
    -Didn’t do it for us on the visit, not sure if it was us being over the nonstop fine food, the fact that it was a weekday breakfast, or a quality decline
    - 2-1 Identity perk is nice and I wonder if over redemption of it may be a reason behind the possible quality decline
    -Favorite item was the cinnamon bread French toast. Eggs Benedict was well prepared too, but nothing else I tried really left much of an impression.

    High limit cookies
    -Soft and delicious, it’s a shame they’re so expensive though :cry:

    Only real regret was not trying Lardo. My wife really wanted her In N Out so that was the one that got cut.
     
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  7. MikeOPensacola

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    Top-shelf TR. Very well done!! :clap:

    All those pics of food at Cosmo brought back great memories of my two stays there. Loved the pics you snapped at Red Rock.

    Sorry the gambling was rough but it looks like you guys had a nice getaway.



    :peace: :beer:
     
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  8. Geogran

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    Enjoyed your TR and the summary by category. We love Milos too, food and service consistently good. We have got to try Scarpetta, we ran out of time, again, so need to move it up on our list.

    Thanks for sharing.
     
  9. Vegas Erica

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    Thank you so much for your great reviews and TR!
    I have so many Cosmo places to try but I also go back to Milos
     
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  10. VegasDragon

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    Thanks for sharing will use all the great info for my next trip!!!
     
  11. HHFan

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    Thanks all for following along. Gotta say the post trip blues have hit extra hard this time, so we’re searching for any excuse to get someone to go back with us before our companion nights expire in August. Since we didn’t push it as hard as usual on the food/alcohol consumption and never ran out of stuff to do, we aren’t feeling the same need for a breather after the trip as usual. Good sign for Vegas that we took a beating gaming wise and are still itching to get back.

    My wife would like to do a split stay in the future as she said that even though it’s her favorite place she’s starting to feel a little trapped at Cosmo. I’d be happy never staying anywhere else again, and the only spots I think would offer a comparable experience are organizations I don’t want getting my money at this point (Wynncore & V/P).

    Finally, I’m amazed on every trip by the overall level of service across the board in Vegas. We spend a lot of time traveling for leisure (45 nights last year) and no other destination offers as consistent a positive service experience. It’s truly impressive how few duds there are in Vegas. If only they could fix McCarran up a bit, that place is a dump for how many visitors they receive. New Orleans is probably the only airport I can think of off the top of my head that’s as bad, and they’re getting ready for a total overhaul.
     
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    Nice trip report!

    I was in NOLA this past week and was telling someone the same thing... the worst two airports I regularly fly into are Vegas and New Orleans, by far. I think Terminal C in McCarran is absolutely miserable. [I have never been there, but my co-workers say international arrivals into Miami are just awful.]
     
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    Nola had sewage backing up into the terminal and all restrooms were closed on our departure during the most recent trip we took there, so at least that hasn’t happened on any of our Vegas trips.

    The C gates are definitely the worst of it, but none of it (that I’ve experienced anyway) is very good. I will give it high marks for being in the middle of the action though, I guess I’d take a shitty airport 10-15 minutes away than a great airport 30-45 minutes from the real destination.
     
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    Did you figure out the chandelier ticket algorithm? Play faster = faster tix?
     
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  15. HHFan

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    The Chandelier definitely seems to have some sort of limiter based on the time, it’s not just point earning based. I do know it’s not strictly time because I always earn faster than my wife.

    I just don’t know the specifics, which would be helpful when weighing when to get up and leave the bar. Obviously works best to leave immediately after one is issued, but occasionally I’ll go cold and run my bankroll down faster than expected in between coupons. In those instances it would be nice to know how much more play I’d be putting in to get the next ticket. That way I can weigh if it’s worth putting another $20 in there. I don’t want to leave value in the machine if it’s right around the corner, but I feel like an idiot when I’m running cold and blow another $20 before that coupon for a $16 drink shows up. They’ve got enough of an edge as is, don’t need to be chasing too hard for tickets.
     
  16. miss_sonja

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    Really enjoyed your Trip report!
     
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    Fantastic TR! Thanks for taking us along!
     
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    Absolutely one of the best reports, and there have been some great ones on here. And the pictures of all the food made it even better.:feedme:
     
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    Great report, and thanks for posting your "CET Experience". I'm hoping their add these to their Diamond show list one day. they seem really cool.

    Here is a link if anyone elses butt hole is tickled as much as mine was when i heard about them. I love behind the action tours!

    https://www.caesars.com/las-vegas/things-to-do/vegas-curated-tours