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Out with the old, in with the Cosmo

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by Slidey1, Jan 9, 2021 at 11:44 AM.

  1. Slidey1

    Slidey1 Low-Roller

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    My Trip Report

    So, the girlfriend and I have been wanting to give Cosmo a shot for a while. All our interactions while eating there or gambling have been great. We had eaten at STK numerous times, and always try to put a few bucks into Wonka while walking through on our way to various casinos. We finally got a chance to stay on a comp reduced rate offer over New Year’s eve weekend and had an amazing time!

    Day 1: NYE!

    We drove out from Southern California around mid day, anticipating some traffic but it actually was not too bad at all. We ended up getting into Vegas around 4:45, which was great, considering they change the time of shutting off the strip from 7 PM to 5 PM with no warning. At check-in, we inquired about an upgrade and were offered a paid upgrade to a fountain view Terrace suite. Well within the budget I had planned to pay for New Year’s Eve, so we were in good shape. We grabbed a bite at Hattie B’s to hold us over, as we had reservations at the Waldorf Sky Bar for the midnight celebration.

    The only frustrating part of the night was getting down to the strip since the walkway through Crystals was closed off and all exits were being shut down, and we JUST made our cutoff for the reservation! In true 2020 fashion, there were no televisions, no announcements, nothing from staff except passing out champagne flutes about 10 minutes till midnight to indicate the countdown. Essentially right at midnight when we heard people cheering and looked at our watches we realized it was midnight, we shrugged off 2020, drank the last of our champagne and cocktails and headed back to Cosmo! We sat down at our favorite Wonka game, put a few hundred in and we’re down to our last few bets, got a river bonus and hit the minor!! What a great way to cap off our New Year’s eve night!

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    Day 2: New Year’s Day

    After sleeping in as much as we could, which usually means about 9 AM, we got ready and headed down to block 16 to try to find some food. There are so many good options in there, but we ended up with the district. Got our breakfast in us with some coffee and we headed out for the days adventures. The main goals we had for this trip were to gamble and drink obviously, but we have a small little project we are working on that involves the room keys for each of the hotels we have stayed at. I have a nice healthy stack building, so we decided to try to hit more hotels and gather more keys. We also wanted to grab some ornaments to start building a little Vegas ornament collection for ourselves. A mostly uneventful day saw us gather about 20 keys, scope out to ornaments we wanted to take, and then we headed back for a nap and to get ready for dinner that night which was STK. Dinner was amazing, we started with a seafood tower, and as they were out of some of the steaks we wanted we ended up getting the sea bass and potatoes. Amazing dinner, cocktails, dessert and a few shots later, we’d been there for three hours lol. Our server was amazing, we came to be friends with her and will definitely be seeing her again when we come next month.

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    Day 3: Verbenas!! And SW

    Our Saturday was very uneventful. We slept in, napped, walked the strip, played craps at Cosmo where we were the only two playing on a $25 table for about 30 minutes. I rolled for about 20 of the 30 minutes, hit 4 points and got paid on two nice horn bets when rolling 12’s back to back, and we each came up about $500.

    We also finally got to experience the hype of the Verbena cocktail and it did NOT disappoint!! We ended up having three each, and proceeded to walk our way over to secret pizza to grab a couple of slices to tide us over until dinner that night at SW.

    SW was very good. Personally, I think neither of us was really a fan of the clientele at the restaurant. A lot of loud, gaudy, very over the top personalities seemed to be sitting where we were, which actually was an amazing view for the lake and the shows that came on every 30 minutes. We were under the impression with the new Wynn rewards that we would be able to put points from dinner onto the card. But since it seems that the Wynn is the only casino I know of where your points only come from gaming, it’s pretty much a worthless place for us to go. We have put so much money and time into other casinos to be diamond for Caesars, gold with Mlife and now gold with Cosmo, I just don’t see us going back. The meal was delicious, but we feel we can get just as good elsewhere and at a casino we want to spend time at.

    We walked back through the Venetian, picked up our new Grazie cards, played some slots and then walked back through the link and O’Sheas to play craps for a couple of hours. It was the only table we found for most of the trip that was a $15 minimum. We hiked back to Cosmo and collapsed in the room to sleep for one more night before heading home on Sunday.

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    Day 4: Homeward bound, but after brunch

    We managed to get late check out, got our stuff packed up and down to the bell desk, and headed over to Venetian for brunch at Yardbird. This has become somewhat of a tradition for us and this trip was no different. We shared the chicken and waffles and a salad, and two cocktails each as we had planned to walk a bit more, play more craps at Harrah’s (to play the fire bet table!), and then head home later that day. The rest of Sunday was completely uneventful, except for us giving back most of the money we had won from Cosmo to Harrah’s, the tables just went cold and we could not get anything going for longer than a few rolls per shooter. We headed back to grab the car, got on the road grabbed in and out in Barstow as his tradition, and then got home late that night. Another trip in the books, and we can’t wait to go back!

    Stray observations: Craps minimums all over the strip were $25 and up. Cosmo tables were $50 and $100 minimums, we felt lucky we could grab a $25 minimum table when we did. Mask enforcement is still very strong, the only time we saw people without masks on was New Year’s eve walking back to Cosmo after the countdown. People on the street outside didn’t seem to have them on, but we stayed away from people in general.

    I just want to say, I’m not sure if staff are being directed to be overly friendly, or this is just how they are at Cosmo, but literally every single person we interacted with was the most friendly we have ever seen in a hotel. Our bellhop was the same guy taking our bags in and taking them back out, and I feel like we were best buddies once we left. We had plumbing issues in the master bathroom the first night, not only was it fixed within an hour, but the manager gave us $150 credit off the bill for the inconvenience. We have decided to make Cosmo home base for the time being, and hope that our experiences moving forward are the same as they were this trip.
     

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  2. Chrisbeans

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    Thanks for the trip report! Loved all the pics and details - especially of all the good food!
     
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    Where is that awesome picture of the dog located?!
     
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    Thank you. I'm staying at Cosmo for the first time in February and it gives me some ideas!!
     
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  5. Fet297

    Fet297 113 survivor North Vegas

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    Awesome write up, loved the photos. Cosmo sounds like they’re doing things right!:woohoo:
     
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  6. Slidey1

    Slidey1 Low-Roller

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    yeah we had been eating pretty clean for a month or so before this trip and that all got totally wiped out haha.
     
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  7. Slidey1

    Slidey1 Low-Roller

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    It’s one of a few “portraits” they had hanging on a wall in the suite
     
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    Nice! Yeah we are going back for a week early February, we may run into you!
     
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    Slidey1 Low-Roller

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    Agree, we kept looking at each other like, this would just never have happened at CP or Mirage or NYNY etc. They’ve got new fans for sure
     
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    Great TR. What type of camera are you using to take those pics?
     
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    Slidey1 Low-Roller

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    thanks! I just upgraded to a Pro Max iPhone 12 a couple months ago so that is it. Not filtering anything, just using portrait mode on a lot of pics. some of the cool angles are from the zoom function being so much better on this model.
     
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    Love your photos!
     
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    Thanks!
     
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    How was traffic on the way home? I quit coming home on Sunday for that reason. I peal off towards Bakersfield at Barstow, but it’s usually so busy to that point.
    I would expect Sunday afternoon after New Years would have been worse than normal?
     
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    Actually not bad! We left Vegas around 6 and got home at 1115, including stops for food and gas. The only slow part was right at state line until the CHP station and then smooth sailing after. We won’t leave anytime on Sunday unless it’s late or early in the am because of traffic as well
     
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    I really enjoyed your report. Cosmo is my home casino and my experience has always been like yours, excellent customer service. I got the iPhone 12 Pro Max for Christmas. Looking forward to the day I can visit Vegas again and capture some photos from the terrace with it.
     
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    Yeah we have been a bit leery of putting all our business in one basket so to speak but we had a fantastic time and the comps seem pretty generous. We love slots and craps so we will see how it goes!
     
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    Jer I kinda did a thing...

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    Loving the positive customer service comment. Was wondering a bit, but I need to avenge a savage beating there last trip!

    Great recap, thank you! :thumbsup:
     
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    Nice pictorial essay ...
     
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    How did you acquire the room keys?