The Cromwell Las Vegas
Billed as the Las Vegas Strip’s first boutique hotel, The Cromwell opened on April 21st, 2014, after a $185 million renovation of what had been the significantly lower priced resort, “Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall.”
The Cromwell has 188 rooms, which is very small by Las Vegas standards, but has a 40,000 square foot casino, a trendy new day club and night club, and one of the most buzz-worthy new restaurants in Las Vegas: Giada – The Restaurant.
The resort sits smack dab in the middle of perhaps the the busiest section of the Las Vegas Strip – a intersection home to Bally’s, the Bellagio, Caesars Palace, and now The Cromwell.
Cromwell Las Vegas Resort Fee
|Nightly Resort Fee||$45.95|
This base fee does not include the Las Vegas Strip room tax of 13.38%. This brings the Cromwell nightly resort fee after tax to: $52.09.
Cromwell Hotel Resort Fee Inclusions
- High speed WiFi for 2 devices
- Fitness center access
- Unlimited local calls
Cromwell Hotel & Casino Address, Phone & Website
3595 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109
More about the hotel
Having just 188 rooms, and having recently spent $185 million in renovations, and calling itself a “luxury lifestyle hotel,” it’s pretty clear The Cromwell’s room rates won’t be in the Holiday Inn range.
The Deluxe King room or Deluxe 2 Queen (a room with 2 queen beds) at The Cromwell are both 360 square feet.
The hotel’s fancier rooms, including the Gallery Suite, boast 1,411 square feet with a dining room, wet bar, etc.
Rooms come with hair dryers, hair straighteners, beautiful hardwood floors, and other nice touches. There’s even complimentary coffee and tea served to guests in the hallway.
The Cromwell Casino
The Cromwell’s 40,000 square foot of gaming space is open, elegantly appointed, and red. Very red. There are 440 slot machines/video poker machines, and 66 table games, with all the usual suspects, along with games like mini-baccarat.
Giada – The Restaurant
With great reviews, unparalleled views of the Strip, and a delicious California take on Italian classics, Giada – The Restaurant has been a hit at the Cromwell since its opening in June of 2014.
Giada De Laurentiis, is of course, the pretty and personable bestselling author, “Today Show” guest, and Food Network star. Yet the lively and spacious Strip restaurant marks her first foray into restaurant ownership.
It’s not for the cheap at heart however. Giada’s is the only restaurant at The Cromwell.
Drai’s Beach Club – Nightclub
Eleven stories above the Strip, Drai’s Beach Club Night Club cashes in on the day club swimming pool party trend with its unique and popular 65,000 square foot indoor/outdoor club.
Bars at The Cromwell
In addition to Drai’s Beach Club Night Club, there are two fancy bars at the Cromwell, “Interlude” which is your standard casino lounge off of the casino floor, and the more exclusive lobby bar “Bound,” which boasts of a celebrity mixologist and is the place for those of you who enjoy hand-crafted cocktails and champagne.
In case you weren’t sick of seeing the name “Drai’s” all over the Cromwell, you’ll notice that the original “Drai’s After Hours” club has reopened in the hotel’s basement.
History of the Cromwell Hotel & Casino
Those of you who gambled or stayed at this hotel during its previous incarnations will be shocked at the transformation from the dark, low-rent 70’s era casino to fashionable Parisian-inspired feel of the resort today.
The resort originally opened as Barberry Coast in 1979. In 2007, Harrah’s Entertainment, (the company that would later become Caesars Entertainment), traded land where the Stardust once stood for the Barberry Coast, and took over ownership of the aging, fading casino.
They rebranded the resort as “Bill’s Gamblin Hall and Saloon,” which they named in honor of the founder of the company, William F. Harrah. But they just used “Bill” because “William’s Gamblin Hall and Saloon” doesn’t sound as nice. The 179 room hotel was known for low limits. I remember it being one of the few places where you could find $5 crabs tables at night. They also served up margaritas for a buck.
They also had free, classic, old-school Las Vegas lounge acts performing constantly. The performer/impersonator “Fat Elvis” often sang there, and I spent many an hour drinking my little $1 margarita and listening to songs like, “Viva Las Vegas” and “Hunk a, Hunk a Burnin’ Love.” Good times.
Bill’s Gamblin Hall and Saloon closed on February 4, 2013. The property then underwent the aforementioned $185 million in renovations, as well as a couple of name changes. The resort was originally going to be named the “Gansevoort,” as part of the New York-based Gansevoort hotel chain. This name, however, was discarded amidst allegations that a Gansevoort investor had ties to the Russian mafia.
Caesars Entertainment cut ties with the Ganservoort clan, and branded what we know today as what appears to be a very successful hotel in The Cromwell.
In an age where 5,000 room mega-resorts like the MGM Grand still dominate the Las Vegas skyline, The Cromwell has carved out a niche, and seems to have captured a market of people will to pay more for a more intimate hotel experience and level of personal service that could only be found a smaller boutique hotel.
(By Steve Beauregard. Photo courtesy of kennejima and Anna Irene via Flickr).