From the moment you step inside The Cosmopolitan hotel in Las Vegas, you’ll feel like you’re somewhere else (New York or London perhaps?). Take a walk through the lobby’s digital art installation by Digital Kitchen and Rockwell Group LAB — it’s made up of eight columns that showcase LCD displays of trippy colorful art, from ocean life to seasonal backgrounds, and changes every few minutes. But that’s just the beginning of your art-infused experience here.
Open since December 2010, this massive, contemporary resort has a very metropolitan or (as its name suggests) cosmopolitan feel. Its focus on art creates a design style that’s more city slicker than Las Vegas casino. In fact, the hotel partnered with the Art Production Fund in New York City to get some of its contemporary art pieces. The Cosmopolitan also features an artist-in-residence program, which allows new and emerging artists to exhibit their work.
Unlike most Vegas hotels, The Cosmopolitan’s design is mostly vertical, which means different floors house the shops, restaurants and casino. Follow the escalators up to each floor to find new and interesting art. Some of the most intriguing pieces are found in the public spaces on the meeting room floors. And it’s impossible to miss the centerpiece of the hotel: the three-story Chandelier bar, which is wrapped in a beaded curtain of more than 2 million crystals.
Another cool feature you should check out is the Art-o-mat. It looks like an old-fashioned cigarette vending machine, but instead of dispensing packs of cigarettes, it spits out mini pieces of art. Some are painted blocks, some are rolled up canvases and some come with poems. Six different machines are scattered throughout the hotel; pop in $5, and choose a mini piece of art from one of the many artists represented.
Aside from its urban feel and focus on art, The Cosmopolitan also delivers a chic, high-fashion flavor. Oversized coffee table books on art and fashion fill the guestrooms, while funky Fornasetti wallpaper from the British company Cole & Son decorates the closets, giving each space the feel of a fashionable urban apartment. You’ll even find a handful of colored pencils on the guestroom desk — in case all the artwork leaves you feeling inspired.
Photo courtesy of The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas