Bye, Bye Billy: What You Need to Know About The Cromwell.
Caesars entertainment opened its latest addition to the strip. Located right in the heart of Vegasdom, The Cromwell Hotel and Casino sits on the corner of the Blvd and Flamingo Rd. As Vegas lovers bemoan the loss of yet another icon from its rich past, a small, chic venue rises to take its place.
Bill’s opened in March of 1979 under the name Barbary Coast. There it sat for years as it watched neighbors like the MGM Grand and the Dunes close their doors and be replaced by mega hotels. It was only in 2007 that it was bought by entertainment giant Harrah’s and re-christened Bill’s. Harrah’s has since become Caesar’s who decided luxury trumps nostalgia and spent $185 million to prove that not everything that glitters on the strip need be huge.
The casino at the Cromwell was the first part of this new Vegas locale to open back in April 2014. 40,000 square feet of gaming tables and 440 slot machines. Like all of Caesar’s properties, this is not the casino for low ballers with the exception of two blackjack tables that offer 3:2 with the dealer standing on 17.
The rest feature 6:5 blackjack with the dealer hitting on soft 17. Both have a $10 minimum as do the roulette tables whose wheels also sport the infamous 00. If you’re a dice thrower or just like betting on someone who is, craps is only a $5 minimum with 3x 4x or 5x odds.
This Victorian age decorated casino also houses a sports book, a poker room and a private gambling area available by reservation if don’t like to be seen as your piles of chips dwindle down.
With only 188 rooms and suites to look after, a guest at the Cromwell can expect a more personalized Vegas experience compared with what you get at its mega sister hotels. Plush is the best way to describe the Parisian style rooms with hardwood floors, cozy seating arrangements and antique inspired furnishings. Room rates are starting at around $199 a night, which is a steal considering the prime location.
Unlike other Vegas hotels who play it safe with well established celebrity chefs, the Cromwell is letting Italian cuisine connoisseur Giada De Laurentis have a go at her very first restaurant. Starting June 3rd, this emmy award winning Food Network star will be serving up homestyle dishes like chicken marsala while guests are enjoying an up close and personal view of the Bellagio Fountains.
You have your choice of the dining room, patio or lounge to relish your fresh antipasto salad surrounded by furnishings to make you feel like you are having dinner at a friend’s, not in a hotel. With Giada’s quick rise to fame on T.V., her first venture as a restaurateur is guaranteed to be a success.
After years of giving Vegas stunning nightclub designs (think Former Tryst and XS) Victor Drai was given the opportunity to create his dream club within a club on the roof of the Cromwell of all places. With a 360 degree view of the strip and beyond, this is a club experience like no other.
With a perfect view of the dance floor, and it's larger than life disco ball hanging overhead, it’s hard to focus on the breathtaking view of the strip that is just beyond the beach club. It’s hard to outdo it in Vegas, and yet Victor Drai did with this amazing rooftop club.
What the Cromwell lacks in size, it makes up for in appeal. Vegas thought it already had it all, until this extravagant boutique hotel opened its doors.