by Michael J. Shapiro | August 09, 2017
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas has been open for just a half-dozen years but is kicking off a resortwide remodel today. The vast majority of guest rooms in both the Boulevard and Chelsea Towers -- 2,895 out of 3,027 total rooms -- will be revamped, with the project wrapping up in 2018. 
"Where the Cosmopolitan is at today is a reinvention of the property that opened its doors more than six years ago," said Bill McBeath, president and CEO of the hotel. "The past two years have been a transformative process that has reinvigorated gaming, food and beverage -- and will now include the complete redesign of our hotel rooms. They will be bold, innovative and a direct reflection of our alluring brand."
The resort made the room redesign a collaborative process. Four design firms were chosen out of an initial 20 and, together with the in-house team, were asked to construct model rooms on-site. More than 400 Cosmopolitan employees and a variety of frequent guests toured the rooms and provided feedback, leading to the selection of designs from the in-house team and New York's Virserius Studios. The new rooms will feature modern artwork and clean textiles, bold wall coverings, textured carpeting, better lighting and a host of technology.
Virserius Studio's designs are behind the new Terrace rooms and Reception Suites, which promise an edgy but sophisticated look. Custom damask-patterned wall coverings will double as bed canopies, and internationally curated artwork will be found throughout, along with playful features that might not be immediately apparent at first glance.  
The in-house design team created the Wraparound Terrace Suites and City Rooms and Suites, which emulate the residential feel of an urban penthouse with youthful touches. The rooms will feature neutral tones with bright accents, as well as custom graffiti art, reflective finishes and plush fabrics. 
All rooms will have in-room iPads, which offer a virtual concierge to book restaurant and spa reservations, purchase show tickets, order room service, schedule wake-up calls, and set automatic lighting and temperature changes. The devices can be customized for groups as well, allowing meeting hosts to communicate schedule changes and other information with guests. New 65-inch Samsung TVs with Bluetooth connectivity will be in each room, with access to Hulu, YouTube, Pandora, Crackle and Netflix.
Members of Identity, Cosmopolitan's loyalty program, will have first shot at booking the new rooms.
The room revamp is just the latest of recent on-site developments. The newest eateries to join the Cosmopolitan lineup are Japanese restaurant Zuma, the Vegas branch of Blue Ribbon, and the first western outposts of Momofuku and Milk Bar -- all of which opened between December 2016 and June 2017. A private gaming salon known as The Reserve opened this past January, and 21 new Boulevard Penthouses debuted on the top floor of the Boulevard Tower in February.
Additional renovations will take the form of an expansion of Vitals, the lobby retail store, by summer's end, as well as an update to the Chandelier Bar, scheduled to happen before the end of the year.