The Cromwell is a boutique casino and hotel on one of the busiest corners of the Vegas Strip. The corner of Flamingo and Las Vegas Blvd. is home to Bally’s, Bellagio, Caesars Palace, and a lot of cars. The luxury property opened in 2014 using the bones of Barbary Coast and Bill’s Gambling Hall.
Since its inception, this has been one of my favorite casinos on the Vegas Strip. The staff, hotel rooms, rooftop pool, and casino are all great. Caesars Entertainment has made the experience at The Cromwell even better. There are new amenities including an updated casino floor, new technology, and a new restaurant that was sorely needed.
New 24-Hour Restaurant – eatwell
Eatwell has opened near the northern entrance on the Vegas Strip. This is a welcome addition since the only other dining option at The Cromwell, Giada, is a full service restaurant open from 8 am – 11 pm. Early coffee or late night snacks had to be found elsewhere.
The new restaurant has breakfast sandwiches, house-made pastries, salads, sandwiches, pizzas and more. They even have a few specials including Barbary Dogs – a trio of classic Coney Dogs with smoked chili and sharp cheddar cheese and a fountain drink for $5. The quick-casual restaurant offers food that you can eat on the run, at their communal-style seating or bring back to the room. Previously, you had to walk to Bally’s or Flamingo for something relatively cheap and quick.
Interlude Bar Upgrade
The center bar, Interlude, has been used mostly as a casino-facing bar with a closed off lounge. That’s changing since the bar has been opened to the casino floor. The lounge side now has video poker machines that were previously only on the casino side of the bar.
The underutilized half of Interlude is receiving a facelift. The lounge has newly enhanced plush seating, a stage for live entertainment and a flexible television screen system around the perimeter.
Hopefully, these new enhancements to Interlude make it easier to find a seat at the bar on weekends. The small bar didn’t have many video poker machines and they were often occupied by people who were just looking for a place to sit while drinking. This guy likes to gamble when drinking and that should happen more often at Interlude.
The Cromwell was the first hotel to offer keyless entry to the rooms. The eKey is an app on your mobile phone that opens hotel room doors. It can also be used in the elevator instead of swiping a room key. This is optional but I often found it easier to use since my mobile phone is almost always easier to find than the room key.
The Cromwell recently introduced a virtual concierge service named Ivy. The technology can be found at a few other properties in Las Vegas but that doesn’t make it any less useful. Ivy is an automated, real-time guest texting program where the virtual concierge can recommend and book dining and entertainment experiences. Ivy can also help with housekeeping and room service requests.
Major Gambling Upgrades
Gamblers will find the biggest changes at The Cromwell on the casino floor. There is now a sports book located in the area where the high limit slot machines were located near check-in. Those slot machines have relocated to The Abbey, which is next to Bound. Over the past year there have been a slew of upgrades to the table games.
The casino now offers single zero roulette, 3:2 blackjack, double deck blackjack, 100x odds for craps, and EZ baccarat. There are still a handful of quarter video poker machines that return more than 99%. The Cromwell is also home to my favorite Pai Gow Poker game on the Vegas Strip. The great staff and quick drink service make this one of my favorite casinos to gamble on the Vegas Strip. Having a sports book only makes this casino better.
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Marc Meltzer covers Las Vegas, gaming and men’s lifestyle for various outlets. Check out his blog at Edge Vegas.