I hit the road and visited five casinos on the day when Las Vegas casinos reopened on June 4. The first three Rampart, Suncoast, and Red Rock Casino are close to where I live and I was able to check them all out in about an hour. The casinos seemed to be operating pretty much like normal with the exception of social distancing inside the casino and a three-second temperature check for all guests entering the properties.
I headed over to the Vegas Strip to check out Bellagio and Cosmopolitan after grabbing a quick bite for lunch. Bellagio felt different than the other properties with plexiglass around the table games and hand washing stations on the casino floor. The Cosmopolitan, on the other hand, looked almost exactly the way it did before it closed.
The experience at the Cosmopolitan was different from the other properties. The guests are typically younger at the Cosmopolitan than the other casinos I visited. That was very evident by the lack of guests wearing face coverings. COVID-19 tends to harm older people more frequently than younger people so it wasn’t a surprise to see fewer wearing a face covering at the Cosmopolitan.
My visit was during the afternoon before many guests arrived for the weekend by car or airplane. By the time the clock struck midnight on June 5, the Cosmopolitan appeared to have as many people walking around as usual.
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The Cosmopolitan is still the same casino for better or worse. Anyone that is concerned about catching germs from someone else’s mouth might want to skip the casinos on the Vegas Strip and even downtown Las Vegas.
Guests at locals casinos (like Red Rock, Suncoast, Rampart) away from the Vegas Strip are typically older and wear masks. This might be a more comfortable environment for those who wear a face covering and are considering a visit to Las Vegas sooner than later.
The Cosmopolitan Is Rocking
The Cosmopolitan is still one of my favorite casinos in Las Vegas. The rooms, dining, and customer service are all great. It’s also home to my favorite bar on the Vegas Strip. The Chandelier Bar is great for lounging or banging out some video poker with hopes of big video poker wins and delicious complimentary drinks. This property offers better spirits as comps when gambling then almost every other Las Vegas casino.
Las Vegas casinos have reopened with a 50% capacity limit. Not all amenities are available and those that are might have limited hours. The Cosmopolitan COVID-19 information page is constantly being updated as hours are extended and more venues are opening.
The most important thing to note about the Cosmopolitan is that the casino and Chandelier Bar are both open 24 hours a day. The sportsbook has limited hours since there are limited sports to watch and wager.
Restaurants are also operating on slightly limited hours. The fine dining restaurants are open for dinner while the Block 16 food hall is open for lunch and dinner.
Early risers can grab a bite at Egg Slut, The Henry, and the Juice Standard. Weekend guests can enjoy breakfast outside at the Overlook Grill.
Last but certainly not least, both swimming pools are open. Check the website for updated hours for the pools and other venues and amenities at the Cosmopolitan.
Marc Meltzer covers Las Vegas, gaming and men’s lifestyle for various outlets. Check out his blog at Edge Vegas.