Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012 | 6 a.m.
Gogobot, a global online community of 2.5 million users and travelers, has announced its first Gogobot Travelers’ Favorite Awards, and Las Vegas won big in three categories: In World’s Best Hotels and Best Hotels in North America, the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas placed 1st in both categories, while Wynn Las Vegas was 7th and 5th, respectively. And, Las Vegas was voted the 6th top travel destination in the world.
Gogobot users praised the 2-year-old, 2,995-room Cosmopolitan for its “terrace suites with wraparound views,” “sexy interior” and its bar Chandelier, where “you don't have to be a millionaire to feel like one.” The cities finishing ahead of the Entertainment Capital of the World as destinations, in order: San Francisco, London, Paris (France, not Texas or Hilton), Barcelona and Rome.
Gogobot Travelers’ Favorite Awards is the first in a series of announcements over the next few months that will laud the best destinations, restaurants, hotels and attractions in the world. “Gogobot users, who have visited more than 60,000 destinations, are as knowledgeable as they are passionate about travel, making them a reliable source for all things travel related, whether it’s an amazing brunch spot or the best hotel in the world,” said Gogobot CEO and co-founder Travis Katz in a statement.
“Their choice of the Cosmopolitan is no surprise, even for such a new hotel that almost didn’t happen because of early investment constraints. But here they are today, picked by the travelers on Gogobot, who are as eager to conveniently connect, share, plan and book all in one place as they are to enjoy the hottest, most stylish accommodations in Vegas.”
Along with the views, interior and Chandelier, Cosmopolitan also offers: a world-class nightclub and dayclub in Marquee; stellar restaurants, from reasonably priced to fine dining by top global chefs, including Scarpetta (Scott Conant), Jaleo and China Poblano (Jose Andres), STK, Blue Ribbon Sushi, Milos, Comme Ca, Wicked Spoon Buffet and Holsteins; the concert venues Boulevard Pool and Chelsea Ballroom; and the bars Vesper and Bond. All in one hotel.
Here are the winners (nice to see my previous haunt, San Diego, do well, too):
World’s Best Hotels: 1) The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, 2) The Fairmont, San Francisco, 3) Burj Al Arab, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 4) Hotel del Coronado, San Diego, 5) The Peninsula Hong Kong, 6) Halekulani, Honolulu, 7) Wynn Las Vegas, 8) Hotel Ritz, Paris, France, 9. The Soho Hotel, London, and 10) Westin Maui Resort and Spa.
Best Hotels in North America: 1) The Cosmopolitan, 2) The Fairmont San Francisco, 3) Hotel del Coronado, 4) Halekulani, 5) Wynn Las Vegas, 6) Westin Maui Resort and Spa, 7) Fontainebleau, Miami Beach, Fla., 8) Montage, Laguna Beach, Calif., 9) Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills, Calif., and 10) Dream Downtown Hotel, New York City.
Top Destinations: 1) San Francisco, 2) London, 3) Paris, 4) Barcelona, 5) Rome, 6) Las Vegas, 7) Chicago, 8) New York City, 9) San Diego and 10) Hong Kong.
Gogobot, based in Silicon Valley, is a leading travel planning service based on reviews and photographs from travelers. Launched in November 2010 and named one of Time’s 50 Best Websites of 2011, Gogobot has helped millions of people create, share and enjoy experiences by allowing them to use personal networks such as Twitter, Foursquare and Facebook.
Don Chareunsy is editor of VegasDeLuxe.com and senior editor, arts and entertainment, of LasVegasSun.com.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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With world-class dining, shopping, spas, golf and entertainment, there's no shortage of things to do at Wynn. The resort’s aquatic acrobatic show, “Le Reve—The Dream,” a creation by Cirque Du Soleil veteran Franco Dragone and Steve Wynn, will leave guests wanting more with its breathtaking performances that conjure an imaginary world. The Wynn Esplanade offers a unique shopping experience with stores including Chanel, Manolo Blahnik, Christian Dior, Oscar de la Renta and many more. Tryst is its signature nightclub, offering a secluded lagoon inside the club and spacious dance floor. Blush, the Wynn’s ultra lounge, draws swanky party-goers. Tryst, Wynn’s signature nightclub, is situated along a private lagoon under a 90-foot waterfall and plays host to some of the world’s most renown DJs.
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas dares to be different. From the hotel’s red reservations desks to fine art found throughout the resort, The Cosmopolitan’s signature style is helping to pave its own path on the Las Vegas Strip.
Upon entering the resort, you’re greeted by pillars of video boards playing video art by Digital Kitchen and David Rockwell Studio exclusively produced for The Cosmopolitan. Just beyond that, you’ll find all your favorite casino games on the resort’s 100,000-square-foot casino floor.
The Cosmopolitan’s rooms standout as the resort’s most unique feature. About 2,220 of The Cosmopolitan’s 2,995 rooms have 6-foot deep terraces that span the length of the room, a first at a modern Strip hotel. Other in-room amenities include soaking tubs, kitchenettes and quirky accessories like artsy coffee table books.
The dining experience at The Cosmopolitan isn’t something you’ll find at other Strip resorts, either. All of The Cosmopolitan’s 13 restaurateurs are new to the Las Vegas market. You’ll find American steakhouse fare in a modern setting at STK, top-notch sushi at Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill and the freshest fish flown in from the Mediterranean daily at Estiatorio Milos.
Whether the sun is up or down, Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub is the place to find the party at The Cosmopolitan. The venue is a dayclub/nightclub, complete with a pool and cabanas outside and three different rooms with three different vibes inside.
If nightclubs aren’t your thing, you can grab a drink at one of The Cosmopolitan’s five other bars, like The Chandelier, which is encased in 2 million dripping crystals.