Take a splash of Sin City, infuse it with a bit of Parisian finery, and you’ve got The Cromwell, the
Vegas Strip’s first stand-alone boutique hotel. The property, which opens May 21 on the former site of Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall & Saloon, manages to incorporate elements of the previous space into its $185 million renovation while completely reimagining them in an intimate and sophisticated­ light reminiscent of Paris. (Think black, ­Parisian-style window awnings adorning the exterior and impressive, ­barrel-vaulted­ ceilings on the interior.) While each of The Cromwell’s 188 guest rooms and suites call to mind Europe, with their distressed hardwood floors and antique trunk-style furnishings, the hotel still offers quite a few features to remind you that you’re still in Vegas. There’s a rooftop pool area that transforms into an 11-story-high nightclub, and a revival of the city’s popular Drai’s After Hours (for the night owls) on The Cromwell’s basement level. The property is also home to a 40,000-square-foot casino, where you’ll find blackjack, craps and plenty of slots. Giada, the first restaurant by Food Network host Giada De Laurentiis, opens on The Cromwell’s second floor on Memorial Day weekend. Expect handmade pastas and lighter takes on traditional Italian cuisine, including vegetable Bolo­gnese rigatoni. From $249, www.thecromwell.com