My stay at the Vegas hotel where Man City star Jack Grealish spent £80,000 partying in one night

JACK Grealish had walked out of the Cosmopolitan Hotel during their Marquee summer signing – I was more like a free transfer that nobody noticed.

Still, you don’t have to be a great English footballer to enjoy it in Las Vegas.

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The incredible fountains and neon lights of the famous Las Vegas StripCredit: Getty
The Cosmopolitan on the Las Vegas Strip

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The Cosmopolitan on the Las Vegas StripCredit: Alamy
Jack Grealish spent £80,000 on one night at the Cosmopolitan Hotel Las Vegas

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Jack Grealish spent £80,000 on one night at the Cosmopolitan Hotel Las VegasCredit: Alex Diaz for The Sun – News Group Newspapers Ltd

Of course, spending £80,000 on the hotel’s lavish nightclub VIP drinks package has to be nice. And from the footage, the Manchester City star apparently enjoyed his lavish end-of-season trip with his pals.

Me? I was curled up in my bed in my room high above him on the 35th floor while he partied until dawn downstairs.

And it’s fair to say my bill was a little less than Jack the Boy’s.
Then at 46 – and more of a seasoned pro when it comes to this beautiful city – it was just fine for me and my wife, Arleen.

The spacious room we had in the luxurious five-star Cosmo – with its huge balcony overlooking the famous fountains of neighboring Bellagio – was stunning.

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It used to be that what happened in Vegas stayed in Vegas, but this is the kind of place on the Strip that you just want to tell people about.

It’s a world away from the constant buzz that reigns in the casino downstairs and outside too.

Getting to Sin City from Scotland isn’t as easy as it once was.
In the good old days, Virgin Atlantic flew direct from Glasgow, but now you have to go via London or Amsterdam to get there from Scotland.

We were up at dawn for 6 a.m. red-eye at Schiphol before a four-hour overlay.

Booking at a lounge certainly helped get away from the madness of the terminal, but there are still ten hours of flight between the Netherlands and Nevada, so by the time you get there, it’s been a long trip.

Jet lag means you arrive mid-afternoon, so it’s not like you’re going straight to bed when you check into your hotel room.
Well, you could, but the earlier you get to US time the better, so staying up is definitely the better.

The thing about Vegas, though, is that if there’s one thing you don’t really need, it’s a watch.

Every time you walk into your hotel reception, it’s impossible to tell if it’s five in the morning or five in the evening. There are no windows for anyone to look outside and see if it is daytime or dark.

I woke up around 7am every morning and went down to the lobby cafe for teas and croissants. And the casino would run like a fair.

Robert had a fabulous view from his room on the 35th floor

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Robert had a fabulous view from his room on the 35th floor
Cosmopolitan Las Vegas Casino - you'll never know what time it is inside

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Cosmopolitan Las Vegas Casino – you’ll never know what time it is inside

The bars were packed with people who had been there all night or had just arrived from the airport. The gaming tables were always buzzing with the sound of pugs heard 24 hours a day.

So as people head to the cafe for their first brew of the day, there are a lot more people in party mode.

Our routine was to head to one of the lavish pools for a few hours sunbathing after breakfast each morning and laze there until lunchtime.

Just the tone of the great Cosmopolitan Las Vegas pols

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Just the tone of the great Cosmopolitan Las Vegas pols
Cosmo's Scarpetta restaurant is worth a visit

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Cosmo’s Scarpetta restaurant is worth a visit

Summer temperatures in Vegas are sky-high and even at 9am they can exceed 30°C.

We would go for a walk in the afternoon before returning to another of the pools for a few hours before sunset.

It was Gin O’Clock around 7pm when we were getting ready to go to dinner on the town. In terms of restaurants, Vegas has it all.

For a quick lunchtime bite, the likes of Shake Shack, In-N-Out Burger, and Panda Express are our favorites. For great meals, you can’t go wrong at places like The Cheesecake Factory, PF Changs, or STK.

But there are so many options at each of the hotels, and the Cosmopolitan is no different. We had a phenomenal meal at their Scarpetta.

It’s a really chic Italian in the Cosmo with spectacular third-floor views overlooking the famous Bellagio fountains, but the place isn’t cheap.

We opted for the six course tasting menu with paired wine and the total bill was over £300. But if you’re celebrating a special occasion – like your wife’s birthday, for example – then I can highly recommend it.

GO: LAS VEGAS

GETTING THERE: Virgin Atlantic flies direct from London with fares from £545 pp in November. See virginatlantic.com or for the best prices for indirect flights from Scotland see skyscanner.net
STAY THERE: Rooms at the Cosmopolitan start at around £180 per night depending on availability and time of year. See cosmopolitanlasvegas.com
MORE INFO: To learn more about visiting Las Vegas, go to visitlasvegas.com

To be honest, you can’t have a sandwich in Vegas right now without it costing you a bob or two more than you think. But the quality of food at Cosmo is first class.

There’s a magical pizzeria on the third floor – if you can find it, as it’s known as the Secret Pizza with no signs telling you where it is – where a single slice of margherita will set you back £6.20.

And there’s a cracking breakfast called Eggslut where a sausage, egg and cheese will set you back nearly £8. The way the pound is against the dollar, these prices are the going rate.

If shopping is your thing, there are two outlets at either end of the Strip where you’ll find brands such as Ralph Lauren, Nike, Burberry, Armani, The North Face and Calvin Klein – and more.

But our best buy of our trip was two tickets to the Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace to see Sting, left, which came to £180.

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The former police leader’s residency show wasn’t sold out, but it was quite busy, so much so that I had to tell the guy next to me “don’t stand so close to me”.

That’s pretty much what Grealish would have said to those bouncers escorting him out of Marquee nightclub.

Sting performs his residency:

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Sting performs his residency: “Sting: My Songs” at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada.Credit: Getty
Shop, eat and drink without leaving the famous Las Vegas Strip i

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Shop, eat and drink without leaving the famous Las Vegas Strip iCredit: Getty

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