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Aria v Vdara?

Leeds
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Aria v Vdara?

Hi, We are planning to get married next year in Vegas and are also looking at hotel options. We were thinking one of the newer hotels such as Aria or Vdara as these were not here last time in Vegas (about 2 years ago). I have checked out the reviews but I am wanting to find out what the main differences are between these hotels? We are thirtysomething couple getting married and staying in Vegas for about 10 nights and then off to New York for a few days. Any feedback would be great.

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1. Re: Aria v Vdara?

The obvious difference is that Aria has a casino and all the facilities you would expect of a big Vegas casino hotel. Vdara does not and so it has a completely different feel. It's much more like a regular hotel - there's just a lobby and a small bar and restaurant. No casino, no dozens of bars and restaurants, no shops. The rooms are very nice indeed, but it really has no Vegas vibe to it - it could be anywhere in the world.

Aria is much more what you would expect of a Vegas casino hotel, although it's very modern in style. Sleek and designerish, rather than in your face bling, if that makes sense. Aria also has slightly easier access to the Strip than Vdara, although it's tucked back a little and so it's sometimes easier to take the free tram to Bellagio or Monte Carlo and get out that way. Vdara is behind the new citycenter development and isn't really visible from the Strip at all. It's only a few minutes walk from the Bellagio spa tower via a covered walkway (and from there it's about five minutes out to the Strip) but some people don't like this lack of obvious Strip access. But they're both lovely hotels. Aria is nicer IMO, and certainly has more facilities. Rooms at both are lovely, although the standard ones are not as large as some in Vegas.

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2. Re: Aria v Vdara?

Great thanks for your response. Would you favour either of these over some of the 'older but still look really nice' hotels such as Bellagio, Caesars, Paris?

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That's a tough one as hotel choice is so subjective. I wouldn't stay at Vdara again unless the price was too good to turn down - the room was nice but I thought the service so-so at best and I missed the buzz a large casino place offers. Aria I loved, would stay there again happily. But I'm still a big Bellagio fan - stayed there on my first trip to Vegas, I love the fountains and although the rooms are not the newest, biggest or flashest in Vegas, they're absolutely fine in my book, and I stay in 5 stars all over the world. Vegas thrives (among other things) on constantly upping the ante as far as hotel rooms are concerned, so you need to take comments like 'old' and 'needs a refurb' with a pinch of salt sometimes. Often it just means that the TV remote doesn't also operate the drapes, the tub isn't a jacuzzi and the TV isn't a 50 inch flatscreen. But of course stuff like that might be important to you so you need to do your research and read lots of reviews. Check out www.oyster.com for objective, professional reviews and honest photos. Avoid the obviously grotty place (you'll soon find out what those are if you hang here for a bit) and you'll have a wonderful time.

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4. Re: Aria v Vdara?

It's all so subjective. We stayed at both last week with a 1 night stay also at Palazzo. I went to Vegas to get some rest while accompanying my husband at a conference. I know that Vdara is not for everyone, but I found it to be just what I needed. I didn't require a lot of service (not even housekeeping) and just wanted a really nice quiet place to stay. Vdara was very, very quiet with no crowds of people walking around at anytime, never had to wait for an elevator, and it was just very subdued. We had a rental car for the entire week so the location was not a problem for us and I could stroll the short walkway to Bellagio at any time when I wanted to visit a casino and play.

We did notice a total difference when we checked into Aria. While there were not throngs of people, it was very evident that there was a totally different crowd. It was more loud (not obnoxiously so) and just had a different feel to it. We chose to stay at Aria the last two nights of our stay so that we could check it out for ourselves and we wanted to stay somewhere that had a casino during the last part of our stay.

If given the chance, I would stay at either one of these places, Vdara preferably, just because they are new and both very nice.

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5. Re: Aria v Vdara?

Thanks for the advice, my other half is wanting Vdara & I'm swaying towards Aria - typical! Quick question which has the best pool area?

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I might be wrong here, but don't all Vdara rooms have a kitchen, whereas Aria rooms do not? For a 10-night stay, that would be a HUGE difference to me.

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7. Re: Aria v Vdara?

Yes, Vdara Suites all have Kitchens. And the larger Suites even have washer/dryers (which would be nice for the longer stays).

I just had friends stay at both Aria and Vdara and they said Aria had nicer pools!

Edited: 04 August 2010, 15:09
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8. Re: Aria v Vdara?

For a 10 day stay, I'd opt for a Vdara.

I love having a coffeemaker in the room, and being able to heat up leftovers from restaurant meals for a midnight snack, and being able to make a "pre-game" cocktail in the room...

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9. Re: Aria v Vdara?

Great advice thanks everyone!

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