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TR Presidential, Vdara, BOA, Le Reve

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TR Presidential, Vdara, BOA, Le Reve

11/5 : Alaska Airlines Seattle to LV great flight landed at 8:25 a.m.

Hooked up w/ Adrian from Presidential for our towncar ride to Vdara. Adrian gladly took us to WalMart for a few groceries, in fact he pushed our cart and loaded the groceries for us. He is an amazing guy and I highly recommend requesting him if you use Presidential. We will for sure work w/ Presidential and Adrian again. Service was $52 before tip, we tipped him $20.

We pulled up to Vdara at about 9:30 a.m. and the bellman was hilarious and quickly took our bags to storage for us. Vdara is truly the place to go if you want to experience Vegas but still come back to someplace relaxing and quiet at the end of your days. The smell is great, the lobby is so much less intimidating than the other mega hotels. There was no one in line (obviously it was 9:30 a.m.) so we went straight up to see if there was a room available. No go. She said the soonest they check in was after noon. Oh well, we're in Vegas and it's rapidly approaching 80 degrees so we decide to explore a bit and eat some breakfast.

Coming up....the journey to Bellagio from Vdara;)

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11/5 continued:

I call it a journey because of all the b.s. about how far the walk is from Vdara to get anywhere. The walk from Vdara into the Bellagio is about 2 minutes. You walk up the corridor from Silk Road (all indoors) then you exit Vdara and are on a COVERED walkway that is approximately 40-50 yards. Yes it would be hot if it were summer but really it's so close that you'd be hot for 10 seconds.

We're in the Bellagio and we're ready to drop a few bucks before we settle on something for breakfast. We hit up a couple of Wheel of Fortune machines (that darn game taunts me) and quickly make our first donation to Vegas. Clearly we aren't thinking straight because we're starving. Must find food. Back to Vdara as Silk Road looked interesting and obviously we've never been before. So tired from the journey we order coffee right away;) They bring the whole french press out and make it right there at your table. Great coffee? Yes. $10 coffee? No such thing. I ordered the eggs, eggs, eggs and hubby orders sliders something or other. Portion size is very modest which in our opinion is perfect as we aren't big eaters. It's fancy breakfast though, like I wasn't quite sure what I was eating and I'm pretty picky so I was a little apprehensive. However I was hallucinting by now as we'd been up since 2 a.m. to catch our flight AND we had made the journey back and forth to bellagio. Side note: The hallucinations could have been induced by the wall paper in Silk Road. I'm not sure who decided on the decor but in my opinion it did not match Vdara at all. In fact it was so 70's I almost started disco dancing on my table. Back to breakfast... I dove in and much to my surprise it was delicious. Again I still don't know exactly what I ate but it was devine. Hubbs LOVED his little breakfast slider things and said their tomato juice was some of the best he'd tasted. Not sure how any tomato juice tastes good but whatever...Bill was $52 before tip.

Coming up: 2nd attempt at check-in, bellmen and the DEATHRAY!

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2. Re: TR Presidential, Vdara, BOA, Le Reve

Great so far!! LOL about the disco dancing!

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More please, loving it already!!!

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I was really turned off by the decor at Silk Road, but went there for breakfast our last morning in Vegas and thought the breakfast was fabulous. Obviously not for someone looking for greasy gigantic portions, but delicious and very artfully presented.

I couldn't agree more about the "journey" between Vdara and Bellagio ;)

I'm curious what your impressions were of BOA and Le Reve. We started frequenting BOA out here before it became as popular as it is now (both the Santa Monica and Hollywood locations), but it still seems somewhat underrated in it's corner in the Forum Shops.

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sorry for the delay!

So after a satisfying meal at the disco tech er Silk Road we headed back over to the front desk, again no line and again no room:( Oh well it's only 11:00 so we ask for a key to the pool (which you don't need) and hop over to the belldesk to ask for our bags. Instead of bringing our bags back out they took us back to the storage area so we could rummage through our stuffs and get a few things.

Up to the 3rd floor and out the doors to the pool area. To your left is the bar and some daybeds and a few of the cabanas and to your right is the main pool area, jacuzzi and another cabana area (which has a plunge pool). We were greeted by a cute pool boy (that's what I call them) who gave us towels and ice water and informed us the bar was closed. Wait, what? No worries he said, you can run downstairs and get a drink. OK I can live w/ that. There are nice locker/bathrooms right behind the pool area to change in so no worries there. We found loungers by the pool no problem and felt there was still tons of room. Friday it was HOT. Yes we are from Seattle so take that with a grain of salt but honestly I cannot fathom laying by that pool in the Summer. I don't really think we experienced the "deathray" but literally you are surrounded by glass buildings so I would say that made it about 10 degrees hotter than it really was. We didn't care about the lack of grass or bushes or plants or whatever that other speak of. I mean it was a pool that had water in it, there were loungers, by noon the bar was open, and there were cute pool boys! I must be easy to please;) We did cool off in the pool a couple of times and yes it was cold but isn't that the point? Again, easy to please;) I actually think November is now my favorite time to visit Vegas so I would lay by their pool again no problem. In fact we did enjoy the pool again Sunday, more on that later.

Stay tuned for check in 3rd attempt, the room and THE TRAM!

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So far so good! I have experienced hallucinations from loud decor too-- I'm glad I'm not the only one. ;)

I am interested to hear about Reve; I'll be seeing it in a few weeks...

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By now it's after 1:00 we'd had a few beers, our skin is melted off and so we peel our skeletons off the loungers and head to make another attempt at a room.

3rd time is a charm! AJ the fine young gentleman at the front desk says "your patience has been rewarded you are on the 50th floor with a view of the lake". Off we go. That elevator is smoking fast! My ears popped every time we rode it! We hop off at the 50th floor and our room was the first one off the elevator. Opened our door with a wave of our magic card and voila our expectations were exceded by the room. The kitchenette is right when you walk in and is perfect w/ a small dining area, sink, microwave/convection oven, two burner stove, a mini bar and a mini fridge (pretty mini). When we walked into the main room there was a couch and an armchair on one side of the partition (flat screens on both sides) and the bed on the other. There was more than enough space for us and the view was awesome. We looked right out over Bellagio's pool, the fountains and up towards the north strip. We could see Paris, Flamingo, Caesar's, Treasure Island, Venetian etc. It was amazing at night! We did our ritual bed test as we are bed snobs and this bed is TO DIE FOR! We quickly learned how to open and close the shades which yes they do allow some light between each shade so if you want a completely black room this won't work for you. The bathroom is great, has plenty of counter space the tub is huge (much bigger than it looks in pics), lots of towels, big glass shower and a toilet. That flushes. Luxury I tell you! In all seriousness this is probably my favorite hotel I've ever stayed in and we've stayed some very nice places. I'm a big fan of contemporary/minimal furnishings so this was like heaven for me. My husband also loved it but he also thinks his wall tent is luxurious...They don't provide dishes, robes, slippers etc but upon request they are to your door in a flash. We requested dishes and robes and their robes were as comfortable as their beds. This place is super quiet. We honestly never saw another person on our floor other than housekeeping or room service. We were right by the elevator and never heard a thing. You could faintly hear the fountains when they went off but didn't bother us a bit.

Enough about my dream hotel room it's time for more journeys!

Our friends were flying in later that night and the female half of our friends didn't know we were going to be there so were tasked w/ finding a meeting place. They were staying at Aria which was really convenient but we were clueless where anything was as city center is completely new to us. We would learn later that the tram was pretty much useless but let's go there anyway. We set off with rations of water to make the journey to the tram located in the Bellagio. 3 minutes later we are waiting on the platform for the next tram to Crystals/City Center which has continuted service to Aria/Monte Carlo. We take the .2 second tram ride to City Center and decide we'll try to make our way down to Aria that way. Warning: If you do not desire $1,000 purses or pashminas don't go this way. It's a maze to get down through Crystals into Aria but luckily we brought our water rations. Honestly it took us about 5 minutes to navigate our way around Crystals and figure out how to get into Aria. I'm sure time could have been shaved off of that if we had spent more time trying to find a better route but we have things to do! We thought Aria's casino was very nice and actually for a casino it smelled really good. It wasn't dark to us but we opted to take our sunglasses off for easier navigating;) There are several bars and restaurants inside Aria but none of them were appealing to us so we followed the signs to Monte Carlo. Aria and Monte Carlo are actually somewhat attached as in you never go outside to get from one to the other. When we went up the escalator from Aria we saw where the Tram would have continuted service to which would have been much more convenenient to get into Aria or Monte Carlo. So in summary of the tram unless you actually want to go to Crystals NEVER GET OFF THE TRAM THERE! It's like the twilight zone!

Next: Napping, The Pub, cover bands and big winners...

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After our tram extravaganza we went down the escalator into the Monte Carlo and discovered the Pub. It looked like the perfect place to meet our friends that night so we decided our mission was a success and we will reward ourselves w/ a nap. I know nap shmap but keep in mind my hubs (at only 32) is in the middle of cancer treatment so he's a tired boy. Back to the blissful bed for a few hour nap followed by a nice bath (we both fit) and some snacks and drinks.

It's about 9:30 and our friends have landed so we head down to the Pub. This time we outsmarted that darn tram and walked right out the front of the Vdara, across to Aria, through the casino, up the escalator and then down the escalator into Monte Carlo. Took us maybe 5 minutes. We were seated right away and we both had the James something lager blah blah blah. Good beer. Our friends come in not seeing us so I sneak over to their table and walk up behind my friend and whisper "are you ready to let the dogs out". Girls screaming and jumping up and down, it was mayhem. Anyway the cat is out of the bag so they move over to our table and we order more beers and food. The food was good, basic bar grub but the waiter was very funny and personable. It was getting super busy and that poor guy was constantly running. At about 10:30 a cover band started to play. They were called "Brazen" and they were an all girl band w/ the exception of the drummer. If you ever get the chance to see them do it, they were awesome. We danced and laughed until after midnight then we decided we were tired of yelling to talk to each other so we should hit the casino. Out on the casino floor of the Monte Carlo (which we really liked) we sat down at the big wheel of fortune with the big wheel in the middle and all started to play. It was a penny game and my husband hit $150 after about 5 minutes of play. He cashed out like he'd won powerball and danced around the casino with his ticket posing for pictures, signing autographs and kissing babies. We all got a kick out of his excitement and humored him;)

Coming tomorrow: Pictures with carrot top!

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Great TR!!! Love your humor!

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10. Re: TR Presidential, Vdara, BOA, Le Reve

Enjoying your trip report. Loud decor tends to make me nauseous but I'll buy that they can cause hallucinations too. :)