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Vdara

Thinking of staying at Vdara on my next trip to Vegas. Is it worth staying there since there is no casino, bars or restaurants? The only reason I am considering this is because their suites are cheaper than the other hotels on the strip.

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1. Re: Vdara

I stayed there last February. It's a nice enough hotel and the lack of an onsite casino didn't bother me in the least. There is a bar in the lobby and a cafeteria type place for food but, as you're already aware, nowhere near the sorts of amenities that you'll find at some other hotels. On the bright side, the Aria is very close and has many bars, restaurants and a casino.

For some reason, despite being a perfectly good hotel, the Vdara didn't "click" for me; I prefer the Signature. That said, staying at a non-casino hotel is very much a matter of personal preference. I like the feeling of peace and quiet and that I'm getting away from the "madness" of the Strip a little bit but understand that's not everyone's cup of tea.

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I was also considering the Signature. Why did you prefer the Signature?

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We too chose the Vdara for a stay as it seemed like the nicest room for the price at that time. We are non-smokers and don't gamble much so for us it was a good choice. We also considered the Signature but we preferred the newer rooms and location of Vdara.

That being said, we pretty much only slept at Vdara after eating lunch on our arrival at Bar Vdara, spending almost all of our time at Bellagio, Cosmo and Aria. Also the pool isn't good so if a pool is important, choose the Sig. I would only stay at Vdara again during non-pool season.

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We're staying at Vdara now and it's a nice hotel. We have a large room with a kitchen, a good sized bathroom with shower & tub, huge bed, a desk where you can charge your phone/iPads, and a large nap-friendly couch with down pillows. We're really happy we chose this hotel. Also, it's great not having a smoke-filled casino downstairs. Smoking friends of mine like having a casino in their hotel. All a matter of personal preference. Last, we see the Bellagio Fountains from our windows which is a great extra - day or night.

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I loved vdara! Excellent value, and I loved the location. Our corner suite was very nice and clean. The fridge is great for drinks. Location, I found I spent most of my time at aria, a five minute walk. But you can get anywhere fairly quickly (by vegas standards) north or south. The bellagio tram stop is five minutes from your room which is great for going south. I too enjoy the feeling of being "away" when you walk in. Its quiet and peaceful at vdara, while being so close to all the lights and noise.

My only complaint, the pool just plain sucks by vegas standards. This can be a deal breaker for a lot of people.

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stayed solo at Vdara. Nice hotel, good location in my opinion and good value. The rooms were a decent size too. I certainly wouldn't put you off.

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Do not ever forget this Mantra. It applies to every hotel, buffet, show, service and experience in Las Vegas:

"If they COULD charge $5 more they WOULD."

"The only reason I am considering this is because their suites are cheaper than the other hotels on the strip."

Why do you think this is? Vdara is not a charitable institution, their goal is to make a profit. Knowing that they WOULD charge more for these rooms if they could, why is it that they don't?

They don't charge $5 more because someone down the street does charge $5 more, and provides a better experience. So if they charged more they would lose business, and end up making less money in the end.

That simple mantra pretty much determines the pricing on almost EVERYTHING in Las Vegas. Including the rooms at Vdara.

Now some may be happy and willing to save the $5 and receive a lesser experience in return, and only you can make that decision. But know that you are not receiving some huge bargain, because if Vdara thought they could charge $5 more for your room, I guarantee they would. So THEY think the room is fairly priced, based on the competition.

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Ktinca, I don't know why you have such a great dislike for Vdara. It's a great value and sometimes price dictates where a person stays. So the Quad and Harrahs have a casino and dining, does that mean I want to stay there over Vdara? No. Is the Vdara the Venetian? No, and it's priced accordingly. It's not rocket science, we can all figure it out.

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Vdara is a nice choice if you like modern decor and large rooms, with amenities like an empty refrigerator to store your own items and a small kitchenette. There is also a spa and salon, along with a juice bar available now, according to their website. We enjoyed the non-smoking aspect and like the bar there. You are very close to Aria and Cosmo, and easily connected to Bellagio and Monte Carlo for your casino needs.

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"I was also considering the Signature. Why did you prefer the Signature?"

Several reasons why I like the Signature better:

- I prefer the room and especially the bathroom layout at the Signature although I did like the more separate kitchen at the Vdara;

- you can comfortably watch TV from both the bed and the sofa in the Signature. In the Vdara, I needed to put my distance glasses on to watch TV in bed (I'm not kidding!) and only one seat on the sofa gives you a comfortable viewing angle. I know - who goes to Vegas to watch TV? - but I find this sort of poor design/layout to be irritating;

- Signature has a two person COMFY jetted tub; the tub at the Vdara will only accommodate one person and is one of the most uncomfortable I've ever been in;

- at the Signature, you get use of all THREE Signature pools AND all the MGM pools too. At the Vdara, you just get the Vdara pool which is OK but not great and I'm not sure they've cured the "death ray" syndrome that occurs at certain (summer) times of the year. (Google "vdara death ray" for more info on that);

- on a map, the Vdara looks closer to the Strip than the Signature. However, when I stayed at the Vdara, we never could find the alleged sidewalk along Harmon and so ended up routing through City Centre which made the walk to the Strip considerably longer;

All that said, the Vdara is, IMHO, a very, very nice hotel; it just didn't have the same appeal for me as the Signature.