Started by HedgedBettor on Monday, 23rd September 2013 8:25 pm
I normally stay at Aria and I'm a big fan of their casino, but I just found an interesting deal to stay at Vdara for my trip over vimfp weekend. I can get a 2-bedroom penthouse suite at Vdara for a totally reasonable rate on the MLife platinum rate, one that after deducting the cost of a regular room for my friends (i.e. them paying rack rate for a basic room to me and getting one of the two bedrooms in the suite) makes it cost net to me the equivalent of Aria rack rate for a basic room, all without using any of my comp dollars upfront.
The question for me is, how inconvenient would it be for me to stay at Vdara? I wasn't happy staying at the Mandarin, it was too much of an effort to get to Aria's casino from there, but how much closer is Vdara? If I'm hiking 10 minutes to get to the good blackjack tables it's probably a bridge too far.
Last response by HedgedBettor 9th October 7:12pm
f4denz responded on Monday, 23rd September 2013
It is about 200 yards from Vdara to Aria, the entrance is by Jean Philippe's place so close to the floor. I would say at tops it would be 5 minutes, I love Vdara and Aria, Vdara is really nice because of the no smoking in the building and without a casino on location it tends to be quieter at night. It is much easier to get from Vdara to Aria than it is from Mandarin.
n580564x replied on Tuesday, 24th September 2013
It's funny that this point was brought up, earlier this year my best buddy stayed their and we stayed at South Point (Mike E stay out of this! lol). I took a cab to the Vdara with my wife to meet up with my buddy and his wife, we went up to his room located on either the 8th or 10th (Can't remember which) floor. When we got their drinking in excess closely followed. lol When we were leaving I mentioned that I wasn't looking forward to the 10+ minute walk and my bud argued it was only like 5 or so minutes away, we drunckenly bet $20 he said 5 minutes I sait atleast 10 minutes. We made a rule that I could not stall and he could not rush. We went on our walk and found that the walk took exactly 8 minutes from his room to the Aria. It is not quite 10 minutes, but more than 5, we called it a no contest. lol So 8 minutes from your room on the 8th or 10th floor with elevator time, out of the Vdara across to the Aria and into the casino. :)
HillBilly replied on Friday, 27th September 2013
That is a good comparison, but to make it fair, you should also include how long it takes to get from a room in Aria to the casino floor. I stayed at Aria last summer, and even with fast elevator availability, it takes a few minutes to get down the hall, on the elevator, and out to the casino.
I walked through Vdara many times to get to Bellagio and the walk from the floor of Aria, to the lobby of Vdara, was not more than 4 or 5 minutes at most.
motoman replied on Sunday, 29th September 2013
Good point, Hillbilly
The halls at Aria can mean quite a long walk to the elevators. Plus the floorplan involves a strange curving double-X pattern to those halls that took some getting used to. Imagine a long, late drunkwalk to (try to find) your room, or to stumble down for coffee in the morning....
jinx73 responded on Tuesday, 24th September 2013
Having walked the back corridor from Bellagio to Aria, which goes through Aria, I'd have to agree with the first comment, 5 minutes from ground floor elevator to casino floor. Through the outside walkway.
wpsteel66 responded on Tuesday, 24th September 2013
Also keep in mind less time from your Vdara hotel room to Vdara front door due to fewer rooms per floor in Vdara compared to Aria and other mega hotels.
Then once out of the elevator, very short walk to the Vdara front door and do not have to navigate thru mobs of people standing around the lobby being amazed by the decorations.
Follow this by a short walk outside and into the Aria entrance by JP.
I found staying at Vdara and walking to Aria (or Bellagio) not to be a problem at all.
vespajet replied on Tuesday, 24th September 2013
When I stayed at Vdara back in May, my room was right by the elevator lobby. The only other time I've managed such a room at a hotel was when I stayed in the Rush Tower at the Golden Nugget.
Vdara really is a hidden gem, as people seem to think that it's well away from everything like Signature @ MGM Grand is and shy away from it.
motoman replied on Sunday, 29th September 2013
Agree w/ Vespa, hidden gem and with rates to match. You only need walk around the common porte cochere, really about a third of the circle, to get into Aria. (Free valet if you're driving.) The walkway to Bellagio is covered and puts you in the lobby to the tram in back of the Spa Tower. Very handy.
The basic room product at Vdara is head & shoulders above the 520 sq ft closet-with-a-shower of Aria's basic room product, and for usually the same or slightly less $$.
We did stay in the 2-bed Penthouse in June, and you will have plenty of room -- plus a full kitchen and washer-dryer, FWIW.
wpsteel66 replied on Sunday, 29th September 2013
Just returned home tonight from a 4 night stay at Vdara. I used the stop watch function on the phone each walk from my room on 43rd floor to Aria north valet entrance.
Time was just at 4 mins. When wife walked with me, time increased to 5 mins.
As I mentioned, not many rooms per floor. Our floor had only 24 rooms so very short walk from room to elevator, two elevator banks (ours started at floor 29) that were quick moving, and not a difficult walk to either Aria or Bellagio.
vespajet responded on Tuesday, 24th September 2013
It's not a bad walk at all and is not hard to access Aria since the north entrance to Aria right across the way from Vdara. In about the time it would take to walk from Vdara to the Bellagio entrance by the spa tower, you're at Aria. Even once you get into Bellagio, you still have a several minute walk to the casino.
n580564x responded on Tuesday, 24th September 2013
My suggestion is to take the Suite and just walk the 7 or 8 minute walk to Aria. The cosmo is close by as well, just saying.
motoman replied on Sunday, 29th September 2013
Tip for Cosmo (Holstien's, mmm....):
Exit Vdara lobby, go left as if toward Aria. As soon as you clear the building, take a sharp left and there is a stairwell (and elevator!) going down to the street across from Cosmo's cab/parking entrance and main lobby.
fatbastard responded on Thursday, 26th September 2013
Only stayed at Vdara once but found it incredibly convenient to get to Aria, Bellagio and Cosmopolitan. Super-short walks.
motoman responded on Sunday, 29th September 2013
Your cost analysis is interesting. Our June stay in a two-bedroom was a serious (likely once-in-a-lifetime) splurge that concluded at Sky Suites, and we quickly deduced that a two-bedroom ultra-luxe suite was much more economical than two separate suites, and well worth it if you get along with your roomies (see previous thread on that subject....).
Note there are several floorplans offering varied degrees of separation to the two bedrooms. Something to consider when you ask for your room.
Malibugolfer responded on Friday, 4th October 2013
I think most of these otherwise accurate posts missed the main question. If HedgedBettor didn't like the walk from the MO, will he find the Vdara walk the same?
I would say Vdara's front to the Aria north valet entrance is a bit closer than MO to Aria's front. But not by much.
Either way, if one is very used to stepping out of the elevator into the casino, then both MO and Vdara are going to be a change to that familiar routine.
That's why I don't stay at MO.
HedgedBettor replied on Saturday, 5th October 2013
Its a very good question Malibugolfer - I guess we'll find out the answer when the trip report is up in a few weeks! Bottom line was the price was too good to not give it a try, given that its clearly a lot more convenient than the Mandarin. I especially like that I'll come to the north valet of Aria, right by the best blackjack pit and the craps pit, rather than the doors at the southernmost tip of the Aria casino, which is miles away from the stuff I want to go to.
motoman replied on Monday, 7th October 2013
I think we tried to make the point that, distance aside, access to Aria from Vdara is easier than from MO (which was one of OP's concerns). And distance isn't bad, either. (Then there's the two-elevator ride required at MO.)
Two-bed, two story: some have bedrooms on separate floors, but the upper may open to the lower level. (Not always, and some have both on the upper level...) Two-bed one story: I think you'll have to be "neighbors." One nice thing about some other suites is that the bedrooms are separated by the common spaces, which is not necessarily the case here. But perhaps the full-size fridge and Keurig coffeemaker will compensate. ;) Decor may not be as fancy as Sky Suites but I think you'll enjoy your stay.
That said, and in the interest of disclosure, our next stay will be Aria. Brother's GF wants to be "in" the casino as malibugolfer says. Std rooms may be more cramped and lack the kitchenette but as in real estate, "Location Location Location" was a decider this time....
HedgedBettor replied on Wednesday, 9th October 2013
Two beds, 1 story - the 2 story suites are definitely not going for cheap prices!