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Aria - Caesar's - Wynn

Started by fudgewapner on Thursday, 16th January 2014 10:21 am
Last response by fudgewapner 20th January 10:22am

Need some advice (beyond not wearing white after Labor Day)

Going to Vegas June 1st to 4th, Sun to Wed

Considering Aria, CP, and Wynn. Have stayed at Wynn and Encore before, and Bellagio several times, considering something new.

Pros - Cons? Does Aria simply not have character? Bacchanal buffet any good? I've heard the wait times are silly.

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 Chuckmonster responded on Thursday, 16th January 2014

The easy advice... there is no apostrophe in Caesars.

I'd say Aria. Caesars is great, but if you haven't stayed at Aria yet, you should.

Be sure to do it in the ASS (Aria Sky Suites).

Thanks Fudgie!

 vespajet responded on Thursday, 16th January 2014

I was less than impressed with Bacchanal Buffet when I ate there in October 2012. I hear the lines for it at times, especially lunch and dinner can be pretty long (No place to eat is worth standing in line [or waiting] more than 30 minutes.). When I went, I was there at 7:30 in the morning (stupid 3 hour time difference) and the place was fairly dead and service was lacking (The only time I saw my server the entire time I was there was when they took my drink order and they never even refilled my orange juice. I've had better service at the Garden Court Buffet at the Fremont.)

I've only stayed at Caesars Palace once and really liked my room in the Augustus Tower (I happened to go to Vegas during a slow weekend in December and my really good TR rate for the Forum Tower turned into an offer at check-in to upgrade to Augustus for $40/night [Which was a steal of a deal.].). I've yet to stay at Aria or Wynn (I almost stayed at Aria last year but got a really good package deal for Vdara that was cheaper than the Aria package deal I was eyeballing.) so I really have no opinion on their rooms.

Aria is worth staying at for Jean Philippe, as I ended up over there a few times when I stayed at Vdara last year.

 fudgewapner responded on Thursday, 16th January 2014

Thanks for the advice. I've always enjoyed the Bellagio buffet, although it's more nostalgia/habit at this point.


The Sky Suite does look nice. The missus and I are hitting 40 (3 days apart), so a jump in niceties is in order.

Also, since Caesar actually stayed there, I like to call it Caesar's with the apostrophe. Love the site - great take on Vegas.

 Blakjackkid responded on Thursday, 16th January 2014

If you've never stayed at Caesars' you should at least once!

 salkken responded on Thursday, 16th January 2014

Don't miss Bacchanal! Breakfast is fantastic. Fabulous buffet. If you stay at Caesars, check for $5 coupon in guest funbook.

 donnymac66 responded on Thursday, 16th January 2014

Aria panoramic corner suite rocks! I love the casino and a couple of the restaurants are in my faves, Julian Serrano and American Fish

 anawas replied on Thursday, 16th January 2014

I second DonnyMac. Aria's corner suites are amazing, and not a huge jump in price over the "basic" rooms. Know that they're a LONG walk from the elevator, but it's worth it for the views and relative quiet.

And if you find Aria lacks any soul, hop the monorail to Bellagio or wander over to Cosmo.

 Chuckmonster replied on Friday, 17th January 2014

Added bonus - pressing ham as the Aria Express goes by.

 JakeDAnders responded on Thursday, 16th January 2014

I haven't stayed at Aria for a year or two, but having said that I find myself drawn back to it when planning my next trip. It was noted on another story that MGM / DW has finally stumbled across what Aria is - which is a contemporary take on Vegas circa 2014. It just feels like a place that's coming alive. Or maybe that's my crabs :).

 Okie21 responded on Friday, 17th January 2014

I just stayed at Aria for the first time in December in a std room. It was easily the best std room I have stayed in Vegas. Aria is a bit removed from the strip, but honestly it's not a big deal. The walk thru Monte Carlo if headed south or tram to Bellagio if headed north is easy, and getting to Cosmo is even easier from the Aria North Valet. Aria was also the first Vegas trip that I felt content at staying on that resort alone (but I didn't!).

Be sure to hit the spa facilities. $30/day gives you access to the Shio salt room, hot stone beds, coed hot tub on the balcony, numerous jacuzzis and other extras. One of the best deals in Vegas!

Also, Julian Serrano has a great $20 prix fixe lunch, on par with Milos at Cosmo. And as mentioned, Jean Phillipe is delicious and served the best breakfast sandwich I've ever had.

 vespajet replied on Saturday, 18th January 2014

The dulce de leche brioche and the Nutella brioche at Jean Philippe incredible. I'm sure the gelato at the Aria location is as good as it is at the Bellagio location.

 wpsteel66 responded on Friday, 17th January 2014

I have stayed in a standard Aria room for 4 different Vegas trips. I have no problem booking here again (although the wife prefers Vdara but still ok with Aria).

So many things in this property that I found myself one trip not leaving the place until a couple days into the trip.

The buffet is good, but not as good as Bellagio.

The walk to the Bellagio and strip are not bad at all (IMO).

Has the best fitness center and wife says best spa facilities.

I never stayed at Wynncore, and hesitant due to the night club crowd and noise. Music noise is not an issue in Aria.



 fudgewapner responded on Friday, 17th January 2014

Thanks for all the thoughts. Get such great context here compared to any other site. Will likely either choose Aria or Wynn for the trip. If I was solo, it would be Bally's, but the wife requires fanciness. She makes the money, so that's fair.

Mixed reviews on Bacchanal - thoughts?

Recommended eats for a 40th birthday? The review of Gordon Ramsay Steak looks very appealing. Don't want to go all out for Robuchon, more straightforward fare.

 donnymac66 replied on Saturday, 18th January 2014

I had my 40th birthday meal a few years ago on the patio at SW Steakhouse. Awesome room and great food. If I had to pick a different place i would narrow it down to Prime on the patio, Gordon Ramsey Steak or Heritage steak or I would make the trip downtown to Triple George Grill.

 jinx73 replied on Monday, 20th January 2014

Bacchanal is worth a visit, I wouldn't visit for Breakfast (far pricier then for what you get, not a hell of a lot you can do with breakfast) or Dinner (ridiculous prices). It's a solid offering for Lunch and although a little pricey it's worth it to try it out. The amount of choices is a bit staggering, but at the end of the day it is still a buffet. You likely won't feel like it was 'worth it' if you've had tried any fine dining in LV, but for one time, I'd recommend checking it out.

 skyyontherocks responded on Saturday, 18th January 2014

I also appreciate the insights on this topic since I will be staying at the Aria for the first time next week-end. Thanks.

 fudgewapner responded on Sunday, 19th January 2014

Through newsletter signups I see some decent rates. Octavius Tower $133 a night, Wynncore at $159 (with two free buffets), or Aria at $169 a night.

Hard to pass up Encore.

Advice?

 vespajet replied on Sunday, 19th January 2014

Given those options, Octavius Tower, as the Laurel Collection at Caesars (Their branding used for the Augustus and Octavius Towers) is like staying at another hotel completely. You get off of the elevator and you're not plopped right into the casino spaces like you are at many resorts (This is probably why I enjoyed staying at Vdara last year.).

 donnymac66 replied on Sunday, 19th January 2014

Wynn
Aria
Caesars
in that order for me

 jinx73 replied on Monday, 20th January 2014

That's a tough price to pass up Caesars for the Octavius tower. Given Caesars old school style service with one of the more modern rooms on the Strip, I'd recommend that as the spot. As others have pointed out, Aria is hitting their groove right now, but for a stanard room it may not be as great an experience as Encore.

 fudgewapner replied on Monday, 20th January 2014

Settled on Wynn. My wife really enjoys it, especially the Encore spa and the sourdough toast at Terrace Pointe. Didn't do Encore as I hear there are some noise issues from the clubs?

I'm eager to try CP, but it will have to wait for a boys trip.

Thanks for the advice - Used to go to Vegas 3x a year, but been 4 years with kids/mortgage, very excited to head back out. Love the site, especially the design discussion of the rooms, an overlooked part of the experience that many don't appreciate.