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Wynn or Aria -- Comments on where I should stay

Last edit: jsmeeker on Wednesday, 27th January 2010 7:10 pm
Last response by atdleft 26th February 7:12am

I am planning on going to Las Vegas in early May. Right now, I am considering Wynn or Aria. Not really sure which to choose.


Wynn - It's established. It's Steve Wynn. I know I will get good service. I know the rooms will be nice and comfortable. I've seen the pool and it's nice. I've been in it many times and have enjoyed my visits there. I've never stayed there, but I have wanted to.

Aria - It's new. The technology in the rooms seems really cool. I like the modern feel and vibe that the MGM Mirage places are heading towards. But it's not "tested" or proven. I don't have a clue what the pool area is like. But I'm sure I would enjoy my stay there. It will be comfortable in the rooms. I am sure I will be comfortable in the public spaces.

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 atdleft responded on Wednesday, 27th January 2010

It's a tough call, since I LOVE the design of both places. It's hard to pick one over the other, since it's like comparing apples to oranges.

If I had to choose, I guess my first choice would be an Encore suite with an Aria suite (if I can get a good deal on a suite) a close second. There's nothing quite like Encore, and the standard suites are a little bigger than the Wynn resort rooms and nearly 200 sq. ft. bigger than the standard Aria room!

For me, size matters. :-)

 BrianFey responded on Wednesday, 27th January 2010

Wyncore is just a much better overall guest experience. The technology is cool at Aria in the rooms, but I'd take a room at Encore over Aria any day. Wynn is just a much more comfortable resort all around.

 JohnD responded on Wednesday, 27th January 2010

MANDARIN ORIENTAL - the technological wizardry of ARIA and the elegance and beauty of Wynncore.

Hands down.

 MinVegas responded on Wednesday, 27th January 2010

If you can float Mandarin, you can get the best elements of both worlds. However in general judging the CityCenter pools is a bit difficult since neither one has yet had a summer season go by and Aria is actually still working on the finishing touches of it's pool.

Aria really doesn't have that many problems, their pool setup has 3 pools with one as an adults only one. It's in the back of the property. People dining at the buffet can look out onto the pool through walls of glass around the perimeter of the dining room (Mandalay does it similar.)

Vdara's pool is above their porte cochere and smaller. While it does sit unfortunately close to the Bellagio Employee Garage sitting directly to the west of it, the views aren't as bad as you think but there's no denying the pool is kind of small. It was intended for condo owners, ya know. However, they are promising tapas served at the pool and the occasional DJ.

Mandarin's pool is on it's eighth floor. I know little else of it, as the only pools I've seen in photos are the indoor ones in the spa. There is a cafe and the cabanas are pretty fancy.

Both Aria and Vdara pools will give you a bit of an over-the-horizon view of garages, or the freeway, or what have you. I know from the freeway you can see the trees sitting on stilts that they've used to line the Aria pool to make it more appealing. From Vdara's deck you can probably see the traffic on Harmon. Those who went on hard-hat tours say the proximity to the real world is a little bit jarring if you're used to the "distant elegant valhalla" stuff practised by Wynn's hotels, but when you consider the CityCenter motif it's not inappropriate.

Wynn's pool is fine. I don't find much very exciting about it, though the walk-up to Terrace Pointe's patio is a good idea. If you have money to throw around, get a Wynn tower suite, which is a better investment than Encore because you'll get a semi-private pool used by a limited number of guests, with almost no distance between the room elevators and pool (no awkward walking through the casino in your swim trunks.)

As a general rule, I'd say that if you want to bake in the sun then choose Wynn or Mandarin, and if you want to splash around choose Aria. Aria also has an awesome tub-in-shower concept (basically the shower is double-XXL huge with a bathtub inside it) that allows you to basically to have a miniature indoor pool all to your own, since you can send water splashing over the edge without ruining a floor.

 Chuckmonster responded on Thursday, 28th January 2010

Encore has bigger, better rooms than either Wynn or Aria. That being said, I'd stay at Aria for no reason other than it is brand spanking new and kinda weird inside.

 blackjacker1979 replied on Wednesday, 3rd February 2010

Purple velvet elevator lobbies....nom nom nom.

 AceMacGregor responded on Thursday, 28th January 2010

Aria is in the middle of the action, location-wise. The casino is much bigger than Wynn, but also much louder and busier. Encore's casino is lavish and I've never had better service. The Wynn European style pool was awesome. Good mix of all ages, great bar with outdoor TV's, a couple of table games, and a big wading pool to mingle.

I can't speak about Aria's pool but it looks great from the specs/maps.

The rooms at Wynn were the nicest I've ever stayed at and my favorite club XS is right there in Encore. You won't leave much unless you take a cab or like to walk a bit since it's on the far north end of the strip. Aria's location is much better.

I'd say go with Wynn if the price is similar!

 booker1000 responded on Thursday, 28th January 2010

Your already going to Vegas to gamble and probably loose. Why gamble and possibly loose on everything else too? Wynn/Encore is a sure thing. I cant say the same for Aria. I noticed a major difference between the two in many ways. To me Wynn is not a gamble until I hit the Bj table.

 MinVegas responded on Thursday, 28th January 2010

By the way, if you want to be adventurous and do something proven, might I suggest M? It's out there, you'll need a car, or a lot of taxi work, or their shuttle to the Fashion Show if you want to get to the Strip, but the tradeoffs might be worth it. The design is similar to Aria, the pool is great, the restaurants are all very good and the buffet even includes free booze which is pretty rare in this town.

Regular goers will grouse about resort fees, but if you swear them off completely you're cutting out a lot of hotels in this town.

Either way, I prefer the M/Aria post modern interiors to Roger Thomas' cutesy gingerbread houses, so I just thought I'd mention this.

 atdleft replied on Friday, 29th January 2010

Hey, don't you diss Roger Thomas like that, Mr. Mike! The design at Wynncore is FABULOUS! I feel right at home at my luxe, cutesy, refined "house". :-D

Anyway, The M is nice. It's probably now the nicest off-Strip casino around town. And Marinelli's is my fave Italian restaurant off-Strip. And even their 24 hour cafe is nice. Oh, and the rooms are pretty big and decked out nicely.

If I can't get a Wynncore, City Center, or Mandalay suite, I'll try here... But I do want to try The Strip first. :-)

 parchedearth responded on Thursday, 28th January 2010

As you know, Wynn is like going to a luxury vacation resort. Encore is even more and then some. Whereas, Aria is like going to a high quality business/convention oriented resort. I think just about everything is even between the two. It's just a matter of what style you prefer: pampered and relaxed, or up-tempo and modern.

You might also check on when the new pool at Encore is scheduled to open (probably before Memorial Day). It might be enough to tip your decision.

 jsmeeker responded on Thursday, 28th January 2010

Thanks everybody! I'm going out there in early May for Vegas Uncork'd. All events scattered about on the Strip, though one I plan on attending is AT Wynn. MO is gonna be out of my price range, plus I think I really want to stay at a place with a casino and all the other trappings of big Strip hotel. Just not sure if it would feel like a Las Vegas trip without all that. I actually LIKE the energy of all the people buzzing about, the slots machines going off, the cheers from the craps pit, the scantily attired ladies waiting to get into the night club.

Currently, leaning Wynncore, especially if I can get into Encore for about the same price as a standard Wynn room.

 atdleft replied on Friday, 29th January 2010

Good call, and I hope to see you at Vegas Uncork'd! I'm also hoping to attend at least a couple events. And if I get my tax refund early enough, I may even do a "staycation weekend" at Wynncore as well. :-D

Oh, and which is the Wynn event? I'm looking at the calendar now.

 VegasVirgin responded on Monday, 1st February 2010

Having just got back from my first ever trip to Vegas, I can say that I would personally prefer Wynn (I like a pretty view, so the golf course is a welcome splash of greenery on the Strip

I did have a look at a room at the Aria - technology and newness (i.e. great condition) is impressive.....for me though it resembles an airport lounge (albeit a first class one)

At the end of the day, it depends hugely on whether you like stark modern spaces or something a little warmer.

 ChiCell responded on Monday, 1st February 2010

I have stayed at Wynncore several times, I prefer the pools at Wynn over Encore's. Last time I stayed at Encore and I was very impressed with the rooms... they truly feel luxurious. Wynn was my favorite room on the strip now its Encore. That said I am staying at Aria this coming weekend and will report back on how it compares, figure I should give the new girl a try.

 BenjaminNicholas responded on Tuesday, 2nd February 2010

Wynncore all the way... Why take a chance on an MGM property that's getting terrible reviews?

Only thing at CC that's worthwhile seems to be Mandarin.

 jsmeeker responded on Wednesday, 3rd February 2010

I got an email from Wynn today. $99 weekday. $169 Friday/Saturday. $75 resort credit with three nights (I would do at least that, and probably four). Upgrade to Encore based on availability at time of booking.

Seems like it's too hard to pass up.

 atdleft replied on Thursday, 4th February 2010

Good call... And try to get that upgrade to Encore! You certainly won't regret it. :-)

 ChiCell replied on Wednesday, 10th February 2010

I just got back from my stay at Aria and while it was pretty sweet I would still strongly recommend Wynncore, I think the primary advantage is the operation is just so well run. You never find yourself frustrated with "i wish they would have...". Also the size of the room and bathroom is bigger at Encore. But if you get another opportunity to stay at Aria after your first Wynncore visit it may be worth a shot. Overall I am glad I checked it out as it is a different type of resort than Wynn and thats not always a bad thing.

 Turtleboy responded on Tuesday, 9th February 2010

Why don't you stay where your friends are staying?

 jsmeeker responded on Thursday, 25th February 2010

Just booked three nights at Wynncore. A Encore king suite, to be exact. Too tough to pass up. I think I'll be pretty happy there. Should work out well. Booking via phone was quick and easy. I don't think they are going to charge me a deposit, either. I'll have at least one friend there most of the time I am there. Good enough for me.

 atdleft replied on Friday, 26th February 2010

Really? Seriously, no deposit? Won't that be nice!

I just hope there will still be Encore suites available when I'm ready to book!