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Aria 1br suite vs. MGM 1br suite vs Bellagio Salon Suite - Please help quick

Discussion in 'LV Strip Hotels & Casinos' started by Kickin, Dec 20, 2012.

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  1. Kickin

    Kickin Flea

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    I haven't been to Vegas for a long time due to work schedule, travel, etc. I'm going next month and have an offer for 3-nights comped at a suite at any MGM property + $600 food/bev credit + 2 tix to any MGM show.

    My girlfriend and I decided to use it at either MGM, Bellagio, or Aria. I've stayed at MGM and Bellagio a lot, my girlfriend has only stayed at MGM. Neither of us has even stepped foot inside Aria.

    I called each of them and Bellagio said they could guarantee me a regular room and likely honor the offer for the salon suite but not guaranteed.

    MGM said they'd give me a 1-bedroom tower suite.

    Aria was surprisingly aggressive, they put me on with a host and she said she'd give me the 1 bedroom suite also comped upfront for our additional 4th night (MGM and Bellagio quoted low rates for that 4th night and comp subject to play).

    All of course honor the same $600 food/bev credit and 2 tix to any show (Aria host was nice in asking right away which show she should book for us).

    Which one would you choose? A couple of things on my mind:

    Neither of us has ever stepped foot in the Aria. I know its supposed to be nice but for me its all about vibe. I've always enjoyed the vibe of both Bellagio and MGM.

    I know we can eat at any restaurants on MGM properties, but odds are we'll mostly eat where we stay. I'm from NYC so Vegas restaurants are not a big draw for me. In fact often prefer more casual while I'm there since I eat out at nice or "hip" restaurants here multiple times a week. Does Aria have much in the way of casual eats like MGM does?

    My biggest concern is gaming: I play primarily BJ and some VP. I know Bellagio and MGM's gambling conditions for the most part - how does Aria compare? Not interested in the highest limit games but more in the $50-$150 average bet range.

    I also have a $200 Freeplay only good at MGM I believe.

    Any other suggestions for criteria to decide on would be greatly appreciated. I want to book asap. Thanks!
     
  2. sailboat310

    sailboat310 Low-Roller

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    You are getting a pretty good deal. MGM as a corporation is trying to put Aria as the premier property of the group. If you are guaranteed upfront comps in a suite there it is a pretty nice property. Just a heads up on the corner suites, its a long trek to get to them. Im lazy and prefer not having a long hike to the elevators.

    Despite the recent renovations at the MGM, I feel its still not up to snuff with the newer properties. I also dont like the sprawl of the layout. However the casual food selection would be the best out of the three.

    As for the B, its still a good spot, but unless you are in a suite, the rooms are quite dated but the restaurant selection is strong for fine dining. Also the casino feel is much more intimate. However you must accept the fact that it is still one of the most heavily visited property for international travelers due to its infamous brand recognition from Hollywood. Even at black chip min tables you get yahoos who have very different ideas of how to play the games.

    If you are traveling next month, im assuming it will be other than for CES. For $50 to $150 BJ action, you are getting generous comps. If this is standard, I need to start staying at MGM properties....:)
     
  3. ez369

    ez369 High-Roller

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    I'd probably take up Aria on the offer in your situation. followed by Bellagio and lastly MGM. All of Bellagio's standard rooms have been updated in their main tower and they are in the process of updating the standard rooms in the Spa Tower to match the main tower.
     
  4. JosieCat

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    Well, I like MGM Grand, and if that's where you can get the free play - that's where I personally would go. All suites are recently renovated.

    Aria - I think that would be a good option - just be aware that unless you get a city view or a panoramic corner suite - you may be on the 4th floor with a view of absolutely nothing (like I was).

    Bellagio - From what I've heard, more often then not the suite gets honored - but I guess my question would be what type of room would you be guaranteed if you couldn't get the suite. I personally turned down the suite and got a lakeview resort deluxe room and was very happy with it. This room was very recently renovated.
     
  5. nostresshere

    nostresshere Mr. Anti Debit Card

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    If having a separate room is important, keep in mind that the Salon suite at Bellagio is a large room, and large bathroom. Minimal if any fountain view.

    Corner suite at Aria is nice. Been there twice.
     
  6. DK528

    DK528 Low-Roller

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    I'm a big fan of Aria.

    Can't speak to table games.

    As for food options, I guess it depends on your definition of casual. It doesn't have a food court (although I think MC has one and you can get to it really easily) but it has a sports bar (Skybox) that has good food, a tapas place (Julian Serrano), a 24-hour spot (Cafe Vettro, but I've heard about service problems) and Todd English's Pub is right next door in Crystals. I think Aria's buffet is reopening in January after a refurbishment.
     
  7. Drambler

    Drambler High-Roller

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    I'd say for that bet range you'll find games comparable to the ones at MGM. I know you'll definitely have six deck games that will be just as good. Double deck might be hard to find at that level at Aria. When I was there in October DD games were $300 minimum.
     
  8. Kickin

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    Thanks everyone for the helpful responses so far!

    So a bit of a surprising update:

    The host had booked me in Aria when I called (I was just wondering whether to change it). I got the email confirm and it sounds like they are putting me in the Sky Suites. Is that possible? It doesn't say anything about the room type in the confirm, but its from VIP services on Aria Sky Suites letterhead and says they "look forward to welcoming you as a guest of Aria Sky Suites". Part of me doesn't want to ask that host if this is accurate in case its not and she changes it lol.

    But really, I'm only taking $10k gambling money with me for 4 nights and my BJ bets vary from $50-$300. I'll play some $5 max-coin VP too but they have no idea about that because I only started playing VP here in AC, not in Vegas yet. So have they just been handing out these Sky Suites easy? Or are all suites handled by the Sky Suites people and that's why the confirm says that?
     
  9. Chuck2009x

    Chuck2009x VIP Whale

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    Fourth night in a Sky Suite upfront trumps the $200 freeplay at MGM.

    Stay at Aria unless you're totally in love with MGM or Bellagio for some reason.

    Sky Suites doesn't run all the suites, just the Sky Suites. So you're in a Sky Suite, which, except for the really high end ones, has the same layout as suites on lower floors, but on a higher floor, separate check-in, separate elevators, limo from the airport.

    It's a really nice property. Enjoy.
     
  10. shiny

    shiny Low-Roller

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    Aria's sky suite is really nice and much better than the corner suite. CaptainJack posted several photos of the Sky Suite in his November trip report. Here is the link. http://www.vegasmessageboard.com/forums/showthread.php?t=85844&page=2

    By the way, I have been staying and playing at Aria since its grand opening on December 16, 2009. Over these 3 years, I've noticed that Aria's VP machines are getting tighter and tighter. Some of their $1/$2/$5 multi-game & multi-denomination machines are deadly cold (rarely hit anything).

    You can find 9/5 JOB at their $1 or $2 level (embedded in those $1/$2/$5 machines). 9/6 JOB can be found at $5 level or above.

    Good Luck and WIN $$$$$$$! :beer:
     
  11. Nittany1

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    I have stayed in all three.
    Sky Suites easily is the best choice.

    Salone Suite at Bellagio is a large room not a seperate bedroom/living room.Most or all are located in the Spa tower which is a hike from the casino and restaurants.

    Mgm has quite a few type suites with the lower level ones being large rooms also.I have not stayed there since they renamed them but the two entry level suites are large rooms and one has a jacuzzi.
    The next level is the Hollywood suites ,I don't know the new name but they are at the end of the long hallways and on the first 9 floors.

    Sky Suites are way above any of these.
    Seperate lobby,Free water,coffee,juice ,snack and fruit 18 hours a day.
    Nicer rooms than any of the others plus a powder room in addition to the main bathroom.
    If a host got the room for you it is likely it will be on a high floor.
    Most comfortable beds on the strip.
     
  12. Kickin

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    Thanks guys for all the helpful responses. We decided to keep the Sky Suite unequivocally. I confirmed with the host and it is that 1-bedroom Sky Suite. I have no idea why they're being so generous, especially when you include all the upfront food/bev and tickets to any show. But I'm not going to complain. The $150 was what they had as my average the one time I remembered to ask. But I'll drop as low as $50 if things are bad so like being on a $50 table but will play $100 if the rules are much better. My bets press up to just $300 for the most part, maybe a little more depending on the streak. So not sure if the Sky Suites are just an easier comp than I would have thought or if they expect I'll play higher or what....

    On their site it says something in the sidebar about an in-suite sauna. Are these in all the Sky Suites? Looking at the floor layout I don't see anything that looks like a sauna unless its that little thing in the bathroom with the double doors.
     
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    I have never had a sauna in my one bedroom Sky Suite.
    Someone else posted they have steam showers but that may only be in the two bedrooms or Sky Villas.
    I never had one after 4 stays there.
     
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