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Aria, Vdara, or MGM Signature?

Discussion in 'LV Strip Hotels & Casinos' started by willywilkes, Aug 3, 2015.

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  1. willywilkes

    willywilkes Low-Roller

    Jun 3, 2014
    Have a trip planned for November and hoping to get a decent corporate Fall offer, but my MGM the Buzz isn't available on the nights I am going and rates are sky high at many places so decided I better book something now as a back-up in case the offer doesn't come through...

    Here is where we have stayed before (in order of which we liked best):

    We like to walk (and usually take day trips to do 5-8mile hikes), so being a bit further away probably isn't a big deal. I am a gambler (very low-roller) but partner is pretty much not- I usually like to spend a few hours playing slots each day, but nothing too extensive. Haven't stayed in a location without a casino right in the resort- I like being able to get off the elevator and be in the casino, but it sounds like vdara and the sig aren't too bad either.

    We want a room that feels nice- we usually are in the most basic room at each of the above, so nothing too crazy. We like having some type of fridge for soda (I drink some, partner not at all, so no need to store beer/liquor). And a sitting area other than the bed is important. Also nice to have some type of table/desk to sit at if we decide to eat a meal in the room (wouldn't do any actual cooking though). A view is important to me, however I like to see the mountains- i don't really care about strip views at all. Wifi is a must in the room too. Pool is not important, won't use spa/fitness facilities, and dining doesn't need to be onsite so not really affected by that (though we like to hit up one buffet each trip and Aria is definitely our favorite).

    Aria is a hotel I have been wanting to stay at, and at $135/night for the ones I am looking at, I might bite the bullet (mgm is $160 and MB is over $200). TBH that is more than I want to pay- Vdara and the Sig are both coming in right around $110 per night. Also more than I really want to pay.. My last 3 trips have been mainly courtesy of myvegas or 1-2 comped nights with 1-2 paid. I already have my flight booked from the SW sale 2 months ago, but I am considering postponing to dates where I can use my offer even it its going to cost more to fly there (thought the SW sale was the best price I have seen in years so it is hard to give that up...).

    I like that I can get a larger room at the Sig or Vdara for similar price to Aria, and I like that they have a fridge- but what pros and cons do you think there are for the three? The balcony suites at the sig also sound cool, but not sure if I would actually utilize it much.

    Also do you know if myvegas freeplay from Aria or Mgm can be used at Vdara or the Signature respectively? Even if it cannot, staying at either of those does count as being at an mlife hotel so stay required rewards could be used, correct?

    I believe if I book through mlife I can cancel my reservation- can anyone confirm that?

  2. Nittany1

    Nittany1 VIP Whale

    Jul 6, 2009
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Signature and Vdara have no casino so your My Vegas would not work at either.
    If you like a casino at the bottom of the elevator,I do also,Aria will be your only option.

    Vdara would be my second choice.The walk across the driveway into Aria is shorter than the walk from Signature into MGM.
    Vdara is also a short walk into Bellagio or Cosmo.

    There are a lot of Signature fans on this board but VDara has a better location.
  3. JoJoR

    JoJoR High-Roller

    Jan 3, 2015
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    You would be able to use FreePlay at the Signature (done it in the past). However, unless things have changed, Vdara doesn't qualify.

    You won't be disappointed with the 3 hotels you chose, but I would probably take Aria out of the mix because you won't get as much bang for your buck based on how much you want to spend.

    I've stayed at Vdara twice and the Signature once. Vdara is great because after you get off the elevator, you're less than a 5 minute walk away from both Aria and Bellagio. The rooms are nice and quiet, the whole property is smoke free, and the remodeled bar in the lobby Vice Versa is nice and chill. I've stayed in the basic Deluxe suite and the Panoramic suite, both really nice. If you want a bit more space, I would try to book the Vdara Suite or the Corner Suite.

    On the other hand, the Signature is not a bad choice. The bathroom is large, very quiet, easy monorail access if you plan on shooting down to the end of the strip. Personally, I think the walk to and from the Signature (I stayed in the first tower) gets old. It takes a good 10 to 15 minutes to probably walk from the elevator onto the trip. At Vdara, in that amount of time you could be in Bellagio, Aria, Cosmo, and probably Monte Carlo.
  4. Hobofrank

    Hobofrank Prime Minister of Idiocracy

    Jul 29, 2014
    Porter Ranch,CA
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Vdara, with a Vdara suite option ...youtube it

    you're welcome
  5. gradytripp

    gradytripp Low-Roller

    Jul 30, 2012
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    I've only stayed at Aria. First trip (in summer), great. $20 tip got us a city view room. Second trip (happened to also be in November), I think we got the worst room in the joint--lowest floor, end of the very long hallway, view of a forgotten fire extinguisher on the roof of Aria, and missing in-room technology. But of the three choices you list, I'd pick Aria (I'm a center-strip guy).

    I stayed in the Bellagio spa tower last month, and had a lot of opportunities to walk through Vdara on my way to the Aria and Cosmo casinos. I'd considered booking Vdara before, but it just completely lacks any "Vegas" vibe whatsoever. It just feels like the nicest hotel in Akron, Ohio. I understand the rooms are large and reasonably priced, but it just didn't feel like Vegas.

    Finally, yes you should be able to cancel a reservation made through mlife.com. I did for the trip last month (originally booked at Aria). But as other threads have indicated, the website is very screwy, and I think I actually had to call to cancel my Aria reservation.
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