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Bellagio vs. Aria

Discussion in 'LV Strip Hotels & Casinos' started by slotlady, Jan 23, 2016.

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  1. slotlady

    slotlady Tourist

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    Our last 6 or so visits we have stayed at Bellagio. Have never been offered an upgrade etc. even when gold level. I have nights booked in May: two comped and two at outrageous prices "because we want to hold that week " due to a large conference in town". We cannot change our dates as we are in town for a "small conference". We are in our mid 60s and I am seriously thinking about Aria but worried about pulling the trigger! I like the casino etc., but my husband, not so much. Are rooms in great shape? Are they quiet etc.? Help me decide....if not both mlife, I would just double book! and then cancel one. I am struggling with leaving a comfort zone..
     
  2. shifter

    shifter Degenerate Gambler

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    The gold upgrade at either property is just a higher floor. You probably got the upgrade and never even knew it.

    Aria has a different vibe. Do you think it's going to be less busy/better prices is that why you are thinking of switching?

    If you both like the B I don't see much reason to change.
     
  3. Char1

    Char1 High-Roller

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    We also stay at Bellagio and changed to Aria last trip. Although we enjoyed the dining choices of Aria we felt the resort was too big.

    Still like the boutique style of the Bellagio.

    Enjoy
     
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    I stayed at both a lot, mostly in their standard rooms. Both properties are fine, but overall I prefer Bellagio.
    Yes, I think their rooms are in good shape, even the cheapest rooms.

    For the gold upgrade, don't expect much.
    As shifter said, just a higher floor, if you can get it at all. Most of the time, nothing.
    $20 trick doesn't work very well at either place, but it is still way better than the gold upgrade.
     
  5. slotlady

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    Thank you. Yes, I did think price might be better or they may give me the 3 night comp I have available. Bellagio 'blocked' the 3 night comp and said I could only use 2 nights, and are charging $750 for two more nights...Plus resort fees, of course.
     
  6. slotlady

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    Thank you...will probably stay with Bellagio. Appreciate your response..
     
  7. slotlady

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    Thanks...I know Gold does little! Small fish in big sea....Just thought rate for two nights [$750] was extreme, and Aria has actually been more aggressive with mailings etc. All I know is I do not want to stay where convention is, so if my hubby is happy with Bellagio, that is probably what we will stick with for this trip. He is the one that has to work and walk to another hotel for meetings. LOL
     
  8. Bondy3

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    my mother is a die hard fan of the Bellagio, whenever we talk about vegas she mentions some awesome random thing about why the Bellagio is the best hotel ever blah blah blah, I personally really like the Aria, I think you get a little more bang for the buck and the rooms are always nice, ive never had a bad time at either resort
     
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    spicole Low-Roller

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    I'll cast the dissenting vote here and suggest Aria. I really like the modern vibe, the casino, and the restaurant line up. I like to think of Aria and Bellagio as sister properties - Aria is very modern, while Bellagio is "classic" but at very similar price and service levels. The rooms are very quiet. I love their beds.

    A couple of questions:
    Is Aria significantly cheaper? If so, then I would absolutely recommend it as a shot to leave your comfort zone.
    Why the struggle to leave your comfort zone? It seems like two outrageously priced nights might be the impetus to try something new.
     
  10. DiamondJim21

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    I like both places alot. I usually stay at Aria, as between the two, because the price of Aria is usually substantially less. I prefer to gamble at Bellagio, frankly I like Bellagio better on almost all fronts except for price.
     
  11. johnvic

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    Aria, dark and modern. Bellagio, light classic. One was created by a committee, one by Steve Wynn.
     
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  12. slotlady

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    Thanks everyone....Guess I will keep Bellagio reservation. Although I do have to change it from 5 to 4 nights, so will see how that goes given the resistance by Bellagio to allow comps that week...
     
  13. ItsVegasTime

    ItsVegasTime Low-Roller

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    I personally love Aria. I don't think you could go wrong with either place honestly.
     
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    I like Aria because it seems to have less smoke in the casino area. I think since it is a newer property the air filtration is a bit better.
     
  15. BarelyHangingOn

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    I have stayed at the Aria on our two trips and I from watching videos and going through tons of sites their basic room is top notch. This year we had the strip view basic and were not disappointed. The bed is comfortable and the sunken tub / shower combo is amazing. The rooms are clean and not noisy at all.

    My wife also absolutely loved the spa. Tops in her books.

    What I didn't care for was the casino this time around. I didn't think they had a great variety of slot choices. It felt kind of generic. When we were going through other casinos they seemed to have more choices. The Mirage had a Family Guy slot I played for awhile which was a lot of fun. Aria didn't have a lot of machines like this.

    We also had zero luck which contributed to it You would think at some point of throwing money into them they would give you a little back. I mean I don't mind dropping a $50 into a machine for example but at least let me lose it and have some fun. Don't take it all in 10 minutes. My wife sat down to a Sons of Anarchy machine. I thought great that will keep her busy for awhile. Her first $20 was gone in as many spins and that was the end of it.

    I am sure that with the other places you have to walk a lot to get to the strip but by the end of the trip we were tired of the walk out the side door, through the Crystals and over two bridges and down the escalator just to get to the strip.
     
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    I always found Bellagio to be way more expensive than Aria, although they are comparable in quality.

    I think Aria is cooler, while Bellagio is a classic beauty. So, both are very nice choices depending on your mood.

    Casino-wise, Aria is very airy and clean, while Bellagio has a very upscale looking casino environment, with great selection.

    If the prices were same, that would be a tough choice, but I would probably be inclined towards Bellagio due to better location and the classic surroundings. If Aria is cheaper by at least 20%, I would definitely pick Aria.
     
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    Being "60" myself, we like Bellagio more. But both are good.

    You mentioned a conference - where is that being held? I would suggest being close or in the same hotel if possible. Makes life easier.

    As to those high rates. Rack rates in May are showing a low of $159 and a high of $569. Supply and demand at work.
     
  18. pd54

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    Is the Vdara an option?

    It's joined to the Bellagio by a walkway, and is a very short walk to Aria, so can get at the casinos in both.
     
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    My last dozen or so trips have all been to Aria. The rooms are comparable (I personally like Aria's rooms a little better, but that's just preference), but I think Aria has much, much better dining and drinking options. The problem with Bellagio is that if you want to get something to eat during the day, you're pretty limited, whereas Aria has top-notch choices like Julian Serrano, Javier's, Lemongrass, and Five50, all of which open before noon. I also prefer Aria's casino, in that Bellagio just has way too many people passing through.

    The biggest knock on Aria is its supposed distance to the Strip, but I really do think that's overstated. If you look at the map, Aria's main entrance is slightly farther back than Bellagio's. What makes it deceptive is that Bellagio has the shops which have their entrance at the corner of Flamingo, but having to walk through Via Bellagio isn't drastically different from having to walk through Crystals to me.
     
  20. doug1956

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    I would second the suggestion to consider Vdara. It is non-smoking, quiet, has very spacious rooms, is a two minute walk to Aria and a five minutes walk to
    the Bellagio Lobby. It is cheaper than either Aria or Bellagio, and adjacent to the Bellagio tram stop.
     
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