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OK VMBers Need Some Input - Bellagio/Aria/MGM

Discussion in 'LV Strip Hotels & Casinos' started by RockyBalboa, May 11, 2015.

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  1. RockyBalboa

    RockyBalboa VIP Whale

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    Ok ladies and gents - I will be going out on 20 July through 25 July. I will arrive in Vegas around 2100hrs Monday night and depart sometime early Saturday evening.

    I am comped for three nights at Palazzo (Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday) and my company is paying for Friday night.

    However since I want to come in Monday night I need another place to stay. I will NOT attempt an all-nighter because that leads to miserableness. And I will have to do some work while I am there (aka walking the trade show and schmoozing with some of my co-workers and vendors).

    Even though my stay at Palazzo begins on Tuesday I will be double booked there and wherever I choose to stay Monday & Tuesday. I don't want to check into a place for just one night especially since I will be arriving late.

    I am heavily leaning towards the Mirage. That was the first place we stayed and I love it there. I'd also like to get some play on their radar for future offers. However...I an open to other places. I have always wanted to stay at The B or Aria or even MGM despite them being on the south side of the strip.

    And this is where I turn to you all - help me make up my mind!

    I have listed the four options (Mandalay is not on there because their rates are insane for those two nights).

    I will be giving them property some decent play on Monday night and Tuesday and hopefully have the charges knocked off.


    Here are the choices;

    Bellagio Fountain View Room (Mon/Tues) = $462.90 (taxes, resort fees, etc)
    Aria Deluxe Room (Mon/Tues) = $367.70 (taxes, resort fees, etc)
    MGM Grand King Premier View (Mon/Tues) = $341.04 (taxes resort fees, etc)
    Mirage Resort Tower King (24th/25th floor) (Mon/Tues) = $329.62

    So what say you?
     
  2. Hobofrank

    Hobofrank Prime Minister of Idiocracy

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    Aria, hands down
     
  3. RockyBalboa

    RockyBalboa VIP Whale

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    I quite enjoy the craps scene there -- have you stayed in the deluxe room?
     
  4. RM777

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    I would choose Aria, especially when the rate is not too much higher than the rate at the Mirage.

    In my opinion, the Aria is superior to the Mirage in most categories.
     
  5. RM777

    RM777 Low-Roller

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    The Deluxe Room is fantastic! Very comfortable beds.
     
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    VeddaLasVegas Low-Roller

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    My vote is for Aria too!
     
  7. Jonnyvegas

    Jonnyvegas Low-Roller

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    Bellagio is our favorite. Third time there in a few weeks. Stayed at Mirage twice. Always enjoy it there too. MGM once. Not bad but far from preferred casinos. Would like to try Aria some day. There is a tram that connects Aria to the Bellagio. Save $100 and give us a report on the Aria.
     
  8. kboltwkreations

    kboltwkreations Low-Roller

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    Aria has the most comfortable beds and is the most upscale, modern of your choices. Casino is very nice, although their table limits will usually be higher than the others. Sits off the strip, so access is not as easy to other hotels, but very easy to get to Bellagio and MC.

    Bellagio is my choice of these for better restaurants, strip location, and I do like the casino better than Aria, but I am not a fan of their regular rooms, usually try to book a suite there. Not as comfortable of a room as Aria.

    MGM will most likely give you the most comps for your play if you are looking for future offers. This property has not been as tight with my comps as B and Aria. (Although my best offers here lately have come from MB, but not on your list). MGM is a VERY BIG property and that is on the negative side for me.

    I have not stayed at Mirage since they have done some updating, but the food options were not impressive to me when we were there in 2012. Also rooms were more dated than others on your list, but they may have had a re-do since then.

    I would go with Aria. It is in a whole other class above the rest IMO if you are looking to try something new.
     
  9. Hobofrank

    Hobofrank Prime Minister of Idiocracy

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    Never stayed there, i always stay over at Vdara because full kitchen and washer/dryer
    for less than Aria....but now it seems I'm going to Aria 3 times this summer
    such a Degen,lolwut
     
  10. RockyBalboa

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    That is one consistent thing I have heard about Aria is that the beds are the best on the strip!

    Looks like its going to be a landslide...lol

    Thanks for the input and I think you're right - spending the extra $100ish for a fountain view room doesn't make sense since I'll be solo. If my girlfriend was there or if I were staying in the room more then maybe.

    I love playing craps at Aria and the decor and feel of the place is great. So I think I will be pulling the trigger there!

    MGM is big for sure and is never really in my rotation because I would much rather be on the north side of the strip. But I'd be willing to give them a shot. Maybe on a future trip!

    Mirage's food options were always a bugger - but I like that they added that cafe. Although I think I recall reading that Carnegie's service has gone way downhill (hard to do because I used to wait forever there!)

    MB was going to be in my choices but they seem to have some convention there so their prices are a bit too high.

    lol so you can make a full report! And then you can book a 4th summer trip so we can play craps!
     
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    I will echo the other Aria recommendations. I was there for a portion of my trip last month and really enjoyed it. Great casino (good BJ, decent VP, good craps crews, better-than-average drink service). The restaurant selection is good. And it's hard to beat the location - though, it is a bit of a walk to get to the strip.

    My biggest caveat would be that it's going to be hot as hell in July and their "green" A/C just cannot keep up with the heat. Even during my April trip, when the outside temps were in the mid-high 70's, I could never get the room below 72 until after the sun went down. Several years ago, when I was there during 100+ temps, it was even worse. This might not be an issue for most. But I like my room chilly. Therefore, Aria is a no-go for me in the summer.

    The only other issues I have with Aria is that the room is a little tight and the tech is clunky as hell. (Obviously, when I say "tight", I'm comparing it to other top-tier joints like Wynncore, V/P, Cosmo, etc...it's not a problem, of course, just a minor negative vs. the others.)
     
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    Aria would get my vote
     
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    nostresshere Mr. Anti Debit Card

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    I must be slow today.

    Why not just book Palazoo for Monday night and not have to move?
     
  14. RockyBalboa

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    Good stuff, buddy - thank you. I like the room chilly too and I despise places that have that motion detector on the AC - especially in a room in the middle of a flippin' desert. I keep my thermostat at 68 at night here.

    Cool - thanks!

    I could do that - and normally I would because much like connecting flights I hate moving rooms. But I was thinking this was my opportunity to spice it up a bit and get some MGM groundwork put down for future offers. The Monday night rate for Palazzo is $129
     
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    great so NOW I need to win moar?, just to support my Degen status?:wink2:

    the things I suffer through for VMB...
     
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    I have stayed at all of the above mentioned properties, but I do prefer the Aria due to the contemporary look (casino & rooms), the BJ rules, and it really seems to have a superior air filtration system so I don't notice the cigarette smoke as much in the casino. My 2 cents . . .
     
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    My pick would also be the aria, if not just stay at the palazzo. You can still give MLife actions by gambling there?
     
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    no V/P is not Mlife
     
  19. RockyBalboa

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    Hey man...you've got a reputation to keep up around these parts!

    I'd forgotten about the filtration - excellent point. It always seems so fresh in there. Huge plus.

    Well yeah I could just play at Aria or Mirage while staying at Palazzo...I could end up staying the whole trip at Palazzo. But I kinda like the thought of trying a new place and getting a feel before heading over to my comfort zone.
     
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    How is the Aria pool?

    And for that matter how is Palazzo's?
     
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