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Vdara info?

Discussion in 'LV Strip Hotels & Casinos' started by gregster44, Oct 4, 2016.

  1. gregster44

    gregster44 Tourist

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    Looking to stay at the Vdara for the first time. Does anyone have any room preferences?

    How is the walk to get to the strip? How is the valet there and the quickest way to access it? I'm looking for something a little different that where I normally stay, which is the Mirage so I figured i would try it. I think you can get to the Bellagio from Vdara correct?

    If anyone has any advice for getting around or staying there I would definitely like to hear from you.
     
  2. Richard Alpert

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    The Bellagio spa tower is really close to Vdara, linked via a walkway under/by the tram station.

    Vdara's taxi line is right out the main door. I believe the valet is just past the guest drop-off area. I seem to remember seeing a sign on my last visit.
    (Vdara experts please correct me if I'm wrong!)

    There are quite a few ways to get out to the Strip. Trying out the different routes is half the fun.
    There are a set of steps just outside Vdara that lead down to Fire Station 32. A quick walk out to the Strip from there.
    Or out through Bellagio.
    When I'm lazy I hop on the tram at Bellagio and go to Crystals or on to Monte Carlo and then walk out to the Strip from there.

    Aria and Bellagio are both quite close, but it's a relaxing vibe at Vdara. I really enjoyed my stay there and I love to just walk through when I'm not staying there!

    Best wishes!

    RICHARD
     
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    Vdara is a nice hotel. A search here will get some good input on rooms, etc.

    You do sit back from the strip quite a bit. Out the back door and into the back end of Bellagio is nice. Go out the front door and a short walk over the back entrance to Aria. Go out the front door and down the stairs to the garage/check in entrance to Cosmo.

    Either way, it is a bit from the strip.
     
  4. gregster44

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    Thanks guys, got 4 nights booked and looking forward to the stay!
     
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    The even numbered rooms are on the Bellagio side. If you want a view of the fountains and E Tower, you should ask for a room ending in the numbers 28, 30, 32. They are right about center of the curve. You also want to be on at least about the 15th floor or higher. We love staying there. I hope you like it as well.
     
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  6. secretmachines

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    we've stayed at the Vdara on all 4 of our Vegas trips (from the UK) and are staying there for a 5th time next April!
    we really fancied staying somewhere different for a new experience, but when we broke it down, we just came back to the Vdara! (though if we see a really good deal on a Cosmo fountain view terrace, we might consider that).

    we do like a room/suite with a separate lounge area, and for a reasonable price there aren't many other options out there. rooms with fountain/north strip views are of course great, but views of the south strip and the mountains are just as breath-taking IMO.

    yes, it is set back from the Strip a little, but it really only takes a matter of minutes from the front door. and to be honest if you're staying in a bigger property "on the strip", by the time you've left your room, navigated the hallways, elevators, casino floor, lobby and find yourself on the Strip - it's going to be just as quick (if not quicker!) from your Vdara room to the strip :)

    as mentioned above, within minutes you can be in the Bellagio, Aria or Cosmopolitan... i never really consider it an "off strip property" :)

    the Vdara has a small cocktail bar in the lobby, with an outside seating area which is really neat... it has a small cafe / convenience store (Market Cafe Vdara) in the lobby where you can get food, snacks, drinks, coffees... there's a Starbucks too.
     
  7. pd54

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    Excatly what everyone has said above...!

    Just to add to Richard's line that there are steps just outside Vdara that lead down to Fire Station 32. Once here you are pretty much at the Cosmopolitan car entrance on W Harmon Ave, so a walk in there takes you to the Cosmo lobby and then through into their casino. Hopefully this street view link works - https://goo.gl/maps/JX1RhaR23RH2

    I'd totally recommend the Vdara, especially if it is coming in cheaper than the Aria. Again, hopefully this URL shows you the street view at the Vdara entrance across to Aria. https://goo.gl/maps/PCxvujuJmQA2
     
  8. jr7110

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    The quickest way to access Vdara's valet from the Strip is by turning into the big Crystals entrance that takes you to Aria's parking garage (Gucci is right there). You stay toward the right and go up the ramp with the sign that says "Vdara" and that will take you right to the Valet.

    Vdara and Aria are my favorite Vegas hotels -I am actually splitting my upcoming stay between the two. When I stay at Vdara I stay in an Executive Corner Suite, which has a fully equipped kitchen and washer/dryer. I am not sure what the kitchen in the standard rooms are like, but there is definitely a kitchen area with a smaller refrigerator. I don't believe those rooms have the washer/dryer.

    There are many ways to access the Strip from Vdara - you can

    A) Cut through the walkway from Vdara's lobby to Bellagio, which takes you through the back of the hotel near Jean Phillipe, past the Conservatory and out to the front of the hotel where you can walk down either side of the driveway to the Strip - or you can cut all the way through Bellagio to the other end of the property where Olives is and use the walkways to Caesars Palace or Ballys.

    B) When you exit Vdara's lobby, stay on the left - there is an area directly to the left (where as mentioned before) you can go down the stairs or take an elevator to street level where the Firehouse is. What I usually do is cut through the Cosmo's parking garage to the entrance (as mentioned above) and walk through to the Strip that way, but as mentioned above you can just walk straight ahead to the Strip and that will take you up to the Cosmo pedestrian walkway that also leads to PH.

    C) When you exit Vdara's lobby, stay on the left but instead of going down the steps you continue straight along the path to Aria, where you will enter near the Buddha statue close to their Jean Phillipe location. You enter the casino and walk through to the right (as if you are going to take the tram from Aria or cut through to Monte Carlo) and just walk out past the valet and continue straight on to the Strip past the Dale Chihuly shop etc. Sometimes I prefer to just cut through Monte Carlo and make my way out to the Strip from there.

    D) When you enter Aria near the Buddha statue, you can also turn left in the casino and walk toward the main Aria reservation area. You then walk past Julian Serrano, make a right at Todd English's PUB and exit - then immediately walk left into the Crystals shopping center. Walk toward Wolfgang Puck's Pizza and Cucina and there is an escalator and stairs leading down to the main level - take that and walk straight ahead, toward Louis Vuitton, then make a left and go up the escalator which will lead you to the pedestrian Bridge to Cosmo (which also will take you over the Strip to the corner of PH where Walgreens is).

    I can't give an opinion on the valet service, as I have never used the valet at Vdara - I rent from Avis so I prefer to use the Avis spots at Aria and just walk through back to Vdara.
     
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    Does anyone know if the jacuzzi is open in December? I enjoy a relaxing in a warm jacuzzi on cool mornings so hoping i can do that on this trip.
     
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    Sorry for thread hijack.

    Anyone with comments on the pullout queen-size sofa bed? Is it comfy enough to sleep on? (staying 3 in a room)
     
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    A couple of notes. When going downstairs past the fire station, if staying left, the walkway is not continuous and you will end up walking in the street against oncoming traffic.

    Also, I just came from staying at Cosmo and there is construction going on for the Marquee Dome on Harmon. 2 lanes were often shut down due to the large crane and workers.

    When you think about it, while Vdara is set far back off the strip, other casinos are set just as far back. Vdara just doesn't have any of it's property meeting up with the strip.

    Vdara has the 2nd best rooms on the strip without getting a huge upgrade. Cosmo is #1.

    I like the Studio Parlor Suite which is just a tiny upgrade from the bottom rung room. Small fridge, microwave, and 2 cooktops, 2 TVs with divider.

    One thing you can count on.....quiet.
     
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    My sister slept on it. She said it was ok. Not the best, but nothing terrible.
     
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    Vdara pool & hot tub hours were posted as open from 9 a.m to 5 p.m.
    There is no food/beverage service during their "off-season"
    Front desk said carrying in food/beverage was allowed (off-season) as long as it wasn't in glass.
    I saw many people with carry-ins....both food and beverage.
    There was a lifeguard on duty.
    The pool is heated!
    There is an ADA compliant pool lift to assist those with disabilities.
    The pool is small but there seemed to be plenty of free chairs with umbrellas and tables.
    If you want sunlight in the afternoon you'll want to pick a chair at the end of the pool nearest to the strip
    The pool is very shallow and does not exceed 4 feet in depth at the center.

    Even though it's small, the pool was nice and there are many umbrellas ( to help ward off vdara "death ray" )
    Looking at the construction of the pool area, there are some maintenance issues that will likely need to be addressed soon in the hot tub.

    The bathrooms in the lobby can be accessed to the right or left behind the registration desk
    They have a very nice business center to the left of registration. You can mail packages/letters/postcards home super easily from there. No cash payments though ...plastic only.

    There is a Starbucks to the right in the main lobby.
    The bar Vice Versa has a great happy hour and at 1 a.m. it was loud and fun.
    Market Cafe has a mini convenience type area to the left and the restaurant is on the right. You do have to wait to be seated by the hostess.
    The food options are a bit lacking, but its so easy and fast to walk to Aria, Bellagio or Cosmopolitan.
    Cosmo Secret Pizza is open until 4 a.m.!!

    This was a great option for a non-gaming hotel on the strip.
    The room was very nice, the sliding frosted glass bathroom door could be an issue for some.
    The bath tub is lovely but you are facing the shower enclosure and toilet. (I HATE that!)
    The shower enclosure seemed nice but I found it very cramped upon trying to use it.
    Water pressure was weak and the shower head was not very adjustable for persons over 5'5"...
    you'll have to press yourself against the back of the glass wall to get any water above your chest and reverse and bend to wash your hair.
    The room design was okay, but they need shower heads that pivot and adjust.

    The bed was the most comfortable I've had in a long time and the pillows were similar to those "seen on tv" good sleep pillows.
    Great bed and pillows. I'd like to buy the same bed....it was that good.

    The rooms has plenty of outlets, each side of the bed had it's own outlets, so it's easy to charge your phones and each side also has personal adjustable reading lamps.
    There is a window ledge that is great to set a mini tripod on. Set up a time-lapse photo of sunrise or sunset!

    This would be a great hotel for business travel because of the mini fridge and kitchen as well as the washer and dryer.
    Free wifi worked great. The password is your last name and room number.

    Getting to and from Vdara was not a problem at all.
    I was a bit worried, but walking time to Aria Vdara or Bellagio was about 3 minutes.
    Walking from the room to the strip took about the same amount of time as when I stayed at MGM.
    There was still construction at Cosmopolitan because of their pool party dome thingee.
    I used Lyft 9 times and had no problems with drivers finding the place.
    Lyft pickup/drop-off area is very clearly marked and is on the right side of the main entrance doors.

    Overall, I was impressed and I will book Vdara again in April if I can't get a good rate on a Cosmopolitan terrace with a fountain view.
    4.5 stars out of 5
     
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