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Where to stay for some extra decadence?

Discussion in 'LV Strip Hotels & Casinos' started by Canyonero, Nov 21, 2012.

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  1. Canyonero

    Canyonero Tourist

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    Hey,

    after giving different properties along the Strip a try the last few years, Aria is gonna be the first hotel I will return to. Loved it there. However, I have left two nights in my schedule to try out something new as well. I am considering the upperclass places atm, and would appreciate any advice.

    Currently on my list:

    - Nobu @CP, just because it's new
    - Mandarin Oriental, because of consistently excellent ratings
    - Four Season, also for great ratings, but I am almost ready to cross that off my list, because the much higher price over the Mandarin Oriental seems in no way justified

    Any advice and experiences you'd like to share? I am also open to alternatives...

    Thanks!
     
  2. KellyLovesVegas

    KellyLovesVegas certified personal trainer/retired space nerd

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    I think it depends on what is important to you and what you want out of your hotel experience.

    Other considerations: What age group are you, do you prefer to walk, or are you one who doesn't mind taking a cab or limo to dinner/clubs? If you are one who simply "must" have a mid-Strip location, then you won't be pleased with the location of the Four Seasons.

    In your post, you didn't specify if you previously stayed at Aria or the Sky Suites. I'd suggest adding Aria Sky Suites to your list, as opposed to regular Aria accommodations for the high end hotel experience.

    We've stayed at Aria Sky Suites for three trips since the hotel opened in Dec 2009, and Four Seasons for at least one trip (of our 3-4/yr) every year since 2004.

    We haven't yet stayed at MO in Las Vegas, though we have stayed at other Mandarin properties and they are always excellent.

    Nobu - I'm a bit skeptical. From the website pics, the rooms appeared to be nice but very tiny. Perhaps if they can achieve the high end service concept it will work.

    Cheers!
     
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    gamblersruin Low-Roller

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    The one time I went to MO it was just to pick up a gift certificate for the spa. All of their employees impressed me with their kiss-ass attitude (in a good way) even though I wasn't even staying there. The skylobby was serene and made me feel like I was above all the usual Vegas hustle. I'm not trying to sell MO but I just wanted to give my impression of it as I would definitely try a stay there for a special occasion that warranted the cost.
     
  4. Canyonero

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    It is true, the location of the Four Seasons is an important consideration, so I will cross that off my list, at least for this trip. I like to be able to conveniently walk back to my hotel after a long night of gambling from wherever I ended up that night.

    Kelly, I have had a look at the Aria Skysuites, thanks for the suggestion. But I will leave that for another time, since I am already staying at the Aria, so the spa, gym, casino, ... would still be the same.

    So it all boils down to MO and Nobu. Thanks for your input Gamblersruin, I am definitely leaning towards the MO. I will put off the decision for a couple of days more though...
     
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    MO is my favorite hotel on the strip.

    Nobu is new and it's possible they haven't worked all the kinks out.
     
  6. Tellafriend

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    i agree with the ealier poster, do Aria sky suites for the entire stay!

    avoid the 4 seasons as they are going through renovations which are overdue. however, once they are completed, that area is hard to beat in the summer time.
     
  7. KellyLovesVegas

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    The Four Seasons room renovations are going to be complete by mid-December 2012.

    I agree, it is hard to compete with having a pool open whenever you desire (the Four Seasons pool) and the Mandalay Bay pool complex with wave pool and top-optional sunbathing/swimming at Moorea Beach.
     
  8. Canyonero

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    Top-optional, eh? Well as member of the male sex, it is top optional for me EVERYWHERE!!! :Þ (How's that for an anti-discrimination lawsuit?)

    But still MO, sounds great. It is kinda annoying, though, that there won't be any firsthand Nobu information until just before my trip. If I wanna be one of the first to experience it, I am gonna have to take a risk, I guess...
     
  9. Canyonero

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    Sorry for my weird mixing up of properties, this forum doesn't seem to have an edit button. I will read my post one more time before posting next time...
     
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    Having no experience with any of these, I would go with MO. There is something about it that intrigues me more. And although Nobu sounds like it would be a unique experience, I haven't heard anything that makes me think it would be in the class of MO or Four Seasons. If you want to try the latest on the block, it would be a good choice but it's probably not the same level of decadence.
     
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    Those all sound great! I'm not quite sure any of those are going to be worth the price. I can't imagine any of those resorts are better than Aria, yet they seem to be 5x as much money.

    May I personally recommend Trump? It's by far going to be the most reasonable, and that resort is wonderful. It gets a bad wrap because it's like 500 feet off the strip, and there is no casino. But, get a nice 1 bedroom corner suite, it's really nice, and it's huge over 1000 sqft, jacuzzi tub, 2 full bathrooms, strip view, it's really luxurious. I've stayed there twice this year. Great service, everything is very clean. Also very close to the Wynn and the Fashion Show. We really felt well taken care of staying there.

    Also Vdara, while slightly smaller rooms and slightly less luxurious (it just has a little colder, more modern feel) the view from the City Corner suite is amazing. 280º views! The staff there is fantastic too. It's great to walk to Aria. But if your other nights are at Aria.. may not be worth it!

    Also I love that both of those are non smoking. I don't mind it when I'm gambling and all that, but it's nice to come back to some place that's really clean.
     
  12. Canyonero

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    Non Smoking is very important to me as well, but fortunately they never tried to stick in in a smoking floor before...

    It sounds very nice what you have to say about Trump. But there is on big problem - Trump. I have listenend to this guy during the US presidential campaigns, and boy - I better stop now for fear of violating the forum rules.

    On the other hand, I don't even know who owns the Aria - might not neccessarily be a nice or sane guy either...
     
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    Trump is on an island away from the strip. No way would I stay there.

    MO all the way.
     
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    Neither Trump nor Vdara, nice as they may be, come to mind when one requests decadence.
     
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    I stayed at MO for two days a couple years back and loved it! Different atmosphere from a casino hotel. Mandarin Bar is great and the pool/pool service is luxurious.

    That said, MO is right next to Aria. It may not matter to you but wanted to mention it.
     
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    I'll add my vote for Mandarin as well. The service there far outstrips anything CET could provide short of some of their high roller stuff.

    That being said if you want to try out a bit different location Wynn Tower Suites are pretty nice as well.
     
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