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Which hotel?

Discussion in 'LV Strip Hotels & Casinos' started by IowaRyan, Jun 30, 2015.

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  1. IowaRyan

    IowaRyan Low-Roller

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    Headed to Vegas for a couple days R&R July 12-15 with my wife, help me decide which hotel based on following criteria:

    a) nice pool
    b) nice spa
    c) plenty of places to eat close by
    d) Must be MLife property

    Lesser considerations

    e) BJ and craps <$25

    Based on the foregoing leaning towards either Aria, MGM or Mirage. We've stayed at the Mirage, I've stayed at the MGM. Please share thoughts, thanks.
     
  2. Brick

    Brick Low-Roller

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    I've stayed at MGM and Mirage. Of the two, I think MGM has the nicer pool. Mirage wins in the other categories in my opinion. I don't like the MGM spa as much as Mirage -- maybe because MGM's sauna was broken when I stayed there and I had some issues with my massage reservation. Plus, Mirage is closer to good restaurants at CP and the other mid-Strip properties.
     
  3. katmu

    katmu Well-Known Member

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    The spa at Aria would definitely be a step above MGM or Mirage. Dining options for me would be a toss-up as MGM has lots of options on site, Mirage also puts you close to Caesars/forum shops and V/P restaurants. Aria is close to Cosmo and Bellagio plus Monte Carlo for cheap eats. Pool I would give the nod to MGM just based on size and number of options.

    If prices are fairly close, I would pick Aria, MGM 2nd and Mirage 3rd.
     
  4. zing

    zing Low-Roller

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    Aria if you can afford it (I've been getting some pretty good deals in my email and I'm a low roller).

    If you 're on a budget Monte Carlo would be a good option.

    Mandalay Bay probably has the nicest pool, but the location is a little remote all the way at the end of the strip.
     
  5. feeltheheat

    feeltheheat Low-Roller

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    ARIA...dont look any further.
    a.) check (better then mirage; i dont like the mgm pool at all. but that could have something to do with the crowd there)
    b.) check (outside spa plunge pool is awesome; one of the best spas in vegas)
    c.) check
    d.) check
    e.) check
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    i will be in vegas for the same days + some (ufc 189; mcgregor vs mendes) but my choice was the mirage because of comps.
    i stayed at aria, mandalay bay, the hotel, mgm, luxor, vdara, mirage, treasure island and bellagio before.
     
  6. heatherlovesvegas

    heatherlovesvegas VIP Whale

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    Aria is the nicest.. They have the greatest spa! Love the outdoor plunge pool and the salt room (if you aren't a guest you can still get a day pass for $40), bathtubs in the rooms, good restaurants (and easy access to Cosmo's selections)

    I really really like staying at MGM, but I honestly don't seem to ever eat there.. and I don't think their spa is special. BUT if it's like 1/3 as much money as Aria I would go with that. Generally I stay there because it fits my needs and is a good price.
     
  7. God-Speed

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    Aria is nice, we have stayed their a couple of times and have enjoyed it, however Mirage is always our first choice based on the same thing you are looking for. Have a great time. :thumbsup:
     
  8. RIRugrat

    RIRugrat Low-Roller

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    MGM wins the pool category, Mirage wins the BJ category and Aria wins the spa, dining and location categories. A 3-way tie on the craps. I'd choose Aria.

    Disclaimer: I've stayed at Aria once and MGM many times. Always wanted to stay at Mirage but their VP paytables are the worst of all MGM properties and that's a deal breaker for me.

    Can't go wrong with any of these 3 properties. Get the best deal and enjoy!

    Chris
     
  9. urbanphotos

    urbanphotos Tourist

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    I stayed at Aria in December 2011, here are some photos http://www.urbanphotos.net/images/las_vegas_11/

    Overall it's upscale on about the same level as Venetian or Wynn but I thought the place had no personality and seemed hastily constructed. No question it's way nicer than Mirage and MGM though.

    I had a room service pizza with a six pack of Heineken. I think it was $60.

    aria_las_vegas_room_service.jpg
     
  10. Malibugolfer

    Malibugolfer High-Roller

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    If you are booking as per your parameters, and as a rack rate with no host, what are your dates and budget?
     
  11. IowaRyan

    IowaRyan Low-Roller

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    Thanks to everyone who made suggestions. After I made my initial post my wife advised me she was really not interested in doing the spa this time-- with the spa removed from consideration MGM became this easy choice given the fact I got a suite for about $250 total. i love gambling at MGM and New New York is fun too.
     
  12. cjohnson202

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    I prefer Mirage over Aria, but I'd assume the spa at Aria is far better than what's at Mirage. With that said, I much prefer the Mirage casino and pool to Aria's. Rooms are nicer at Aria, but I'm not the fanciest of people so that really doesn't sway me
     
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