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Aria vs. Mirage vs. Monte Carlo - Help me chose!

Discussion in 'LV Strip Hotels' started by DanVegas, Jan 22, 2017.

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  1. DanVegas

    DanVegas Tourist

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    I typically stay at Aria, but have been on a particularly cruel losing streak there, and am therefore considering trying another spot. Here are my offers:

    Aria:
    Free base room
    $175 freeplay
    $100 resort credit
    (We've already used up the myvegas freeplay rewards here)

    Mirage:
    Free base room
    $175 freeplay
    $100 resort credit
    $150 extra freeplay through myvegas (both my wife and I would get the $50 and $25 freeplay rewards)

    Monte Carlo:
    Free Suite
    $175 freeplay
    $250 resort credit
    $150 extra freeplay through myvegas (both my wife and I would get the $50 and $25 freeplay rewards)

    I would end up with the highest value of freeplay/comps with monte carlo, but I've heard the suites aren't any better than base rooms at Aria. Help me decide!

    Thank you in advance.
     
  2. YukonSloMo

    YukonSloMo High-Roller

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    Aria every day of the week and twice on Sundays.....nuff said. Have fun!!
     
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  3. amk121

    amk121 VIP Whale

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    Aria!
     
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  4. shokhead

    shokhead No big spender unless eating drinking having fun!

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    I wouldn't have MC in the same sentence with Aria and Mirage.
     
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  5. thecarve

    thecarve Misanthrope

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    What they said...Aria in a heartbeat.
     
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  6. Drewm1972

    Drewm1972 VIP Whale

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    Well I would say Aria as well but I think you already know that (meaning Aria is better hotel) however I see that you get
    More action at MC so.... go with MC minds well, since you are there to gamble and least it's a suite, never stayed there MC before but who knows.... good luck regardless.
     
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    guapoxxx High-Roller

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    Stay at Aria then gamble next door at MC.
     
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  8. DanVegas

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    Thanks for all the replies. I guess I should clarify that I know Aria is very very clearly the best hotel of the 3. However, does the $150 extra in freeplay at Mirage, or extra $150 freeplay + $150 resort credit +Suite at Monte Carlo outweigh the Aria?

    Thanks!
     
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  9. Drewm1972

    Drewm1972 VIP Whale

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    Not only that I'm sure you will get more offers in the futures with silmiar offers then you can stay at Aria next time
     
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  10. thecarve

    thecarve Misanthrope

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    Only you know what the FP and/or RC mean to you. But I can say, unequivocally, that a standard room at Aria beats the hell out of a "suite" at MC.
     
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  11. gilly from philly

    gilly from philly Low-Roller

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    Not in my opinion.
     
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  12. WWGB

    WWGB Low-Roller

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    When did you last use the MyVegas free play awards at Aria? I've been able to use the free play awards several times at the Mirage. My understanding is that if MyVegas lets you purchase an award again, it's considered a new "batch" and you should be able to redeem it.
     
  13. Multifarious5

    Multifarious5 VIP Whale

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    Aria, hands down. FYI do NOT do the MC suite if it's a monaco suite. We stayed at MC for years and were fine with the regular room, but we found the monaco suite big, but very depressing. Greyish walls, a bathroom/tub combo with a shower curtain (in a suite?), small windows, and you can't see outside from the bed, at least in the room we had. (We were looking at a part of the building that jutted out.)

    The Aria standard room is so nice, we'll pick that over a mid-tier suite any day-- even with a little less RC.

    P.S. I am a mid-roller, and I have been SHOCKED that Aria definitely is more focused on retention than many of the older hotels. First time I stayed on a 3 night freebie, I figure it was a glitch. Then I figured it was a one time thing.

    We're now going on our fourth free trip to Aria, and they repeatedly give us a baby suite for our spring promos! And again, mid roller. MC keeps trying to get me to come back, telling me Aria over-comps me. Um.....and that should convince me to come back, why? Aria keeps giving me either a high floor standard room in busy times, or a corner suite in the spring. MC? Their "wooing" offer is always the dumb Monaco suite, and that's even when I had more coin-in at MC. Even their staff complains they've tightened comps, but Aria has been great to us.

    If you can get in with Aria on a free room promo....DO IT! :D

    P.S. We like Mirage too, if not Aria, then my vote/tip would be Mirage.
     
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  14. nostresshere

    nostresshere Mr. Anti Debit Card

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    Yea, Aria is very nice.

    But, that place just sucks the life out of me. Doubt we will stay there again.
     
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  15. DanVegas

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    Thanks so much for the feedback. I was seriously leaning toward MC, but after this information, it's got to be Aria. I figured that it couldn't be that much worse at MC in a suite than Aria, but thanks to your posts, I think I stand corrected.
     
  16. dnreyes23

    dnreyes23 Low-Roller

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    I turned down mid tier suites with more resort credit to stay at Aria for the first time. They were MLIFE corporate offers. It was a no brainer, from the reviews here to yelp and trip advisor.
     
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  17. Multifarious5

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    HI Dan, I'm excited for you! FYI I am pretty frugal, and I am even more so with someone else's money. I'm not one to suggest leaving money on the table for a better room, unless I really think the value is substantial, which I do in this case.

    I think you'll love Aria, and I am REALLY excited for you...have a blast, and don't forget to apply your express comps to your bill, as you'll earn those with play as well! :)
     
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  18. Craps_Player

    Craps_Player Low-Roller

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    I've got a 50 night comp coming up with the Monte Carlo soon, but this does not mean that I am an advocate of this hotel. It's under renovation right now and whilst it's going to be a great location hotel in the next 12 months, it's an old hotel in terms of needing s facelift.

    I can advise that the stay is dependent on what you are really wanting to do. If it's literally to leave your baggage in the room, then MC is great. When you need to sleep, the beds are comfortable. If you like Coffee in the morning, then a stroll to Sambalatte downstairs is great. If you want to stay in the room most of the time, then you should be in the Vdara or somewhere like it. Or, Pay for the Upgrade to a suite in the Mirage. The Aria is a much classier place and the rooms are nice enough. But if being in the Aria stretches your gambling budget and you (like me) keep losing your bankroll in the place, then don't gamble there. Perhaps you can stay there and walk to the Bellagio or MC.

    MC is going through a makeover, and will probably be really nice this time next year. Right now, you've got workmen in there doing renovations and the pool is out of action (not that the pool holds any sway with my staying there because it's not great).

    So...this comes right down to one thing for me....COMPS. Who my host is, and why I stay there. If you don't have a dedicated host, then you can really choose where you would like to be located.

    The Strip isn't that large a place so you can walk to most casinos. Mostly they are linked, and I like the exercise anyway. So, I love Caesars Palace, and I think so many other casinos have so much more to offer than the MC where I have stayed for 21 years. However, if I want to get to my room FAST from an Uber or Taxi, the MC is brilliant. I'm not walking through everywhere to get to the lifts. The lobby and lifts from the taxi rank is practically no distance. The MC is on the strip and connected to other MGM properties. Its easy. If you are getting better offers for what you are there for, then I'd take the money. Unless, you were specifically looking to enjoy the room. In that case, the Mirage has really nice suites.

    I've been offered other hotels with other hosts over my time in Vegas, but my host really does sort out things for me, and that goes a long way to getting things done. It doesn't mean I love the hotel. I won't eat in the MC dinner buffet. I'll go to the Wynn Buffet for example. Where I actually sleep is not actually relevant to my overall experience of Vegas, unless I was focused on using the room for anything other than working from Laptop or sleeping. The Monaco Suite is a 700 sq ft room, and no different to many other decent hotel base rooms (furniture is older however and needs replacing). The Diamond Suite is OK at over 800 sq ft, but the furniture still needs replacing and the kitchen area is kind of redundant when you can't do much in that space. If receiving $200 or so extra credits towards the slots is that much more important to you, then surely you are in Vegas to win money?!
     
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  19. Dean Martin

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    Ditto

    Between those 3, it's a no brainer. The Mirage is sadly just a mere shadow of her old self.
     
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  20. Its Only Money

    Its Only Money VIP Whale

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    I just can bring myself to leave Aria either. I have suite offers for all other properties except Bellagio. The Penthouse Suites at Mirage are tempting, but I like the south strip better and really, what do I need all that room for. The standard rooms at Aria are perfect for what I need out of a room. I would love to get a sky suite, but my play isn't quite there and I'm not going to pay for it. Out of your list I'd stick with Aria too. The other extras are nice, but the luxury of Aria is more than worth it.
     
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