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Cosmo vs Aria

Discussion in 'LV Strip Hotels' started by marya, Apr 22, 2017.

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  1. nostresshere

    nostresshere Mr. Anti Debit Card

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    Great choices. Did not notice anything about budget. These are fairly expensive rooms, and equally expensive onsite meal options.

    You mention staying the room alot, but keep in mind that a Vegas Virgin has a lot to take in.
     
  2. xjjx

    xjjx Low-Roller

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    What sites do you use to find these lower rates?
     
  3. Chuck2009x

    Chuck2009x VIP Whale

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    I think she's talking about looking/booking using Marriott's web site. They have an affiliation with Cosmo, and you can book rooms at Cosmo using Marriott's site.

    It used to be that the Marriott site would sometimes list a promo rate (especially the 33% discount rate that isn't offered much anymore) before Cosmo's own website listed it, but I have not seen that in quite a while, although I don't look too frequently. In general, I don't think Marriott offers any price that Cosmo doesn't; it just can be a little easier to find them all on the Marriott site.
     
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  4. marya

    marya Tourist

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    Thank you all so much for you input. We have decided on the Cosmopolitan! Yippy only 40 days to go!!
     
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  5. Lil Lo

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    hahahaha im a guy, but thats ok.

    just to clarify. the Marriott LNF trick is NOT booking at the posted promo rate being offered on marriott.com. The trick is to find an OTA (online travel agent) that is offering the same room that is a few bucks cheaper than the cheapest promo rate offered on marriott.com. The real savings come in because marriott will take an additional 25% off the lower rate you find if you file a claim with them. When you are looking at suites that regularly go for $400-700/nt, this results in a pretty significant cash savings.

    in the past i would use trivago or a similar OTA aggregate site to look for a cheaper booking. recently i stumbled across an OTA called www.bestday.com (looks to be a Mexico based OTA?). I spot checked a handful of weekends this summer and bestday.com had cheaper room prices on suites on almost all the weekends I checked. The site navigation is a bit tricky and the rooms appear to be more expensive than they are on the marriott site, but thats because the taxes are rolled into the costs that you are being show. you have to select the room and then click a seperate link that shows the taxes broken out to get an apples to apples comparison.
     
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    Oh, I see. That is a good trick, thanks for clarifying.
     
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    I followed your link (thank you!) for that OTA and found that, for my midweek dates, I could get a Wraparound at Cosmo for $787 (includes taxes but not resort fees) for the three nights. Hopping over to Marriott's website and making sure to select a standard rate that does not include any promotions for F&B (as there were a few options listed, for the same rate per night as the standard one), the same room and dates would put me at $1,140 - which does include not just taxes but a resort fee, but is obviously still significantly higher than the OTA price.

    Based on what I can see on their website about the LNF, it doesn't necessarily stipulate that the two different rates have to be publicly available to anyone and be exactly the same (as in, if I booked the Marriott offer that included F&B and then put in a claim that included the OTA pricing, they'd tell me too bad because the offers aren't exactly the same) but I'd still probably try to book the standard room offer without the F&B because I'd assume they'd try not to honor the rate match + 25% off due to the difference, despite not stipulating that.

    Out of curiosity, do you have any experience with a situation like this? If I were to get the 25% off of the rate, that would mean I'd only be paying about $525 for the suite...but still getting $150 in F&B credit would be a cherry on top, for sure.
     
  8. Lil Lo

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    i've never tried to double dip with a promotion and the pricematch, but it cant hurt to try! i would book the room with the F&B credit first and file a claim. If the pricematch goes through, I would ask at check in for the F&B credit. If they refuse the claim, I would cancel the room, immediately rebook under the standard rate, then file another claim.

    Good luck and enjoy! $525 for multiple nights in that suite is a fantastic price!
     
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    Tough choice--my 2 fav properties to stay at.
    Both have great pools, great rooms & great dining options (tho they are so close you could eat at either place)
    Decor--Aria is dark contemporaries, Cosmo is more glitz. (tho not annoying Vegas Carnival glitz)
    Aria is set back from the Strip a bit & the walk can get a bit annoying. Cosmo is right on Strip.
    Cosmo has one HUGE HUGE plus over Aria--THE BALCONY!!!!! OMG, I LOVE LOVE LOVE Cosmo balcony. Get north side to avoid hot sun, fountain view if possible.
    I spend little time in a room but at Cosmo I spend much more--most of it on that balcony enjoying the weather, a cocktail, sights & sounds of Vegas.
    Cosmo is my pick.
     
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    Even without the F & B, $525 is AMAZING deal for three nights in a Wrap. Our first Cosmo stay was a wrap--OMG you will LOVE IT! (2nd was studio terrace--still great!!)
     
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    Hi buddy.

    I've stayed at both properties and both are excellent.... (I think you have too) for me Sky suites at Aria are superior by far and its also it's rated as such by all hotel rating bodies....5 diamond and 5 star vs 4 star and 4 diamond.

    They always escort me to my room at the Skysuits...( not sure if this is standard or due me being an invited guest?) Offer to unpack my suitcase... Proper turn down with chocolates left on your pillow.. I hate to many pillows so they remove them each night... classical music is put on each night and slippers and dressing gown left out, welcome goodies (They always leave me #champayne and two crystal flutes, which I take home) haha... newspaper given each morning... at least once a day someone come to your room to ask if you want anything and are you happy with your stay... I live in the UK and go to London alot and it's the only place that I've felt is up there with the likes of the Ritz, Claridges or The Dorchester in Vegas...even Wynn isn't there.

    They make you feel important not to mention the limo and private area to hang out in, away from the madness or to just take a breather off the casino floor... one negative is "Spin" is too close and right as you walk out... You think they planned that ? Lol
     
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    The difference is just a matter of degrees. Both great choices. I agree with a poster here that Cosmo is slightly more young and trendy, and Aria has a more relaxed peaceful vibe. But they aren't that drastically different. The vibes aren't too extreme.
     
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