My wife and I recently spent 5 days and 4 nights in a corner suite at the Vdara in Las Vegas and were VERY impressed!!!! Like many of you, we spent a great deal of time reading the various reviews and became confused at the seemingly contradictory findings. We found it to be EXCELLENT. Please allow me to elaborate from a baby boomer point of view.
We do NOT generally stay in fancy five star hotels and we do not expect to be pampered or waited upon in any luxurious way, BUT we do INSIST upon a clean, well appointed room and we require a hotel that is well kept and has a reasonably friendly staff. Our first stay in Las Vegas 3 years ago was in a standard room at Treasure Island with a strip view. We found it to be a very good value and we enjoyed the north end of the strip. Our second stay was with other family groups and we all stayed at New York New York on the south end of the strip, again a standard room with a Park Avenue upgrade. It was quite good but in our opinion not up to the standards of T.I.
This November 21-25, 2011 we decided to explore a fancier room at the newly built Vdara. Initially we were booked in a Vdara suite with one free daily buffet each (breakfast or lunch only) at one of 7 MGM buffets. As the trip came closer to fruition, Vdara introduced a new package for an upgraded corner suite with a $50 DAILY resort credit for in suite dining or use at the Vdara Market. This is the option we went with for $129 per night .... the credit brought that down to an effective rate of $79!!!! Yes we did use the credit each day (more on that below)
The room in our our middle class opinion was SPECTACULAR!!!! It was an 811 sq. ft. one bedroom condo. Elsewhere the various reviews describe the room quite well and the Vdara web site has an excellent 360 degree view of it and a floor plan, so we will let those reviews speak for themselves. For clarification it seems from some reviews that the Corner suite and the Vdara suite are identical except for the view BUT not quite. The Vdara suite has a main bathroom and a powder room but the view is not as good as the corner suite which has one very large bathroom but a stunning 270 degree view. We would have preferred the powder room too but all in all it was a great great room.
Many reviewers complained about the electronic shades and the difficulty in using them but we found it to be no problem at all. I guess there was some mild sun shining around the edges and between the blinds in the morning but it did not bother us. We do not need cave like darkness to sleep and in fact generally kept most of the blinds up at night. It was stated by some reviewers that the housekeeping was poor and service was substandard or poor. We SAW NONE OF THAT, although one day our room was missed for cleaning all together. The front desk offered to send someone up when we returned that night but we did not to be bothered at that time and so they volunteered to remove the daily resort fee for that day. Fair enough we thought!!!
There have been many questions concerning the various offers that the Vdara makes available from time to time such as what is included in the Vdara resort credit and how does one use it. It was a mystery to us as well but I think that our experience may help shed some light on the topic. First of all the Vdara Resort Credit actually means slightly different things depending on the amount assigned and the details of each offer. For example SOMETIMES the resort credit can be used for the Spa, and the Aria restaurants as well, BUT in our case the $50 daily credit could only be used for in suite dining and for ordering food from the Market Cafe just off the main lobby. Although the cafe also carries soft drinks, snacks, souvenirs etc. the credit was only usable to offset purchases made from the Market Cafe menu. (A detailed menu is available on the Vdara site)
To use the credit simply order the items from the menu and charge it to your room. It can be eaten in the cafe or taken back to your room as you wish. Service was quite prompt and even a special order was ready within 15 minutes. Juice, Tea, Coffee are able to purchased via the credit. As mentioned elsewhere, the only trick is that you may need to personally check at the front desk or call down to ensure that the credit has been adjusted on your bill. This was a fairly simple task and while it would be nice to have it happen automatically all of the time it was a very small diversion for what amounted to $50 off each day. We just checked on our second day and on our last night after we had made our last purchase.
As noted elsewhere, there is no Casino and no real restaurants to speak of, but both are readily available just across the driveway at the Aria. The walk to the tram which will take you south to the Monte Carlo is just two flights of stairs (or escalators) off the main lobby. Or instead of turning in to the tram station just walk a few more yards and you enter the Bellagio complex. From that first entry point though it is a good 10 - 12 minute walk to work your way through the Bellagio and emerge at the overpasses to either Caesar's Palce on the west side of the strip or Bally's on the east side.
There are many other hotels that almost immediately let you out to the strip in a minute or so and they are "hopping" day and night with the sounds of the casino, entertainment and restaurants, BUT we were much more pleased with the more quiet and laid back atmosphere of the Vdara.
We do not regret a single minute!!!!! It was a dream trip.
You cannot go wrong with either the Vdara Suite or the upgraded Corner Suite.
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Thank you for taking the time to write an amazing review of Vdara Hotel & Spa! We are very pleased to hear that you had a "dream trip" with us! We look forward to welcoming you back to Vdara in the near future.
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