I just finished up staying at the Vdara for 12 nights. While their I had 2 different rooms, a city corner suite facing the Aria and a “regular” room facing the Bellagio.
I went out to Las Vegas on a working vacation, which means I worked and my wife was on vacation. After looking around at all the popular travel sites it became apparent that the Vdara offered the biggest room at the lowest rate, while being very high quality. A similar room at its sister hotel the Aria would have been 50% more.
Once we landed at the airport and got our car we went straight over to Wal-mart and spent about a 100 dollars on food and then drove to the hotel. Valet parking is the preferred way to park at the Vdara and works pretty well. We were met by the bellman and asked if we were checking in and if we needed help with our bags etc. Great service. The city corner suite is a 1 bedroom apartment with 4 rooms: kitchen, bath, bedroom and living room. We had to call down to get silverware and cookware but it was brought up in a timely manner. Throughout my stay I would end up eating either in the kitchen, on the strip or out somewhere in Vegas. The room itself was immaculate with some tiny details amiss. A couple light bulbs were out, one of the electrical sockets was missing face screws. I had all of these things fixed and it was no big deal. The silverware was an issue. Housekeeping would come in and if they saw forks and plates out they would take them and not replace them. We ended up hiding them in the mini dishwasher. That generally kept them in the room.
The hotel facilities are acceptable. Everything is smallish. The gym is just big enough to accommodate the people who used it. So I would schedule my gym time around times I knew there would be fewer people. The pool area was also small and it could be hard to find seating particularly in the afternoon. I didn’t mind this so much because of the intense sun. A little goes a long way. Didn’t really experience the death ray but I can see why people would talk about it. Downstairs the hotel has a little market with prices that aren’t THAT bad. There is a little bar across the way and a Starbucks with a good sized line in the morning. Which I thought was odd because the hotel will give you a Keurig with free coffee if you ask. If we wanted to go to a good restaurant we would make the 2 minute stroll over to the Aria and eat there. Great restaurants, lots of choice and one of the places was heartstoppingly expensive but on the flip side really really good.
I had to stay longer than anticipated so I ended up downgrading my room to a regular. The normal rooms are almost as big as the suites. Smaller kitchenette, mini refrigerator, no washer and dryer or dish washer. As a regular room they are pretty nice and I recommend them.
Overall the Vdara is a very good hotel. There are fancier places to stay: the Mandarin Oriental, the Four Seasons etc. The Aria would give you less of a room but bigger facilities like the pool and gym, so it’s a trade off. I liked what I got and if I ever want to stay on the strip the Vdara would be on my short list.