We’ve been to Las Vegas 4 times in the past 5 years and always stay at The Bellagio or the Venetian. Since we wanted to check out the City Center, loved the idea of a non-smoking hotel, and thought it would be convenient to have a kitchen, we booked the Vdara.
We arrived by cab so we didn’t have any problems finding the place, which is located behind Aria and connected to the back of Bellagio. Drop-off was easy and there were a lot of bell hops there to help. Inside, we took in the smell I’d read about here in Trip Advisor. It fit in nicely with the modern, nature-inspired atmosphere. It didn’t seem like a big deal, though. It just kind of went with the décor, which in my opinion was very soothing in a modern, nature-influenced way. The lobby area was small (as expected). But compared to other bustling, airport-like lobbies, the small, intimate feel of the lobby was a definite benefit and later in the trip, it really did feel like an oasis and an escape from casino noise.
Speaking of casinos, there’s no casino in the Vdara, but the Aria casino is a 3 minute walk out the front door and Bellagio’s is about 5. Walking was pretty much a non-issue for us because we enjoy it. I don’t like being too cold or hot, though, and I did appreciate that most of the walks from Vdara were inside (save for a few uncovered walkways).
Our room on the 22 floor was quiet, had a sleek and modern design, and a whole half-wall of windows with a breathtaking view of the Bellagio pool, Bellagio fountains, and the mountains. The bed is super comfortable and the bathroom is large with a walk-in shower (water pressure is just okay, unfortunately) and soaking tub. The sofa is a pull-out sleeper and the little kitchen is extremely handy. We asked for pots and cups to be delivered upon arrival and they showed up 10 minutes later. Each morning, we were able to boil water and make our instant coffee, plus we had a little refrigerator to store things like milk, juice and fruit.
After reading some of the reviews here, I was a little worried about the room, but it was first class all the way, despite the iron being on a cord attached to the wall. That was a little tacky and it irritated my husband, but it was a minor thing. Having a luxury room with a kitchen right in the center strip AND at a reasonable price (if you search, you can find lots of good deals for Vdara) was great. Given all that, plus the fact we liked City Center so much, we would probably stay at Vdara again (for the kitchen) or perhaps just try Aria.