Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Vdara Hotel Las Vegas

Took a short break from work during Thanksgiving to head to Vegas. Our first hotel stop was the Vdara hotel, a casino-free hotel located in the CityCenter complex near the Aria, the Cosmopolitan and the Bellagio. Tucked away at the back, one can get to the Vdara via the drop off roundabout area shared by the Vdara and Aria, or you can take the short covered walkway between the Vdara and the Bellagio. If you look for signs for the tram in the Bellagio, head in that direction and you'll quickly locate the Vdara.

For this visit, I had booked a Corner suite, which was essentially the same as the Vdara suite but with a nice corner view. If you do decide to book this, make sure you get to the hotel and check in early to request their suites with the Bellagio fountains view as the mountain views and CityCenter views are understandably less impressive.

As you walk into the suite, you'll step into the kitchen area which has doorways leading both to the bathroom and to the living room.

If you step to the right, you'll head into the living room which features a comfortable sofa facing the television. The blinds for the room, and in fact for the entire suite, can be controlled by the wall panels allowing you to get some shade or completely blackout the room (blocking any light from entering).

I would suggest using these features at night, especially if you're using the bathroom, as other guests located in rooms in the Bellagio and Vdara can easily look into your suite. And if you easily awake to sunlight, I'd also suggest using the blackout shades at night as the shades don't really keep out the morning sunlight.

Above is the bedroom which features some classy looking lanterns and gorgeous view along both walls. The bedroom also contains a separate television so no need to fight for the same channel! Our angle from this room has the Bellagio on the left and the CityCenter views to the right.

As you walk along the wall on the other side of the bed, you'll enter the bathroom which faces the Bellagio and gives you a partial city view as well. You'll notice the soaking tub is situated nicely next to the window so you can even enjoy the Bellagio fountain shows at night while soaking in a bubble bath! Below that is the view from the other end of the bathroom which actually leads right back out to the kitchen.

Amusingly, the suite also contains a washer and dryer so if you're staying for a while, you can easily get some laundry done as well.

Finally, the moment you've all been waiting for! The views of the famed Bellagio fountains from the bedroom. On the left, you can see the Bellagio, while the building on the right is the Cosmopolitan. There's just something special about being able to enjoy the fountains from the comfort and warmth of your hotel room!

Here are some further pictures in the morning from the bedroom and from the bathroom respectively.

While the pricing of the Vdara is certainly somewhat steep, the experience is entirely worth it if you're able to get a room with a view of the Bellagio fountains. The suite layout is rather unique and the decor is decidedly modern and chic. There's no question this is one of the best hotel stays I've had! Don't forget to also check out the review of the sumptuous corner suite at the Trump International Hotel!

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