Vdara | economical luxury in Las Vegas

I am staying at Vdara while attending this year's Virtuoso Travel Week. Literally right next door to Bellagio, where Travel Week is held, it's just a two-minute walk from Vdara's lobby to the convention space at Bellagio – nearly as convenient as Spa Tower rooms and much closer than rooms in Bellagio's main tower. What do I think of Vdara?

Rooms are spacious, a generous 650 square feet. Our room feels like a Junior Suite with King bed and what seems to be a King-sized sofabed. Styling is cool contemporary in shades of beige and brown with enough accents to provide visual interest. The bathroom has a deep soaking tub, step-in shower, and one large sink with large vanity on either side. On the downside, the bathroom has a glass door that lets light into the bedroom, poor water pressure in the shower, and lukewarm shower water. The room is equipped with a 42" flat screen TV and two desks. Vdara is actually a condo hotel; the entrance hall doubles as a kitchenette (two burner cook surface, microwave, sink, counter, and small refrigerator). Cookware is available upon request.

Pictured above is the view from our room, an "008" series room with a view of Bellagio's fountain and the Las Vegas Strip. Vdara also has a spa, casual dining, a rather loud lobby bar (a young vibe), and a small pool on the 3rd floor of the hotel. The pool is actually my one disappointment with Vdara. We went down to swim, heard the overly loud music, took a look at the water which was practically wall-to-wall with guests, and went back to our room. Bellagio's pool area is wonderful!

The ideal guests for Vdara? Young families who would appreciate the kitchenette, and a group of three or four young adults would appreciate the deluxe accommodations at a very reasonable price. Though priced less than Bellagio, Bellagio's Virtuoso amenities make it a better value for a couple visiting Las Vegas. Like Signature at MGM Grand, Vdara is a completely non-smoking hotel without a casino.

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