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Vdara Hotel & Spa at Aria Las Vegas
Built in 2009, Vdara, a condo-style, all-suites hotel, is a tower of serenity in a neighborhood not known for it. Despite its location, at CityCenter, just off the Las Vegas Strip, Vdara has no casino, no celebrity-chef restaurants (hardly any restaurants at all), no glittering stage productions, no over-the-top pool and nightclub scene, and—like its neighbor, the Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas (but rare for Las Vegas) no smoking permitted anywhere on the property. What it does have, worked into its minimalist, contemporary design, are spacious rooms, kitchenettes, washers and dryers, and a residence club–like feel that puts many guests in no hurry to leave. At 1,495 suites, the Vdara is too big to be called a boutique hotel, but with a high level of service (pool cabana reservations, anyone?), its size isn’t a liability.
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The Vdara’s location at the back of CityCenter, just behind the Aria, helps screen it from the total craziness of the Strip. But everything a guest might decide they do want to get crazy about—from the gaming at Aria to the shopping at the Shops at Crystals—is only steps away. Significantly farther afield, but still a day tour, the Vdara's concierge can arrange guided air, jeep, or bus visits to the west rim of the Grand Canyon.
Need to Know
Rooms: 1,495 suites, from $129. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: 11 a.m. Dining options: There aren’t any full-service restaurants here, but Bar Vdara, Market Café, and Pool & Lounge all have menus offering small bites and quick meals. The Market Café is also a boutique grocery store (read: limited selection at high prices), and there’s even something guests at the casino hotels might on occasion give up a five-strawberry payout for: a Starbucks. The minimal dining choices aren’t really a drawback, because more than dozen options at Aria are close by. Spa and gym details: Compared to the spas at neighbors like Aria and Bellagio, ESPA at Vdara is small and has a modest range of services. Its quiet intimacy is appealing, though, as is its smoothie bar, which also offers wine and champagne for those who think they’ve really earned it. Hours for the spa and the fitness center are 6 a.m.–8 p.m.
Who’s it for: Nonsmokers, non-gamblers, families, and anyone else who might appreciate a luxury stay with such homey features as a kitchenette and washer/dryer. Our favorite rooms: For people who can’t make up their mind what they want in a view, the City Corner Suite gives them three at once: city, mountain, and part of the Bellagio fountains. Stay awhile: Visitors unhappy about having to go home might consider that the condo layout makes the Vdara suites suitable for long-term rentals, which begin at $3,650 per month.