Vdara Hotel & Spa at Aria Las Vegas is an all-suite, non-smoking and non-gaming hotel that features a full-service spa, wonderful pool deck and hip bar.
Chic boutique, secluded, artsy, classy with modern touches.
Vdara is an all-suite, condo-style resort and we love that. It seriously feels like a peaceful retreat, right in the heart of the Strip. Each suite includes a kitchen with stainless steel appliances, a separate soaking tub and walk-in shower and slick 42-inch flat-screen TVs with media hubs. Each suite also has a separate seating area, which makes your stay a lot more comfortable. If you want to do it big, the Panoramic Suites have a marvelous 270-degree view of the city.
The resort's spa ESPA has an amazing co-ed meditation room and heated chaise lounges. Plus, the spa also focuses on holistic health and incorporates organic ingredients derived from herbs, flowers, fruits and vegetables. All oils used are 100 percent natural. We like how you can continue the natural kick by getting a fresh smoothie at the spa too. (Fun fact: Vdara achieved LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.)
Vdara is a lot quieter than most Strip hotels, but that means it doesn’t have a casino, nightclub, shopping plaza or showroom. Also, there isn’t any garage parking, but valet is available in the front of the hotel for $25 a day (tip is always appreciated).
Keep in mind that Vdara is a non-smoking resort. At checkout, you will be fined a cleaning fee. If you want to light up, you'll need to do that next door at Aria's casino or bars.
One of the perks about the hotel not having a casino is you don’t have to worry about the smoke. Plus, this eliminates a lot of the noise, making Vdara a super relaxing hotel. Also, Bellagio and Aria are both a quick walk away, so you can get your casino, show and shopping fix here. And Bellagio has nightclubs if you’re jonesing to groove on the dance floor. Ladies, just keep in mind if you're wearing heels the trek back to your hotel might leave your feet a bit sore. We recommend toting roll-up flats or flip-flops.
The rooftop pool is one of our favorites, but be aware there aren't a lot of trees here. It’s perfect during early and mid-fall, though. And plus, you get great views overlooking the Strip, including a fab view of Aria. And the pool area may be smaller than what you're used to, but that's exactly what we love about it. The layout is simple and you won't tire yourself from walking around.
Have a couple friends crashing for the night? The couch in your suite has a pullout bed. There's a good amount of space between the couch and the bedroom, so it doesn't seem too crowded. We're also fans of the large soaking tub. We know you'll have a busy itinerary, but make time and treat yourself to relax and unwind in here.
This hotel may be smaller than the Strip's mega-resorts, but it still has impressive art collection. See fine art showcased throughout Vdara, including Nancy Rubins' large-scale installation called "Big Edge" at the porte cochère. You can check out Frank Stella's 32-foot-long "Damascus Gate Variation I" at the front desk and Peter Wegner's wall pieces "Day for Night, Night for Day" in the lobby.
Spend an evening at Vice Versa Patio & Lounge, which has a beautiful outdoor patio complete with swings, fire pits and a curved reflecting pool. Your biggest issue will be deciding where to sit. Vice Versa is also open in the afternoon and you can enjoy seasonal cocktails. Vice Versa's indoor and outdoor sections have different appetizer and cocktail menus, so it keeps things interesting.
The 24-hour Market Café at Vdara may be the only restaurant here, but it's satisfying. This includes breakfast staples (and three different preparations of eggs Benedict dubbed "Bennies"), lunch and dinner. It also has a mini grocery section, so you can buy stuff, return to your suite and whip up something in your kitchen. Think of it as having your own little restaurant on the Strip.