In the new build CityCenter complex, which opened December 2009. It’s round the back of the complex, and I’ve got lost every time I’ve been there. But that means it’s extremely quiet, despite technically being on the Strip. It’s also connected via tram to Bellagio, its nearest neighbour.
The rooms are great - and friends have given me rave reviews too about the rooms. Or, rather, the suites – they’re all roomy, comfy suites here and come with a sofa-bed in the living room, kitchenette and a desk area between the two parts of the room. Better still, despite it being tucked away round the back of CityCenter, the views of the Strip here are actually better than you get at Aria – get a room facing the Bellagio and you’ll be able to see the fountains and the Eiffel Tower, as well as the Bellagio pool area.
Walking into Vdara off the Strip is almost like walking into a library, it’s so quiet. The area downstairs is a lot smaller than most Vegas hotels, mainly because there’s no casino. But there is a bar and a seating area by the lifts.
Eating and drinking
Silk Road, which is open daily for breakfast and lunch, is low key but has a fantastic reputation. Go for the Sunday brunch – although the selection’s not huge (eggs, French toast, crepes – it’s spectacular.
The pool’s relatively small but, crucially, quiet, and I’m a huge fan of the spa – it’s a good size, beautifully done and the treatments are good too.
Quietly efficient – you won’t have any problems here. There’s also 24 hour concierge service, which you don’t even get at Bellagio.
Who stays there
The non 'Vegas' crowd – non-smokers, non-gamblers who are here for a high class shopping or foodie break. And visitors who simply need a rest from the insanity of the Strip.
A daily resort fee of US$15.
- Business travellers
- Mature travellers
Pros & Cons
- Great spa
- Calm atmosphere
- Fantastic rooms
- Limited facilities
- Not very 'Vegas'