Friday, January 27, 2012
LAST Hotel Inspection...Monte Carlo
Monte Carlo has a very sophisticated feel about it, however when we went upstairs for room inspections, I found the hallways to be blah. The wall colours were bland, there were few pictures, no furniture, just empty. It was very unappealing. The rooms were the opposite, relaxing and comfortable. The hotel offers deluxe rooms to one bedroom suites.
The extravagent side of the Monte Carlo is the floor of suites known as Hotel 32. You are treated as a VIP from the moment you land in Las Vegas; picked up by complimentary limousine at the airport, you are provided a mobile concierge who is available 24/7, and a personal suite assistant who see to your every need.
- Wide variety of restaurants and lounges, including an ice bar called Minus
- Spa & Salon
- Shopping, including Street of Dreams
- Fitness Center
- Pools that include a lazy river and a wave pool
- Meeting rooms and business center
- Weddings and Banquets
- Tram Station
On we tread to the Bellagio
WOW! That is all I can say. WOW! What a magnificient hotel and casino. The lobby is grand in scale and design. The 18 foot ceiling is a coffer filled with the most extraordinary glass sculpture, a chandalier called Firori di Como by artist, Dale Chihuly. There are so many entertaining areas where one could just sit and watch for hours, as people make their way from the candy store to a chocolate fountain.
There is even a Botanical Garden area with a waterwheel, a weirdwood tree that speaks and appears as if he is watching you as you walk around teh animal shaped hedges. The garden changes with the seasons and celebrations. While writing this report I checked out their Conservatory Garden cam and one see that it is set up fro Chinese New Years with a dragon, pond, and floral displays.
Rooms are very lovely. However, I know I would be pulled to the garden displays, the lobby, and pool and that I would spend very little time in the rooms.
- ConciergeFountains of Bellagio
- Spa & Salon
- Fiori di ComoPools
- private cabanas and courtyards
- Gallery of Fine Arts
- Room service amenities
- Botanical Gardens with seasonal displays and exhibits
- Meeting rooms, catering, special functions
- Tram Station
Vdara is a AAA Four Diamond Award Hotel and Spa. It is according to its literature "an internationally inspired all suites, non smoking, non gaming eco friendly boutique hotel and spa".
Just off the strip, behind the City Centre, it offers a welcome relief for those who love the scene, but do not need to gamble all the time. The hotel offers short stay to long stay accommodation in room categories ranging from suites to a 2 story, 2 bedroom penthouse.
Vdara's base suite includes a kitchenette with an under the counter refrigerator, a two burner electric cook top, a dining table for two and a large spa style soaking tub. The rooms are sophisticated, fresh, inviting and offer a media hub for cameras, DVD players, M3P players, and game consoles.
- Spa & Salon
- Pool & Cabanas
- Variety fo Dinning experiences, including a gourmet coffee and pastry shop, and in-room dinning
- Shopping at City Centre
- Tour desk for reserving excursions
- Tram Station
- Ballrooms, Meeting rooms, wedding reception services
Pictures: Vdara Hotel and Spa
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Another busy day and first up is breakfast at the Venetian...
Don't bother having breakfast at the Venetian; it was $16.00 and the buffet was small, very small and the food was not great! Spend the extra five dollars and head to The Wicked Spoon.
Movin' On to the Aria Resort & Casino for our presentation of the MGM Resorts
Once we were shown to one of the many meeting rooms we were met by our host for MGM Resorts. They provided us a wonderful sit down lunch, which we followed by playing a game of Jepardy. The prize for the winning team was 2 nights free accommodation at a resort managed by the MGM Resort & Casino. Unfortunently our team did not win, but we had a fun time and had numerous laughs. The MGM Resort International brands include the Aria Resort & Casino, Bellagio, Vdara, MGM Grand, THEhotel, Mandalay Bay, Luxor, Excalibur, Circus Circus, Monte Carlo and Mirage. Whew!
And so the walking begins...Sight inspection of the Aria
There were a lot of lovely touches in the Aria. It is new, a AAA Five Diamond resort hotel and casino, where luxury never ends. Glass balls hang from the ceiling in their bars, trees grow out of the floor and modern art, really good art hangs on all the walls. It has its own shopping centre, huge in size, a tram that connects the hotel with the other MGM resorts.
The rooms complete the luxurious feeling. They are inviting and fresh and I felt like I was in my own personal sanctuary. Rooms have massive floor to ceiling windows that open up the view of the Strip and the Spring Mountains, while flooding the room with light. Each room has enough technical gadgets to keep any geek happy; controls for temperature, blinds, lighting, music, TV and so on...Despite the different number of room categories, deluxe, suites, penthouse, the luxury never suffers!
- Tour desk for booking excursions
- Shopping at the City Center (in the hotel)
- art collections within the hotel
- 3 very distinct pool (for Aria guests only)
- varied dining experiences
- Liquid Pool Lounge
- spa and salon
- Nightclubs, bars, lounges
- City Center TRam Station (operating hours 8am to 4am (Take that Vancouver!) and free
- Convention and Meeting Center
- Viva Elvis with Cirque Du Soleil was showing while we were there
and of course a magnificient casino!
Pictures: Outside patio and lobby bar, Aria, Las Vegas