12 Days of Hyatt Vegas: Vdara Hotel Review

In recognition of Hyatt’s partnership with MGM resorts, I’ll be trying to review all 12 MGM properties that are now part of the partnership with Hyatt.  The 12 properties are:

I was originally trying to get into Aria for this entire stay, but I waited too long to book my own room (booked rooms for my employees) so I wouldn’t be moving to Aria until the following night, giving me a one-night stay at Vdara.  That was actually fine with me as I wanted to give it a try.

Vdara is essentially it’s own breed, a luxury property on the Strip in Las Vegas that doesn’t have a casino.  I’d considered it for previous stays but the price has always been higher than nearby Strip casinos, assumedly due to the fact that those casinos subsidize their room rates by expected revenue from gambling and restaurant revenue.

The hotel is located in very close proximity to Cosmopolitan, Aria and Bellagio, with a tram stop a relatively easy walk away.

The hotel has a lot of interesting suite types which definitely got me hoping for an upgrade as part of my Noir status.  They have some two-story lofts that look pretty awesome as well as some panoramic suites.  I totally would have dug one of those rooms.  I ended up with a one-bedroom Penthouse suite as an upgrade.  All things considered, a pretty nice room if not quite the bells and whistles of a loft.  If you’re traveling with family I think the penthouse rooms are ideal.

They’re definitely geared towards families in that there’s a full kitchen (you can request any plates and silverware you want) with a big fridge, stove and oven.  They also come with a washer/dryer.  No question these are not your typical Vegas room amenities, but they would make a non-gaming vacation much more comfortable.

Vdara Hotel Review


Vdara Hotel Review


The common area of the suite is quite nice, with a combined dining room, living room and office area.  Again, very suitable for families.  I didn’t spend much time in the room, but when I did I actually preferred working from the couches as opposed to the desk.

Vdara Hotel Review


The bedroom was pretty straightforward as well.  Most of the finishes weren’t overly extravagant or opulent as Vegas is sometimes known to be.  The bed was comfortable, there were convenient reading lights if not a ton of overhead light and plenty of closet space as well as another flat screen TV.

Vdara Hotel Review


The bathroom was sizable with a double sink, a large bathtub and a separate shower.  Again, sensible upscale finishes and plenty of space without being over the top.

Vdara Hotel Review


Vdara Hotel Review

The hotel has a bar in the lobby that has floor to ceiling windows that they open for a complete outdoor experience.  There’s also a small market/restaurant/coffee bar in the lobby as well.
All in all, this was a quiet experience, unlike the typical Vegas property.  I enjoyed the room and would stay again if the price was reasonable.  I felt far enough removed from the hustle and bustle of Vegas when I was in the hotel but certainly well connected with a short 5-minute walk to a number of casinos.  I certainly see the value of being in a hotel without slot machines, especially if I’m traveling with family.
The Vdara is a Category 5 redemption in the Hyatt Gold Passport program.  That means it would cost 18,000 points right now, or 20,000 points if you’re making the redemption after January 7, 2014 when Hyatt makes their award chart changes formal.
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  1. Wow, a washer and dryer in the room? That really appeals to the long-term business traveler. (Wait… long-term business traveler in VEGAS? Ouch. That could get ugly, fast!)

    1. Yeah, no kidding! And expensive! I’d put the over/under at number of times the washer/dryer has been used at 1.5. And I’d likely take the under.

  2. This was originally supposed to be condos, then the market crashed.
    Was probably cheaper at this point to just keep them as an amenity.
    Same thing happened at the Cosmopolitan.

    1. Paul, you’re correct. That’s one of the reasons why Cosmopolitan has so many rooms with balconies, something of a rarity in Vegas.

      As to Noir status, I had a few bumps with its implementation for this trip. More on that soon…

  3. I loved my stay there for the ServiceNow conference, but it was before the Hyatt partnership so I missed out on earning any points. It is a very nice non-casino property and within a reasonable walk of the strip — although I took the tram every time 🙂

    1. Amauri, thanks for the feedback! I didn’t take the tram from Vdara. How hard is it to get to and from the station?

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