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A patterned glass facade and a unique crescent shape help set Vdara Hotel & Spa at ARIA Las Vegas apart from other properties on the Las Vegas Strip. The 57-story, all-suite hotel truly has a sophisticated, international flair. Designed by world-renowned RV Architecture, the non-smoking, non-gaming boutique property offers an exclusive environment with modern amenities and services. Guests feel removed from, yet close to the hustle and bustle of Las Vegas. Pieces of fine art are showcased throughout, including Frank Stella's 32-foot-long "Damascus Gate Variation I" at the reception desk and Peter Wegner's wall pieces "Day for Night, Night for Day" in Vdara's concierge lobby. Vdara's porte-cochère offers an unparalleled view of Nancy Rubins' 57-foot-wide by 75-foot-long large-scale installation "Big Edge."Sitting atop the porte-cochère, the Pool & Lounge Vdara overlooks the Strip. Complete with daybeds, cabanas and semi-private plunge pools, the deck area is great for relaxation as well as pool parties.With a LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, Vdara demonstrates its commitment to sustainability with initiatives such as coated windows to reflect light and reduce heat transfer into the building. The 18,000-square-foot ESPA is a spa that offers a wide variety of massages, facials and body treatments. Suites have open floor plans featuring limited-edition artwork, fully equipped kitchens and modern technology, including a media hub for MP3 players, cameras, DVD players and game consoles. Horizontal windows allow for natural light and sweeping views of the city and mountains.While guests at Vdara have access to the many amenities of nearby resorts and the Strip -- walkways connect Vdara to the neighboring Bellagio and ARIA Las Vegas -- they also have plenty to enjoy solely at Vdara. They can grab a drink or their morning coffee at Bar Vdara. There is also 16,500 square feet of banquet space on the property for special events, meetings and upscale functions.
 
Overall rating 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Customer service 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Accuracy of VEGAS.com's Description 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Room Quality 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Casino 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Hotel Location 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Pool 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Room Location 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Overall amenities 
1 / 5
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frommontreal
Age:25 to 34
Gender:Male
Travel Purpose:Vacation/Pleasure
Travel Companions:Spouse
Purchase Frequency:Once every few years
Star Rating Accuracy:Too High
Gambler:Yes
Game:Blackjack
No, I do not recommend this product.
Great hotel but poor amenities and service
PostedJuly 30, 2013
You pay 25$ resort fee on top of hotel pricing and have no coffee maker or coffee and broken fridge.
Made 3 requests for repair and was given the run arround about who fixed one and checked what even though we were waiting there for them. If you plan on using the kitchen utilities be sure to make sure everything is par before accepting the room.
The guest services were nice enough to waive 4 days of resort fees.
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There are some basic rules of magic. Never tell your audience how a trick is done. Don't show the audience the preparation for a trick. And never, ever perform the classic cups and balls trick with transparent cups.Penn & Teller manage to break all of these rules and more in their show at the Rio Hotel and Casino.Penn & Teller's edgy show is unlike any other magic production in Las Vegas. The tall, lanky Penn serves as a narrator, providing a running comedic commentary on just about everything they do, while the diminutive Teller provides a lot of the show's action, all without saying a single word. The pair manages to reveal a few tricks of their trade along the way, while turning around and completely stumping you with others.Penn & Teller take some of the mystery out of the aforementioned cups and balls trick - a standard magic act where a magician makes balls pass through the solid bottoms of the cups, jump from one cup to another, or disappear from the cup and appear in other places. They perform the act with see-through plastic cups, allowing the audience to see exactly how it works...or do they? Part of the joke is that during the explanation, they do the trick so quickly, that it makes it pretty difficult to follow.Penn & Teller's show relies heavily on audience interaction. Several audience members are chosen to come up and be part of some tricks and to help confirm the authenticity of others. In one vignette, the trick is actually played on the volunteer while the audience gets to watch. The volunteer is blindfolded while Penn pretends to throw knives at her. Then, again blindfolded, she is tricked into believing she throws knives at Penn.While the audience does get to see behind the scenes during these parts of the show, other tricks the duo performs leave viewers completely mystified. Penn takes the eyeglasses from an audience member and puts them in his pocket. They somehow disappear from his pocket and end up inexplicably on Teller's face, which has been encased in a wooden box the whole time.Teller makes coins appear out of a clear tank of water, puts them back in and goldfish magically take their place.While there are some elements of classic magic and sleight of hand in the show, most of the tricks are incredibly creative, innovative and sometimes bordering on the macabre. Teller appears to swallow needles and then a piece of thread. He then proceeds to pull the needles, all neatly threaded together, out of his mouth.Penn, a talented juggler, doesn't use standard objects to showcase his skills - instead he juggles broken liquor bottles and fire.Many of the tricks are accompanied by background music from the talented jazz pianist Mike Jones, which adds another unique touch to the show. If you get to the theater early, you're in for a treat as The Mike Jones Duo performs live music to warm up the crowd. Look closely and you might recognize the tall, mysterious upright bass player in the duo.The culmination of the show is the magic bullet trick where Penn & Teller simultaneously fire guns at each other, through small panes of glass, and then catch the bullets in their mouths. Audience volunteers with gun knowledge are brought up on stage to check the bullets and guns before and after the stunt, confirming its validity.The trick literally ends the show with a bang, leaving the audience wondering how it was pulled off. As Penn explained, it wasn't an easy illusion to create. "We worked on The Double Bullet Catch for a couple of years before we put it in the show and we worked for as long as we could before we ever really pointed a gun. The first step was using a single gun, where just one of us fired at the other. After months of work, it was time for the first tests. We flipped a coin, and I lost. I had to point the gun at Teller first," he said. "It was so hard. Yes, it's a TRICK! Yes, we have so many safety checks in place it's almost stupid, but it was still so, so hard to do. So hard. I was trembling. It's much harder to point a gun at someone than to have a gun pointed at you. It's a trick, no reason to test me on the street. It's not impromptu."It takes a lot of trust to be able to shoot bullets at each other - trust that has built up in Penn & Teller over 30 years of performing together.The two first teamed up in 1975, combining Teller's magic with Penn's juggling and comic expertise, working their way up from the streets to clubs and eventually to Broadway.By 1985, the duo was receiving critical praise for their Off-Broadway show. In 1987, they began the first of two successful Broadway runs and enjoyed national tours throughout the 1990s.They appeared in Las Vegas at Bally's and the MGM Grand before landing a long-term gig in their own spacious theater at the Rio in 2001.Penn & Teller have appeared more than 20 times on "Late Night with David Letterman" and on a variety of other television shows including "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "Miami Vice," "Hollywood Squares," "Saturday Night Live" and as animated guests on "The Simpsons."When they aren't busy with their Las Vegas show, Penn & Teller have gotten involved in other creative projects. They are the authors of three best-selling books, "Cruel Tricks for Dear Friends," "How to Play with Your Food" and "How to Play in Traffic."Their latest project, "Penn & Teller: Bulls--t!" for the Showtime television network, is in its fourth season. The show, which has received six Emmy nominations, sets out to debunk myths, rumors and secrets behind popular subjects such as talking to the dead, psychics and alien abductions.Penn credits their longevity and success as a team to keeping their relationship all about work. "It's always been a business relationship. We do better stuff together than we do separately and we love working together. We have become very good friends, of course, but we don't hang out very much."Separating their business and personal lives certainly seems to be a winning formula for Penn & Teller. Their show is constantly evolving as they add new tricks and revamp some older ones. It's one of the smartest shows in town and they certainly live up to their billing as "a couple of eccentric guys who have learned how to do a few cool things."-- By Kristine McKenzie
 
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Customer service 
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Accuracy of VEGAS.com's Description 
5 / 5
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View of Stage 
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Theater Quality 
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Special Effects 
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frommontreal
Age:25 to 34
Gender:Male
Travel Purpose:Vacation/Pleasure
Travel Companions:Spouse
Purchase Frequency:Once every few years
Gambler:Yes
Game:Blackjack
Yes, I recommend this product.
great show
PostedJuly 29, 2013
Riot hotel is a bit out of the way from the main strip 30min walk. But just 7$ bus ride.
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 Hilton Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa
Hilton Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa
Hilton Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa is a tranquil environment with a Mediterranean theme and lakefront views. When you check in, you immediately notice the touches of turquoise in the lobby, which contrast with the rich earth tones of sand, gold and dark wood. You also notice the attention to detail: A samovar with cucumber or fruit-infused water to refresh you after a long journey. The friendly greeting you'll receive at check-in. These details make a difference after you've traveled a long distance to enjoy your vacation.Some of the rooms at Hilton Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa are located on the Ponte Vecchio bridge -- right over Lake Las Vegas. The pool and beach area with soft white sand are also by the lake. The pool is tranquil and elegant, with plenty of lounge chairs for sunbathing. There is also a poolside cafe, the Lagoon Bar & Grill, so you can soak up some sun while having lunch. For breakfast and lunch, enjoy Medici Cafe and Terrace, which opens to the gardens. The gardens feature a large fire pit with grand topiaries and a stone terrace. There is comfortable lounge furniture around the fire pit, so at night you can relax and enjoy the weather.Another dining option is Firenze Lounge, right off the hotel lobby. At Firenze, tapas like hummus with pita bread and heartier fare such as burgers and sandwiches are served.  There's a wonderful spa here as well that will improve your state of mind and overall health with its relaxing treatments.If you'd like to hold a convention or conduct business on your visit, Hilton Lake Las Vegas is equipped to handle a variety of meetings. The hotel features 50,000 square feet of meeting space, including 10 breakout rooms, and two executive board rooms. There is also a grand ballroom with 11,000 square feet of space -- perfect for a special event or wedding reception. There are also several grand pianos throughout the resort including one in the ballroom area and one in Medici Cafe. Speaking of weddings, the beautiful Mediterranean scenery of Lake Las Vegas is a perfect place to plan your big day. There are a few places to hold your event at the resort, including the gardens, "La Capella di Amore" (the chapel) and beachfront overlooking the lake.    With no shortage of breathtaking beauty, Hilton Lake Las Vegas is a Mediterranean retreat perfect for that long weekend getaway.-- By Staff Member 
 

I want to stay in Hilton to have marriage with my girl friend...

We are from Hong Kong,
Will the hotel provide standard wedding package for us?
Where to go for application of marriage licence?
Can we book and arrange the hotel chapel or other facilities to accomplish the whole process required to get the marriage certificate?
Just two of us will be there and can we make the thing simple...

Regards
Daniel
Most hotels have chapel services. if not another close by hotel will have them ask concierge desk and they will help you when you are there to make arrangements.
1 year ago
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A patterned glass facade and a unique crescent shape help set Vdara Hotel & Spa at ARIA Las Vegas apart from other properties on the Las Vegas Strip. The 57-story, all-suite hotel truly has a sophisticated, international flair. Designed by world-renowned RV Architecture, the non-smoking, non-gaming boutique property offers an exclusive environment with modern amenities and services. Guests feel removed from, yet close to the hustle and bustle of Las Vegas. Pieces of fine art are showcased throughout, including Frank Stella's 32-foot-long "Damascus Gate Variation I" at the reception desk and Peter Wegner's wall pieces "Day for Night, Night for Day" in Vdara's concierge lobby. Vdara's porte-cochère offers an unparalleled view of Nancy Rubins' 57-foot-wide by 75-foot-long large-scale installation "Big Edge."Sitting atop the porte-cochère, the Pool & Lounge Vdara overlooks the Strip. Complete with daybeds, cabanas and semi-private plunge pools, the deck area is great for relaxation as well as pool parties.With a LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, Vdara demonstrates its commitment to sustainability with initiatives such as coated windows to reflect light and reduce heat transfer into the building. The 18,000-square-foot ESPA is a spa that offers a wide variety of massages, facials and body treatments. Suites have open floor plans featuring limited-edition artwork, fully equipped kitchens and modern technology, including a media hub for MP3 players, cameras, DVD players and game consoles. Horizontal windows allow for natural light and sweeping views of the city and mountains.While guests at Vdara have access to the many amenities of nearby resorts and the Strip -- walkways connect Vdara to the neighboring Bellagio and ARIA Las Vegas -- they also have plenty to enjoy solely at Vdara. They can grab a drink or their morning coffee at Bar Vdara. There is also 16,500 square feet of banquet space on the property for special events, meetings and upscale functions.
 

What is Nigthly Turn-Down Service you mention as part of resort fee?

they roll down the bed sheets in the early evening. So you can jump into bed.
1 year ago
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Located just minutes from the Las Vegas Strip and steps away from the Hard Rock Hotel, the Wyndham Grand Desert Resort is a non-smoking hotel that offers sumptuous suites with a full kitchen and access to resort-style amenities.The Wyndham Grand Desert Resort is all about indulgence, from its luxurious rooms to the sparkling pools. Soak your cares away in one of the resort's pools or hot tubs. Enjoy suites that feature TV/VCR combos, elegant furniture, hairdryers, irons and ironing boards and fully equipped kitchens with a stove, microwave, refrigerator and coffee maker.While staying at the Wyndham Grand Desert Resort you can participate in a variety of fun events coordinated through the resort's activities center or catch the shuttle van to the Las Vegas Strip. A full-service concierge is available to help make your Vegas trip a success.Please note, smoking is not allowed at the Wyndham Grand Desert Resort.
 

Istherearesortfee?

yes 25$ plus taxes per days stay.
1 year ago
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nickwiz
montreal
 
A patterned glass facade and a unique crescent shape help set Vdara Hotel & Spa at ARIA Las Vegas apart from other properties on the Las Vegas Strip. The 57-story, all-suite hotel truly has a sophisticated, international flair. Designed by world-renowned RV Architecture, the non-smoking, non-gaming boutique property offers an exclusive environment with modern amenities and services. Guests feel removed from, yet close to the hustle and bustle of Las Vegas. Pieces of fine art are showcased throughout, including Frank Stella's 32-foot-long "Damascus Gate Variation I" at the reception desk and Peter Wegner's wall pieces "Day for Night, Night for Day" in Vdara's concierge lobby. Vdara's porte-cochère offers an unparalleled view of Nancy Rubins' 57-foot-wide by 75-foot-long large-scale installation "Big Edge."Sitting atop the porte-cochère, the Pool & Lounge Vdara overlooks the Strip. Complete with daybeds, cabanas and semi-private plunge pools, the deck area is great for relaxation as well as pool parties.With a LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, Vdara demonstrates its commitment to sustainability with initiatives such as coated windows to reflect light and reduce heat transfer into the building. The 18,000-square-foot ESPA is a spa that offers a wide variety of massages, facials and body treatments. Suites have open floor plans featuring limited-edition artwork, fully equipped kitchens and modern technology, including a media hub for MP3 players, cameras, DVD players and game consoles. Horizontal windows allow for natural light and sweeping views of the city and mountains.While guests at Vdara have access to the many amenities of nearby resorts and the Strip -- walkways connect Vdara to the neighboring Bellagio and ARIA Las Vegas -- they also have plenty to enjoy solely at Vdara. They can grab a drink or their morning coffee at Bar Vdara. There is also 16,500 square feet of banquet space on the property for special events, meetings and upscale functions.
 

What is Nigthly Turn-Down Service you mention as part of resort fee?

you can ask them to roll down your bed sheets. Not worth the extra 25$ but i guess they add it anyways.
1 year ago
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nickwiz
montreal
 
A patterned glass facade and a unique crescent shape help set Vdara Hotel & Spa at ARIA Las Vegas apart from other properties on the Las Vegas Strip. The 57-story, all-suite hotel truly has a sophisticated, international flair. Designed by world-renowned RV Architecture, the non-smoking, non-gaming boutique property offers an exclusive environment with modern amenities and services. Guests feel removed from, yet close to the hustle and bustle of Las Vegas. Pieces of fine art are showcased throughout, including Frank Stella's 32-foot-long "Damascus Gate Variation I" at the reception desk and Peter Wegner's wall pieces "Day for Night, Night for Day" in Vdara's concierge lobby. Vdara's porte-cochère offers an unparalleled view of Nancy Rubins' 57-foot-wide by 75-foot-long large-scale installation "Big Edge."Sitting atop the porte-cochère, the Pool & Lounge Vdara overlooks the Strip. Complete with daybeds, cabanas and semi-private plunge pools, the deck area is great for relaxation as well as pool parties.With a LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, Vdara demonstrates its commitment to sustainability with initiatives such as coated windows to reflect light and reduce heat transfer into the building. The 18,000-square-foot ESPA is a spa that offers a wide variety of massages, facials and body treatments. Suites have open floor plans featuring limited-edition artwork, fully equipped kitchens and modern technology, including a media hub for MP3 players, cameras, DVD players and game consoles. Horizontal windows allow for natural light and sweeping views of the city and mountains.While guests at Vdara have access to the many amenities of nearby resorts and the Strip -- walkways connect Vdara to the neighboring Bellagio and ARIA Las Vegas -- they also have plenty to enjoy solely at Vdara. They can grab a drink or their morning coffee at Bar Vdara. There is also 16,500 square feet of banquet space on the property for special events, meetings and upscale functions.
 

What brand of toiletries are in the rooms?

standard vdara branded conditioner, shampoo and body wash. Stocked daily. Probably same brand as other mgm hotels (aria, mgm etc).
1 year ago
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nickwiz
montreal
 
A patterned glass facade and a unique crescent shape help set Vdara Hotel & Spa at ARIA Las Vegas apart from other properties on the Las Vegas Strip. The 57-story, all-suite hotel truly has a sophisticated, international flair. Designed by world-renowned RV Architecture, the non-smoking, non-gaming boutique property offers an exclusive environment with modern amenities and services. Guests feel removed from, yet close to the hustle and bustle of Las Vegas. Pieces of fine art are showcased throughout, including Frank Stella's 32-foot-long "Damascus Gate Variation I" at the reception desk and Peter Wegner's wall pieces "Day for Night, Night for Day" in Vdara's concierge lobby. Vdara's porte-cochère offers an unparalleled view of Nancy Rubins' 57-foot-wide by 75-foot-long large-scale installation "Big Edge."Sitting atop the porte-cochère, the Pool & Lounge Vdara overlooks the Strip. Complete with daybeds, cabanas and semi-private plunge pools, the deck area is great for relaxation as well as pool parties.With a LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, Vdara demonstrates its commitment to sustainability with initiatives such as coated windows to reflect light and reduce heat transfer into the building. The 18,000-square-foot ESPA is a spa that offers a wide variety of massages, facials and body treatments. Suites have open floor plans featuring limited-edition artwork, fully equipped kitchens and modern technology, including a media hub for MP3 players, cameras, DVD players and game consoles. Horizontal windows allow for natural light and sweeping views of the city and mountains.While guests at Vdara have access to the many amenities of nearby resorts and the Strip -- walkways connect Vdara to the neighboring Bellagio and ARIA Las Vegas -- they also have plenty to enjoy solely at Vdara. They can grab a drink or their morning coffee at Bar Vdara. There is also 16,500 square feet of banquet space on the property for special events, meetings and upscale functions.
 

Does the Vdara supply their room kitchens with utensils (forks, spoons, plates) or is there need to shop for your own paper/plastic dining tools?

All you have to do is ask house keeping using the in room phone and they will bring it up to you. Kindly tip the cleaner and she'll keep you stocked.

you may also have to request coffee maker.
1 year ago
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montreal