Holiday Tags: Vegas

We stayed in a one bedroom apartment with lounge, full kitchen, bathroom, two flat screen TVs.

Our bedroom over looked the Bellagio Fountains great show in the evenings!

Very helpful staff, the resort had a shuttle [free] twice a week to a big super market, also twice a week to the Premium Outlets.

Excellent position on the strip. We had use of the swimming pool at the new Cosmopolitan complex next to the Jockey Club, which was fantastic. Would return.

We stayed here twice, once at the end of April & again 10 days later, both times in a one bedroom suite although two different ones.

The first one was fine & similar to previous rooms, but the second one was enormous & had full kitchen & full bathroom which we haven’t had before.

Please see my previous reviews as nothing has changed. It’s still a great hotel in a good location & suitable for family holidays with having no casino.

The room was OK, facing the mountains. It was a bit smaller than other Vegas rooms, but not small by European standards.

There was a mini bar that you couldn’’t put stuff in & a window that opened which was unusual.

There was an armoire which housed the TV, wardrobe which housed the iron & ironing board, 3 drawers & a cupboard. Small table & two chairs by the window, a marble desk with internet cable at the opposite side of the room, full length mirror. OK sized bathroom with shower over the bath which was good & a hairdryer.

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We arrived for our holiday in Vegas, stayed initially at the Bellagio Hotel and later in the trip, took the tram from Bellagio to the Aria Hotel & Casino. The tram station is right at the back of the hotel & a bit of a hike.

We checked into the Aria at 9. 15am & there was a room ready. We were allocated room 23102 (!) on the 23rd floor & we were upgraded to a City View which is normally $30 a night extra although I don’t think it’s worth paying the extra for myself.

There were a few minor issues that I didn’t expect in a hotel of this calibre that had only been open 3 months. There was no ashtray in the room so I had to call down for one. The furnishings were quite dusty probably because the dark wood furniture & glass tops attract dust. There were cup/glass ring marks on glass top above mini bar which hadn’t been cleaned. There was a blown bulb in the bathroom & the windows were filthy. Nothing that was worth complaining about, but issues we haven’t had in hotels of a much lower standard than Aria is supposed to be.

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November 22nd 2009. First up, you should know that I love Las Vegas. It’s hard to convince non-gamblers just why they have to go there, and until you have you’ll probably never understand just what it is about the place. The vibe of the Strip, the sheer extravagance, the architecture and the lights. Lots of lights! This was my second trip to Las Vegas and after staying downtown the first time, this time I chose to stay at the Encore Hotel, sister casino and look-a-like to the Wynn to which it is adjoined via an up-market shopping arcade.

I get excited just looking out the window on the plane as you land – the runway we came in on at Las Vegas (flying from LHR with BA) ran parallel to the Strip and at night it’s just an incredible sight. It doesn’t matter how long your flight was, the sight just puts you in the mood! You can see the Wynn and Encore to the North of the Strip as you come in, both looking identical and, by Vegas standards, understated. It’s a 15 minute cab ride to the hotel – $20, or $25 if they go via the Interstate.

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Arrived at the Excalibur late evening on a Friday after our flight to Las Vegas from New York had been delayed for over 4 hours. We were rather exhausted & as we made our way to registration (reception) we were approached by a hotel employee who asked us where we were from & ushered us over to a desk “to receive free gifts”. Turns out this desk was trying to sell us tickets to shows, sight seeing tours etc & there was in fact nothing free at all! Not that I was bothered as I wanted to get to my room but what a hard sell! Just as we had arrived & hadn’t even checked in!

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