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Vdara Hotel and Spa in Las Vegas, Nevada is a great family friendly resort right in the middle of the Las Vegas Strip. This all-suite hotel has a kitchenette in every unit and lots of space which makes it the perfect place to stay with kids. The fact that it’s also smoke-free and casino-free makes it even better. The next time you’re heading to Las Vegas with kids or for a relaxing weekend, consider a stay at Vdara Hotel and Spa. It’s now our go-to resort for a family friendly Las Vegas vacation.
We stayed at Vdara Hotel and Spa in February 2018. We were assigned room 7006. It was a studio suite with one king bed and a queen size sofa bed. Like all rooms in Vdara, it also had a kitchenette. We didn’t use the kitchenette, but it had a mini fridge, microwave, and stove-top which would have been great if we were traveling with our kid. There was also a well-stocked mini-bar, but we bought snacks and beverages at CVS which was just a short walk from Vdara. If you need plates, utensils, and cookware, just call housekeeping.
The room also had a cool media hub which made it easy to stream movies from my iPad. I always travel with an HDMI cable and HDMI converter, but usually I have to find an available HDMI slot on the back of the TV. That’s not always easy when they’re mounted to the wall. Instead, Vdara had a media hub in the cabinet underneath the TV that was very easy to access. That’s a huge plus in my book.
The bathroom was very nice. There was plenty of counter space as well as a storage cabinet by the door. The large soaker tub was a great place to relax especially after a long day of walking around the Strip. I also loved the separate shower stall. However, the plastic water barrier at the bottom of the door was cracked and made it difficult to open. Unfortunately, Vdara uses those silly translucent bathroom doors that shine light onto your sleeping face when your partner gets up to use the bathroom in the middle of the night.
Okay, seriously, what is it with hotels and blackout curtains these days? While the electronically controlled curtains were cool, the giant gaps between them were not. They let in an extraordinary amount of the rising sun. This made it very difficult to sleep in which is very important for a Vegas vacation. Our room faced east so this may not be as much of a problem if your room faces west.
Unfortunately, the pool at Vdara closes for the winter. We were not able to use it for our February stay. However, we learned at check-in that Vdara guests can use the Aria pool which is open all year. Keep that in mind if you visit during the winter.
The Wi-Fi was included with the resort fee and worked well. I did not see any limitations on the number of devices. It was fast enough to stream movies through my iPad.
We booked three nights with 45,119 Chase Ultimate Rewards points. Since I used my Chase Sapphire Reserve, those points had a value of 1.5 cents per point. We saved $676.79 or $225.60 per night by using points. Read more about how we saved $1,200 on our Las Vegas vacation here.
World of Hyatt has a partnership with the M Life rewards program which means you can use World of Hyatt points to book M Life properties in Las Vegas, including Vdara. However, Vdara costs 20,000 World of Hyatt points per night. We would have needed 60,000 World of Hyatt points for our three night stay. That is significantly more than the 45,119 Chase Ultimate Rewards we used. World of Hyatt is a Chase Ultimate Rewards transfer partner so I value those points as worth at least 1.5 cents per point. If we redeemed World of Hyatt points at Vdara, they would have been worth far less than that.
If you’re not using points, make sure to check Expedia for great deals on rooms at Vdara Hotel & Spa.
Most of the restaurants listed on the Vdara website are actually located at Aria. There are only three dining options within Vdara: Market Cafe, Starbucks, and Vice Versa lounge. You can also order in-room dining. We had breakfast at Market Cafe. The food was delicious, but pricey. We also had a wait a long time for our order.
You’re probably better off eating at Aria since there are so many more options. I recommend getting a slice at Five50. They’re open late and the pizza is delicious! They have counter service so you don’t have to wait for a table if you just want a quick bite to eat.
Vdara is located at 2600 Harmon Ave. Las Vegas, Nevada 89158. It’s situated between Aria and Bellagio, slightly behind Cosmopolitan. This is a prime location with easy access to the Strip. It’s connected to Aria and Bellagio with well-marked walkways and a tram.
It’s a little more difficult to access Cosmopolitan. When you exit the hotel, head left towards the strip. Stay left until you come to a staircase. (If you end up at Aria, you’ve gone too far right.) Take the staircase down and follow the sidewalk and signs to Cosmopolitan.
We did not have a car when we stayed at Vdara. Instead, we used Uber. The Uber/Lyft pickup is right by the valet stand at Vdara. Vdara only offers valet parking for $30 a night. And that’s on top of the resort fee! However, you once you’ve paid for parking at Vdara, you can use the same type of parking at all other MGM Resorts within the same 24 hour period. It’s ridiculous, but at least you can use it at other resorts.
The resort fee was $39 per night plus tax for a total of almost $45 per night. Las Vegas has a serious resort fee problem right now and Vdara is no exception. These fees should be built into the price of your room, not added on later for extra, compulsory benefits. At the very least, the resort fee should include parking!
Everyone we encountered at Vdara was helpful and friendly. The check-in desk was well staffed and efficient. And the bellmen were prompt with our baggage. We also thought housekeeping did an excellent job. All photographs in this post were taken after housekeeping cleaned our room.
Suitable for Families? Yes!
Although we did not travel without son for our most recent trip to Las Vegas, we would definitely return to the Vdara with him. The fact that the hotel is smoke-free is the number one reason why this is a great family friendly hotel. But the rooms are also very spacious and the kitchenette is great for traveling with kids.
Final Thoughts on Vdara Las Vegas
Our stay at Vdara Hotel and Spa in Las Vegas, Nevada was excellent! From the room to the amenities and service, we had a great stay. However, next time I’ll bring an eye mask to block out the light from the curtains and the bathroom. Or ask for a room that faces west. It was such a relief to stay in a non-smoking hotel that was centrally located on the Strip. If you’re looking for a relaxing Las Vegas vacation solo, as a couple, or as a family, Vdara Hotel and Spa is the perfect place to stay. And make sure to read my 10 Chill Things to Do in Las Vegas Nevada.