Our Las Vegas Adventure: Trip Review and Tips

 

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I love Las Vegas. The enormous resorts, the gourmet restaurants around every corner, the spas, truly I feel like it’s my own personal playground. This last trip to Las Vegas was actually the catalyst for beginning  to blog about travel and it has actually been really rewarding to share my experiences with others. That being said, we would like to say thank you to everyone who has taken a little time out of their day to stop by and read our blog.

Ok, onto the reason you are here.

Where we stayed: Vdara Hotel and Spa.

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Photo Courtesy of Vdara.com

This is an entirely non smoking, non gaming hotel on the Las Vegas Strip. We enjoyed this hotel so much! Not only are all the rooms suites, the room we were in had a full-sized refrigerator, stacked washer and dryer, and a microwave! I know that a lot of people don’t spend a lot of time in their hotel rooms while traveling, but for us we love spending quality time in our room. Both Bree and I live in cramped living situations, so when we are traveling we really take advantage of our hotel room amenities. Plus with this particular trip, we had my husband and toddler with us, so it was so nice to have a full fridge stocked with snacks and a washing machine for accidents. If you would like to see a walk-through of the suite we were in, click here.

The location of the Vdara can’t be beat. It is right between Bellagio and Aria, and a very quick walk to the Cosmopolitan. There is even a tram that runs from Monte Carlo to Vdara if you don’t feel like walking.

TIP: Vdara does not have self parking, the hotel’s website does suggest parking at Aria if you choose to not valet, but we had a much easier time getting around by parking at the Bellagio self parking.

Where we ate

With all the amazing restaurants that are in Las Vegas, it is almost sensory overload trying to decide where to go. We were pretty basic this time, not going to lie, it wasn’t a very foodie trip since we had a little one with us. We were able to go to a couple of our favorite spots and we even had some delicious food from Vdara’s Room Service. Here are a couple highlights.

Secret Pizza at The Cosmopolitan

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This place is definitely not a well-kept secret anymore, with over 3,000 reviews on Yelp and a four star review, it is obvious that people love this pizza. The menu is pretty simple pizza, beer, New York style cheesecake, and cannoli. Pizza is sold by the slice, or you can splurge and buy a whole pie. We are quite fond of the white pie, mozzarella cheese, ricotta, garlic, and basil. Salty, creamy, with a crispy crust it is the definition of food porn after your first bite.
TIP: Get the whole pizza if there are 3 or more people with you. It ends up being cheaper in the end, especially if you and your friends are big eaters.

Market Cafe Vdara

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We had a coupon for a buy one, get one free breakfast or lunch from the cafe in our hotel and decided to use it for breakfast for our second day. Market Cafe Vdara definitely did not disappoint. While it may have been a little pricey for breakfast, between $15-$18 for each breakfast entrée, we felt that it was worth it for the quality of the food and the portions that we received.

We visited on our last night as well since my husband didn’t want anything off of the room service menu and it was so convenient for me to go down and order him something from the cafe to take to our room. He wanted the PUB burger which from the menu description alone sounded absolutely delicious: Bacon, BBQ sauce, Swiss cheese, lettuce, carmelized onions, fried egg, tomatoes, served on a potato bun.  It was served with a heaping order of onion rings, and was quite delicious.

If staying at Vdara I would recommend giving this place a try, despite the varied yelp reviews.

The Buffet at Bellagio

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Probably one of my favorite buffets in Las Vegas, The Buffet at Bellagio is an utter smorgasbord of delight. With carving stations, freshly made sushi, a large variety of different dishes from multiple countries, and tons of delicious desserts. While pretty pricey for a buffet, $25 for a lunch buffet, we are never disappointed in the quality of food that they have prepared.

TIP: If you are more interested in dinner offerings, but don’t want to pay the dinner price, go within the last 30 min of the lunch service. You will only charged the lunch price and will be able to enjoy the dinner offerings.

 Fun Stuff We Did

We didn’t completely over stuff our itinerary for this trip since we were hoping to be able to get some relaxation after a very hectic holiday season. Being that it was toward the end of December, everything was decorated for Christmas and we made sure to take in all the festive sights.

Bellagio Conservatory

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The Bellagio conservatory is decorated differently nearly every time we come to Las Vegas. It actually changes a total of five times a year, so there is at least one season that we have yet to enjoy. For Christmas it is decorated to the gills with sparkling trees, polar bears, and some cute little penguins. It’s amazing to see these massive floral displays up close, and the smell is just amazing. I have so much respect for the floral designers that come up with the right combinations of flowers and plants.
TIP: If you can, visit the conservatory really late at night of very early in the morning. It’s super popular and gets very crowded.

Ethel M. Chocolate Factory

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What is there not to love about visiting a chocolate factory? Unless, of course, you are a character in a Roald Dahl book. Well behind these doors is just pure deliciousness. There is a quick self-guided tour where you can watch the candy making process and at the end they give you a sample of chocolate. We just absolutely fell in love with the handmade hot chocolate after watching the girls behind the counter making a batch.

Ethel M. Chocolate factory is also home to the largest botanical cactus and desert plant garden in the southeast United States. After touring around nearly three acres of cactus we decided that this is going to be a regular stop on our way home from Las Vegas from now on.
TIP: If you are in Las Vegas around Christmas time, the cactus garden is actually decorated with Christmas lights that they have on display nightly. It is free to go see!

 

Hopefully this review was as great for you to read as it was for me to write. If you would like to watch our YouTube series about this trip click here! We also just recently wrote an entire article about how we save money while in Las Vegas that you can read here!

Remember my darlings, live your travel dreams no matter what others may tell you. Anyone Can Travel.

-Arielle

 

©Bree and Arielle Travel 2017

 

0 thoughts on “Our Las Vegas Adventure: Trip Review and Tips

    1. It’s super nice! Especially if you are not hugely into the party scene. There is a nice bar in the lobby, but for the most part we noticed that other guests were there for conventions or were families.

  1. I enjoyed your review. My husband and I visit Vegas several times a year and always try to stay somewhere new, but we have not yet tried Vdara. It sounds like it would be great for us. Last time, we stayed at the MGM Signature and we liked that it was non-smoking and didn’t have a casino, although the casino was a short walk away. Our last trip was for fifteen days, so it was nice to have a mini kitchen too, which sounds similar to Vdara. I think we will check it out!

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