We had stayed at MGM Signature our last two trips, and decided this time to give Vdara a shot. Both properties are conceptually similar-- Both were built out as condominiums and converted to hotel usage when the real estate market declined. Both properties fit an important niche: The non-casino but near-to-the-casino hotel. If you are like us, we put a lot of thought into where we stay, so hopefully a side-by-side comparison will be helpful. In the end, we give the nod to Vdara, but you can decide for yourself.
The rooms in both hotels are great. Even the most basic suites are built out as living quarters with small kitchens, large bathrooms, and lots of room. The styling is different. Signature seemed more traditional and Vdara more contemporary. You will not be disappointed with the size and styling of rooms at either property. The main differences are noise, balconies and views.
Noise-- Vdara seemed to be more solidly built and as a result noise did not carry. Also, Vdara's has two separate halls on each floor and the halls only serve rooms on one side of the hotel, translating into much less hall traffic. Also, there is in my opinion a major design flaw with the Signature layout. At signature, rooms are paired and each set of two rooms are accessed by a small alcove. I suspect this was done to make it so that rooms could be joined together to create larger suites. While this might have been a good concept for a condo, it is not for a hotel. Whenever our neighbors would go in our out of their room, we would hear them talking, the door slamming etc. The amazing thing about Vdara was that in four nights we were never awakened once by hall or adjacent room noise. I am sure that having the wrong neighbors could still change this-- but this factor alone would tip the scales toward Vdara every time in our opinions.
Balconies-- Only Signature has balconies. However, it does not have them in every room. If you get them (usually by asking), it is a great feature. It is really nice to be able to open your sliding glass door and get fresh air as well. While the Vdara air seemed fine, the balconies at Signature are a nice feature if you get them.
Views-- We asked for a room on a higher floor at Vdara and got a great room with a fantastic view of the Bellagio fountains and the strip. the Signature rooms also had decent views, but were further off the strip, and not as good. This is true even of the higher floors. I would give a slight nod to Vdara views if you can get a room in a higher floor.
Another major difference between the two hotels is location. It is a fairly long walk, albeit through an enclosed walkway, from Signature to the nearest Casino at the MGM. If you are planning on staying in the MGM area, Signature is probably fine. If you like the center Strip area, you will find yourself taking taxis again and again. On the plus side at Signature, it is not too hard to get a taxi when you are there. The challenge is when you are somewhere else and want to get back to your room. Other than MGM, there really is nothing within easy walking distance of Signature. You can theoretically walk to other casinos using some back streets. We did it during the day, but it seemed sketchy at night.
Vdara on the other hand is right in the middle of the action. A one minute walk across City Center and you are entering the front doors of Aria casino and hotel. A one minute walk through a covered walkway and you are entering Bellagio (although you still have to walk a few more minutes to get to the casino). A two minute walk and you are entering Cosmopolitan hotel and casino. If you like the center Strip casinos (Flamingo, Bills, O'Shea's, Margaritaville, etc., they are a healthy, but doable walk from Vdara, and on streets that are more comfortable to walk at night. Needless to say, there are many gaming/dining options within just a few minutes walking of Vdara. At Signature, you were pretty much limited to the dining within the food and beverage mall in MGM. A strong nod to Vdara on this category.
We can't really speak to the pool at Vdara since we went in the cold of winter and the pool had been closed for maintenance. The Signature pool is definitely nice, with a low key feel to it and very nice waiting staff. The Vdara pool looked to be similar in size, but we can't really do a comparison. All I can say is that the Signature pool experience was great both times we stayed there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Signature is a world within a world. As your private portal to everything Las Vegas, you're free to indulge in an incredible array of diversions – with one commonality: an elevated level of personalized service. So whether you're grabbing a drink at The Lounge or basking in the private luxury of your own poolside cabana, you'll experience a level of attention and dedicated service that's unsurpassed, right at the heart of the most exciting city on the planet. Truly, this is Vegas at its best. As your gateway to this most incredible of cities, The Signature puts you at the doorstep of Las Vegas' most amazing experiences. Our concierge is just the person to open that door and show you the way through. Allow us to serve your every whim, from show tickets to procuring a table at that must-experience restaurant to making your golf reservations. And when you feel the desire to leave your tranquil escape for the excitement of Vegas, the gaming, nightlife and entertainment of the phenomenal MGM Grand is right next door. ... more less
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