This trip to Vegas we stayed 3 nights at ARIA, and 4 nights in Bellagio. Both great hotels. ARIA is modern and new, full of energetic young people. While Bellagio is more like a classic luxury hotel, with the best view in town.
You can read my ARIA review here later if you wish.
Bellagio is a luxury hotel and casino located on the Las Vegas Strip. It is owned and operated by MGM and was built on the site of the demolished Dunes hotel and casino. It was inspired by the Lake Como in the town of Bellagio in Italy. One of the most significant attraction here is the Fountains of Bellagio. You can absolutely not miss this large dancing music fountain when you are in Vegas.
We booked the most basic room for around USD 180 per night, upon check-in, we gave up the 20 dollars trick since ARIA, so just simply asked if there was any complimentary room upgrade available. The check in lady politely denied that there’s no complimentary upgrade available. However she had a Fountain View King Room available for upgrade for only USD34 a night. Ok, tempted, we paid for the upgrade. I checked the room rate was about USD 234 per night for Fountain View King Room. So it wasn’t too bad by paying only 34 USD for a small upgrade. Of course on top of all that there is still 13.38% tax and US44.22 per night resort fee. Bloody lots of ++ surcharge in Vegas.
Bellagio Vegas : Fountain View King Room
Once we entered the room, we knew it was well-worth it for the upgrade! Having stayed in a few other hotels on the strip (MGM, ARIA, Palazzo) and been to a few nice bars and restaurants with the best view in town. Nothing can compare to this view really.
This room doesn’t have the biggest window comparing to other hotels, but the view compensated it all. 47 sqm room is pretty spacious. We can tell it was built for luxury and comfort when it was first built back in 1998 (19 years ago). Even after all these years it is still very well-maintained.
Separate bath and shower. Nice marbles tiles.
What we like about Bellagio Vegas? Pros
- Clear and comfortable room
- Best view in town (get the fountain view room)
- Good location – located in the middle part of the strip. It’s near to other parts of the strip and also has many food and shopping options located within Bellagio property.
- Well-equipped gym but need to walk pass the casino to get there
- Plenty of amenities around Bellagio such as AVIS car rental office is just located at the basement, just across the road from the 24 hours convenient store (CVS Walgreens).
- Free tram to ARIA and Monte Carlo (ARIA Express)
- Can’t store your own drinks in the mini bar which can be quite annoying. Well, I guess this is quite a common practise in most Vegas hotels anyway.
- No free bottled water in the room (We got our 3 litres bottle from CVS just across the road)
- Casino with strong cigarette smell. (especially annoying when we need to pass by casino everytime going to the gym)
- No free parking
- No coffee machine or water boiler in the room (This is a 5 star hotel)
Overall score 4/5
It is still a very good hotel that is very strategically located. It’s near to everything and we absolutely loved the location. The room is not the newest and probably need a mild update in the years to come but at this moment of time, if view is you thing, this is definitely the hotel to go for! If view is secondary and comfort and budget concern, ARIA is probably an good option comparing to Bellagio as ARIA is slightly cheaper but the rooms are newer.
So, for the view and location = Bellagio
for the price and room comfort = ARIA
Which is your favourite hotel when visiting Vegas?
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