Hilton Grand Vacations on the Strip OR Elara

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  1. bluedot

    bluedot Active Member

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    Will both of these hotels earn HHonors points?

    Secondly, which has a better fitness center?
     
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    Both earn points.

    Elara has an ongoing promotion right now, double points for the base rate. I'll be there next week -- can let you know about the fitness center then. The decor looks non traditional Hilton, thats why I decided to give it a try.
     
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    Avoid the off strip grand vacations. It's cheap but quite depressing with no acknowledgement of status.
     
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    mtlfire Gold Member

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    From looking at the map, although not on the strip, I think Elara is a little more centered and just around the corner just the same.
     
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    HGV on the Strip seems to have a decent fitness center based on the pics on Oyster.com. No fitness center pics for Elara, though plenty of red/black decor pictures.
     
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    Checked in yesterday, status wasn't mentioned (diamond) but I was upgraded to a 51st floor 1 bedroom suite. Full kitchen, 36inch fridge, dishwasher, range and microwave. All in stainless. Dinning room table thats large enough for 6 but only has 4 chairs.

    There's 4 flat screen TV's in the suite, kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and living room. The living room also has a drop down projector screen that covers the entire floor to ceiling windows. The projector gives your a approx. 8 by 14 foot home cinema in the living room. The remote control can control the temperature, do no disturb light etc.

    The bedroom has a large spa style tub with room and more for 2. Its easily 5 x 5 and and deeper than a regular tub. I haven't tried filling it, but I bet you'd want to start early.

    The bathroom has a walk-in shower, tons of floor space, single sink and a combination front load washer and dryer.

    Everything is clean and in good shape. This is not your typical Hilton decor, a lot of black, white and red. Large red 'L' shaped sofa and LED lit photo of Marilyn Monroe in the living room. I actually like it a lot. The doors are very wide, like at least 36 inches. The closet door in the bedroom is a good 48 wide typical swing out door. I could put my aunt in that sucker.

    The fitness center is on the 4th floor. It has a lobby/reception desk with a seating area like there's supposed to be someone waiting for you to give you towels. But its empty -- its a little odd. You have to continue through this area, the gym is the door to the far left. Locker rooms and bathrooms are on the complete other side of the fitness area. There's a shower, but no sauna or steam room.

    The gym itself is nicely equipped and large, more than your typical Hilton. 4 tread mills, 4 ellipticals, 4 stationary bikes and the whole assortment of weight machines from Life fitness. And of course your traditional free weights. Everything was clean, recent and in good working order. It was completely devoid of life when I stopped by at about 3pm.

    Hope this helps. I'll try to post some pics later.
     
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    Thanks, I'm checking out Vegas hotels for a trip next month. Didn't even know Hilton had this hotel. I like the mid-strip location and the upgrade possibilities.
     
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    They're also running a promo that gives you a Jr. Suite for the regular room rate!
     
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    Ahhh now it all makes sense. I'm a bit slow, but I just had an ah hah moment! I didn't know this hotel was there because it wasn't....well not as a Hilton property. This hotel used to be PH Towers an upscale version of Planet Hollywood, which explains its location. I visit Vegas a few times a year and I looked into staying at the this fairly new hotel, but the reviews on various sites weren't good. I was a bit surprised when Hilton took their name off the Las Vegas Hilton (now Las Vegas Hotel), but now I see they did it to take over this property from PH. I hope Hilton brings along their reputation along with their name. According to the above review they did. Most of you probably already knew all of this, but like I said....I'm a bit slow:confused:
     
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    As some others have mentioned, the staff might be a little lacking in Hilton quality. But this is a time share property, so the amenities are higher class than your typical Hilton hotel. Where else can you get a home theater with a projection screen in all the 1 bedroom suites?

    Of course -- take my comments with some salt, I've never stayed in another HGV property (or outside of North America for that matter). So I'm comparing the decor and furnishings to your typical corporate north american Hilton (these I stay in a lot of them). In that sense, I found it above average.
     
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    I think you can thank PH for the cool decor. The Monroe pic is definately PH because all of their rooms have a different movie start theme (I got Jim Carrey) The building itself can't be more than three years old so I doubt if Hilton did any serious remodeling. The pic on their website look great. I'm willing to give it a shot. I like the Vegas hotels that don't have casino's because they're quiet. I want to have my fun and retreat to peace and quiet in the morning.
     
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    Should add thats it now been over a week since I left the Elara, the "past stay" info showed up about two days after but the efoli shows as "unavailable". No points, bonuses, or stay credit has been issued after.

    Do the HGV properties tend to post points slower? Will give it another week before chasing it down.
     
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    This has been a problem at this property, just shoot hhonors an e-mail and theuy will post them within a day or so.
     
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    Got a quick reply, but they claim that the double points room rate offered by Elara can't be combined with the Q2 double rate promotion. With that huge list everyone knows you can opt out of Q2 entirely, but can't say I've ever read anything that a standard rate, from the hilton site, that happens to offer double points, is excluded from a Q promotion.
     
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    I prefer the Elara over the Grand Vacations on the Strip. The Grand Vacations charges for parking (rather rare in vegas, but some corp rates include it) and is in an inconvenient location that needs a car. The Elara is in the back of the Planet Hollywood and in a location that you don't need a car.
     
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    LV Hilton has been a Resorts International Property for decades. They would not accept nor give HHonors points nor could I get reservations for the LV Hilton or its Atlantic City sibling (also an IR property) on the Hilton website for many years. This looks to be a great new property that I look forward to staying at. I've loved the Flamingo HGVC, but this clearly tops it.
     
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    I'm staying at Elara this weekend, I'll update soon. I normally stay at V'dara or Signature so I'll be comparing to those during my stay.
     
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    Looking forward to hearing your experience. Try not to spend too much in the Miracle Mile shops.
     
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    It's the black jack tables at PH I'm worried about:)
     
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    I go for the shows and the gambling, the shopping is always a drain.:rolleyes:
     
  21. Princess Fiona
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    Stayed at Elara in June, fantastic property. No gambling, or smoking was a nice bonus ;)
    View from my 51st Floor Suite


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    Kitchen area

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    Bedroom


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    My points posted within a week, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this property :)

    Sent from my iPhone using milepoint
     
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    Thank you for the review.
     
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    Unfortunately they didn't upgrade me so I didn't get Fiona's room:(, but the standard room is pretty nice. It was really roomy with a nice kitchenette with mini fridge and microwave. Loved the floor to ceiling windows and view from the 50th somthing floor I was on. Fairly roomy bathroom with shower/tub combo. Overall the hotel was great and you can't beat the location. The only drawback I can think of is that they only have two, yes two ice machines in the hotel! Floors 20 and 50 I believe. The mall that connects Elara and PH has plenty of shops and restaurants. There's also a new Walgreens right there on the corner. I took pictures of all these wonderful things, but it says the file is too big and I'm too computer illiterate to fix that:confused:

    My points didn't post, but I called HH and they took care of it ez pz
     
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    With two great reviews in, I must try to get there. My next LV trip is for CES in January and I was not offered Elara space for my HGVC points. I did get a nice one-bedroom in the Flamingo HGVC for silver season points (practically nothing). So luxury will have to wait and my views will be of the cold flamingo pool and the top of the Eiffel tower. The location is still good and the room comfortable with a full kitchen, so complaints should be ignored.;)
     
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    I just can't get past the Flamingo part.....the HGV part of the hotel is nice though?
     
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