This was my first stay at Aria. Most recent stays have included Wynn and Bellagio to compare against.
I really liked this property. Check in was fast and efficient and the front desk person was helpful, knowledgeable and accommodating. And yes, the lobby and casino smell faintly of vanilla - a welcome change in a usually smoke filled casino. I loved the layout of the hotel, the location of the bars and restaurants and the ease of getting around. It felt almost small and boutique-y. The casino is understated and subdued. A lovely change from the norm. Front door staff were courteous and friendly and often seemed surprised and certainly appreciative of the tips.
My room was the first room off of the elevator lobby on the 53rd floor facing the back of the hotel. While I was thankful for the convenience to the elevator and very short walk, I was concerned the room location would be noisy due to the elevator, but my worries were unfounded. It was one of the quietest rooms I have ever stayed in. The King Deluxe room was very large. The front entry had two closets separated by a bank of four drawers with a granite top. To the immediate right was a very large bathroom with two sinks, a separate toilet and glassed shower with soaker tub combo. Tons of counter space, a deep drawer, under counter shelf space, a tray for toiletries, a lighted make up mirror and tons of towels of all sizes appointed the bathroom. The room had a king bed, floor to ceiling picture windows, a large desk and excellent lighting. Lighting, TV, HVAC and drapes were all controlled through the TV and master switches well placed by the bed and front door. The room was clean, fresh and tastefully decorated in muted and very restful tones. The linens were excellent and the bed one of the most comfortable I have ever encountered. Compared to the rooms at the Wynn these rooms were much, much nicer. WiFi was fast and connected immediately on my iPad and laptop but not on my iPhone.
One little glitch was that the room was not made up after the first night and at 6:00 p.m.when I returned to discover this I called housekeeping who apologized profusely and sent someone up within 5 minutes. Well handled.
Jean Philippe in the casino by the elevators was a great place for a quick breakfast or excellent coffee and pastry, or a gelato. Lines were always very long though and didn't always move that fast. Cafe Vettro (casual all day dining) was very good with a big and varied menu in a beautiful and bright room with soaring floor to ceiling windows. Service was super fast, and the food was fresh and plentiful while being tasty too. Though lines were often lengthy and appeared daunting, the wait was never more than 5-7 minutes. Javier was a really great higher end Mexican restaurant right off the main casino. I loved the bar and ate dinner there twice. Excellent margaritas, very good service with attentive, friendly staff and delicious Mexico City style food. This is not a nacho/taco joint. Sirio, the Italian restaurant on the Promenade level gets a bad rap on Yelp but I enjoyed a good dinner at the bar. The bartenders were fabulous - chatty and attentive. Food was good, though not inventive. Ask for the casual menu as well as the dinner menu as it's not always offered. Portions were huge and they should be for the prices. Not the best Italian but good.
The attached Crystals, high end shopping mall was a big surprise. It's a gigantic architectural structure. But I fear the emperor has no clothes. There are a handful of global brand designer stores and two restaurants - a Wolfgang Puck and a SHE by Mortons (a stupid concept of a women's steakhouse), and that's it! The place is just a big, cavernous hall. Nothing much to see or do in here. I predict failure for this mecca of excess.The only redeeming feature is the free and fast tram from here to Bellagio.
I really enjoyed Aria and would stay here again in a heartbeat. Next time I'll try the spa, American Fish and Lemongrass.
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