We stayed at the Aria for our first wedding anniversary in June 2013. It is in the new City Centre complex in the middle of the strip and is a huge hotel with over 4000 rooms. We checked in at around 8pm and found the process quick and efficient. Our room was on the 20th floor with spectacular views of the strip.
Location is brilliant, central to all the main hotels and attractions. A top tip is to go through Crystals to get to the strip as it’s air conditioned and much quicker than walking down the drive of the hotel. The Aria Express is also convenient to get to the Bellagio if you’re feeling really lazy (it take 20 seconds from the Aria in it).
The rooms were very large, with electronic controls for the curtains, lights and TV. We loved the modern decor and the bed was the most comfortable one we’ve ever stayed in anywhere in the world. There is a fairly reasonably priced mini bar (Vegas is expensive so the mini bar was quite competitive) but don’t move anything as you’re charged for even looking. A fridge in your room is $25 per night, so we didn’t bother with that, but there are ice machines on every floor, we made the most of them for our cool drinks.
The rooms are spotless and cleaned twice every day with a turndown service. I’ve seen a recent review stating the hotel is dirty. I honestly don’t know what they’re on about, the place was spotless and was constantly being cleaned, for example, the door to the pool was never left with greasy handprints, despite literally hundreds of people using it all day.
The casino is very stylish and we found it to be busy with a great atmosphere, but not too busy, like some of the more famous casinos. The air was clean and odour free and drinks service when gambling was very good. Even though my wife was watching she was always offered a free drink and the staff I encountered were all very accommodating as I’m not a seasoned gambler. They even offered advice to help me win at Blackjack!
There are a number of very smart looking bars in the hotel, however, as we got free drinks when gambling, we didn’t use any of them. We did eat in Javiers and this is highly recommended. The food was fantastic and the service was great!
There are 3 huge pools with hundreds of loungers. However it gets very busy on a weekend and you have to get there a little earlier as it was full both Saturday and Sunday. This creates a brilliant atmosphere and we never felt the need to try Liquid (the all day pool party) as a result. The clientele appears to be a younger crowd but it never felt pretentious. Drinks service was okay around the pool but there were a lot of people there. We never enquired about the price of Cabanas but we assumed they were expensive as they were empty through the week.
The Buffet was a bit of an issue for me with huge queues. We managed to go on our first day but then the queues were so big we never bothered again and got tea and coffee from the Roasted Bean at the back of the casino. This was always quiet, yet Starbucks always had a huge queue too. It’s a shame for the Buffet as it was great when we had it. There always appeared to be lots of empty seats but there wasn’t many staff working. It seems a Vegas buffet is judged by the size of the queue, which seems odd. A lot of people walked away. I’d suggest more staff serving drinks and get it busier, rather than building the queue!
The hotel staff were all very pleasant and friendly and we found the service in Vegas to be top class everywhere. The front desk offers a boarding pass printing service and the hotel WIFI was fine during our visit, quick enough for general browsing. Since we were there, they have doubled the speed too. On the down side we did notice large queues at check in at certain times of the day.
Overall this is one of the best hotels we’ve ever stayed at. Service was impeccable, the design is spectacular and the atmosphere is amazing. Everyone is there to have a good time and that comes across everywhere you go in Vegas. It was one of the best holidays we’ve ever had and the Aria is a truly amazing hotel!
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