Just south of its sister property, the Bellagio, so pretty central. There’s even a tram line that goes from CityCenter to Bellagio for when walking seems like too much.
Pretty swanky by any city’s standard – they have a superb remote control system for everything from the lights to the (HD)TV to the blinds, there’s an evening turndown service (rare for Vegas) and everything is spotless, as you’d expect from a nearly new hotel. But they’re not very big, corridors are huge so rooms can be far from the lift, and you don’t get much in the way of a Strip view, because the rest of the CityCenter development blocks your way.
Having said that, because it’s so new, Aria has been laying on spectacular deals to bring in custom – think US$109 rooms with $75 resort credit to spend on restaurants, spa treatments and the like – so these rooms can be absolute bargains.
Although it’s very dark with lots of wood around, the Aria casino is definitely one of the smartest, and the lobby’s pretty spectacular with fake trees and a huge sculpture behind the check-in desk. But I’m sorry to say it leaves me cold, because it could be a trendy hotel anywhere. And if there’s one place in the world you should enjoy an over the top or themed hotel, I think Vegas is it.
Eating and drinking
There are so many choices here and they’re all fabulous. One of my favourite places on the Strip is celeb chef Todd English’s PUB in the Crystals shopping centre, which is connected to Aria – it does reasonably-priced snack-type dishes, as well as a carvery, and Tuesday nights are Nickel Beer Nights where a glass of beer costs just 25 cents (20p). I’ve also heard great things from my foodie friends about Julian Serrano and Sirio Italian restaurant. I wouldn’t bother with the buffet – there’s nothing wrong with it, but it’s over-priced.
Gold Lounge is a bar upstairs that looks beautiful, but has been utterly lacking in any kind of vibe every time I’ve passed by.
I love the Aria pool complex – rather than one big pool, it has several, and each is cordoned off in its own space, so you don’t feel as exposed as at other properties. Liquid, the private pool party which you have to pay to get into, is one of my favourite parties. The spa is lovely, too, and Haze, the onsite nightclub, is one of my top nightspots.
Excellent – it’s so new, and has so much riding on it, that every member of staff is eager to ensure you’re having the time of your life.
Who stays there
A mixture of couples (I’d say the majority are over 30) and business people.
There's no resort fee.
- Mature travellers
Pros & Cons
- Hi-tech rooms
- Great value for money
- Good location
- Not very "Vegassy"
- Too new to have a real vibe yet