Glistening like a futuristic oasis in the heart of the Strip, Aria truly deserves most of the attention it receives. The lobby is a soaring, three-story atrium bathed in natural light (a novel concept in this town). There's even more natural light upstairs, where every guest room boasts floor-to-ceiling windows. Tech-geeks will love the touch-screen control pad that operates everything from curtains to television, music, and lights. Bathrooms are modern and spacious, and nightly turndown service and laptop-size safes are nice touches. The Aria SkySuites are notable; starting at 1,050 square feet and getting larger from there, these multiroom upper-floor accommodations are downright palatial and have some of the best views in town.
The art: Aria is home to many of the pieces that make up CityCenter's $40 million fine art collection—Maya Lin's Colorado River, an 84-foot sculpture of reclaimed silver that mirrors the route of the eponymous waterway,
hangs in the lobby behind the check-in desk.
The show: Zarkana offers a Cirque du Soleil spin on the traditional variety show.
The pools: There are three ellipse-shape pools on a secluded pool deck. Inquire about deals for cabanas; especially midweek, they can be surprisingly affordable.
The room service: Most of the on-site restaurants will deliver to your room.
The spa is one of the only ones in the country to offer Japanese stone sauna Ganbanyoku beds, and boasts three private spa "suites," each of which serves up to eight people at a time.
Crystals, the adjacent shopping and entertainment complex, offers some of the most high-end boutiques in the nation, including Prada, Mikimoto, Tom Ford, and Harry Winston (to name a few).
Aria remains one of the largest buildings in the world to achieve LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council