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.
Aria is one of those resorts where one size does not fit all. There are many levels of pampering on offer, so depending on your budget, you can have a luxurious experience, or you can have an out-of-this-world experience. No matter which one you choose, you can take advantage of everything the resort has to offer, right in the middle of the Strip. Rooms range from deluxe rooms with or without Strip views, panoramic suites, the award-winning Sky Suites (one- or two-bedroom) and the ultra-exclusive Aria Tower Suites, with your choice of corner suites, center suites and executive hospitality suites, and the Sky Villa, which, at more than 3,000 square feet is probably bigger than your house..
Staying in a Tower Suite? Splurge an extra $250 at booking and opt for the VIP Arrival Experience, which gives you a roundtrip luxury airport transfer, and welcome cocktail for two at the Lobby Bar, and in-suite welcome amenity and an in-suite American breakfast for two.
If you’ve got the cash, pony up for the Sky Villa, which devotes a healthy square footage to its luxurious bathrooms. Floor-to-ceiling windows let you shower or bathe au naturel, but this high up, no worries about peeping Toms. The shower gives you the option to sit or you can soak in a circular tub as you soak in the neon lights of Las Vegas.
Skip the throng of people and the buzz of the gaming floor and head straight to the Resort Club Lounge, which offers a nice place to hang out and decompress. With a dedicated concierge service, comfortable furnishings HDTV and food and beverage offerings such as breakfast, espresso, hors d’oeuvres and desserts, it’s the place to get your bearings before you head out or as soon as you check in.
There are three ellipse-shaped pools for all your sunbathing needs.
The Spa at Aria features ganbanyoku beds, Japanese stone beds that soothe aching muscles.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Aria’s main floor is massive and can get loud with the ding-ding-ding of slot machines. Until you get the lay of the land, wear comfortable shoes, as you will be doing a lot of walking at the property. And if the cacophony of the casino floor isn’t to your liking, find the property’s more quiet retreats, such as The Spa at Aria.
Aria’s portfolio of dining choices is simply outstanding, and you’d need a whole week to get through them all. From Jean Georges Steakhouse, Carbone and Bardot Brasserie to the more fast-casual Five50 Pizza Bar and Bobby’s Burger Place, there’s a restaurant for every taste and every budget.
Most of the on-site restaurants will deliver to your room.
Aria is right in the middle of the Strip, so you’d need to venture farther out to find a local scene. But the resort itself has several happening bars that locals frequent, such as Alibi Ultra Lounge, Gem Bar and purple-themed Lift Bar. As the evening progresses, check out Jewel Nightclub, where the party goes on until the wee hours.
No need to venture far to find something interesting. Aria has some of the best collection of art by acclaimed painters, sculptors and installation artists including Maya Lin, Jenny Holzer, Nancy Rubins, Frank Stella, James Turrell and more. If you want to elevate your vacation to a new level, book a flight with Maverick Helicopters and head to the Grand Canyon. The resort will arrange a pickup for you. And for a little retail therapy, the Shops at Crystals is right next door, featuring 40 of the most high-end retailers in the world.
Zarkana offers a Cirque du Soleil spin on the traditional variety show.
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.
You’d need a car, car service or Uber to get to Aria if you’re coming from the airport, but once on property, you can walk to adjacent hotels and bars, or you can choose to stay within the property and enjoy its many amenities.
Indulge in high-end retail therapy in The Shops at Crystals and stop for a bite to eat at Mastro’s (8-minute walk) or Cucina by Wolfgang Puck (8-minute walk).
The Mandarin Bar (7-minute walk) at Mandarin Oriental offers refined cocktails and some of the best Strip views. Vesper at The Cosmopolitan (15-minute walk) has a rotating menu of signature cocktails.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Aria has everything you can ask for in a Las Vegas resort: prime Strip location, a stellar restaurant roster, rooms that you actually want to stay in, not just sleep in and a plethora of bars and lounges. Bonus: The art program really is something to behold and is often overshadowed by the glitz of the Strip, but take the time to appreciate them, as you won’t see them anywhere else in the city.