ARIA Las Vegas-REVIEW

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  1. Pizzaman
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    I've stayed at ARIA a few times since it opened. All of my experiences have been pleasant, if not a bit underwhelming.

    The rooms are a decent size. A touchscreen panel near the bed controls pretty much all facets of the room (lighting, TV, music, blinds). It's not the easiest pad to navigate, mostly because it's not that responsive. But, as far as room technology goes, it's one of the better systems I've seen.

    The food options at the hotel are varied in quality. A few quick notes there:

    Jean Georges Steakhouse. Least impressive restaurant I've dined at there. It's not bad, but there are better Vegas steak options. I did like that there were a few imaginative items on the wine list. But, I'd head over to Kraft Steak or Del Frisco if you're craving steak.

    Julian Serrano has a place in the lobby. It's tapas-style, with a really well-constructed menu. I especially enjoyed the paellas, the tuna tiradito, and stuffed dates were some of my favorites.

    The breakfast restaurant is reasonably priced with great food quality. Service is a bit slow.

    The casino is nowhere near the busiest on the strip, but this leads to a decent variety of table stakes.

    The health club was very well equipped. There was a fee to use, which was kind of high iirc. But, top notch equipment and plenty of it. Very nice pool area as well.

    This hotel will be much improved once the sidewalk and overhead walkway construction is done. It's still a bit difficult to navigate your way out, as the tram to Bellagio is not well located.
     
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    Nice review Pizzaman. Thanks for sharing.
     
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    My big problem with Aria is there is no electrical outlet near the bed. I was there for my cousin's 50th and everyone ewas complaining they couldn't plug their phone in by the nightstand to charge while they slept and be at hand if they needed it.

    I had to have engineering come up to give me access to power by the bed for some medical equipment, which was a form of a dedicated extension cord and not something you should put med equipment on anyway, but that is all they could do.
     
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    Thanks for the detailed review!

    Did the hotel have a free WiFi?
     
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    Oddly, I think this is an intermittent issue. I have had a room that had a plug near the bed, and one without.
     
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    Interesting, because the MOD told me that they didn't have any rooms with a plug by the bed. In my dealings with the management there, it wouldn't surprise me if you were correct and they were clueless. Even the bellman told me there aren't any plugs by the bed.
     
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    It's true that management at this hotel is a bit shaky now. I think the plug was supposed to be integrated with the safe in the bottom drawer of the nightstand. The plug was right beside it.
     
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    I would try MO or Cosmopolitan next time. Most casino hotels don't really cater to biz travelers unfortunately.
     
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    The casino was kind to me which surely is the most important thing!

    Jeff
     
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    I'll add that the Aria Spa is fantastic for people like me who like to spend a few hours in there using the steamrooms, whirlpools, and just enjoying the overall relaxed atmosphere. Plenty of places to relax and read/sleep, including some common areas where men/women await spa treatments...this is pretty uncommon in most Vegas spas, where the men and women's areas are completely separate and you must leave them to meet your wife,husband,etc. Another plus is a small, shared-sex (bathing suits reuired) wading pool outside on a balcony overlooking the larger Aria pool complex.

    Having visited most spas on the Strip, I would put this one at the top of my list...along with Bellagio and Mandalay Bay.
     
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    Not free. Internet access is incorporated into the mandatory resort fee ($20 plus 12% tax). From the hotel's booking site:

    For your convenience a $22.40 daily resort fee (includes applicable tax) will be added to your room account and includes the following hotel services: In-room Internet, Campus-wide wireless Internet, In-room local and toll-free calls, Fitness Center access, daily newspaper, two welcome cocktails per stay and airline boarding pass printing.


     
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    The spa was very nice and definitely had much more room than several others I have been to in Vegas. I also thought the pool complex was very nice. I wanted a nice place to relax outside that had access to water, drinks, shade, sun, and wifi. The pool area came through on all fronts. Very comfortable lounge chairs, nice thick towels, and attentive (and easy on the eyes) waitstaff (for when I didn't need to stretch and walk to the main bar area). All-in-all, a great place to relax outside.

    The spa and pool areas where important to me for that trip, as I did not plan to spend a lot of time in the room. The room was definitely nice (IMHO) and the bathroom was quite cool (and more functional than many others I have seen/used). I would also agree with other comments about the restaurants. They were ok but not great. I would definitely trek over to MGM or elsewhere if you want some great restaurants.
     
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    That sucks. Boarding pass printing? Really? Next they'll charge you every time you flush the toilet or open the curtains.

    One of the things that really annoyed me at ARIA was having to show my room key everywhere I went. It was a little bit like being asked for my papers, as if I wasn't a guess but a potential intruder. Want to ride the elevator - show your key. Want to walk to the buffet - show your key. Want to get a midnight snack - show your key. And, it was not like it was a doorman who began to recognize you after a day or so - they kept rotating the security force and so there was a new person with a new earpiece every time. Eh, you were the ones that put the elevator right next to the casino - why should I have to be inconvenienced so that you can keep the low-lifes out. )grumpy(
     
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    What are the welcome cocktails? Something they hand you when you arrive - or a voucher to use at an on-property bar?
     
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    The Aria FAQ is a little more specific about the resort fee inclusions (bolding is mine):

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    Pizzaman - when were you there? You make reference to a high fee to use the fitness facilities ... But the language from the resort fee indicates that paying the resort fee covers use of the fitness facilities? Did they charge you both ways?
     
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    The resort fee doesnt seem too bad as the rates are under 100 a night.
     
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  18. How does compare to Mandarin Oriental Four Seasons Skylofts etc
     
  19. @Pizzaman did you stay at Aria or Aria Sky Suites
     
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    You shouldn't compare Aria with the MO, FS, and Skylofts. The only exceptions are the SkySuites and SkyVillas, but even then it wouldn't be fair to compare the SkyVillas with a basic room at the MO. Just go with the property that you have the most interest in. Personally, I'd go with the SkySuites since I like Aria's location on the Strip. Another option would be the SkyLofts at MGM Grand since their location isn't too bad either.
     
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    I liked staying at the Vdara next to the Aria on the strip.
     
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    I've stayed at Aria a number of times. I've seen the Sky Suites and like them better, but they're usually a wee bit out of my price range. ;)
     
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    I've enjoyed each of 3 stays at Vdara. I'm ambivalent about a casino in my hotel since I infrequently gamble.
     
  24. they all have aaa five diamonds and forbes five star ratings
     
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    Sorry but ratings don't even matter IMHO. I had a horrible experience at the Bellagio a few weeks ago and I was coded as a VIP. If you're splurging on accommodations then take a look at Mirage's Villas since they have a private dip pool and terrace. If you really plan on spending big bucks then you should inquire about a Mansion Villa at the MGM.
     

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