Monday, 22 August 2011

The Las Vegas Epic 2011 - Aria, Las Vegas review

This year we decided to stay in one of the newest hotels in Vegas, The Aria. The Aria is part of the City Center, the most expensive privately funded development in US history weighing in at a cool $9.2 billion. The City Center consists of the 4,000 bedroom hotel The Aria, the boutique 400 bedroom Mandarin Oriental, The Vdara condo-hotel, Veer Towers residential apartments and the luxury Crystals shopping mall. Whereas most of the luxury hotels on the strip have a slightly old-school feel to their opulence (Bellagio, Wynn), The Aria along with the achingly cool Cosmopolitan next door have a straight up City-chic feel to them. Having worked with such architects as Norman Foster and Daniel Liebskind and having amassed one of the largest free public art collections in the US including works by Henry Moore and Nancy Rubins, City Center is blow your socks of trendy.

Last year when I visited Vegas, City Center still looked like a bit of a building site so I must admit I had my reservations when I made my booking this year. Fortunately my sense of trepidation was totally misguided. We had an awesome time staying at The Aria. Personally I felt our room was of a higher standard than The Bellagio where I stayed previously (each room has a nifty little touch screen by the bed which controls everything from the curtains to the TV), the pool deck has 3 massive pools where we always got a sun lounger easily, there are little architectural details dotted around the hotel which take your breath away, the hotel is handily situated on the centre of Las Vegas boulevard (I guess that’s why they called it City Center), the staff at The Aria were courteous and helpful at all times and finally because it’s relatively new it was significantly cheaper than some of the other 5 stars on the strip including Wynn, Bellagio and Caesar’s Palace.

C'est chic

The awesome pool deck - Thanks to MGM resorts international who emailed me the photo
The lobby
Far too much fun for the lazy person who wants to do everything from the comfort of their bed
Details: ARIA Resort and Casino, 3730 Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV 89158

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