The Hotel is on the strip but it is however set back a little. It takes around 3 minutes from Casino to main strip, and I walk at an ok pace. Like anything in Vegas, things look closer than they actually are.
When we arrived in a Taxi, we were asked straight away if we needed help with any of our bags. Nice but unneeded for us as we only had a case each. Walking in we could feel how much space Aria has. The pieces of art are everywhere too to add colour and some use of the space. We walked up the check in desk and were instantly greeted. Nice touch after a long journey from London. Check in was swift as there weren’t many in line, and many check in desks being serviced. We had a clerk of whom seemed he was genuinely happy to serve us. We were shown where everything was using a detailed map with his recommendations of where to eat and drink. After going through our requirements as pre-booked, a double queen room on a non-smoking floor, he upgraded us to a “Strip View” room on the 25th floor. Again, a nice touch.
After a little bit of a walk, we got to our room. We were just over half way down the hall way so it could have been worse. Can see why some guests may have trouble with this but as younger guests, we weren’t too bothered.
Opened the door using the key card on the smart looking door lock. Makes it easy as you don’t have to take the card out of your wallet to use it. Walking into a well presented room, the curtains opened to the smooth sound of music from the telly. It opened up to present a view of Monte Carlo, New York New York and MGM Grand. Everything seemed to be clean. Was spacious enough for two but if three or four stayed in one room, it would have been a squeeze. We knew about Vegas mini bars so knew not to touch unless we wanted to buy items. Priced are high but that was expected. $5.50 for a share size coke and $6.00 for a Bud Light bottle. More luxurious items are more than highly priced. I thought $6 wasn’t too bad considering they do charge that at many bars within casinos.
Lots of technology within the room. A bed side tablet can control everthing in the room including lights, temperature, curtains, television, and setting an alarm. Good for everything but the telly. It was very slow to react. Even the T.V remote wasn’t great unless pointed straight at the reader. The bed side lamp is manual but easy to reach. There are other buttons all round the room so control things so you don’t have to just use the tablet. The light buttons do take a little use to get use to what the buttons do and their settings.
There is a safe within the bed side draw. It’s a code safe which makes it harder to break into. Ok size for bits like money and passports, but I don’t think a laptop would fit in there.
Bathroom was clean without any smears on windows, mirrors, and thankfully none on the toilet. You have a frosted glass cubicle for the toilet but unsure why they don’t do the same for the shower, which is clear glass right across. Shower has ok pressure but nowhere near a power shower, and the head it fixed to the wall. It can get quite slippery within the shower area because of the tiling on the floor so that needs to be considered when using the shower or bath after someone else. The normal gels and handy tools are given.
Couldn’t be faulted really. They have two rounds, one morning and one evening. So if you set your service light before going out of an evening, it should be done by the time you get back. I left some valuable items out when out and they were respected. Only criticism is having to unlock the bed sheets every night. It’s a complaint of many hotels around the world, but someone of lesser strength than myself would struggle.
Not the biggest in Vegas but still a decent size. The limits are higher on card games than most other casinos around. $25 for Blackjack and $15 for Three Card Poker. Bit high for me, and most others by the lack of play whenever we walked round. I like a gamble and don’t mind losing but wouldn’t have a game when all limits are that high. Roulette is mainly $15 or $25. I don’t play slots, so not aware of their limits.
We wanted to watch the Chelsea Champions League game whilst in Vegas and found the Sports bars and lounge round the back. It’s a nice size with comfortable sofas. Two massive screens and loads of smaller screens. The smaller screens are easier and nicer to watch. Drinks service is available but I would buy some elsewhere and bring them in as prices are quite high, and no tipping is required.
Fantastic. 3 big pools to choose from with loads of seating around. Water is clear as you like. Not too cold when getting in either. There are 3 other hot tubs fantastic too. It was like getting in the bath. Be careful of the jets though as they can hurt if you sit in the way of one. Service is good around the pool but the bar isn’t too far away either. Towels are given when entering the pool area so you don’t have to pack one. A small shop accompanies the pool too for little items such as cream and swimwear.
The only complain that I, and someone else I overheard, was the helicopters doing Vegas tours. They are quite loud but don’t come past too often.
There are a couple of shops within Aria itself. They are either clothing shops, or they are newsagents. Clothing shops are good if you have a higher budget as many items are better brands or Aria branded clothing.
The only restaurant we ate at was the buffet as we were always out of a night. The buffet was fantastic but I would only pay the regular price they charge, and not the “Bank Holiday” prices they charged. They offer a vast array of choice to a very good standard. Wish we had something like this back in England because I would be a very regular customer.
This is a must for anyone, whether they’re staying in an MGM property or not. It gives you discounts on most things including items in shops or shows. In the shop within Aria it gave me 5% discount, enough to cover most of the tax. The biggest shock was when buying David Copperfield tickets and they gave us $30 off the tickets just because we have a card. I didn’t hand it over that much at the table as the dealers don’t tend to ask for it, so remember to hand it over when you play!
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