Aria is one of my favorite resorts. I like almost everything it has to offer. The rooms are well designed. There are multiple bars with video poker available. The Aria poker room is one of the best poker rooms in Las Vegas. I like the modern rock music throughout the casino. Even the entertainment is good now that they’ve revamped Zarkana. Aria is an MGM Resorts property and uses the Mlife Players Club card.
The rooms are well designed with a modern aesthetic. The basic “Deluxe” rooms are 520 sq. ft. and have ample space for 2 people.
The Deluxe Queen room with 2 queen beds have less open space, but are still comfortable. Be aware that the standard room rate is for double occupancy. If you plan on having 3 or 4 people stay in a Deluxe Queen room you will have to pay an extra $35 per additional person. Aria has numerous special offers available and offers a 10% AAA and military room rate discount.
You can also see photos of the Corner Suite in my Aria Corner Suite post. It is not unusual to receive offers to upgrade from a deluxe room to a Corner Suite for $50-$75 per night. While the regular rooms are fine, I’m almost always going to take the upgrade. The jacuzzi with a view is enough to make it worth it to me.
When pricing your room, remember that Aria charges a $28/night resort fee ($25 plus $3 in tax). Also, when you check in, Aria will put a $130 per night hold on your credit card.
As shown in the groundplan, there are a lot of rooms on each floor. Even with all those rooms, I’ve never had to wait long for an elevator since they have a bank of 4 elevators for every ten floors or so. I also like that they have security guards checking room keys by the elevators at the casino and mezzanine levels 24 hours a day.
It has evolved since opening, but I’ve always enjoyed the buffet. The Aria Cafe is surprisingly good, too. I’m a fan of Julian Serrano and barMASA, too. I also like the ability to walk over to Crystals for Social House and Todd English’s P.U.B..
Shows and nightlife
I was sad to see Viva Elvis close. I was even more disappointed when Zarkana opened. Zarkana was reworked in early 2014 and is now a show I can recommend. You can see my full review here. Haze is one of the top Las Vegas nightclubs. I’m not the right demographic for it though. I do like the slightly more relaxed Gold Lounge. If you play myVEGAS, you can get a VIP Bottle Service Reward for 250,000 LPs.
I tend to avoid lobby stores. Elements (the Aria lobby store) is an exception to that rule. In addition to the usual snacks, sundries and logo merchandise, it has a nice selection of Lollia soaps and perfumes and a surprisingly handy men’s clothing selection. It also carries Mexican Coca-Cola. Make sure to use your Mlife card when shopping to get your Mlife tier discount.
Aria has fine art placed around the property. One of the most popular pieces is the series of Christopher Walken portraits by the Deuce Lounge. You can more about the City Center Fine Art Collection using their iOS app.