I love Vegas, I’ll just start with that so my bias is declared. I think its the best place on earth. Wether its a stag do, honeymoon or weekend with the wife, Vegas can fill any need you ask of it. ….as long as you choose the right hotel. 10 guys rocking up to the Bellagio are going to be very disappointed when they spy the Instagram models at the Cosmopolitan next door.
In this post I’m going to focus on the Aria, or more specifically Aria Sky Suites. The Aria is one of the newer hotels on the strip and its AAA Five Diamond so even the basic rooms are great. The Sky Suites are its premier offering to compete with the suites at the Caesars, MGM and Wynn. There are only 310 out of the 4000 rooms in Aria so they do book up early at peak time. Located on floors 25 and above you always get a decent view.
So just how big is a suite?
There are a few types of suite you can get ranging from the 1050 sqft 1 bed suite to the massive 3700 sqft Sky Villas. The Sky Villas are two-story penthouses for those with more spend than me. Filled with cool amenities like a personal gym, sauna/steam room, hot tubs plus your own private butler service. Like most of the top-end suites you can’t just book either, you have to ask to be allowed to book.
1 Bed Aria Suite
The rest of the review will focus on the 1 Bed Aria Suite as its the most popular choice. I always get the 1 bed Aria Suite overlooking the strip. The rooms are tastefully decorated with xx colours in a modern style. You have a couple of tablet devices to control all the features of the room, from the blinds and curtains for the floor to ceiling windows, to the lights and music.
Space is great with a separate living room and a guest bathroom. No idea why you’d want to watch tv whilst you are in Vegas but if you do there are two 50″ screens and a 20″ in the bathroom.
The bathroom is a good size with a walk in shower big enough for two and a spa bath.
Are they expensive?
Again this is what I love about Vegas, even the suites you have a nice range of prices to choose from. Stay 4 nights over a busy weekend in June and you will be out £1800 given the current exchange rate. But stay midweek and you will be looking around half that price.
What extras do I get?
Before you start your trip you get contacted by the Sky Suite concierge offering assistance in all the normal things. So if you wanted show tickets or tee times you can arrange them in advanced.
You have you’re own Sky Suite check-in area towards the back of the hotel so you don’t have to queue with the rest of the guests. Next to the private check-in is the Sky Suite lounge where you get complimentary drinks and snacks throughout the day.
The best perk though is the limo pick up. You are met at the airport by an Aria driver who will help you collect your bags and then driver you to the hotel. You can also get dropped off back at the airport when you leave. Or in my case on one occasion I got them to drop me at Cosmopolitan next door as was continuing my trip there. Check out my post here for the shortest limo ride ever!
Nightly turn down service is provided so you can return from the bar to find the curtains drawn and hand made chocolates on the bed.
What is the Sky Pool like?
As a Sky Suite guest you get access to your own pool. You get comfy sun lounges that get maid up by the pool staff with fresh towels. The drink service is frequent without been annoying. Every hour or so you get complimentary juice shots or fruit on a stick type things. I’ve stayed here a few times and the pool never gets busy which is great if you want to relax for a few hours in the Nevada sun.
Is it worth the cost?
This is subjective. A standard room in the Aria is a good place to spend a few days. And the finer touches of getting picked up from the airport in a limo and not having to queue in the check-in line are great, especially after a long flight. Having your own pool is plus point, as there is no rushing for a sun bed or worrying about someone stealing your stuff.
If you’ve got the extra cash or win on the tables then I’d try the Sky Suites as I don’t think you’d be anything but impressed.
How about an even better suite?
Read my review of the Sky Suite Penthouse here.