So we finally made it! After planning our spring Vegas trip for a couple of months, we finally rolled into the new Aria hotel at the huge (and new!) City Center development in Las Vegas.
Here is Nikki, excited at being back in Las Vegas. She only gets to gamble twice a year, so she really enjoys these trips. This is just outside the main lobby, which can be accessed via a side road which connects up with Las Vegas Blvd.
This is the hallway outside of our suite. The elevators are nearby, but not once did we hear them during our entire stay. You'll probably hear me mention quiet several times...we like loud and rockin' atmosphere when we are out having fun (that is why we like the Hard Rock Casino), but when it's time for bed, we want to leave that behind.
Along the back side of the elevators was a lobby of sorts, but not once did we see anyone there. Nice and quiet. Can't you just hear the 'ding' of an arriving elevator as you view the photo?
We had a Crystal Suite. This is the foyer, looking back at the entry door. Once we swung the camera around 180 degrees, we saw...
...this. A very nice view of MGM, Hooters, the airport, Tropicana and a glimse of the Monte Carlo on the right.
Zooming in a little, here is the view (looking a little to the right out of the room).
Walking over into our living room a bit and down, we had a great view of the Monte Carlo pool.
Another look at that pool, zoomed out slightly.
So once we got past the view, what did the living room look like? This.
And this.... the laptop on the coffee table is mine, it didn't come with the room. :-) Another nice feature of Aria: free high-speed wireless internet!! Pure heaven.
Whoops...there is my wife (couldn't resist a shot of her)...
And the TV & bar. The TV was very nice and could be used to control lighting, the temp in the LR, BR, and bath (all separately!), the stereo, and several other things. It is a very modern, ultra-tech room and we really appreciated that.
On to the bedroom, with its own flat screen.
Here is Nikki again. I don't think this was taken when we arrive it, may have been taken our second day there.
And finally, a view out the window of the bedroom. One of the nicest feature in the whole place: motorized curtains! Hit one button and the blackout curtains open, another and the sheers open. Very, very nice! Same thing in the bathroom and living room. Now if you head to the window and turn right you see...
...this. The bathroom. One mistake in the design is that all guests must walk through the bedroom to get to the bathroom. That's Nikki's curling iron on the back of the tub.
Entering the bathroom and looking left, this is the view.
Here is why the curling iron was on the tub. There is very little room for "stuff" on the bathroom counter. Designed by a male, Nikki says.
A trend we've noticed in all new hotels: Bathroom doors made of textured glass. A lot less privacy than the old solid doors, but a lot more light too.
The Hard Rock Hotel, San Diego's Omni Hotel, and now Aria all have doors like this.
...the shower stall...
he shower floor was one solid piece of granite! I liked that alot....
And now the view at night....niiiiicccceee! It was awesome coming back to the room near dawn and seeing this view. It brought a smile to our face every time.
Looking straight out the living room window, this was the view. Wish I would have remembered to turn off the lights behind me.
And one more shot, looking slightly left towards Planet Hollywood. Would we stay in this room again? Definitely yes! We love modern, we love convenience, and we love new. This room had all of that. Give it a try.