Aria Las Vegas
Aria Las Vegas
Aria Las Vegas is located in CityCenter across the street from Planet Hollywood. This area (the intersection of Harmon Avenue and Las Vegas Blvd.) is in my opinion the "new center strip" since tourists rarely go north of the Fashion Show Mall and Wynn/Encore area, after Stardust, Frontier, Westward Ho, Wet N Wild water park and Sahara have all closed. The Fontainbleau and Echelon languish as incomplete construction projects in 2012.
Taxi fare from the Las Vegas airport (LAS aka McCarran) to Aria is just under $15 (as of December 2011). However, you have a greater than fifty percent chance of being long hauled... if you're going to Las Vegas and don't know about long hauling, you need to read my Las Vegas Taxi long haul web page. When I went to Aria in December 2011 for my 20th trip to Las Vegas, the cab driver took me about two miles south of the airport, then looped around and put us on Tropicana heading west passing Paradise when the meter was at $19. An honest cab driver would have exited the north end of the airport and we'd have been at the exact same place, Tropicana & Paradise, about $15 ago. Ripoff cabbie arrived at Aria with the meter showing $25.90. I called the Nevada Taxi Authority.
Definitely put the Nevada Taxi Authority number in your cell phone before going to Las Vegas.
I stayed at Aria based on a deal they were offering of $129 per night for a view room with $100 resort credit. I thought the $100 resort credit would cover two room service meals but it didn't quite. A pizza with a six pack of Heineken was $60, and as announced by the room service waiter, gratuity NOT included.
So I spent $70 of my $100 credit on my first night's meal. They do a good job with the presentation, putting the beers in a silver bucket full of ice and including a champagne glass. Despite the absurd cost, I prefer dining in my room to waiting on long lines in big crowds; which is what you get just about anywhere on the Las Vegas strip.
I've stayed at budget properties like Circus Circus and Westward Ho, and top level properties like Venetian, Encore and Mandalay Bay. Aria is closest to Encore and Mandalay Bay in room quality and atmosphere. It's also set a ways back from Las Vegas Blvd, like Caesars Palace. You can walk about 5 minutes to get to Las Vegas Blvd, or ride the monorail over to Bellagio or Monte Carlo. In which case you still have to walk a few minutes to get to the sidewalk.
Crystals Mall is also a stop on the Aria Express (I think that's what they call it) but you won't find Saks or Nordstrom there, let alone a JC Penny or Macy's. Crystals Mall is all super upscale stuff (Cartier, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, TAG Heuer, etc.) except for the Wolfgang Puck pizza place and the TOD English pub.
You may recognize the style of architecture... the Frank Gehry transdimensional distortion.