Aria Las Vegas Corner Suite : Review by Blackjacker1979

Floating on Air at Aria

Posted by blackjacker1979

High rollin' VT reader Blackjacker1979 is back again with a review of the much coveted Corner Suites at ARIA. Yummmmmy! Thanks Blackjacker for filing this great review with us!

Ask anyone who knows me and they'll tell you three things. I'm in love with all things design, I have a torrid affair with Las Vegas, and I am deeply in need of antipsychotic medication. In the case of the first two (and in some ways the third) the long awaited opening of Aria and the rest of the CityCenter complex couldn't have come soon enough for me. Hell they even interviewed me in the Review-Journal opening night, the result being a classic and completely relevant one liner that still brings gut laughter to my friends and family. I was in love with this place from the moment it was modeled in my head. Having two stays under my belt, the results are a hot topic of debate amongst many for good reason, but still I seek more.

On that front, I was giddy to find that this past weekend I was able to book through casino marketing, a Corner Suite at the clearance rack rate of $250 a night. Sure, the allure of the SkySuites and Cirrus Suites and Cumulus Suites and (insert weather reference) Suites are all fine and well, but these gems on the corners of each tower offer some of the most fantastic layouts I've seen outside of large high roller suites and Villas, albeit on a much smaller scale. One call and I'm booked, invited check in and all. Woohoo.

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Now here's where the story takes a turn. In reality, I could review not one, but two suites here. The beauty of the Corner suite is that each one per floor is unique. My first one was a real beauty. But I spent less than 6 hours there. The room was plagued with technological and mechanical problems on a nightmarish scale. The Control 4 system (which I'm sure the will be dissected by many here in detail) was a bust, ceasing to function on an epic scale, thus leaving the entire room basically non-functional. Nary a tech nor an engineer nor an IT professional (who invited himself into the suite while I was in the shower) could fix the problem. Add to that a phantom who decided that the spa bath should turn on hourly for 5 minutes while I was at work.

A change request was in order.

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Comments & Discussion

I love the corner suites!! I actually scored this suite for $129 a night..

These rooms had tremendous potential and were highly anticipated before opening. There is no excuse for not having the electronics bugs worked out by now. The clear glass windows at Aria were a huge mistake in my opinion. Splattering sinks and plush upholstery are also design mistakes. Also, they don't make use of the best Aria room feature of the tub in the shower stall. It will be interesting to hear what we think of Aria's rooms in 3-4 years.

Just noticed we stayed in the same suite 16049..

What are the chances mac? Did the TV work for you? All I got was a hell of a lot of fail from it. Also is it just me or does that thing take up ALL the space in that room. It's like the TV is just floating in the middle of the room.

Can't beat the bathroom though. That thing is stunning. Only thing, did you walk behind the vanity? There's like 36" back there. It's a room by itself.

I didn't have any problems with the tv.. I agree with you that it does take up too much space. Plus the living room has too much furniture, lose the ottoman.

That "gap" in the bathroom was wasted space. Did you use the jetted tub? I did and it splattered water all over the curtains...

After the first ghostly experience in 28137 where the tub decided it wanted to come on empty for 5 minutes an hour I decided to use it with caution. The tub, while pretty, is an epic engineering failure. Sitting upright in the center of the bath negates relaxation, and that's the only way you can use the jets. Plus the whole thing felt like i was getting bombarded by water balloons.

Ironically my favorite part of my room at Aria was the technology, but by the end of my stay it was also my least favorite part since I couldnt get things to work properly. (ie my ipod never worked and the tv would seemingly freeze up sometimes) Hope they can get the bugs worked out soon because that would be one sick set up if it worked flawlessly.

I didn't note in the review, but I should have, that I interviewed every tech I dealt with from the engineering to the IT side of this said that the problem is universal.

My first suite (which I didn't stay in and therefore didn't review fully) suffered one flawed connecting panel which cause the entire room to fail. Nothing worked properly as it's all connected. And seemingly most of the staff have no idea how to fix it and the components are so well buried they're nearly inaccessible to hard reset.

It should also be noted that the problems are universal, occurring across all resorts from Aria, to Vdara, and even the Mandarin.

i dunno guys. i've looked at @blackjacker and @mac's photos of the very same suite (before I knew that they stayed in the same suite) and both times i came away less than impressed.

the layout seems cluttered to me, particularly the placement of the TV on the corner pole and the vanities crowding the windows. the architectural wonder of this suite is panoramic view from having 180 degrees of windows... when you are in there you should feel like you are floating on air. throwing a desk in there and mounting the tv on the pillar feels like clutter to me.

"i guess you just had to be there." without being there, it looks like a whole bunch of missed opportunity.

The suite is nice. Really nice, but the color schemes and design just look plain and very cruise-shippy. After doing this Europe trip, I don't think I'll ever want to stay in an ultra modern hotel again.

chuck is right on, i mean. if you aren't there you don't get the view. and the bathroom is amazing. but there are some things you can't excuse. the failure of the technology is one big problem. but the layout issues is right on. the whole time I was sitting there thinking why isn't the couch across the window, the tv on the wall where the couch is, and the desk relocated to the bedroom where there is the extra space.

sometimes hiring an architect to do an interior designer's job just doesn't work. the whole thing comes off like a "really nice Westin." to quote my friends.

Those toilets might come in handy for people that have drank too much....and spend the better part of the night could clean your mouth out with it!?!?

My Husband and I are going to book into Aria,We will be staying for Xmas 22-26 We like the corner suite.
After reading what you said about the problems with all the tech goody's ...We are wondering if we should stay at Bellagio (stayed 8 times) or the encore (never been yet).
Do you know if they worked there problems out yet?
Thanks for any Feedback

I wonder how Mack got it for 129. Yes it was 3 Yeats ago but I can't find it for less than 280

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