Located near City Center on the Las Vegas Strip, Aria Sky Suites (877-580-2742, www.ariaskysuites.com) offers an exclusive level of service and boasts an impressive array of added features. The celebrity treatment begins with a limousine ride from the airport. Aria Sky Suite guests are then taken to an exclusive entrance just steps from the private Aria Sky Suites check-in area, where they are quickly checked in by a concierge team member. The whole experience is refreshingly free of the crowds, noise and the long lines that seem to be the norm at other Las Vegas properties.
And that’s not all. A private lounge offers snacks and drinks all day, and wine in the evening. And then there’s the Aria Sky Suites dedicated elevators, which bypass the lower Aria Hotel floors. You never have to wait long for an elevator, and they aren’t crowded either. It’s all very civilized.
Access is good at Aria Sky Suites too, and with advance notice they can also provide accessible airport transportation. If you’re driving you own car, then just go to the North Valet, located in the back of the property. It’s important to note that you can’t get to this area from the front entrance, so take the ramp from Harmon Avenue and stay in the far right lane to access the North Valet. It’s just across from the Vdara. And if you give the folks at Aria Sky Suites a call a few minutes before you arrive, they will have someone to meet you at the North Valet and escort you to the exclusive Aria Sky Suites check-in area. Whatever you do, don’t go to the main check-in area for the Aria Hotel, as there’s no need to stand in those lines, and it’s quite a trek through the casino to the Aria Sky Suites check-in area.
Room 28018 typical is a typical Aria Sky Suites accessible room. Access features include a lowered peephole and environmental controls, wide doorways and good pathway access. Additionally, the drapes are controlled electronically, so it’s easy as pie to open and close them. And once you open them you’ll be treated to a great view of the Strip, which is especially impressive at night.
The room is furnished with two 31-inch high queen-sized beds, with good wheelchair access between the two. There’s also a small refrigerator, a flat screen television and a wet bar area in the room. It’s not a huge room, but there’s certainly plenty of room for a wheelchair.
The spacious bathroom has a sliding door, with 35 inches of clearance; and a full five-foot turn around. It’s equipped with a roll-in shower with a fold-down shower seat near the shower controls, grab bars and a hand-held showerhead. It also has a 36-inch glass door with a seal on the bottom, which eliminates the flooding problem common in many roll-in showers. The raised toiled has grab bars on the right and back walls (as seated); and there’s also a roll-under sink in the bathroom.
It’s very nicely done, and tastefully decorated.
The private Aria Sky Suites elevators are just a short distance from Blossom, one of the specialty dining restaurants at the Aria. There’s good pathway access to the restaurant, which offers a comprehensive menu filled with classic Chinese cuisine. And don’t forget to try the pot stickers, as the wrappers are made fresh every morning.
All in all, Aria Sky Suites get tops marks for access, ambiance and service; so pamper yourself with a stay there, next time you hit the Strip.