Las Vegas is known for its decadent over-the-top ethos with world-class entertainment and exceptional food offerings, and the luxury hotels certainly don’t disappoint.
Surprisingly, it's one of the few cities in the US where a luxury hotel regularly starts at $250 a night, sometimes as low as $100, depending on when and how you book the hotel.
On our recent trip to Vegas, we had the opportunity to experience the luxurious five-star Aria Sky Suites. Is the splurge on a one-bedroom suite worth it at an average rate of $X per night? Read on to find out.
How to Book Aria Sky Suites
With American Express’ Fine Hotels and Resorts program (FHR) through the Platinum card, we were able to enjoy some added benefits, including:
Room upgrade subject to availability
Complimentary breakfast credit of $30 per person for the first two guests
$100 food and beverage credit
Noon check-in when available
Guaranteed 4 pm late checkout
We paid the $700 cash rate via FHR to book the Aria Sky Suite. If you were to book a normal hotel room at the Aria Resort & Casino, a "complimentary" upgrade could potentially be a room with a better view or a regular suite, but doubt it would be a Sky Suite.
Since we were coming from another hotel, we couldn’t take advantage of one of the perks that come with being a Sky Suite guest - the complimentary, round-trip luxury airport transfers. Nothing says VIP treatment like a private gated driveway exclusively for Sky Suite guests.
Even though the drive from the airport to the Strip is short, it sure beats waiting for a taxi or ride-share with everyone else. Note that you will need to arrange for the transfers before arriving in Vegas.
Sky Suite guests have a separate entrance and separate elevators, and there is also a lobby lounge with an assortment of bite-sized hors d’oeuvres that changes three times a day. You’ll find pastries throughout the day, cookies at teatime, and light snacks at dinnertime. The beverage offering includes bottled soft drinks, flat and carbonated water, coffee, and tea. The butler will also bring you wine or beer upon request.
The lobby restrooms had complimentary body lotion and mouthwash.
Go big or go home, right? In this case, if the home is the Sky Suite, I’ll gladly stay in the hotel room for the whole time I’m in Vegas.
There are three rooms in the Suite:
A living room
A dining room with a kitchenette
A bedroom with a large ensuite bathroom
The rooms are modern and elegant, with panoramic views of the Strip.
There was a powder room near the entrance, which was very convenient, especially if hosting guests. The couches in the living room were comfortable enough to sleep on.
I had to do a bit of work and had a few virtual meetings during our stay, so the desk came in very handy.
The bathroom was surprisingly my favorite room in the Suite. There was more than enough space for getting ready in the morning with two sinks, a vanity, a large Jacuzzi bathtub, a steam shower, and a walk-in closet.
The door to the toilet is see-through, so be careful to close the double restroom doors if guests are over!
The walk-in closet was very spacious and came with more than enough hangers.
With the two tablets in the room, I appreciated the in-room technology as it made it easier to order food, make reservations, or even open/close the blinds.
The exclusive Sky pool, for Sky Suite guests only, was closed for the season, but there was a separate sectioned-off area for Sky Suite guests at the main pool.
There was much more cushioning on the Sky Suite chaise loungers. The Sky Pool advertises personalized service, including complimentary refreshments and upgraded robes; however, I was not offered either.
It was quite cold since it was off-season, and the pool was relatively empty, with most people just relaxing on the loungers.
I went to the gym around noon, and it was pretty busy. There were cardio machines, weight machines, weights, and a Smith machine. One unique feature that stood out was the rotating climbing wall! We took a few turns climbing the wall; pretty cool!
This Suite was unsurprisingly the highlight of our trip. With a price range of X, it might be hard to justify. However, the Suite was worth the hype, and I would recommend it if anyone is looking for an elevated Vegas experience.
Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS) American Express Centurion Lounge Review
The American Express Centurion Lounge at LAS features fresh seasonal fare, a premium bar, a conference space, and much more. Here's everything you need to know about the LAS Centurion Lounge.
Where to find the Amex Centurion Lounge
The lounge is located in Concourse D, accessible via the transit system from Terminal 1 or Terminal 3. Once you pass security, follow signs to D gates.
Who can access the lounge
Complimentary lounge access is available to The Platinum Card® from American Express, The Business Platinum Card® from American Express, Delta Skymiles® Reserve Card, and Centurion® Members
Food and drink
The LAS Centurion Lounge has an interesting variety of food during lunch including salad, bruschetta, udon, and fried chicken. See more of the food in the video at the end of the post.
Like all Centurion Lounges, there's a fully stocked premium bar that serves complimentary drinks.
Shower suites, conference space, and semi-private workspaces
The lounge was packed in the afternoon, so the conference space was occupied. Conference rooms are available on a first come, first serve basis. Semi-private workspaces are scattered throughout the lounge.
Surprisingly, the shower suite didn't have a waitlist. Watch the video below for a full tour of the LAS Centurion Lounge!
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